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Online exhibition: Binding books by hand

embroidered book binding

New Testament of the Bible, printed at Cambridge University in 1628

The art and craft of binding books by hand is vividly chronicled in a new online exhibition made available by the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Firestone Library. The Web version was created from an exhibition, ''Hand Bookbindings From Special Collections in the Princeton University Library: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious,'' that was organized by Scott Husby, chief rare book conservator, and displayed in the library's main gallery from November 2002 to April 2003. The online show includes more than 200 books, dating from the 12th century through the 20th century. It is arranged by category in virtual cases, represented by 26 thumbnail images on the Web site's opening page. To view the online exhibition, visit <Web site> and click on the entry for ''Hand Bookbindings From Special Collections.''

This example of an embroidered book cover, the New Testament of the Bible, was printed at Cambridge University in 1628 and is part of the library's Robert H. Taylor Collection.

NPR's Hagerty to speak about culture wars, faith and presidential race

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, religion correspondent for National Public Radio, will present a lecture on ''Culture Wars, Faith and the Race for the Presidency: Stories From a Reporter's Notebook'' at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Hagerty recently produced a series for NPR's ''Morning Edition'' on the faith of presidential candidates George W. Bush and John Kerry.

A reporter at NPR since 1995, she also has served as the Justice Department correspondent, reporting on stories ranging from the impeachment hearings of President Clinton and the Florida election, to trends in the legal system. She was a lead correspondent covering the investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks, and her reporting was part of NPR's coverage that earned the network the 2001 Peabody and Overseas Press Club awards.

This lecture is part of a series, ''The Crossroads of Religion and Politics,'' sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for the Study of Religion.

Photographer to show Arctic work

Photographer and conservationist Subhankar Banerjee will give a slide lecture on his work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The slide lecture is based on his 2003 book, ''Seasons of Life and Land,'' which gained notice across the country when a U.S. senator held it up during a debate on whether to allow drilling in the refuge. The book contains 200 images depicting the area's fragile beauty and ecological diversity, as well as essays by several authors and a foreword by President Jimmy Carter.

In 2000, Banerjee quit his scientific career and a job at Boeing in Seattle, cashed in his savings and set off to document the land, wildlife and indigenous cultures in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. With his Inupiat guide and friend, Robert Thompson, Banerjee covered more than 4,000 miles, traveling on foot and by kayak, raft, snowmobile and plane.

Banerjee's images also were used to make eight traveling exhibits, one of which will be on display in Robertson Hall's Bernstein Gallery through Nov. 20.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Panel to offer commentary on 'The Road to Serfdom'

Princeton faculty members will present ''An Examination of F.A. Hayek's 'The Road to Serfdom''' at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in 1 Robertson Hall.

The panel discussion, the first event in a planned series on ''60 Years Later: Critical Books of the 20th Century,'' celebrates the 60th anniversary of the publication of ''The Road to Serfdom.''

Participating will be: Harold James, professor of history; Stephen Macedo, the Laurance S. Rockefeller of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values; and Robert George, professor of politics and the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. They will offer commentary on Hayek's book, which examines the relationship between individual liberty and government authority.

The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, the Council of the Humanities, the University Center for Human Values and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Karabel previews book on college admissions

A lecture on ''The Origins of Coeducation at Princeton, and the Battle for Sex-Blind Admissions'' will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in 16 Robertson Hall.

The speaker will be Jerome Karabel, a senior fellow at the Rockridge Institute and professor of sociology at the University of California-Berkeley. His new book, ''The Chosen: Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale and Princeton, 1900 to Today,'' is scheduled to be published by Houghton Mifflin next fall. His recent piece, ''The Legacy of Legacies,'' which addressed legacy admissions, was published as an op-ed column in the Sept. 13, 2004, New York Times.

Since the early 1970s, Karabel has had a special interest in the social consequences of policies of university admissions. In 1989, he chaired the Admissions and Enrollment Committee of the Academic Senate of the University of California-Berkeley and wrote the report, ''Freshman Admissions at Berkeley: A Policy for the 1990s and Beyond.'' His research on college admissions has appeared in several scholarly journals. Currently, he is the co-director (with Troy Duster) of a multi-year grant from the Ford Foundation on the effects of the end of affirmative action on the University of California.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Sociology.

Conference looks at religion and American life

The role of religion in American public life will be debated at a conference Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Titled ''How Naked a Public Square? Reconsidering the Place of Religion in American Public Life,'' the conference will run from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Scholars from a variety of perspectives will discuss, among other topics, the status of religion in American constitutional law and the place of religion in pluralistic societies.

The conference is sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, the Center for Religious Inquiry Across the Disciplines at Baylor University and the American Public Philosophy Institute. For more information, call 258-5107 or visit the Madison program Web site at <web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/>.

U-NOW Day Nursery plans open house

University-NOW Day Nursery will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 23, at the school located at 171 Broadmead in Princeton. Interested families are invited to attend.

U-NOW provides a full-day, year-round learning program for children ages 3 months through 5 years. It is licensed by the state of New Jersey and accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

For more information, call Louise Powell, director, at 924-4214.

University Art Museum

''Le Brick'' (The Brig), an 1856 albumen print by French photographer Gustav Le Gray, is among the photographs on view at the University Art Museum through Oct. 24. The work is part of the exhibition, ''19th-Century Photographs from the Permanent Collection,'' a survey of signature works by artists including Anna Atkins, Edouard Baldus, Francis Frith, Henry Peach Robinson and Carlton Watkins.

E-voting security is topic for Oct. 27

Electronic Election Systems: E-voting Security and Paper Trails'' is the title of a presentation set for noon Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Michelle Mulder, counsel to Congressman Rush Holt, will speak. An expert on voter verification, she helped draft the Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2003. She will address many of the problems and solutions to ensuring that every vote counts.

The talk is part of a series sponsored by the Office of Information Technology.