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Prison crisis is topic for talk on Nov. 8

A lecture on ''The Crisis in America's Prisons'' is set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Speaking will be Alan Elsner, national correspondent for Reuters News Service and author of ''Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons.'' A journalist for the past 25 years, Elsner reveals the realities of prison life in his 2004 book. Sen. Edward Kennedy called it ''a wake-up call for federal, state and local governments across America.''

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

Democracy, education topic for Glaude

Princeton faculty member Eddie Glaude Jr., will give his views ''On Democracy and Education'' as the keynote speaker for the fifth annual convocation of the Program in Teacher Preparation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Glaude, an associate professor of religion and African-American studies, will address the problems facing U.S. public schools and their impact on democracy in the future. A guest lecturer to community groups across the country, he speaks frequently on African-American history and community, social justice, education and young people's issues.

Glaude is the author of ''Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th-Century Black America,'' winner of the Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. He edited ''Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism'' and is the co-editor with Princeton colleague Cornel West of ''African-American Religious Studies: An Anthology.''

Students and alumni from the Program in Teacher Preparation will attend the lecture, which is open to the public.

Artist Edgar Arceneaux

Drawing and installation artist Edgar Arceneaux will speak about his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Room 219, 185 Nassau St. Shown here is his solo exhibition at the University of California-Los Angeles Hammer Museum from November 2003 to February 2004. Using the museum's gallery as a workspace and the process of memory as his subject matter, Arceneaux combined studio, gallery and artwork into a single active and evolving installation. His lecture at Princeton is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

Talk set on human rights in Mexico

Alecture on ''Human Rights in the Mexican Transition to Democracy: Unfinished Business'' is set for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in 1 Robertson Hall.

Speaking will be Mariclaire Acosta, whose involvement with human rights issues in Mexico spans her careers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A member of President Vicente Fox's transition team, she served at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs as special ambassador for human rights and democracy and later was appointed deputy secretary for human rights and democracy.

Acosta's numerous other contributions to human rights work include her service as president of the nonprofit Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, as executive director of the Mexican Human Rights Academy and as chair of the Mexican section of Amnesty International. She currently is director of the Mexican consulting firm Acosta y Asociados.

The lecture is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Series planned on 'America's Retreat From Greatness'

A scholar of U.S. politics, religion and culture will present three talks on the topic ''America's Retreat From Greatness'' Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 9-11, in McCosh 50.

Alan Wolfe, professor of political science and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College, will speak at 8 each evening as part of the University's Public Lectures Series.

The specific titles of his three addresses are: ''America's Two Visions: The Good and the Great'' on Tuesday; ''How Conservatives Came to Think Small'' on Wednesday; and ''The Liberal Retreat From Ambition'' on Thursday.

Wolfe's work in recent years has focused on cultural and religious issues in American politics. His ''One Nation, After All'' (1999) argued that the ''culture war'' was largely the work of intellectuals; most Americans were not deeply divided over moral issues. His book ''The Transformation of American Religion'' (2003) used ethnographic data to make the case that American religion has been shaped by American culture more than the other way around.

A contributing editor of The New Republic and The Wilson Quarterly, Wolfe writes often for those publications as well as for Commonweal, The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post and other magazines and newspapers.

His talks are designated as the Spencer Trask Lectures and will be available for online viewing a week afterward at <www.princeton.edu/webmedia>.

Richard Clarke to give inside look at America's war on terror

Former U.S. counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke will deliver a lecture titled ''Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror'' at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Clarke served in the White House, the Pentagon, the intelligence community and the State Department for 30 years. A former member of the National Security Council, he was national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counterterrorism (1998-2000), chair of the counterterrorism security group (1992-2003) and special adviser (2001-2003).

Clarke was a key participant in the 9/11 Commission hearings. Providing nearly 20 hours of testimony under oath, his highly contentious accounts drew both high praise and harsh criticism. Clarke, who resigned his position in January 2003, went on to write the 2004 book, ''Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror -- What Really Happened.'' The book, which has launched a firestorm of controversy, outlines the flawed handling of the war on terror on the part of past presidential administrations, and delivers a scathing behind the scenes account of the Bush administration's failures, both pre- and post-9/11.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Policy Research Institute for the Region. It is part of a series leading up to the April 2005 Princeton Colloquium on Public and International Affairs, which will focus on the U.S.-led war on terror. Admission to Dodds will be limited to individuals with Princeton University identification. The lecture will be simulcast in 1 and 16 Robertson Hall for non-University attendees.

Former defense secretary here

Robert McNamara, secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. His topic will be ''The Follies of Current U.S. and NATO Nuclear Policy.''

McNamara is the author with Brian Van DeMark of the 1996 book ''In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam.'' In 2003, he was the subject of a documentary, ''The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara,'' directed by Errol Morris. In this series of interviews, McNamara discusses the Vietnam War, the decisions made, the lessons he learned and their relevance to the world today.

This lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Salman Rushdie to speak

Novelist Salman Rushdie will speak on ''The Novel and the City'' at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, in McCosh 10.

His talk, part of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies' Urban Reflections Lecture Series, is open only to Princeton faculty, staff and students. Tickets are limited to one per person and are available with a University ID between noon and 6 p.m. weekdays at the Frist Campus Center ticket office.

Rushdie is the author of several well-known novels, including: ''Midnight's Children'' (1981), which won the Booker Prize; and ''The Satanic Verses'' (1988), which was deemed sacrilegious by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeni and brought him under a fatwa in 1989. Rushdie's most recent book, ''Step Across This Line: Collected Non-Fiction, 1992-2002,'' explores his own reaction to the fatwa, as well as reactions of the media and various governments.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English and Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Art museum exhibition

This untitled screenprint from the series ''Ten From Castelli'' by Lee Bontecou is part of the exhibition ''Bringing Into Being: Materials and Techniques in American Prints 1950-2000'' on view at the University Art Museum through Jan. 23. The 31-piece show is intended to illustrate the breadth of American artists' responses to the expanding technical possibilities in printmaking during the second half of the 20th century.