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King Day celebration set for Jan. 17

The University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall.

Yvonne Smith Segars

Yvonne Smith Segars

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include: an address by Yvonne Smith Segars, state of New Jersey public defender; musical selections by CASYM Steel Orchestra; and the presentation of awards to essay, poster and video contest winners from area schools. In addition, the University will present the first MLK Day Journey Award, recognizing a member of the Princeton faculty, staff or student body who best represents King’s continued journey.

A defense attorney for 17 years, Segars has served as New Jersey’s public defender since September 2002, leading the office that provides attorneys for indigent clients in each of the state’s 21 counties. Segars has championed the establishment of drug courts in New Jersey, which give non-violent drug offenders a chance to enter highly supervised treatment programs as an alternative to prison. She has lectured nationally on policies relating to criminal justice and drug treatment.

This year’s contests for area school children were intended to commemorate the continuing journey of King’s work. Students in grades 7 through 12 were invited to submit original essays or video presentations describing journeys in their own lives and how they may relate to the profound journey that King undertook during the civil rights movement. Fourth- through sixth-graders were invited to create posters depicting or symbolizing a personal journey the student has completed or is undertaking and how it relates to the goals and lessons of King’s journey to improve civil and/or human rights.

This year, 300 students from 19 schools submitted essays or videos and nearly 250 students from eight schools submitted posters. Many of the posters will be displayed during the program. The winning posters and excerpts from the essays will be posted on the University’s King Day Web site at <www.princeton.edu/pr/mlk>.

The event is convened by the University’s Martin Luther King Day Committee and is coordinated by the Office of Communications. The program is supported in part by funds provided by the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission of the New Jersey Department of State.

Clothing drive begins Jan. 12

Members of the University community are reminded that the annual clothing drive to benefit the Hire Attire Boutique is set for weekdays from Jan. 12 through Jan. 19.

Items may be taken to the OIT Training Room at the Armory (Washington Road side) between 8 and 9 a.m. and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The organization collects “gently used” business clothes for men and women who are entering or re-entering the workforce after completing a New Jersey job training program.

The drive is being coordinated by the offices of the associate provost for institutional equity and community and state affairs. For more information or to volunteer to assist with the clothing drive, contact Helen Thigpen in community and state affairs at <hthigpen@princeton.edu> or 258-3204.

Nominations for teaching awards due Feb. 4

Members of the University community are reminded that letters of nomination for the 2005 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching are due Friday, Feb. 4.

The awards, presented annually at Commencement, are intended to recognize excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. All current full, associate and assistant professors, lecturers on continuing appointment, senior lecturers and lecturers who have served at least half time for three or more years are eligible for nomination.

Signed letters of nomination should be sent to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, 9 Nassau Hall.

Actress Heidi Stillman

Berlind Theatre: “The Secret in the Wings,”

Berlind Theatre production

“The Secret in the Wings,” written and directed by Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (“Metamorphoses”), is being performed on the Berlind Theatre stage through Sunday, Feb. 13.

The work is a fantastic retelling of four unfamiliar fairy tales — including “Three Blind Queens” and “The Princess Who Wouldn’t Laugh” — framed by a unique twist on the classic, “Beauty and the Beast.” The show is intended to immerse adults in a rare and magical storybook experience. Actress Heidi Stillman (pictured) performed in an earlier production at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago.

The production by the McCarter Theatre Center features several members of the original cast, as well as many of Zimmerman’s long-time collaborators. For ticket information, call 258-2787 or visit <www.mccarter.org>.

Lecture series focuses on art and culture

What can the art and literature of a country tell you about its culture? A four-session lecture series in February will feature Princeton faculty members exploring that topic.

Presented by the Alumni Council, the series is free and open to members of the University community. Each lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in 106 McCormick.

Here is the schedule:

• Wednesday, Feb. 2 — “Art and Writing in Ancient Mexico” with John Pohl, the Peter Jay Sharp Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the University Art Museum.

• Wednesday Feb. 9 — “Movies and the Middle East” with Carl Brown, the Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs Emeritus.

• Wednesday Feb. 23 — “Mountains and Water, Shan Shui: What Do We Mean by ‘Landscape’ in Chinese Landscape Painting?” with Jerome Silbergeld, the P.Y. and K. Tang Professor of Chinese Art and director of the Tang Center for Chinese and Japanese Art.

• Monday Feb. 28 — “From Baghdad to Bengal: Court Paintings of the Medieval Caliphs, Sultans and Rajahs” with Michael Barry, lecturer in Near Eastern studies.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Lutz at <klutz@princeton.edu> or 258-0014.