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Re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”


(photo: Jay Paul)

The campus and local communities will celebrate “Revolutionary Princeton Day” on Saturday, Oct. 28, as part of activities surrounding the 250th anniversary of the University being located in Princeton. At 10:30 a.m. in Nassau Presbyterian Church, there will be a re-enactment of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech by living history interpreters and professional actors from Richmond, Va., portraying historical figures including (from left) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Henry.

Other activities will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the front campus and will include the opportunity for families to tour major historic sites; play colonial games; explore a life-sized maze; watch an apprentice talk about silver smithing and weaving; and attend historical interpretations by costumed militia men, as well as an 18th-century doctor demonstrating medical treatments of the period.

For more information, obtain a pdf version of the schedule at sites/ pucra/ PDFs/ 250th_Princeton-Princeton.pdf; or call the Office of Community and Regional Affairs at 258-3204.

Former German foreign minister Fischer to speak

Joschka Fischer, former German minister of foreign affairs and currently a visiting faculty member at Princeton, will speak at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The lecture, titled “A Conversation With Joschka Fischer,” is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, European Union Program and Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

Fischer was Germany’s foreign minister during the administration of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder from 1998 to 2005. He earned international attention in 1998 when he urged that Germany send troops to Kosovo during the NATO-led intervention there and in 2003 when he advised against Germany supporting the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Fischer is serving a one-year appointment as the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy in the Wilson School, teaching courses on international crisis diplomacy and trans-Atlantic alliances. In addition, he is serving as a senior fellow at the Liechtenstein Institute and as a fellow at the European Union Program. He also has an appointment with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

Journalist offers view of Cold War

Don Oberdorfer, a 1952 Princeton alumnus and former diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post, will deliver a lecture titled “From the Rear of the Secretary’s Plane: A Journalist’s-Eye View of the Cold War” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Oberdorfer currently is a journalist in residence and adjunct professor of international relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

After 13 years as a journalist with other publications, Oberdorfer joined The Washington Post in 1968. He covered the Nixon White House and Northeast Asia, and served for 17 years as the Post’s U.S. diplomatic correspondent before retiring from journalism in 1993.

Oberdorfer has received numerous awards for journalistic excellence, including the National Press Club’s Edwin M. Hood Award for diplomatic correspondence in 1981 and 1988. Princeton presented him with the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate alumnus for exemplary service to the nation, in 1996.

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

Panel focuses on ventures in India

Three Princeton alumni will participate in a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in India at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in the Friend Center auditorium.

The discussion, titled “Creating New Ventures in India: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges,” is part of a technology entrepreneurship lecture series sponsored by Princeton’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education (CIEE) and the Jumpstart New Jersey Angel Network, a venture capitalist group.

The panel will be moderated by entrepreneur Ed Zschau, a faculty member in electrical engineering and in operations research and financial engineering. Panelists will be:

• Randolph Altschuler and Joseph Sigelman, members of Princeton’s class of 1993 and co-presidents of Office Tiger, a company specializing in business process outsourcing services;

• Sumir Chadha, also a 1993 Princeton graduate and senior managing director of Sequoia Capital India; and

• Bharat Desai, co-founder of Syntel, a global information technology services company.

“We would like to get beyond the clichés about outsourcing and bring an understanding of what’s really happening from entrepreneurs who are directly involved,” said Bob Monsour, associate director for external affairs for CIEE. “The panel discussion will cover all facets of the entrepreneurial experience in India.”

The next event in the lecture series will be an Innovation Forum in early 2007 featuring Princeton scientists and engineers discussing their early-stage entrepreneurial ventures.

Experimental filmmaker to discuss work

Yann Beauvais, considered one of France’s foremost experimental film and video artists, will speak about his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

In addition to producing a considerable body of work in film and video, Beauvais has written widely on film and curated numerous film series worldwide. He also is the co-founder of Light Cone, a Paris-based nonprofit association that promotes and distributes experimental French films.

Beauvais lives in Paris and Sao Paulo, Brazil, and teaches at the École des Arts in Mulhouse, France.

The talk is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts.

Talk centers on war on terror and elections

Suzanne Goldenberg, U.S. correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, will present a talk on “The War on Terror and the Mid-term Elections” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Goldenberg joined the London-based newspaper in 1988. She has reported from Washington, D.C., since October 2002 and covered the U.S. invasion of Iraq from Baghdad in 2003.

Goldenberg previously was based in Jerusalem as the Guardian’s Middle East correspondent and won several awards for her work there. She also has been the paper’s South Asia correspondent in New Delhi.

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

Museum redesigns children’s program

The Princeton University Art Museum has redesigned its Saturday morning program for children ages 5 to 9.

Titled “Art for Families,” the sessions start at 10 a.m. with children’s gallery talks given by a museum docent. The talks are followed by related hands-on art projects, created and directed by Hope Van Cleaf, a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City who teaches drawing at the Arts Council of Princeton. The program ends at noon.

Programs this fall include talks on the Maya ball game of early Meso-America; “How to Look at a Painting,” introducing the concepts of foreground and background in landscape painting; and the “Cedar Bar,” a color lithograph by Red Grooms that is a long-standing favorite of young visitors.

Tickets are required and are available for $5 at the museum shop. The program is free for the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum, but friends still must request tickets at the museum shop. Enrollment is limited to 20 children.

Parents may remain with their children or leave the premises (after providing a contact number), and are asked to pick up their children promptly at noon.

The fall series of “Art for Families” will conclude on Dec. 9; a spring session will begin in February.

Chandler Williams and Susan Lynch

Chandler Williams and Susan Lynch appear in Brian Friel’s “Translations” (photo: Denise Applewhite

Irish playwright Brian Friel’s “Translations” staged

As part of the celebration surrounding the donation of the Leonard L. Milberg Irish Theater Collection to Princeton, the McCarter Theatre Center is staging a production of Irish playwright Brian Friel’s “Translations” through Oct. 29.

The play is set in a rural 19th-century Irish village that faces the arrival of a corps of British military engineers, there to map the area and rename its places. The presence of these outsiders forces the inhabitants to confront a changing and uncertain future, and under this shadow an impossible romance between a soldier (Chandler Williams) and a village girl (Susan Lynch) begins.

For ticket information, contact the McCarter box office at 258-2787.

Explore chemistry ‘around the house’

Princeton’s chemistry department will sponsor an evening of demonstrations and hands-on activities that highlight chemistry around the house from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in Frick Laboratory.

The National Chemistry Week Activity Night is focused around the theme “Your Home — It’s All Built on Chemistry.” The event will give members of the campus and local community ages 6 and up the chance to explore structures and the chemistry of the materials used in them, and to learn home chemical safety. Student firefighters will talk about home fire safety and demonstrate extinguishers. Other uses of household chemicals will also be explored, including one activity during which participants will make “spooky inks” that cause different parts of a secret message to appear at different times.

The event is cosponsored by the Princeton local section of the American Chemical Society. Reservations are required. For more information, contact Kathryn Wagner at or 258-2937.

Annual Vendor Fair scheduled

The purchasing department will sponsor the 12th annual Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Dillon Gym.

Those attending will be able to view a variety of products and services offered by many of the University’s contract vendors. Refreshments will be available.

Nominations due Nov. 15 for MLK Journey Award

Nominations for the MLK Day Journey Award will be accepted until Wednesday, Nov. 15. The award recognizes a member of the Princeton faculty, staff or student body who best represents the continued journey of Martin Luther King Jr.

Nominees should support King’s philosophy and teachings and have actively contributed to the improvement of civil rights and/or human rights. A panel of judges will select the award recipient. Preference will be given to candidates who have positively affected the University community.

The Journey Award will be presented during the University’s King Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 15, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Nomination forms are available on the MLK Day Web site at

For additional information, contact Beverly Randez at or 258-9522.


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