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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   November 6, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 8   prev   next   current

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Kaleidoscope conference to focus on diversity

Princeton alumni and other University community members will gather on campus to focus on diversity issues during a conference Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11.

“Kaleidoscope: An Alumni Conference on Race and Community at Princeton University” is intended to bring together alumni, faculty, students, senior administrators and trustees to reflect on changes that have occurred at Princeton in recent years, to identify today’s challenges and opportunities, and to look ahead.

“The Kaleidoscope conference is an opportunity for all Princeton alumni to explore issues related to race and community and to examine the ways in which an expanded commitment to diversity allows Princeton to achieve more fully its highest aspirations for teaching, research and service to others,” President Tilghman wrote in a letter to invitees.

The event follows a successful conference, “Coming Back and Looking Forward,” for black alumni in September that drew some 500 participants.

It will start with a reception on Thursday evening and will continue through a dinner and performance on Saturday evening. Conference sessions will begin on Friday morning with welcoming remarks by Tilghman and an opening address titled “Reflections on Diversity at Princeton” by President Emeritus William G. Bowen.

That session will be followed by presentations on campus diversity initiatives by University administrators and a luncheon panel focusing on campus diversity experiences by several students. The rest of the day on Friday will be devoted to discussions on topics including “Race in the Arts” and “Politics and Race” led by faculty members and alumni.

A Friday dinner will include a presentation on “The Princeton-Dillard Relationship in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina” by Danille Taylor, a 1974 Princeton graduate who is dean of humanities at Dillard. Princeton and Brown universities formed a partnership in September 2005 to help the historically black institution in New Orleans restore operations after its campus was devastated by the hurricane. It re-opened in January 2006. The dinner will be followed by performances by students and alumni.

During the day on Saturday, participants will be able to attend sessions on undergraduate and graduate admission and outreach and on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. A conversation with Tilghman is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon featuring a presentation on the Princeton University Preparatory Program targeting high-achieving, low-income students from area high schools by faculty member Miguel Centeno.

Concurrent sessions led by faculty and alumni on Saturday afternoon will explore topics ranging from religious diversity at Princeton to access to higher education. The event will conclude with a dinner featuring an address by faculty member Albert Raboteau and a performance titled “Refried Latino Pride” by spoken-word poet Joe Hernández-Kolski, a 1996 Princeton alumnus.

The conference is sponsored by the University in partnership with the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton, the Association of Latino Princeton Alumni and Native Americans at Princeton.

It is free and open to all members of the University community. Those who would like to attend the meals must register by visiting the conference Web site at main/ news/ calendar/ kaleidoscope06/ or by calling the Office of the Alumni Association at 258-5830.

McCarty to discuss elections

Nolan McCarty will examine the key issues and likely outcomes of the Nov. 7 midterm elections as part of a panel discussion scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in 219 Burr Hall.

McCarty will be joined by two colleagues who also focus on American politics and elections: Christopher Achen, the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and professor of politics; and Markus Prior, assistant professor of politics and public affairs. (See related article in this issue.)

The event, titled “The Day Before! The Congressional Elections of 2006,” is sponsored by the Department of Politics.

Exhibit on history of Nassau Hall

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Richard Smith, program secretary in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, curated the exhibition (photo: Denise Applewhite)

A Princetoniana exhibit on the history of Nassau Hall is on display through Nov. 30 on the 100 level of the Frist Campus Center. The exhibit is part of events marking the 250th anniversary of the University moving to Princeton and the construction of Nassau Hall and Maclean House.

Exhibit curator Richard Smith, program secretary in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (pictured), holds one of several cast iron capital pieces from the columns on Nassau Hall’s cupola discovered during renovations in 2006. The cupola with its decorative columns was part of the design implemented by architect John Notman following the disastrous fire of 1855, in which Nassau Hall was nearly gutted. The capital pieces were probably “attic stock,” purchased at the time of construction and then stored for use in future repairs.

Doyle to explore pre-emptive and preventive war in Tanner Lectures

Michael Doyle, a leading scholar of international affairs and former adviser to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, will deliver the annual Tanner Lectures on Human Values at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 8-9, in McCosh 50.

Doyle will address “Anticipatory Self-Defense: The Law, Ethics and Politics of Pre-emptive and Preventive War.” His first lecture will include a critique of existing standards of pre-emptive and preventive military actions. The second talk will focus on what the standards should be and how they would inform judgments of key events such as the U.S. blockade of Cuba during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, Israel’s 1981 attack against Iraq’s Osirak nuclear plant and the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Doyle is the Harold Brown Professor of International Affairs, Law and Political Science at Columbia University and a visiting professor at Yale Law School. His books include “Ways of War and Peace,” “Empires” and “Making War and Building Peace,” a study of U.N. peacekeeping efforts written with Nicholas Sambanis.

Doyle served as a special adviser to Annan from 2001 to 2003, with responsibilities including strategic planning, outreach to the international corporate sector and relations with the U.S. government. He recently was named the secretary-general’s representative on the advisory board of the U.N. Democracy Fund.

Doyle served on the Princeton faculty from 1987 to 2003 and is the University’s Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics and International Affairs Emeritus.

Two scholars will serve as commentators for each of Doyle’s lectures: Jeff MacMahan, professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, and Ruth Wedgwood, professor of international law and diplomacy at Johns Hopkins University, for the first; and Harold Hongju Koh, dean of Yale Law School, and Richard Tuck, professor of government at Harvard University, for the second.

The lectures are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values.

Pakistan’s prime minister to speak

Shaukat Aziz, prime minister and finance minister of Pakistan, will discuss “U.S.-Pakistan Relations” in a lecture scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

He was sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister in August 2004, adding to his duties nearly five years after he joined President Pervez Musharraf’s government as finance minister. Aziz has been credited with guiding reforms to help lift Pakistan’s economy out of recession.

He is a former Citibank executive with more than 30 years of experience in global finance and international banking. In 2001, Aziz was named Finance Minister of the Year by Euromoney and Bankers Magazine.

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

Kass to discuss biology, human dignity

Dr. Leon Kass, a member and former chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics, will deliver three seminars on “Keeping Life Human: Biology and Human Dignity” at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Kass is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2005, he served two terms as chair of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Under his leadership, the council published six major books and a white paper on topics ranging from human cloning and human dignity to ethical caregiving in our aging society.

Kass is the 2006 Charles E. Test, M.D., Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and his lectures are presented under the auspices of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

Drugs in sports is topic for talk

The chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Richard Pound, will speak on “Sports and the Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs” at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in 1 Robertson Hall.

Pound has headed the agency since it was founded in 1999 in the wake of drug scandals in cycling. He is a longtime member of the International Olympic Committee, formerly serving as its vice president and directing negotiations for Olympic television coverage, marketing and sponsorships.

Pound also serves as chancellor of McGill University in Montreal. His lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of Athletics.


“Desiderata” by Paul Pfeiffer

Lecture by video artist and photographer to kick off

New York video artist and photographer Paul Pfeiffer will discuss his work during a lecture at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Pfeiffer is known for his critiques of mass media and pop culture. In “Desiderata,” he manipulates TV footage from “The Price is Right” to place unwitting contestants in a surreal world of blinking lights, colorful props and absolute isolation.

His lecture is sponsored by the /@arts Lecture Series and the Program in Visual Arts.

Later on Tuesday, students from the program’s “Intermediate Film and Video Production” course taught by Keith Sanborn will celebrate their own video installations with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lucas Art Gallery, 185 Nassau St.

The exhibition will run through Friday, Nov. 10, with surprise installations popping up elsewhere on campus during that time. Hours for the gallery are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Free shots and more offered at FluFest

University community members can obtain free flu shots at University Health Services’ annual FluFest Nov. 6, 7 and 13, and enjoy the Cirque de Santé health and wellness fair.

Flu shots will be available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Frist Campus Center Multipurpose Rooms. The flu vaccine is available free to all faculty, staff and students. Dependents can receive shots for $25. No appointments are necessary.  

From noon to 6 p.m. on Nov. 6-7, FluFest will be accompanied by Cirque de Santé (“Circus of Health”), which will feature health and fitness screenings, free massages and healthy snacks, fitness demonstrations, music, raffle drawings and performances by campus groups.

The events are co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Frist Campus Center, Department of Facilities and Department of Dining Services, with additional participation from several campus and local organizations.

For more information, contact Gina Baral in health promotion and wellness services at 258-5036 or


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