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Streep: Empathy “an actor’s singular joy”

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep spoke in McCosh 50 (photo: Denise Applewhite)

Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep told a crowd of 450 in McCosh 50 on Nov. 30 that developing a capacity for empathy has given her the ability to “feel the exquisite living pleasure of transmitting (a character’s) feelings to an audience. It’s an actor’s singular joy.”

Streep was invited to the University as the Belknap Visitor in the Humanities, a program that brings distinguished writers and artists to campus for one or two days to interact with students, faculty and members of the community. For more about her talk, visit main/ news/ archive/ S16/ 49/ 92S82/.

Holiday Festival planned at Frist

Students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the winter season at the Frist Campus Center’s annual Winter Holiday Festival from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The event will feature live music, a variety of holiday desserts and beverages, a live cooking demonstration using late harvest herbs and vegetables, classic holiday films, cookie and ornament decorating, a knitting circle, and a Kwanzaa celebration.

Holiday cookie and ornament decorating will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the East TV Lounge. Both East and West TV Lounges will be showing classic holiday films throughout the festival.

Knitters of all skill levels are invited to stop by the knitting circle near the West TV Lounge where representatives from Pins and Needles, a local knitting and needlepoint store, will be on hand to provide instruction and advice to novice and experienced knitters.

Members of the Religious Life Council will host an Interfaith Holiday Table and exhibit, and be available to answer questions regarding various faiths and holiday traditions.

Live music will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the 100 level and will be provided by members of the Graduate Music Society. The program will include jazz, klezmer and classical, as well as Brazilian bossa nova, samba and choro styles.

The Black Graduate Caucus and Fields Center will present a traditional Kwanzaa celebration in the Multipurpose Room starting at 6:30 p.m. Princeton students, faculty and staff will participate in the program that includes various artistic performances, poetry readings and music. Food also will be served.

Other related events taking place at Frist that week include the Jersey Cares Coat Drive. Members of the University community may donate new or gently used winter coats near the Mazo Family Game Room on the 100 level of Frist between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 14.

A cultural exhibit will be on display Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 11-13, on the 100 level. The display will showcase customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the Chinese New Year and is provided by the University Health Services Cultural Awareness Committee.

The Winter Holiday Festival is sponsored by the Frist Campus Center, Athletes in Action, Black Graduate Caucus, Dining Services, Fields Center, Graduate Music Society, International Center, Religious Life Council and University Health Services Cultural Awareness Committee.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit the Frist Campus Center website at

Talk set on pension reform

The former head of Chile’s much-studied pension system will speak at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Guillermo Larrain Rios, superintendent of pension funds for the government of Chile from 2003 to 2006, will discuss “Challenges of Funded Pension Schemes in Chile and Latin America.”

In 1981 Chile replaced its government-run pay-as-you-go retirement system with an investment-based private system of individual retirement accounts. Several other Latin American countries have followed its example. The system is one of the most studied and debated free-market experiments in the world. President Bush has cited it as a model for his efforts to restructure Social Security.

Larrain currently is chief executive officer of South Cone Innovación Financiera and a consultant to the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the government of Armenia. In addition, he is a professor of macroeconomics at the University of Chile.

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

Childs to discuss excavation in Cyprus

William Childs, Princeton professor of art and archaeology, will discuss the University’s long-term excavation work in Cyprus at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, in 10 East Pyne.

His talk is titled “Archaeological Enigmas: Princeton’s Excavations at Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus.”

Childs and other members of the University community have been working near the modern village of Polis Chrysochous at the west end of Cyprus since 1984.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Classics and the Princeton Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Audience invited to join in ‘Messiah’

The University community is invited to celebrate the holiday season by singing portions of Handel’s “Messiah” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in the University Chapel.

The conductor will be Penna Rose, director of chapel music. The group will be accompanied by University organist Eric Plutz, strings and trumpet.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for students. Scores may be borrowed at the door.

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“About and Beyond the Outer Precincts of the Palace at Chiyoda,” an 1897 woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu (photo: Courtesy Princeton University Art Museum)

Show focuses on perceptions of other cultures

“About and Beyond the Outer Precincts of the Palace at Chiyoda,” an 1897 woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu, is part of an exhibition on view at the University Art Museum through Jan. 7. Titled “Japanese Views of East and West: Imprinting the Other in Meiji Eyes,” the show focuses on the country’s perceptions of other cultures from the 1860s to the beginning of the 20th century.

From a kabuki play scene set in the North American “wild west” to a panoramic view of an offshore battle with the Russians, the works in the exhibition concern a time of sharp transition in Japanese political, social and philosophical thought.

Post-midterm politics is topic

The Midterm Elections of 2006 and the Future of American Politics” is the topic of a lecture set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in 6 Friend Center.

Andrew Busch, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, will examine the November midterm elections and outline the possible consequences for American politics. “Historically, American midterm elections not only have usually hurt the president’s party in Congress, but have often laid the groundwork for major electoral and policy change,” he writes.

Busch is the author or co-author of nine books on American elections and presidential politics, including “Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics,” co-written with James Ceaser; “Reagan’s Victory: The 1980 Presidential Election and the Rise of the Right”; and “Horses in Midstream: U.S. Midterm Elections and Their Consequences, 1894-1998.”

The event is presented by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions as part of its “America’s Founding and Future” lecture series.

Canadian Brass

The Canadian Brass (photo: Courtesy of the Canadian Brass)

Canadian Brass will perform

The Canadian Brass will perform music for the Christmas season at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Joining Bernhard Scully on horn, Gene Watts on trombone and Chuck Daellenbach on tuba will be two members of its trumpet “Dream Team,” Joe Burgstaller and Jeroen Berwaerts. The concert is presented by McCarter Theatre. For ticket information, visit the McCarter website at or call 258-2787.

Award-winning poet to read

Award-winning poet and author Ralph Angel will read from his translation of the works of Frederico García Lorca at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in 219 Burr Hall.

Spanish poet and dramatist García Lorca was a leading member of the “Generation of 1927,” a group of writers who advocated avant-gardism in literature. He became known as the poet of Andalusia and its gypsy subculture with the publication of “Poema Del Cante Jondo” (1931) and “Primer Romancero Gitano” (1924-1927). He gained fame as a playwright with the romantic historical play “Marina Pineda” for which Salvador Dali constructed the set and scenery.

Angel, the Edith R. White Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Redlands, received the 1995 James Laughlin Award for his book “Twice Removed.” His poems have appeared in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review and have been collected in various anthologies including “The Best American Poetry.”

The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, and Program in Creative Writing.


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