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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   February 19, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 16   prev   next   current

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1,200 expected to attend Alumni Day

Princeton NJ — More than 1,200 alumni and parents of current undergraduates are expected on campus for a day of lectures, ceremonies and other events Saturday, Feb. 24.

The annual Alumni Day and Parents’ Program, coordinated by the Office of the Alumni Association, will begin at 9 a.m. with an alumni panel on careers and end with a 6:30 p.m. dinner honoring this year’s winner of the University’s James Madison Medal.

Highlights will include:

  • A lecture at 9:15 a.m. by Julius Coles, a 1966 alumnus of the Graduate School and this year’s Madison Medalist. Coles, who had a 28-year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development and is now president of Africare, will present “An Examination of the Prospects for Africa in the New Millennium” in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
  • A lecture at 10:30 a.m. by Paul Sarbanes, a five-term U.S. senator from Maryland who recently retired from government service. The 1954 undergraduate alumnus is this year’s recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award and will speak on “Reflections on a Life in Public Service” in Richardson Auditorium.
  • A 12:15 p.m. Alumni Association luncheon and awards ceremony in Jadwin Gymnasium.
  • A 3 p.m. service of remembrance in the University Chapel to honor deceased Princeton alumni, students and University faculty and staff members.
  • A 4:15 p.m. panel discussion in Richardson Auditorium on “Never Again? The Crisis in Darfur” featuring Coles and Sarbanes, who are both alumni of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, along with Wilson School faculty members Gary Bass and Jennifer Widner. The event will be moderated by Wilson School Dean Anne-Marie Slaughter.

A variety of other presentations are planned on topics ranging from “A Balance Sheet of the U.S. Health System” and “Wounded Warriors: Understanding the Politics of the Strong Black Woman” to “How Brains Adapt and Integrate” and “Having Kids and Careers: Making It Work.” A number of programs are scheduled for families, including one on “Navigating the College Admissions Process” for students in grades 9 through 11 and a “Guyot Hall Dinosaur Tour.”

While the Alumni Day and Parents’ Program is not open to the general public, faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the lectures, panels, workshops and service of remembrance.

For a complete schedule, call the Office of the Alumni Association at 258-1900 or visit

Archives exhibition tuned to the times

A new exhibition, “Tune Every Harp and Every Voice,” at the Mudd Manuscript Library draws upon the library’s rich holdings to document more than two centuries of musical life on campus. On view from Feb. 19 until July 27, the display demonstrates that the history of music at Princeton bears witness to the changes of the University as a whole.

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Tulis to speak on statesmanship

The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions will mark George Washington’s birthday on Thursday, Feb. 22, with a lecture titled “On Constitutional Statesmanship.”

Jeffrey Tulis, associate professor of government at the University of Texas-Austin, will speak at 4:30 p.m. in 6 Friend Center. He will compare well-established notions of great statesmanship with those outlined in the U.S. Constitution.

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“Landscape,” charcoal on paper by Vannessa Tran.

Student workshops to explore “poetry” in art and nature

Vannessa Tran, a Seattle artist whose work is informed by her Vietnamese heritage and her love of Chinese painting and landscape poetry, will present a lecture and three workshops on campus the week of Feb. 19.

From noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, she will lead workshops in Room 218 of 185 Nassau St. The workshops are intended to help student-artists develop their approach to subject matter and explore the poetry that exists in art and in nature. They are open to members of the University community; to register, call 258-1016 or e-mail

The lecture, titled “The ‘Nature’ of Painting,” is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in 106 McCormick Hall. It is open to the public.

Tran is a fellow in the Council of the Humanities and the Tang Center for East Asian Art. Her visit also is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts and the University Art Museum.

‘Trapped in War on Terror’ is topic

‘Trapped in the War on Terror” is the title of an address set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Ian Lustick, a professor of political science and the Bess W. Heyman Chair at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss his 2006 book by the same title.

In the book, Lustick questions the rationale for the war and maintains that it is disconnected from the real but remote threat terrorism poses. He explains how the generalized War on Terror began as part of the justification for invading Iraq, but then took on a life of its own.

In 1979-80 Lustick worked as a Middle East analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Since then he has been consulted on Middle East affairs, foreign policy and intelligence techniques by every administration, including projects, lectures and consultancies for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency and National Security Council.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

Poets Arvio and Harvey to read

Poets Sarah Arvio and Matthea Harvey will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Arvio is the author of two collections of poetry, “Sono” (2006) and “Visits From the Seventh” (2002). For the latter, she won the Rome Prize and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Arvio works as a translator for the United Nations.

Harvey is the author of “Sad Little Breathing Machine” (2004) and “Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form” (2000). Her third book of poems, “Modern Life,” is forthcoming in 2007. Her first children’s book also is forthcoming. Harvey is a contributing editor to jubilat. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

The event is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing.

Skating on Lake Carnegie

Skating on Lake Carnegie (photo: John Jameson)

Skating possible on frozen Lake Carnegie

The recent run of cold weather resulted in Lake Carnegie freezing over for the first time in several years. Members of the University and local communities took advantage of the six-plus inches of ice to get out their skates.

Skating is allowed during daylight hours between the bridges on Washington Road and Harrison Street. It is permitted at one’s own risk only when white flags are flying from the poles at the boathouse near the Washington Road bridge and at the Harrison Street bridge. Red flags mean that the ice is not safe.


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