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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   March 12, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 19   prev   next   current

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Tilghman to lead conversation at CPUC meeting

President Tilghman will lead a conversation about topics on the University’s agenda during the next Council of the Princeton University Community meeting on Monday, March 12.

The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 10, and is open to all members of the University community. Tilghman will begin with general comments and then will take questions from the audience.

One of the fundamental reasons the CPUC was created in 1970 was to provide a direct means of communication on a regular basis between the president of the University and members of the Princeton community. The council has been effectively used over the years as a sounding board and as a channel of communication for the University.


“Laura and Brady in the Shadow of Our House,” a 1994 photograph by Abelardo Morell.

Photographer Morell to discuss work

Photographer Abelardo Morell, a visiting lecturer at Princeton this spring, will discuss his work at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

The Cuban-born Morell is known for his original “camera obscura” approach to photography. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as well as more than 40 other museums around the United States and abroad.

A professor of art at the Massachusetts College of Art, Morell is a Class of 1932 Fellow in Visual Arts in the Council of the Humanities this semester, teaching a course on “Advanced Problems in Photography.”

Morell has published numerous collections of his photographs and has received several honors and awards, including a Cintas Foundation grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Filmmaker Allie Humenuk currently is working on “Out of Place,” a documentary about Morell’s work and experience as an artist.

The talk is sponsored by the Program in Visual Arts and the Council of the Humanities.

Clinton national security adviser Lake to speak

Anthony Lake, who served as national security adviser to President Clinton, will present “A View of the Middle East” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Lake, who earned his master’s in public affairs and Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is the Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Lake served as Clinton’s national security adviser from 1993 to 1997, capping a public service career that began when he joined the Department of State in 1962. He served as director of policy planning for President Carter from 1977 to 1981.

Lake recently served as honorary co-chair — with former U.S. Secretary of State and Princeton alumnus George Shultz — of the Princeton Project on National Security, a bipartisan initiative led by the Wilson School to craft a long-term strategy for dealing with critical issues facing the United States.

The lecture is sponsored by the Wilson School and the Office of Graduate Career Services.

Panel explores crisis in Iran

Iran: A Looming Crisis With Possible Solutions?” is the focus of a panel discussion scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The panelists will consider Iran from domestic, regional and international perspectives. Speakers will focus primarily on the country’s nuclear issues, the implications of Iran’s increasing involvement in Iraq, its ties to regional terror networks and its domestic political situation’s potential impact on regional security.

Participants will include: Ali Ansari, director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland; Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, director of Princeton’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination; James Gow, co-director of the International Peace and Security Programme at King’s College London; Alexander Marschik, Austrian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Bruno Pellaud, former IAEA deputy director general; and Gabrielle Rifkind, human security consultant to the Oxford Research Group.

The event is sponsored by the Liechtenstein Institute.


Sitarist Anoushka Shankar to perform

Sitarist Anoushka Shankar will present a concert at 8 p.m. Monday, March 12, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Trained by her father and legendary sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar, the 25-year-old performer released her fourth solo album, “Rise,” in 2005. It was nominated for a Grammy Award and features sitar and vocals with didjeridoo, cello, piano and electronica. The March 12 concert is presented by the McCarter Theatre Center; tickets are available by calling 258-2787 or by visiting

Talk focuses on early education

Early Childhood Education: Effective Use of Public Dollars” is the subject of a talk scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Delivering the lecture will be Steven Barnett and Ellen Frede, the director and co-director, respectively, of the National Institute for Early Education Research based at Rutgers University.

Barnett is a professor of education economics and public policy at Rutgers. His research includes studies of the economics of early care and education, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities.

Frede is an associate professor of elementary and childhood education at the College of New Jersey and former assistant to the commissioner for early childhood education at the New Jersey Department of Education. A developmental psychologist, Frede has focused her research primarily on investigating the impact of early childhood educations programs.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing and the Education Research Section. It is part of the “Researcher Meets Policy-Maker” series.

Value of Jewish history is topic

Writer, critic and editor Leon Wieseltier will deliver a lecture titled “Of What Use Is Jewish History to American Jewish History?” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in 101 McCormick Hall.

Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, has published several works of fiction and nonfiction. His “Kaddish,” an autobiographical meditation on the Jewish prayers of mourning, was a National Book Award finalist in 2000.

His talk is the inaugural lecture of the Lapidus Family Fund for American Jewish Studies, which was established in 2006 to expand and enhance studies of the history of Jewish life in America. The lecture is sponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies, the Perelman Institute and the Program in American Studies.


University Art Museum

“The 1920s ... The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots,” a serigraph by Jacob Lawrence, is among the works on view at the Princeton University Art Museum through May 13 as part of an exhibition, “History, Identity or None of the Above: Regarding African American Art.” The works by modern and contemporary African American artists were chosen to reflect the range and richness of the history of African American art from the 20th century forward. The pieces in the exhibition present a diversity of periods, geographic regions, subject matter, media and techniques. For more information about the exhibition, visit

Exhibition, panel to document socialist architecture in Eastern Europe

Though the Iron Curtain no longer exists, the innumerable prefabricated concrete buildings that sprang up behind it still provide homes and workplaces for many millions of Eastern Europeans. This architectural legacy will be explored in a photographic exhibition that opens Monday, March 12, and a panel discussion the next day in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

The exhibition, “After Utopia,” will be on view in Robertson Hall’s Bernstein Gallery. It will feature the photographs of Elidor Mehilli, who is focusing on this period of architectural history as part of his Ph.D. research. His work has inspired several Princeton faculty members to offer a panel discussion of the photos titled “After Utopia: The Landscape of Socialist Cities” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

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