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International Festival kicks off

The Princeton International Festival, one of the largest student-organized events on campus, will kick off with an opening ceremony at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The monthlong festival will feature performances, films, conferences and parties under the theme of “Come Taste the World.”

The opening ceremony will highlight a variety of performance styles from around the globe. Twelve student groups — including Triple 8, Capoeira, Raks Odalisque, Naacho, Flamenco Puro and the Sesame Street Crew — will present acts such as flamenco, ballet, ukulele and martial arts. Professor of Mathematics Manjul Bhargava will perform classical Indian tabla music. The ceremony also will feature a procession of more than 45 students bearing the flags of their native countries and a fashion show of ethnic costumes from five continents.

Other events planned for the festival include a lecture by Arabic calligrapher Haji Noor Deen, Capoeira’s annual Batizado Festival and a one-day “World Cup” soccer tournament. The month will close with a “Global Village” presentation at Communiversity on Saturday, April 28, and a closing banquet Sunday, April 29, in the Fields Center.

The International Festival is organized by the Consortium of International Student Organizations under the auspices of the International Center. For more information, visit

Talk examines four years of Iraq war

Two of Princeton’s leading scholars of international affairs will discuss the war in Iraq, marking the four-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 127 Corwin Hall.

Aaron Friedberg, professor of politics and international affairs, and Gary Bass, associate professor of politics and international affairs, will lead the discussion, titled “The War in Iraq: After Four Years.”

Friedberg is an expert on international relations, international security in East Asia, foreign policy and defense policy. He served as deputy national security adviser and director of policy planning for Vice President Dick Cheney in 2003-04. Bass focuses his research on human rights, international justice, international security and ethics in international relations.

The talk is sponsored by the Department of Politics and Wilson College.

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Preston Burger and Natasha Kalimadaect (photos: John Jameson, Denise Applewhite)

Program in Theater and Dance senior thesis production

Seniors Preston Burger and Natasha Kalimada will present a senior thesis production for the Program in Theater and Dance, titled “Everything I Would Say,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St. Joined by other student dancers, Burger and Kalimada will perform their own original works as well as new pieces by Head of Dance Ze’eva Cohen and renowned choreographer Anna Sokolow. Admission is free.

Novelists Everett and Lethem to read

Novelists Percival Everett and Jonathan Lethem will read from their works at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Everett is the author of 15 novels, three collections of short fiction and one volume of poetry. Among his novels are “Wounded,” “Glyph,” “Erasure,” “American Desert,” “For Her Dark Skin” and “Zulus.” He has received numerous honors, including the Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Lethem, a 2005 winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” is the author of six novels, a novella, two short story collections and a volume of essays. He won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and the Salon Book Award for his 1999 novel “Motherless Brooklyn,” which also was named novel of the year by Esquire. His other novels include “The Fortress of Solitude,” “Girl in Landscape” and “Gun With Occasional Music.”

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

Blix to discuss disarmament

Former U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix will present a lecture titled “Is It Time for a Revival of Disarmament?” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

A veteran Swedish diplomat, Blix served as director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997 and was charged with overseeing inspection of Iraq’s nuclear program. He became head of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in 2000, running the commission during the contentious period when the existence and verification of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq were hotly debated by Security Council members as reasons to justify waging war on that country.

Blix retired from that position in 2003, and currently is the honorary chair of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The talk is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Program on Science and Global Security.

Trustee to speak on urban planning

University Trustee José Huizar, a member of the Los Angeles City Council, will speak on the city’s planning initiatives at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in 16 Robertson Hall.

“Planning in Los Angeles: Building Schools, Constructing Housing and Revitalizing the L.A. River” is the title of the talk by Huizar, who earned his master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1994.

Huizar was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in November 2005 after serving two terms as president of the board of education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. During his tenure, he oversaw plans to build more than 160 new schools within eight years, the largest school construction program in the nation’s history.

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

Cotsen presents ‘Princyclopedia 2007’

The magical world of “Harry Potter” will come to life at “Princyclopedia 2007” presented by Cotsen Children’s Library on Saturday, March 31, in Dillon Gymnasium. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

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Kurtzer reviews Israeli security

Daniel Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt and a visiting professor at Princeton, will speak on “Ethical Issues and Dilemmas in the Formulation of National Security Policy” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle East Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He came to Princeton in 2006 after serving as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005 and ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001.

His lecture is sponsored by the Wilson School and the Center for the Study of Religion as part of a series on “The Crossroads of Religion and Politics.”


Roy Lichtenstein’s “Still Life With Red Jar”

Art Museum to show its American pop art

A new exhibition, “Pop Art at Princeton: Permanent and Promised,” celebrates the University Art Museum’s comprehensive collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture by leading figures of the American pop art movement.

The exhibition includes works such as Roy Lichtenstein’s “Still Life With Red Jar” (at right) as well as examples of seldom seen later works by Robert Indiana, Alex Katz, Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. The exhibition runs through Aug. 12. For more information, visit


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