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Campus farmers market opens

Members of the University and local communities will have an opportunity to purchase fresh locally grown produce on campus at a new farmers market at Firestone Plaza, which will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Sept. 25 through Oct. 23.

The market is an initiative of the Greening Dining Group, a partnership between the Department of Dining Services and Greening Princeton, a student organization devoted to improving environmental sustainability. The effort is part of Princeton’s expanding sustainability programs and is sponsored by several campus offices.

“The farmers market was conceived to generate awareness on Princeton’s campus about the benefits of local produce and educate students about the importance of sustainably produced food,” said senior Kathryn Andersen, who is organizing the market with junior Ruthie Schwab. “Local produce is preferable to food that has been transported many miles for several reasons: health, freshness, energy conservation, and stimulation of the local economy.”

Andersen noted that farmers markets have become increasingly popular around the country. While several markets are available in the area, they are mainly open in the late spring and summer when students are not on campus. In addition to operating at a time when students are on campus, the Princeton market will be a convenient option for students who do not have cars, as well as for faculty, staff and local community members who work near campus.

Local farmers and businesses that use sustainable practices have been invited to participate. Confirmed vendors are Cherry Grove Farm, Fruitwood Orchards, Small World Coffee, Valley Shepherd Creamery and Witherspoon Bread Company. Items available will include organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, ice cream and coffee.

The initiative is modeled after successful farmers markets launched at other universities to create awareness about the benefits of local produce and support area farmers.

The market also will be an opportunity to learn more about sustainability at Princeton from campus groups that contribute to University sustainability initiatives, including the Office of Sustainability and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Dining Services, which has been working to bring both environmentally friendly and locally grown food into the University’s dining halls, will have a table at the market featuring cooking demonstrations by Princeton chefs.

The farmers market also is sponsored by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs, the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Building Services, the Department of Grounds and Building Maintenance, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Pace Center, the Princeton Environmental Institute and the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board.

More information is available at


The symposium will examine research on ancient Buddhist wall paintings and other art. (photo courtesy of the Tang Center for East Asian Art)

Symposium examines Buddhist art

Leading scholars of Buddhist art and manuscripts will travel to Princeton to present research in a symposium at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, in 101 McCormick Hall.

The event, titled “Dunhuang Manuscripts and Paintings: An International Symposium Honoring James and Lucy Lo,” honors the Los for 60 years of work to preserve materials and images from Dunhuang, the westernmost Chinese stop on the ancient Silk Road trade routes. Dunhuang is home to nearly 500 caves preserving thousands of sculptures and wall paintings, from the fourth to 13th century, and more than 40,000 manuscripts. About 80 manuscripts acquired by the Los are part of the Princeton University Library collection.

The event is sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Workshop and the Tang Center for East Asian Art. It is open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit

Kahn and Peterson discuss re-imagining the Internet

Robert Kahn, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, will join Larry Peterson, chair of Princeton’s computer science department, in a public talk on the future of the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Friend Center auditorium.

The talk, titled “Re-imagining the Internet,” will be moderated by Jennifer Rexford, professor of computer science. It is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Science in honor of Peterson’s recent appointment as the Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science.

Kahn, who earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton in 1964, started the government effort to create the Internet and is co-inventor of the TCP/IP communications protocols, the fundamental technology underpinning the Internet. In 1983, while at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Kahn initiated the billion-dollar Strategic Computing Program, the largest computer research and development program ever undertaken by the federal government.

Kahn is currently chairman and chief executive of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, which he founded in 1986 to promote the design and deployment of new technology in computing, high-speed networking, information management and nanotechnology.

Kahn has received, among many honors, the National Medal of Technology, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Turing Award, which is widely considered the Nobel Prize of computing.

Peterson chairs the planning group of the Global Environment for Network Innovations, a recently launched National Science Foundation initiative with the mandate of making the Internet more trustworthy. Peterson also directs the PlanetLab Consortium, a global research network that supports the development of new generations of Internet services. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the author of a best-selling textbook on networking.

Rexford, who earned a 1991 B.S.E from Princeton, is a member of the planning group for the Global Environment for Network Innovations initiative.


Photograph by Fazal Sheikh

Art Museum exhibits photographs by Fazal Sheikh ’87

“Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh,” a provocative exhibition of works by the artist, activist and Princeton alumnus, will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Saturday, Sept. 29, through Sunday, Jan. 6. At 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, the artist will discuss his work in McCosh 50.

The exhibition includes 150 black-and-white photographs in two galleries, uniting two projects that are focused on women in India. This image is from Sheik’s project “Ladli,” in which he explores the perils faced by girls and young women in modern India’s changing conditions.

Memorial, symposium to honor Paczynski

A memorial service for Bohdan Paczynski, a Princeton professor of astrophysics, is being planned for 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the University Chapel.

A symposium in honor of Paczynski’s career will take place on campus the following Saturday and Sunday.

Paczynski, whose insights into the nature of celestial phenomena guided many developments in astrophysics, died April 19 of brain cancer. He was 67. An obituary was printed in the April 30 Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

For more information on the symposium, visit

Ballet Folklórico de México

Ballet Folklórico de México

Ballet Folklórico de México will perform

Mexico’s oldest and most celebrated dance company, Ballet Folklórico de México, will perform at McCarter Theatre Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.

For more than five decades, Ballet Folklórico de México has thrilled audiences with colorful costumes and props, live mariachi and marimba musicians, and briskly paced programs of dances that sweep across history and geography to provide a vivid portrait of traditional Mexican culture. For ticket information, contact the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit (photo courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center)

Director Breth leads workshops

Andrea Breth, one of Europe’s most celebrated and innovative theater directors, will lead workshops on acting and directing Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 25-27.

The German-born Breth is resident director at the Burgtheater in Vienna, Austria, which has presented many of her famous productions, including Schiller’s “Don Carlos and Maria Stuart,” Lessing’s “Emilia Galotti” and Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” She has won numerous awards, including the Fritz Kortner Prize in 1987 and the Nestroy Prize for Best Director in 2003. She is a member of the Academy of Performing Arts in Frankfurt and of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

At Princeton, she is one of four Whitney J. Oates Fellows in the Council of the Humanities, hosted by the Department of German. The following events, which are open to the public, have been organized as part of her visit to campus:

• “Making Opera: A Conversation With Andrea Breth” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in 102 Woolworth Center of Musical Studies, sponsored by the Department of Music.

• “How to Direct a Classic” at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Berlind Theatre Rehearsal Room, sponsored by the Program in Theater and Dance.

• A screening of “Emilia Galotti” (in German) at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Mathey-Rockefeller College theater, sponsored by the Department of German.

• “A Discussion With Andrea Breth” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in 205 East Pyne, sponsored by the Department of German.

Hit the classroom before the stadium

The Alumni Association is once again offering Tiger football fans a chance to hit the classroom before they hit the stadium.

The Alumni Education Program has organized a series of lectures this fall that precede selected home football games. The following lectures, which will be held in 101 McCormick Hall, are free and open to the general public:

• Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. (Columbia game): Larry Bartels, the Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs, on “Economic Inequality and American Democracy.”

• Saturday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. (Hampton game): Daphne Brooks, associate professor of English and the Center for African American Studies, on “Bring the Pain: The Politics of Black Comedy and Satire in the Post-Civil Rights Era.”

• Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. (Yale game): Sydney Johnson, men’s basketball head coach and a 1997 alumnus, on “The Challenge of Adding to the Legacy of Princeton Basketball.” Following the game, the Alumni Association and the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton are co-sponsoring a 5 p.m. lecture by Anne Cheng, professor of English and the Center for African American Studies and a 1985 alumna, on “Asian America: Race and Fantasy.”

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