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Krista Tippett

Radio host Tippett to read from work

Krista Tippett, host of American Public Media’s nationally syndicated radio program “Speaking of Faith,” will read from her work and join Princeton scholars in a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in McCosh 50.

After reading from her book, also titled “Speaking of Faith,” Tippett will participate in a panel with Leigh Schmidt and Judith Weisenfeld, professors of religion, and Matthew Hedstrom, a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for the Study of Religion. The discussion will be moderated by Carolyn Rouse, associate professor of anthropology and African American studies.

A journalist and former diplomat, Tippett founded the “Speaking of Faith” radio program in 2000 to examine the religious impulses characterizing human life in a manner that avoids the often contentious debate between the religious and the secular. She was a reporter for The New York Times, Newsweek, the BBC and other international news organizations in Berlin in the 1980s and later served as special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to the former West Germany.

The event, designated as a Spencer Trask Lecture, is part of the University Public Lectures Series and is cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for the Study of Religion.

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James West

Microphone inventor West discusses black, Hispanic heritage in technology

James West, co-inventor of the modern-day microphone, will give the keynote address at a leadership conference sponsored by the Prince-ton chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Friend Center Auditorium. His talk is titled “Where Credit Is Due: The Black and Hispanic Heritage in Technology.”

West, who holds more than 250 patents, has been awarded a National Medal of Technology and inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. In 1962, he and colleague Gerhard Sessler at Bell Laboratories patented the electret microphone — today, some 90 percent of microphones are built using the principles they developed.

While at Bell Labs in the early 1970s, West and other African American scientists created graduate fellowship programs and undergraduate summer research programs for underrepresented minorities. These programs had far-reaching influence and underwrote the Ph.D. educations of nearly 200 minority scientists and engineers in the United States.

West’s talk, which is open to the public, is part of a daylong New Jersey Spring Zone Leadership conference hosted by Prince-ton. The rest of the conference is free to registered members of NSBE and is open to graduate students, undergraduates and high school students in the New Jersey area.

To register for the conference, which runs from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., contact Kent Cameron at (718) 219-3735.

Kristol to speak on election panel

William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard and columnist for The New York Times, will be among the panelists in a discussion titled “Election 2008: Where Do Things Go From Here? Conservative Perspectives” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in 219 Burr Hall.

The panel will be moderated by Robert George, director of Prince-ton’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. In addition to Kristol, who also is a contributor to the Fox News Channel, the panel will include: James Ceaser, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia who is a visiting fellow this year with the Madison Program; and Eric Cohen and Yuval Levin, fellows at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., institute dedicated to applying Judeo-Christian moral traditions to public policy issues.

The panel is sponsored by the Madison Program and the Pace Center.

photograph of work by Katie Zaeh

Part of a series titled “Shells” by Katie Zaeh (photo: M. Teresa Simao)

Student works from the Program in Visual Arts exhibited

Student works from the Program in Visual Arts will be on view Feb. 5-15 in the Lucas Gallery, 185 Nassau St., including this piece by sophomore Katie Zaeh, which is part of a series titled “Shells” from her introductory sculpture course.

The exhibition will feature student works in ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, and video and film production. president Clarizio presents views on startup success

Innovative business strategist Lynda Clarizio, president of, will discuss “Advancing a Startup: Becoming a Big Business” at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

Clarizio joined in 2006 after serving in several senior executive positions at AOL, including senior vice president for acquisitions and strategic investments. In that role, she led the online services company’s acquisition of in 2004.

A 1982 graduate of Princeton with a bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Clarizio also holds a law degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to joining AOL, she was a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Arnold & Porter. She is a member of Princeton’s Women in Leadership Initiative advisory committee and treasurer of Human Rights First, a nonprofit international organization.

The event, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception, is the third lecture in this year’s “Leadership in a Technological World” series. The series is sponsored by Princeton’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education and underwritten by the William Pierson Field Lectureship Fund.

Talk explores politics in Pakistan

State of Denial: Politics, Islam and Nuclear Weapons in Pakistan” is the title of a talk by physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan, set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Hoodbhoy is chair of the Department of Physics at Quaid-e-Azam University, where he has taught for 33 years. He has won several awards for contributions to education in Pakistan as well as the UNESCO 2003 Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science.

Hoodbhoy also is involved in numerous social issues, including women’s rights, the environment and nuclear disarmament. He is author of “Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality” and chairman of Mashal Books, a nonprofit organization based in Lahore that publishes books in Urdu on social, philosophical and scientific issues. He also has produced and directed several documentary films dealing with political, nuclear and scientific matters.

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

Lecture examines science and religion

Cognitive Foundations of Science and Religion” is the topic of a lecture by scholar Robert McCauley set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in 100 Jones Hall.

McCauley is the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor at Emory University, where he has appointments in the departments of philosophy, psychology, anthropology and religion. His research focuses on the philosophy of science and the cognitive science of religion.

McCauley co-wrote “Rethinking Religion” and “Bringing Ritual to Mind,” edited “The Churchlands and Their Critics” and co-edited “Mind and Religion.” He has published more than 70 papers in a range of academic journals, including Philosophy of Science, Philosophical Psychology and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion.

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Jon Satrom (left) and Will Cohen in musical “A Year With Frog and Toad” (photo: Courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center)

Musical comes to McCarter Theatre Center

The touring production of Robert and Willie Reale’s Tony Award-nominated musical “A Year With Frog and Toad,” based on the popular children’s book series, will come to the McCarter Theatre Center for three performances Feb. 9 and 10.

From left, Jon Satrom plays the cheerful and popular Frog, and Will Cohen is the grumpy Toad. For ticket information, call the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit

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