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photograph of David Suzuki

David Suzuki

Suzuki to discuss sustainability

Environmental activist David Suzuki, host of the Canadian Broadcasting Co.’s popular television series “The Nature of Things,” will discuss sustainability issues in two events scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Suzuki will present a lecture titled “Sustainability: The Real Challenge” at 8 p.m. in McCosh 50. He will offer his views on why humans have not created effective strategies to sustain the environment despite 40 years of warnings from experts, and will present suggestions of how to develop a path of sustainability.

Prior to the lecture, Suzuki will join climate change expert Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton’s Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs, in a question-and-answer session from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Forbes College Multipurpose Room.

Suzuki is an acclaimed scientist and broadcaster who is renowned for his radio and television programs that explain the complexities of the natural sciences. He also is cofounder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, which promotes efforts to conserve nature and help achieve sustainability.

Suzuki’s talks are sponsored by the Princeton Canadian Club, the Canadian Studies Program and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and cosponsored by the Office of Sustainability, Outdoor Action, Forbes College and the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.

Tilghman to speak at CPUC

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, Feb. 11.

The meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture, 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.

Talk honors Thurgood Marshall’s legacy

Harvard Law School professor Ronald Sullivan will deliver the inaugural Thurgood Marshall Lecture, sponsored by the National Black Law Students Association at Prince-ton, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The student association, which provides information and resources about careers in law, designed the event to honor the legacy of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court justice. Intended to become an annual event, the Marshall Lectures will highlight people who have used their legal education to generate positive social change and bring about justice through public-interest advocacy.

Sullivan, a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and director of the Harvard Criminal Justice Institute, will discuss “Criminal Justice Today: The Intersection between Race and the American Criminal Justice System.”

As a visiting attorney for the Law Society of Kenya in Nairobi in 1994-95, Sullivan sat on a committee charged with drafting a new Kenyan constitution. He is a former staff attorney, general counsel and director of the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., and has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Council of the District of Columbia on a range of criminal law issues.

Sullivan’s teaching focuses on areas such as criminal law, criminal procedure, legal ethics and race theory.

The lecture is co-sponsored by Rockefeller College, the Program in Law and Public Affairs, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center for African American Studies, the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students and the Fields Center.

photograph of Drawing by Mexican artist Lucía Maya

Drawing by Mexican artist Lucía Maya

Drawings and paintings by Mexican artist Lucía Maya exhibited

An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Mexican artist Lucía Maya is on view in the Program in the Study of Women and Gender lounge, 113 Dickinson Hall, through March 7.

Maya’s work continues a several-decades-old Latin American tradition of “fabulist realism” — exploring issues of femininity, marriage, maternity, spirituality and mysticism through compelling images of love, anxiety, loneliness and transcendence.

N.Y. Times reporter to discuss U.N.

Warren Hoge, United Nations foreign affairs correspondent for The New York Times, will deliver a talk titled “The United Nations at a Time of Change” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Before taking up his present post in November 2003, Hoge held a number of positions with the Times, including editor of The New York Times Magazine, foreign editor, Rio de Janeiro bureau chief and London bureau chief.

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is sponsoring the lecture.

Massey explores Bell Labs’ black scientific legacy

The Legacy of the Black Scientific Renaissance at Bell Laboratories in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s” is the subject of a talk by William Massey, Princeton’s Edwin S. Wilsey Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

According to Massey, a researcher at Bell Labs for 20 years, the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s at Bell Labs were to black scientists what the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was to black artists.

Also this month, Massey will be honored at the 2008 Black Engineer of the Year Awards conference in Baltimore. In 2006, Massey received the Blackwell-Tapia Prize, honoring his achievements in mathematical research and his mentoring of minorities and women in the field of mathematics.

Massey, the first African American Princeton undergraduate to have become a full professor at the University, also founded and continues to provide leadership for the annual Conference for African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences.

Massey’s talk is sponsored by the Wesley L. Harris Scientific Society and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Alumni reflect on career journeys

Princeton alumni working in the publishing, consumer products, nonprofit and entertainment fields will discuss their career journeys in the new Imagine Speaker Series sponsored by the Office of Career Services.

The series will focus on “the unimagined career journey” and will include the following talks:

• YoungSuk (Y.S.) Chi, a 1983 graduate and current vice chairman of Elsevier — an international publisher of science, technology and medicine information — will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in 2 Robertson Hall. Chi, an economics major at Princeton and current University trustee, also has worked in the finance and information technology industries.

• Andrea Jung of the class of 1979, who is chairman and chief executive officer of Avon Products Inc., will speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Jung, an English major at Princeton, has an extensive background in product marketing and retail operations.

• Margaret Crotty, a 1994 graduate who is president and chief executive officer of AFS/USA Intercultural Programs, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Prospect House. Crotty’s organization offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries. A history major at Princeton, Crotty has worked for several nonprofit and educational organizations.

• Marc Rosen, a 1998 alumnus who founded a Hollywood production company, will speak at 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Friend Center Convocation Room. Rosen, an English major at Princeton, is a founder and partner of Rosen-Obst Productions, which is based at the Paramount Pictures studio.

Each of the talks will be followed by a reception.

Palestine is focus of lecture

Efraim Inbar, a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, will present a lecture on “The Rise and the Demise of the Palestinian Option” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Inbar, who is director of Bar-Ilan’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, specializes in Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security. A prolific author and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post, Inbar’s most recent book is “Israel’s National Security: Issues and Challenges Since the Yom Kippur War.”

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is sponsoring the lecture.

photograph of Pilobolus Dance Theatre

Pilobolus Dance Theatre (photo: John Kane)

Pilobolus Dance Theatre coming to McCarter

Noted for its inventive and compelling works, Pilobolus Dance Theatre will perform at the McCarter Theatre Center on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13-14.

The performances will feature a new work choreographed by Michael Tracy in collaboration with the company. Formed 36 years ago, Pilobolus is acclaimed around the world for combining body sculpture, acrobatics and theater, and for stretching the boundaries of human movement with a mix of humor, intelligence, physical invention and raw athleticism.

Prospect board members sought

Nominations are being sought for the Prospect Association Board, an advisory group of faculty and staff members that serves as an advocate for Prospect House.

Prospect House is the private dining club serving faculty and staff at the University. It is the home of the Garden Room and Tap Room and hosts several special events throughout the year.

Board members attend monthly luncheon meetings at the house during the academic year, supporting management in planning and implementing Prospect’s programs and serving as a liaison between faculty and staff customers.

Those wishing to nominate someone should make sure he or she is interested in serving for four years. Nominators should forward the prospective board member’s name and a paragraph of 100 words or less about the person and why he or she would be a good advocate for Prospect House to Susan Kovach at no later than Feb. 22. Self-nominations are accepted.

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