As the spring semester sprints toward the final weeks of the academic year, an array of lectures, performances, and film screenings dot its path. What follows is a small sampling of upcoming events on the Princeton University campus. For a complete schedule, visit www.princeton.edu/events. Events are free unless otherwise noted. A campus map is available online at http://etcweb.princeton.edu/pumap.
Wednesday, April 17, 7:15 to 9 p.m. Film screening: “Yol” (The Way).
Princeton University’s Near Eastern Studies Language Film Series presents “Yol” (1982) by the politically controversial Turkish director Yilmaz Guney. The film tracks five Kurdish prisoners who have been given a temporary reprieve. An unrelentingly harsh vision of Turkey emerges as the film documents the profoundly personal experiences of the prisoners, each of whom is caught between the conflicting demands of tradition and of a rapidly changing modern world.
“Yol” is in Turkish and will be shown with English subtitles. It will be followed by a screening of “The Dolphin Boy,” a 2011 documentary film in Hebrew by Israeli director Dani Menkin, on Sunday, April 21.
Sponsored by the Program in Near Eastern Studies. 609-258-4272 or www.princeton.edu/nep/events/arabic-film-series. Jones Hall 100.
Friday, April 19, 4:30 to 7 p.m. “America 2013: Challenges and Opportunities,” a lecture by Jon Huntsman Jr.
Huntsman, two time governor of Utah and former U.S. ambassador to China, will share his view of the possibilities and perils that confront Americans today. Huntsman, who was a candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination in 2012, began his career as a staff assistant to President Reagan and has served four presidencies since. A moderate conservative, Huntsman enjoyed immense popularity as a governor and remains invested in policy reform.
Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. 609-258-2943. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Saturday, April 27, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Learning to Look.”
April 27 is Slow Art Day, a movement that promotes mindful reflection on art, thoughtful reappraisal of familiar works, and introductions to new ones. “Learning to Look” encourages visitors to the art museum to slow their steps and enhance their museum experience. Part of the museum’s Saturday Art for Families series, “Learning to Look” includes an interactive, self-guided tour of the museum and a hands-on art project. Families can linger over and discuss the museum’s art works, and participants can then create their own pieces of art informed by their observations of the museum’s collection and their own inspirations.
Sponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum. Free; no registration required. 609-258-3788. Princeton University Art Museum.
Wednesday, May 1, 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Student readings from the Program in Creative Writing.
Where writers are concerned Princeton University certainly has an embarrassment of riches. Jeffrey Eugenides, Paul Muldoon, Joyce Carol Oates, James Richardson, C.K. Williams, and Edmund White are just a few of the eminent writers enlisted to guide Princeton undergraduates through the creative writing process. Each semester intimate workshops are held and students write fiction, poetry, and translations with the help of celebrated writers. Sample the fruit of a collaboration possible only at Princeton with these student readings.
Sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts. 609-258-4096. Chancellor Green Rotunda.
Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m. “Innovation and Technology in the Electric Sector,” Lewis Library 120. David Mohler, vice president of emerging technology for Duke Energy, draws on his experience in nuclear and fossil power generation to outline discoveries in the race for alternative sources of power. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the newest insights in energy from one of the foremost experts in the field.
Sponsored by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment and the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy.
Wednesday, May 1, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Princeton University Concerts presents Mendelssohn and Bartok, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. This concert provides a special opportunity to hear one of the last performances by the esteemed Tokyo Quartet, which was founded in 1970. This musical farewell concert, made possible in part by the Department of Music is free, but tickets are required. Call 609-258-9220.