The beginning of May brings with it the end of both the spring semester and the 2012-’13 academic year at Princeton University. Though students are in the thick of essay writing and cramming for final exams, events on campus continue uninterrupted. What follows is a small sampling of upcoming events on the Princeton University campus. For a complete schedule, visit Events are free unless otherwise noted. A campus map is available online at

Friday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. “Federalism in the Robert Court”: A Lecture by former Solicitor General of the United States, Paul D. Clement

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — which has assumed the slightly dismissive, albeit popular, moniker of “Obamacare” — has proven a fiercely contested issue in political arenas across the country. Some see in it the promise of extending health care to millions of uninsured Americans. Others believe it to be a vast socialist scheme or the harbinger of a terrifying government takeover.

Clement, who headed a committee to overturn “Obamacare” in March, 2012, doubtless has strong views on both the universal health care option and the broader question of the federal government powers. Clement’s years of experience promise to inspire reflection from both sides of the aisle.

Sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. 609-258-5107. Dodds Auditorum, Robertson Hall.

Saturday, May 11, 8 to 10 p.m. Sympoh Presents its Spring Show: “Breakout.”

May 11 marks the final performance of “Breakout” by Princeton’s student-run hip-hop dance crew. Founded by four Princeton undergraduates in 1999, the group has grown into a unique forum for expression in the urban arts. Whether the group is participating in competitions or hosting them, Sympoh is dedicated to furthering education about hip-hop both through its performances as well as its community outreach projects.

The spring show is a yearly favorite in which members collaborate to perform a tour de force in the urban arts for the Princeton campus and the community at large. “Breakout” will also be performed on Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, at the same time and location.

For ticketing information, contact University Ticketing for the Frist Campus Center at 609-258-9220. Frist Campus Center’s Film & Performance Theater.

Saturday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. Art for Families: Celebrations from Around the World.

True to its commitment to bringing art to children from eight to eighty, Princeton University Art Museum welcomes families for a day of exploration. Families are invited to encounter art not as a series of facts in a textbook but as a reality — one with stories from around the world. “Art for Families” is more than a lesson in art from a global standpoint; it is also an activity-filled day that includes live performances, a scavenger hunt, storytelling and plenty of do-it-yourself activities.

This event is free. For information call 609-258-3788 or visit Princeton University Art Museum.

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Thursday, May 9, 8 p.m. Richard Goode: All Beethoven.

In this, the conclusion to the Princeton Concert Series, virtuoso pianist Richard Goode, whose performances of Beethoven have been described as “landmark,” will offer a recital that capitalizes on his special talent for vibrant renderings of works by the masterful composer. Tickets begin at $20. Call 609-258-2800. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall.

Through Sunday, August 4. “A Republic in the Wilderness: Treasures of American History from Jamestown to the Appomattox.”

This exhibition assembles rare works from Princeton’s Special Collections and Scheide Library to give visual form to American’s transformation from wilderness of civilization. Of course, the progress is more complex than that, full of interactions, compromises and conflicts both with Native Americans and, by the Civil War, with vast regions of the nation itself. This exhibition is free. For more information, call 609-258-3184 or E-mail Main Gallery, Firestone Library.

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