The fall semester is in full swing at Princeton University, and along with it the range of events that are open to the general public. For a complete calendar of events visit princeton.edu/events. A campus map is available at m.princeton.edu/map/campus.
The Future of Public Education, Monday, November 4, 8 p.m.. Diane Ravitch, a historian of education at the Steinhardt School of New York University, lectures as part of the fall public lecture series.
In her lecture, titled “Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools,” she will argue that the problem is not declining academic achievement but the destruction of public schools through the increasing privatization of education. Ravitch, an assistant secretary of education under presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, is the author of the 2010 best-seller “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Undermine Education.”
Free. Visit lectures.princeton.edu. McCosh 50.
Mario Vargas Llosa in conversation with Efrain Kristal, Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m.. The two visiting professors discuss the task of the novelist.
Llosa, a visiting lecturer in the Spanish department, was the 2010 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was recognized “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” The Peruvian writer’s best known works include “Conversation in the Cathedral” and “The Time of the Hero.”
Kristal, a visiting professor in comparative literature and the Program in Latin American Studies, is a professor and chair of the comparative literature department at UCLA.
Sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies. Free. Visit www.princeton.edu/plas. McCosh 50.
Out of the Iron Closet: Gay Cinema After Socialism, Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m.. In the midst of the controversy surrounding Russia’s stance on gay rights and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures presents a series of films on Wednesday nights that address issues of sexuality.
The next film, “You I Love” (Russia, 2005), is the story of Vera and her boyfriend, Tim, and what happens when Vera finds Tim in bed with another man on their first anniversary.
Four films follow in the series. “Fine Dead Girls” (Croatia, 2007) will be screened November 13. In the film, a lesbian couple rents an apartment in a building full of strange characters, and hatred spills out after the landlady spies on them through their keyhole.
A 2008 Czech drama, “The Country Teacher,” screens November 20. Petr runs away to the country from Prague, and a visit from his friend Mihi begins to explain why he left.
In “Suicide Room” (Poland, 2011), which will be shown December 4, Dominick is mocked at school and accused of being gay. He secludes himself in his bedroom and becomes mired in a virtual world where he befriends a suicidal girl.
The final film in the series, “Jolly Fellows” (Russia, 2009) is the story of five drag performers in a Moscow night club. It screens December 11.
All film showings are free. Visit slavic.princeton.edu/events-calendar. Jones Hall, Room 100.
Peter Baker lecture, Tuesday, November 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m.. The White House correspondent for the New York Times speaks on his new book.
Journalist Peter Baker has covered the White House for the Washington Post and the New York times, and co-wrote the story that broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal. In 2000 he published a book on Clinton titled “The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton.”
Baker’s newest book, published this month, is “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House.” The narrative addresses the eight-year political partnership of the former president and vice president. Baker will sign copies of the book at a reception following the lecture.
Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School. Free. Visit wws.princeton.edu. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
DeCamp Seminar Series, Tuesday, November 5, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Adam Grant from the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton professor Peter Singer give a seminar titled “The Scrooge Effect: Motivating Misers to Give.” Presented by the University Center for Human Values. Free. Visit uchv.princeton.edu. Friend Center Auditorium 101.
Obama, Data, and Porn: What really went down in the 2012 campaign, Thursday, November 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Ethan Roeder, the data director from Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and executive director of the New Organizing Institute, discusses the new world of data use in American politics. Presented by the Center for Information Technology Policy. Free. Visit citp.princeton.edu. 101 Sherrerd Hall.
Homecoming, Saturday, November 16. The Princeton football team, sitting atop the Ivy League at 5-1 heading into its November 2 game against Cornell, takes on Ivy League rival Yale at 1 p.m. That evening from 8 to 10 p.m. a 72-year tradition continues with an a capella concert featuring the Nassoons of Princeton and the Whiffenpoofs of Yale. Football game: $10, Princeton Stadium. Visit www.goprincetontigers.com. Concert: Richardson Auditorium. Visit www.nassoons.com.