Below is a small sampling of the many events scheduled in the next few weeks on the Princeton University campus – events that would not normally be included in the day-by-day listings of U.S. 1. For a complete schedule of public events, visit the university’s online calendar at www.princeton.edu/events. Events are free unless otherwise noted.
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Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 2 and 8 p.m. Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” by Theatre Intime.
On their honeymoon with new spouses, a divorced couple discover that they will not only room at the same hotel but will even share a terrace! What could possibly go wrong? Princeton University’s Theatre Intime brings to life the complications, comedy, and confusion that reign in this 1930 Noel Coward play. The play, which was nearly censored by British authorities when it premiered, is still vibrant today. Peppered by unforgettable lines such as “It’s a pity you didn’t have a little more brandy. It might have made you more agreeable!” “Private Lives” possesses an unlikely mixture of witty exchanges punctuated by unexpected moments of vulnerability.
This production, which premiered March 29, is the latest offering from Princeton University’s Theatre Intime. The company was founded over 80 years ago and is not only the oldest student-run theater group at Princeton but is also the only one with its own theater. Intime’s productions have been a source of entertainment for decades of audiences among students, professors, and locals. Enjoy a night at the theater in the hands of these talented undergraduate thespians.
Tickets can be purchased for $12 either online at www.theatreintime.org/node/20 or at the box office. Discounts are available for students and seniors. 609-258-5155. Hamilton-Murray Theater.
Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. “Fear Inc.: Islamophobia & The Challenge to American Pluralism.”
Mosque burnings, threats, and savage beatings. Events such as these reveal how suspicion of Islam has challenged our nation’s principles of religious tolerance. Yet, why does this suspicion, this “Islamaphobia” persist?
In his upcoming lecture, Wajahat Ali, a California-based playwright and journalist, will suggest answers to this question, sharing the results of research that he published in a report for the Center for American Progress. Ali’s study, titled Fear Inc., revealed that far from a grassroots movement, Islamaphobia is actively promoted by a network of wealthy donors and organizations that have invested more than $45 million in activities, such as books and speaking engagements, that promote it. This endorsement of Islamaphobia does more than perpetuate dangerous misconceptions and keep alive a damaging climate of fear. It also has the potential to influence policy on a national level. This latest lecture from the “Islam in Conversation” series will reveal findings that are as thought-provoking as they are disturbing.
Sponsored by the Muslim Life Program in the Office of Religious Life. 609-258-3042. Robertson Hall, Bowl 1.
Friday, April 13, 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Governing Science: Technological Progress, Ethical Norms and Democracy: A Public Conference.
Centuries ago, Copernicus’ discovery that the earth revolved around the sun (rather than the other way around) was not just a signal scientific discovery; it was also a serious challenge to Christian doctrine and elicited an uproar from church authorities. The relationship of science and controversy has existed for a long time and is no less important today.
This conference will assemble leading philosophers, scientists, and thought-leaders to discuss the intersection of scientific discovery and such weighty matters as ethical standards, moral convictions, political rulings, and federal law.
Months ago, in a laboratory in Rotterdam, scientists developed a mutation of the avian flu virus. Though the virus has always been deadly, it was difficult for humans to contract it. This new mutation, which now makes infection by human-to-human contact possible, opens up grim possibilities. After much debate, those scientific findings were published. Should sharing discoveries be unrestricted, even when such openness could inspire acts of bioterrorism? This is just one example of the controversies that erupt from the clash between scientific research and the way it is governed.
Debates about stem cell research, suspicion of climate change, and the place of evolutionary biology are only a few of the issues that underscore the complicated relationship between science and politics. “Governing Science” will offer a rare opportunity to hear figures such as Freeman Dyson discuss these issues. The full program is available online at http://web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/calendar/documents/2012 0413-14 Public Schedule – Governing Science .pdf
Sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Law Lecture Fund, the Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the University Center for Human Values. 609-258-7104. Lewis Library 120.
Tuesday, April 17, 8 p.m. “The Life Of An Idea: Investigating Belonging, Appropriating and Adapting in the Context of Time” (The Toni Morrison Lectures, Part I).
The Toni Morrison Lectures are an annual series of three lectures. This year’s speaker will be the celebrated dancer and Tony Award-winning choreographer, Bill T. Jones. In addition to garnering Tony Awards in 2007 and 2010 for “Spring Awakening” and “FELA!”, Jones has been awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Award, earned Kennedy Center Honors, and been named “An Irreplaceable Dance Treasure” by the Dance Heritage Coalition. Jones will take his audience on a journey through the creative process of the artist, from the origins of creativity to the process of how an artist’s work changes over time. Jones will also chronicle the constant struggle for relevance and the inspiration necessary to sustain.
In this first installment, April 17’s “Past Time,” Jones will not only share his own experience as a budding artist, but will reflect on where the practice of dance stands today. This offers a rare opportunity to hear a leading figure in the arts community on his own work and on the history and future of one of our most popular art forms.
Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies. 609-258-4270. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Thursday, April 5, 8 p.m. “The Mathematics of Change: A Comic Monologue About Failure at Princeton,” a lecture by Josh Kornbluth. Kornbluth recounts his experiences as a Princeton freshman caught between fantasies of impossible success and the (very real) threat of failure. McCosh 50.
Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m. Jazz Vespers: Having its origins in a collaboration over Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, the Vespers service brings together poetry, music, and meditation. Music will be provided by the Chapel Choir and the Jazz Vespers Ensemble. This service is non denominational and provides a musical mid-week pause. Princeton University Chapel.
Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Princyclopedia. At this year’s Robin Hood-themed event you can meet live falcons, sample mead, and design your own illuminated manuscript. Dillon Gym.