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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Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World.”
Forty-four years ago in Mexico City two Olympic athletes –– the gold and bronze medalists for the 200-meter race –– ascended the podium to receive their awards and shocked the world. As the national anthem for the United States nation began to play, those Olympic champions, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, raised black-gloved fists as a gesture of protest in the spirit of civil rights.
The immediate reaction was overwhelmingly negative. Both athletes were banned from the Olympic Games and endured a homecoming punctuated by negative press coverage and death threats.
Time has allowed us to better understand that controversial act. At the 2008 ESPYs, both athletes were awarded the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Now we have the opportunity to welcome John Carlos to Princeton. At this upcoming lecture, Carlos will help us better understand that historic gesture as he details his experiences as both an athlete and an activist before and after the 1968 Olympics. Carlos’ lecture will be followed by a question and answer session as well as a signing of his 2011 memoir, “The John Carlos Story.” Carlos’ lecture poses questions about public figures, social causes and the competing responsibilities of each.
Sponsored by the Princeton Varsity Club, Princeton’s Program in American Studies and The Center for African-American Studies. 609-258-4710. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 3 p.m. “Constable and Landscape: A Special Event.”
Invaluable artistic masterpieces and music that might as well have been inspired by them –– a potent cocktail for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon. “Constable and Landscape” will be a musical celebration of the Princeton Art Museum’s current exhibition, John Constable: Oil Sketches from the Victoria and Albert Museum, on view through Sunday, June 10. Constable, often considered a signal inspiration for the development of Impressionism, is famous for his now-iconic renderings of the English countryside.
The event will be hosted by Museum Director James Steward in collaboration with the Richardson Chamber Players. The concert program, inspired by Constable’s work, will play counterpoint to Constable’s paintings. The program, which challenges us to think about how a visual experience can be “translated” to an aural one, includes arrangements from Debussy, Beethoven, Schumann, and Britten.
Tickets can be purchased by the general public for $15; students are $5. 609-258-3788. Richardson Auditorium.
Tuesday, May 8, 4:30 p.m. “Speaking of Genetics — Five Years Later” Interviews with President Shirley Tilghman and Professor David Botstein.
In 2006 Jane Gitschier, a scientist specializing in human genetics, interviewed a series of other scientists. She published those interviews in a book titled “Speaking of Genetics.” Among the individuals Gitschier interviewed were Princeton University president Shirley Tilghman and the director of Princeton’s Lewis Sigler Institute, David Botstein.
Rather than focus on innovations in molecular genetics, Gitschier’s unconventional interviews explored the human element behind discovery, capturing the unexpected personal experiences of the individual scientists. In this installment of the Lewis Science Library’s Book Talk series, Gitschier returns to Princeton to interview President Tilghman and Professor Botstein a second time.
These interviews will give us a rare glimpse into otherwise hidden aspects of these accomplished individuals’ lives and work. Copies of “Speaking of Genetics” will be available for purchase. Gitschier’s original interviews with President Tilghman and Professor Botstein can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.0020082 and http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgen.0020079, respectively.
Sponsored by the Princeton University Library and the Lewis Science Library. 609-258-6004. McDonnell Hall Auditorium, A01.
Saturday, May 12, 8 p.m. “Sounds of Evolution or Revolution? The Music of Bebop, Cool Jazz, Hard Bop.”
“Sounds of Evolution or Revolution?” will be the final performance of the Princeton University Jazz Program’s 2011-’12 season. The show, which features the Princeton University Concert Jazz Ensemble and the University Birth of the Cool Ensemble, will highlight the work of some of the most renowned jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk.
The performance will also bring to life a seminal moment in the history of jazz through a diverse program that reveals how the vocabulary of the musical form expanded,bringing with it new possibilities for self-expression. The program will also feature works from Miles Davis’ groundbreaking “Birth of the Cool” recording sessions. The concert, under the direction of Anthony Branker, a professor in Princeton’s Department of Music and the founder/director of the University’s Jazz Studies Program, aims to give its audience a sense of what Branker characterizes as a “wide spectrum of styles and conceptual approaches found throughout the music’s evolution.”
Tickets can be purchased by the general public for $15; students are $5. 609-258-4241. Richardson Auditorium.
Wednesday, May 3, 8 p.m. “A Decade of Debt.” Carmen Reinhart will delivers the final installment of Princeton University’s Public Lecture Series. We are living at a time when public debt has reached dramatic levels, while private debt is unprecedented. In this lecture Reinhart, a senior fellow from the Peterson Institute for International Economics, will propose ways of meeting the challenges posed by this grim economic situation. McCosh 50.
Tuesday, May 8, 6 p.m. Elaine Pagels on “Revelations: Visions, Prophecies and Politics in the Book of Revelations.” The religion professor discusses her newly published book, “Revelations,” which argues that claims to prophetic vision have been linked to political motives, even in late antiquity. From the otherwise mysterious “John” of the fourth century to journalistic claims in the 1980s, Pagels inspires reflection on the questionable alliance of the divine and secular. 609-497-1600. Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street.