It is suiting that Princeton University events dealing in power and play will be paramount in the weeks to come. Outside, football season is in full swing; indoors, discussions of politics and military politics loom large. For a complete schedule of upcoming events, visit www.princeton.edu/events. Events are free unless otherwise noted. A campus map is available at etcweb.princeton.edu/pumap.
Thursday, October 18, 4 to 6 p.m. Keynote Address by Admiral Michael Mullen, retired USN, former chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In October, 2007, Admiral Michael Mullen became chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At the end of Mullen’s four-year chairmanship and 40 years of military service, President Obama declared that, thanks to Mullen, “our military is stronger and our nation is more secure.” The much-decorated admiral’s address will be part of the Woodrow Wilson School’s lecture series, “Military Policy — At Home and Abroad.”
Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The event is free, but tickets are required for entry and will be distributed outside Dodds Auditorium at 4 p.m. 609-258-7872. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Friday, October 19, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Harvard versus Princeton: The Football Concert, a 99-Year Glee Club Tradition.
The Princeton Chamber Choir will join forces with Princeton University’s Glee Club, which will open its season with its annual sing-off against the Harvard Glee Club.
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. 609-258-9220 or www.princeton.edu/utickets. Richardson Auditorium.
Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m. The Fall Football Lecture: “Obama or Romney: The First 100 Days.”
Game day starts with a focus on a competition that overshadows all others: the race for the president. “Obama or Romney” will feature three noteworthy alumni speakers. Vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School Brandice Canes-Wrone, Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum, and National Review senior editor Ramesh Ponnuru will weigh the immediate consequences of a choice that will have worldwide implications.
Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University. 609-258-1900. A02 McDonnell Hall.
Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m. Men’s Football: Princeton (3-2) versus Harvard (5-0).
More than an Ivy game, it’s the first time this season that Princeton confronts another member of the “Big Three,” Princeton, Harvard and Yale. Princeton’s last Ivy League title was 2006, also the last time the Tigers triumphed in the coveted HYP championship –– a feat traditionally celebrated with a bonfire in Cannon Green. This year’s match will likely determine if Princeton will contend for the Ivy League championship.
Individual tickets are $9 and season tickets are $30. Visit www.goprincetontigers.com to learn more and purchase tickets. Powers Field in Princeton Stadium.
Wednesday to Friday, October 24 to 26, 4:30 p.m. “Fighting for Words: Three Lectures.”
Rae Langton, an MIT professor of philosophy, will ask us to examine how loaded words found in propaganda, epithets, and hate speech present unexpected challenges to those who seek to contradict them. Philosophy not your forte? Never fear. Langton’s lecture series challenges something very concrete, something Americans hold most dear: free speech. If language can be so damaging, should it be free?
Sponsored by the Council of Humanities. October 24: 219 Aaron Burr Hall; October 25 and 26: Robertson Hall, Bowl 2. 609-258-4717.
Saturday November 3, and Sunday, November 4, 5:30 p.m. Dreamscapes: A Concert by the Princeton Singers.
Though they may be a small chamber choir, the Princeton Singers have a big reputation, having achieved national recognition. This concert takes its inspiration from the painted vases from the Mayan kingdom of Ik’ featured in the Art Museum’s “Dancing into Dreams” exhibition. Dreamscapes will look to the netherworlds of dreams, religious experiences, and transformations as it uncovers the relationship between music and ritual. The program includes everything from Shaman songs and Peyote rites to myths from aboriginal Australia. A reception follows.
Tickets are $15. 609-258-9220. Princeton University Art Museum.
Saturday, October 20. Exhibition opening: “City of Gold: Tomb and Temple in Ancient Cyprus.” Princeton University Art Museum. October 20 is a significant day for sport fans and art lovers alike. It marks the premier of an extensive new Cypriot art exhibition that will feature 110 objects ranging from sculpture and ceramics to jewelry and figurines. Professor emeritus Anthony A.P. Childs will present a lecture titled “How Vivid is the Joy in Strangeness” at 5 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10. A reception follows.
Saturday, November 3, 1 p.m. Men’s Football: Princeton versus Penn. Princeton Stadium. Penn beat Princeton 37-9 last year in Philadelphia. Perhaps the Orange and Black will have better luck on their home turf. The pre-game lecture, “Prejudice in the Blink of an Eye” by Stacey Sinclair, begins at 10 a.m. in 107 Schultz Laboratory.