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.
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Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. “Biography of a Legend: Stephen Hawking.” Biographer and science writer Kitty Ferguson, author of “Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind,” gives a glimpse into the life of scientist Stephen Hawking, whose groundbreaking best seller “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes,” was published 24 years ago. The book set aside complicated equations and made it possible for general readers to discover the impossible possibilities of theoretical physics, from the Big Bang and the question of time to the very nature of our existence. Hawking has written extensively about the nature of the universe (most recently in his controversial book “The Grand Design”). Hawking’s accomplishments are even more astounding, given that he suffers the debilitating effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that has left him paralyzed.
Ferguson will weave biography and science together to provide a better grasp of this celebrated figure, who has been hailed as the Sir Isaac Newton of our time. Sponsored by the Lewis Science Library. 609-258-6004. Lewis Library Bowl, Room 120.
Friday, February 24, 7 p.m. Men’s Hockey: Princeton versus Yale. Trojans and Greeks. Romans and Visigoths. Princeton and Yale. Well, the rivalry between the Tigers and the Bulldogs has not made and destroyed empires, but it is an intense rivalry nonetheless. Not only will this be the last home game of the season, but with Yale — a three-time defending league champion — as the opposing team, the stakes are high. $10 per person. Visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase. Hobey Baker Rink.
Monday, February 27, 4:30 p.m. “Faith and Money: The Annual Doll Lecture,” Duke University professor Lisa Keister.
“Oh, my neighbor’s a devout Catholic, and it has really helped his investment portfolio!” “My colleague has made so much money since she converted to Hinduism!” Televangelical income aside, speculations about material success and religion sound like the stuff of mysticism, not logic. Yet, religious belief and wealth may be more connected than one may imagine. We all know that religion influences the way people look at the world and their place in it. This influence, in turn, impacts a host of other areas of our lives, from marriage and family size to how money gets saved.
Keister will explain how religious belief can influence prosperity in hidden ways and discuss her groundbreaking study, “Faith and Money: How Religion Contributes to Wealth and Poverty.” Why have white Roman Catholics been upwardly mobile in recent decades? Why does one form of Protestantism prosper more than another? Keister will not only address how religion and money may be related but also posit an even bigger idea: markets and investments aside, culture might determine economics more than we imagine. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion. 609-258-2281. Guyot Hall 10.
Thursday, March 1, 5 p.m. Princeton Opera Company/Princeton ArtWalk. The ArtWalk, which debuted last year, offers art lovers a privileged peek into the world of the visual arts in downtown Princeton and on campus, including the art museum. For the evening event, arts organizations offer activities, exhibits, lectures, and more.
This year a fresh addition is the student-run Princeton Opera Company, headed by two trained undergraduate performers who already have impressive credentials, including work at Boston’s Tanglewood Institute. The company has the twin goals of creating a forum for Princeton’s classical singers while sharing a love of opera with the Princeton community. With a full-length opera performance in the works, this is a chance to preview the company. For ArtWalk, POC presents “Opera in the Art Museum: A Sampling of Classic Duets and Arias,” featuring well-known selections from works by composers such as Mozart and Donizetti. Refreshments will be provided. The (second) best part? ArtWalk is free. Sponsored by the Princeton Art Museum/Princeton Opera Company. 609-258-3788.
Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 p.m. “Introducing African Athena and Parsing the Classical Toni Morrison.” Tessa Roynon, a professor at St. Peter’s College, presents an expansive vision of Morrison’s criticism of the dominant culture.
Morrison, a professor emerita of the humanities at Princeton, was the first African American (and the second American woman) to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her prose, at once poetic and characterized by devastating psychological insights, has been said, in the words of the Nobel Committee, to “give life to an essential aspect of American reality.”
Morrison’s novels, which chronicle the traumatic experience of an ethnic group silenced for centuries through enslavement and discrimination, challenge readers to re-examine their understanding of national history. Roynon sprints beyond Morrison’s critique of an American heritage and instead looks at how the novelist uses the “classics,” the traditions of ancient Greece and Rome, as a crucial part of her challenge to a mainstream understanding of our past. In her lecture, Roynon will reveal not only how Morrison takes on “high culture,” but she will also examine how Morrison’s rewriting of the past enables the novelist to present the vision of a more just and equal future. Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the department of classics, and the department of comparative literature. 609-258-4270. East Pyne Hall 127.
Saturday, February 25, marks the opening of the Princeton Art Museum’s new exhibit, “Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870-1930. The exhibit explores how the Gothic architecture of Oxford and Cambridge influenced how universities in America were designed. On view to June 24.
Tuesday, February 28, 8 p.m. Daniel Russell, a senior research scientist at Google, presents a free public lecture, "What Does It Mean To Be Literate in the Age of Google?" McCosh 50.
Monday, March 5, 4:30 p.m. “My Life as a Toaster Oven.” Paul Garfield, co-host of National Public Radio’s “On the Media.” This lecture is part of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Media and Public Policy Lecture Series. Dodds Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson School.
Alana Shilling, a Princeton resident and the author of several articles on the relationship between poetry and memory, recently earned her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Princeton University.