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Speakers in this series

Ariel Dorfman Walter Hines Page Research Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies, Duke University.

Who Are the Real Barbarians? A Latin American Perspective
Tue, 08 Oct 2002 | Stafford Little Lectures

Jared Diamond Professor of Physiology, School of Medicine, UCLA

Collapses of Ancient Societies, and their Lessons for Today.
Wed, 09 Oct 2002 | Louis Clark Farnum Lactures

Bernard Williams Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Oxford; Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor, University of California, Berkeley

The Human Prejudice
Tue, 15 Oct 2002 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Vincent Courtillot Université Paris 7, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, et Institut Universitaire de France.

Mass extinctions in the Phanerozoic: a single cause and if yes which?
Wed, 04 Dec 2002 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures

Jonathan Glover King's College

Towards Humanism in Psychiatry: Interpretation
Wed, 12 Feb 2003 |

Lawrence Lessig Stanford Law School

The Creative Commons
Thu, 20 Feb 2003 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Ziba Mir Hosseini Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge and at the Centre for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Islamic Law and Feminism: Opening a Dialogue
Thu, 06 Mar 2003 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

David Denby The New Yorker

Do Movies have a Future?
Thu, 13 Mar 2003 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures

Susan Estrich University of Southern California

Sex and Power: The State of Women in America
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 | Spencer Trask Lectures

John Hennessy President, Stanford University

Perspectives on High Performance Computer Architecture: History and Challenges
Tue, 15 Apr 2003 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures

William G. Bowen President, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Reclaiming the Game: College Sports and Educational Values
Thu, 25 Sep 2003 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Yi Fu Tuan Emeritus Professor, University of Wisconsin

Place, Art, and Self
Wed, 08 Oct 2003 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures

Svante Pääbo Director, Dept. of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Genomic Approaches to Human Origins
Wed, 15 Oct 2003 | Spencer Trask Lectures

Roger Penrose Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford, and Francis and Helen Pentz Visiting Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Penn State University

Faith, Fashion and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
Fri, 17 Oct 2003 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures

Amos Oz Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Israel: Peace and War
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Roy Mottahedeh Harvard University

Who are the Leaders of the Iraqi Shi'ites?
Tue, 18 Nov 2003 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Frans de Waal Emory University

How Close to the Apes? Human Behavior and Primate Evolution.
Wed, 19 Nov 2003 |

Daniel Libeskind Studio Daniel Libeskind

Building Places from Memories.
Tue, 24 Feb 2004 | Stafford Little Lectures

Cesar Pelli Cesar Pelli and Associates

The Public in Architecture
Wed, 24 Mar 2004 | Stafford Little Lectures

Helen Vendler Harvard University

Lyric Intimacy: Speaking to Invisible Listeners.
Wed, 14 Apr 2004 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures

Noah Feldman New York University

The Ethics of Nation-Building: What We Owe Iraq
Mon, 26 Apr 2004 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Hermione Lee Oxford University

Shelley's Heart and Pepys's Lobsters Jane Austen Faints Virginia Woolf's Nose
Mon, 27 Sep 2004 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures and Princeton University Press

George Dyson Author, Western Washington University

Barricelli's Universe: Digital Computing in Princeton, 1945-1958
Tue, 05 Oct 2004 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Alan Wolfe Professor, & Director of The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life Boston College

America's Two Visions: The Good and the Great How Conservatives Came to Think Small The Liberal Retreat from Ambition
Tue, 09 Nov 2004 | Spencer Trask Lectures

Robert W. Lucky Telcordia

Broadbanding America: What, Why, and How
Tue, 16 Nov 2004 | Spencer Trask Lectures

Vera Rubin Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Telling Stories about the Universe
Sat, 04 Dec 2004 | Stafford Little Lectures

Henry Petroski A. S. Vesic Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University

The Design of Everything: From Success to Failure
Tue, 07 Dec 2004 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures

Kathleen Sullivan Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Former Dean Stanford University School of Law

The Constitution and Emergency
Wed, 09 Feb 2005 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Alex Filippenko University of California, Berkeley

Catastrophic Stellar Explosions: Celestial Firework Enigmatic Gamma-Ray Bursts: Birth Cries of Black Holes Einstein's Biggest Blunder? The Case for Cosmic "Antigravity"
Wed, 23 Feb 2005 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures

Joan Didion Cosponsored by the Spencer Trask Lectures and the Program in the Study of Women and Gender: Symposium on Women Art and Politics in the 20th Century

Keynote Speech: Writing Politics
Fri, 01 Apr 2005 | Spencer Trask Lectures

Brian Greene Columbia University

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time & the Texture of Reality
Wed, 06 Apr 2005 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Michael S. Gazzaniga Dartmouth University

Personal Identity, Neuroethics and the Human Brain
Thu, 14 Apr 2005 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Chinua Achebe Novelist and Emeritus Professor, Bard College

Insider Perspectives on Afro-Pessimism: Rethinking our Role as Contemporary Self-Critics.
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 | Walter E. Edge Lectures

Paul Taylor The Paul Taylor Dance Company

A Conversation with Paul Taylor, with Maura Keefe, dance historian
Fri, 29 Apr 2005 | J. Edward Farnum Lectures

Professor Lord Robert May Professor of Zoology at Oxford University President of the Royal Society Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government (1996-2000) Life Peer, House of Lords Knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Hard Questions About Tomorrow's World
Wed, 04 May 2005 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Dr. Matt Ridley Author, Founder of International Centre of Life

Nature and Nurture
Tue, 10 May 2005 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Elie Wiesel Winner of Nobel Peace Prize Professor of the Humanities, Boston University

An Evening with Elie Wiesel
Wed, 21 Sep 2005 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

James Fallows National correspondent Atlantic Monthly

After Iraq: What's Ahead for America
Tue, 27 Sep 2005 | Stafford Little Lecture

Robert E. Rubin Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Director, Citigroup

The Outlook for the Global Economy and the Challenges That Must Be Met
Wed, 19 Oct 2005 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Paula Vogel National correspondent Atlantic Monthly

The Playworld and the Empire: The Twenty-first Century and the American Playwright
Tue, 25 Oct 2005 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Bob Herbert Op-ed Columnist, the New York Times

The Consequences of Incompetence: The All-Too-Human Costs of Bad Thinking and Poor Decision-making by People in High Places
Tue, 08 Nov 2005 | Stafford Little Lecture

Ian Buruma Professor, Bard College

Is Democracy a Universal Value?
Tue, 15 Nov 2005 | Stafford Little Lecture

Seymour Hersh Author and Journalist, the New Yorker

The War in Iraq: Bush's Democracy and the Real Thing
Wed, 30 Nov 2005 | Stafford Little Lecture

Mark Juergensmeyer Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

God and War: The Odd Appeal of War, Are We at War?, and What Does God Have to Do with It?
Tue, 21 Feb 2006 | Stafford Little Fund and Princeton University Press

Gerald Galloway Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland

In Search of a National Water Policy: Learning from Katrina, Dry Canals, and Pallid Sturgeon
Wed, 01 Mar 2006 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Alan Walker Professor of Biological Anthropology, Penn State University

The Human Body as an Evolutionary Patchwork
Tue, 28 Mar 2006 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Marina Mahathir Former president, Malaysian AIDS Council

Fatal Confluences: Islam, Gender, and HIV/AIDS in Malaysia.
Tue, 28 Mar 2006 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Founder of the World Wide Web

The Future of the Web
Wed, 05 Apr 2006 | Spencer Trask Lecture

David Gross Physicist and string theorist

The Search for a Theory of Fundamental Reality: I. The Theory of Elementary Particles, II. Questions and Speculations, III. The Coming Revolutions
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 | J. Edward Farnum Fund and Princeton University Press

Marc Edwards Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Imminent Endangerment: "Lead" Astray by the EPA
Thu, 04 May 2006 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Steven Levitt Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Beyond Freakonomics: New Musings on the Economics of Everyday Life
Wed, 27 Sep 2006 | Stafford Little Lecture

Adrienne Rich Poetry Reading and Discussion

Poetry Reading and Discussion
Wed, 04 Oct 2006 |

Cass Sunstein Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Chicago Law School

Libertarian Paternalism Is Not an Oxymoron.
Thu, 05 Oct 2006 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Elaine Oran Senior Scientist for Reactive Flow Physics U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC

Matchsticks, Scramjets, and Black Holes: Numerical Simulation Faces Reality
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Mark A. Noll Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Race, Religion, and American Politics from Nat Turner to George W. Bush
Tue, 17 Oct 2006 | Stafford Little Lecture

Kenneth T. Jackson Professor of History and the Social Sciences, Columbia University

If All the World Were New Jersey: The Past and Future of the Garden State.
Thu, 09 Nov 2006 | Stafford Little Lecture

Antonio Damasio Professor of Neuroscience and Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California

Advances on the Neurobiology of Emotion: Taking Stock
Thu, 16 Nov 2006 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Peter Ward Professor of Biology and Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

The Undesigned Universe
Thu, 11 Jan 2007 | Stafford Little Lecture

Joan Breton Connelly Associate Professor of Fine Arts; Director, Yeronisos Island Excavations, New York University

Visual Space/Ritual Space and the Agency of the Greek Priestess
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Avi Wigderson H. Maass Professor, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study

A Worldview through the Computational Lens I
Tue, 13 Feb 2007 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by Princeton University Press)

Avi Wigderson H. Maass Professor, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study

A Worldview through the Computational Lens II
Wed, 14 Feb 2007 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by Princeton University Press)

Avi Wigderson H. Maass Professor, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study

A Worldview through the Computational Lens III
Thu, 15 Feb 2007 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by Princeton University Press)

Ruth Reichl Gourmet Magazine

Watch What You Eat
Tue, 06 Mar 2007 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture

Hendrik Lenstra Professor of Mathematics, University of Leiden

Escher and the Droste Effect (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)
Tue, 03 Apr 2007 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (cosponsored by the Department of Mathematics)

Richard Ford Novelist

Extra-Literary Influences: The Things That Help, The Things That Hurt
Wed, 18 Apr 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Thom Mayne Architect, Morphosis

Work in Progress #131 (NOTE: Friend Center 101)
Thu, 26 Apr 2007 | Stafford Little Lecture

Daniel Gilbert Professor, Harvard University

How To Do Precisely the Right Thing at All Possible Times
Thu, 20 Sep 2007 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Paula Fredriksen Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University

Sin: The Early History of an Idea (NOTE: Three lectures October 9, 10, 11; in McCosh 10)
Tue, 09 Oct 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Paula Fredriksen Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University

Sin: The Early History of an Idea (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)
Wed, 10 Oct 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Paula Fredriksen Aurelio Professor of Scripture, Boston University

Sin: The Early History of an Idea (NOTE: McCosh 10)
Thu, 11 Oct 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Carlos Fuentes Novelist

A Panoramic View of the History of Mexico (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)
Thu, 18 Oct 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Carlos Eire Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University

A Brusque History of Eternity (NOTE: Three lectures November 6, 7, 8; in McCosh 10)
Tue, 06 Nov 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Carlos Eire Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University

A Brusque History of Eternity (NOTE: McCosh 10)
Wed, 07 Nov 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Carlos Eire Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University

A Brusque History of Eternity (NOTE: McCosh 10)
Thu, 08 Nov 2007 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Atul Gawande, M.D. Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Writer, The New Yorker

Mediocrity and Its Causes: A Surgeon's Notes on Medical Performance (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)
Tue, 13 Nov 2007 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

David Remnick Editor, The New Yorker, and Writer

A Conversation with David Remnick, hosted by Professor of English Michael Wood
Tue, 20 Nov 2007 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Nicholas Stern Author, Stern Review Report on the Economics of Climate Change, and IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, London School of Economics

The Economics of Climate Change: Risk, Ethics, and a Global Deal
Mon, 07 Jan 2008 | Walter E. Edge Lecture, cosponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Krista Tippett Founder and host of American Public Media's "Speaking of Faith"

Reading from "Speaking of Faith" followed by panel discussion (NOTE: 7:00 p.m.)
Tue, 05 Feb 2008 | Cosponsored by the Spencer Trask Lecture Fund, the Center for the Study of Religion, and the Department of Anthropology

Robert Hass Poet

Poetry Reading (NOTE: 4:30 p.m. in McCormick 101)
Fri, 22 Feb 2008 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by the Department of English and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Josh Marshall Founder of Talking Points Memo

The Current Political Scene
Tue, 01 Apr 2008 | Stafford Little Lecture

Robert Alter Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

The Bible and American Fiction (NOTE: Three lectures April 8, 9, 10)
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Robert Alter Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

The Bible and American Literature
Wed, 09 Apr 2008 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Robert Alter Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Topic to be announced
Thu, 10 Apr 2008 | Spencer Trask Lecture, cosponsored by Princeton University Press

Mario Vargas Llosa Novelist

Onetti and the Shadows of Faulkner and Borges
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Marcia Angell Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; former editor-in-chief, New England Journal of Medicine

Reforming Our Health System: Why Neither Candidate Has the Answer
Wed, 17 Sep 2008 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Jerma Jackson Associate Professor of History, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Made in America: The History of Black Gospel Music, "Our Music Was Tambourines and Sometimes Guitar: Contemplating the Roots of Black Gospel" (Note: 4:30 p.m. in McCormick Hall 101)
Thu, 25 Sep 2008 | Cosponsored by the J. Edward Farnum Fund and the Center for African American Studies, Departments of Religion and Music, Davis Center, Council of the Humanities, Program in American Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion

James Flynn Emeritus Professor of Political Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

What Is intelligence?: Paradoxes Resolved. (NOTE: 7:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10. First of two lectures; second lecture on Thursday, October 9.) (webcast)
Tue, 07 Oct 2008 | Stafford Little Lecture

James Flynn Emeritus Professor of Political Studies, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Black IQ:Environmental Factors (NOTE: 7:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 | Stafford Little Lecture

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Supreme Court Justice

The Lighter Side of Life at the U.S. Supreme Court: Customs and Habits that Promote Collegiality Among the Justices. Followed by a Discussion with Princeton University Provost Christopher Eisgruber. NOTE: 4:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Click on speaker's name for ticket information. (webcast)
Thu, 23 Oct 2008 | Walter E. Edge Lecture/Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture

Ian Buruma Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College

No Divine Right: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents. Three-lecture series on November 3, 10, and 17. (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Mon, 03 Nov 2008 | Stafford Little Lectures

Philippe Descola Professor of Anthropology, College de France; author of The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle

Towards a Monist Anthropology (NOTE: 4:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)
Wed, 05 Nov 2008 | Cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Spencer Trask Fund.

Ian Buruma Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College

No Divine Right: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents. Three-lecture series on November 3, 10, and 17. (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 | Stafford Little Lectures

Ian Buruma Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College

No Divine Right: Secularism and Democracy on Three Continents (webcast)
Mon, 17 Nov 2008 | Stafford Little Lectures

Walter Isaacson President and CEO, Aspen Institute; biographer (Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and His Universe)

Einstein, Franklin, and the Role of Creativity in Today's World (webcast)
Tue, 18 Nov 2008 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Leonard Susskind Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, Stanford University and author of The Black Hole War: My Battle with Stephen Hawking To Make the World Safe for Quantum Mechanics

The Black Hole War
Thu, 20 Nov 2008 | Cosponsored by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund and the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science

Andrew Delbanco Professor of American Studies, Columbia University; author, Melville: His World and Work

Does College Really Matter? The History of Undergraduate Education, Why It's in Trouble, and What to Do About It. (NOTE: Three-lecture series, December 1, 2, and 3. All lectures at 5:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 | Stafford Little Lectures

Andrew Delbanco Professor of American Studies, Columbia University: author, Melville: His World and Work

Does College Really Matter? The History of Undergraduate Education, Why It's in Trouble, and What to Do About It (webcast)
Tue, 02 Dec 2008 | Stafford Little Lecture

Andrew Delbanco Professor of American Studies, Columbia University; author, Melville: His World and Work

Does College Really Matter? The History of Undergraduate Education, Why It's in Trouble, and What to Do About It (webcast)
Wed, 03 Dec 2008 | Stafford Little Lectures

George Packer Journalist, The New Yorker; author (The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq); playwright (Betrayed: A Play)

The New Liberalism (webcast)
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture

Glenn Close Actress

Are You Who We Think You Are? (NOTE: 5:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.) FREE TICKET REQUIRED. Tickets are no longer available. There will be a wait line the night of the event, and individuals without tickets may be seated if seats become available. The lecture will be simulcast in McCosh 28 and 46; no ticket required. (webcast)
Thu, 19 Feb 2009 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture

Orlando Patterson John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

A Short History of Freedom: The Origins and Institutionalization of Freedom (Three-lecture series on February 24, 25, 26. Note: McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Tue, 24 Feb 2009 | Stafford Little Lectures

Orlando Patterson John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

A Short History of Freedom: The Origins and Institutionalization of Freedom Three-lecture series. February 24, 25, 26, 2009. (Note: McCosh Hall 10). (webcast)
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture

Orlando Patterson John Cowles Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

A Short History of Freedom: The Origins and Institutionalization of Freedom Three-lecture series. February 24, 25, 26, 2009. (Note: McCosh Hall 10) (webcast)
Thu, 26 Feb 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture

Ernesto Zedillo Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; former president of Mexico

Latin America: Two Hundred Years of Solitude (webcast)
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Nancy Hopkins Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology, David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mirages of Equality: Progress of Women in Science at MIT, 1971-2009 (webcast)
Tue, 31 Mar 2009 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (Note: 5:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)

Special Event, Tribute to Odetta Panel Discussion and Concert

"A Tribute to Odetta" concert and "Odetta, Folk Music, and Social Activism" panel discussion (NOTE: panel discussion 4:30–6:30 p.m. in McCosh 10; concert at 8:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium) Free ticket for concert required: See http://www.princeton.edu/africanamericanstudies/news/events/odetta.xml for ticket information.
Thu, 09 Apr 2009 | Cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies, the Program in American Studies, the Program in Women and Gender, the Departments of History, Music, and Religion, the Humanities Council, the Centers for Human Values and the Study of Religion, the Lewis Center for the Performing Arts, the James Madison Program, Graduate School Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity, Princeton Theological Seminary, the Vice President for Campus Life, the Office of Religious Life, and the Spencer Trask Fund of University Public Lectures

Tom Ricks Pentagon reporter, Washington Post

Obama's War: Why We Are Stuck in Iraq (webcast)
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture (Note: 8:00 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)

Alex Ross Music critic, The New Yorker

Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues: Bass Lines of Music History
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture (Note: 8:00 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)

Antonio Busalacchi Professor and Director, Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland. Certified sommelier and member, Society of Wine Educators

The Impact of Climate Change on Global Viticulture (webcast)
Tue, 28 Apr 2009 | Cosponsored by Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture Fund, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Princeton Environmental Institute (Note: 5:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)

Steven Johnson Author, The Ghost Map

The Myth of the Echo Chamber: Politics in the Age of the Participatory Web (webcast)
Mon, 21 Sep 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture

Sean Carroll Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin; author, The Making of the Fittest

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (webcast)
Wed, 07 Oct 2009 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (NOTE: Friend 101)

Ross Douthat, David Frum, Daniel Larison, Virginia Postrel

The Future of Conservatism (webcast)
Mon, 12 Oct 2009 | Stafford Little Lecture Fund (NOTE: 4:30 p.m.)

V. S. Ramachandran Director of the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Biology, the Salk Institute

What Neurology Can Tell Us about Human Nature (webcast)
Thu, 15 Oct 2009 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Novelist, Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus

The Danger of the Single Story
Tue, 20 Oct 2009 | Spencer Trask Lecture (NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE IN FALL 2010 TO BE ANNOUNCED.).)

Alfred Brendel Pianist

Character in Music (NOTE: 8:00 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall. Free ticket required--TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. THERE WILL BE A WAIT LINE AT THE EVENT FOR ANY AVAILABLE SEATING.
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 | Cosponsored by the Spencer Trask Fund, Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of Music, Princeton University Concerts, and the Department of German

Romano Prodi Former president of the European Commision, former prime minister of Italy, currently professor-at-large, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

The Role of Europe in a Multilateral World (webcast)
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Marcelo Magnasco Professor and Head, Mathematical Physics Laboratory, Rockefeller University

Is an Eclipse Described in Homer’s Odyssey? (webcast)
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 | Cosponsored by the Department of Molecular Biology and the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

Javier Marias Spanish novelist, Tu rostro mañana (Your Face Tomorrow)

A Reading from Marias's Works Followed by a Conversation with Professors Angel G. Loureiro and Michael Wood
Tue, 01 Dec 2009 | Cosponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Spencer Trask Fund. (NOTE: McCormick 101 at 4:30 p.m.)

Martin Chalfie Professor and chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

Green Fluorescent Protein: Lighting Up Life (webcast)
Thu, 28 Jan 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Simon Winchester author, The Map That Changed the World and The Professor and The Madman

The Man Who Loved China (webcast)
Thu, 11 Feb 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

Andrew Sullivan Columnist and blogger, The Atlantic Online; senior editor, The New Republic; author, The Conservative Soul

The Politics of Homosexuality (webcast)
Thu, 18 Feb 2010 | Stafford Little Lecture. Cosponsored by the Princeton University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Center.

Persi Diaconis Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Stanford University

The Search for Randomness
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture (NOTE: McCosh Hall 10)

John Waters Film director

This Filthy World
Thu, 25 Mar 2010 | Cosponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts/Performance Central and the Spencer Trask Lecture Fund

Anna Deavere Smith Actress and playwright

The Song Inside of What They Said to Me: On Performing America
Tue, 13 Apr 2010 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture (NOTE NEW DATE. 7:30 p.m. in McCosh 50)

Eric Lander Founding director, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; principal leader, Human Genome Project

Secrets of the Human Genome (webcast)
Mon, 19 Apr 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Matthew Taibbi and Gillian Tett Contributing editor, Rolling Stone, and U.S. managing editor, Financial Times, respectively

The Current State of the Economy (webcast)
Wed, 28 Apr 2010 | Stafford Little Lecture Fund (NOTE: 8 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)

Robert J. Shiller Professor of Economics, Yale University

Finance and the Good Society (webcast)
Thu, 14 Oct 2010 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Novelist

The Writer as Two Selves: Reflections on the Private Act of Writing and the Public Act of Citizenship (webcast)
Wed, 20 Oct 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Marion Nestle and David Kessler, with Ruth Reichl Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University; Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; food writer and author, respectively

The Politics of Food and Health Care (Note: 4:30 p.m.)
Wed, 10 Nov 2010 | Stafford Little Lecture Fund

Frank Wilczek Nobel laureate and Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fundamentals. (This is a two-part series. November 11 at 8 p.m. in McCosh 50; November 12 at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.) (webcast)
Thu, 11 Nov 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture. Cosponsored by the Center for Theoretical Physics.

Frank Wilczek Nobel laureate and Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Fundamentals (webcast)
Fri, 12 Nov 2010 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Errol Morris documentary filmmaker

The Ashtray (webcast)
Mon, 15 Nov 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Chip Kidd Art director and graphic designer

SIGNALS GraphicChipDesignKidd (webcast)
Tue, 30 Nov 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Patti Smith Singer, songwriter, poet, and visual artist. Winner of 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Picturing Robert: Remembering a friendship and artistic relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe (NO TICKETS REQUIRED. ADMISSION TO MCCOSH 50 WILL BE FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED)
Tue, 07 Dec 2010 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Jill Lepore David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

The Quick and the Dead: Matters of Life and Death and the American Body Politic
Tue, 15 Feb 2011 | Stafford Little Lecture

Robert Sapolsky Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease, and Coping. (Note: 7:00 p.m. in McCosh Hall 50)
Tue, 22 Mar 2011 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Sheila Bair Chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Some Lessons from the Financial Crisis. (Note: 4:30 p.m. in McCosh Hall 50; simulcast in McCosh 46)
Tue, 29 Mar 2011 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Nora Volkow, M.D. Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse

The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Larry Gonick and Randall Munroe Larry Gonick, author of The Cartoon History of the Universe; Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd

High Concept, Low Art: Cartoonists Larry Gonick and Randall Munroe in Conversation about Life, the Universe, and Nothing (Note: 8:00 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium, NEW Frick Chemistry Building. See map at http://etcweb.princeton.edu/pumap/#649) Simulcast in Jadwin Hall A06.
Mon, 11 Apr 2011 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture

Stanislas Dehaene and Steven Strogatz Stanislas Dehaene, neuroscientist, Steven Strogatz, mathematician

How Math Comes to Mind: Intuition, Visualization, and Teaching (NOTE: 8:00 p.m. in McCosh Hall 10)
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Justice John Paul Stevens Retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

The Court, the Constitution, and the Justice from Illinois: Justice John Paul Stevens in Conversation with Provost Christopher Eisgruber ( (NOTE: 4:30 p.m. Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. Free ticket required.) (webcast)
Mon, 10 Oct 2011 | Cosponsored by the Walter E. Edge Lecture Fund and the John Marshall Harlan '20 Lecture in Constitutional Adjudication of the Law and Public Affairs Program

Susan Faludi Author and journalist

9/11 at the Ten-Year Mark: A Decade of Fear and Fantasy
Tue, 18 Oct 2011 | Stafford Little Lecture

Jonathan Safran Foer Author

Writing Life (webcast)
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 | Cosponsored by the J. Edward Farnum Lecture Fund, the Center for Jewish Life, and the Departments of English and Comparative Literature

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium

Delusions of Space Enthusiasts
Tue, 29 Nov 2011 | Cosponsored by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture Fund and the Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Daniel M. Russell Über Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness, Google

What Does It Mean To Be Literate in the Age of Google? (webcast)
Tue, 28 Feb 2012 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Ayana Arce, Robert Hampshire, James Mitchell, Jennifer Rexford, James West, Alice White, with Randal Pinkett

In the Nation's Service: Diversifying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Leadership
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 | Supported by the Louis Clark Vanuxem Fund (NOTE: Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall)

Henry Petroski Aleksandar S. Vesic Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of History, Duke University

Einstein and Steinmetz: Prototypes or Stereotypes of Scientists and Engineers?
Tue, 27 Mar 2012 | Stafford Little Lecture

Josh Kornbluth Comic monologuist and filmmaker

The Mathematics of Change: A Comic Monologue about Failure at Princeton
Thu, 05 Apr 2012 | J. Edward Farnum

Andrew Hodges Author of Alan Turing: The Enigma (1983)

Alan Turing: An Atlantic Perspective
Mon, 23 Apr 2012 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

Dava Sobel and Diane Ackerman

The Art of Science Writing (NOTE: 7:00 p.m.)
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 | Spencer Trask Lecture

Carmen Reinhart Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

A Decade of Debt
Thu, 03 May 2012 | Walter E. Edge Lecture

Margaret Atwood Author

Future Imperfect: The Clock Strikes Midnight
Tue, 16 Oct 2012 | J. Edward Farnum Lecture, cosponsored by the Committee on Canadian Studies

Patricia Churchland Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, and the Salk Institute

The Brains Behind Morality
Thu, 18 Oct 2012 | Louis Clark Vanuxem Lecture

David Brooks Author and New York Times Columnist

Politics and the Organization Kid
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 | Stafford Little Lecture

Michele Flournoy

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