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Vol. LXII, No. 40
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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MEMORY IS A POWERFUL THING”: Actress Phylicia Rashad and Professor Cornel West discussed the experiences of childhood, the deep historical past, the current economic crisis, embodying characters onstage, and contemporary political hypocrisy during their conversation in Richardson Auditorium last Tuesday.

“Everybody in America Has to Find Their Joy”: Rashad, West Discuss Acting, Crisis, Racism

Dilshanie Perera

Actress Phylicia Rashad and Princeton University professor and scholar Cornel West discussed the African American intellectual tradition last Tuesday, with the audience packed into Richardson Auditorium following their every word. As they mused about history and memory, racism, morality, and compassion, the conversation touched on topics such as the current economic crisis, August Wilson’s play Gem of the Ocean, and childhood.

“Slammin’ Super Saturday” at JWMS Provides a Coney Island “Ton of Fun”

Dilshanie Perera

Princeton’s version of Coney Island, complete with carnival games, gigantic inflatable rides, and structures upon which to play, took shape at the “Slammin’ Super Saturday Carnival” at John Witherspoon Middle School last weekend. Proceeds from the celebration go to fund the yearly environmental field trip, which is a free overnight program for all sixth-graders.

Library’s First College Fair Hosts Admissions Reps Statewide

Ellen Gilbert

“This is specific to New Jersey,” Teen Services Librarian Susan Conlon said last week at the Princeton Public Library’s first College Fair. “People seem to appreciate that we’re doing this,” she added as she surveyed the students and parents stopping by information-laden tables staffed by college representatives in the library’s Community Room. “They can focus on their specific options here in the state, without worrying about choices elsewhere.”

Firestone Library Exhibit Highlights Greek Treasures, Cultural History

Ellen Gilbert

Among the astonishing artifacts in the Princeton University Library’s new fall exhibition, “The Greek Book From Papyrus to Printing,” is a 1541 edition of Homer’s Works owned by the German humanist Martin Crusius. He acquired the volume in 1547 and evidence shows that he reread it again and again between 1559 and 1602 while serving as a Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Tübingen. “He added dense layers of marginal and interlinear annotations in Greek and Latin,” observes the exhibit caption. “In these annotations we see Crusius working to understand, explain, and teach the Iliad and Odyssey.”

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