Three Days in March


Within three days, four valuable events at Princeton University — women in leadership, multicultural education, comparative religion, and nuclear energy in Japan and the U.S.

A 40-year study of women at Princeton University found that women are taking a back seat when it comes to leadership positions, and it suggests reasons why. Shirley Tilghman (P.U. president) and Nan Keohane (former president of Duke and Wellesley) will discuss the report on Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. It’s free. Keohane, I would like to note, has just written an excellent book on leadership and will speak at the Princeton Regional Chamber breakfast on Wednesday, June 15.

Kevin Nadal, author, comedian, and professor, speaks at a no-cost lunch on Thursday, March 24, at noon, on “Dealing with Microaggressions in Everyday Life,” at the Carl A. Fields Center. Free by RSVP by Tuesday to mcclay@princeton.edu. For an example of a “microaggression” (which can include “Shopping While Black”) see Yolanda Pierce’s post on the Kitchen Table blog. For another opportunity to discuss multicultural misunderstandings, come to Continuing Conversations on Race on Mondays, April 4 and May 2, at the Princeton Public library.

Frank Von Hippel will be on a panel entitled “After the Earthquake: Japan’s Nuclear Plant Crisis” on Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. Panelists will include Alexander Glaser, an assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School; M.V. Ramana, an associate research scholar at the School’s Program on Science and Global Security (S&GS;); Erik Vanmarcke, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton and a member of the Associated Faculty of the Princeton Environmental Institute. Hippel is co-director of the Woodrow Wilson School’s Program on Science and Global Security. Free.

On Friday, March 25, at 3 p.m. Princeton University Press launches its “Lives of Great Religious Books” series with a panel discussion at Frist. Panelists are Donald S. Lopez. Jr., author of the biography of The Tibetan Book of the Dead; Martin Marty, author of the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison; and Vanessa Ochs, author of the forthcoming biography of the Haggadah. Free. (Yet another good one from the Center for the Study of Religion is the Doll lecture on the relationship between religion and money, always incestuous in my opinion. The lecture is within this three-day time period, Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Lewis Library.)

I can’t attend any of these, but perhaps I’ll see you at the chamber breakfast where the Honorable Helen Hoens will speak. It’s Wednesday morning.

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