Monday, November 17, 2008

Figures of Speech: Big Names, Big Brains, Big Books Edition

On Tuesday at 8:00 in McCosh 50, Walter Isaacson will speak about “Einstein, Franklin, and the Role of Creativity in Today’s World.” He has relatively recently compiled massive biographies of both Einstein and Franklin. A number to look out for in his scholarship on the two men is 1536. No, it’s not a date. It’s the combined page total of the two biographies.

Isaacson is a noted writer, and has helped lead both CNN and Time magazine in the past. He currently serves as president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Thursday brings this week’s split decision. Daniel Markey '00, now of the Council on Foreign Relations, will be addressing policy options for the next four years concerning terror in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The lecture will be in Robertson 016 at 4:30. Markey is formerly of the State Department, as well as a former professor here at Princeton.

Also at 4:30 in Sherrerd Hall, Room 101 is Phil Weiser of the University of Colorado. Prof. Weiser will deliver a lecture entitled “What Should the FCC Do About Net Neutrality?” He is a former Justice Department lawyer.

If you’re using a lot of bandwidth right now, that’s just ironic.