Sunday, March 22, 2009

Figures of Speech and then some...

It’s a really sad story, but I’m finding it difficult to get excited about any other lectures now that I know Ban Ki-Moon is coming to speak at Princeton. For lack of other Secretaries-General, however, I’ll present the following still-very-interesting lectures:

“The Politics of Sustainable Eating”
on Tuesday March 24, 4:30 in McCosh 50 – Josh Viertel, President of Slow Food USA, will discuss “Ethics, Politics and the American Food System” in a lecture sponsored by Slow Food Princeton, The Princeton Farm to Fork Project, The High Meadows Foundation, and PEI. Viertel, a Harvard grad, was co-founder and co-director of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which involved the creation and management of an organic farm on the Yale campus. Not bad (for New Haven).

“Eleanor Roosevelt: The Challenge and Future of Human Rights”
on Tuesday March 24, 4:30 in Betts Auditorium, Architecture Building – Blanche Wiesen Cook, Professor of History and Women’s Studies at John Jay College and City University of New York, will draw from her latest book in this lecture sponsored by the Program in Women’s Studies and the Department of English. Cook won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for her earlier work, “Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One 1884-1993.”

“Pakistan’s Current Crisis”
on Thursday March 26, 4:30 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall – Maleeha Lodhi, former Pakistan advisor to the US and former fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, will discuss her eleven years of diplomatic experience in the US and Britain and her work on the UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2001 to 2005. In the lecture, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Lodhi will draw on her diverse experiences in international affairs.