Field Notes From An Ethical Minefield

Princeton Public Lectures Presents Katherine Boo, Author and Journalist Wednesday, November 8, 2017 McCosh Hall, Room 50; 6:00 pm In the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement, journalist and author Katherine Boo will discuss some lessons learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities. Katherine Boo’s 2012 book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public…

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Kevin Kimberlin’s Contribution to the Arts

Yaddo, a creative community for artists, has a rich history dating back to 1900.  Spencer Trask, an 1800s financier whose contributions include funding Thomas Edison’s light bulb and the westward expansion of the railroads, along with his wife Katrina donated their 40 acre estate to the arts, as a retreat and a place for contemplation.  To learn more about Yaddo’s history, please visit yaddo.org. Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask & Co., is an Honorary Lifetime Member in recognition of his support of…

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The David Lynch Foundation, TM and World Peace

Meditating to World Peace On June 5, The David Lynch Foundation will host: A Night of Laughter & Song to benefit veterans, at-risk youth and women and children suffering from domestic abuse.  Featuring Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Hugh Jackman and Margaret Cho, my wife and I will be presented with the “Lifetime in Service for Peace” award by The David Lynch Foundation (DLF).      Transcendental Meditation (TM) David Lynch, the beloved auteur, created the David Lynch Foundation to encourage…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Salman Rushdie, Author

Acclaimed author Sir Ahmad Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels, as well as memoirs, short stories, and essays. A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: David Henry Hwang, Playwright

Tony Award winning playwright, librettist and TV writer David Henry Hwang (M. BUTTERFLY, CHINGLISH, AIDA, THE AFFAIR) shares his journey as a kid from Los Angeles who discovered theatre, and what it means to be an Asian American writer in a country where people of color are rapidly becoming the new mainstream. This event is co-sponsored by the Spencer Trask Lecture Series, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Program in American Studies.  It is free and open to the…

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Innovation: Kevin Kimberlin on Healthcare Reform

“ If the United states as a whole could safely achieve spending levels comparable to those of the lowest-spending regions, annual savings of up to 30% of Medicare expenditures could be achieved.” “Such savings could provide the resource to fund important new benefits, such as expanded Medicare coverage….” The implications of regional variations in Medicare spending; The Annals of Internal Medicine; Elliott Fisher of the Dartmouth Institute and David Weinberg, President of Health Dialog Analytics, et al. February 18, 2003.…

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Innovation: Kevin Kimberlin on Networking

What innovation led to the explosive growth of the Internet? Some would say the free release, by Tim Berners-Lee, of the World Wide Web (WWW)1 on April 30, 1993. Others cite Version 1.0 of the graphical browser, Mosaic, introduced on November 11, 1993.2 While these garnered well-deserved recognition, let us consider another, less well known candidate. During this formative era, Dr. David Huber and Kevin Kimberlin began working together to make high-capacity optical networking systems.

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: John McPhee, Writer and Pioneer of Creative Nonfiction

John McPhee, author and pioneer of creative non-fiction, will read from several personal history pieces, all relating to the writing process and to Princeton. John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Film and Terrorism, Discussion by Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma

Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma will present a conversation on  “Film and Terrorism.”  Ruben Gallo, Director of Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, will lead the discussion, which will focus on how Assayas has portrayed terrorism in several of his award-winning films. Director and Screenwriter Olivier Assayas’ films include Something in the Air(Apres Mai, 2012) and Summer Air (L’heure d’Ete, 2008).   His 2010 film Carlos examined the life of terrorist Carlos the Jackal and includes a minute-by-minute recreation of Carlos’s storming of…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Mario Vargas Llosa, Recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature

Writer and Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa will discuss the current state of politics and culture in Latin America in a conversation with Enrique Krauze, Historian and Visiting Research Scholar. Mario Vargas Llosa’s novels, including The War of the End of the World, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto and The Feast of the Goat, established his reputation as one of Latin America’s most important authors. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2010.…

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