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Dec. 9, 2009

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From left, opera and theater director Peter Sellars; actor Philip Seymour Hoffman; Homi K. Bhabha, director of the Humanities ­Center at Harvard University; and Professor Paul Muldoon took part in a Lewis Center symposium on “The Arts and the Economic Crisis.”

Valuing the arts in a time of crisis

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

One day last spring Paul Muldoon was struck by the realization that every story in the “Arts, Briefly” column of The New York Times reflected the difficult financial situation facing arts organizations — from a museum making program cuts to an orchestra...Read more
The James Madison Room in Whig Hall has energy-­efficient recessed lighting and a flat-screen television.

Keeping up with the times

Whig-Clio’s home for contentious topics receives a $3.8 million makeover

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

The American Whig-Cliosophic Society celebrated a $3.8 million renovation of Whig Hall Nov. 14, hoping it will ensure that the nation’s oldest literary, political, and debating society remains a “home of dialogue about controversial issues” on campus, said...Read more
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, above, and New York Times correspondent Adam Liptak critiqued the confirmation process for Supreme Court justices during a Nov. 11 Woodrow Wilson School panel discussion.

Verdict on court nominee hearings: Not very helpful

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

Highly scripted and dull Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees have been the norm since Robert Bork’s failed nomination in 1987 — and Sonia Sotomayor ’76 maintained that sorry tradition, journalists said during a Nov. 11 panel discussion on...Read more

In Brief

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

Attention reunion planners: The Daily Princetonian, partnering with the University Library, is preparing to put its archives online, dating back to its first issue in 1876. University archivist Daniel Linke said about 80,000 pages are being scanned to create...Read more
Understanding the fundamentals of combustion could aid the design and development of clean-burning fuels and engines. These images, from Sandia National Laboratories, show a computer simulation of flames produced by a jet of gas of the sort used in fuel-injected automotive engines to generate heat energy.

$20 million grant supports clean-burning fuel studies

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

When the U.S. Department of Energy announced a five-year, $777 million commitment to research in clean and renewable energy last April, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the program would “mobilize the enormous talents and skills of our nation’s scientific...Read more

Cost-cutting claims policy group

Published in the Dec. 9, 2009, issue

The Policy Research Institute for the Region (PRIOR), an arm of the Woodrow Wilson School that focuses on policy issues affecting New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, will close at the end of the academic year, a victim of the University’s budget-cutting....Read more
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