In Brazil, a taste of Princeton

Alumni in South America will gather in Rio de Janeiro from Jan. 26 to 30 to celebrate Brazil's first local reunion, sponsored by the Princeton Club of Brazil. The five-day program will include receptions and dinners, a speaker series, and performances by the Nassoons, Princeton's oldest a cappella group, in their first Latin America tour, according to Jill Janaína Otto ’02, vice president of the club.

A panel of notable alumni will discuss economics in South America, and Francisco Gros ’64, president and CEO of the Brazilian oil and gas firm OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações, will deliver the keynote address at the event's closing dinner. University representatives scheduled to speak at the reunion include history professor Jeremy Adelman, who heads Princeton's advisory committee on internationalization; Thomas Levin, an associate professor of German; and Luisa Duarte, Princeton's director of international internships. More information about the reunion is available at

Programming note: Alumnus' opera

The Outlaw and the King, an opera by composer Mark Zuckerman *76 and writer David Herrstrom that was featured in The Weekly Blog Nov. 24, 2008, will be broadcast on the New Jersey Network's "State of the Arts" program three times in the coming week: Jan. 16 at 10 p.m., Jan. 19 at 10 p.m., and Jan. 21 at 11:30 p.m. Alumni outside New Jersey who would like to view the program can visit

Names in the news

Former Sen. Claiborne Pell ’40 died Jan. 1 at age 90, leaving behind a legacy of educational opportunity for low-income families. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

In its look at Chrysler's recent struggles, Forbes asked "What would Lee Iaccocca [*46] do?" [Forbes]

The Trenton Devils will retire minor-league hockey standout Scott Bertoli ’99's No. 19 jersey Feb. 21. [The Times of Trenton]

Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond ’60, R-Mo., announced he will not seek a fifth term in 2010. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]