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Please join us for Friday EVENINGS WITH FRIENDS at the Princeton Public Library: intimate evenings with acclaimed authors and experts in lively conversations where you can join the discussion at the end. This new winter series is sure to stimulate your mind.
Mix and mingle with Friends in the Library's Community Room which will be transformed into a supper club/salon for the evening. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., light fare and drinks will be served buffet-style with plenty of table seating available. Wine tastings provided by Mark Censits of CoolVines will be featured. At 7:30 the conversation will begin and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your table. Finish off the evening with dessert, coffee, and more discussions with our guests. A truly memorable time in support of our Library!
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2013
EMILY RABOTEAU &
A FATHER-DAUGHTER CONVERSATION
Emily Raboteau’s first non-fiction book is SEARCHING FOR ZION: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora. The book is the result of 10 years of research, and began when she visited a friend in Israel and realized that she, a biracial woman who grew up in an America still divided along racial lines, had never felt as easily at home as her friend did in Israel. As a hard-core reggae fan and the daughter of a historian of African American religion, Raboteau knew of Zion as a place black people yearned to be. Her search for Zion took her through Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and the American South to explore the complex and contradictory perspectives of “black Zionists.” She spoke with Rastafarians and African Hebrew Israelites, Evangelicals and Ethiopian Jews, and Katrina transplants from her own family—people that have risked everything in search of territory that is hard to define and harder to inhabit. Her question for them is the same she asks herself: have you found the home you’re looking for?
Albert J. Raboteau came to Princeton in 1982 and is the Henry W. Putman Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on African-American religious history. Professor Raboteau’s research and teaching have focused on American Catholic history and African-American religious movements. His books include Slave Religion: The ‘Invisible Institution’ in the Antebellum South; A Fire in the Bones: Reflections on African-American Religious History; African-American Religion: Interpretative Essay in History, ed. with Timothy Fulop; A Sorrowful Joy; and an updated 25th anniversary edition of Slave Religion. Most recently he co-edited Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives with Richard Alba and Josh DeWind.
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013
MICHAEL LEMONICK &
A CONVERSATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Michael Lemonick is a senior science writer with Climate Central, a nonpartisan organization that conducts scientific research on climate change and informs the public of key findings. He wrote about science and the environment for TIME magazine for nearly 21 years, where he authored more than 50 cover stories. He has also written for Discover, Scientific American, Wired, New Scientist and The Washington Post. Michael is the author of four books; his cover story for TIME was featured in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007. His most recent book is Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet’s Twin, published in October 2012. Michael has taught science and environmental journalism at Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New York Universities. He holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University.
Stephen Pacala is Frederick D. Petrie Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute. He also co-directs the Carbon Mitigation Initiative, a collaboration among Princeton University, British Petroleum and the Ford Motor Company, working to find solutions to the problem of global warming. His research covers a wide variety of ecological and mathematical topics with an emphasis on interactions between greenhouse gases, climate and the biosphere. Dr. Pacala has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in biology from Stanford University. He serves on the board of Climate Central and the Environmental Defense Fund. Among his many honors are the David Starr Jordan Prize and the George Mercer Award of the Ecological Society of America. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013
RANDY COHEN & RUSH HOLT
A CONVERSATION ON ETHICS
Randy Cohen is an American writer, humorist and playwright. He is most famous for being the long-time “Ethicist” columnist for The New York Times Magazine. He is currently the creator and host of public radio’s Person Place Thing, a show where the interviewees come prepared to talk about a person, a place, and a thing that are important to them and that they have strong feelings about. He has written for The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, and Slate. For seven years he was a writer on Late Night with David Letterman, inventing Letterman’s “Top Ten List.” Randy is the author of several books, the most recent being Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything, published in August 2012. He graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY with a Bachelor of Arts in music and received an MFA in music composition from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2011, Randy Cohen received the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from SUNY, Albany.
Congressman Rush Holt has represented Central New Jersey in Congress since 1999. Rep. Holt earned his B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in Minnesota and completed his Master’s and Ph.D. at NYU. He has held positions as a teacher, Congressional Science Fellow, and arms control expert at the U.S. State Department where he monitored the nuclear programs of countries such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, and the former Soviet Union. From 1989 until he launched his 1998 congressional campaign, Holt was Assistant Director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, the largest research facility of Princeton University and the largest center for research in alternative energy in New Jersey. He has conducted extensive research on alternative energy and has his own patent for a solar energy device. In Congress, Rep. Holt has developed a well-deserved reputation as a tireless advocate for his constituents.
Cancellation policy: Unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds for these evenings, however, in the event you are unable to attend, we will happily allow a guest of your choice to attend in your place.