Amanda Bock GS
“Artificial Light: Flash Photography in the Twentieth Century,” an exhibit curated by Amanda Bock GS.
Dates and Location:
May 24 – Aug. 3, 2014, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Main Building, the Lynne and Harold Honickman Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and until 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.
The Curator: Bock was a Goldsmiths Fellow at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for three years and today is project assistant curator in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. She also is a Ph.D. student at Princeton working on her dissertation in art history. Continue reading
Richard Neill ’71
The Exhibition: Richard Neill ’71 has created five films for the National Building Museum’s exhibition Designing for Disaster, which examines how we assess risks from natural hazards and how we can create policies and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities.
Dates and Location: Open through Aug. 2, 2015, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Museum hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sundays. Continue reading
Ralph Nader ’55 (Beverly Orr)
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, by Ralph Nader ’55 (Nation Books)
The Author: An attorney and political activist, Nader is particularly concerned with consumer and worker protection, humanitarianism, environmentalism, democratic government, and dismantling the corporate state. Nader came to prominence in 1965 with his book Unsafe at Any Speed, and has since published many bestsellers, including The Good Fight and Seventeen Traditions. He is a four-time candidate for president of the United States, and has been named by Time and Life magazines as one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.
The Book: In Unstoppable, Nader demonstrates that there is an emerging alliance between the Left and the Right on Capital Hill, as well as in state and local governments, that he believes has the power to dismantle the corporate-government tyranny. Nader argues that it is time to use this budding alliance to expand the power of American citizens and demand a more accountable government. He provides a blueprint for this fight, with 25 potential reforms that can be accomplished through a Left-Right alliance. The book also includes a historical record of Left-Right convergence that demonstrates that this strategy can be successful. Continue reading
Majel Connery ’01 (David Stewart)
The Performance: Opera Cabal and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble present the North American premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ monodrama ATTHIS, and three never-before staged works by Marcos Balter: UT, Delete/Control/Option, and Live Water.
Dates and Location: June 12 and 13, at 8 p.m., at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, N.Y.
The Company and Co-founder: Presenting unpredictable new work and modeling new forms of audience involvement, Opera Cabal reaches into neighboring visual, theatrical, and technological communities to broaden the audience for, and the definition of, opera. Majel Connery ’01 co-founded the company in 2006 and is now the executive and artistic director of Opera Cabal. Connery apprenticed with opera director Christopher Alden at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, Den Norske Oper (Oslo), and at Chicago Opera Theater. She is currently a Mellon postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor of musicology at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Opera: Scored for soprano and eight instruments, ATTHIS is inspired by the love-poems Sappho sang to other women on the island of Lesbos some 2,500 years ago. It is conducted by Peyman Farzinpour, former director of new music at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and stage directed by Emmy Award-winning director Habib Azar. Soprano Ariadne Grief intones verses of isolation and longing by Sappho, with Connery embodying her amorous double. Balter’s works feature celebrated violist Nadia Sirota, with ethereal visualizations by Connery as stage director.
Read More: PAW’s story about Majel Connery ’01 in the March 12, 2010 issue.
Gary Monheit ’80 (Courtesy Dan Krimm ’78)
The Gig: Along with more classic compositions, jazz duo Gary Monheit ’80 (piano) and Dan Krimm ’78 (fretless bass) will play several original compositions, including the premiere of a new tune written by Krimm.
Date and Location: June 4, 6:30-10:00 p.m., at Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, Calif.
The Duo: Monheit and Krimm have been playing jazz together off and on since their college days. After several years living in different metropolitan areas, they reconnected in the Bay Area in 2006, joining the Fortune Smiles quintet, and now also are playing as a duo. Monheit taught jazz piano and jazz ensemble at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore, and was a dance accompanist for Elliot Feld, Alvin Ailey, Barnard College, and Princeton University. His compositions for dance and theater have been performed in the United States and Europe. Continue reading
Andrew S. Winston ’91 (Courtesy Harvard Business Review Press)
New book: The Big Pivot: Radically Practical Strategies for a Hotter, Scarcer, and More Open World, by Andrew S. Winston ’91 (Harvard Business Review Press)
The author: Winston is the founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, advising some of the world’s leading companies. He sits on the sustainability advisory boards for Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, and Hewlett-Packard, and is the author of the book Green to Gold. He regularly appears on major media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNBC.
The book: Winston argues that we have passed an economic tipping point: The weakening of the foundations of our planetary infrastructure is costing businesses and putting our society at risk. In particular, he highlights three “mega-challenges” that impact how businesses operate: climate change, scarcity, and transparency. In response to these challenges, Winston provides 10 strategies for leaders and companies that are ready to prepare for, manage, and profit from these changes. This book provides a blueprint with concrete solutions, demonstrated through stories from companies like Unilever, Nike, Ford, Walmart, and others. Continue reading
The Performance: “The Secret Song,” the inaugural concert by the Secret Opera company, will feature six works from new and emerging composers, with a chamber orchestra for each, and including Once Upon the Wind, a one-act opera by Theo Popov ’11.
Date and Location: May 4 at 3 p.m. at the Shrine of Saint Anthony of Padua, 154 Sullivan Street, New York City.
The Company and Co-founder: The Secret Opera believes in opera’s immediate relevancy to today’s culture, and is committed to new politically and socially relevant readings of classic and new works. Co-founder Alexis Rodda ’10 is a soprano from New York City. She is a 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition Boston district winner and a New England regional finalist. This year she made her role debut as Mimi in La Boheme with Maestro Kelly Crandell. She holds a master’s degree in vocal music from Mannes College and currently studies with voice teacher Arthur Levy. Continue reading
Lainie Fefferman GS (Photo: Courtesy Lainie Fefferman GS)
The Concert: The New York premiere of Lainie Fefferman’s Princeton dissertation piece, “Here I Am,” a rock oratorio in nine movements, for the Newspeak ensemble and Va Vocals.
Date and Location: May 1 at 8 p.m. at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Composer: Lainie Fefferman, a Ph.D. candidate in music composition at Princeton, is a Brooklyn-based composer. She has created pieces for numerous New York ensembles and singing groups and is the founder and co-director of Exapno, a New Music Community Center in downtown Brooklyn. For “Here I Am,” Fefferman worked with Newspeak, an ensemble that became an early standout within New York’s “indie-classical” scene, and the sopranos of Va Vocals: Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes, and Caroline Shaw GS, who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for music. Continue reading
New book: The Odyssey, translated by Herbert Jordan ’60, with an introduction by E. Christian Kopff (University of Oklahoma Press)
The translator: After his only son was killed in 1999 in a car accident, Jordan, who had been reading Homer in translation, learned to read the original Homeric Greek to help channel his grief. Later he decided to tackle producing a new verse translation of the Iliad, and has now done the same with the Odyssey. An attorney, Jordan is an independent scholar of Greek.
The book: Homer’s Odyssey is a classic of Western Literature. Jordan translates the ancient Greek epic into blank verse, rendering the Odyssey line-for-line in iambic pentameter. Jordan navigates Homer’s dactyls and extended metaphors, capturing the essence of the poet’s meanings while avoiding an overly literal or colloquial style. This edition features maps of the Aegean region and Odysseus’ travels, explanatory notes, a pronunciation glossary of nouns, and an index of similes. Continue reading
New book: Children of Rus´: Right-Bank Ukraine and the Invention of a Russian Nation, by Faith Hillis ’02 (Cornell University Press)
The author: Hillis is an assistant professor of Russian history at the University of Chicago. Her focus is on imperial Russia, with a special interest in 19th- and early 20th-century politics, culture, and ideas. In her research and teaching she explores how Russia’s peculiar political institutions — and its status as a multiethnic empire — shaped public opinion and political cultures. This is her first book.
The book: Hillis examines a little-known chapter in the history of tsarist Russia. Looking at the southwestern borderlands of the Russian Empire, an area that today is located in the heart of the state of Ukraine, she uncovers one of the most aggressive and politically successful Russian nationalist movements. Right-bank Ukraine was one of the Russian empire’s last territorial acquisitions and most diverse corners, with few of its residents speaking Russian as their native language or identifying with the culture of the Great Russian interior. Yet the southwest’s Russian nationalists identified as “Little Russians”— Orthodox believers who embraced what we today would understand to be Ukrainian culture while eschewing Ukrainian national separatism. Continue reading
Jorey Hurley ’96 (Photo: Courtesy Jorey Hurley)
Nest, by Jorey Hurley ’96 (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
The author: A designer and illustrator, Hurley studied art at Princeton and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. From 2005 to 2010, she was on the design team at Hable Construction, a textile design company based in New York. Though not new to illustrating, this is her first book. She says that her inspiration comes from animals, plants, and the beauty in daily life. Continue reading
Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era: A Ministry of Freedom, by Frank Decker ’58, assisted by Lois Rosebrooks (The History Press)
The author: Decker is a longtime member of Plymouth Church, serving on its governing council from 1993 to 1999, and as its president for three years. In 2007, after Decker retired from the practice of law, he and Rosebrooks succeeded in having the church listed as a site on the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. In 2009, he wrote and presented a paper on Henry Ward Beecher and the Plymouth congregation, which was published in the International Congregational Journal. Decker also was an associate editor for two volumes of The Law Practice of Alexander Hamilton.
The book: Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era examines the Brooklyn-based bastion of anti-slavery sentiment: Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, led by Henry Ward Beecher. Plymouth Church was not only publicly important in the fight for abolition — holding mock slave auctions, raising money to purchase freedom for slaves, and sending guns nicknamed “Beecher’s Bibles” to those struggling for a free Kansas — but it also was a busy Underground Railroad station. Once the Civil War broke out, the congregation helped raise troops and supplies for the U.S. Army.
Paul Davids ’69 (Photo: Chris Loomis)
The exhibition: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is showcasing “An Adventure in Texture,” a collection of 13 mixed-media pieces created by Paul Davids ’69 working in collaboration with Russell Metzger.
Dates and location: Feb. 8 – April 30, 2014 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, Calif.
The artist: A prolific artist, Davids’ paintings have been displayed in many galleries. “The art I create is representational,” he wrote in the exhibition’s press release. “However, my conception of representational art is infused with abstractions. … I lend a personal interpretation to my subjects with attitudes that range from compassion to whimsy.” Davids has his hands in multiple art forms: At Princeton he won numerous awards in writing, and he has written and directed eight films, including Jesus in India and Starry Night, about Vincent van Gogh. Davids and his wife, Hollace Davids, co-wrote six Star Wars sequel novels. His collaborator, Metzger, has a background in abstract art and music and lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
Roland C. Warren ’83 (Photo: Courtesy Zondervan)
New Book: Bad Dads of the Bible: 8 Mistakes Every Good Dad Can Avoid, by Roland C. Warren ’83 (Zondervan)
The author: Warren worked for nearly 20 years in the business world for IBM, PepsiCo, and Goldman Sachs & Co. He then spent over a decade as president of the National Fatherhood Initiative, whose mission is to improve the wellbeing of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. Today he is president and CEO of Care Net, a network of Christian pregnancy resource centers.
The book: Some of the most noted, celebrated, and godly men in the Bible — including Abraham, David, and Eli — made some very big mistakes when it came to raising their children. This book examines these mistakes, bringing them into a contemporary setting and giving today’s dads advice on how to avoid them. Should a dad slip up, this book also provides an easy-to-follow roadmap to help repair a father’s relationships with his children.
New book: Chief: The Quest for Justice in California, by Ronald George ’61 (Berkeley Public Policy Press)
The author: George is the retired 27th chief justice of California. In his early career as a deputy California attorney general, he went before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the constitutionality of the death penalty. Later, as a superior court judge he presided over one of the most notorious criminal cases in American history, the Hillside Strangler trial of Angelo Buono. During his tenure as chief justice, George pursued major judicial reforms, including the unification of municipal and superior courts in each of the state’s 58 counties, and the construction and renovation of court facilities around the state.
The book: This oral history chronicles George’s long career of public service, from his time as a young deputy attorney general to his rise through the ranks of the California judiciary. His account, as described to an oral historian interviewing the former chief justice, offers an insider’s view of the recent legal history of the California Supreme Court, the largest judicial system in the nation. In May of 2008, the California Supreme Court threw out the state’s requirement that marriages involve a man and a woman, opening the door for same-sex unions. In this book, George describes that case, a critical moment in the nation’s ongoing legal and political controversy over the nature of marriage.
Judith Shatin *79 (Photo: Peter Schaaf/Courtesy Judith Shatin *79)
Concert: The Electroacoustic Shatin Show will showcase the work of composer Judith Shatin *79 as part of the 12 Night Concert Series of electronic music and art at various venues in Miami, Fla.
Date and location: Jan. 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32nd Street, Miami, Fla.
The composer: Works of literature and visual art often inspire Shatin, who also is interested in music as social commentary. A music professor at the University of Virginia, she is founder and director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music. She has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous awards. Shatin has served as the president of American Women Composers, Inc. (1989-93).
New book: The Genius of Venice: Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic, by Dial Parrott ’66 (Rizzoli Ex Libris)
The Author: Parrott has worked as a journalist, teacher, and lawyer. He lives with his wife in South Glastonbury, Conn.
The Book: Parrott explores the history of the Piazza San Marco, Venice’s oldest and most important architectural site and one of the great urban spaces in the world. He gives an account of the development of the entire piazza complex and the history of the Venetian republic. This volume includes more than 100 color photographs and maps. His heroic view of Venice illustrates a city formed out of the void by sheer toil. The Venetians built a city that stands today not merely as an attraction for millions, but as a testament to architectural genius: a shining example of Western communal art.
T.A. Barron ’74 (Photo: Courtesy T.A. Barron ’74)
New book: Atlantis Rising, by T.A. Barron ’74 (Philomel Books)
The author: T.A. Barron ’74 started his career with an adventure trilogy about a young woman named Kate Gordon, before turning to the legendary Merlin. He is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of the Merlin Saga, which started with a 5-book epic, The Lost Years of Merlin, and grew to include seven more books. Barron also has written picture books, a nonfiction book, and two nature books about his home state, Colorado.
The book: Atlantis Rising is the first book in a trilogy that will explore another legend as old as Merlin’s: the lost city of Atlantis. Unlike the many stories that have been written about that island’s destruction, this novel looks at its creation. A young boy and a courageous girl in a magical land that is a pawn in a war between good and evil try to save their country. “But their vow has greater repercussions than they ever could imagine,” the author’s website says. “It may just bring about the creation of Atlantis, an island cut off from the rest of the world, where magic reigns supreme.”
Mifflin Lowe ’70 (Photo: Heidi Kurpiela)
New album and show: Wilton Wilberry and the Magical Christmas Wishing Well, by Mifflin Lowe ’70. He will perform at 1 p.m., Dec. 27, at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, Mass.
The artist: Lowe worked as a copywriter for advertising firms before switching to writing children’s songs and performing in schools, libraries, and festivals. He was commissioned by the Syracuse Symphony to turn one of his children’s books, Beasts by the Bunches, into a piece for orchestra. His other stories set to music include a rock opera about a king who lost his underpants and The Adventures of Cowboy Kareem, the story of a young boy in the inner city who dreams of becoming a cowboy.
New book: Ironmom: Training and Racing with a Family of Seven, by Mette Harrison *95 (Familius)
The author: Harrison is a young-adult fiction author and a stay-at-home mother of five. She has competed in triathlons since 2004, when she won first place in her age group. Since 2006, when she finished her first Ironman, she has competed in three other Ironman competitions, six ultramarathons, the longest single-day bike race in the United States, and dozens of Olympic and sprint distance races. Her four oldest children have competed in sprint or Olympic distance triathlons or half-marathons.
The book: Following the stillborn delivery of her sixth child, Harrison decided to train for the Ironman triathlon as part of her recovery from grief. She does not describe herself as having been particularly athletic: As a teenager, she says, she always felt awkward, slow, and “not good enough” while running. This memoir shows how she became a nationally ranked triathlete — while raising five children. She shares her experience of training and racing with her family, explaining that when you think you’ve hit a wall, whether in parenthood or during a run, you can push through and succeed.
New book: Grant Wood’s Iowa: A Visitor’s Guide, by Wende Elliott ’90 and William Balthazar Rose *89 (The Countryman Press)
The authors: William Balthazar Rose *89 and Wende Elliott ’90 first met in a Princeton painting class in 1989. Later Rose, a British graduate student who was living in Tuscany, would visit Iowa to court Elliott, who was working on her creative writing M.F.A. at Iowa State University. During these visits, Rose and Elliott began collaborating on this book, much of which consists of a personal anecdotal record of their tours. Rose is a painter who exhibits in Italy, England, and the United States, and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton. Elliott is a writer, organic farmer, and activist for organic and fair-trade food. This is their first book.
The book: Solving the problem of what to do while driving across the middle of America, this book identifies points of cultural interest along I-80 from Chicago to Omaha. In particular, Rose and Elliott provide a thoughtful, detailed exploration of the life and the historical context of Iowa artist Grant Wood — best known for his painting American Gothic — by discussing both his work and the landscape that inspired it. The book includes five itineraries, complete with self-guided museum tours, maps, color photos, and local ancillary attractions like regional art festivals and nature hikes.
Solo exhibitions: “Flushing Creek into Bowery Bay: Selections from the Islands of New York,” and “The Islands and Waterways of New York City,” two exhibitions of photographs by Accra Shepp ’84.
Dates and locations: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, N.Y., Nov. 16 – Jan. 12 (gallery hours: Sat. and Sun., 12-5 p.m.); and Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, N.Y., Feb. 2 – May 11.
The artist: A former lecturer in Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Shepp is a photographer who has exhibited in the United States and abroad. His work is represented in collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. His work also has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and Camera Arts, among other publications.
Wayne Koestenbaum *88 (Photo: Andrea Bellu – Ad Hoc Vox)
New book: My 1980s & Other Essays, by Wayne Koestenbaum *88 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The author: A poet and cultural critic, Koestenbaum is the author of Jackie Under My Skin, a meditation on Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and Humiliation, about the meaning of humiliation in people’s lives, among other books. His essays and poetry have appeared in such anthologies as The Best American Essays and The Best American Poetry, and in magazines including The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
The book: In this collection of essays, Koestenbaum exposes what entrances him in a literary gallery of his infatuations, quirks, and fears. There are personal pieces, including the title essay; riffs on art, music, sex, and celebrity; playful pieces like “Assignments” in which he lists a series of unorthodox writing instructions for his students; and more critical essays in which he wrestles with major cultural figures.
An Unsung Soldier: The Life and Times of Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster [*50], by Robert S. Jordan *60 (Naval Institute Press)
The author: Jordan served as director of research for the U.N. Institute for Training and Research and was a distinguished professor of strategy and policy at the U.S. Naval War College. He has published widely on Cold War alliance policy, coalition maritime affairs, international administration, and military biographies.
The book: In this biography, Jordan describes the accomplishments of Gen. Andrew J. Goodpaster *50 (who died in 2005) — one of the leading soldier-scholars of his time. A key figure during the Cold War, Goodpaster served Gen. Dwight Eisenhower in establishing the international military component of NATO; during Eisenhower’s presidency, he worked as staff secretary and defense liaison officer. After serving in Vietnam as Deputy Commander, Goodpaster was appointed NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He was called out of retirement to restore the integrity of West Point after a major ethical crisis. Upon his final retirement and for over a quarter-century thereafter, he was actively involved in the world of Washington policy-making.
John Eaton ’57 *59 (Photo: Courtesy John Eaton ’57 *59)
The performances: Pocket Opera Players is presenting world premieres of two one-act operas: Re-Routed by John Eaton ’57 *59 with libretto by his daughter Estela Eaton, and The Death of Webern by Michael Dellaira with libretto by J. D. McClatchy.
Dates and location: October 10, 11, and 12 at 8 p.m. at Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in New York City.
The composer: Eaton founded the Pocket Opera Players in 1993. His “pocket operas” are hour-long productions that require only a handful of instrumentalists and vocalists performing on minimalist sets, and can be mounted on a modest budget. Eaton frequently collaborates with his daughter, the poet and librettist Estela Eaton. They recently worked together on another pocket opera, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ’17’s short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
New book: Conjured, by Sarah Beth Durst ’96 (Bloomsbury/Walker Books for Young Readers)
Sarah Beth Durst ’96 (Photo: Courtesy Sarah Beth Durst ’96)
The author: Durst, who writes fantasy fiction for teenagers, has been drawn to magical worlds — dragons, griffins, and fairy-tale kingdoms — since her youth. She calls Conjured “the creepiest book I’ve ever written.” Durst is the author of Enchanted Ivy, which is set at Princeton during Reunions; Ice; Into the Wild; Out of the Wild; Drink, Slay, Love; and Vessel, which won the 2013 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature.
The book: Eve finds herself in a paranormal witness-protection program with no memory of her past. She is told that a magic-wielding serial killer is hunting her down. There is something horrifying in her memories that the people hiding her want to access. At night she dreams about a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. By day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do unusual things — like make the birds in her wallpaper fly around the room. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her.