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October 2019

New Jersey’s General Assembly: What You Need to Know

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Ingrid Reed, retired director of the New Jersey Project of Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, moderates a panel discussion about the challenges of being in New Jersey’s General Assembly. Panelists include New Jersey State Senator Linda Greenstein, former NewJersey State Senator Jennifer Beck and former New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony “Skip” Cimino. A Q&A will follow the presentation. Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily…

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Open Archive: World War II on the Princeton Homefront

Thursday, October 17, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Center – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Stop by the Discovery Center to explore artifacts and archival materials that illustrate how Princeton residents participated in World War II from the homefront through civil defense, rationing and foreign relief efforts. This Open Archive is presented in conjunction with the library and Historical Society of Princeton's World War II exhibition on view through February 6, 2020 in the Princeton Room. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its…

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Neil Pederson: “Dendrochronology: Accessing the Memories of Trees”

Sunday, October 20, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Neil Pederson, a forest researcher at Harvard University, discusses how tree rings have provided centuries worth of precise, annual and seasonal details of climate, ecology, and competition. Pederson is a senior ecologist at the Harvard Forest, an ecological research area of 3,000 acres owned and managed by Harvard University and located in Petersham, Massachusetts. The property, in operation since 1907, includes one of North America's oldest managed forests. Co-sponsored by the library and Marquand Park.

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SCORE Seminar: Sources of Funds for Small Business

Monday, October 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

As part of its monthly series of seminars for aspiring small business owners, SCORE Princeton will present "Sources of Funds for Small Business" by Parag Nevatia. Please register for this event on the SCORE Princeton website.  

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SCORE Seminar: Sources of Funds for Small Business

Monday, October 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

  This workshop will provide insights into the lending process, including tips on identifying your best financing strategy, common financing mistakes in the loan process, managing business credit, and positioning your company for loan eligibility. We will cover financing basics, start-up costs, small business lenders, applying for a loan, and more. Please Register for this event via Princeton SCORE Presenter Bio:  After a successful 20-year Commercial Banking & Lending career in the NJ/NY region, Mr. Parag Nevatia started EZ Funding Solutions…

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Panel Discussion: “The Power of Faces: Looking at the Global Refugee Crisis”

Monday, October 21, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang will lead a presentation and discussion on "The Power of Faces," their global photojournalism project that humanizes the plight of refugees and illuminates their experiences. In collaboration with the Princeton-Trenton Area United Nations Association, Menders and Huang will discuss how "The Power of Faces" developed, share their multimedia work, and highlight key takeaways and experiences from this ongoing project. Afterward, they will be joined by two panelists representing civil society organizations for an open…

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Martin Koenig: “Sound Portraits from Bulgaria and the Balkans: Photographs and Recordings”

Wednesday, October 23, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Ethnographer and cultural specialist Martin Koenig discusses his half century of research into traditional music and dance of the Balkans. More than 50 years ago, Koenig embarked on a trip to Bulgaria armed with letters of introduction from anthropologist Margaret Mead and folklorist Alan Lomax. On this trip, as well as on numerous subsequent visits, he sought to research and document the traditional music and dance forms in their original settings. Working in villages throughout the area, he filmed, recorded, and…

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Legal and Estate Planning

Monday, October 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Learn what you need to know about estate and long-term care planning including what legal documents you need to have now to protect yourself and your family. Presenter Fiona Van Dyck has over 20 years of experience practicing law and assisting individuals and families in formulating estate plans, protecting the interests of disabled or elderly family members and probating wills. She is a former member of the board of trustees of the Princeton Senior Resource Center.   Presented in collaboration…

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Author Arthur I. Miller: “The Artist in the Machine”

Wednesday, October 30, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The Emeritus Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at University College London discusses his book, which examines questions of creativity in the age of machines. Now that computers can compose music like Bach or turn photographs into paintings in these style of Van Gogh, Miller reviews the creative process and interviews people on the cutting edge of artificial intelligence to discuss whether  computers are already as creative as humans and if one day they will surpass us. Miller's other…

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November 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, November 4, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The third of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "The New Jim Code: Intersection of Technology and the Carceral System," a presentation by Ruha Benjamin. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.    

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Research Your Roots: Exploring New Jersey Genealogy Resources

Wednesday, November 6, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Regina Fitzpatrick, genealogy librarian at the New Jersey State Library reviews genealogy basics and strategies for collecting information before visiting a repository such as the State Library or State Archives. She will also discuss great resources to discover your ancestors in records at these locations and how to use them. This program is ideal for those new to genealogy research as well as more experienced family historians.

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PSO Soundtracks: “The New American Canon: Broadway, Film, Jazz and Pop”

Wednesday, November 6, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

John Devlin, Music Director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and former assistant conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, discusses "The New American Canon" of Broadway, film, jazz and pop music. The library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra present the Soundtracks series of lectures to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Curating “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence” with Kate Lemay

Thursday, November 14, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Historian Kate Clarke Lemay of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery speaks about organizing a major exhibition on the history of women's suffrage. In organizing this major exhibition, Lemay faced several critical problems, including how to create a more inclusive narrative, and how to find appropriate objects that would tell this history. During this lecture, Lemay will relate how she addressed these issues, and guide members of the audience through the process of curating a major exhibition at the Smithsonian as part…

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SCORE Seminar: Social Media Marketing

Monday, November 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

As part of its months series of seminars for established or aspiring small business owners, SCORE Princeton will present, "Social Media Marketing" by David Schuchman. Please register for this event on the SCORE Princeton website.  

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Lecture: Jeff Heller: “Frontier Feminists”

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Jeff Heller presents the stories of Marie Chouteau, Elizabeth Freeman and Molly Brant, three 18th-century women who found their voices and rose above their circumstances in very difficult times. Marie Chouteau, who built a family dynasty in French-controlled St. Louis by shrewdly using French laws which (unlike English law) empowered widows to inherit fair shares of money from the estates of their deceased husbands; Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved African-American who successfully challenged the legality of slavery in Massachusetts courts, and…

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