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Reflections\Problems of Black Suffering
A conversation was held on March 29, 2010 between Dr. Sherman Jackson and Dr. Cornel West in which they offered perspectives on the historical and contemporary problem of suffering from a Christina and Muslim lens. Dr. Jackson is a professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the author of "Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering." Dr. West is the celebrated professor of religion and race at Princeton University.
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Freshman Assembly: Neuroscience and Everyday Life
On Sunday, September 12, Samuel Wang, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, addressed the Class of 2014 for the annual freshman assembly on the subject of "Neuroscience and Everyday Life." Professor Wang offered the following introduction to his lecture: "Our brains are essential to every aspect of our everyday lives, even though we are often not aware of it. The last few decades have been an incredible time of discovery and new understanding of brain function from a medi
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Freshman Assembly: Neuroscience and Everyday Life
On Sunday, September 12, Samuel Wang, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, addressed the Class of 2014 for the annual freshman assembly on the subject of "Neuroscience and Everyday Life." Professor Wang offered the following introduction to his lecture: "Our brains are essential to every aspect of our everyday lives, even though we are often not aware of it. The last few decades have been an incredible time of discovery and new understanding of brain function from a medi
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Freshman Assembly: Neuroscience and Everyday Life
On Sunday, September 12, Samuel Wang, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, addressed the Class of 2014 for the annual freshman assembly on the subject of "Neuroscience and Everyday Life." Professor Wang offered the following introduction to his lecture: "Our brains are essential to every aspect of our everyday lives, even though we are often not aware of it. The last few decades have been an incredible time of discovery and new understanding of brain function from a medi
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Freshman Assembly: Neuroscience and Everyday Life
On Sunday, September 12, Samuel Wang, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Molecular Biology, addressed the Class of 2014 for the annual freshman assembly on the subject of "Neuroscience and Everyday Life." Professor Wang offered the following introduction to his lecture: "Our brains are essential to every aspect of our everyday lives, even though we are often not aware of it. The last few decades have been an incredible time of discovery and new understanding of brain function from a medi
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Joan Breton Connelly, New York University: "Visual Space/Ritual Space and the Agency of the Greek Pr
The visual culture of ancient Greece has left a record rich with information on the active role of women in the organization and functioning of cult. Connelly draws upon images from vase painting, portrait sculpture, votive reliefs, and funerary monuments to bring to life the movement of women within ritual space. Considering this material in the context of what we know from texts and inscriptions, she argues a wider visibility for women across the polis landscape than has previously been acknow
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Andrew Moravcsik, Professor of Politics: "Is there a Democratic Deficit in World Politics?" - April
The President’s Lecture Series was established by President Shirley M. Tilghman in the fall of 2001 to give Princeton’s faculty an opportunity to learn about the work of their colleagues in other disciplines and to share their research with the University community. First proposed by Alan B. Krueger, the Lynn Bendheim Thoman, Class of 1976, and Robert Bendheim, Class of 1937, Professor in Economics and Public Policy, the lectures are presented three times a year and are open to the public.
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Alain Kornhauser and PAVE students: Computers Driving Down Nassau Street
Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) is an undergraduate research group that is currently focused on the challenges of machine vision for autonomous navigation of ground vehicle. Student from the group, along with faculty advisor Professor Alain Kornhauser (ORFE), talk about their experiences in the 2005 and 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge and the technology they have developed. More info:http://blogs.princeton.edu/itsacademic/2007/12/computers_driving_down_nassau_street.html
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Alain Kornhauser and PAVE students: Computers Driving Down Nassau Street PDF
Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) is an undergraduate research group that is currently focused on the challenges of machine vision for autonomous navigation of ground vehicle. Student from the group, along with faculty advisor Professor Alain Kornhauser (ORFE), talk about their experiences in the 2005 and 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge and the technology they have developed. More info:http://blogs.princeton.edu/itsacademic/2007/12/computers_driving_down_nassau_street.html
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26 - Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis, Part II (Guest Lecture by Lawrence Summers)
In the second of his two lectures in honor of Arthur Okun, Professor Summers points out that real interest rates have been very low in the current subprime crisis. This indicates that the shock to the economy was more a financial breakdown shock than a disinflation shock. But financial breakdown shocks are not necessarily very harmful to the economy, so long as financial intermediation capital is not destroyed. In a financial crisis like the present one, financial firms are likely to take the st
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24 - Suicide, Part I: The rationality of suicide
This is the first of a series of lectures on suicide. Two very distinct contexts are presented in which the subject can be further explored. The first is rationality and the question of under what circumstances it makes sense to end one's own life. The second is morality and the question of whether we can ever ethically justify resorting to suicide. The lecture's focus is on the rational requirements of suicide, and Professor Kagan introduces a number of cases which demonstrate that ending one's
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23 - How to live given the certainty of death
In this lecture, Professor Kagan invites students to pose the question of how one should live life knowing that it will certainly end in death. He also explores the issue of how we should set our goals and how we should go about achieving them, bearing in mind the time constraints. Other questions raised are how this ultimately affects the quality of our work and our accomplishments, as well as how we decide what is worth doing in life.
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22 - Fear of death
Professor Kagan explores the issue of how thinking about death may influence the way we live. Fear as an emotional response to death is discussed as well as whether it is appropriate and under what conditions. A distinction is made between fear of the process of dying, and fear of death itself and what may come when one is dead. Finally, a number of other negative emotions are considered as possible appropriate responses to death and dying, such as anger, sadness, and sorrow.
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14 - What matters (cont.); The nature of death, Part I
The suggestion is made that what matters in survival is the future existence of someone with a personality similar to one's own. Professor Kagan then turns to the question, "what is it to die?". In answering this question, attention is first drawn to the bodily and mental functions that are crucial in defining the moment of death.
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13 - Personal identity, Part IV; What matters?
The personality theory is revised to state that the key to personal identity is having the same personality provided that there is no branching, that is, provided there is no transfer or duplication of the same personality from one body to another. Similar "no branching" requirements are added to the other theories as well. At the end of class, Professor Kagan suggests a shift from thinking about the survival of the soul in terms of "what does it take to survive?" to "what is it that matters in
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01 - Course introduction
Professor Kagan introduces the course and the material that will be covered during the semester. He aims to clarify what the class will focus on in particular and which subjects it will steer away from. The emphasis will be placed on philosophical questions that arise when one contemplates the nature of death. The first half of the course will address metaphysical questions while the second half will focus on value theory.
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24 - General Review
The last class of the semester consists of a brief recapitulation of topics in the Divine Comedy addressed throughout the course, followed by an extensive question and answer session with the students. The questions posed allow Professor Mazzotta to elaborate on issues raised over the course of the semester, from Dante's place within the medieval love tradition to the relationship between his roles as poet and theologian.
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23 - Paradise XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII
Professor Mazzotta lectures on the final cantos of Paradiso (30-33). The pilgrim's journey through the physical world comes to an end with his ascent into the Empyrean, a heaven of pure light beyond time and space. Beatrice welcomes Dante into the Heavenly Jerusalem, where the elect are assembled in a celestial rose. By describing the Empyrean as both a garden and a city, Dante recalls the poles of his own pilgrimage while dissolving the classical divide between urbs and rus, between civic li
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20 - Paradise XVIII, XIX, XXI, XXII
In this lecture, Professor Mazzotta examines Paradiso 18-19 and 21-22. In Paradiso 18, Dante enters the heaven of Jupiter, where the souls of righteous rulers assume the form of an eagle, the emblem of the Roman Empire. The Eagle's outcry against the wickedness of Christian kings leads Dante to probe the boundaries of divine justice by looking beyond the confines of Christian Europe. By contrasting the political with the moral boundaries that distinguish one culture from another, Dante opens
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18 - Paradise XI, XII
Professor Mazzotta continues his discussion of the Heaven of the Sun (Paradiso 10-14), where the earthly disputes between the Franciscan and Dominican orders give way to mutual praise. The tribute St. Thomas pays to the founder of the Franciscan order (Paradiso 11) is repaid by St. Bonaventure through his homage to St. Dominic (Paradiso 12). The chiasmic structure of these cantos is reinforced by the presence of Nathan and Joachim of Flora, the counterweights to Solomon and Sigier, among the s
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