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The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present David Rabe’s Vietnam era drama The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel on January 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ‘53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Directed by Tim Vasen, the Director of the Program in Theater, and featuring theater program seniors Patrick Rounds and Blake Edwards, the play examines the Vietnam War and the experience of basic training through the eyes of young soldier Pavlo Hummel.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present MADMAN, a dramatic reading of Nikolai Gogol’s “Diary of a Madman” as performed by the actor Jake Robertson or more briefly titled, MADMAN/Robertson. This new one-man theatrical adaptation of the classic Russian short story with a twist, featuring senior theater certificate student Jake Robertson and directed by faculty member R.N. Sandberg, explores the act of performing itself as Robertson assumes all the characters in story. Performances will take place in the Class of 1970 Theater at Whitman College on January 8th at 8:00 p.m., January 9th at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., and January 10th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Princeton Professors Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf serve as the co-editors for the Winter 2014 edition of the prestigious theater journal TDR: The Drama Review, a Journal of Performance Studies. This special guest issue is entitled “Performing Desire” and features articles by Princeton faculty members Judith Hamera and Brian Herrera. All four scholars teach in Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.

Princeton Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon was recently conferred with an Honorary Doctor in Letters (Litt.D) from Trinity College Dublin. Along with three other scholars, Muldoon received the honor at a special ceremony held in Dublin in early December.

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will preview works that will be performed at the 2015 Spring Dance Festival on December 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio on the Princeton campus. The Center will also present a series of showings of new choreography created by students during the past semester on December 8, 10, 11 and 12 and on January 8 in the Hagan Dance Studio and New South Dance Studio. All performances are free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Selfie Expression, an end-of-semester showing of digital self portraits created by students in the fall Princeton Atelier course, “Pay Attention: The Art of Here and Now,” taught by theater and media director Marianne Weems. The showing will take place on Thursday, December 12 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. This culminating performance will take the form of a gallery installation, with areas of the Acting Studio devoted to each of the student artists. Visitors are encouraged to come and go throughout the event.

Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ world-renowned Program in Creative Writing will present new work at a reading on December 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. Students from fall workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation will read from new work completed during the past semester. The reading, part of the Program in Creative Writing’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series at the Lewis Center for the Arts, is free and open to the public.

The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, in conjunction with the Department of English and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, will present a lecture by author, cultural historian, and Harvard Professor Robin Bernstein entitled “‘I’m proud to be part of the reality-based community’: How Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home Uses Digital Photography and Performance to Counter the Post-Reality of George W. Bush”. The lecture will take place on Monday, December 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 207 at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.

Historian and broadcaster Tristram Hunt will present a lecture entitled, “The Socialism of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists: Robert Noonan and the Modern Labour Party,” on Friday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. Part of the 2014-15 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University, the event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 19, poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dean Young and award-winning Bosnian-American fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon will read from their works as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series of the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

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