Daniel Bell at Duke University @ Sanford School of Public Policy, Classroom 04
Oct 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Bell Duke posterDaniel A. Bell will be joining a panel of expert faculty to discuss his book, The China Model: Political Meritocracy and the Limits of Democracy. In his book, Bell argues that Chinese-style meritocracy has many advantages over electoral democracy, and can help remedy some of its key flaws. The panelists will explore the advantages and pitfalls of political meritocracy and whether it can be successfully combined with electoral democracy. Panelists will include fellow PUP author Loubna El Amine from Georgetown University (Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation), William Keech and Edmund Malesky from the Department of Political Science at Duke, and Judith Kelley from Sanford. The discussion will be moderated by Mac McCorkle, associate professor of the practice at Sanford.

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Edward Belbruno at Manhattan Cafe @ Cafe Minerva
Oct 22 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ed BelbrunoOn Oct. 22, meet Princeton University artist and mathematician — and columnist — Ed Belbruno in a public showing of his art at Café Minerva in Manhattan. Join to celebrate how Belbruno’s art unlocks discoveries in space exploration, and experience the beauty of the universe in a whole new way.

Inspired by his art, Belbruno charts new paths to travel the solar systemand explores the cyclical nature of an expanding, and possibly contracting, universe. Belbruno gained fame at NASA when he successfully plotted a revolutionary route to the moon. Recently, he charted a new course to Mars, modeled how life may spread through the cosmos, and calculated evidence for an ever-expanding and contracting universe — all discoveries unlocked by the swirls, symbols and patterns of his art.

Now the subject of the award-winning film “Painting the Way to the Moon,” Belbruno has become an advocate for transcending the barriers between the arts and sciences.

Belbruno will be joined by special guests:
Robert Vanderbei, Princeton University
New York-based artist Rob Mars

Belbruno is the author of 2007 book Fly Me to the Moon: An Insider’s Guide to the New Science of Space Travel .

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