Avner de-Shalit to discuss ‘The Spirit of Cities’ at three events in the UK


Princeton University Press author Avner de-Shalit will be speaking at three events in the UK next week. On Monday 20th February he will be discussing what makes cities tick at Jewish Book Week with Barbara Mann, chaired by Ziona Strelitz. On Tuesday 21st, Professor de-Shalit will be giving a lunchtime talk at The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and discussing why cultivating the distinctive ‘spirit of cities’ is the best antidote to global homogenisation. Finally, on the evening of 21st February, he will be in Bristol, discussing cities with Sunder Katwala at a Bristol Festival of Ideas event. These talks all tie into Avner de-Shalit’s book, The Spirit of Cities, which is co-authored by Daniel A. Bell and was recently published by Princeton University Press.

The talks at Jewish Book Week and the RSA will be recorded and made available online. Please follow the links for more information.


Ben Wildavsky lecture at World Affairs Council, San Francisco on May 12, 2010

For more information: http://www.itsyourworld.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2732&SnID=1993329581


Date:         Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Time:         6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location:   World Affairs Council, San Francisco
Street:       312 Sutter Street Second Floor
San Francisco, CA

Every year, nearly three million international students study outside of their home countries, a 40 percent increase since 1999. Newly created or expanded universities in China, India, and Saudi Arabia are now competing with European and North American academic institutions for faculty, students, and research preeminence. Meanwhile, satellite campuses of Western universities are springing up from . How is international competition for the brightest minds transforming the world of higher education? While some university and government officials see the rise of worldwide academic competition as a threat, Ben Wildavsky argues that the increased international mobility of students and cross-border expansion of higher education is creating a new global meritocracy, one in which the spread of knowledge benefits everyone–both educationally and economically.

For more information: http://www.itsyourworld.org/assnfe/ev.asp?ID=2732&SnID=1993329581

Steve Gubser and THE LITTLE BOOK OF STRING THEORY at Book Culture tonight in NYC

Please come out to hear about strings, branes, and all things weird and quantum mechanic-y from the physicist on the frontlines of string theory and Princeton prof Steven Gubser.  He will be discussing his neat new book THE LITTLE BOOK OF STRING THEORY for you New Yorker’s at NYC’s Book Culture, near Columbia University, tonight at 7:00 PM.  Hope you bing lots of questions and a curious mind!

Steve Gubser and The Little Book of String Theory tomorrow night at Labyrinth Books in Princeton

Hope you can come out to see Steve give an entertaining talk on string theory, followed   by a book signing for his new book THE LITTLE BOOK OF STRING THEORY, tomorrow night (4/20) at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ.  The event will begin at 5:30 PM.  For more information, please visit the Labyrinth Books website.

Tomorrow morning — Derek Bok discusses The Politics of Happiness at Carnegie Council, NY

For many people, April 15th is a day of misery but this year it doesn’t have to be. Join Derek Bok at The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for a Morning Public Affairs program to discuss The Politics of Happiness.  Details of the event are below, or available at: http://www.cceia.org/calendar/data/0193.html


How can governments use research to increase the well-being and improve the quality of life for all their citizens? What role can government policy play in fostering satisfaction and well-being?


Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
Merrill House
170 East 64th Street
New York, NY 10065-7478

(212) 838-4120
(212) 752-2432 – Fax

Non-members: $25 per event

Princeton physics prof Steve Gubser discusses all things String Theory at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ, Tuesday, April 20

Please come out to hear about strings, branes, and all things weird and quantum mechanic-y from the physicist on the frontlines of string theory and Princeton prof Steven Gubser.  He will be discussing his neat new book THE LITTLE BOOK OF STRING THEORY Tuesday, April 20, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton, NJ.  The event will begin at 5:30 PM.  Hope you bing lots of questions and a curious mind!

This event is part of the six-month old series with our partners at Labryinth Books called “Math & Science Night.”  This event is designed to bring science and math topics to an inquisitive public. 

Labyrinth Books
122 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
P: (609) 497-1600

Happy National Poetry Month!

It’s here!  It’s finally here!  You get discounted chocolate bunnies, poetry, and math awareness all in one month – what more could you need?

March certainly came in like a lamb and out like a Lion…or was it the other way around?  I guess it all depends on your geography but certainly Princeton had its fair share of snow and rain this winter.  Enough already!  So with spring and sunny skies here – hopefully to stay – how about an ode from Mark Slaughter to one of nature’s surest heralds to kick-off our celebration:


I fell in love –
Taken by the innocence of
Child-face daffodils –

Their perky April fanfares –
Clarion calls from yellow-ochre brass bands
Presaging, rejoicing, calling us:

‘Here we are! Here we are! ’

Copyright © Mark R Slaughter 2010

Calling all future PUP authors: take notes!

Our friends over at The Rumpus (for those who don’t know, it’s an online magazine taking the pop out of culture and offering insight on what really matters.  For the full 411 check it out here!)  have posted a hilarious and oh-so-true piece by Ethan Watters on what (not) to do during an author appearance on “The Daily Show.”  Seriously, the man is spot on in his assessment.

Having accompanied an author or two in my day to major television interviews, what he says can be applied to pretty much any on-air appearance (except maybe Martha who will not, in fact, make eye contact.)  Television is a strange game to play for those used to parking it in front of a computer screen and letting those synapses fire – and it’s even stranger to watch from behind the scenes so just imagine what being on camera is like!

What’s your best advice for our up-and-coming green room guests?

Princeton Univ Press has Two on the FT/Goldman Sachs longlist

We were very pleased to hear this week that two Princeton University Press economics titles are on the longlist for consideration of the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year–the only university press on the list.  Congratulations to George Akerlof and Robert Shiller for ANIMAL SPIRITS: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, and to Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff for their soon-to-be published THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly.  Short list announcements will be made in September.

This one goes out to all you BSB fans…

Because it’s almost Friday…

Because PUP is up on science news…

Because we KNOW you’re frantically googling “Swine Flu” – excuse me – the “H1N1 Virus”…

I present NPR’s latest blog post: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2009/04/how_hippos_birds_and_swine_com.html

I hope you will enjoy not only the dancing bird, but the spotlight hogging hippopotamus.  (At the very least, least it’s a nice distraction from mass panic.  Props to NPR Science Desk-ers for levity.)

Pete Leeson interviewed by Nick Gillespie at Reason.tv