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Cate Reilly, past First Friday speaker, wins award

PA3 is pleased to learn that one of our former First Friday Luncheon speakers, Catherine (Cate) Reilly, has been selected by the University to receive one of the top graduate student honors   .   Kudos to Cate -  thanks for joining us twice!


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Saturday, February 21: Museum Tour and Chinatown Lunch

Professor Beth Lew-Williams would like to invite Princeton alumni (and their families) to tour and discuss the New York Historical Society’s temporary exhibit, “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion,” at 11am on Saturday, February 21. Following the museum, we will have a banquet lunch in Chinatown at Oriental Garden at 1pm. Interested alumni will join a group of Princeton students currently enrolled in Asian American history. The cost of entry to the museum is $14 adults/ $12 seniors and the cost of lunch will be $20 a person. Space will be limited to 15 alumni and their companions. RSVP to Mo Chen (, who will provide further details. 
"Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion" explores the centuries-long history of trade and immigration between China and the United States—a history that involved New York from its very beginnings—and will raise the question “What does it mean to be an American?” The New York Times writes,  “[T]he narrative at the New-York Historical Society’s vigorous and imaginative new exhibition — “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion” — is not just of China’s impact on United States history (which is part of the story) or of the experiences and suffering of Chinese immigrants (which is another part). It is how Chinese-American identity came to be, how immigration and discrimination were followed by recrimination and conflict, and how, finally, a people’s trials give way to celebration."

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Museum Tour and Chinatown Lunch ( Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM )
Location: NYC

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First Friday Lunch - Joel Rozen, Doctoral Candidate Anthropology Dept

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons.

On Friday, February 6th, we will be joined by Joel Rozen, a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department, former journalist for the New York Times Company and graduate fellow at Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies. His dissertation research is based on a cumulative three years of ethnographic fieldwork in Tunisia, both before and after the country's 2011 uprising, and examines recent reform to Tunisian business education practices. In his talk, Joel will discuss several of his findings, in particular how formal and informal approaches to entrepreneurship education have endeavored to stabilize the Tunisian economy, as well as local perceptions of civic belonging and agency, in a time of political upheaval.

As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion!  Please join us.

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes three courses, a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink) and coffee/tea. Pre-registration is preferred.

>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM )

Joel Rozen, doctoral candidate in Anthropology, will discuss his work on Tunisia, before and after the 2011 uprising.

Location: Nassau Club, Princeton
Cost: $25 for dues payers; $30 everyone else

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Celebrate the Lunar New Year

A4P Princeton Area Lunar New Year Get Together

Brunch Buffet to Celebrate the Year of the Sheep and Catch Up with PU Alumni, Family, and Friends

Date: Sunday, Feb. 22, 11:30 a.m. at Superstar Buffet 
Location: Super Star East Buffet, 
311 Nassau Park Blvd, Princeton, NJ 08540 (next to Sam's Club)
Cost (food, tax, and tip): Adults $13; Children ages 7 – 11 $8; Children ages 3 – 6 $7.

Please RSVP to: Mo Chen ’80 with your name, affiliation (class, parent, staff member, professor etc.), and number of adults and children in your party. Pls. respond by Feb.18th.  The room at the restaurant seats 30 comfortably.

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Lunar New Year Celebration ( Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM )
Location: Super Star East Buffet, Nassau Park, Princeton
Cost: $13 adults, $8 children
Organized by: A4P

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RECAP First Friday Lunch - October 2014

Doyle Hodges, PhD Candidate at the Woodrow Wilson School discusses civil-military relations

Doyle K. Hodges, a doctorate candidate in the area of security studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs made a presentation about the relationship between civil-military relations in democratic political systems and compliance with the laws and norms of War at the Nassau Club in Princeton, New Jersey, on October 3, 2014.

Mr. Hodges is a retired naval officer with twenty-one years of service. He commanded two naval vessels, among other assignments. He also taught at the United States Naval Academy.

His career included several periods of duty that required his attention to political and strategic matters. One of those assignments was as an aide to the Naval Inspector General at a time when prisoner abuse in Iraq became public knowledge. Consequently, the Inspector General and his staff, including Mr. Hodges, investigated the treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo facility and later throughout the navy.

Mr. Hodges noted that the abusive treatment of prisoners in the Global War on Terrorism originated from the civilian political leadership, not from the military. Recognition of that aspect of the problem leads naturally to the study of civil-military relations and its influence on compliance with international standards in the treatment of prisoners.

When intensive interrogation and other potential abusive handling of prisoners seems to be needed, at least in the eyes of some leaders, then there are three choices:       

          1.       Simply to proceed with such procedures, ignoring international

                   norm, the possibilities of adverse publicity, and a decline in

                   morale of the interrogators;

          2.       To refrain from possibly abusive handling of prisoners;

          3.       To "subcontract" abusive measures to the Central Intelligence Agency                (CIA), civilian security contractors, or indigenous governments.

Such a situation creates tension for military authorities whose professional orientation has been largely toward avoiding involvement in political decisions.

Such, at least, is the theory, as heavily influenced by Samuel P. Huntington's study The Soldier and the State (1957), which argued that military professionalism developed in the United States during the 19th century as military leaders focused on purely military concerns and, in most cases, no longer aspired to political office.

This apolitical military self-image has by no means been wholly accurate. Mr. Hodges cited the conflict between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur about how far United Nations troops should advance into North Korea during the Korean War. Several years earlier, moreover, President Truman and both civilian and uniformed leaders of the navy contended openly about the relative budgetary support that should be given to the air force and the navy. Truman  emerged as the victor in both these controversies, but they demonstrated that political and military decisions cannot be separated neatly.

An important factor in considering the treatment of prisoners is the nature of the adversary. In Vietnam, prisoners taken from the ranks of the North Vietnamese Army were viewed simply as prisoners of war, but guerrillas, who struck United States and allied troops without wearing uniforms, were considered to be in a different category. Similar considerations emerged in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In counterinsurgency conflicts, abuses and violations of international law may be perpetuated by both sides, as, for example, during British efforts to suppress nationalists fighting in the Irish Republican Army and similar guerrilla organizations. The conflict between Israel and Hamas is another example of a situation where behavior on the battlefield has become less sensitive to legal restraints.

Civil-military relations in democracies need an ethical foundation.

In the modern world, liberal democracies often turn to the military services, but those services, in turn, need principles to follow in murky conflicts.

In closing, Mr. Hodges noted that in his studies he is benefiting materially from the diversity of the faculty and student body of the Woodrow Wilson School.





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