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PA3 Book Club November Meeting

Hello All,

While I was unfortunately not feeling well last Tuesday and ended up missing the meeting, Pat O'Connell, who led the discussion on Independence Day by Richard Ford, reported that the book club had a nice evening. I enjoyed the book, though as I mentioned to Pat, I think I might have been slightly too young an audience for Frank Bascombe's mid-life crisis!

I'm excited to report that while there were a few members who had to miss October's meeting, we had quite a few people who read the book on their own in order to keep up with the group and I think our book club is coming along quite nicely. It was the consensus that we should stick to fiction for the time being while continuing the "Princeton-related" theme. With that in mind, I have selected our next book, which I'm hoping will attract some new faces to the meetings.

November's Book:
  • The Surrendered by Princeton professor Chang-Rae Lee: June Han has forged a life thousands of miles from her birthplace: she has built a business in New York, survived a husband, borne a child. But her past holds more secrets than she has ever been able to tell, and thirty years after her escape from war-ravaged Korea, the time has come for her to confront them. Hector Brennan, fighter, drinker, and "failure grand and total," is the man who long ago, in the aftermath of the war, saved June's life. And between June and Hector lies the story of the beautiful, damaged missionary wife Sylvie Tanner, whose elusive love they both once sought. Bound together by a legacy of violence and love, June and Hector go in search of their past, a journey that unfurls as a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice, the power of love, and the possibilities for salvation and surrender.
  • NY Times Book Review:

Our meeting to discuss will be at 7pm on Tuesday, November 18th in East Pyne Room 111.

Enjoy and I'll see you there!



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PA3 Book Club November Meeting ( Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
Location: East Pyne Seminar Room 111
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Posted by LinsayHiller 7 months ago.

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First Friday Lunch - Doyle K. Hodges, PhD Student WWS

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 October 3rd, we will be joined by Doyle K. Hodges, a PhD Student at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Doyle is interested in exploring the connection between democratic civil-military relations and compliance with the laws and norms of war.  Doyle is Graduate Fellow at the Center for International Security Studies and Graduate Associate at the Liechtenstein Institute for Self-Determination. 

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, October 3rd, 2014
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.

Lunch Reservation
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, October 3, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Doyle K. Hodges, Security Studies, PhD Student Woodrow Wilson School

Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton
Cost: $25 dues-paying members $30 others
Organized by: PA3

Posted by lydia 8 months ago.

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PA3 Book Club October Meeting

UPDATE (10/1/14): The second book club meeting is now scheduled for October 7, 2014 at 7pm in East Pyne Seminar Rooom 111.

Good evening everyone,

This past Tuesday eight of us met at Chancellor Green Cafe to discuss the first book club reading, The Alchemist by Paulo Cohelo. We had an entertaining and enlightening conversation about the philosophy (and narcissism) behind the story and are excited to move on to our next reading!

As a group, we made the ambitious decision to attempt to meet once a month, so I propose that our next meeting be Tuesday, October 7th at 7:00pm. Tentatively, we may meet in the same location, but I may reach out closer to the date with a different spot.

We also decided that book selection would, for the time being, work as follows: members will email me with their suggestions and I will pick from among those suggestions, taking into account some of the individual preferences discussed at the meeting. I received a number of great suggestions for the next book and have selected a "winner" along with some runners up. Perhaps we can read one of the runners up next if there is enough interest?

Runners Up:

  • The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: Approximately 70 years before the present, the 10-year-old Polish-Jewish Leopold (Leo) Gursky falls in love with his neighbor Alma Mereminski. The two begin a relationship that develops over the course of 10 years. In this time, Leo writes three books that he gives to Alma his little wife since she is the only person whom he deeply cares about. The first book is too realistic and boring, the second one is entirely fiction and unconvincing, and the last book is dedicated to his love: The History of Love. Leo promises he will never love anyone but Alma.
  • Wilson by A. Scott Berg ’71: “After dealing with college politicians,” President Woodrow Wilson ‘79 gibed, “I find that the men with whom I am dealing now seem like amateurs.”
  • On Such a Full Sea by Professor Chang-Rae Lee:  Sarah mentioned this well-reviewed new novel about a dystopian Baltimore (“B-Mor”) where the main character is a Chinese-American laborer working as a diver in a fish farm.
  • The Meaning in Life and Why it Matters by Susan Wolf: The required reading for incoming Princeton freshman (class of 2018)*

October's Book:

  • Independence Day by Richard Ford:  Not to be confused with the White House-bombing movie, this novel follows a Princeton real estate agent through the holiday weekend as he visits his ex-wife, his troubled son, his current lover, the tenants of one of his properties, and some clients of his who have been having trouble finding the perfect house. NY Times Review:

While this book wasn't initially my first choice, primarily because there were so many interesting books to chose from, I though it appropriate for a variety of reasons. First, it appears to contain elements of comedy and a lot less philosophy than the Alchemist, while still speaking (perhaps in a depressing way, we shall see) to the "meaning of life." And second, it's about a real estate agent in Princeton and I believe at least three members of the book club (myself included) recently purchased a home in the Princeton area! So I'm hoping this will be an enjoyable and relevant read that will spark interesting conversation in October. The book was suggested by Pat O'Connell, so he will lead the next discussion.

*I may also read Susan Wolf's book, which could add an interesting point of view to Independence Day, The Alchemist, and to the conversation - I encourage others to do so as well. (How's that for homework!)

Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or timing conflicts. Happy reading and I'll be in touch towards the end of the month with confirmation of the meeting location and time.



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Thanquet for PA3 volunteers

Thank you for volunteering on a committee or in a significant way with PA3 this year!

Please join the PA3 Executive Committee at our

Annual PA3 "Thanquet" BBQ
Saturday, October 11
1 - 5 PM
73 Saratoga Drive
Princeton Junction, NJ

This event is by invitation only.

Please RSVP by October 4 to

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An Evening with the Dean

Please join the new dean of Princeton University's Graduate School, Sanjeev Kulkarni, for cocktails and conversation at Wyman House and Wyman Garden.

rinceton University graduate alumni are invited to join the new dean of the Graduate School, Sanjeev Kulkarni, for cocktails and conversation at Wyman House and Wyman Garden.

Date:    Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time:    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location:    Wyman House
   50 Springdale Road
   Princeton, NJ 08540
Attire:    Business casual attire; orange and black encouraged
Registration:    Online registration
   Guests are welcome at this complimentary event.
Questions: or 609-258-7785
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Thursday, October 2nd
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wyman House
On-line registration required:
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An Evening with the Dean ( Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM )

Cocktail Reception
Business casual attire; orange and black encouraged. Guests are welcome at this complimentary event.
For additional information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 609-258-7785

Location: Wyman House 50 Springdale Road Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: Cocktail Reception a complimentary event
Organized by: Alumni Association

Posted by Warren Suen 9 months ago.

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