Below is a small sampling of the many events scheduled in the next few weeks on the Princeton University campus — events that would not normally be included in U.S. 1’s day-by-day listings. For a complete schedule of public events, visit the university’s online calendar at

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Fridays and Saturday, March 8 and 9, and Wednesday through Friday, March 13 to 15, 8 p.m. “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.” Two seniors in the theater department sought out a comedy for their thesis production and came up with Sarah Ruhl’s “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play.” Set in Victorian England, the 2009 play explores love, relationships, and sexuality at the moment in history where innovations in electricity introduced the vibrator.

The plot centers on a doctor, Dr. Givings, who uses this new-fangled device to treat women thought to be suffering from hysteria. His wife, Catherine, grows curious about the sounds she hears from these “treatments” through the office wall. As the doctor and his wife become entangled in a patient’s complicated family situation, they question their own marriage and love for each other.

Tickets, $15 for the public and $10 for students and seniors, are available at 609-258-9220 or Sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts. Berlind Theater at McCarter, 91 University Place.

Sunday, March 10, 4:30 p.m. Why the Tax and Monetary Sins of the West Now Threaten Civilization. New Jersey native and 1970 alumnus Steve Forbes returns to his alma mater to deliver a lecture on tax and monetary policy. A Republican, Forbes supported a flat tax in campaigns for his party’s presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000.

Forbes is the author of several books on government and economics, including “Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t” and “How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy.” While at Princeton Forbes started Business Today, which is currently the world’s largest student-run magazine. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine and CEO of Forbes Inc.

The lecture is free. Sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. For more information visit McCosh 50.

Thursday, March 14, 8 p.m. Curiosity’s Mission to Mars: Newest Discoveries from Gale Crater. Space exploration and the possibility of life on other planets was once the purview of science fiction writers’ wild imaginations. Now it is the life’s work of some very real scientists. John Grotzinger, a geology professor at Caltech and the chief scientist for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Mission, is one of them. In his lecture he will address the latest results from the Mars rover’s exploration of the Gale Crater.

Grotzinger’s research focuses on Mars’ environmental history, and the nearly four billion-year-old Gale Crater was strategically selected as a site that, scientists believe, may show signs of past life. Has Mars ever been able to support microbial life? Grotzinger will break down what Curiosity’s findings suggest.

This free lecture is part of the Princeton University Public Lecture series. For more information visit Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Monday, March 25, 4:30 p.m. Moving Back and Moving Forward: Is Canada in Your Future? As Americans watch their government make itself the butt of jokes, guest lecturer Kenneth Dryden comes to Princeton to make his pitch for his native Canada. His resume speaks for itself. As a goalie for the Montreal Canadiens from 1971 to 1979, Dryden (Cornell class of 1969) helped his team win six Stanley Cups and was inducted into the hockey and Canadian sports halls of fame. He moved into politics and has served in Canada’s parliament and as the minister of development.

Dryden is also the author of five books including “Becoming Canada,” in which he outlines his vision for Canada and its unique place in the world. He brings to Princeton his call to action for Canadian citizens to become involved in making their country better and to improve his country’s image abroad.

Sponsored by the Program in Canadian Studies, the lecture is free and will be followed by a reception in the Bernstein Gallery. Visit for more information. Bowl 1, Robertson Hall

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Thursday, March 7, 4:30 to 6 p.m.. Nancy Rosenblum, a professor of ethics in politics and government at Harvard, delivers a lecture titled “Good Neighbor Nation: The Democracy of Everyday Life in America.” Free. McCormick Hall 101.

Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 9, 7:30 p.m.. Princeton University Orchestra presents two concerts featuring the winners of its concerto competition. Works on the program include Bach’s piano concerto No. 5 in F minor and Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 1 in C major. For tickets, $15, visit Richardson Auditorium.

Thursday March 14, noon. Pervex Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani nuclear physicist, addresses preventing state failure in Pakistan in a talk sponsored by the Bobst Center and the Program in South Asian Studies. 219 Aaron Burr Hall

Thursday, March 14, 4:30 p.m. Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist at the American Enterprise Institute, gives a lecture on “America’s Entitlement Epidemic: Dimensions and Implications.” Free. Lewis Library 120

Tuesday, March 26, 8 p.m. Social psychologist Claude Steele addresses how stereotypes affect people in a lecture titled “Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us.” Free. McCosh 50.