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In a quiet corner of the Intelligent Robot Motion Lab at Princeton, Sourish Ghosh, a visiting student from the Indian Institute of Technology, is devising an algorithm to power a test-bed robot that is about the size of a dog and has the ability to run and jump.

"Never underestimate cultural barriers," said Janet Monge, a visiting professor in anthropology, to the 50 students in her "Human Evolution" course in late February — three weeks into the spring semester at Princeton.

To examine the enduring enigma of Venice, a new spring course at Princeton uses as its lens the theatricality of the city's unique topography, environment and geographic position.

This intersession, Princeton juniors concentrating in Spanish and Portuguese took a week-long trip to Spain and Portugal. A capstone to the junior seminar "Spanish and Portuguese-Speaking Worlds," the trip is designed to give students a hands-on opportunity to explore the history, language and culture they will continue studying in the...

After senior Faridah Laffan read the work of Brazilian art and architecture historian Amy Buono describing the Portuguese influence on Brazilian religious objects, she was intrigued.

President Christopher L. Eisgruber and five Princeton faculty members participated in and led discussions on global issues at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week.