About The Council of the Humanities

Joseph Henry HouseThe Council of the Humanities was founded in 1953 to foster teaching, research and intellectual exchange. In close collaboration with departments and programs, it brings together faculty, students, guest scholars, writers and artists in a wide variety of venues. The Council also sponsors a broad range of courses in humanistic studies and in journalism. The Humanities Council is located in the Andlinger Center for the Humanities, named in honor of the generous benefactor, Gerhard R. Andlinger '52. The Center is a complex of four buildings at the heart of campus. The historic Joseph Henry House, once the home of the great physicist, is now the headquarters of the Humanities Council, the Society of Fellows and the Ferris McGraw Robbins Program in Journalism. The Scheide Caldwell House next door, a gift of William H. Scheide '36, brings together a wide array of interdisciplinary programs. East Pyne houses language and literature departments, while the Chancellor Green rotunda and café offer space for study, discussion and relaxation.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 17

Song-mi Yi Emerita, The Academy of Korean Studies "Symbolism and Functions in Korean Palace Screens" 101 McCormick 4:30pm
Jenny Price environmental historian, activist and writer Architecture, Cities, and Nature Lecture Series: "LA River" N107 Architecture 4:30pm
Ariel Rogers U Southern Maine "Special Effects and the Apparatus in Hollywood Cinema of the 1930s and 1940s" James M. Stewart '32 Theatre, 185 Nassau 4:30pm
Philippe Van Parijs U Louvain, Belgium "Linguistic Justice: the Big Trade Off and other Tricky Matters" 216 Aaron Burr 4:30pm
Art Event Art Trivia Night Art Museum 7:00pm

Friday, April 18

Jack Tannous Princeton “Father Abraham Had Many Sons? The Uses and Abuses of Monotheism in Early Islamic History" for pre-circulated paper contact jhoule@princeton.edu 211 Dickinson 10:15am
Concert Princeton University Glee Club & Nassau Sinfonia works by MacMillan, Pärt and Esenvalds Richardson 7:30pm

News and Announcements

Upcoming Deadlines

April 21: Round one applications for HUM 216-217, the Humanities Sequence, fall 2014

May 1: Students who are undertaking summer internships in journalism may apply for the second round of Ferris Grants of up to $3000

Fellows on Campus in April

Amin Maalouf, a Lebanese-born French journalist, novelist and essayist, and a member of the Académie Française, will visit campus from April 6-17 as an Old Dominion Fellow and a guest of The Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.  He will give a talk on "Identity in a Global Era" on Wednesday, April 9th at 4:30 pm in 100 Jones Hall.

Alan Hajek comes to the Philosophy department from the Australian National University where he studies probability and decision. One of his best-known arguments is a refutation of Pascal’s wager which figures in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s entry on that famous episode. A graduate alumnus of Princeton, he returns as a Fellow from April 6 to 11.

Gert van Tonder, a neuroscientist who specializes in vision science at the Kyoto Institute of Technology, has an abiding interest in vision and aesthetics. His passion for Japanese Zen Gardens has led him to study how these gardens interact with the neurological processes of visual perception. He will be a guest in Comparative Literature from April 14 to 24.

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