Gauss Seminars in Criticism

Named in honor of Dean Christian Gauss, The Gauss Seminars in Criticism were instituted in 1949 to provide a focus for discussion, study, and the exchange of ideas in the humanities.

Several seminars are held annually. The seminars may take different forms, but traditionally they have been conducted by guests invited to present material upon which they are working. Past seminar leaders have included Erich Auerbach, Hannah Arendt, W. H. Auden, Noam Chomsky, Roman Jakobson, Elaine Scarry, Joan Scott, and Raymond Bellour. Faculty and graduate students from Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the community at large participate in each seminar.

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Andrew Cole, English

Committee Members:
Denis Feeney, Classics and Chair, Council of the Humanities, ex officio
Devin Fore, German
Hal Foster, Art and Archeology
Thomas Hare, Comparative Literature 
Brooke A. Holmes, Classics
Russell J. Leo III, English
Rachel Price, Spanish and Portuguese

Gauss Lecture Series 2015-2016

Gauss Lecture Series 2014-2015

Bettini Seminar PosterProfessor Maurizio Bettini
University of Siena, Italy

The Gauss Seminars in Criticism Present:

“Between Vertere and Interpretari: Texts and Gods in Roman Culture”

Monday, October 6, 2014
“From Market to Metamorphosis: Cultural Images of ‘Translation’ in Rome”
010 East Pyne Hall
5:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
“Translating the Gods of Others?”
010 East Pyne Hall
4:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Thursday, October 9, 2014
“Vertumnus, God of Vertere
106 McCormick Hall
4:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow










Michael Feher SeminarDr. Michel Feher
Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London

The Gauss Seminars in Criticism Present:

“Did Something Unexpected Happen on the Way to the Market?”

Monday, November 3, 2014
“My Life is My Business: Neoliberalism and the Entrepreneurial Self”
010 East Pyne Hall
4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
“Appreciable Projects: Financialization and the Invested Self”
106 McCormick Hall
5:30 p.m.
Reception to follow


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