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
Spyros Papapetros, Architecture
Rachel Price, Spanish and Portuguese
Irene Small, Art and Archeology
Moulie Vidas, Religion


Gauss Lecture Series 2015-2016

Professor Michael Lesy
Professor of Literary Journalism, Hampshire College

The Gauss Seminars in Criticism Present:

The Photography of History

Monday, October 12, 2015
Case Study: The Life and Times of Angelo Rizzuto, 'the Little Angel'

010 East Pyne Hall
4:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Looking Backwards: 3D Images of the World at the Beginning of the 20th Century

010 East Pyne Hall
4:30 p.m.
Reception to Follow


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