The Humanities Council will host a new series of faculty lunch talks for the fall—either “works in progress” or published “book talks”—which offer an opportunity for humanities faculty to hear about the work of their colleagues in other disciplines. All events will be held at the Joseph Henry House from 12–1:20 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Open to faculty, fellows and doctoral students. Space is limited. RSVP to Jeannine Pitarresi.
Work in Progress
Marni Sandweiss, History
The Princeton and Slavery Project: Bulletins from the Front
Tim Leonard, Economics and Humanities Council
Illiberal Reformers: Race, Eugenics, and American Economics in the Progressive Era
Work in Progress
Clair Wills, English and Irish Studies
‘White Strangers’: Writing an Immigrant History of Post-War Britain
Historical Linguistics: Timothy Barnes and Joshua Katz, Classics
This series of seminars convened faculty for an introduction to historical and comparative linguistics, with an emphasis on the older languages and cultures of the family to which English belongs: Indo-European. The first meeting gave an overview of historical/comparative linguistics and Indo-European studies, explaining how the fields developed and how they are practiced now; the second and third meetings presented a few in-depth case studies.
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Legal Cases: Peter Brooks, Comparative Literature
Faculty seminars with Kim Lane Scheppele, Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs, in a discussion of the 2005 Aircraft Security Case from Germany; Charles Fried of Harvard Law School, U.S. Solicitor General under President Reagan, 1985-89; and Dirk Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty and Director of the American Studies Program, on slavery and arson in Long Branch, New Jersey.