Programs and Initiatives

Programs  and  Initiatives

Faculty Author Q&A: Robert Wuthnow on “What Happens When We Practice Religion?”

Robert Wuthnow is Gerhard R. Andlinger `52 Professor of Sociology. His book “What Happens When We Practice Religion?: Textures of Devotion in Everyday Life” was published in May 2020 by Princeton University Press. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get […] »

Organizing Stories: Community Organizing 101

Darren “Freedom” Green, Trenton activist and organizer Fri, 2/26 4:30-5:30 pm Zoom Humanities Council; Dean of the Faculty; The Center for Human Values This event is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Organizing Stories presents “Community Organizing 101,” a workshop with Trenton activist Darren “Freedom” Green. The third workshop in a year-long series features Darren […] »

Objectivity and the News Discussed by Panel of Journalists and Professors

By Lisa Kraege Objectivity and the News: Reexamining Facts, Truths, and Fairness, a panel discussion hosted by the Program in Journalism on February 16, brought together journalists and professors for a lively, thoughtful conversation about objectivity and the current state of the news media. Watch the full discussion here. Joe Stephens, the director of the […] »

Wailoo Named 2021 Dan David Prize Winner

Historian and scholar Keith Wailoo joins Dr. Anthony Fauci and others as a recipient of the 2021 Dan David Prize, an award endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University. Wailoo, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs, is being honored for his work in the history of health and medicine. He will share […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Architects and Designers Gain Remote Access to Robots

By Jon Garaffa ’20 COVID-19 circumstances are sparking an innovation in architectural robotics. A Humanities Council Rapid Response Magic Grant, which boosts humanistic scholarship and community amid social distancing, has supplied graduate assistance and minor equipment for “Human-Robot Interaction.” This initiative turns the University into one of the first American architecture schools to have a robust […] »

Vischak and Team Identify World’s Oldest Industrial-Scale Brewery at Abydos, Egypt

A team of American and Egyptian archaeologists excavating at the site of Abydos in southern Egypt has uncovered evidence of the world’s oldest known industrial-scale beer production facility. The ancient complex, more than 5,000 years old, had the capacity to produce enough beer to serve thousands of people in a single batch. Deborah Vischak, assistant professor of Art […] »

Apply Now for Journalism’s 2021 Virtual Summer Course

The Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism invites you to join us this summer for an innovative course in which students will hone their reporting, writing and editing skills while covering history in the making. This fast-paced, six-week course will focus on reporting on migration, human rights, war crimes and crimes against humanity. JRN 461 (SA)Reporting […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: Susan Stewart on “The Ruins Lesson”

Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English. Her book “The Ruins Lesson: Meaning and Material in Western Culture” was published in January 2020 by University of Chicago Press. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Right to Breathe” Emerges

To fight injustices in the wake of COVID-19 across different disciplines and fields of knowledge production, Princeton University scholars have launched an investigation, “Gas Exchanges and the Right to Breathe.” The lab-style project received support from a Rapid Response Grant in the Humanities Council and from the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. Rapid Response Grants […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: Lee Mitchell on “Mark My Words”

Lee Clark Mitchell is Holmes Professor of Belles-Lettres in the Department of English. His latest book is “Mark My Words: Profiles of Punctuation in Modern Literature,” published by Bloomsbury in May 2020. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: Ksenia Chizhova on “Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea”

Ksenia Chizova is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies. Her new book “Kinship Novels of Early Modern Korea” is published by Columbia University Press. She will teach “East Asian Humanities II: Traditions and Transformations” (HUM 234 / EAS 234 / COM 234) in Spring 2021. How did you get the idea for this project? Violence […] »

“Ancient Plots, Modern Twists” Combines Creative Writing and the Classics

By Jon Garaffa ’20 Recasting antiquity, Jhumpa Lahiri (Creative Writing) and Yelena Baraz (Classics) teamed together to teach HUM 470 / CWR 470 / CLA 471: “Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities: Ancient Plots, Modern Twists” this past fall. Offered through the Humanities Council, the seminar served as a capstone for the Certificate in Humanistic Studies. […] »

Video: To Be Known and Heard Roundtable and Gallery

The Humanities Council was a proud sponsor of the Wintersession 2021 faculty roundtable discussion and launch of the virtual gallery “To Be Known and Heard: Systemic Racism and Princeton University” which took place on January 8. The gallery is a visual narrative experience that confronts the legacy of racism within the University’s history and present, […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Philly Community Wireless” Narrows the Digital Divide

By Camey VanSant The COVID-19 pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated a critical issue: digital inequity. Lacking access to reliable high-speed internet, many struggle to participate fully in school, telemedicine appointments, Zoom meetings, and other activities crucial to education, health, and financial well-being today.  Supported by a Rapid Response Magic Grant from the Humanities Council, […] »

2019-2020 Haarlow Prizes Awarded

Two Haarlow prizes and two honorable mentions were awarded over the summer to students who delivered exceptional papers to a 200-Level Humanistic Studies course during the academic year, 2019-2020. The winners are Priyanka Aiyer ’23 and Sandra Chen ’23. The honorable mentions went to Trace Nuss ’23 and Hana Widerman ’23. Aiyer was recognized for […] »

Program in Journalism Presents Spring Event Schedule

Spring 2021 will be bursting with of-the-moment events presented by the Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism. Interactive discussions — featuring diverse topics with ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy — will address everything from fairness in reporting to the sounds of refugees’ migration to stories of love in quarantine. The slate of events launches at 4:30 p.m. ET on February 16 […] »

Humanities Council Partners with Arts Council of Princeton for Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month 2021, the Humanities Council is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to offer a series of public events including a free virtual art workshop, an exhibition celebrating the artistic and cultural influence of Black Americans, and a public art installation. On view in the Arts Council’s Taplin Gallery from […] »

Join us at the Certificate Expo

Please join us to learn more about the Humanistic Studies Certificate. Friday, February 5, 2021, 3:00-4:30 PM EST For full schedule and registration, visit: »

Faculty Author Q&A: Karl Kusserow on “Picture Ecology”

Karl Kusserow is John Wilmerding Curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum. He edited and wrote the introduction for “Picture Ecology: Art and Ecocriticism in Planetary Perspective,” which is published by the Princeton University Art Museum. How did you get the idea for this project? The volume grew from talks first presented […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: Gaetana Marrone on “The Cinema of Francesco Rosi”

Gaetana Marrone is Professor of French and Italian. Her new book “The Cinema of Francesco Rosi” is published by Oxford University Press. Martin Scorsese and others have given the work high praise. How did you get the idea for this project? It was entirely by chance. As I was finishing my book on Liliana Cavani, […] »

Katie Chenoweth Investigates Impact of Printing on Development of French

By Ruby Shao ’17 The Prosthetic Tongue: Printing Technology and the Rise of the French Language, the first monograph of Katie Chenoweth, Associate Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian, recently won the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies from the Modern Language Association of America. Published through […] »

University Homepage Features New Website MAFE

The University homepage features the new website Middle Ages for Educators (MAFE) which was launched in the fall by the Program in Medieval Studies and the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity. The website is aimed at high school and college students and educators worldwide and, more broadly, at anyone interested in studying or teaching Late […] »

Council Initiated Project Culminates in Henry Luce Grant for Weisenfeld

On December 1, Judith Weisenfeld and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis, received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for The Crossroads Project to advance public understanding of the history, politics and cultures of African American religions. The project was sparked in February by conversations from the African American […] »

Roger Berlind, University Trustee and Theatrical Producer, Dies at 90

Roger Berlind, who produced or co-produced more than 100 plays and musicals on Broadway and amassed 25 Tony Awards, died on December 18 at his home in Manhattan. He was 90. In 1986, Berlind, a supporter of the arts and humanities at Princeton, made an endowment gift in the Humanities Council’s Program in Creative Writing, […] »

Katie Chenoweth Awarded Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies

On December 14, the Modern Language Association of America announced it is awarding its twenty-eighth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies to Katie Chenoweth, associate professor of French, for her book The Prosthetic Tongue: Printing Technology and the Rise of the French Language, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The […] »

Princeton Faculty Receive NEH Grants

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $32.8 million in grants to support 213 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Three Princeton faculty and a Princeton University initiative received grants this year. Alison Isenberg (History) Project Title: Uprisings: The Impact of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination and the Case […] »

Certificate Student Writes About Journalism Program for Admissions

Naomi Hess, a junior in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, has written a new post for Admissions’ Undergraduate Student Blog about her experience in the Humanities Council‘s Program in Journalism. “I found a home for my love of the written word within the Journalism department,” Hess shares. “Princeton’s journalism classes are consistently […] »

Video: Pandemics in the Past Series

In May, with the support of the Humanities Council, the Climate Change and History Research Initiative partnered with the Program in Medieval Studies to launch a new seminar series that examined the historical context and the social, cultural, and environmental impact of pandemics through the ages. The virtual series entitled “Pandemics in the Past: from […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Isabella Pu ’23 Experiments with “resilient-distant-creative”

In the first episode of the Humanities Council podcast, host Jon Garaffa ’20 talks to Isabella Pu ’23 about “resilient-distant-creative,” an upcoming digital theater performance focusing on the crossovers of migration, isolation, and the ongoing global pandemic. Supported by a Rapid Response Magic Grant from the Humanities Council, the project is led by Argyro Nicolaou (Hellenic Studies). […] »

Video: Material Texts in the Pandemic

Watch the colloquium video here. By Catie Crandell A colloquium organized in November explored how, in the words of co-organizer Nigel Smith (English), the pandemic has brought “unexpected challenges that have opened up new opportunities” for those who study material texts. The online event “The Virtual Materiality of Texts: Book History during a Pandemic,” attracted […] »

A Year of Forward Thinking Features Arts and Humanities in December Forward Fest

What do art, architecture, music, literature and film tell us about being human, particularly in these seemingly unprecedented times? Princeton’s Forward Fest — a free, online public conversation series and a monthly highlight of the University’s yearlong community engagement campaign, A Year of Forward Thinking — asks this question in the December installment, focusing on […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Tigers in Translation” Podcast Navigates Language Identities

By Jon Garaffa ’20 How do diverse language backgrounds shape students’ experiences on campus? A Rapid Response Magic Grant from the Princeton University Humanities Council has funded student employment and miscellaneous technological expenses for “Tigers in Translation,” a podcast about the language identities and experiences that Princetonians bring to college. Led and advised by Shawn […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Mapping Eastern Europe” Debuts Digital Resource

Maria Alessia Rossi (Art and Archaeology) and Alice Isabella Sullivan (University of Michigan) have launched the website for their initiative Mapping Eastern Europe in the 13th–17th Centuries. A Rapid Response Magic Grant from the Humanities Council enabled the initial and developing phases from July to December 2020. Users can now access three historical overviews, 27 […] »

Humanities Council Honors Toni Morrison with Memorial Resolution to the Faculty

By Ruby Shao ’17 To celebrate Toni Morrison (1931–2019), a Special Committee prepared a Memorial Resolution that Humanities Council Chair Eric Gregory presented to the Faculty on Monday, December 7. The resolution was ordered spread upon the records of the Faculty. The University homepage announced Morrison’s other recent accolades. When Morrison visited campus to read […] »

Council Grant Establishes New Working Group for Native American and Indigenous Studies

By the Humanities Council The Humanities Council is delighted to announce that an Exploratory Grant in Collaborative Humanities has been awarded to Sarah Rivett (English; American Studies) to launch a Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton (NAISIP) for the academic year 2021-2022. Through the formation of a working group—consisting of faculty, staff, and […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Race, Medicine, and Art Collide in “Pathologies of Difference”

By Jon Garaffa ’20 How have art and medicine shaped historical perceptions of minorities? Helping answer such questions, a Rapid Response Magic Grant of the Humanities Council has funded student researchers, image permissions, and further development of an existing website for the project “Pathologies of Difference: Mapping the Art of Colonial Medicine.” This digital resource […] »

Journalism Certificate Student Sophie Li Wins Rhodes Scholarship

Princeton University senior Sophie Li has won the Rhodes Scholarship for Hong Kong. The prestigious fellowship funds one to three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford, where she will pursue an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Li, who is concentrating in politics, is also pursuing a certificate from the Humanities Council’s […] »

Spring 2021 Courses Announced

The Program in Humanistic Studies is announces the Spring 2021 courses which are open to students from all majors. HUM courses are broad based, interdisciplinary and often team-taught. They have no prerequisites and fulfill requirements toward the interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies certificate. For full course descriptions and all other HUM courses, visit: New Spring 2021 Courses HUM […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Virtual VizE Lab Hosts Remote Ethnography Workshop

By Jon Garaffa ’20 Restricted from travel and close contact due to COVID-19, anthropologists are seeking ways to engage with cultures from a distance. Serving this need, a Rapid Response Magic Grant of the Princeton University Humanities Council funded graduate student Ipsita Dey to work, starting this summer, at the VizE Lab for Ethnographic Data […] »

How to Be Human: Interdisciplinary Humanities in Quarantine

In a November 16, 2020 article in The Prospect section of The Daily Princetonian, Gabriel Robare ’24, a student of “Interdisciplinary Approach to Western Culture” (HUM216-219), writes extensively about the unique community formed each year by the faculty and students of this year-long sequence offered by the Program in Humanistic Studies. Speaking to Professors Yelena Baraz […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Sick Architecture” Publishes Series of Essays Exploring Illness

Health crises have reshaped spaces, making all architecture sick. This idea underlies a new set of articles for “Sick Architecture,” a Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council. The initiative invited nine Princeton University graduate students and five outside scholars to write interdisciplinary essays about disease—understood as not just viruses or bacteria—infecting […] »

Program in Journalism Spring 2021 Courses Announced

In Spring 2021 the Program in Journalism will offer five courses open to students from all majors. For more information about all JRN courses, including cross-lists, visit Students may contact Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at with any questions or to be added to a waitlist. JRN CORE COURSES JRN 260 (SA)THE MEDIA IN AMERICA: WHAT TO […] »

Embodying Myth on the Stage

By Catie Crandell Professor Mary Alice Zimmerman, the speaker who delivered this year’s Fagles Lecture for Classics in the Contemporary Arts, is obsessed with the challenge of finding a symbolic language for representing the seemingly unrepresentable. Zimmerman—director, writer, producer and Professor of Performance Studies at Northwestern University— has a long and storied career of transforming […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Audio Analysis of Conversations Boosts Language Learning

By Ruby Shao ’17 To ultimately speak and write well in real life, second language (L2) learners need exposure to authentic multicultural interactions, not the contrived sentences of textbooks. This observation motivated Adriana Merino (Spanish and Portuguese) to lead a Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council called “Promoting Cross-Cultural Understanding Through […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Imagining a Higher Education Career in African American Studies”

By Jon Garaffa ’20 This summer, ten African American Studies (AAS) students collectively reflected on the challenges, rigors, and exciting possibilities of pursuing AAS at the graduate level and beyond. This career development opportunity arose through a Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council, “Imagining a Higher Education Career in African American […] »

Organizing Stories Launches Website and Workshop Series

By Catie Crandell Organizing Stories, a new project that builds on a tradition of joining scholarly work with movement work to achieve a scholarly-activist praxis, has begun its work in fostering conversation between Princeton students and community-based social justice workers. Founded and directed by Professors Monica Huerta (English and American Studies) and Autumn Womack (English […] »

CDH Receives NEH Grant to Build Linguistic Diversity

Thanks to a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Digital Humanities will play a critical role in diversifying the digital humanities’ linguistic landscape worldwide.  In late July, the NEH Office of Digital Humanities announced that the New Languages for NLP: Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities project would receive support from its […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Beyond the Academy” Celebrates Surprising Careers in Classics

What do a stand-up comedian, a museum curator, an essayist, a public engagement manager, an online publisher, a journalist, an IT consultant, and a high school teacher share in common? Having studied classics at the university level, they are channeling their educations into fulfilling work outside of academia. Jermaine Bryant (Classics) and Barbara Graziosi (Classics) […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: Peter Singer on “Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically”

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values. His latest book is “Why Vegan?: Eating Ethically,” published by Liveright Publishing. How did you get the idea for this project? It wasn’t my idea. I received an email, out of the blue, from Simon Winder, of Penguin UK, saying […] »

Five Scholars Join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Five new postdoctoral scholars have joined the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts this fall. The full cohort of 13 Cotsen postdoctoral fellows is drawn from a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and humanities-related social sciences — and includes one astrophysicist. They are appointed as lecturers in the Humanities Council and their academic host departments, teaching half-time while conducting their […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Increasing Access” Brings Art to Spanish Speakers

The Princeton University Art Museum’s free digital programming has grown to include closed captioning in multiple languages. The progress stems in part from a Rapid Response Magic Grant of the Princeton University Humanities Council for “Increasing Access: Engaging Spanish-speaking Communities with Digital Museum Programming.” As the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the closure of its galleries, the […] »

Organizing Stories: Toward a Scholarly-Activist Praxis

Organizing Stories is a student-driven project supported by the Humanities Council Exploratory Grant in the Humanities and founded and directed by Professors Autumn M. Womack (English; African American Studies) and Monica Huerta (English; American Studies). The project investigates the long histories of anti-racist activism, racial justice organizing, and coalition-building as they relate to questions of narrative, […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Vatican’s Greek Manuscripts Demystified by “‘Global Digital Palaeography Workshop’”

By Jon Garaffa ’20 The switch to virtual learning won’t stop a cohort of dedicated students of palaeography—the study and interpretation of ancient writing systems along with historical manuscripts—from honing their craft. This winter, Princeton University will join the University of Notre Dame and Stanford University to co-host the Global Digital Palaeography Workshop. Made possible […] »

Upcoming NEH Funding Opportunity

Faculty members and collaborative teams with community-engaged and public-facing projects are encouraged to consider the NEH Public Humanities Program. The purpose of this program is to support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such […] »

Michael Cook Receives Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award

Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been awarded the 2020 Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of long and distinguished contributions to the fields of Islamic and Middle East studies and to the promotion of the profession at large. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Council Working Group Goes Public

By the Humanities Council This year a Humanities Council working group takes its  conversations beyond the campus and into the public domain, responding to and addressing key social and environmental issues. The Bodies of Knowledge Working Group, founded by Elena Fratto (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, […] »

Humanities Council and Center for Digital Humanities Welcome New Postdoctoral Fellow

This fall the Council is pleased to join the Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) in welcoming Sierra Eckert who will be the CDH postdoctoral research associate and Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities Council. Eckert was appointed after defending her dissertation in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Read the full profile […] »

Delving into the Development of Faculty Books

By Catie Crandell Putting a spotlight on the rich humanities scholarship being conducted across campus, the Humanities Council has inaugurated a Q&A series to accompany its Faculty Bookshelf, which was launched in late August. Comprised of four simple questions, the series endeavors to create an opportunity for faculty members to introduce their books by talking […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Q&A with Latinx Dance Expert Jade Power-Sotomayor of “Performance and American Cultures”

By Jon Garaffa ’20 In August, Brian Herrera (Lewis Center for the Arts) led a Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council called “Performance and American Cultures: Summer Manuscript Intensive.” It gathered six first-time book authors for intensive conversation about their forthcoming monographs, each poised to potentially help transform both American Studies […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Interactive Map Reveals Treasures

This summer, the Humanities Council began offering Rapid Response Magic Grants for projects that spark innovation and collaboration amid social distancing. Remedying limited access to libraries, conference networking opportunities, and published research, Mapping Eastern Europe in the 13th–17th Centuries offers simple and intuitive engagement with the art and history of the culturally rich, yet often […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Literature in the Time of Covid” Launches Literary Review and Podcast

By Rebecca Rainof (English) A Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council, “Literature in the Time of Covid” debuted this summer. Rebecca Rainof (English) and Tamsen Wolff (English) led the initiative. The English Department hosted 14 workshops, including seven book club meetings moderated by faculty, four creative writing workshops, and three podcast-making […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Freedoms/Liberdades” Visualizes Slavery and Abolition in Brazil

By Miqueias Mugge (Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies), Isadora Moura Mota (History), and João Biehl (Anthropology) A Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council, Freedoms/Liberdades is bringing together an interdisciplinary group of Princeton and Brazilian scholars to analyze images depicting slavery and freedom in out-of-the-way places across Brazil and write […] »

Life As We Know It: A Poem by Esther Schor

In their Sept. 9, 2020 issue, The Princeton Alumni Weekly publishes a poem by Esther Schor (English) which emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. The poem was written for Princeton students at the Phi Beta Kappa, to be read at the induction ceremony on Class Day. Read the poem here. In the Spring, Schor was awarded […] »

Jhumpa Lahiri Champions the Writerly Art of Translation

Jhumpa Lahiri, Director of the Program in Creative Writing will be one of the speakers at the 14th Annual Humanities Colloquium on September 9. Here talk title is “Not should but might: notes of a would-be translator.” On the Princeton University homepage, Lahiri discussed her personal and professional exploration of language and translation. She also has been instrumental […] »

Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Justice

By Catie Crandell Princeton scholars are approaching the pressing issues of justice and incarceration in the current moment from the vantage point of the historical periods that they study. As Matthew Larsen explains it, “a lack of imagination about the future of criminal justice and incarceration is in some sense related to the lack of […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Public Transcriptions Project Digitizes Rare Manuscripts on American West and American Colonization Society

By graduate students Brian Wright, Poorvi Bellur, Kate Carpenter, Kim Worthington, and Mateusz Falkowski Old journals harbor many mysteries. Such puzzles might range from simple illegible scribbles to far more complicated head-scratchers, each in their own way demanding the archivist’s eye and the historian’s instinct to decipher. In these trying times, with research access widely […] »

HUM 216-219 Alumni Panel “Owning HUM”

On Wednesday, September 2nd at 10:00 AM (EST), students from the 2019-20 sequence class have invited a panel of alumni to talk about HUM 216-217 in a discussion entitled “Owning HUM”. The past students representing a diverse alumni body will describe the shared impact the course had on their personal and academic development. The panel’s […] »

2020–21 Visiting Faculty, Fellows, and Program Directors Announced

By Ruby Shao The Humanities Council is welcoming 15 new faculty and fellows and four executive committee members for the 2020–21 academic year, along with six interdisciplinary program directors appointed by the Dean of the Faculty to terms beginning July 1, 2020.  The visiting faculty and fellows bring expertise that spans conceptions of the self, […] »

Program in Journalism Welcomes 2020-2021 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Program in Journalism is delighted to welcome its new cohort of distinguished journalists to serve as visiting professors in its internationally known writing seminars for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Humanities Council will host the renowned reporters and authors, each of whom will teach an intensive course for one semester. The visiting faculty will join the […] »

Council Launches New Digital Faculty Bookshelf

By the Humanities Council The Humanities Council is delighted to announce the launch of the Faculty Bookshelf. This resource consists of a single, searchable platform that collects recent and forthcoming book projects of faculty across the university’s humanities disciplines. With periodic updates scheduled throughout the year, the Bookshelf will offer the University’s most up-to-date and […] »

Council Partners With Keller Center for Inaugural Humanities Innovation Forum

On September 29, 2020, the Humanities Council will partner with Keller Center to showcase humanities and social science innovation at the annual Innovation Forum. This is the first time since its inception in 2005 that the Forum will feature innovative research being conducted by Princeton’s humanities and social science community. The inaugural participants are Brooke […] »

The Past, Present, and Future of Incarceration

By Catie Crandell “The Past, Present, and Future of Incarceration,” a cross-disciplinary project led by Matthew Larsen and Wendy Warren, continues into its second year of a Humanities Council Magic Grant. Larsen is Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, and a Lecturer in the Department of Religion. Warren is an […] »

The Classics and Activism

In Fall 2020, professors of Classics Brooke Holmes and Dan-el Padilla Peralta will launch an experimental  graduate seminar, “Rupturing Tradition: Ancient Past, Contemporary Praxis,” supported by a Humanities Council’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant for a project entitled “The Classics and Activism.” Offered under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities […] »

Reckoning: Complicated Histories and Collective Identities

By Catie Crandell The Humanities Council’s Magic project “Reckoning: Complicated Histories and Collective Identities,” will encourage students to question practices of heritage and history making. Tiffany Cain, an anthropologist in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, was inspired to teach on the topic of reckoning with the past during a trip to the […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Princeton Students Around the World Connect Through Painting

By the Humanities Council In spring 2020, the Humanities Council offered a special round of David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grants. The “Rapid Response” program called for innovation to sustain the forward momentum of humanities research and for experimentation with new forms of conversation, exchange, and interaction. This summer, current and former Princeton students learned […] »

HUM Alumni: Reckoning with a Beloved Course

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture is a Princeton staple. How is it adapting to become more critical of the Western canon it teaches? HUM students and professors share their perspectives on how the course has changed direction and where it still needs to go. Read the full article here. »

Theatrical Virtuoso Lisa Dwan Teaches Antigone

The Humanities Council and Department of English will welcome globally renowned Irish performer, director, writer and scholar Lisa Dwan as a Class of 1932 Visiting Fellow for the 2020–21 academic year. Famed for her solo performances of scripts by Samuel Beckett, as well as her interpretations of short pieces by Harold Pinter, she stars in […] »

Old Dominion Professor Jaacob Dweck Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Jaacob Dweck, the Council’s 2020-21 Old Dominion Research Professor and Professor of History and the Program in Judaic Studies has been awarded the 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship for his research on “Rabbinic Reactionaries in the Sephardic Diaspora: Notes on a Social Type” within the European and Latin American History field of study. Other Princeton humanities faculty […] »

Cotsen Fellow Freeman Highlights the Plight of Uighur Poets and Artists

Joshua L. Freeman, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and East Asian Studies and Link-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, writes a moving article in the The New York Review of Books about Uighar poetry and the struggle poets and artists face as they bear witness to the catastrophes taking place in their homeland. […] »

Council Scholar Guelzo Discusses the Complexity of Racial History

In an interview featured in World Magazine, Humanities Council Senior Research Scholar Allen Guelzo explains how a deep understanding of America’s racial history is part of the path forward for our society. Read the full interview here. Allen Guelzo will be teaching “Secession, the Civil War, and the Constitution” (POL / HUM / AMS 488) in […] »

Old Dominion Professor Harman Talks About Protests and Masks in PAW

The Humanities Council’s 2019-20 Old Dominion Research Professor Elizabeth Harman (Philosophy) talks in the “Tiger Ethics” column of the Princeton Alumni Weekly about the moral and ethical questions surrounding protesting and mask-wearing during the pandemic. Read the full article here. »

Foster and Schor Speak About Transformative Power of Art and Literature

Like many of us, Esther Schor and Hal Foster have been reflecting on how to thrive in this precarious pandemic moment. As recipients of the 2020 Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities, Schor and Foster bring decades of accumulated wisdom to questions of how art and literature help us to surmount […] »

LIFE Unfolds Across Academic Disciplines

In Spring 2020, the Humanities Council’s David A Gardner ’69 Magic Project was due to host a roundtable with Princeton faculty members Jeremy Adelman (History), Thomas Y. Levin (German), and Katherine Hill Reischl (Slavic) and the prize-winning documentary photographer Susan Meiselas to discuss how LIFE used photographs in its weekly publication, from 1936 to 1972, as a […] »

Fellow Cain Presents Tihosuco Heritage Preservation and Community Development Project at DigNation

Tiffany Cain (Society of Fellows; Anthropology) and collaborators of the Tihosuco Heritage Preservation & Community Development Project, Mexico share a presentation produced for DigNation 2020, an online festival held June 13-14. The festival brought together archaeologists to share their current research, given the COVID pandemic, in lieu of fieldwork this summer. Watch the presentation on the Society of Fellow […] »

Council Fellow Casey Discusses Colored Conventions Project and History of Racial Injustice

Jim Casey, Perkins Postdoctoral Fellow in the Council of the Humanities, has been working with P. Gabrielle Foreman, Professor of American Literature and Professor of African American Studies and History at the University of Delaware, on how the historiography of the Colored Conventions had been shaped by the racial hierarchies we inherited from the nineteenth […] »

HUM Alumna Yung In Chae ’15 discusses How to Live As the Ancients Did

Humanistic Studies Certificate Alumna, Yung In Chae ’15, has a feature article in this week’s issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, How to Live as the Ancients Did, From drinking to ruling to growing old, a series of books offers classic advice. Yung In Chae ’15 is a writer and editor-at-large of Eidolon. Chae graduated from […] »

Program in Linguistics Congratulates the Class of 2020!

The Program in Linguistics celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2020 on June 1, 2020 via Zoom. To view a recording of the event, click here. The Program’s Director, Gideon Rosen (Philosophy), began the virtual celebration by welcoming the graduates and their families; members of Linguistics’ teaching and advising faculty, Byron Ahn (Linguistics), Laura Kalin […] »

Princeton Faculty Speak Out Against Systemic Racism and Police Violence in the Nation

As the United States grapples with the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black lives destroyed by systemic racism and police violence, and as protests extend across the country, Princeton scholars are speaking to the moment. Several Princeton faculty members are using op-eds, television and cable news programs, online publications, and social […] »

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

This year the Program in Humanistic Studies is proud to award 17 certificates to seniors from 11 different departments. The certificate program provides a platform for students to explore new perspectives within their home discipline while building bridges to others. The program was able to offer many students the opportunity for international travel and research […] »

Council Announces Old Dominion Professors for 2020-2021

Yaacob Dweck, Elizabeth Harman, Melissa Lane, and Susan J. Wolfson will join the Humanities Council in academic year 2020-2021 as Old Dominion Research Professors. They will participate in the year-long program which provides additional research time and enhances the humanities community more broadly. Additionally, they will serve as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in the […] »

Weisenfeld Receives Graduate Mentoring Award

Judith Weisenfeld, the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, is among four faculty to be named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and will be honored during the Graduate School’s virtual Hooding ceremony at 4 p.m., Friday, May 29. Read the full story on […] »

Council Offers Special Cycle of Magic Mini-Grants for Innovative Projects in 2020

As humanists at Princeton navigate stringent social distancing conditions, the Humanities Council affirms our commitment to connecting and supporting humanities scholars across the borders of their disciplines and beyond the University.  In supporting the forward momentum of humanities research, we further affirm our commitment to our partners at community and public institutions.  To that end, […] »

The Shakespeare and Company Project Featured in The Guardian

On July 11, 1925, James Joyce visited the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and lending library in Paris and checked out four books about his fellow Irishman Oscar Wilde. On December 21, 1937, Aimé Césaire visited the lending library and checked out Langston Hughes’s The Weary Blues (1926) and Countee Cullen’s Color (1925). On August 12, 1940, Simone de Beauvoir checked out Ernest Hemingway’s The Fifth Column (1938). […] »

Making Meaning of the Pandemic Through the Lens of Literature

Students in the Spring 2020 course “Literature and Medicine” taught by Elena Fratto (Slavic Languages and Literatures) discover that literary texts keep them connected to one another — and help them grapple with their own experiences during the pandemic. During online class sessions and precepts, Fratto and her three assistant instructors — graduate students Jacob Plagmann […] »
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New Interdisciplinary Team-Taught Courses for 2020-2021 Announced

The Humanities Council’s many interdisciplinary certificate programs, including the Program in Humanistic Studies, offer students “Breakthrough Seminars” that help to enrich and deepen learning across the humanities curriculum and offer experiential exchange with material culture and artifacts. Through the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Projects, the Council supports innovative, first-time undergraduates courses led by pairs […] »
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Medical Anthropology Launches a New Website About Life During COVID-19

With the support of the Humanities Council, the students enrolled in the Spring 2020 Medical Anthropology course (ANT/HUM 240)—co-taught by João Biehl, the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Global Health Program, and Onur Günay, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School —have launched a new website to critically analyze […] »

Angela Creager Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Angela Creager, the Thomas M. Siebel Professor in the History of Science, Professor of History and director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies, was among two Princeton University faculty members and a visiting faculty member recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation’s oldest scholarly organization. Candidates for APS membership are nominated by existing members […] »

Ben Taub ’14, Juliet Eilperin ’92 Awarded Pulitzer Prizes

Two University alumni were awarded 2020 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism this week. Ben Taub ’14, a staff writer at The New Yorker, received the Pulitzer for Feature Writing for “Guantánamo’s Darkest Secret,” which the jury described as “a devastating account of a man who was kidnapped, tortured and deprived of his liberty for more than a […] »