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“Policing Urban America”: Magic Project Produces New Animated Film

The New York Times’ Opinion Documentary Series has debuted The Torture Letters, a film by Laurence Ralph (Anthropology) that primes viewers on the roots of police violence as it persists in the United States. Ralph created the film as part of “Policing Urban America,” a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project that builds […] »
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Magic Mini-Grants Encourage Remote Experiments in the Humanities

In May, the Humanities Council invited University faculty and research staff to experiment with new forms of scholarly exchange in direct response to our unprecedented environment. Offering a special round of David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Mini-Grants, the Council called for innovation in sustaining the forward momentum of humanities research, with attention to outward-facing projects […] »

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 […] »

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 Sequence and the Pandemic: Finding Meaning in Troubled Times

Over the 25 years since the Humanities Sequence was established at Princeton, those who have taught and studied the course have singled out its close-knit community for its transformative power. HUM Sequence cohorts make first-year bonds that grow long after the course is completed, and many students maintain their connections beyond Princeton. With this sense […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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, research and […] »

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 […] »

Noah Buchholz Provides Service to Deaf Community During the COVID-19 Crisis

Noah Buchholz, Lecturer in the Humanities Council and the Program in Linguistics, has been teaching American Sign Language (ASL) at Princeton University since the first course was established in 2017, and he now teaches a total of four ASL courses in the Program, ranging from beginner to advanced. Since the middle of March 2020, he […] »

Courses Pivot in Response to Pandemic

In early February, students were arriving back to Princeton for the spring semester and professors were starting to teach, as professors do, in seminar rooms and lecture halls.  Within weeks the campus would close, students would return to their homes all over the world, and teaching would go online for the rest of the semester […] »

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, […] »

Feeney Takes Faculty Lead for HUM Sequence in Fall 2020

In Fall 2020, Humanities Council Behrman Professor Denis Feeney will begin as the faculty lead in the Program in Humanistic Studies’ signature course “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture”(the “HUM Sequence”). The appointment recognizes distinguished scholars and dedicated teachers from within the University community. The Behrman Professor plays a leading role in the humanities at Princeton. […] »

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 […] »

Medieval Studies Launches New Talk Series on Historical Pandemics

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

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 […] »

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Recognized by Pulitzer for New Book

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, the Assistant Professor and Charles H. Mcilwain University Preceptor in the Department of African American Studies was selected as a finalist for the prize in History by the Pulitzer Prize. She was recognized for her book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, described on the Pulitzer […] »

Hal Foster and Esther Schor Receive Behrman Award for the Humanities

Princeton professors Hal Foster (Art and Archaeology) and Esther Schor (English) have received the University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. Schor was the Inaugural Behrman Professor in the Humanities Council from 2015-18 and Acting Chair in academic year 2017-18. Read the full story on the University homepage. »
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Council Announces Old Dominion Professors for 2020-2021

In the coming year, four Princeton faculty from the humanities and humanistically oriented social sciences will join the Humanities Council as Old Dominion Research Professors. They are Yaacob Dweck, Elizabeth Harman, Melissa Lane, and Susan J. Wolfson. During their time at the Council, they will pursue research on topics as diverse as the figure of […] »
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Princeton Humanists Respond to Coronavirus

As COVID-19 forces communities to isolate themselves, creating economic and political anxiety, the humanities can provide a sense of connectedness and historical memory.  Against a backdrop of disquiet, isolation, and confusion, humanities scholars at Princeton are offering their thoughts on the crisis, illuminating the values at stake in current debates. In op-eds, news commentaries, petitions, […] »

Welcome Class of 2024!

Princeton Preview online gives us the opportunity to welcome newly admitted students to the Class of 2024. We look forward to “seeing” you. The Humanities Sequence, Everything You Always Wanted to Know Thursday, April 30, 2020 6:00-7:00 pm EST Learn about the Humanities Sequence and its interdisciplinary approach to Western culture. HUM 216-219 is an […] »

Understanding the Americas Through Material Texts

This Spring, the Humanities Council proudly presents a collaborative humanities project and Global Initiative “AMERICAN CONTACT: lntercultural Encounter and the History of Objects.” The conference, originally scheduled to take place on Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania campuses will, in light of social distancing regulations, take place online on Friday April, 24 and Saturday, April […] »

HUM Mentor Traudt ’20 Featured in New University Podcast

HUM certificate student and mentor Kirsten Traudt ’20 is featured in a new podcast launched by the University. The “We Roar” podcast shares the personal stories and expertise of students, faculty, staff and alumni during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers short meditations by a wide range of Princetonians as they continue their work and daily […] »

New Book on Black Death Reveals Parallels With Modern Pandemic

In his new book, Arts of Dying: Literature and Finitude in Medieval England, the 2020-21 Humanities Council Old Dominion Professor D. Vance Smith (English) writes about the literary aftermath of the Black Death which, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, has turned out to be, unfortunately, much more topical than expected. Smith explains that […] »

Music Department Revises Concentration Requirements

The Department of Music announced revisions to the curriculum for Music Majors—the first such curricular change since the late 1990s. To see the comprehensive new curriculum. Developed by a subcommittee led by Dan Trueman, the new program offers students more flexibility within their course selection, and exposure to a more diverse course of study. Read […] »

Program in Journalism Announces 2020-2021 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Program in Journalism is delighted to announce that it has selected seven 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 […] »

Infectious Historians: Medieval Studies Seminar Explores Pre-Modern Pandemics

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has spurred numerous articles, op-eds, and blog posts comparing what we are experiencing today with historical pandemics. On April 7, the Program in Medieval Studies invited Merle Eisenberg (PhD, History *18) to lead a Late Antique, Medieval, and Byzantine (LAMB) “virtual workshop” entitled “Pre-Modern Pandemics in History, Science, and Popular Media,” […] »

New Fall 2020 ECS Courses Announced

The Program in European Cultural Studies is pleased to announce its Fall 2020 course listings. ECS courses are open to all undergraduates, with no prerequisites. Some courses cross-listed in ECS may have prerequisites, or enrollment restrictions. For full course descriptions, visit: ECS 326 / FRE 326 (LA) VERSAILLES: COURT AND CULTURE FROM LOUIS XIV […] »

New Fall 2020 Courses Announced

The Program in Medieval Studies is pleased to announce its Fall 2020 courses which are open to students from all majors. For full course information visit: MED 227 / HUM 227 / HIS 227 (LA) THE WORLDS OF THE MIDDLE AGES Helmut Reimitz (History)Jack Tannous (History) We will begin in 476 with the fall […] »

Council Announces Funding Opportunities for AY2020-21

The Humanities Council invites nominations and applications for visitors and projects in the academic year 2020-2021 and beyond. For more information on the opportunities below, please see the funding page or contact Kathleen Crown, Executive Director (609-258-4719). OPPORTUNITIES AY2020-21 Conferences & Project Co-sponsorship (faculty proposals)The Council provides co-sponsorship for humanities-related programs, including conferences, workshops, colloquia, […] »

Program in Journalism Shares Roster of Fall 2020 Courses

The Program in Journalism is pleased to share its roster of Fall 2020 courses open to students from all majors. JRN’s popular seminars draw on the world’s most distinguished journalists as faculty. They have no prerequisites and fulfill requirements toward the program’s undergraduate certificate. For full course descriptions and cross-listed JRN courses, visit: One course in […] »

Humanistic Studies Announces New Fall 2020 Courses

The Program in Humanistic Studies is excited to announce new Fall 2020 courses 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 Fall 2020 Courses HUM […] »

Council Fellow Builds Online Archives in African American History

This week, The Center for Digital Humanities announced the completion of the transcribe-a-thon of the papers of Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), a celebrated author, educator and activist who, while in her sixties, became the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree. The project began at the annual “Douglass Day” events on February 14, […] »

John McPhee’s Legendary Course Meets the Moment

By Margo Bresnen After the most extraordinary spring break in recent memory, Princeton University resumed classes yesterday—virtually, in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Among the first to tackle the change was JRN/CWR 240: Creative Non-Fiction, a course that John McPhee ’53 has taught on campus for the last 45 years. For the first time, […] »

Identity, Memory, and Clothing in Late Antique Egypt Examined in Stewart Lecture

By Alyssa Cady and Erene Morcos  On March 4, 2020, Thelma K. Thomas, Professor of Fine Arts at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts delivered the Stewart Lecture entitled “Monastic Lessons in Cloth from Late Antique Egypt: Worn, Embodied, and Remembered.” In the talk hosted by the Committee for the Study of Late Antiquity, Thomas discussed monastic […] »

COVID-19: University Guidance for the Campus Community

Princeton University is actively monitoring the situation around coronavirus (Covid-19) and the evolving guidance from government and health authorities, in keeping with our commitment to ensure the health and safety of all members of the University community. The latest University guidance for students, faculty and staff is available on the University’s Emergency Management website. In […] »

VIDEO: Smith Explores the History of African Colonization in Old Dominion Lecture

Watch the video here. On March 4, Professor of English D. Vance Smith gave the final talk in the Humanities Council’s 2019-20 Old Dominion Lecture series entitled “Blood Flowers: Recolonizations,” in which he looked at the implantation, origination, and exploitation of aesthetic objects in Africa. His research project under the general title “The Persistence of the […] »
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University, Daily Princetonian Report on Signature Journalism Event

The Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism hosted a panel discussion yesterday afternoon featuring visiting Ferris Professors of Journalism Carol Giacomo and Suzy Hansen and professors Kim Lane Scheppele and Gary Bass from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, which co-sponsored the event. More than 100 people came to hear the panelists discuss […] »
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NEH Invites Faculty and Post-Docs to Behind-the-Scenes Look at Grant Applications

On February 25, Council Chair Eric Gregory served as panelist in a “mock review” of National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants alongside Natalia Ermolaev (Center for Digital Humanities) and James McClure (Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson). The panel discussion was moderated by Christopher Thornton, Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Research, […] »

The UCHV Film Forum Continues with “2001: A Space Odyssey”

On Wednesday, March 4, The University Center for Human Values Film Forum will host a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” with live commentary by Chris Tully, Professor of Physics, and Erika Kiss, Director of the UCHV Film Forum. Full event details can be found here. For more information about the Film Forum, […] »

Humanistic Studies Senior Traudt Awarded Keasbey Scholarship

Senior Kirsten Traudt has been awarded the Keasbey Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to study at selected British universities. Traudt, of Morristown, New Jersey, is a Classics major and is also pursuing a certificate in Humanistic Studies. She will pursue an M.Phil. in Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Public Humanities Working Group Launches for Spring 2020

The working group invites University faculty, graduate students, and staff, as well as independent scholars and humanities administrators from the community, to join monthly conversations about our shared humanistic work and its larger, public implications outside of university life, and to consider more largely the value and relevance of the humanities in our present moment. […] »

University Homepage Features Audio Journalism Course

The University story titled “The Art of Radio Reporting: Finding stories that ‘whisper in the listener’s ear,’” features the Fall 2019 reporting trip to Mound Bayou, Mississippi led by Joe Richman, founder and executive producer of Radio Diaries, for his course “Audio Journalism: The Art of Narrative Storytelling for Radio and Podcasts.” He was joined […] »

VIDEO: Kruse Revisits Civil Rights Movement in Old Dominion Lecture

Watch the video here. In the third of four Old Dominion Public lectures, Kevin M. Kruse (History) presented preliminary findings from his archival research into the civil rights movement for the first time. Kruse’s work seeks to reinterpret the conventional wisdom around the movement, challenging the dichotomy of the major approaches to this history by […] »

Behrman Undergraduate Fellow Hirschfield Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Senior Sarah Hirschfield has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The awards give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. The program was established in 2000 by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Cambridge to build a global network of […] »

Humanistic Studies and Medieval Studies Seniors Awarded Pyne Prize

Princeton University seniors Emma Coley and Ben Press have been named co-winners of the 2020 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 22. Read the full Story on the University homepage. »

Humanistic Studies Certificate Student and HUM Mentor Honored for Service

Emma Coley ’20, concentrating in Religion with certificates in Humanistic Studies, Urban studies, and Ethnographic studies, received the 2019 A. James Fisher, Jr. Memorial Award. Given in honor of A. James Fisher, Jr. ’36, the award is presented each year to a Princeton senior who best exemplifies the qualities for which Mr. Fisher is remembered: […] »

Summer Funding for Graduate Research

Each Spring, the Program in the Ancient World offers funding to graduate students in Classics, History, Religion, and Art and Archaeology for summer study and research. The funding supports fieldwork, participation on archaeological excavations, or other training in the study of material culture and language instruction, as well as travel required for pre-dissertation or dissertation stage.  Last year, the […] »

Course Examines How Storytelling Can Impact Perceptions of Climate Change

On a Saturday afternoon in December, as part of the Being Human Festival 2019, William Gleason (English; American Studies) and doctoral candidate Kate Thorpe (English) held A Reading and Creative Writing Colloquium in Greenway Meadows Park, Princeton, sharing insights from their undergraduate seminar “Literature and Environment” with members of the community. Participants read a poem, […] »

Working Group Explores Dynamics of Silence in Archives

In Fall 2019, with the support of the Humanities Council, the Archival Silences Working Group met over the semester to explore the limits, freedoms, frustrations, and complications presented by the biases inherent in both past and present archival practice. The group discussed how, as a collection of historical records, the archive reflects those in positions […] »
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BEING HUMAN: Reflections on Belonging(s) in Movement

With a performance that served as one of the kick-off events for the Being Human Festival 2019, Belonging(s) in Movement celebrated indigenous and immigrant tales from the Americas. Spanning October 11 – 14, three days of activities presented by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese included readings, spoken word, and traditional storytelling. Artists and activists […] »
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BEING HUMAN: Creating an ‘Ashram’ in a Youth Correctional Facility

Mark Edwards (Religion) recently led a study group on the ethics and actions of Mahatma Gandhi. The program, “Discovering Gandhi in Prison,” was part of the 2019 Being Human Festival, coordinated by the Humanities Council. Edwards will teach a spring freshman seminar using writings and reflections from residents of a youth correctional facility. Read the […] »
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BEING HUMAN: Religion Shapes Dialogue at Refugee Oral History Convention

By Katherine Clifton For the “Refugee Oral History Convention,” the Office of Religious Life welcomed 13 refugees to Murray Dodge Hall to develop and practice oral history skills on December 7, 2019. These 13 individuals were born in ten different countries, speak eleven native languages, represent a variety of religious identities, have lived in the […] »
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AMS Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Bridges Humanities and Sciences in “Creative Ecologies”

Students in several Princeton courses this fall examined the perils of climate change by considering how storytelling — with elements of description, language and structure — can influence people’s perceptions and fire up the imagination. One of the classes in the humanities was “Creative Ecologies: American Environmental Narrative, Media and Art (1980-2020),” taught by Allison Carruth, […] »

BEING HUMAN: Improv and Being Human

By Tori Gorton ’21 “Improv and Being Human,” part of the Being Human Festival 2019 of the Humanities Council, brought to life the Community Room in Princeton Public Library on the evening of Monday, December 9. Organized by the Princeton Graduate Improv Club, the workshop was facilitated by two instructors from an improv school in […] »

Princeton Alumni Weekly Devotes Issue to “Future of Journalism”

In Princeton Alumni Weekly‘s annual “theme” issue, the focus is journalism. The Humanities Council‘s Program in Journalism is featured throughout the magazine, which is full of articles by and about current and former journalism students and visiting journalism professors. Allie Spensley ’20 recounts the tradition of student-journalism on campus, while Iris Samuels ’19—one of the […] »

Linguistics Lecturer Buchholz Dispels Misconceptions About ASL Translation

On Monday, Sep. 23, Noah Buchholz, lecturer in Linguistics presented “From Spoken to Signed: American Sign Language Translation,” on misconceptions about American Sign Language (ASL), as part of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication’s weekly lunchtime lecture series. Read the full story on the PIIRS homepage. »
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Reeves Offers New Spring Course, “Afterlives of the Artists”

By Ruby Shao ’17 A pigment grinder once suffered an odd prank. Every day, he received a visit from an engraver who claimed to be portraying the 12 craziest people in the city. Eventually, the pigment grinder came to believe himself insane. Such true tales will abound in a new course for spring 2020, ECS […] »
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BEING HUMAN: Princeton Alumni Weekly Features Festival

In the January 8, 2020 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Carlett Spike writes about some of the highlights of the Being Human Festival 2019 and how it helps to bring Princeton’s humanities scholarship to a wider audience. Read the full story in the PAW. »

Humanistic Studies Senior Elzalabany Awarded Sachs Scholarship

Yousef Elzalabany ’20 is one of three seniors awarded the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of Princeton University’s highest awards. Elzalabany, a concentrator in Near Eastern Studies, is an accomplished poet with a particular interest in the history and lived experiences of Muslims. He proposes to spend the first year of […] »
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Student Journalists Report on Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylum Seekers in Canada

Twelve student journalists in International News: Migration Reporting (JRN 449) spent their fall break reporting from Canada. They traveled to the major cities of Winnipeg and Toronto, visited the small towns of Altona and Emerson, and went to asylum courts and community kitchens — all to capture and tell the stories of newcomers in the […] »
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BEING HUMAN: President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 Celebrates “The Spirit of Truth-Seeking” in Princeton Alumni Weekly

Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 recently published an excerpt of his welcome and introduction to “The Spirit of Truth-Seeking,” an Oct. 11 conversation upholding truth as the aim of higher education. This discussion between Princeton University Professor Robert George and Harvard University Professor Cornel West *80 launched the Being Human Festival 2019 of the […] »

VIDEO: Old Dominion Lecture Explores Darwin’s Diagram

Watch the video here. In the second of four Old Dominion Public lectures, Rachael Z. DeLue (Art and Archaeology) took the audience on an exploration of scientific visual representation in the long 19th Century and set the scene for her in-depth look at the sole drawing in Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. She […] »

Program in Linguistics Offers Advanced ASL in Spring 2020

Since its first credit-bearing course in academic year 2017-18, American Sign Language (ASL) at Princeton has gone from strength to strength, taught each semester by ASL speaker, performing artist, and translator Noah Buchholz (Lecturer in the Humanities Council and the Program in Linguistics). Buchholz teaches ASL I, ASL II, and ASL III, which are cross-listed with the Program in […] »
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Comparative Antiquity Students Experience Ancient Egyptian Manuscripts in New York City and Berlin

This fall, as part of the Humanities Council’s Global Initiative in Comparative Antiquity, Verena Lepper, the 2019-20 Stewart Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of Religion, taught a seminar on “Ancient Egyptian Manuscripts: Writing, Materiality, Technology” (REL 404/CLA 404/HUM 404). Students visited the University Library’s Special Collections for a close look at hieroglyphic and […] »
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BEING HUMAN: “Words and Places” Tour Featured by Princeton Writes

The University’s first tour of its literary history, “Words and Places,” unfolded as part of the Being Human Festival 2019 of the Humanities Council on Friday, Nov. 22 from 2 – 3:30 pm. Led by Princeton Writes student board member Allie Spensley ’20 in collaboration with the Historical Society of Princeton, about 30 participants explored […] »

ECS Seniors Alagappan and Malhotra Win Rhodes Scholarships

Seniors Serena Alagappan and Ananya Agustin Malhotra have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. They are among 32 American recipients of the prestigious fellowships, which fund two to three years of graduate study at Oxford. The students will begin their studies at Oxford in September 2020. In a statement, […] »
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Panel Discusses Journalism In a Time of Doubt and Disinformation

Watch the full discussion here. “Trust Us? Journalism In a Time of Doubt and Disinformation,” a panel discussion hosted by the Program in Journalism, brought a packed audience of journalists, scholars, members of the University, and people from the surrounding community into McCormick 101 on Monday, Nov. 11. The discussion concerned one of the most […] »
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Martin Kern Introduces Comparative Antiquity at The Princeton Athens Center

Professor Martin Kern, the Joanna and Greg Zeluck ’84 P13 P18 Professor in Asian Studies, professor of East Asian Studies, and chair of the Department of East Asian Studies, came to the Princeton Athens Center to introduce the intellectual foundations of “Comparative Antiquity, a Humanities Council Global Initiative.” Speaking to a full audience of Greek scholars, Kern […] »
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2018-2019 Haarlow Prizes in Humanistic Studies Awarded

Each year, the Haarlow Prize is awarded to students who deliver exceptional papers to a 200-Level Humanistic Studies course. This year’s winners are Allie Mangel ’22 and Fumika Mizuno ’21. For the first time this year, an honorable mention was awarded to Ian Johnson ’22. Mangel was recognized for her paper, “Space, Boundaries, and Bridging the Divide”, […] »
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Canadian Studies Seeks to Appoint Pathy Distinguished Visitor for 2020-2021

The Fund for Canadian Studies at Princeton University seeks to appoint a distinguished visitor whose work promotes interactions, collaboration, and educational opportunities between students and scholars at Princeton and in Canada on subjects centering on Canada and/or the northern circumpolar regions.  Applications from any academic discipline are invited, including but not limited to interdisciplinary fields […] »
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BEING HUMAN: “Princeton’s Civil War” featured by Firestone Library

“Princeton’s Civil War” unfolded as part of the Being Human Festival 2019 of the Humanities Council on Saturday, Nov. 2. Leading Civil War historian Allen Guelzo, Senior Research Scholar in the Humanities Council, and Director of Initiatives on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, guided 40 townspeople through […] »
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HUM Alumna Sophie Evans ’19 Explores Astrophysics and Humanism in Scientific American

In her essay published in Scientific America in October, 2019, Sophie Evans ’19 describes the importance of seeing the relationship between astrophysics and humanism; how the human mind seeks to understand the unfamiliar and the seemingly impossible through a humanistic lens. This idea emerged from the course AST 203, “The Universe,” which she took out […] »
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Michael Hardt

VIDEO: Gauss Seminars in Criticism by Michael Hardt

Watch the full video here. The second of two Gauss Seminars in Criticism this fall was delivered as a public lecture and faculty seminar by Michael Hardt, political philosopher and Professor of Literature at Duke University. The title of his two-day visit was “Globalization and Resistance.” On Tuesday October 15, in the public lecture “Empire […] »
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Ferris Professor Errin Haines Whack on the Role of Race in the 2020 Elections

Visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism Errin Haines Whack discussed “The Role of Race in the 2020 Elections” at an lively lunch on Thursday, October 17. Discussant Ali Valenzuela, Assistant Professor of Politics, facilitated the conversation, hosted by the Program in Journalism. In attendance were faculty and administrators from the Program in Journalism and departments across […] »
Theodore Rabb

Theodore K. Rabb, Founder of the Humanities Sequence, Remembered

A memorial service honoring the life and intellectual legacy of Professor Theodore K. Rabb. Theodore Rabinowicz was born on March 5, 1937, in Teplice-Sanov, Czechoslovakia, to Oskar and Rose (Oliner) Rabinowicz. His father was an author and professor, and in 1939 the family emigrated, settling in London. Theodore received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the […] »
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“Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities” 2019 Launches at Princeton University

Coinciding with National Arts and Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the United States, the Being Human Festival 2019 at Princeton University will begin on October 11, running through December 19. More than 20 events will bring the insights of Princeton University researchers to non-academic audiences across New Jersey. […] »
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Naomi Klein and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Naomi Klein Fires Up Discussion of Climate Crisis in Gauss Seminar

Watch the video At the Humanities Council’s Gauss Seminar in Criticism on Tuesday, October 1, author Naomi Klein declared the climate crisis on fire, as well as the is the social movement to tackle it. A conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (African American Studies) highlighted global activism and proposals such as the Green New Deal. Read […] »
Naomi Klein and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Robert Alter

VIDEO: Belknap Visitor Robert Alter on the Art of Bible Translation

Watch the full event here. The Humanities Council welcomed Robert Alter, Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, as a Belknap Visitor in the Humanities to speak on “The Art of Bible Translation.” Over 70 attendees filled McCormick 101 on Monday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 pm. Moderator […] »
Robert Alter
13th Annual Humanities Colloquium

Annual Humanities Colloquium Illuminates Perspectives, Impact of Humanistic Inquiry

At the 13th Annual Humanities Colloquium on September 9, 2019, Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Humanities Council welcomed a capacity audience to “an opportunity for a shared conversation about this thing we call humanities.” Four Princeton professors related the colloquium theme of “Tradition, Critique, & Imagination” to their research and scholarship, […] »
13th Annual Humanities Colloquium

Gauss Seminars in Criticism Welcomes Naomi Klein and Discussion on Climate Change

On Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in Richardson Auditorium, the Gauss Seminars in Criticism welcomes Naomi Klein, an award winning author, journalist, filmmaker, and activist to discuss her new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, with Princeton faculty member, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (African American Studies). The Director of the Gauss […] »

Medieval Studies Launches Colloquium Series Featuring Princeton Faculty 

The Program in Medieval Studies is pleased to announce a new series of faculty colloquia for the academic year 2019-20 entitled “Medieval Studies Tuesday.” Members of the medieval faculty will share and discuss their ongoing work, insights, questions, ideas, and future projects with other members of the medieval community at Princeton including University graduates, undergraduate […] »

Four Scholars Join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

Four new postdoctoral scholars join the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts in fall 2019. The Society, initiated by a gift by the late Charter Trustee Lloyd Cotsen and under the leadership of the Humanities Council 20 years ago, is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral fellows and Princeton faculty members that aims to bring […] »
2019-20 Breakthrough Seminars

Humanities Council Announces 2019-2020 Breakthrough Seminars

This year, the Humanities Council is supporting ten Breakthrough Seminars, which offer students courses with experiential or field components that move outside the traditional classroom setting. For 65 years the Council has been home to interdisciplinary team teaching and curricular innovation, and these seminars are designed to enrich, deepen, and internationalize learning across the humanities […] »
2019-20 Breakthrough Seminars

Students Author Wikipedia Pages to Create a Lasting Record for Endangered Languages

Never heard of the Sierra Popoluca language in Mexico, the Bardi language of Australia, or any of the many other endangered languages across the globe? Now, due to the efforts of Laura Kalin, a Professor of Linguistics in the Humanities Council, and her students in Linguistics Universals and Language Diversity (LIN 360), you can read […] »

Michael Cook Awarded Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies

The International Balzan Foundation has awarded Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, the 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies. The prize comes with an award of $760,000, half of which must be spent to finance research projects involving a new generation of young researchers. Read the full story on the University […] »

Senior Profile: Jordan Salama ’19 Talks About the Impact of Journalism, at Princeton and Beyond

Watch the video Jordan Salama ’19 discusses the impact had by Princeton University’s Program in Journalism on his undergraduate experience and beyond. Salama was among the first cohort of students to receive a certificate in Journalism, after having taken courses with Ferris Professors John McPhee, Joe Richman, and Pico Iyer. At the program’s senior colloquium, Salama presented […] »

13th Annual Humanities Colloquium Speakers Announced

On Monday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Chancellor Green Rotunda, speakers at the 13th Annual Humanities Colloquium will discuss how tradition, critique, and imagination should interact in humanistic inquiry today. In The Value of the Humanities, Helen Small tells us that “the work of the humanities is frequently descriptive, or appreciative, or imaginative, or […] »

Research Spotlight with Kyle Masson: Bringing Early Opera to Life

Kyle Masson, a graduate student in music, traveled to Italy to see a score by Antonio Cesti, one of only four surviving manuscripts of “L’Argia” and one that included a unique prologue that hasn’t been addressed by scholarship in the field. Additional research on Cesti was conducted in Austria with support from the Program in […] »

VIDEO: Jefferson Legal Commonplace Book Symposium

In May 2019, members of Princeton University faculty were joined by scholars and thinkers from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss the topics of law, history, and political thought in Thomas Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book. Speakers included the new Director of European Cultural Studies, Anthony Grafton (History), Hendrick Hartog (History), and 2018-19 Old Dominion […] »

What I think: Sandie Bermann

Sandra (Sandie) Bermann, Princeton’s Cotsen Professor in the Humanities and professor of Comparative Literature talks about her life and work in a conversation. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

East Asian Humanities Students Explore Art in New York City

In March 2019, a group of Princeton students explored New York City’s art galleries as part of the HUM/EAS 234: East Asian Humanities II: Tradition and Modernity course. The excursion was led by Professors of East Asian Studies, Steven Chung and Carlos Y. Lin. The itinerary included stops at The Japan Society, Doosan Gallery, Chambers […] »

Working Across the Humanities and the Sciences: Q&A with Victoria Tang ’19

Originally from Perth Amboy, NJ, Victoria Tang ’19 graduated with a degree in Psychology as well as certificates in Neuroscience and Humanistic Studies. Having participated in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture (“HUM Sequence”) as a freshman and the HUM trip to Greece as a sophomore, Tang explored an interest in the medical humanities through the […] »

Students Explore Race, Culture Through Literature

On a Monday this spring, talk rose in the air with whiffs of garlic and ginger, and students held up their phones to capture the lively scene in the Friend Center Convocation Room. It was lunch time, and the annual cook-off and feast prepared by teams of students in the course “Literature, Food and the […] »

Peter Westergaard, Music Scholar, dies at 88

Peter Westergaard, the William Conant Professor of Music, Emeritus, and composer of chamber music, opera and orchestral works, died June 26 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer. He was 88. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Magic Grant Supports Ethiopian Manuscript Database for Global Research

In 2018, Wendy Belcher (Comparative Literature; African American Studies) launched the three-year Princeton Project on the Ethiopian Miracles of the Virgin Mary (PEMM) with primary funding from the Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant. This international research project aims to translate and digitize the Gəˁəz manuscripts prioritizing the Täˀammərä Maryam (The Miracles of Mary), […] »

2019-2020 Awards for Innovation, Collaboration, and Global Initiatives Announced

The Humanities Council  supports Princeton University faculty who seek to develop a collaborative area of focus and generate new research and teaching in emerging fields, in Princeton and around the globe. This year, the Council is delighted to announce awards to 49 faculty from 24 units across the Princeton campus. A wide array of innovative […] »

Students Showcase Research and Creativity at the Medical Humanities Fair

Students from the course ANT/HUM 240: Medical Anthropology, showcased their final community-based research and artistic projects at the Medical Humanities Fair on May 13. The course draws from medical anthropological approaches in dialogue with history, journalism, literature, philosophy, religion, film, and visual arts to understand the cross-cultural significance of medicine and present-day struggles for wellbeing […] »

Doherty Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Brigid Doherty, Director of the Program in European Studies; Professor of German and Art and Archaeology, was among four Princeton University faculty members to receive the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 4. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Lozano Honored by Phi Beta Kappa Chapter

The Princeton University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will present its annual awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching to Professor or History and Class of 1942 University Preceptor, Rosina Lozano, and Matthew Weinberg, Professor of Computer Science. The awards will be presented at the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony, held at 8:45 a.m. Monday, June […] »

Council Launches Near Eastern Humanities Sequence

For the first time this fall, the Humanities Council’s Program in Humanistic Studies will be offering students a Near Eastern Humanities Sequence alongside the East Asian Humanities Sequence and the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Western Culture, traditionally referred to as the ‘HUM Sequence’ or ‘Western Sequence.’ HUM 247/NES 247 Near Eastern Humanities I: From Antiquity to […] »

Welcome Class of 2023!

Welcome to Princeton University and the Program in Humanistic Studies. We invite you to join our lively community of faculty and students, who represent all divisions and departments of the University. Based in the historic Joseph Henry House, our program is home to the Humanities Sequences, the interdisciplinary certificate, a mentoring program, and a wide […] »

Historians Malkiel and Cannadine Inducted into American Philosophical Society

Nancy Weiss Malkiel, Professor of History, emeritus, and David Cannadine, the Dodge Professor of History at Princeton, were inducted into APS’ humanities class. Candidates for APS membership are nominated by existing members and elected for extraordinary accomplishments in their fields. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Humanities Faculty Receive Graduate Mentoring Award

Anna Shields (East Asian Studies) and Erika Milam (History) have been named recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Awards by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Journalism Senior Lohmann Explores the Environmental Destruction of Naru

Jack Lohmann, an English major and a certificate student in Journalism and Environmental Studies, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. He presented his work to a panel of distinguished journalists at the recent Journalism Colloquium moderated by Joe Stephens, Ferris […] »

Ferris Professors Join Campus Communicators at Princeton Writes Symposium

Ferris Professors John McPhee, Nick Chiles, and Pico Iyer, joined faculty and staff at the symposium titled “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words.” The keynote was delivered by former Ferris Professor and founder of Radio Diaries, Joe Richman who spoke about how we can embrace our humanity by telling “extraordinary stories of ordinary life.” Read […] »

Council Announces 2019-20 Long Term and Short Term Visiting Fellows

In academic year 2019-20, the Humanities Council welcomes eight Long-Term Visiting Fellows and 12 Short-Term Visiting Fellows to Princeton University. The fellows come from academics institutions and from the arts and creative fields around the world. They were nominated by chairs of humanities departments and will also contribute to the activities of interdisciplinary programs under […] »

Art Museum Curator Kusserow Wins AAMC Award for Nature’s Nation

Karl Kusserow, the John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum, and Alan C. Braddock, the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies, William & Mary are recipients of the 2019 Award for Excellence from the Association of the Art Museum Curators (AAMC). The annual, peer-juried Award recognizes curators […] »

David Bellos and Sean Wilentz Receive Behrman Award for the Humanities

Professors David Bellos (French and Italian; Comparative Literature) and Sean Wilentz (History; 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor) have received the University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Humanities Students Reed and Zoulis Named Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Katharine (Kate) Reed, a history major from Arnold, Maryland, has been named valedictorian of Princeton’s Class of 2019. Rafail Zoulis, a classics major from Athens, has been named the Latin salutatorian. Zoulis is pursuing certificates in Hellenic studies, Humanistic Studies and Medieval Studies. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Council Announces 2019-20 Old Dominion Professors

The Humanities Council is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Old Dominion Research Professors. They are Rachael Z. DeLue, Kevin M. Kruse, Steven Mackey, and D. Vance Smith. Old Dominion Professors will join the year-long program which provides additional research time and enhances the humanities community more broadly. They will also serve as Faculty Fellows in the Society of Fellows in […] »

Graduate Students Discuss “Values in Antiquity” at First Comparative Antiquity Conference

Graduate Students in Princeton’s Philosophy and East Asian Studies Departments convened the first graduate student workshop under the aegis of the Humanities Council Global Initiative. The two-day conference, “Values in Antiquity,” met March 18-19. Over thirty early-career scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe attended to discuss, compare, and contrast pre-modern philosophy from different cultures […] »

Six Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Pathy Distinguished Visitor in Canadian Studies Candis Callison was among Princeton faculty members elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences. Also elected are Princeton alumni Michelle Obama, former first lady of the United States and a member of the Class of 1985, and Mitchell Daniels Jr., Class of 1971, former governor of Indiana and president […] »

Weisenfeld Elected to Society of American Historians

Judith Weisenfeld, the Agate Brown and George L. Collord Professor of Religion, has been elected to the Society of American Historians. The society was founded in 1939 to promote literary distinction in the writing of history and biography. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Kruse and Vinitsky Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Princeton faculty members Kevin Kruse, Professor of History, and Ilya Vinitsky, Professor of Slavic languages and literatures, have received 2019 Guggenheim Fellowships. They are among 168 to receive fellowships from a pool of almost 3,000 applicants — a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists — appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Read […] »

Princeton’s Program in Journalism Announces 2019–2020 Visiting Professors

Princeton University’s Program in Journalism has named eight distinguished journalists as visiting professors for the 2019–2020 academic year. The Humanities Council, which is home to the Program in Journalism, will host this group of renowned journalists, each of whom will teach an intensive seminar and participate in the life of the University over the course […] »

Pagels Traverses Grief, Healing and the Nature of Belief in ‘Why Religion?’

In her acclaimed 2018 book, Why Religion? A Personal Story, Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion, interweaves her own account of unimaginable loss with the scholarly work that she loves, examining the spiritual dimension of human experience. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Journalist Maria Ressa on Freedom of the Press and Combating Disinformation

In a whirlwind 24-hour visit to Princeton on April 8 and 9, Maria Ressa, a 1986 alumna and CEO and executive editor of the Philippines-based online news organization, spoke with students, faculty and the campus community in forums large and small. She also felt safe — which is not her everyday modus operandi. On […] »

VIDEO: Sean Wilentz Delivers Final Old Dominion Public Lecture on “Early Abolitionism.”

On Tuesday, April 2, Sean Wilentz, the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History and 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor gave the final talk in the Old Dominion Public Lecture Series on how antislavery politics originated in America in the aftermath of the American Revolution and how American abolitionists pioneered the techniques as well as the ideas […] »

Beth Lew-Williams Receives Two Book Awards

Beth Lew-Williams, Assistant professor of History, has received two awards from the Organization of American Historians (OAH) for her latest book, The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America (Harvard University Press, 2018). Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Princeton Preview 2019: Welcome, Class of 2023!

Princeton Preview gives newly admitted students to the Class of 2023 and their families an opportunity to sample the University’s academic, residential and social offerings. The annual hosting program will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday April 9 and 10 and Monday and Tuesday April 15 and 16. This year the Humanities Council will host […] »

Final Thinking Cinema Lecture 2018-19 by Erika Balsom

On Tuesday, April 30, the Committee for Film Studies will host the final lecture in the five-part, year-long Thinking Cinema series, which structures vibrant encounters between leading film scholars and the Princeton community. Erika Balsom of King’s College London, will give a talk titled “Before and After the Cinematic Turn: Passages de l’image, 1990.” »

Pico Iyer Teaches ‘The Literature of Fact — Writing and Reporting on Place’

Exploring the idea of place is taking students enrolled in essayist Pico Iyer’s spring journalism course well beyond the geographic coordinates of the Princeton campus. “Issues about home and belonging and juggling cultures are going to be a theme throughout their lives,” said Iyer, a visiting lecturer in the Humanities Council and a Ferris Professor […] »

ASL Featured in the Princeton Alumni Weekly

The Program in Linguistics’ American Sign Language (ASL) courses were featured in March 20 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. As well as learning sign language, students are taught about Deaf culture by Noah Buchholz who is the instructor on ASL I and ASL II. Student numbers have grown significantly since the courses were offered for […] »

Priests, Scholars Gather to Celebrate Princeton’s Ethiopian Manuscripts

At the event “Remorseless Cannibals and Loving Scribes: Samples and Highlights from Princeton University’s Collections of Ethiopian Manuscripts (1500s-1900s),” Wendy Laura Belcher (Comparative Literature; African American Studies) and Michael Kleiner Visiting Stewart Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature under the auspices of the Humanities Council, were joined by Ethiopian scholars and priests to share their knowledge […] »

Michael Flower Discusses the Power of Ancient Greek and Roman Narratives

On Wednesday, March 13, Michael Flower, David Magie ’97 Class of 1897 Professor of Classics and 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor, delivered the third lecture in the Old Dominion Public Lecture Series entitled “Seven Types of Fiction in Historical Narrative: Or, Why You Cannot Trust Herodotus or Thucydides.” The final Old Dominion Public Lecture entitled “The Politics […] »

Princeton Faculty Named 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows

Lital Levy, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Wendy Warren, Associate Professor of History, received the 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The Burkhardt program supports recently tenured faculty at a critical stage in their careers and partners with 13 national and international research centers to host fellows […] »

Scholars Explore Bacon’s Perspectives on Philosophy, Gender, and Law

What if the ship that reached the tropical island of Bensalem was instead blown off course to the scholarly island of Princeton? What these seafarers would have found, had they recently stepped ashore, was a different house of learning. 127 East Pine, with its wood-paneled walls and projector-equipment, witnessed three scholarly demonstrations at the CREMS […] »

Thinking Cinema Series 2018-19 with Rey Chow

On Tuesday, March 12, the Committee for Film Studies will host the third lecture in its five-part, year-long Thinking Cinema series, which structures vibrant encounters between leading film scholars and the Princeton community. Rey Chow of Duke University will give a talk titled “The Guest’s View: Objectivity, Disposability, and Ann Hui’s Cinema.”   »

VIDEO: Gikandi Explores Relationship Between Subject, Aesthetics, and Ethics in Art

On Wednesday, February 13, Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English and 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor, delivered the second lecture in the Old Dominion Public Lecture Series entitled “On Art and Suffering.” In his talk, Gikandi invited the audience to explore the question of the human condition and the role of aesthetic representation. Do works of art […] »

‘Migrations’ Series Continues Exploration of Peoples, Cultures, and Borders

In the spring term, Princeton University is launching its second year of a three-year public program around the theme of migrations through “Global Migration: The Humanities and Social Sciences in Dialogue.” University co-sponsors include the Princeton University Art Museum, the Humanities Council, the University Center for Human Values, the Department of Classics, the Department of […] »

Senior Annabel Barry Named Co-Winner of the 2019 Pyne Prize

Annabel Barry ’19 has been named co-winner of the University’s 2019 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate. They will be recognized at a luncheon during Alumni Day on campus Saturday, Feb. 23. Barry, of Southport, Connecticut, is an English major who is also pursuing certificates in European Cultural Studies, Humanistic Studies and Theater. In November, […] »

Andrew Cole Delivers 2019 Clark Lectures at Cambridge

Andrew Cole, Professor of English and Director of the Gauss Seminars in Criticism, delivered the Clark Lectures 2019 at Trinity College, Cambridge University, U.K., from January 28 to February 6. The multi-day program consisted of lectures and seminars under the general title “Unmodernism” and included the topics, “Hegel in the Cathedral,” “The Substance of Thought,” […] »

Michael Gordin Writes About Zhores Medvedev in Aeon

Michael Gordin, Professor of History and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, details the scientific and political battles fought by Zhores Medvedev in the Soviet Union in an article in Aeon titled “Zhores Medvedev and the battle for truth in Soviet science.” In a recent feature on the University homepage, Gordin […] »

Kim Lane Scheppele Interviewed by the Guardian about Hungary’s Viktor Orbán

Kim Lane Scheppele, Professor of Sociology and 2018-19 Old Dominion Research Professor, has spoken extensively about Hungarian politics. In a podcast by The Guardian, Scheppele discusses how far Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orbán has strayed from Europe’s democratic norms. Here are more highlights of Scheppele in the media: On Hungary: The New Yorker: Viktor Orbán’s Far-Right […] »

VIDEO: Gauss Seminars Discuss “Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein”

In October, 2018, Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley, delivered the Fall 2018 Gauss Seminars in Criticism on “Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein,” a compelling talk on the political formations that give rise to neoliberalism. In her public lecture, Brown challenged the idea that the resurgence of the right wing was a response to neoliberalism. She explored […] »

Council Welcomes Fred Moten to Deliver the Spring 2019 Gauss Seminars in Criticism

Fred Moten, poet, scholar, and Professor of Performance Studies at New York University will deliver  the Spring 2019 Gauss Seminars in Criticism. Moten’s two-day visit to Princeton University will comprise a public lecture on Wednesday, February 27 and a faculty seminar on Thursday, February 28. The seminars will be delivered under the general title “Poetics […] »
Theodore Rabb

Theodore Rabb, Historian and Founder of the Humanities Sequence, Dies at 81

Theodore Rabb, Professor of History, emeritus, founder of Princeton’s Humanities Sequence and an innovative teacher of generations of students, died Jan. 7 at Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center. He was 81. In 2017, he returned to the Humanities Council to give a keynote talk at a symposium celebrating the 25th year of the Humanities Sequence, telling those in attendance […] »
Theodore Rabb

VIDEO: Challenges of Documenting Humanitarian Crises

A video of the Council’s October 2018 Belknap Global Conversation is now available to view. The weight of responsibility and the changing landscape of news media were the focus of the two-day Belknap Global Conversation in October 2018. The conference titled “Humanitarian Photojournalism: A History of the Present” was convened by Jeremy Adelman (History) and […] »

Council Launches Old Dominion Public Lecture Series

On October 10, 2018, Professor of Sociology Kim Lane Scheppele kicked of the inaugural series of talks launched by the Humanities Council named the Old Dominion Public Lectures. In her talk titled “In the Ruins of Constitutional Government,” Scheppele described how newly elected leaders around the world are eschewing the checks and balances of a […] »

Reflections on Truth and Compassion Mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

Princeton University joined with community organizations on Jan. 21 for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the Arts Council of Princeton. Tracy K. Smith, the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and the U.S. poet laureate, was a featured speaker. Read the full story on the University homepage.   »

Ermolaev, Foremost Scholar of Soviet Literature, Dies at 94

Herman Ermolaev, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, emeritus, whose world-renowned scholarship of the Soviet Union was informed by his early-life experiences at the hands of the Nazis and Soviets, died Jan. 6. He was 94. Read the full story on the University homepage. »

Apply Now for Journalism’s 2019 Summer Seminar in Greece

The Humanities Council and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies invite you to join the Program in Journalism this summer for a challenging, innovative course in which students become eyewitnesses to history. Offered at no cost to selected students, this seminar fulfills the fieldwork experience requirement for Journalism’s new certificate. Combining classroom work with field […] »

Two Humanities Council Magic Projects featured in PAW

A Program in Humanistic Studies course and a Freshman Seminar funded by the Council’s Magic Innovation Grants are featured in the January 9, 2019 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. HUM 350/ART 302/AMS 352: “Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton” taught by Rachel DeLue (Art and Archaeology) and Nathan Arrington (Art and Archaeology) was the first […] »

Class Snapshot: Arts of the Medieval Book

This fall, six Princeton undergraduate students in the course ART 311 / MED 311 / HUM 311: Arts of the Medieval Book are exploring the technology and function of books through a historical perspective. Working firsthand with Princeton’s collections of centuries-old illuminated manuscripts and facsimile editions of some of the most visually splendid manuscripts made […] »