Programs and Initiatives

Programs  and  Initiatives

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 […] »

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

By Ruby Shao ’17 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 […] »

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

The 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 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 […] »

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. »

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, […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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 […] »

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 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, […] »

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 […] »

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, […] »

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 […] »

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, […] »
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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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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: […] »

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 […] »
Belongings in Movement

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 […] »
Belongings in Movement

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 […] »

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, […] »
Oral History

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 […] »
Oral History

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. »
Tacita Dean, Quarantania (Detail), 2018

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 […] »
Tacita Dean, Quarantania (Detail), 2018

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 […] »
Ahlam Dib serves cookies

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 […] »

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 […] »
Egypt seminar

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 […] »
Egypt seminar

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, […] »
Trust Us?

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 […] »
Trust Us?

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 […] »
Haarlow 2018

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”, […] »
Haarlow 2018

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 […] »
Princeton's Civil War

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 […] »
Princeton's Civil War