Programs and Initiatives

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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: https://humstudies.princeton.edu/courses/ 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 […] »

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, […] »

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 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 Middle Ages in Kenya’s […] »

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, […] »

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 […] »

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. »

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 […] »

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 […] »
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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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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. »
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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 […] »
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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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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 […] »
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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 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 […] »
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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 […] »
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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, […] »
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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 […] »
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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 […] »
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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 Rappler.com, 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 […] »
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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 […] »
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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 […] »

Excavating Princeton and American history

On Jan. 3, 1777, British and American forces fought a critical battle of the Revolutionary War on and around the Princeton University campus. This semester, 18 students in the course HUM 350 / ART 302 / AMS 35: “Battle Lab: The Battle of Princeton” are using hands-on fieldwork to explore how the battle may have […] »

Brazil LAB Leads Relief Efforts for Brazil’s National Museum Lost to Fire

Princeton University’s Brazil LAB is coordinating efforts to assist the Postgraduate Program in Social Anthropology (PPGAS) of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, which lost offices, libraries and academic spaces in a fire on Sept. 2 at Brazil’s National Museum. João Biehl (Anthropology), co-director of Brazil LAB, is leading the University’s response, which includes a […] »

Council Brings University and Community Together for Being Human Festival 2018

Princeton’s first Being Human festival demonstrated a diverse and strong appetite for engagement with the humanities over an inaugural five-week season. Seven events, both big and small, brought participants into archaeology, history, literature, and cultural studies. Over 250 people attended New Jersey-based Being Human events, which included days out, workshops, talks, tours, and storytelling. Events […] »

Conference Examines Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Communities

The International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change, hosted on December 6 and 7 by the Humanities Council’s Fund for Canadian Studies brought together scholars, journalists and activists to discuss indigenous forms of knowledge and explore the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities throughout the Americas and Russia. The event was co-sponsored by […] »
The Joseph Henry House is named after the noted physicist who taught at Princeton from 1832 to 1846, and may have been the leading American scientist of his time.

Three New Staff Members Join the Humanities Council

The Council welcomes two new Program Managers: Marie Basso for Linguistics and Italian Studies, and Sarah Porter for Canadian Studies, European Cultural Studies, and Medieval Studies.  We also welcome Suzanne Roth, who will serve as Communications Specialist for the Center for Digital Humanities while also supporting an array of programs under the Humanities Council umbrella. […] »
The Joseph Henry House is named after the noted physicist who taught at Princeton from 1832 to 1846, and may have been the leading American scientist of his time.

Graduate Affiliate Working Groups for 2018-19 Promote Interdisciplinary Study of Race, Politics, Art, and History

For the academic year 2018-19, ECS Graduate Affiliates from the Departments of Anthropology, Art & Archaeology, Comparative Literature, English, French and Italian, German, History, Music, Philosophy, Politics, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the School of Architecture have formed working groups to explore areas of common interest across disciplines in the study of European culture. Working Group […] »

Life, Unpacked: Freshman Seminar Explores Search for a Meaningful Life

On a recent Monday, 15 first-year Princeton students sat in a classroom in Blair Hall and contemplated a large ceramic snail in the center of the table. The topic of the afternoon was “facing personal adversity: resilience and meaning” in the freshman seminar “What Makes a Meaningful Life? A Search.” And the snail? A prop inspired by […] »

Prince Names McPhee’s “Creative Non-Fiction” a “Widely Popular Spring Course”

John McPhee‘s “Creative Non-Fiction” course, one of the University’s longest running classes, was featured in a front-page story on “popular spring courses” in today’s edition of The Daily Princetonian. McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence, has taught writing at Princeton since 1975. He recently published The Patch, his 33rd book, and was awarded […] »

Annabel Barry ’19 Receives Mitchell Scholarship to Study in Ireland

Senior Annabel Barry has been named a George J. Mitchell Scholar to study philosophy and literature at University College Dublin (UCD). Twelve Mitchell Scholarships were awarded to students nationwide by the nonprofit U.S.-Ireland Alliance based in Washington, D.C. Barry, of Southport, Connecticut, attended Stanford Online High School. She is an English major who is also pursuing certificates […] »

Jan-Werner Mueller Elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Jan-Werner Mueller, Professor of Politics has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA), an independent transnational and interdisciplinary network of experts in Sciences, Arts and Religions. EASA was founded in 1990 and currently has 31 Noble Prize winners as members. »

Canadian Studies Announces International Symposium on Indigenous Communities and Climate Change

This two-day international symposium featuring eminent indigenous scholars and journalists addresses the effects of climate change on Indigenous communities in Canada, the U.S., and Russia. Among the topics to be considered are Indigenous knowledge systems and frameworks for justice and sustainable development; Indigenous reporting on climate change and environment-related conflicts and issues; the emergence of […] »

Humanistic Studies Student Mentor Nicolette D’Angelo Named Rhodes Scholar 2019

D’Angelo, of Hewitt, New Jersey, is majoring in Classics and pursuing certificates in Creative Writing, Humanistic Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. She plans to pursue the M.St. in Classics at Oxford. She is among three Princeton seniors to be awarded the scholarship. Read the full story on the University homepage. See the full list of winners in The New […] »

McPhee Receives Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing

John McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton, was awarded the 2018 Audubon New York Award for Environmental Writing. Created in 2015, the award recognizes writers who use the power of the pen to influence positive change in the world of environmental conservation in support of Audubon’s mission. Read the full story on the […] »

Thinking Cinema Series 2018-19 with Laura U. Marks

On Thursday, November 29, the Committee for Film Studies will host the second lecture in its five-part, year-long Thinking Cinema series, which structures vibrant encounters between leading film scholars and the Princeton community. Laura U. Marks of Simon Fraser University will give a talk titled “Talisman-images Gather the Cosmos and Press it to Your Body.” […] »

Magic Project Brings Together Princeton and Harvard to Uncover Antioch

From 1932 to 1939, a team of archaeologists from Princeton University led an excavation at Antioch, an ancient city located in modern-day Turkey. The expedition uncovered a wealth of objects, ranging from marble statues and mosaics to coins and figurines. This semester, graduate students from Princeton and Harvard are learning about the religious diversity that […] »

Humanities Council Invites the Community to ‘Being Human’

This November, Princeton University will become the first U.S institution to join the international “Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities.” Organized by the Humanities Council at Princeton, the annual festival, which originates in the U.K., brings humanities research to life in hands-on events. Events in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, […] »

Christy Wampole Writes About the Life and Work of Simone Weil in Aeon Magazine

On October 25, Aeon Magazine published an essay by Associate Professor Christy Wampole (French and Italian) on French philosopher Simone Weil. She writes: “I reflected on my attraction to Weil’s thought, and on my habit of putting her books into the hands of my students and friends saying: ‘Read this.’ There are six reasons I […] »

New Thinking Cinema Series for 2018-19 Announced

The Committee for Film Studies announces the second iteration of the “Thinking Cinema” lecture series for the 2018-19 academic year. The five part year-long series will host some of the most provocative thinkers of media archaeologies, cinematic affects, race and digital media and experimental cinema. This year we welcome the following speakers: October 16, 2018: […] »

Faculty Probe Freedom at 12th Annual Colloquium “Capturing the Human”

To launch each academic year, the Humanities Council invites the University community to reflect on a theme spanning the humanities. “Capturing the Human” formed the focus of the 12th Annual Colloquium on Thursday, September 20 in 219 Aaron Burr Hall. “Captivity, bondage, and incarceration have long elicited both scholarly inquiry and activism from humanists,” Eric […] »

Tera Hunter Wins Two American Historical Association Prizes for Book on Slave Marriage

Tera Hunter, Professor of History and African American Studies, has been awarded two prizes from the American Historical Association (AHA) — the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize (for women’s history and/or feminist theory) and the Littleton-Griswold Prize (in U.S. law and society) — for her 2017 book, Bound in Wedlock: Slave and Free Black Marriage in […] »

‘Nature’s Nation’: How American Art Shaped our Environmental Perspectives

“Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment,” on view Oct. 13, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019, at the Princeton University Art Museum, explores how American artists of different traditions and backgrounds have reflected and shaped environmental understanding and our changing relationship with the natural world. The exhibition features more than 120 works of art from the colonial period […] »

Committer for Film Studies Announces 2018-19 Thinking Cinema Series

The Committee for Film Studies announces the second iteration of the “Thinking Cinema” lecture series for the 2018-19 academic year. The five-part yearlong series will host some of the most provocative thinkers of media archaeologies, cinematic affects, race and digital media and experimental cinema. This year we welcome the following speakers: October 16, 2018: Yuriko […] »
A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp.

Fall 2018 Belknap Conversation Focuses on Humanitarian Photojournalism

On October 18-19, 2018, the Humanities Council will host a public conversation as part of a two-day workshop focusing on the history of photojournalism and its relationship to humanitarianism titled, “A History of the Present.” A panel of distinguished photojournalists will join a discussion about the history of photographic reportage, especially reporting of war and atrocity, followed […] »
A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp.

Flower awarded Society for Classical Studies’ Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Harriet Flower, the Andrew Fleming West Professor in Classics, is one of three winners of this year’s Goodwin award from the Society for Classical Studies for her book The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religion at the Roman Street Corner (Princeton University Press, 2017). Read the full story on the University homepage. »
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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 academic year. The society is an interdisciplinary community of postdoctoral fellows and Princeton faculty members that aims to bring innovative approaches to scholarship and teaching. It offers outstanding young scholars with a recent Ph.D. the opportunity to enhance their teaching and research […] »
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ECS Summer Trips Bring New Insights to Undergraduate and Graduate Research Projects

The Program in European Cultural Studies awarded grants for research in Europe during summer 2018 to five ECS undergraduate certificate students and six ECS Graduate Affiliates. Undergraduates CJ Amour ’19, Annabel Barry ’19, Mason Cox ’20, Sylvie Thode ’20, and Esin Yunusoglu ’19, pursued research projects in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland in preparation for […] »

Best Receives Book Award from American Academy of Religion; Krakowski Honorable Mention

Wallace Best, Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and an associated faculty member in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been awarded the 2018 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies for his book “Langston’s Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem” (New York […] »

Gauss Seminar in Criticism Discusses “Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein”

The first Gauss Seminar in Criticism in the academic year 2018-19 will be presented by Professor of Political Science Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley) whose scholarship focuses on neoliberalism and the political formations to which it gives rise. The seminars under the general title of “Neoliberalism’s Frankenstein,” will comprise a lecture on Tuesday, October 2 and a seminar on Wednesday […] »

2017-18 Haarlow Prize Awarded for Explorations of Epic Poetry

The Haarlow Prize is awarded annually to the recognize exceptional papers submitted to a 200-Level Humanities Studies course. This year’s winners are Alec Israeli ’21 and Sofia Pauca ’21. Israeli wrote a paper titled “Metaphor as Reversal and Affirmation of the Colonizer/Colonized Divide in Derek Walcott’s Omeros” which was submitted to HUM 218-219. He is […] »

Stephens Named Founding Director of the new Program in Journalism

Joe Stephens, an award-winning investigative reporter and former long-time Washington Post staff writer, has been named the founding director of the Humanities Council’s new Program in Journalism, effective July 1, 2018. In April, Princeton’s faculty voted unanimously to formalize journalism into a program and offer students, for the first time, an undergraduate certificate. The move […] »

Byron Ahn and Laura Kalin: Friendship and Collaboration Drive Innovation in Linguistics

“How many languages are there in the world?” asked Assistant Professor of Linguistics Byron Ahn. “One way to answer that question, with a certain definition of language, is, ‘As many people as there are in the world.’” He explained that the mind absorbs linguistic data, meaning native speaker intuitions about which sentences count as acceptable, […] »

Abourahme Explores Migration and Detention in New Fall Course: Camp/Prison/Border

Global politics largely concerns mass incarceration along with border control, political theorist Nasser Abourahme argues. To explore the two crises that define our age through the lens of the camp, he will teach HUM 310/COM 371/URB 311: Camp/Prison/Border in Fall 2018. As the 2018–19 Fellow in the Humanities Council and Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the […] »

Buchholz Returns to Campus for New American Sign Language Courses

In fall 2013, a number of students formed a friendship over their mutual appreciation and interest in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture. As a result of their desire to bring increased exposure to ASL on the Princeton campus, academically and socially, they formed the Princeton University American Sign Language Club (PUASL) which advocated […] »

Yuriko Furuhata Present First Talk in the 2018-19 Thinking Cinema Series

On Tuesday, October 16, the Committee for Film Studies will host the first lecture in its five part, year-long Thinking Cinema series, which structures vibrant encounters between leading film scholars and the Princeton community. Yuriko Furuhata of McGill University will deliver talk entitled “The Fog Medium: Visualizing and Engineering the Atmosphere.“ Find out more about this year’s series […] »

University Community is Invited to the 12th Annual Humanities Colloquium

Captivity, bondage, and incarceration—literal and metaphorical—have long elicited both inquiry and activism from humanists.  What might “capturing the human” mean in our teaching and research today? At our Annual Colloquium on Thursday, September 20, the Humanities Council invites the University community to a wide ranging conversation about contested representations of the human across diverse disciplines, […] »

Council Welcomes Proposals for “Being Human Festival 2018”

In November 2018, Princeton will join in the international “Being Human Festival,” an annual celebration that aims to engage the public with innovative research taking place across the humanities. Originating with the School of Advanced Study, University of London, the “Being Human Festival” brings the university creatively into the community for hands-on activities, shared experiences, […] »

American Studies Launches New Collaboratory

This spring the Program in American Studies presented a new research initiative called the “American Studies Collaboratory,” an interdisciplinary and networked learning experience offering the opportunity to explore the most pressing issues in contemporary America. Under the leadership of three principle investigators, Anne Cheng (English, Director of American Studies), Allison Carruth (UCLA), Angela Creager (History), and Chris Lentz […] »