Programs and Initiatives

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Magic Project Collaboration Receives Dean for Research Innovation Funding

Nine new initiatives spanning the humanities, industry, and the natural sciences were recently selected to receive support through the Dean for Research Innovation Fund. The Fund, now in its eighth year, provides the fuel that enables research to blaze new trails. Among the awarded projects is a collaboration initiated through a Humanities Council Magic Project […] »

“Taking Pause”: Unified Voices

“I long for the day when we can gather and make music in person again,” wrote Kathy K., the Princeton Public Health nurse, who misses the magic of singing in her choir. She contemplated the loss—due to coronavirus restrictions—for the Princeton edition of Taking Pause, a public art installation hosted by the Arts Council of […] »

Certificate Student Villaruz’s Seminar Paper Accepted for Publication

Humanistic Studies Certificate student Bethany Villaruz ’24 was enrolled this past spring in Professor Allen Guelzo’s seminar, HUM 363, Writing Lincoln: Biography, Film Literature. A paper she wrote for the seminar entitled “The Sangamon: Soured: Lincoln: The Man and Its Twisted Tropes” has been accepted for publication in Lincoln Lore, the quarterly journal published by […] »

Award-winning television writer and producer John Sacret Young ’69 dies at 75

Author, screenwriter, director, producer, and Princeton alumnus John Sacret Young died June 3 in Brentwood, California, after a ten-month battle with brain cancer. He had just celebrated his 75th birthday. A member of Princeton’s Class of 1969, Young provided the funding to establish the John Sacret Young ’69 Fund for Visiting Filmmakers at Princeton, which […] »

Journalism Director Discusses Teaching the Pandemic

Joe Stephens, director of the Program in Journalism and a Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, recently participated in a Q&A about how Princeton University professors incorporated the coronavirus and the pandemic’s effects into their course material during the spring 2021 semester. Stephens extensively revamped his media literacy course “The Media in America: […] »

“Taking Pause”: Loving Others as Your Own

“Seeing the children’s happy faces makes my heart sing,” wrote Liliana M. about her experience of helping minority families in Princeton. Her comment formed part of the Princeton edition of Taking Pause, a public art installation hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, with support from the Princeton University Humanities Council. Other sponsors include Timothy […] »

Video: Medieval Studies online seminar series and events

Beginning in May 2020, the Program in Medieval Studies began offering seminar series online to the Princeton community and the broader community of medieval scholars. These seminars ranged from pandemics in the past, societal resilience and impacts from historic plagues, and race and race-thinking in the Middle Ages. Videos of many of these seminars can […] »
On the Fringe by Michael Gordin

Faculty Author Q&A: Michael D. Gordin on “On the Fringe”

Michael D. Gordin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History, Professor of History, and Director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. His book “On the Fringe: Where Science Meets Pseudoscience” was published in April 2021 by Oxford University Press. How did you get the idea for this project? On the Fringe […] »
On the Fringe by Michael Gordin

VIDEO: Faculty and Writers Celebrate Bloomsday | Zoomsday

By Catie Crandell, Humanities Council Banned for more than a decade in the English-speaking world, James Joyce’s Ulysses was denounced upon publication as a “heap of dung.” Today, it is considered the greatest landmark in modernist literature. In honor of Bloomsday, a celebration named after the protagonist of the novel, Leopold Bloom, the Arts Council […] »

VIDEO: June’s Forward Fest revisits key topics in Thinking Forward

The final installment in this year’s online series that spanned A Year of Forward Thinking revisited key topics in light of the rapidly changing global landscape and in concert with other themes. Held June 16, the online event “Thinking Forward: Bringing Themes Together” featured conversations with infectious disease expert Celine Gounder ’97 and humanities professors Allison […] »

Magic Supported Course Uses Digital Tools to Access the Past

How have “revolutions” in communications’ technologies altered the course of human history? Is it true that the printing press made the Reformation possible? Are social media platforms destroying democracy? To explore these questions and dive into the latest advances in communications’ technologies, students in the spring 2021 Humanistic Studies course, “A History of Words: Technologies […] »

Faber Lecture Discusses the Interwoven History of Colonialism, Slavery, and Property

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council On Thursday, May 20, the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) hosted artist Cameron Rowland to deliver the 2021 Faber Lecture. The lecture, entitled “Encumbrance,” examined the enduring legacies of slavery and British colonialism underpinning Rowland’s most recent work, the 2020 exhibition “3 & 4 Will. IV c. 73” at the Institute […] »

Thinking Forward: Bringing Themes Together

In fall 2020, Princeton launched A Year of Forward Thinking, a community engagement campaign that invites alumni and others to join in a conversation focused on responding to the challenges facing our nation and our world. One of the campaign’s signature events, a series of virtual conversations called Forward Fest, debuted on October 23.  In […] »

Congratulations to Medieval Studies Class of 2021!

The Program in Medieval Studies celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2021 on May 24, 2021 via Zoom. The Program’s Director, Helmut Reimitz (History), began the virtual celebration by welcoming the graduates and associated faculty. The winners of this year’s Joseph R. Strayer Prize in Medieval Studies, Elizabeth Bailey and Ethan Glattfelder, were also announced.  This year’s […] »

Congratulations to European Cultural Studies Class of 2021!

The Program in European Cultural Studies celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2021 on May 24, 2021 via Zoom. The Program’s Director, Tony Grafton (History), began the virtual celebration by welcoming the graduates, ECS graduate affiliates, and associated faculty. The winners of this year’s ECS Asher Hinds Prize, Peter Foster and Alec Israeli, were also announced.  This […] »

Symposium Explores Critical Issue of Language Justice

Over 525 participants from 52 countries on six continents attended “Language and Migration: Experience and Memory,” an interdisciplinary symposium that convened humanists, social scientists, field-workers, policy-makers, artists and writers to think together about migrants as resourceful users, interpreters and creators of language. The virtual symposium took place Monday, April 19 through Saturday, May 1. The […] »

Congratulations to the Linguistics Class of 2021!

The Program in Linguistics celebrated the graduates of the Class of 2021 on May 24, 2021 via Zoom. The Program’s Director, Adam Elga (Philosophy), began the virtual celebration by welcoming the graduates and their families; members of Linguistics’ teaching and advising faculty, Byron Ahn (Linguistics), Laura Kalin (Linguistics), Florian Lionnet (Linguistics), Christiane Fellbaum (Linguistics), and Steven Foley (Linguistics), also spoke at the […] »

Four Graduate Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences Named Newcombe Fellows

Four Princeton Ph.D. candidates have been named Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellows by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars (formerly the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation) for 2020 and 2021. Aaron Stamper, a Ph.D. candidate in history, and Kristine Wright, a Ph.D. candidate in religion, have been named among the 22 recipients for 2021. Ph.D. candidates […] »

“Taking Pause”: From Medic to Patient

“Tears were plentiful but the amount of support that I received kept me pushing through,” wrote Junell W., a frontline worker at Penn Medicine Princeton during the coronavirus pandemic. Her reflection added to the Princeton edition of Taking Pause, a public art installation hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, with support from the Princeton […] »

Ferris Professor of Journalism Deborah Amos Receives Berlin Prize Fellowship

Deborah Amos, Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence and international correspondent for National Public Radio, is among the 22 recipients of the Berlin Prize Fellowship for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 terms. The fellowship is awarded by the American Academy in Berlin to American or U.S.-based scholars, writers, composers and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in […] »

Congratulations to Humanistic Studies Class of 2021!

The Program in Humanistic Studies is proud to award 16 certificates to seniors from 11 different concentrations. The certificate program provides a home for students to explore new perspectives within their discipline while building bridges to others. Please join us in congratulating the class of 2021 on their accomplishments and see all of their thesis […] »

Panel Discusses How to Handle Medical Archives With Care

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council When faced with the brutality of archives of colonial and historical medicine, how can scholars practice care, both for themselves and the subjects depicted therein? On Thursday, May 6, Art Hx gathered panelists from around the world to speak to this and other questions, in a panel titled “Observing the […] »
Portrait of Prof. Reimitz

Director of Medieval Studies Helmut Reimitz Honored by Phi Beta Kappa

Helmut Reimitz, Professor of History and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies is honored by the Princeton University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa with an award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. A second award goes to Olga Russakovsky, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. The awards will be presented at the virtual Phi Beta Kappa […] »
Portrait of Prof. Reimitz

Faculty Lecturer, Nathan Davis, wins Windham-Campbell Prize for Drama

Nathan Davis, a lecturer in the theater department and Berlind Playwright-in-Residence, received the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize for Drama on March 22. Davis is currently teaching HUM 352 / ENG 252 / URB 352 / THR 350, Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy and Performance with D. Vance Smith, English. For the full […] »

Jhumpa Lahiri Discusses the Dualities of Self-Translation

By Jon Garaffa ’20, Humanities Council What is it like to translate your own work into another language? Pulitzer Prize-winner and director of the Program in Creative Writing Jhumpa Lahiri recently discussed her latest novel Whereabouts, which is now available in English, at an event hosted by Labyrinth Books and co-sponsored by the Humanities Council, […] »

Magic Project Establishes New Humanities Data Teaching Fellows

By Megan Armknecht, The Center for Digital Humanities The Center for Digital Humanities announces the inaugural cohort of Humanities Data Teaching Fellows. The new initiative is the latest Humanities Council Magic Project. Three Princeton PhD students—Gyoonho Kong (G4, German), Akrish Adhikari (G3, French and Italian), and Daniel Persia (G1, Spanish and Portuguese)—have been chosen as Humanities […] »

Changing Focus with Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri and Organizing Stories

By Michael Harrington Organizing Stories is a student-focused project founded and directed by Monica Huerta (English; American Studies) and Autumn Womack (English; African American Studies) and supported by an Exploratory Grant in Collaborative Humanities from the Humanities Council, as well as the Dean of the Faculty, the University Center for Human Values, the Department of African American Studies, and the Princeton African […] »

“Taking Pause”: Brown Skin and Blue Uniform

“I am more than my brown skin and have much more depth than my blue uniform,” wrote Toni M., a local woman reflecting on the tensions in her identity as a black police officer. She contributed the remark to the Princeton edition of Taking Pause, a new public art installation hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, with […] »

Program in Linguistics Announces Expanded American Sign Language Offerings

The Program in Linguistics announces an expansion of its American Sign Language (ASL) offerings. The proposal to establish a sequence in American Sign Language was approved unanimously by the Faculty Committee on the Course of Study (COCS) on April 13. Over the coming two years, the program will introduce four new ASL language courses, ASL 101, 102, […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Innovative Course Brings Migration Stories to Life

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council When Professor of English Esther Schor began planning Multicultural London: The Literature of Migrants and Immigrants, it didn’t involve virtual mapping or guest speakers on Zoom. “It’s a convergence of two great interests of mine,” Schor says. One is London, where she lives during the summer, and the other is […] »

Retrospective Reads: “Arabic Poetics” by Lara Harb

Lara Harb is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies. Her book “Arabic Poetics: Aesthetic Experience in Classical Arabic Literature” was published in May 2020 by Cambridge University Press. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get the idea for this […] »

VIDEO: “Is This America?” Panel Discussion

By Catie Crandell, Humanities Council Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Humanities Council, convened a group of faculty to discuss this year’s University Pre-Read, historian Jill Lepore’s This America: The Case for the Nation. Panelists included Laura Edwards (History), Matthew Karp (History), Gyan Prakash (History), and Anna Stilz (Politics; UCHV). “Our thought […] »

Fall 2021 HUM Courses Announced

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

Reparative Rituals With Organizing Stories

Organizing Stories is a student-focused project founded and directed by Monica Huerta (English; American Studies) and Autumn Womack (English; African American Studies) and supported by an Exploratory Grant in Collaborative Humanities from the Humanities Council, as well as the Dean of the Faculty, the University Center for Human Values, the Department of African American Studies, […] »

Program in Journalism Announces 2021-22 Visiting Professors

The Program in Journalism at Princeton University is delighted to announce the latest slate of innovative and distinguished journalists chosen to serve as visiting professors in its acclaimed writing seminars. The reporters and authors will each teach an intensive course within the Humanities Council, academic home to the program, during the 2021-22 academic year. The […] »

Faculty Author Q&A: “Benefactors and the Polis” by Marc Domingo Gygax

Marc Domingo Gygax is Director of the Program in the Ancient World and Professor of Classics. His book “Benefactors and the Polis: The Public Gift in the Greek Cities from the Homeric World to Late Antiquity” was co-edited by Arjan Zuiderhoek (Universiteit Gent) and published by Cambridge University Press in December 2020. How did you […] »

2020 Rapid Response Grant: Virtual Play Presents Experiences of Migration

By Jon Garaffa ’20 Sharing personal struggles and triumphs in unconventional ways, a digital theater experiment unfolded on Friday, March 26 as the finale to resilient-distant-creative, a Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council. Supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Fund, Rapid Response Magic Grants bolster humanistic scholarship and community […] »

Op-ed: Immigration Bill to Keep STEM Students in U.S. Must also Include Humanities and Social Sciences

An op-ed by President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Chancellor Robert Jones of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on the Biden administration’s comprehensive immigration reform bill now before Congress was published by ROI-NJ on April 7 and The News-Gazette on April 11. Eisgruber and Jones argue the United States should remove the barriers that hinder the ability of international […] »

Four Humanities Faculty Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Donnacha Dennehy, composer and professor of Music; Imani Perry, the Hughes Rogers Professor of African American Studies;  Laurence Ralph, professor of Anthropology and director of the Center on Transnational Policing; and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies are among six Princeton faculty members and three graduate alumni to receive 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships. Read the full announcement on the University homepage. »

Class of 2025, Join us for Princeton Preview

The Western Humanities Sequence, Everything You Always Wanted to Know Friday, April 16, 2021, 4:30 PM EST If you missed the live event, check out the recording here https://youtu.be/HndfQAsPTBs »

Journalism Lunch Talk: The Promising Sound of Refugee Integration

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council What does the refugee crisis sound like? Joanna Kakissis, Athens-based international correspondent for NPR and visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, spoke to a large Zoom audience on April 1 about reporting on refugees in Europe. The refugee stories most people encounter in the news are almost […] »
Coyle Rosen, Fires of Gold

Retrospective Reads: “Fires of Gold” by Lauren Coyle Rosen

Lauren Coyle Rosen is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Her book “Fires of Gold: Law, Spirit, and Sacrificial Labor in Ghana” was published by University of California Press in April 2020. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get the idea […] »
Coyle Rosen, Fires of Gold

Journalism Lunch Talk: Love, Life and Death in an Uncommon Situation

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council On March 18, the Program in Journalism hosted Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries and visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism in the Humanities Council, in sharing some of his recent work during a lunchtime talk. Titled “Love From Six Feet Apart: Telling Stories From the Pandemic,” the event focused on […] »
Smith, Arts of Dying

Retrospective Reads: “Arts of Dying” by D. Vance Smith

Vance Smith is Professor of English. His book “Arts of Dying: Literature and Finitude in Medieval England” was published by University of Chicago Press in April 2020. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get the idea for this project? […] »
Smith, Arts of Dying

Council Workshop Features Community Organizing 101 with Darren “Freedom” Green

By Catie Crandell, Humanities Council Trenton activist Darren “Freedom” Green spoke to a group of faculty and students in the latest discussion in the workshop series Organizing Stories, a project founded and directed by Monica Huerta (English; American Studies) and Autumn Womack (English; African American Studies) and supported by the Council’s Exploratory Grant in the […] »
Chihaya, The Ferrante Letters

Retrospective Reads: “The Ferrante Letters” by Sarah Chihaya

Sarah Chihaya is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. “The Ferrante Letters: An Experiment in Collective Criticism” was co-authored by Merve Emre, Katherine Hill, and Jill Richards, and published by Columbia University Press in January 2020. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the […] »
Chihaya, The Ferrante Letters
Wilentz, Hofstadter

Retrospective Reads: “Richard Hofstadter” by Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History. His book “Richard Hofstadter: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, Uncollected Essays, 1956-1965” was published in April 2020 by the Library of America.  This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in […] »
Wilentz, Hofstadter

Melissa Lane Spotlights Greek Legal Tradition in Old Dominion Lecture

By Jon Garaffa ’20 From where do we receive our laws and customs? To answer this question, Melissa Lane (Politics, The University Center for Human Values) turned to ancient Greek sources on Wednesday, March 3 over Zoom, lecturing in the Humanities Council’s Old Dominion Series as a 2020–21 Old Dominion Research Professor. Old Dominion Research […] »

Authors Discuss the Challenges of Striking the Right Balance in Fictioning Archives

By Lisa Kraege, Humanities Council The Humanities Council Archival Silences Working Group hosted its last event of the 2020-2021 academic year on March 2 with the webinar “Fictioning Archives.” The panel of invited speakers included writers and professors whose works interweave fiction and archival research. The panel was moderated by the organizers of the Archival […] »

Eddie Glaude Awarded 2021 Stowe Prize

The Stowe Prize 2021 honors Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies, for his book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own which was published in June 2020 by Crown Publishing Group. The Stowe Prize recognizes a distinguished book of […] »

2020 Rapid Response Magic Grant: Toni Morrison Remembered in English Department Podcast

With the support of a Rapid Response Magic Grant from the Humanities Council, the English Department has released a podcast episode about Nobel Laureate in Literature Toni Morrison (1931–2019), the Humanities Council’s longstanding Robert G. Goheen Professor in the Humanities. Drawing from the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Fund, Rapid Response Magic Grants bolster humanistic […] »

Retrospective Reads: “The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815” by Christina Lee

Christina Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. “The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources” was co-edited by Ricardo Padrón, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Virginia, and published in March 2020 by Amsterdam University Press. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books […] »
Freidin, "Adventures in English Syntax"

Retrospective Reads: “Adventures in English Syntax” by Robert Freidin

Robert Freidin is Professor of Linguistics in the Humanities Council, Emeritus. His book “Adventures in English Syntax” was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2020. This retrospective Q&A is part of an effort to acknowledge all the wonderful books published early in the pandemic. How did you get the idea for this project? The […] »
Freidin, "Adventures in English Syntax"

2020 Rapid Response Grant: PAN Explores Attention Economy

By Jon Garaffa ’20, Humanities Council The history of attention is emerging in an interactive computer program called PAN, made using a Rapid Response Magic Grant of the Princeton University Humanities Council. Supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Fund, Rapid Response Magic Grants bolster humanistic scholarship and community amid social distancing. The new […] »

Retrospective Reads: Faculty Books Before the Bookshelf

Since launching the Faculty Bookshelf in late August 2020, the Humanities Council has also initiated a Q&A series to give faculty the opportunity to describe their creative process, the root of their inspiration for a particular project, and the transformation that happens in the course of multi-year research and composition. While these Q&As have typically […] »
Wuthnow, "What Happens When We Practice Religion?"

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

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

Organizing Stories: Community Organizing 101

Workshop in conjunction with the class “HUM 352, Arts in the Invisible City: Race, Policy, Performance” NEW DATE: Thurs, March 11 at 4:30-5:30 pm on ZoomThis event is open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. Organizing Stories presents “Community Organizing 101,” a workshop with Trenton activist Darren “Freedom” Green. “Community Organizing 101” is sponsored in conjunction […] »

VIDEO: Objectivity and the News Discussed by Panel of Journalists and Professors

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

Wailoo Named 2021 Dan David Prize Winner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Right to Breathe” Emerges

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: To Be Known and Heard Roundtable and Gallery

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

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

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

2019-2020 Haarlow Prizes Awarded

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

Program in Journalism Presents Spring Event Schedule

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

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

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

Join us at the Certificate Expo

Please join us to learn more about the Humanistic Studies Certificate. Friday, February 5, 2021, 3:00-4:30 PM EST For full schedule and registration, visit: https://airtable.com/shrjBhggl03rXa904/tbloluCBNA97RJkqv »
Kusserow, "Picture Ecology"

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

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

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

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

Katie Chenoweth Investigates Impact of Printing on Development of French

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

University Homepage Features New Website MAFE

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

Council Initiated Project Culminates in Henry Luce Grant for Weisenfeld

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

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

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

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

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

Princeton Faculty Receive NEH Grants

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

Certificate Student Writes About Journalism Program for Admissions

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

Video: Pandemics in the Past Series

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

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

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

VIDEO: Material Texts in the Pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Humanities Council Honors Toni Morrison with Memorial Resolution to the Faculty

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

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

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

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

By Jon Garaffa ’20, Humanities Council 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 […] »

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: https://humstudies.princeton.edu/courses/ 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 […] »
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VIDEO: The Art of Glassmaking and the Nature of Stones

This talk, sponsored by the Committee on Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, focused on the article: The Art of Glassmaking and the Nature of Stones: The Role of Imitation in Anselm De Boodt’s Classification of Stones, written by Sven Dupré. Sven Dupré is Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology and Head of Art History at […] »
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2020 Rapid Response Grant: “Sick Architecture” Publishes Series of Essays Exploring Illness

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

Program in Journalism Spring 2021 Courses Announced

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

Embodying Myth on the Stage

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

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

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

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

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

Organizing Stories Launches Website and Workshop Series

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

CDH Receives NEH Grant to Build Linguistic Diversity

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

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

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

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

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

Five Scholars Join Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts

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

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

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

Organizing Stories: Toward a Scholarly-Activist Praxis

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

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

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

Upcoming NEH Funding Opportunity

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

Michael Cook Receives Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award

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