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Friday, April 18
210 Dickinson Hall

Graduate Salon with
Jennifer Jones and Jane Manners

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Critical Encounters Lecture Series

Lewd Chinese Women
Chy Lung v. Freeman, 1876

A historical reenactment moderated by
the Honorable Judge Denny Chin

featuring Princeton student readers
directed by R.N. Sandberg

Lewis Library, Room 120
April 3, 2014
4:30 p.m.

To see video of the event, please click here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4:30 pm
McCormick 106
Carolyn Chen
Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies
Northwestern University
The Extraordinary Religiosity of Second-Generation Asian American Muslims and Evangelical Christians

Carolyn Chen studies religion, race and ethnicity, and immigration. Her book, Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton University Press, 2008) examines how religious conversion to evangelical Christianity and Buddhism restructures self and community among Taiwanese immigrants. She has edited a volume written with Russell Jeung, Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (New York University Press, 2012). She is currently working on a project that examines spirituality and alternative health in the United States.

March 7-8
Jones 202
Conference on Race and Religion in American History
To register:

Tiya Miles in Conversation wtih Martha Sandweiss

Thursday, March 6
4:30 pm
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Bowl 001


Graduate Salon with Jessica Cooper and Beth Stroud
Friday, February 28
210 Dickinson Hall

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
4:30 pm
Claire Kim

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Political Science, University of California, Irvine
Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species, and Nature in a Multicultural Age

Claire Jean Kim received her B.A. in Government from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. She is an Associate Professor at University of California, Irvine, where she teaches classes on race, multiculturalism, and animal studies. Her first book, Bitter Fruit: The Politics of Black-Korean Conflict in New York City  (Yale University Press, 2000) won two awards from the American Political Science Association: the Ralph Bunche Award for the Best Book on Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism and the Best Book Award from the Organized Section on Race and Ethnicity.  Her second book, Dangerous Crossings: Race, Species and Nature in a Multicultural Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014), examines the intersection of race, species and nature in impassioned disputes over how immigrants of color, racialized minorities, and Native people in the U.S. use animals in their cultural traditions. Dr. Kim has also written numerous journal articles and book chapters.  She is an Associate Editor of American Quarterly and the co-guest editor with Carla Freccero of a special issue of American Quarterly entitled, Species/Race/Sex (September 2013). She is the recipient of a grant from the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, and she has been a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. 

February 12
7:30 p.m.
106 McCormick Hall
Final Work Showcase
for students in AMS 317, Social Media: History, Poetics, and Practice
Hosted by Judy Malloy
AMS 317 Social Media: History, Poetics, and Practice explored the history, poetics, and practice of social media, with a focus on online cultural community and digital writing. At the core of the class were creative projects and oral presentations in which students explored historical and contemporary social media platforms, including issues such as gender and diversity, social media identity, and the role of social media in contemporary lives. 

For the Social Media: History, Poetics, and Practice Showcase, AMS317 students will present their final projects. See student project summaries here.
See student project documentation here.
Social Media: History, Poetics, and Practice was taught by Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies, Judy Malloy, who has been working in social media and electronic literature for 27 years. Her pioneering Hypertext, Uncle Roger, created on Art Com Electronic Network in 1986, was recently exhibited and documented at MLA14, and she is currently editing a book on Social Media History and Poetics.

Graduate Student Salon
Friday, February 7
102 Jones Hall
Richard Anderson, Henry Cowles, and Sara Marcus


Thursday, February 6, 2014
12:00 noon
211 Dickinson Hall

Catherine Bliss
Assistant Professor of Sociology
University of California, San Francisco
Race Decoded: New Paradigms and Problems of the 21st Century

Catherine Bliss’s research explores the sociology of race, gender and sexuality in medicine, though she is especially interested in scientific controversies in genetics. Bliss’s book Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice (Stanford University Press 2012) examines how genomics became today’s newest science of race. Her latest book project examines convergences in social and genetic science in the postgenomic age.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
4:30 pm
McCormick 106

Taeku Lee
Professor of Political Science and Law
Chair, Department of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

Taeku Lee’s expertise is in racial and ethnic politics, public opinion and survey research methods, and political behavior and social movements. He is author of Mobilizing Public Opinion, which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Award for the Best Book on Politics and History and the V.O. Key Award for the Best Book on Southern Politics. More recently, Lee has co-authored Race, Immigration, and (Non)Partisanship in America and is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States and co-editing a publication for the World Bank titled Voice with Teeth: Public Opinion and Accountability. Lee is also co-PI of the 2008 National Asian American Survey, the first-ever large scale survey of the civic life, political engagement, and race relations of Asians in the United States. He is currently writing a book for the Russell Sage Foundation based on this survey as well as a collection of essays tentatively titled Race, Identity, Power, Method. He has served in advisory and consultative capacities for community-based organizations, think tanks, and a Fortune 500 company. He was born in South Korea, grew up in Malaysia, New York City, and suburban Detroit, and is a proud graduate of K-12 public schools. 


Divided and United:
Civil War Music Today

Randall Poster

December 4
4:30 p.m.
106 McCormick Hall

See poster
NPR interview

Social Media History and Poetics

Anschutz Symposium Fall 2013

December 2, 2013
4:30 pm
222 Bowen Hall

Social Media History and Poetics
Hosted by Judy Malloy


For video of the symposium, click here.

The Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group & the Modern America Workshop present:
Andrew Graybill
Associate Professor of History
Director, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University
The Red and the White:
A Family Saga of the American West
A history centered around the mixed-race Clarke family in Montana (Piegan and white), and the causes and legacies of the 1870 Marias Massacre.
Monday, November 25
4:30 p.m.
Dickinson 211

Monday, November 25, 2013
4:30 pm
Robertson Hall, Bowl 2

Mel Chen

Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
University of California, Berkeley

Mel Chen’s teaching and research interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory, disability studies, and critical linguistics. In the fall of 2009, Mel convened “Species Spectacles,” a U.C. Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Group focused on animality, sexuality, and race. Mel’s short film Local Grown Corn (2007) explores interweavings of immigration, childhood, illness and friendship; it has played in both Asian and queer film festivals. Mel’s book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect, was released in July 2012 with Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series.


American Indian Studies Working Group Conference
Translation in American Indian Studies

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bobst Center

Keynote speaker will be Phillip Round
University of Iowa, Department of English



Lewis Center for the Arts presents "Fiddler at 50"
Anniversary symposium examining the beloved musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at Princeton
Chagall's 'The                                     Fiddler
Marc Chagall's 1913 cubist painting, "The Fiddler," inspiration for the title of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. "The Fiddler" is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
What: "Fiddler at 50," a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the musical Fiddler on the Roof including lectures, discussions and a screening of the 1971 film version 
Who: Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick, director John Doyle, actor Joanna Merlin, and scholars Alisa Solomon, Jeremy Dauber and Jenna Weissman Joselit, organized by Princeton professors Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf
When: Thursday, November 14 screening at 7:00 p.m. followed by discussion; Friday, November 15 lectures and discussions 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. followed by reception
Where: James M. Stewart '32 Theater, Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau St.
Free and open to the public
(Princeton, NJ)  One of Broadway's most successful and beloved musicals, Fiddler on the Roof, will be examined through "Fiddler at 50," a symposium presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Program in American Studies at Princeton University. Opening on Broadway in 1964 the musical will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. A screening of the hit 1971 film version of the musical will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, followed by a brief discussion. On Friday, November 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. a series of lectures and discussions by scholars, theater artists, and Fiddler lyricist Sheldon Harnick will explore the work as an icon of musical theater and its place in Jewish-American cultural history. All symposium events are free and open to the public.
The symposium is being organized by Jill Dolan, Princeton Professor in Theater, the Annan Professor in English and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Stacy Wolf, Princeton Professor in Theater and Director of the Princeton Atelier. It is an outgrowth of two courses this semester: the professors are co-teaching "Jewish Identity and Performance in the U.S." and Wolf is teaching "Performance and Politics in the 1960s: Hippies and 'Homos,' Black Arts and Broadway." The symposium is funded by the Lapidus Fund in American Jewish Studies in Princeton's Program in American Studies.
"Fiddler on the Roof is still considered one of the greatest classic musicals of the Broadway stage and is performed constantly by school, camp, community, and professional theatres all over the world," notes Wolf. "Though it takes place in an early 20th-century shtetl, it's truly an expression of the struggles over gender roles, authority in the family, and social change in the U.S. during the 1960s." 
"Theatre and performance always represent a rich archive of experience and cultural memories," adds Dolan. "The long history of Fiddler on the Roof has much to tell us about Jewish traditions, feelings about assimilation, and the project of Americanization. For so many American Jews, Fiddler's songs and stories strike resonant chords, many of which will be recalled and considered in our symposium."
Fiddler on the Roof, with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, opened on Broadway on September 22, 1964, and ran for a record-setting total of 3,242 performances. The original production was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical and for score, book, direction, and Jerome Robbins' choreography. Classic songs from the show include "Sunrise, Sunset," "Matchmaker," and "If I Were a Rich Man." Zero Mostel originated the role of Tevye the milkman and Maria Karnilova the role of his wife, Golde (each of whom won a Tony for their performances), with Bea Arthur as Yente the matchmaker. The musical was made into a film in 1971, winning three Academy Awards. Fiddler on the Roof has received numerous productions including in London's West End, in four Broadway revivals, at regional theaters, and by hundreds of community theater groups and schools.
Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, the show is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholom Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters - each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith - and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. The musical's title stems from the painting "The Fiddler" by Marc Chagall, one of many paintings he created of Eastern European Jewish life, often including a fiddler as a metaphor for survival, through tradition and joyfulness, in a life of uncertainty and imbalance.
Students in Dolan's and Wolf's courses will provide a dramaturgical introduction of the film on November 14 and facilitate a brief discussion following. On November 15, the day will include an interview with Harnick and talks by theater scholars: Jeremy Dauber, author of The World of Sholom Aleichem; Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof; and Jenna Weissman Joselit, author of many books on Jewish life in America. Interviews with actress Joanna Merlin, who originated the role of eldest daughter Tzeitl, and with Broadway director John Doyle will be featured. Doyle is currently teaching in Princeton's Program in Theater. A reception will cap off the day.
Pre-registration is not required. For additional information on the symposium visit
For more information on the more than 100 public events offered each year at the Lewis Center for the Arts visit
The Lewis Center for the Arts encompasses Princeton University's academic programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts, as well as the interdisciplinary Princeton Atelier. The Center represents a major initiative of the University to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton. Over 100 diverse public performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings and lectures are offered each year, most of them free or at a nominal ticket price. For more information about the Lewis Center for the Arts visit
Photo caption:   Marc Chagall's 1913 cubist painting, "The Fiddler," inspiration for the title of the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  
Photo credit:   "The Fiddler" is in the collection of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Asian American Studies Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
4:30 pm
McCormick 106
Karthick Ramakrishnan
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of California, Riverside
Director, National Asian American Survey and
Bolting Blue: What Explains the Dramatic Change in Asian American Voting Patterns

Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. He has published several books and articles on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. Relevant to Asian American studies, Ramakrishnan was author of Democracy in Immigrant America (2005), which compared variation in political participation across racial groups and immigrant generations in the United States, and is co-author of Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011). Ramakrishnan directs the National Asian American Survey and, and is a partner on the Asian Australian/American Voter Research Project (AAVRP). He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2002.


Monday, November 11, 2013
4:30 pm
Robertson Hall, Bowl 2
Henry Yu
Associate Professor, Department of History
University of British Columbia
The Cantonese Pacific: Migration, Historiography, and Unsettling Settler Societies

Henry Yu was born in Vancouver, B.C., and grew up in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He received his BA in Honours History from UBC and an MA and PhD in History from Princeton University. After teaching History and Asian American Studies at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC to help build new programs focused on the trans-Pacific connections between North America, Asia, and the Pacific. Between 2010-2012, he was the Project Lead for the $1.175 million “Chinese Canadian Stories” project ( involving UBC, SFU, and a wide spectrum of over twenty-nine community organizations across Canada. He was also the Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver’s project, “Dialogues between First Nations, Urban Aboriginal, and Immigrant Communities. Currently, he is working on a trio of book projects that each aim to provide new perspectives on global history and migration history.

The Ethics and Politics of Ethnography
A new yearlong series organized by students in the Religion, Anthropology, and Sociology departments to spark interdisciplinary conversation about ethnography and to promote areas of ethnography that interdisciplinary cooperation will further develop. The series will include both faculty presentations and graduate student works in progress.
Joanne Golann, Princeton Grad Student, Sociology
Work in Progress on Charter Schools
Wednesday, November 13 at 4:30pm
in the Religion Department Lounge, 1879 Hall, Room 140.*
If you would like to receive the paper before the event, please email

The Ethics and Politics of Ethnography
A new yearlong series organized by students in the Religion, Anthropology, and Sociology departments to spark interdisciplinary conversation about ethnography and to promote areas of ethnography that interdisciplinary cooperation will further develop. The series will include both faculty presentations and graduate student works in progress.
The second event is:
Paul Willis,
"Ethnography, Contradiction, and Representation"
Monday, October 14 at 4:30pm
in the Religion Department, 1879 Hall, Room 137.*  
If you would like to attend the dinner following the discussion, which will still begin at 6pm in the Religion Department Lounge, please RSVP to Leslie Ribovich at by Tuesday, October 8.
*Please note that this was originally advertised as being in the Religion Department Lounge, but we have moved it to the seminar room across the hall to accommodate more people. The dinner will still be in the lounge. Please also note that the Religion Department is on the side of 1879 Hall closer to Frist and you cannot get to it from the other side of the building.
Below is the schedule for the rest of the fall semester:
Monday, 10/14 Paul Willis (Princeton, Sociology), “Ethnography, Contradiction, and Representation;” moderator: Leslie Ribovich
Monday, 11/11 Janet Vertesi (Princeton, Sociology), on the ethnography of science, technology, and organization, with a focus on her ethnography of the Mars Rover; interviewer: Heba Gowayed
Wednesday, 11/13  Joanne Golann (Princeton, Sociology, Graduate Student) on charter schools
Monday, 11/18 Joshua Dubler (University of Rochester, Religion and Classics) on doing ethnography from his training in a religion department and his work at Graterford prison; interviewer: Kijan Maxam
Wednesday, 12/11 Kijan Maxam (Princeton, Religion, Graduate Student) on religious life in Jamaica
We are grateful for funding from our sponsors:
Dean’s Fund for Interdisciplinary Symposia, Seminars and Workshops
Program in American Studies
University Center for Human Values, funded, in part, by a gift from the Whitehall Foundation in honor of James A. Moffett ’29
Humanities Council
Religion Department
Sociology Department
Program in Judaic Studies

American Political History Seminar Series  

Timothy Stewart-Winter
Rutgers University, Newark  

“Domestic Agendas: The Rise of Urban Gay Politics in Post-Civil Rights America”

Commentator: Margot Canaday, Department of History

October, 3, 2013
Room 211 Dickinson Hall
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Organized by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer

Sponsored by the Department of History, Woodrow Wilson School of International Studies and the Program in American Studies

For a copy of the paper please visit the website:

Asian American Studies Today and Tomorrow

Monday, September 30, 2013
4:30 pm
McCormick 106
Mae Ngai
Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and
Professor of History, Columbia University
Chinese Goldminers and the Chinese Question in Pacific World Settler Colonies, 1848-1908

Mae M. Ngai is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Boston Review. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. She is now working on Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, The Australian colony of Victoria, and the South African Transvaal.

Two Roads from 1787: Elective Dictatorship or Deadlock?

Ryan poster

Constitution Day Lecture

Alan Ryan
Two Roads From 1787:
Elective Dictatorship or Deadlock?

September 18
4:30 p.m.
Dodds Auditorium
Robertson Hall

Peter Brooks and George Kateb

Alan Ryan during lecture

Peter Brooks and Anne Cheng at reception following lecture

Berman poster

Paul Berman
Anschutz Distinguished Fellow

Nathaniel Hawthorne and American Exceptionalism

Thursday, April 18
April 18
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Sunday, April 7, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Lapidus Family Fund Conference in American Jewish Studies
American Jewish Culture:  'Fresh Vitality in Every Direction'
Bowen Hall 222 on the Princeton University Campus

7:30 p.m.
Keynote by Francine Prose, author of My American Life

"American Jewish storytelling: King David, Grace Paley, Philip Roth and me"


Jonathan Freedman, Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Eric Goldstein, History and Jewish Studies; Editor of American Jewish History, Emory University
Jonathan Karp, American Jewish Historical Society
Josh Lambert, Academic Director, The Yiddish Book Center
Tony Michels, Department of History, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Alana Newhouse, Editor-in-Chief, Tablet Magazine
Rachel Rubenstein, American Literature and Jewish Studies, Hampshire College
Jeffrey Shandler, Jewish Studies, Rutgers University

Conference organizer: 
Professor Esther Schor, Associate Chair, Department of English; Chair, Committee on American Jewish Studies

Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
See here for more information.

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
April 4, 2013
Darren Dochuk, Washington University-St. Louis
“’Go, Sell Thy Oil’: Petro-Politics and the New Evangelicalism in Early Cold War America”
Comment: Robert Wuthnow, Sociology
See here for more information

Two Spirits

A Film Screening

A highly praised film, Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female and when many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.
Sponsored by the American Indian Working Group, Fields Center, LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Rockefeller College

Location: Rockefeller College, Theater

Date/Time: 04/05/13 at 7:00 pm - 04/05/13 at 8:30 pm

Sexuality, Immigration, and the Racial State: Towards an Effective Queer Politic
A Talk by Chandan Reddy

Tuesday, Mar 26, 12:00 p.m.– 1:00 p.m.
Women's Center Conference Room (Frist Campus Center, Room 243)

In this talk, American Studies scholar Chandan Reddy reviews the many different moments during which the state regulation of homosexuality and immigration have intersected with one another since the middle of the 20th century. Charting these intersections can allow policy makers, advocates, and LGBTQ of color activists to see and pursue a distinct trajectory of anti-state politics within the current "Immigrant Rights" movement. Lunch provided.
Sponsored by the Center for Human Values, Department of English, LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Grad Salon
George Laufenberg
Grant Wythoff

Friday, March 15
127 East Pyne

Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group

Marge Bruchac
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology

Consorting With Savages: Indigenous Informants & American Anthropologists

March 13, 2013
4:30 PM
219 Burr Hall

A Conversation with Jorge Ignacio Cortińas

The Cuban Argument with Itself
A playwright’s journey: working hard to get off the island and then working hard to get back to the island and then off again…
March 12, 2013
4:30 p.m.
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture
Cosponsored by the Program in Theater and
the Program in Latino Studies

The Public History Initiative presents
“Memory and Meaning: Building a Vision for a Museum at Ground Zero” 
A public lecture by Alice Greenwald
Director, National September 11th Memorial and Museum
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Princeton Public Library, Community Room
The event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, the Historical Society of Princeton, and the Program in American Studies.

Franklin Odo
The Asian American Experience in the Nation's Service
Public Service and Public History in America

Tuesday, March 5
4:30 p.m.
Whig Hall Senate Chamber

Sponsored by Asian American Student Association and The American Whig-Cliosophic Society

FFR LGBTQ Spring Lecture
Building an Irresistible Revolution: A Conversation with Urvashi Vaid

Tuesday, Mar 5, 7:00 p.m.– 8:00 p.m.
Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium

Urvashi Vaid is a community organizer, scholar, writer, and attorney who has been a leader in the LGBTQA movement for nearly three decades. The former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, founder of their policy institute, and current Director of the Engaging Tradition Project at Columbia Law School will talk about her new book, Irresistible Revolution, as well as the history, present state, and future opportunities for the LGBTQA Movement.
Sponsored by the Fund for Reunion/Princeton BTGALA, the LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Program in Law and Public Affairs, and Woodrow Wilson School

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
February 7, 2013

Fredrik Logevall
, Cornell University

“The Uses of Alarmism: Threat Inflation and American Foreign Policy since 1945”

Comments: Gary Bass, Politics, and Thomas J. Christensen, WWS
See here for more information

Graduate Salon with Beth Stroud and Ronny Regev 
Friday, February 8
127 East Pyne
See here for more information

Monday, February 11, 12:00-1:20, 210 Dickinson Hall
Andrew Jewett, Associate Professor of History and Social Studies, Harvard University
The Columbia Naturalists and the Birth of Religious Studies in America
Cosponsored by the Department of Religion and the Princeton Environmental Institute

Urban Studies Research Methods Workshop  - tentative schedule
Friday, February 15th, 2013 1-3:30 p.m., at Carl Field Center, Princeton University
Princeton’s Urban Studies Program announces its first annual workshop in research methods.   The presentations will survey for undergraduates a range of methods and resources useful to them in their independent research. While the Workshop is especially suited towards JP projects and students at any stage looking ahead to their thesis, it is also appropriate for seniors filling in last-minute research, such as finding illustrations, or fleshing out historical context.  Spots will be available to graduate students. Beginning in 2013-4, the Workshop will be held the week after fall break. Please RSVP to by February 12th.
Welcome:  Alison Isenberg, Co-Director, Urban Studies Program
Presentations will be 10 minutes; each of the three segments will conclude with brief questions.
1:00-1:40  The City’s Built Environment
Visual Evidence:   Hannah Bennett, Architecture Library
Mining the Archive of the Built Environment:   Christine Boyer, School of Architecture
Geographic Data and Maps: Wangyal Shawa, Map and Geospatial Information Center, Lewis Library
1:40-2:30  Urban Institutions and their Records
Historical city newspapers, databases & primary sources:  Elizabeth Bennett, Firestone Library
Political and Economic Data:   Bobray Bordelon, Firestone Library
Mining the Local Archive:  Alison Isenberg, Department of History
Mudd Special Collections: Christie Lutz, Archivist
2:30  Inhabiting the City
Ethnographic studies, interviews:   Mitchell Duneier, Department of Sociology
Literature:   Bill Gleason, Department of English
Quantitative Data and Statistics:   Doug Massey, Department of Sociology
Culture: Daphne Brooks, Department of English, and Center for African-American Studies
3:30 Workshop concludes, Christine Boyer, Co-Director, Urban Studies Program 

Monday, February 25, 12:00-1:20, 210 Dickinson Hall
Daniel Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History
John Winthrop's "As a City Upon a Hill": Toward the Biography of a Text

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
February 27, 2013

Evan Thomas
Lecturer in The Council of the Humanities. Ferris Professor of Journalism

 "Writing History for the General Public: A Conversation with Evan Thomas"
See here for more information

Thursday, February 28, 2013 
Black Militancy and White Violence: The Collapse of Authority During the Late '60s and Early '70s
Alan C. Petigny, Associate Professor of History, University of Florida
Author of The Permissive Society: America, 1941-1965 (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
James Madison Program Annual Black History Month Event
4:30 p.m., Lewis Library 120

Screening of “The Outs”

Discussion with Adam Goldman (one of Out Magazine's Out100 in 2012)! 

The co-creator, writer, and star, Mr. Goldman will be screening portions of his webseries “The Outs” over dinner. 

Sponsored by the Queer Graduate Caucus, with support from the LGBT Center, Program in American Studies, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Program in Visual Arts

December 4
6:00 p.m.
Whig Oakes Lounge


Anschutz Lecture

David Binder

Adventures in the Theater
a conversation with Karen Fricker

Wednesday, November 28
4:30 p.m.
106 McCormick
Theater critic Karen Fricker interviews Broadway producer David Binder (the Tony Award winning productions of 33 Variations with Jane Fonda, Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald) about his experiences producing on Broadway and off.

Karen Fricker is a theatre critic and academic. Currently the Eakin Visiting Scholar in Canadian Studies at McGill University in Montreal, from January she will be an assistant professor in Dramatic Arts at Brock University in Ontario. Originally from Los Angeles, she earned a PhD from the School of Drama, Trinity College, Dublin, and has taught at the University of London. She is the founding editor of Irish Theatre Magazine and has written and broadcast for the Guardian, Variety, the Irish Times, The New York Times, the BBC, and the CBC, amongst other outlets.

An Inaugural Black Queer Sexuality Studies
Graduate Student Conference

October 20, 2012
Dodds Auditorium (Woodrow Wilson School)

Princeton University's first annual Black Queer Sexuality Studies Conference was held on October 20, 2012. The conference created a public forum for dialogue on innovative research across the many disciplines and fields that interrogate sites of blackness and queerness and the intersections between the two. We invited graduate students from within and outside of Princeton University to present original work in a multi-panel, one-day conference. Professor Kara Keeling (USC) served as our keynote speaker.

The inaugural theme, "Intersections," aimed to illumine the interdisciplinary work characteristic of black queer sexuality studies. In the seminal anthology, Black Queer Studies, E. Patrick Johnson and Mae G. Henderson introduced the field and the volume with a host of claims about how to embrace the intersectionality at its core: "[work in the field should] endorse the double cross of affirming the inclusivity mobilized under the sign of 'queer' while claiming the racial, historical and cultural specificity attached to the marker black." Johnson and Henderson sought to open up space for academic inquiry that married the methodologies and activist impulses of black studies and queer studies in order to finally animate the study of a number of traditional disciplines. Honoring the crucial work of pioneering scholars of black queer studies, our conference seeked to foster dialogue between emerging scholars whose work engages both black and queer studies.

Co-sponsored by The Center for African American Studies, The Program in American Studies, The Graduate School of Princeton University, The Department of History, The Davis Center for Historical Studies, The University Center for Human Values, and the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Possessive Collectivism: Ownership and the Politics of Credit Access in Late-Twentieth Century America
Greta Krippner, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan

Monday, October 15
12:15 - 1:30
Marvin Bressler Conference Room (165 Wallace Hall)

Culture and Inequality Workshop
Sponsored by Department of Sociology


Josh Garrett-Davis — Ghost Dances: Proving up on the Great Plains

Book reading and signing
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 5:30PM — Labyrinth Books Princeton
A gifted young writer takes a singular journey back to his native Midwestern American Plains. Growing up in South Dakota, Josh Garrett-Davis always knew he would leave. But as a young adult, he kept going back—in dreams and reality and by way of books. With this beautifully written narrative about a seemingly empty but actually rich and complex place, he has reclaimed his childhood, his unusual family—and the Great Plains. Please join us for a reading with the author.
Among the subjects and people who bring his Plains to life are the destruction and resurgence of the American bison; his great-great-grandparents’ 20-year sojourn in Nebraska as homesteaders; Native American “Ghost Dancers,” who attempted to ward off destruction by supernatural means before the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee; the political allegory to be found in The Wizard of Oz; and current attempts by ecologists to “rewild” the Plains. Ghost Dances is a fluid combination of memoir and history and reportage that reminds us that our roots matter—and might even be inspiring and fascinating.

Josh Garrett-Davis is currently a PhD student in American history at Princeton. He was raised in South Dakota.

The Life and Times of Chang & Eng
The New Play by Philip Kan Gotanda
Thursday, October 4, 2012
4:30pm @ 106 McCormick
Critical Encounters is proud to present a Princeton student reading of master playwright Philip Kan Gotanda's newest play, about the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, whose early lives were spent as a touring "freak" exhibition. Charismatic and canny, they bought out their contract and toured themselves around the world, advising the king of Siam and carousing with English aristocracy before settling down on a Southern plantation, marrying sisters and fathering 21 children between them. Gotanda's new work promises to take the audience on a journey as fantastic as Chang & Eng's own.

Join us for the reading, to be followed by a conversation with the playwright.  4:30pm to 6:00pm. 

Constitution Day Lecture

The Belief in Things Unseen:
Frederick Douglass and the Constitutional Imagination

September 13, 2012
4:30 p.m.
Dodds Auditorium
Robertson Hall

Imani Perry
Professor of African American  Studies

Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Professor of Politics
Nell Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita

For more information on the presenters, see here.

For web media, see here.