Princeton Weekly Bulletin   April 10, 2006, Vol. 95, No. 22   search   prev   next

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Researchers develop faster, inexpensive way to sequence genes
Warming weather alters campus

Q&A: Book reveals influence of white philanthropy on founding and future of black studies
Opportunities in Tibet open doors for novel doctoral seminar
Study: Methane emission controls can save thousands of lives
Self-invention is focus of course

Playwright Edward Albee named first recipient of Princeton/McCarter fellowship

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Self-invention is focus of course

Princeton NJ — “Born Again: Self-Invention and Imposture in America,” a six-week online study course that begins Monday, April 17, is being offered to members of the University community by the Alumni Association.

Clayton Marsh, University counsel, will lead the course, examining how the American yearning for self-invention is, at once, heroic and foolish, liberating and destructive, fraudulent and authenticating. Marsh, a member of Princeton’s class of 1985, holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia and also teaches a freshman seminar titled “‘Good to Be Shifty’: American Swindlers and Imposters.”

The course will consist of readings and online discussions. To wrap up the class, participants are invited to a screening of “Con Man,” a documentary that chronicles the exploits of James Hogue, an imposter who conned his way into Princeton in 1988. The June 1 screening will include a discussion with filmmaker Jesse Moss and guests who knew Hogue.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Lutz at