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Spring 2015

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American Confinement:
Race, Visuality, and History in the Quotidan

A Roundtable Discussion Featuring:
Arielle Azoulay, Brown University
Joshua Takano Chambers- Letson, Northwestern University
Linda Gordon, New York University
Eric L. Muller, University of North Carolina, School of Law
Gary Okihiro, Columbia University

Whitman College Black Box Theater
03/11/15 at 4:30 pm

Reception to Follow

Co-Sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Whitman College, and the Program in American Studies.

Lapidus Family fund Lecture in American Jewish Studies

March 23, 2015
4:30 p.m.
219 Aaron Burr Hall

Golda Meir: American roots, Zionist life
Professor Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law

Born in abject poverty in Kiev, Czarist Russia, Golda ended her formidable life as Prime Minister of Israel. This lecture explores the American tissue of her identity.
In 1906, Golda and her family immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she attended public school, learned English and steeped herself in the progressive culture of the period. By the time she arrived in Palestine in 1922, she was a married woman, an aspiring politician gifted at making connections with her audience, and a passionate follower of Socialist Zionism. Amidst pervasive gender-based discrimination she spent most of her time in the company of men and rose to the top of the Israeli political leadership. In 1969, her party elected her as Prime Minister of Israel, a role that brought her to the White House and secured her a powerful voice on the world stage. The 1973 Yom Kippur War, which occurred on her watch, precipitously ended her career. She died heartbroken, five years later.
The lecture addresses the American fingerprints on Golda’s identity and the impact that major legal developments in the United States during and after World War I had on her emotional and political development. It also covers some crucial milestones for her—her difficult family life, her success at codifying fair labor standards for Israel, and the challenges of navigating Israeli politics between the Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars.
Pnina Lahav is a Professor of Law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Yale Law School and Boston University. She earned several prestigious fellowships including a Rockefeller Fellowship, a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, CA and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also served as a Religion Fellow at Boston University’s School of Theology. Professor Lahav has published numerous articles on constitutional law, freedom of expression and women’s rights. Most recently she has been working on the issue of women’s prayers in Judaism and Islam. She is the author of the acclaimed biography Judgment in Jerusalem: Chief Justice Simon Agranat and the Zionist Century (University of California Press, 1997) and the editor of several other volumes. Presently she is working on a biography of Golda Meir through the gender lens.
cosponsored by the Program in Judaic Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs
free and open to the public

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm
James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau St.
The Overnighters
A screening and discussion with director Jesse Moss
Filmmaker Jesse Moss brings his award-winning documentary The Overnighters to Princeton. In the tiny town of Williston, North Dakota, tens of thousands of unemployed hopefuls show up looking for work, lured by the oil boom’s promise of plentiful jobs and big paychecks. Once there, however, they face the reality of slim prospects and nowhere to sleep. The town lacks the infrastructure to house the newcomers, even those who do find gainful employment. At Concordia Lutheran Church, Pastor Jay Reinke converts his church into a makeshift dorm and counseling center, opening his doors to the “Overnighters” (as he calls them) for a night, a week, or longer. They sleep on the floor, in the pews, and in their cars in the church parking lot. Many who take shelter with Reinke are living on society’s fringes and have checkered pasts, and their presence starts affecting the dynamics of the small community. Reinke’s congregants grow critical and the City Commission threatens to shut the program down, forcing the pastor to make a decision that leads to consequences he never imagined.
The Overnighters dramatizes enduring American themes: the promise and limits of reinvention, redemption, and compassion, as well as the tension between the moral imperative to “love thy neighbor” and the instinct to protect one’s own.
Jesse Moss is a San Francisco-based filmmaker. His previous documentaries include Full Battle Rattle, about the US Army’s fake Iraq in the Mohave Desert; Speedo: A Demolition Derby Love Story, about the career and troubled family life of one of the country’s top demolition derby drivers; and Con Man, which examines the life of James Arthur Hogue, a serial imposter who faked his way into Princeton University. Moss is a lecturer in the Cinema Department at San Francisco State University.
Co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Religion, the Council of the Humanities, the Department of Sociology, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and the University Center for Human Values.

Lightning in a Panel:The American Superhero and the Invention of a Modern Mythology

Join us for a conversation with veteran comics writers Dennis O'Neil, Paul Levitz, Louise and Walter Simonson, and Larry Hama, as they speak on the origins of superhero stories and the proliferation of this genre into film and television. The writers' contributions have inspired today's prominent superhero narratives, including the Batman, G.I. Joe, X-Men and Thor films, and the Arrow TV series. Their works explore the dual role of such stories as both modernity myths and historical narratives for a multicultural, technological society. Co-sponsored by the Princeton Writing Program, the Department of English, the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Council of the Humanities.
Date & Time:  Friday, March 27, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location:  Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

March 30
4:30 pm
010 East Pyne

Lisa Lowe
Tufts University
The Intimacies of Four Continents

Tracy and Larry at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum taken by Douglas Biklen

Wretches and Jabberers

Tuesday March 31, 2015  at 4:30pm at McCormick Hall 101

Oscar® winner and twice Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker, Gerardine Wurzburg, will screen her compelling feature documentary Wretches & Jabberers. Wurzburg is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Anschutz Distinguished Fellow in American Studies. Wurzburg's inspiring documentary chronicles the world travels of disability rights advocates, Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, in a bold quest to change attitudes about the intelligence and abilities of people with autism.

In the film, Tracy and Larry take to the road to promote awareness of the hidden intelligence in those who face speech and communication challenges, connecting with others like them across the globe who struggle to find a means of expression. Tracy, Larry and their support team, Harvey Lavoy and Pascal Cheng, visit Sri Lanka, Japan and Finland, giving interviews and presentations and learning about the lives of people with autism in these countries. Viewers share in their eye-opening experiences as the men negotiate the terrain of travel, culture and new friendships on what they aptly named The World Intelligence Magnified Tour.

All four men will engage in a conversation with the audience following the screening.

Cosponsored by the Program in Teacher Preparation
Supported by the generous gift of Philip F. Anschutz and family
free and open to the public

Brian Jones

Keys to the Schoolhouse: Black Teachers, Privatization, and the Future of Teachers Unions

April 8
4:30 pm
Location tba

Sponsored by the Program in Teacher Preparation