Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)

October 28, 2015 (All day) to December 16, 2015 (All day)

Art Exhibition - Group Exhibit
113 Dickinson Hall

One year ago Laurent Ouzilou arrived in Princeton after 43 years in Paris. His vividly-colored photographs in this exhibit are souvenirs of memorable moments of Paris and now, NYC. Ensuring those moments are imprinted on paper forever, is a passion of his.
Kathleen Liao graduated Barnard College, Columbia University with a B.A. in Anthropology. You can see such influence in her work. Her shapes, and symbolic references evoke sensations of awareness and movement. She has exhibited, or is in private collections, from Miami to Santiago.
Paula Everitt is representing the A.I.R. show which displayed January and February, celebrating 40+ years of women and art; the first all female cooperative gallery in the United States founded in 1972 in NYC. Her raw-canvas, Letting It Go, reflects her exuberance for life; enriched color, wild, imperfectly just right. The interconnectedness of life is felt in her work.

December 1, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Graduate Student Reading Group & Workshop Series, paper in progress workshop session
113 Dickinson Hall

Paper in Progress Workshop Session with Professor Janet Vertesi, Sociology. "Gender as Organizational Resource."
RSVP to liorag@princeton.edu for a copy of the paper.
Lunch will be provided.

December 1, 2015 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Digital Otherwise: Building Gender, Race, & Otherness in DH
1-N-11 Green Hall

Lecture with Julia Flanders from Northeastern University, concerned with the ways in which digital humanities can provide opportunities for academic engagement with gender, and race, both on the leve of its scholarship, and on the level of academic institutions. 
More information coming soon!
Cosponsored by the Center for Digital Humanities.

December 1, 2015 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Multispecies and Non-Human Ethnography
Religion Department Lounge

Eben Kirksey, University of New South Wales; Etienne Benson, University of Pennsylvania.
Dinner will be provided.
A yearlong series of workshops intended to spark interdisciplinary conversations about ethnography. Now in its third year of existence, the series brings together students and faculty from sociology, anthropology, religion, history, architecture and area studies to workshop "works in progress"  and engage in discussion about the practice, ethics, and craft of ethnography. We have invited a diverse set of local scholars to help us push the boundaries of ethnography, and productively question and flesh out the category. We have an exciting line-up of workshops and presentations this year!
To be added to the mailing list and to RSVP, please email PrincetonEthnography@gmail.com.
Cosponsored by Princeton Sociology Department, Princeton Anthropology Department, Princeton Religion Department, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and University Center for Human Values.

December 5, 2015 -
5:00pm to 8:00pm

Film Screening: Treasure: From Tragedy to TransJustice; Mapping a Detroit Story
The Garden Theatre

Treasure is a documentary that tells the story of Shelley "Treasure" Hilliard, a 19-year-old transgender woman of color from Detroit whose brutal murder was not tried as a hate crime. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by the director, dream hampton.

Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, LGBT Center, Women*s Center, and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

December 8, 2015 -
4:30pm to 5:30pm

Graduate Student Reading Group & Workshop Series, reading group session
113 Dickinson Hall

"Habeus Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics and Black Feminist Theories of the Human Discussion" by Alexander G. Weheliye.  Discussion led by Kimberly Bain, English, and Andrew Walker-Cornetta, Religion.
RSVP to liorag@princeton.edu.
Light refreshments will be provided.

December 8, 2015 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

McCormick Hall 101

Symposium presented by Prof. Melissa Deem and GSS 397 Feminist Media Studies course students.
“She was #askingforit, right guys?”: Rationalizing Rape in Media and Society
Kelsey Blair, 2016 Woodrow Wilson School
From Coat Hangers to Baby-killers: Affect, Pathos, and Abortion Politics
Erin Valentine, 2016, Sociology
 Faking It ‘til She Makes It: Hillary Clinton’s Authenticity
Andra Turner, 2019, Politics
All the Lonely People: Singledom and Alternative Adulthoods
Sarah Reeves, 2017, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Breaking the #bornthisway Binary: “Acceptable” Identities and the Othering of Non-Normative Queers
Rebekah Shoemaker, 2017, English
This is My House: Jennicet Gutierrez and the Shaming of Undocumented Queers
Yoselin Gramjo, 2016, Sociology

December 11, 2015 (All day) to December 12, 2015 (All day)

Hypatia Conference
Location to be announced

This conference focuses on the most important female pagan philosphers from antiquity, Hypatia of Alexandria, to mark the 1600th anniversary of her death by a Christian mob. The conference combines papers from invited senior scholars with contributions from Princeton graduate students.
More information coming soon!

December 14, 2015 - 4:30pm
Carol Stack Lecture
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

December 17, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

GSS Book Club - Make Your Home Among Stranger, Jennine Capó Crucet
113 Dickinson Hall

Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college. Her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami, and amid a painful divorce, her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and older sister, a newly single mom, without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU)

January 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

GSS Book Club - Michelle Obama: A life, Peter Slevin
113 Dickinson Hall

An inspiring story, richly detailed and written with élan, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama, a woman of achievement and purpose—and the most unlikely first lady in modern American history. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to theWhite House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU)

January 29, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Historical Activism and Obergefell v. Hodges
Dickinson Hall 211

Historical scholarship was very influential in Obergefell v. Hodges, et al., by which the Supreme Court extended equal marriage rights to same-sex couples in the United States. The Modern America Workshop will host historians Nancy Cott (Harvard) and Hendrik Hartog, both of whom were involved in drafting the amicus brief submitted by historians of marriage and the American Historical Association. We encourage those who wish to attend to familiarize themselves with the brief, as well as the blog entries authored by Hartog and Cott. Both historians have written extensively on marriage. See Cott, Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Cambridge: HUP, 2002) and Hartog, Man and Wife in America: A History (Cambridge: HUP, 2002).
Hosted by the Modern America Workshop and sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in American Studies, and the Program in Law and Public Affairs.

February 11, 2016 -
12:15am to 1:00am

GSS Book Club - Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir, Wednesday Martin
113 Dickinson Hall

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe.

Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU)

February 16, 2016 (All day)
The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Activism and Scholarship
Location to be announced

This symposium will give undergraduate students a space to explore what it means to understand the world through the lens of Black feminism, taking a close look at its impact on literature, historic civil rights organizing groups, and the current #BlackLivesMatter movement. We will also explore the ways in which gender impacts Black American experiences.
More information coming soon!

February 17, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

Bernadette Brooten Lecture
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

February 19, 2016 (All day)
Intersectionality of Queer Identities in North Africa and the Middle East
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

March 3, 2016 (All day)
City of Angels
Frist Film and Performance Theater

1940's Los Angeles. Two worlds, one real, one 'reel.' Stine, a struggling novelist, works hard to turn his latest detective story into Hollywood's next major motion picture, but risks losing values and relationships he holds dear.At the same time, Stone, a detective and Stine's protagonist, is thrown into a mysterious plot involving a missing girl, a sneaky socialite, and a raunchy game of tennis. In a musical that brings together the worlds of film and theater, the two worlds collide and leave you wondering which one is actually real. Audition information: Auditions will be: November 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday) Please prepare 32 bars of a musical theater song for your audition. Bring your own sheet music (and if you are so inclined, email it to dgkim@princeton.edu in advance so the accompaniment sounds even better for your audition)! In addition, please arrive 10 minutes early to fill out your audition sheet and look over sides.
Here's the link for sign-ups: http://tinyurl.com/cityofangelsauditions
Audition information: Auditions will be: November 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday) http://tinyurl.com/cityofangelsauditions
City of Angels showtimes will be:
Thursday, March 3 @ 8PM Friday
March 4 @ 8 PM Saturday
March 5 @ 12:30 PM Saturday
March 5@ 8 PM Wednesday
March 9 @ 8 PM Thursday
March 10 @ 8 PM
Friday, March 11 @ 8 PM
Sponsored by Princeton University Players and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

March 10, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

GSS Book Club - The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Rafia Zakaria
113 Dickinson Hall

For a brief moment on December 27, 2007, life came to a standstill in Pakistan. Benazir Bhutto, the country’s former prime minister and the first woman ever to lead a Muslim country, had been assassinated at a political rally just outside Islamabad. Back in Karachi—Bhutto’s birthplace and Pakistan’s other great metropolis—Rafia Zakaria’s family was suffering through a crisis of its own: her Uncle Sohail, the man who had brought shame upon the family, was near death. In that moment these twin catastrophes—one political and public, the other secret and intensely personal—briefly converged.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU

March 10, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm

2016 Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture with Cherríe Moraga
location to be announced

Cherrie L. Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for playwriting, and two Fund for New American Plays Awards. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature. 

She is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios (1983/2003), The Last Generation (1993), and Waiting in the Wings (1997). She is presently completing a memoir on the subject of cultural memory in an amnesiac California, as well as a new collection of essays. 

Moraga has also published three volumes of drama through West End Press of Albuquerque, NM. They include: Heroes and Saints and Other Plays (1994), Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt (2002), and The Hungry Woman (2001). Her plays have been presented throughout the Southwest, as well as in Chicago, Seattle and New York. In 1995, "Heart of the Earth," Moraga's adaptation of the Popol Vuh, the Maya creation myth, opened at the Public Theatre and INTAR Theatre in New York City. For over ten years, she has served as an Artist in Residence in the Department of Drama at Stanford University and currently also shares a joint appointment with Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. 
More information coming soon!

March 25, 2016 (All day) to March 26, 2016 (All day)

Life & Law in Rural America: Cows, Cars, and Criminals Conference
To be announced

Rural America has become an increasingly productive space for critical inquiry and exploration for scholars in many disciplines. From school reform to policing, from healthcare to popular television shows, and everything in between, the rural United States is continually being explored from new vantage points. Current research suggests that rural communities share many of the same kinds of challenges in education, policing, poverty, and healthcare found in urban and suburban communities, disrupting long-standing assumptions about rural America. At the same time, academics and non-academics alike recognize that rural spaces and experiences are distinct.
This conference, sponsored by the Program in American Studies at Princeton University, will explore rural spaces, people, and the law throughout American history and the present. With this conference, we seek to bring together an interdisciplinary group of graduate student researchers and faculty respondents to ask interdisciplinary questions of the social, cultural, legal, religious, and intellectual experiences of rural life. What is “rural”, and how does law constitute a distinctly rural experience for those who live there? How do law, lived experience, and geography interact in distinct ways in rural places?
Alongside keynote speakers Angela Garcia and Lisa Pruitt, we expect participants may explore more specific questions such as, how has rural America changed over time and developed into what we know as rural today? How is policing understood socially by rural residents? What does employment mean when opportunities are dramatically limited because of geography? What is the place of religious commitment in the rural U.S.? In what ways are rural spaces “urban”? How is civic engagement—such as protests and boycotts—changed when anonymity is not possible?
We invite graduate students working in the fields of American Studies, Anthropology, History, Law, English, Political Science, Musicology, Geography, Sociology, Art History, and related fields to submit papers on topics including but not limited to law and:
• Policing in rural communities
• Economic opportunity
• Religious commitment
• Regional rural identity
• Gender in rural spaces
• Race in rural America—both within, and outside of, the South
• Class and poverty in rural places • Local government law and rural politics
• Federal policies impacting rural America
• Farming and farm laborers
• Hinterlands & Rural-Urban Relationships
• Activism & Civic Engagement
• Cultural stereotypes of rural America
• Environmental studies
• Rural research methods
• Socio-legal studies
Please submit an abstract of no more than 400 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information by November 15, 2015. Proposals and questions should be sent to conference organizers Heath Pearson and Emily Prifogle at PrincetonAMSConference2016@gmail.com.
Sponsored by Program in American Studies, The Graduate School-Office of the Dean, University Center for Human Values, Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies, Center for Collaborative History, and Department of Anthropology. More information can be found at PrincetonAMSConference2016.wordpress.com.

March 25, 2016 - 1:30pm to March 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

Histories of Reproductive Risk
Dickinson 211

From ancient astrology and embryology to contemporary genetic testing and assisted reproductive technologies, the quest to predict and manage the uncertainties of reproduction has spanned millennia and a range of scientific field.This interdisciplinary workshop will explore the many stakes (medical, theological, legal, political, ethical) surrounding the generation of life, by focusing on knowledge and techniques that have aimed to explain, assess, and control the uncertainties of the reproductive process.

Faculty participants include Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins), Rebecca Flemming (Cambridge University), and Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan). Event cosponsored with Department of Classics, Program in the History of Science, Program in the Ancient World, Postclassicisms Network, Center for Collaborative History, and Center for Human Values.

Time: March 25, 1:30-5:30pm; March 26, 9am-5pm

Co-sponsored by History of Science and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

March 28, 2016 (All day)
Music Colloquium with Joseph Lam
Location to be announced

Professosr Joseph Lam, University of Michigan, is a distinguished scholar specializing in Chinese music history and has published on topics such as gender in Confucian musical ideology and sexuality in the Kun opera Story of the West Chamber (Xixiangji), analyzing the literary, musical, and theatrical representation ofwomanhood and female eroticism in one of its acts.
More information coming soon!

April 1, 2016 (All day) to April 2, 2016 (All day)

Gendered Violence: Old Problems and New Challenges
Location to be announced

More information coming soon!

April 14, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

GSS Book Club - The Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida
113 Dickinson Hall

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU

May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
GSS Book Club - Ordinary Light: A Memoir, Tracy K. Smith

From the dazzlingly original Pulitzer Prize-winning poet hailed for her “extraordinary range and ambition” (The New York Times Book Review): a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
Lunch will be provided. To RSVP please e-mail Sandy Voelcker at (voelcker@exchange.Princeton.EDU

May 30, 2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Class Day
Prospect House Presidential Dining Room

Light refreshments will be served. Come and help us honor and celebrate our 2016 graduates.