Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)



January 6, 2016 - 9:00am to March 2, 2016 - 3:00pm

Art Exhibition - Jannick Wildberg
113 Dickinson Hall

"In Pursuit of Luminosity" by Jannick Wildberg.
The radiant play of light and colors evokes inner peace; it offers glimpses into the preciousness of our impermanent lives and the essential interconnectedness of all beings.
Daily meditations inspire my abstract paintings which seek to visualize harmony and balance. I employ mixed media such as oils, plaster, pigments, and resin to create texture.
My portraits strive to capture inner beauty in a state of uncontrived simplicity, a beauty that arises when we are at peace with ourselves.
 
To purchase a painting or commission a portrait, please contact: jannickw@mac.com or go to www.jannickwildberg.com

February 6, 2016 (All day)
The Womanist Mystique: A Symposium on Activism and Scholarship
Chancellor Green Rotunda

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.
 
Organized by Destiny Crockett '17, cosponsored by Princeton University Women*s Center, Department of African American Studies, and the Department of English.
 

February 11, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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 11, 2016 - 8:00pm to February 13, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Vagina Monologues
Theatre Intime

One of the goals for the Vagina Monologues is sparking and promoting dialogue about gender equality on Princeton's campus through this annual performance.
Performances will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, February 11, 12, and 13 at 8:00 PM.

February 16, 2016 -
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; Nicolas Langlitz, The New School
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 by February 10.
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.
 

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

Bishops Versus Radical Ascetics: The Synod of Gangra (343 CE) with Bernadette Brooten
010 East Pyne

Bernadette J. Brooten, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, of Classical Studies, and of Religious Studies at Brandeis University, is founder and director of the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. This project aims to create Jewish, Christian, and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, meaningful consent, responsibility, and female (as well as male) pleasure, untainted by slave-holding values. These religions’ sacred texts and traditions have all tolerated slavery, which has frequently involved the sexual exploitation of women and girls. Brooten heads a team of scholars, activists, artists, and policy analysts who are disentangling the nexus of slavery, religion, women, and sexuality. They aim to help religious and other people complete the abolition of slavery and move beyond harmful racial and sexual stereotypes. Because religion is a powerful social force, transformed religious sexual ethics, based not on scriptural literalism or the hierarchies of ancient slave-holding societies but on respect, will benefit the whole of society. 

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

More information coming soon!

February 23, 2016 - 12:00pm
Graduate Student Reading Group and Workshop
113 Dickinson Hall

Alexander Davis, Sociology.
 
More information coming soon!

February 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.

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
McCormick Hall Room 101

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. 
A Reception at Prospect House will follow.
More information coming soon!

March 21, 2016 - 4:30pm
Afro-Asian Atlantic: Literature, Reggae, and the Caribbean
McCormick Hall Room 101

Join the Department of African American Studies and the Program in American Studies for a conversation about the intersections between the literary, musical, and cultural currents of the African and Asian diasporas in the Atlantic World. Featuring British authors Kerry Young (Pao and Gloria) and Hannah Lowe (Chick and Long Time No See) in conversation with Randy Chin, the CEO of VP Records, based in Queens, NY, the most influential independent record label of reggae and Caribbean music (artists represented include: Gregory Isaacs, Sean Paul, Beenie Man). Moderated by Tao Leigh Goffe (Princeton University) and John Kuo Wei Tchen (NYU).
 
In this dialogue, guest speakers Randy Chin, Kerry Young, and Hannah Lowe will discuss the African and Asian cultural heritage of the Caribbean in music and writing. Exploring the legacy of enslaved African labor and Chinese indentured labor in the Caribbean, Young and Lowe craft narratives that reconstruct and trouble colonial history. The region’s history cannot be fully understood without listening to its rich musical tradition. Chin will talk about the role of Jamaican Chinese businessmen in the production of reggae music and mobile soundsystems. He will also talk about his storied career in the reggae music industry, which began when his parents Vincent and Patricia Chin founded VP Records in Jamaica in 1979.  The currents of the
Black Atlantic and the overseas Chinese converge in Caribbean music but also in Young and Lowe’s novels and poetry that tackle themes such as intimacies out of wedlock, masculinities, abandonment, and criminality set in Kingston, Jamaica’s Chinatown and gambling dens in London’s East End. In these cultural texts, Jamaican patois and southern Chinese dialects are sometimes woven together to construct new narrative forms of the Afro-Asian experience in the Americas.
 
Together with historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and literary scholar Tao Leigh Goffe, panelists will discuss the tensions and intimacies between the minority Chinese community in the Caribbean and the majority Afro-Caribbean community. Other themes to be explored include representations of blackness and Chineseness in Caribbean diasporic literature and music.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, the Program in American Studies, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Princeton Caribbean Connection (PCC).
 
 

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: Antiquity to the Present
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

TIME AND 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 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
Graduate Student Reading Group and Workshop
113 Dickinson Hall

Sara Marcus, English
 
More information coming soon!

April 12, 2016 -
6:00pm to 6:55pm

Lecture with Maggie Nelson
Betts Auditorium

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

April 26, 2016 - 4:30pm
Against Interpretation: Trans-Bodies and Beyond
Location to be announced

A film screening and conversation with Leo S. Chiang, documentary filmmaker, and Erin Huang, East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature.
Screening of Chiang's new documentary called OUT RUN, about the only LGBT political party in the world and its efforts to elect a trans woman to the Philippines Congress. For more information go to http://outrunmovie.org.
Part of the Critical Encounters public conversation series.

May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
GSS Book Club - Ordinary Light: A Memoir, Tracy K. Smith
113 Dickinson Hall (TENTATIVE, DATE AND LOCATION MAY CHANGE)

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.