Upcoming Events
(Open to the Public)



May 3, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Graduate Student Reading Group and Workshop
113 Dickinson Hall

Our last session of the year will be a discussion led by RL Goldberg, graduate student in English, about selections from Lauren Berlant’s Desire/Love and Talia Mae Bettcher’s article “When Selves Have Sex.”  
For copies of the papers, and to RSVP please send an email to Liora Goldensher at liorag@princeton.edu.

May 4, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Senior Thesis Research Presentations
113 Dickinson Hall

Please join us as graduating seniors present their thesis research. Q&A will follow.
This year's presenters are Anna Mazarakis, Kelsey Blair, and Erica Turret.
Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to Sandy Voelcker at voelcker@princeton.edu.

May 5, 2016 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Princeton Research Day
Frist Campus Center

Can Princeton's soil serve as a zero-carbon building material? Can a person's Twitter feed offer clues to depression? Can updates to Shakespeare's "Macbeth" make it more accessible to modern audiences?
 
Those are just a few of the questions student and early career researchers at Princeton University will explore at the first Princeton Research Day on Thursday, May 5. The event will feature more than 150 researchers offering talks, poster presentations, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations and digital presentations designed with the general public in mind.
 
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Frist Campus Center. No registration is required.
 
"Princeton Research Day was designed to showcase tremendously innovative and forward-thinking work by up-and-coming researchers at Princeton," said Sanjeev Kulkarni, dean of the Graduate School and professor of electrical engineering. "We are delighted to support this event and we are pleased to invite the public to attend this inaugural celebration of research."
 
Princeton Research Day will highlight the research and creative endeavors of Princeton undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in fields including the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts.
 
"A lot of people think about lab coats and pipettes when they think about research, but research can really be studying rocks in geosciences to dancing on stage and studying the history of dance. There are a lot of different things that can be research," said senior psychology major Jalisha Braxton, who will be presenting about differences in the way students learn based on whether they are typing or writing by hand.
 
The event is a collaborative initiative between the offices of the dean of the college, dean of the faculty, dean of the Graduate School and dean for research. 
 
"The ability to reach across disciplines and communicate about one's research or creative work in everyday language can lead to new collaborations, new insights into the work, and new directions of inquiry," said Pablo Debenedetti, dean for research, Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, and professor of chemical and biological engineering. "The general public benefits greatly when researchers and artists are able to explain the importance of their work and its impact on society."
 
For more information, visit the Princeton Research Day website, http://researchday.princeton.edu.

May 6, 2016 - 4:30pm
The Prison and the Academy
Aaron Burr 219

Perhaps it is necessary finally to see that the university produces incarceration as the product of its negligence. Perhaps there is another relation between the University and the Prison - beyond simple opposition or family resemblance
—Fred Moten & Stefano Harvey
 
The prison education movement in America illuminates new ethical questions about the relationship between higher education and mass incarceration. The concentration of wealth in academic expertise, on one hand, and the growing incarcerated population, on the other, has motivated the expansion of prison education programs in recent years. But how does the reproduction of the carceral state reproduce and expose the responsibilities of the academy?
 
The Prison and the Academy, an afternoon panel discussion, will address two questions fundamental to this relationship. What thinking inspires the decision to participate in prison education? And how do encounters between teachers and incarcerated students transform or challenge this thinking?
 
The Prison and the Academy will bring together four professors and prison educators to address this topic, scheduled to coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.
 
Marie Gottschalk – Professor of Political Science at University of Pennsylvania and member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences National Task Force on Mass Incarceration.
 
Jeff Jurgens – Academic Co-Director of the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, and Fellow for Anthropology and Social Theory at the Bard Prison Initiative. 
 
Eileen Leonard – Professor of Sociology at Vassar College and instructor at Taconic Correctional Facility. 
 
Sabina Vaught – Associate Professor of Education at Tufts University and Co-Chair of the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT. 
 
After brief talks by each of the speakers there will be a Q&A, followed by a reception. Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion. If you have any questions, please contact the organizers Yanie Fécu yfecu@princeton.edu or Orlando Reade osxr@princeton.edu. You can find further information about PTI at http://www.prisonteaching.org/
 
This event is organized by the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative and Princeton Teacher Prep, and supported by the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, Philosophy, and Sociology, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, the University Center for Human Values, and the Council of Humanities.
 
 

May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
GSS Book Club - Ordinary Light: A Memoir, Tracy K. Smith
207 Dickinson Hall - *NEW LOCATION*

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.
The author, Tracy K. Smith, will be here to participate in the discussion.
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.