Conceived and organized by Prof. Anne A. Cheng: aacheng@Princeton.edu
Sponsored by Department of English and Center for African American Studies
Critical Encounters brings together likely minds from unlikely disciplines in a series of open dialogue before an audience of campus community and the public.
The series promotes reflections and debates concerning race, cross-cultural translation, and issues of social justice at the intersection of art, theory, culture, and politics. In bringing together dynamic artists and thinkers from disciplines that do not traditionally talk to one another who nonetheless share similar preoccupations, this series of dialogues aims to provide opportunities for unexpected, synergistic exchanges. The artists, filmmakers, lawyers, philosophers, and scholars featured in these dialogues demonstrate the intimate and productive relationship that can exist between modes of research and creativity. The programming has exemplified the excitement of forging a common strand between theory and art, as well as at times between the humanities and the sciences.