Critical Encounters Series

Past Events


Apr 03
Created and moderated by the Honorable Judge Denny Chin, featuring Princeton student readers. Directed by R.N. Sandberg.
Lewis Library, Bowl 120 4: 30 PM

A historical reenactment created by and moderated by The Honorable Judge Denny Chin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, returns to collaborate with Princeton student readers on the re-enactment of a 19th-century immigration case (Chy Lung v. Freeman, 1876) that still resonates with heated issues today about immigration reform, state vs. federal power, racial profiling. Directed by R.N. Sandberg.

Click here to see a video recording of the program.

Nov 18
Filmmaker, Jeffrey Friedman & Princeton English Professor, Jill Dolan
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture 4: 30 PM

Screening of feature film Lovelace, followed by a conversation between co-director Jeffrey Friedman and Prof. Jill Dolan on the fraught relationship and history between pornography and feminism.  Co-sponsored by the Committee on Film Studies and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Film screening with conversation with Friedman to follow.

Oct 17
Carlos Decena, Associate Professor, Rutgers & Alex Rivera, Filmmaker/Digital Media Artist
McCormick 106 4: 30 PM

Conversation between experimental filmmaker Alex Rivera and Prof. Carlos Decena of Rutgers University on borders, film, and politics.  Co-sponsored by the Certificate in Latino Studies.


Mar 26
101 McCormick 4: 30 PM

A panel on food, writing, and the intimacies this interaction engenders, featuring Frank Bruni, food writer from the New York Times; Leonard Barkan, professor and food writer; Chef Chris Albrecht of Eno Terra Restaurant in Kingston; Chef Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune Restaurant in NYC and author of Blood, Bones, and Butter; and Chef Anita Lo of Anissa Restaurant in NYC and author of Cooking Without Bounds.

Oct 04
Philip Kan Gotanda and Princeton Undergraduates
106 McCormick 4: 30 PM

A dramatic reading, directed by Prof. Robert Sandberg and featuring Princeton undergraduates, of the new play by master playwright Philip Kan Gotanda.  The play explores the extraordinary lives of the Bunker Twins, the original “Siamese Twins.”  The reading was followed by a conversation with the playwright himself.


Apr 03
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas and Young Jean Lee
archive 4: 30 PM

A cross-ethnic dialogue on the challenges of negotiating racial politics in experimental arts between Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, playwrightand the founder and artistic director of the Fulcrum Theater, and Young Jean Lee, playwright, founder and Artistic Director of Young Jean Lee’s  Theater Company.  Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.


Apr 28
Silvia Kolbowski and Emily Apter
archive 4: 30 PM

Avant-garde filmmaker Silvia Kolbowski converses with feminist/psychoanalytic critic Emily Apter on the confluences of trauma,  human rights, and the politics of aesthetics.  Co-sponsored by the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Oct 17
Issac Julien and Eduardo Cadava
archive 4: 30 PM

Filmmaker Isaac Julien screens two new films: one reflects on the social and political changes of contemporary Shanghai and their impact on the environment; the other on the relation between humanity and nature in an instance of disaster.  Followed by a conversation Julien and literary critic Eduardo Cadava on memory and forgetting, politics and aesthetics, reading between the East and the West.  Co-sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Creative Arts.


Apr 06
Princeton Undergraduates
archive 4: 30 PM

A dramatic reenactment of the historic trial, performed by Princeton undergraduates and written by the Honorable Judge Denny Chin,  US Court of Appeals.  Followed by comments from and conversation with the judge on the legal legacy of the Yasui Trial or constitutional debates today. Co-sponsored by Program in American Studies and Program in Law and Public Affairs


Apr 29
Marianne Weems and Shannon Jackson
archive 4: 30 PM

Founder of experimental performance company The Builders Association Marianne Weems and theater scholar Shannon Jackson discuss their collaboration across the divide between art and scholarship. They also discussed the relationship between actor, theater, physical space, and cyber space.  Co-sponsored by the Program in Theatre and Dance.

Oct 16
Phillip Campbell and Charis Thompson
archive 4: 30 PM

Editor-in-Chief of Nature magazine Philip Campbell joins bioethics scholar Charis Thompson in a debate about the relationship between the idea of “pure science” and the ethical, racial, and gender politics of scientific inquiry, highlighting the importance of an ongoing dialogue between the Sciences and the Humanities for our present and future.  Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Values and the Princeton Environmental Institute.

Apr 03
Anne Carson
archive 4: 30 PM

Poet and scholar Anne Carson collaborate with three dancers from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in a performance of words and movements. Co-sponsored by the Program in Theatre and Dance and the Center for Human Values


Sep 24
McCormick Hall 4: 30 PM

Historian Joan Scott meets legal scholar Julie Suk to explore how the politics of the veil in French anti-discrimination laws might help American legal and academic systems rethink what constitutes freedom.

Apr 05
acrhive 4: 30 PM

Constitutional scholar Kenji Yoshino converses with literature professor Anne A. Cheng about the tension between the desire for individual authenticity and the power of social demand, a tension that continues to highlight the limits and productivity of identity politics and the challenges facing the formulation of human and civil right in the 21st century. Co-sponsored by the Center for Human Values.

Feb 22
Novelist/poet Yvette Christian and literary scholar Saidiya Hartman
archive 4: 30 PM

Novelist and poet Yvette Christian meets with literary scholar Saidiya Hartman to discuss how creative writers versus scholars use and confront historical knowledge in the archive, especially when confronted by archives haunted by “missing” peoples.  Co-sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing.