Congratulations to Professor Sarah Chihaya on her recent article published in the in "The New York Review of Books".
Congratulations to Marc Conner GS 96, on being named President of Skidmore College, effective July 2020
“Marc Conner brings to Skidmore a commitment to the integrative learning our students and faculty value,” said Nancy Hamilton '77, chair of the Skidmore College Board of Trustees. “His extensive experience shaping academic programs across disciplines, alongside his expertise in strategic planning, positions him well to empower the Skidmore community to continue to share their knowledge, talents and perspectives with one another and the broader world.”
“The approaching release of T.S. Eliot’s letters to Emily Hale is already generating excitement on campus,” said Joshua Kotin, associate professor of English at Princeton. “Students who have been fascinated by ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (1915) and ‘The Waste Land’ (1922) are now asking questions about Eliot himself. But this interest is not limited to Eliot’s love life. Students are excited to learn more about Eliot’s religious conversion and attitudes toward women, and about his decisions at Faber & Faber and their impact on British culture.”
Students from Professor Paul Nadal’s ENG 444/ASA 444 Global Novel seminar celebrated the end of semester with novelist Karan Mahajan.
Poet and Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, Tracy K. Smith, selected Jennifer Soong’s poem “The Voyage Nowhere” for the November 13 episode of Smith’s podcast “The Slowdown.” Smith began the podcast during her time as Poet Laureate, featuring, reading, and discussing a poem of her choice every weekday.
Samuel Hynes, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, Emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus, died at home in Princeton on Oct. 10. He was 95.
On Wednesday, Sep. 25th, Maxine Hong Kingston, delivered a reading from her new work-in-progress in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton.
Professor Rhodri Lewis states in a recent Washington Post article, that “We now have firsthand evidence — literally, firsthand evidence — of arguably the second-greatest 17th-century writer reading the first,” said Rhodri Lewis, an English professor at Princeton University who has studied Milton and Shakespeare. “That’s an absolutely extraordinary thing.”
"What the Trump Administration Gets Wrong About the Statue of Liberty"
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World-renowned writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88.
This year, Bridget Alsdorf, associate professor of art and archaeology, taught two courses on 19th-century French painting: “Painting and Literature in 19th-Century France and England,” co-taught with Deborah Nord, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, and “Self and Society in 19th-Century French Painting.”
Congratulations to our 2019 graduating PhDs!!
Congratulations to newly graduated senior, Lucina Schwartz on her Fulbright ETA Program Award.
Jack Lohmann, a Princeton English major and environmental studies certificate student, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. Strip mining for phosphate during the 20th century reduced the 8-square-mile nation to a narrow ring of coastal plain surrounding a moonscape of towering limestone spires and deep chasms (shown). Today, roughly 80% of the island is uninhabitable. With few economic opportunities, Nauru is now home to a controversial immigrant detention center funded by Australia.
University communicators gathered last week for a Princeton Writes symposium titled “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words.” The English department's acting chair, Jeff Dolven, led a master class called “Writing with Styles.”
This semester, two courses are immersing students in the works of writer Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and a Nobel laureate.
Mara Isaacs, who is currently co-teaching ENG/THR 382: International Theatre: Plays and Politics with Professor Tamsen Wolff, is the lead producer of the musical HADESTOWN, which received 14 Tony Award nominations this week, more than any other musical in the running.
Students from ENG 395/AMS 384/GSS 301 developed recipes and cooked dishes based on their research into the relationship that food culture (broadly conceived as including kinds of food, ideas of taste, rituals surrounding food, aspects of American foodways, environmentalism, history of food, and more) bears to American racial dynamics then and now. The goal is to combine practice with research, to encounter food as material and as a critical site for racial reflection.
On the evening of April 30, department faculty and senior English majors gathered in McCormick Hall for the annual English Majors Colloquium. Every year, the English majors of the senior class ask three professors to deliver brief talks on a theme; this year, Professors Anne Cheng, Diana Fuss, and Russ Leo addressed the theme of “(Re)Visionary Writing.”
Whether and how to incorporate rehabilitation into incarceration is an issue that society has grappled with for centuries and still struggles with today. In his dissertation, graduate student Matthew Ritger is looking at an unexpected source to study the period when the concept first began to emerge.
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