Humanities Programs 2016-2017

March 23. 12 PM. Community Room
Spotlight on the Humanities: Christopher Fisher presenting “We the People: History and the Many Sides of U.S. Identity in the Age of Human Rights”

April 20. 7 PM. Community Room
“Person, Place, Thing” with Randy Cohen interviewing Warren Zanes

April 21. 7 PM. Community Room
Spotlight on the Humanities: Christopher Achen discussing his book “Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Governments”

May 3. 7 PM. Community Room
Author Talk and signing with Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. on his book “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul”

May 6. 1 PM. Community Room
Spotlight on the Humanities: David Shipler discussing his book “Freedom of Speech: Mightier than the Sword”. 1 PM. Community Room

June 8. 7 PM. 101 Friend Center (Princeton University)

Khalil Gibran Muhammad: The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America 

History of Science Special Programming Series

Check out a list of recommended readings to accompany this series and access the program guide here.

View the photo album of the series.

March 3. 7 PM. Community Room
Screening of Particle Fever, followed by discussion with Princeton University Physics Department’s Chris Tully

March 8. 7 PM. Community Room
Freeman Dyson in conversation with Nima Arkani-Hamed

March 10. 7 PM. Community Room
Author Talk with Thomas Levenson on The Brief Life and Exciting Times of Vulcan – the Planet that Wasn’t There

March 20. 2 PM. Story Room
Author talk and activities with Laurie Wallmark on “Ada Lovelace and the Thinking Machine”

March 23. 7 PM. Second Floor Conference Room
Book Discussion: Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” with Angela Creager

March 30. 7 PM. Community Room
Author talk with Scott McVay on “Surprise Encounters with Artists and Scientists, Whales and Other Living Things”

April 13. 7 PM. Story Room
Book Discussion: Brenda Maddox’s “Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA” with Kathryn Maxson

April 24. 2 PM. Community Room
Lecture: Mercer Magic and the Story of America’s First Sports Car

September 18. noon.

Judith WeisenfeldBlack Gods, Prophets, and Utopian Visions: Religion and Racial Identity in Early 20th Century America

October 19. noon.

Andrew MurphyThe Legacy of Religious Freedom from William Penn to the 21st Century

November 16. noon.

Mary Segers – Religious Freedom: Its Use and Abuse


Wilderness Month Book Discussions

September 10. 11 am.

Reading: Gary Snyder’s “The Practice of the Wild”

Location: St. Michael’s Preserve


September 24. 11 am.

Reading: Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire”

Location: Institute Woods

Get Informed About the Elections

September 13. 7 pm.

James Campbell on his book “Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America

September 15. 7 pm.

Deciphering the Elections and the Polls: A Conversation Between Sam Wang and Landon Jones

September 27. all day.

Voter Registration Day with League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area

October 4. 7 pm.

Democracy is a Design Problem” with Whitney Quesenbery

November 8. 8 pm.

Election Night Results watching

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 11. 2 pm.

Festival Cultural Latino

Poets at the Library

September 12. 7:30 pm

Maxine Susman and Keith O’Shaughnessy

October 24. 7:30 pm.

Jean Hollander and Judy Rowe Michaels

November 14. 7:30 pm.

Arlene Weiner and Ellen Foos

LGBT History Month

October 25. 7 pm.

Screening of WHYY’s “The Pursuit: 50 Years in the Fight for LGBT Rights” and Q&A with Judy Jarvis

Racial Literacy Series

Ruha Benjamin Lectures
October 18. 6:30 pm. Community Room.

Race Unplugged: Moving Beyond Sound Bites of Pundits, Politicians, and Pop Culture


November 1. 6:30 pm. Community Room.

Reading Reality: Developing Racial Literacy for the 21st Century


November 29. 6:30 pm. Community Room.

Concluding session of Racial Literacy Series



Film and Discussions on “Race: The Power of an Illusion

October 25. 6:30 pm. Princeton Garden Theatre

Chapter 1: “The Differences Between Us

November 7. 6:30 pm. Princeton Garden Theatre

Chapter 2: “The Story We Tell

November 15. 6:30 pm. Princeton Garden Theatre

Chapter 3: “The House We Live In

Authors: “The Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”

November 16. 7 pm.

Author talk with Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf on “The Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Spotlight on the Humanities 2016-2017 series: Religion in American Life

Wednesday, December 7. noon

Hussein Rashid: American Muslims: 500 Years of History

Wednesday, January 18. noon

Albert J. Raboteau: “American Prophets: Seven Religious Radicals and Their Struggle for Social and Political Justice

Wednesday, February 8. noon

Timothy Powell: What Native American Spirituality Can Teach Us about Working on Climate Change

Tuesday, February 28. 6:30 pm. Nassau Presbyterian Church

Krista Tippett in conversation with Gideon Rosen

Thursday, January 12. 7 pm

WWI and American Art with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Author Talks

Tuesday, December 13. 7 pm

Patrick Phillips and Debbie Vermaat on “Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America”

Wednesday, January 4. 7 pm

Author: Robert Strauss on his book “Worst President Eve: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents

Thursday, February 23. 7 pm. Nassau Presbyterian Church

Timothy Boyce on “From Day to Day” by Odd Nansen

Co-sponsored with Nassau Presbyterian Church, the Princeton Clergy Association, and the Jewish Center

Post-Elections Programs

Monday, November 28. 7 pm

Elections Recap

Wednesday, January 11. 7 pm

Kathleen McCleery: Credit or Blame? Assessing the Media in 2016

Friday, January 20. 11 am

Watch the Presidential Inauguration

Wednesday, February 22. 12 pm

Sam Daley-Harris: Writing Checks, Signing Petitions, and Protest Marches: Is That All There Is?

Poets at the Library

Monday, December 12. 7:30 pm

Kathe L. Palka and Abena Busia

Monday, January 9. 7 pm

Steve Smith and Robert Rosenbloom

Monday, February 13. 7 pm

Bill Wunder and Elizabeth “Mimi” Danson

Wednesday, February 8. 6:30 pm

Film and Discussion: “The Loving Story”