Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
by Susan Promislo, Office of Communications
Princeton University has a substantial impact on the New Jersey economy, generating an annual total of $1.58 billion in economic output as an employer, research and innovation leader, sponsor of construction projects, purchaser of goods and services, and financial and civic contributor to local communities. That total supports an estimated 13,450 jobs with $970.7 million in earnings. The economic and other benefits the University generates within the town of Princeton and neighboring communities, Mercer County and the state of New Jersey are presented in a new report, "Education, Innovation and Opportunity: The Economic Impact of Princeton University."
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017
by The Office of Communications
Princeton University neuroscientist Sabine Kastner comes prepared for a meeting with her youngest collaborators, packing a model of the human brain, a collection of preserved animal brains and a video demonstrating a single neuron in action. Those collaborators — fifth-graders at Riverside School in Princeton, shown in the video above — are prepared, too, with questions, ideas and enthusiasm.
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
College football, one of America's most beloved and popular institutions, is getting ready to celebrate a big birthday. And it plans to do so in style. A group of college football leaders announced plans today to launch a nationwide celebration to commemorate the game's 150th birthday. Princeton Ford Family Director of Athletics Mollie Marcoux Samaan has been selected as one of the 13 members of this committee.
Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017
by Julie Halsey, Princeton Entrepreneurship Council
Last month, the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council (PEC), in partnership with Princeton University Press, held a TigerTalks in the City on “Breakthrough Books,” featuring four Princeton faculty members discussing their most recent books, all published by PUP, in New York City. The quarterly series is designed to bring Princeton research to New York. The faculty participating in the evening’s panel discussion are all Princeton University Press authors: Sir Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs, Emeritus; Nancy Malkiel, professor of history, emeritus; Dalton Conley, the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology; and Alexander Todorov, professor of psychology.
Monday, Jun 19, 2017
by Jamie Saxon & Danielle Alio, Office of Communications
From Petipa to Puccini to Shakespeare, classical works of dance, opera and theater are often adapted to contemporary times. This spring at Princeton, a rarely performed pantomime-ballet — “Within the Quota,” with music by American composer Cole Porter — was reimagined to reflect the current political climate. The original 1923 production responded to restrictive immigration quotas based on national origin that were enacted in 1921. Students of the Princeton University Ballet mounted the new production in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall on Thursday, May 4. Porter’s music was performed live in a new arrangement prepared by Simon Morrison, professor of music, and the London-based Penguin Cafe, whose 10 members traveled to Princeton for the show. When he composed the score for “Within the Quota,” Porter was an ambitious young songsmith. He was deeply troubled by the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, which slashed immigration into the United States and established strict quotas based on the 1910 census to ensure an unchanging ethnic and religious population. Porter’s acerbic 16-minute pantomime-ballet, a series of duets in which an immigrant meets — and dances with — a series of American stereotypes from a New York heiress to a Hollywood starlet, tested the truth of America as a nation of immigrants.
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017
by Julian Zelizer & Sam Wang
One of the ongoing challenges in American politics is appealing to younger demographics - not simply through elections and voter turn-out but engaging young people with the political process. Today’s young people - and even some adults – find politics difficult to digest and unappealing, presenting challenges in the ways that Americans learn, interpret and analyze politics. Gabe Fleisher, a 15-year-old student in St. Louis, is looking to change that with his newsletter “Wake Up to Politics,” which is sent to 36,000 readers every morning. Our youngest guest to date, Fleshier discusses his newsletter and how to make politics appealing in this episode of Politics & Polls.
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017
by Morgan Kelly, Princeton Environmental Institute
The premise of "The Environmental Nexus,” a class which debuted in the spring semester at Princeton, is that the undergraduates of today will be left to deal with the future effects of the global environmental crisis, particularly climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and food and water shortages. These calamities are expected to peak around 2050 when the first-year students of 2017 are around 50 years old. Because every facet of the students’ lives will be touched by the environmental crisis, the unique structure of “Environmental Nexus” approaches the topic from distinct perspectives represented by the four Princeton faculty who co-teach the course.
Thursday, Jun 15, 2017
by B. Rose Kelly, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Sir Angus Deaton testified June 8 before the U.S. Senate’s Joint Economic Committee on the economic aspects of the opioid epidemic. In his testimony, Deaton provided an overview of the study he published in 2015 with Anne Case, which was the first to detect a rise in all-cause mortality driven by deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide among middle-aged Americans, especially those without a college degree. These “deaths of despair” — defined as suicides, deaths from alcoholic liver disease and deaths from illegal and legal drug overdoses — cannot be explained by the Great Recession or current unemployment rates, Deaton told committee members. Instead, the deaths are a response to prolonged economic conditions, social dysfunction and a loss of meaning in the interconnected worlds of work and family.
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
by Steven Runk, Lewis Center for the Arts
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Princeton University professor Tracy K. Smith as the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, for 2017-18. Smith is the Roger S. Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities and a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts. She will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library of Congress’s annual literary season with a reading of her work at the Coolidge Auditorium. “It gives me great pleasure to appoint Tracy K. Smith, a poet of searching,” Hayden said. “Her work travels the world and takes on its voices; brings history and memory to life; calls on the power of literature as well as science, religion and pop culture. With directness and deftness, she contends with the heavens or plumbs our inner depths — all to better understand what makes us most human.”
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
by Lewis Center for the Arts
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts on October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free. The new multi-building arts complex along Alexander Street and University Place on the south edge of campus, adjacent to McCarter Theater, will take the arts at Princeton to even greater heights by significantly expanding the performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces for the arts in new state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities.