Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Carol Anderson, Emory University

Throughout our history, as African American have advanced towards full participation in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow. The so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Professor Anderson will discuss the veil that has long covered actions made in…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist and Graphic Memoirist

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers.  She will explore her artistic process; describe her  unlikely road to activism; and share insight into her new work and the current political climate. For twenty-five years Alison self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For. The award- winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre,…

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Yaddo Variations 2018

New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco Please join us for an extraordinary series of events celebrating our role as a provider of transformational space, time and community to thousands of visionary talents. Browse our menu, below, for details on our remarkable guests of honor and hosts, and reserve tickets to support Yaddo, as we prepare for our second century of service to the next generation of writers and artists. “At its best, [art] is the experience…

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Summer Benefit 2018

Join Yaddo on Thursday, June 28, once again under the pines on the Yaddo grounds, for a night to remember with our special guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning Yaddo author, Elizabeth Strout. Enjoy a lively conversation with the author of such bestsellers as Olive Kitteridge, The Burgess Boys, My Name Is Lucy Barton, and her latest, Anything Is Possible. Please mark your calendars. Tickets and more information will be available soon! For more information, visit yaddo.org

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Drive-By Truckers Rock-and-Roll, Progressive Politics, and the Dirty South

An evening of conversation and music with thelead singers of the Drive-By-Truckers, Michael Cooley and Patterson Hood with Jonathan Rieder. The two co-founders of the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood and Michael Cooley, will join Barnard Sociologist Jonathan Rieder for a conversation about Rock-n-Roll, the South, and the role of music in the Age of Trump. Founded in 1996 by the Alabama-born Cooley and Hood, for decades the Truckers have crafted their often surreal, often poignant Southern Gothic tales of people at…

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Yaddo Presents: Sigrid Nunez

In concert with Northshire Bookstore, Yaddo is pleased to present Sigrid Nunez, whose new novel The Friendoffers an unsentimental portrayal of loss, the human-canine bond, and the healing power of literature. In The Friend, a writing professor loses her best friend to suicide and subsequently adopts his orphaned Great Dane. A self-described cat person, the narrator accepts the 180-pound dog in spite of her rent-stabilized lease, which prohibits the animal. Together, they grapple with overwhelming grief for the man who anchored their…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Jill Lepore, Historian

Jill Lepore will discuss the challenge of writing American history during a time of division. Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University.  She has  been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2005. Her books include The Name of War (1998), which won the Bancroft Prize; New York Burning (2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history; The Story of America (2012), which was short-listed for the PEN Literary Award for the Art of the Essay; Book of Ages (2013), a…

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Guyana Expedition

VIDEO — The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Ornithology Department organized the expedition to Guyana. It was supported by Holt Thrasher, Brad Palmer and Kevin Kimberlin, Chairman of Spencer Trask & Co., whose experience is documented in this presentation.

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Katherine Boo, author of Behind The Beautiful Forevers

In the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement, journalist and author Katherine Boo will discuss some lessons learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities. Katherine Boo’s 2012 book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity  won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the National Book Award for Nonfiction.  She has…

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