Spencer Trask

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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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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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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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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Field Notes From An Ethical Minefield

Princeton Public Lectures Presents Katherine Boo, Author and Journalist Wednesday, November 8, 2017 McCosh Hall, Room 50; 6:00 pm 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…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Salman Rushdie, Author

Acclaimed author Sir Ahmad Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels, as well as memoirs, short stories, and essays. A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honors, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: David Henry Hwang, Playwright

Tony Award winning playwright, librettist and TV writer David Henry Hwang (M. BUTTERFLY, CHINGLISH, AIDA, THE AFFAIR) shares his journey as a kid from Los Angeles who discovered theatre, and what it means to be an Asian American writer in a country where people of color are rapidly becoming the new mainstream. This event is co-sponsored by the Spencer Trask Lecture Series, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Program in American Studies.  It is free and open to the…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: John McPhee, Writer and Pioneer of Creative Nonfiction

John McPhee, author and pioneer of creative non-fiction, will read from several personal history pieces, all relating to the writing process and to Princeton. John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. Also in 1965, he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with Farrar, Straus and…

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Princeton University’s Spencer Trask Lectures: Film and Terrorism, Discussion by Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma

Filmmaker Olivier Assayas and Critic Ian Buruma will present a conversation on  “Film and Terrorism.”  Ruben Gallo, Director of Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, will lead the discussion, which will focus on how Assayas has portrayed terrorism in several of his award-winning films. Director and Screenwriter Olivier Assayas’ films include Something in the Air(Apres Mai, 2012) and Summer Air (L’heure d’Ete, 2008).   His 2010 film Carlos examined the life of terrorist Carlos the Jackal and includes a minute-by-minute recreation of Carlos’s storming of…

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