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August 2019

Film and Discussion: “Feminists: What Were They Thinking?”

Wednesday, August 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann shares  a screening of Johanna Demetrakas’ 2018 documentary followed by conversation and story sharing. The film revisits Cynthia MacAdams’ “Emergence,” a landmark collection of portraits of second-wave pioneering feminists including Gloria Steinem, Kate Millett, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and has many of the original subjects and their third-wave successors reflecting on the portraits, their identity as feminists, and their own experience as women in the Movement. Community Room This…

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McCarter Live at the Library Featuring Emily Mann and Mary McDonnell

Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann will be joined in conversation by stage, film, and television actor Mary McDonnell who plays the role of Gloria Steinem in McCarter’s upcoming production of “Gloria: A Life,” written and restaged by Mann. The two will speak about their decades-long friendship and artistic reunion on “Gloria: A Life.”  Mann will discuss how she came to adapt Steinem’s life for the theater, their resulting friendship, and the choices she made to…

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September 2019

Continuing Conversations on Race

Tuesday, September 3, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The first in a series of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Policing," a presentation by Caroline Clarke. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.

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Author James Williams: “Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy”

Monday, September 9, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

In parallel with Princeton University’s incoming Class of 2023, engage in an exploration of the key themes and questions raised in President Christopher Eisgruber’s 2019 Princeton University Pre-read selection, “Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy.” Author James Williams, who worked as a Google strategist for 10 years before pursuing a philosophy Ph.D. at the University of Oxford will discuss how digital technologies, and their many distractions, fragment our attention – individually and as a…

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SCORE Seminar: Competitive Advantages for Small Business

Monday, September 16, 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Amulya Garga presents "Competitive Advantages for Small Business." Please register for this event on the SCORE Princeton website.

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Open Archive: Princeton School Days

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discovery Center – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

As a new school year begins, stop by the Discovery Center to explore report cards, diplomas and other archival materials from historic local schools, both public and private. The Historical Society of Princeton’s Open Archive series allows visitors to interact with little-seen artifacts and documents from its vast collection. Featuring a different theme each time, these events present historical material with minimal interpretation and encourage visitors to make observations, ask questions and be the historian themselves. HSP’s curator of collections…

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PSO Soundtracks: Topic TBD

Wednesday, September 18, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra present a series of lectures to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself.  Presenter James Barron is the author of "Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand" and is a staff reporter for The New York Times. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Ruha Benjamin in Conversation with Eddie Glaude Jr.

Thursday, September 19, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Please register for this event (see below) Eddie Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, and Ruha Benjamin, associate professor in the department, engage in conversation at the launch of  Benjamin's new book, "Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code." In the book, Benjamin  cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity. Also discussed will be  "Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory…

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Art Talk: Theresa Menders and Daniel Farber Huang

Sunday, September 22, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The photographers whose work is on display on the second floor of the library discuss the images that are part of "The Power of Faces," a global photojournalism project featuring portraits of individuals and families in refugee camps around the world. Realizing that most of the nearly 69 million people displaced to refugee camps lost treasured family photos when they fled their homes, Menders and Huang bring photo printers into refugee camps where they distribute portraits for individuals to keep.…

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Medicare: Make Informed and Cost-Effective Choices

Monday, September 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

This State Health Insurance Assistance (SHIP) program offers an overview of the different parts of Medicare, when and how to enroll and what programs are available to help with costs. Participants will learn how to select the most cost-effective coverage for their situation and how to secure free individual counseling with a certified Medicare counselor.  Presenter will be Marion Zajac, a certified volunteer counselor for Medicare who has served clients in Mercer County for six years. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.…

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October 2019

Animal Protection Initiatives in New Jersey

Tuesday, October 1, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Brian Hackett, director of the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey, joins a panel of experts to discuss animal protection efforts in New Jersey and important statewide initiatives for 2019 and 2020. Hear about the progress being made on a wide range of legislative issues related to animal protection. A Q&A will follow. Co-presented with the Humane Society of the United States - New Jersey.  

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PSO Soundtracks: Topic TBD

Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on November 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The library and Princeton Symphony Orchestra present a series of lectures to deepen the concert-going experience by explaining more about the music being performed and the orchestra itself. Topics and presenters will be updated closer to the event date. Presented in partnership with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.

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Continuing Conversations on Race

Monday, October 7, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Room – First Floor, 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

The second of four sessions examining racial bias in the United States criminal justice system features "Incarceration," a presentation by Wilma Solomon. Presented in partnership with Not in Our Town Princeton.  

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Film and Discussion: “Mary Shelley”

Monday, October 7, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Following a screening of the 2017 romantic period drama about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's first love and relationship with the poet Percy Shelley, Princeton University Professor of English Susan Wolfson shares her perspective on the film and her knowledge of the writer. Wolfson is co-editor of the award-winning "The Annotated Frankenstein." A Q&A will follow. "Mary Shelley" is being presented as a companion film to Lookingglass Theatre Company's production of "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" at McCarter Theatre Center Oct. 15 to Nov. 13.…

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New Jersey’s Nov. 5 Election: Why Should We Care?

Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Newsroom – Second Floor, 65 Witherspoon St
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States

Why should we care about the election on Nov. 5 given that the New Jersey General Assembly is the only office the at the top of the ballot? Learn more from Ingrid Reed and others knowledgeable about the challenges of being in the General Assembly during this presentation. New Jersey and Virginia are the only states that have state-wide elections in 2019 and these states will be watched for clues to the 2020 election.   Presented with support from the…

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