Humanities Programs 2016-2017

Princeton & Slavery Project 

October 10. 7pm 

Book Discussion: “Einstein on Race and Racism” with Ruha Benjamin
Princeton Room

October 12. 1pm 

Book Discussion: “I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton” with Nell Irvin Painter
Quiet Room

October 17-December 15. all day

Princeton & Slavery Library Exhibit
Princeton Room

October 24. 6pm

Author Talk: Sharon Draper
Community Room

October 30. 6:30pm

Open Archives Event: Princeton & Slavery Library Exhibit
Newsroom & Discovery Center

November 2. 6pm

Workshop: Creating Art from Primary Sources (registration required)
Conference Room

November 14. 6:30pm

Film Screening and Discussion: “I Am Not Your Negro” and Discussion with Ruha Benjamin
Community Room

November 20. 7pm

The Princeton & Slavery Plays: A Post-Show Community Conversation with Not in Our Town Princeton
Community Room

November 28. 6:30pm

Princeton & Slavery Student Film Screenings and Q&A
Community Room

November 29. 7pm

Challenging Slavery and Its Legacies in Princeton (registration required)
Carl A. Fields Center, 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton


Gente y Cuentos

Tuesday, September 11, Mondays September 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9. 7pm
Princeton Room

Poets at the Library

September 11. 7pm

Mahogany Browne and John Browning

October 16. 7pm

Forgotten Women
Community Room

November 13. 7pm

Cool Women


Historical Fiction Book Group with Historical Society of Princeton

September 20. 6:30pm

Discussion: “Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead with Professor Mekala Audain
Historical Society of Princeton, 354 Quaker Road

November 15. 6:30pm

Discussion: “Burr” by Gore Vidal with Professor Paul Clemens
Historical Society of Princeton, 354 Quaker Road

Additional Events

September 12. 7pm

Author Talk: “Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy” with Steven Nadler and Ben Nadler
Community Room

October 2. 7pm

Hallowed Ground: Putting the Civil War Dead to Rest with Martin Mosho

October 17. 7pm

Author Talk: “The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History” with Joseph Williams 
Community Room

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”



Sunday, March 5, 2pm

Raconteur Radio performance of Moby Dick

Wednesday, March 8, 7pm

Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Sunday, March 19, 2pm

The Value of the Book with Ray Rickman

Sunday, April 23, 5pm at Labyrinth Books

Author Talk: Democracy Now! Covering the Movements Changing America

Monday, April 24, 6pm

A Look at Criminal Justice: A Discussion of the System and Reforms

Monday, May 15, 7pm

WWI Monuments in New Jersey with Erik Burro

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm

The End of the End of History with Kim Lane Scheppele

Thursday, May 18, 7pm

Author Talk: “I Hear My People Singing” with Kathryn Watterson

Celebrating Women’s History Month 

Saturday, March 4, 4pm

Screening: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

Sunday, March 12, 2pm

A Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theater

Thursday, March 16, 6pm

Library Live at Labyrinth: Maria DiBattita and Deborah Nord

Friday, March 17, 6:30pm

Screening: Jackie 

Monday, March 20, 6:30pm

Screening and discussion: “Equal Means Equal” 

Monday, March 27, 7pm

Author talk: Amy Gary on “In the Great Green Room”

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

Tuesday, March 21, noon

Jewish Urban Politics in an Era of Crisis with Lila Corwin-Berman

Tuesday, April 4, noon

Humor, Celebrity, and Religious Dissent in Early America: Thomas Paine and Lorenzo Dow with Seth Perry


Jazz Appreciation Month

All programs presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Princeton

Tuesday, April 4, 7pm

Opening Concert: Sonic Liberation 8 with Oliver Lake
Arts Council of Princeton

Thursday, April 6, 7pm

Jazz Appreciation Performance and Discussion
Princeton Public Library Community Room

Sunday, April 9, 3pm

The Masters of Swing with Gordon James
Princeton Public Library Community Room

Monday, April 10, 6pm

Book Discussion: Toni Morrison’s Jazz with Kinohi Nishikawa
Princeton Public Library Quiet Room

Tuesday, April 11, 6pm

Screening and Discussion: “Satchmo the Great” with Ricky Riccardi
Princeton Public Library Community Room

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm

Screening: Mary Lou Williams – The Lady Who Swings the Band
Arts Council of Princeton

Sunday, April 23, 2pm

Performance: Princeton University’s Small Group A and Rudresh Manahthappa
Princeton Public Library Community Room

Thursday, April 27, 6pm

Screening and Discussion: “The Jazz Loft according to W. Eugene Smith” with Dan Buskirk
The Garden Theater

Friday, April 28, 6pm

Jazz Month Closing Concert: Applied Harmony
Hinds Plaza

Poets at the Library

Monday, March 13, 7pm

Gina and John Larkin

Sunday, March 26, 1:15pm

Book Launch: US 1 Worksheets

Monday, April 17, 7pm

Cynthia Arrieu-King and Wanda S. Praisner

Monday, May 8, 7pm

Elane Gutterman and Anna Evans