National Endowment for the Humanities at
Princeton Public Library
Princeton Public Library is committed to sustaining and growing humanities programs and projects to enrich the lives of our patrons through thought-provoking public programs, collections development, and broader access to all things humanities related. Humanities programs at the library support the library’s mission to serve as the community’s living room, connecting people through words and ideas to enrich their lives.
The Humanities at Princeton Public Library
The driving force behind humanities programs at the library is a Challenge Grant received in 2007 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The endowment created through the grant and local fundraising efforts provides funding for humanities programs, collections development, and other projects now and into the future.
Princeton Public Library Humanities Advisory Group
This group of volunteers advises the library and helps helps guide and evaluate humanities-based programs and projects. This group includes scholars, practitioners, educators, and community members who help build and maintain relationships between the library and local institutions, offer suggestions for community partnerships, and provide ideas and feedback on programs and projects.
What are the humanities?
The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.
Upcoming Events Spotlight
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Newsroom at Princeton Public Library
Interested in learning about local history resources and developing your own local history research project? Join historians Alison Isenberg from Princeton University and Richard Anderson from Penn State, Izzy Kasdin and Stephanie Schwartz from the Historical Society of Princeton, and librarian Gayle Stratton of the Princeton Public Library for a hands-on learning and discussion program.
The presenters will share information about Princeton and Mercer County resources, including historical newspaper databases and manuscript archives, as well as a how-to miniguide for conducting oral history interviews. Following the presentations, attendees will break into small groups to consult on specific research questions with presenters. All ages welcome.
Authors Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum: “A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy”
Monday, May 20, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Community Room at Princeton Public Library
Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new — conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. In “A Lot of People Are Saying,” Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum show how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it. Filled with vivid examples, “A Lot of People Are Saying” diagnoses a defining and disorienting feature of today’s politics and offers a guide to responding to the threat.
The Challenge Grant from the NEH makes all these things possible
Both print and digital collections are continually enhanced to keep up with new releases and to build collections on specific themes.
The goal of the project is to collect, share, and archive stories and memories of Princetonians. Voices of Princeton is a collaborative oral history project between the Princeton Public Library, the Historical Society of Princeton, the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, and the Arts Council of Princeton.
This program provides cardholders with free access to 19 local and regional cultural destinations.
Kanopy provides access our new video streaming service which offers a broad selection of quality documentaries, feature films and training videos from producers including The Criterion Channel, The Great Courses, PBS, Music Box Films, Kino Lorber, First Run Features, BBC, and many more.
Access Video on Demand is an online digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7. Choose from more than 6,500 educational titles in many subject areas relating to the humanities and social sciences.