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On the morning of April 11, President Donald Trump tweeted on U.S.-Russia relations, saying: “Our relationship with Russia is worse now than it has ever been, and that includes the Cold War.” A few hours later in Robertson Hall, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul responded to the President’s sentiments.
Taking a step back from perfection-obsessed ballerinas, unorthodox allegories about nature, and brutal boxing sequences, filmmaker, writer, and director Darren Aronofsky is pivoting his focus to the mystery of Earth in his new ten-episode series “One Strange Rock”. University students and community members were given a private screening of the series’ first episode, followed by a talkback with Aronofsky on Tuesday night in Richardson Auditorium.
“I want to become a human being who understands what being human is about,” explained André Aciman, a New York Times bestselling author and former University professor of French literature. Aciman conducts his classroom, his craft, and his life with this aspiration in mind. Aciman has received the high acclaim for his 2007 novel “Call Me By Your Name.”
“[Churchill is] such a colorful character,” explained Milton in an interview with The Daily Princetonian. “He’s contradictory, and I think that fascinates people…. He’s almost like a Shakespearean character.” Milton discussed his book at a March 2 talk hosted by the Princeton Public Library.
“This is sort of why I was put on Earth,” Michael Pratt, the Princeton University Orchestra conductor and director of the program in musical performance, explained of his career as a teacher and conductor of music. 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Pratt’s start at the University.
Through the pitch black of the cavernous Richardson Auditorium came piercing words: “In the face of injustice and adversity, certainly some gave their lives looking to change the world.” The voice of legendary jazz saxophonist, musician, singer, and composer Archie Shepp continued, saying “Unfortunately, not much has changed. Sometimes, things seem to be even worse. Perhaps we are all prisoners.”
Pulitzer Prize-winning Ferris Professor of Journalism John McPhee ’53 answered questions relating to his extensive career as a writer of creative nonfiction and discussed his most recent book, “Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process.” He was accompanied by Robert Wright ’79 and Joel Achenbach ’82, two accomplished writers in their own rights, at a book discussion on Tuesday evening at Labyrinth Books.
Clad in metallic silver booties and outfitted with a beautiful acoustic guitar, London-based singer-songwriter Jade Bird took to the stage of Richardson Auditorium to perform her music and engage in dialogue on Wednesday evening. “It doesn’t matter where you are, but you’re always looking up,” she says. “You’ve got to stop doing that, you’ve got to stop looking for that, you know, something American, something great.”
Professor of psychology and public affairs Elizabeth (Betsy) Levy Paluck was named as one of the 24 recipients of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant on Oct. 11. The MacArthur Fellowship is a “$625,000, no-strings-attached award to extraordinarily talented and creative individuals as an investment in their potential,” according to its website. Being named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow is an extremely high honor, with an extensive nomination and selection process. Paluck is best known for her work with social norms and impacts of mass media on behavioral changes, with her experiments largely occurring in real-world environments.
In a substantial contribution to the performing arts community, long time New Jersey theater supporter Betty Wold Johnson gave the McCarter Theatre a $500,000 challenge grant on Sept. 28, according to an official McCarter Theatre press release.
Los Angeles-based R&B singer/songwriter Tinashe will headline fall 2017 Lawnparties. The biannual day of musical performances, also referred to as LWNPRTYS MMXVII, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17.
In a letter to the White House on Aug. 30, University President Christopher Eisgruber ’83 implored President Donald Trump to continue the current form of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, also calling upon the President to shield DACA from any future court challenges.Eisgruber’s letter comes on the heels of the Sept. 5 deadline that ten state attorney generals have given Trump to either dissolve the program or have it challenged in court, a CNN Politics report explains.
“I want to get the crowd unbelievably hype,” said DJ Relley Rozay, the student headliner for spring Lawnparties, when asked what he was most looking forward to about his performance on May 7.
Jane Cox, Director of the Program in Theatre and senior lecturer in theatre, was nominated for a Tony Award in the category Best Lighting Design of a Play on Tuesday, May 2, according to the official Tony Awards website.
Sir Gilbert Levine ’71 is an American conductor whose work has been featured on stages around the world and on television in various PBS concert specials. He has garnered the nickname “the Pope’s Maestro” for his enduring friendship with Pope John Paul II. In addition to his musical recordings, several profiles on his life have been broadcast internationally, including a recent feature on 60 Minutes. A film screening of Levine’s travels and performances, followed by a Q&A, will take place in McCormick 101 on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
“Senior year is a phenomenal time, and senior year is what people are going to remember for the rest of their lives," McGhee said. "There are so many milestones that occur during your senior year, and I think it’s very important to have a very cohesive, very strong, and very friendly class government that is planning events throughout the entire year."
The connections between social engagement and art were evident as the Student Advisory Board hosted its annual Inspiration Night in the Princeton University Art Museum Thursday evening.
The Daily Princetonian spoke with theater professor Stacy Wolf about her recently received Guggenheim Fellowship and her work in theater both with the University and outside of it.