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President Barack Obama announced the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba last December, but if you’d like to visit Cuba before the embargo potentially ends, then take ART 466: Havana: Architecture, Literature and the Arts. Led by professor of art and archeology Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer and professor emeritus in the english and comparative literature departments Michael Wood, you’d get to travel to Havana during spring break.
Unlike many of the other trip-based classes offered next semester, SPA 327: Latino Global Cities isn’t going abroad, but to another corner of the United States: Puerto Rico. Traveling to San Juan over spring break, the course studies urban Latino cultures in cities throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Spain. Cross-listed as a Spanish, urban studies and Latino studies course, SPA 327 requires a 200-level Spanish course, or instructor permission, and a one-page motivation letter, followed by an interview, to be selected as one of 14 students allowed to take this course. Priority is given to students who are planning on concentrating in Spanish and Portuguese.
To get to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, you have to drive through hell. U.S. Route 395 stretches from the Canadian border to the mouth of Southern California’s Interstate-15 in the Mojave Desert. As a Californian by birth, I tend to identify all interstates as “freeways,” but it’s roads like Route 395 that I specifically label as highways — the two-lane road that stretches endlessly through a desert horizon. The nature of this endless horizon means two things — there will be extraordinary beauty along the way, but this beauty is perhaps more appreciated with your growing familiarity with the great spaces of emptiness, landscapes without water, places with the haunting reminder of nature’s cruel power.
sssssPoetry: Ellipses Slam Team presents “(AMPERSAND)”
Through Arts and Transit Project,Fenwick Hospitality Group expands restaurant empire’s territorial possessions
When Naomi Lake ’17 decided to pursue a part-time position at Olsson’s Fine Foods and Cheese, part of her reasoning involved a desire to experience a little bit of life outside the Orange Bubble.
As soon as I told our airport taxi driver the name of the street I would be living on for the next four weeks — “Rua Sá Ferreira,” I said, the unfamiliar whooshy h-like rr’s of Portuguese tumbling gracelessly out of my mouth — he nodded. “Ah, I know where that is,” he said. “In Copacabana.”
Phil Klay is a veteran of the Iraq War, having served as an officer in the Marine Corps. His 2014 collection of short stories, "Redeployment," won the National Book Award for Fiction and has since been heralded as the next Tim O'Brien by critics. Klayis a 2015-16 Hodder Fellow in the Lewis Center for the Arts. In an email interview, Street asked Klay about his wartime experiences, writing style and future projects.
For 23 hours between Oct. 22 and 23, many students crowded curiously around the outside of Frist Campus Center, watching a University student sit motionless and alone inside of a 7x9 foot box. Word spread quickly, and many students soon knew about the performance, also known as “7x9”; the box represents the size of cell that prisoners in solitary confinement live in. What some students may not have known was that “7x9” was planned by a student organization called Students for Prison Education and Reform.
This weekend, the Princeton Program in Theater presents “Zoyka’s Apartment,” a play by Kiev-born Mikhail Bulgakov. Performed by Princeton students enrolled in THR 451: The Fall Show and directed by professional Alexandru Mihail, “Zoyka’s Apartment” takes place in a Soviet Russia trying to reconcile centuries of imperial tradition with the dawn of the New Economic Policy era.
Comedy: Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy presents “Sidekicks”
1. It's still pretty warm outside.
U. sees rise in height of international graduate students
When they were in the military, Max Kim ’16, Michael Liao ’17 and Ann Thompson GS began each day hours before the typical college student gets out of bed. Kim, who spent 25 months between his freshman and sophomore years in the Republic of Korea Air Force, would wake up at 6 a.m., report for roll call and go for a 30-minute jog before reporting to the logistics command office where he worked.
From Princeton's literal Revolutionary War battlefields to the campus' deep divisions during the Civil War, Princeton has been a campus integrally linked to America's wars. In celebration of Veteran's Day, we take a look back at moments from the Daily Princetonian archives during the two world wars. And yes, it's true: Hitler rejected the Triangle Club.
I first learned about the bombing of Hiroshima in the ninth grade. We were assigned John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” a long-form article that follows six survivors as they navigate the horrific aftermath of the atomic bomb. The article told of a city completely leveled, of all-engulfing fires, of dying infants, of severed breasts, of burnt skin melting off of faces and limbs. The images made a deeper impression on me than did most things from my high school education. I thought I knew about Hiroshima — what had happened, what had followed.
Sociology professor Miguel Centeno’s course, SOC 250: The Western Way of War, is an iconic course on campus. While the class is listed as a Historical Analysis distribution requirement, The Western Way of War is not simply a history course: according to the course registrar, the class offers a “historical and analytical overview of war focusing on the origins and consequences of organized violence, the experience of battle, the creation and behavior of warriors and the future of such conflicts.”The course is also one of the most popular lecture courses on campus, with 282 students currently enrolled.“P?ut simply, war is seductive,” Zoë Rose Buonaiuto GS, a second year Ph.D. candidate in the history department and preceptor in the course, said in an email statement. “It has been such a central part of human history and societal change. In our collective historical consciousness, war dominated the 20th century in an unprecedented scale.”What, then, does the phrase “Western way of war” mean? In Centeno’s class, the “West” of the title is broadly defined to include parts of the classic Middle East, medieval and modern Western Europe, post-18?th century North America and post-Meiji Restoration Japan. As for the concept of a Western way of war, much of the ideas in the course are derived from or motivated by Victor Davis Hanson’s 1989 book, “The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece.” In his book,? Hanson argued that the “Western way of war” is unparalleled in its effectiveness compared to non-Western war strategies, an argument that is one of many that the course examines. Whether this particular form of military conflict is a significant characteristic of Western Civilization is one of the many contemporary questions that motivate the class.“[Twenty-first] century warfare [from] 9/11 on has already differentiated itself, and I think students recognize they are bearing witness to an important period of change,” Buonaiuto said.Part of the central attraction to students taking the course, however, are Centeno’s lectures.“Professor Centeno’s lecturing style really makes the course come alive,” Buonaiuto said. “His enthusiasm is palpable in lecture, and he makes the material relatable and accessible, despite the horror.”Centeno’s style derives from a mastery of the material and a willingness to engage in a simultaneously meticulous, and but less scripted way.“I have taught the course enough times (10+) that I feel confident about covering the material and this allows me to be spontaneous in my lecture including discussion of latest scholarship I have read,” Centeno said, in an email statement. “It’s the best of both worlds: tried and true, but always evolving.”The course’s reading list is diverse and spans thousands of years, ranging from ancient Greco-Roman cultural touchstones such as Homer’s “I?liad” and Virgil’s “A?eneid,” to ?Thomas E. Ricks’ work on the U.S. Marines, “M?aking the Corps.”“The syllabus is full of classics, but I’m most drawn to ‘T?his Republic of Suffering’ ?by Harvard historian and president Drew Gilpin Faust,” Buonaiuto said. “The book is a model for my own research on World War II military casualties, and I look to it often for inspiration."Students are drawn to the course for a variety of reasons. Madelyn Baron ’18 decided to take the class to learn about conflicts in the Middle East.“I wanted to learn more about the conflict in the Middle East which will be learning about last,” Baron said, in an email statement. “I also have a military family and wanted to see what other perspectives on that are.”In all, Centeno believes the course can be useful in many contexts.“I think [the class] slows them to do two things: study a fascinating social phenomena with which they are not familiar, and use this to discover underappreciated aspects of their own lives and experiences,” Centeno said.