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In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, historian Sheila Fitzpatrick spoke to a group of University students and community members on changing scholarly approaches to the revolution, Soviet history in the last fifty years, and her accompanying work on these topics.
Colburn worked as the assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Defense, chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, national communications director of the 2012 Obama for America campaign, assistant secretary for public affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and director of external affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He now serves as the primary communications strategist, manager, and spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic organization founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician and educator Dr. Priscilla Chan that aims to promote equal opportunit
“I think universities miss the point when they hide the light,” said Prairie View A&M University Interim President Ruth Simmons. “Hiding the light means we become corrupt and scheming like other institutions, [and that is] very harmful to us as institutions. There are intruders that want to uncloak the dishonesty of the University. Our best defense is to do it in the light and with the utmost integrity because others will uncloak that if we don’t.”
Through her own research, Morrison concluded that, while slavery in all civilizations was inevitable due to its lucrative nature, what was not inevitable was the “powerful, bloody social movement” against abolition, as seen from the bloodied attacks on abolitionists by the University’s students to the journeys of the University’s founders, trustees, and nine presidents who owned slaves. Morrison compared navigating between slavery and the University’s history to “navigating between a swamp and an iceberg.”
Kaphar’s talk is one of several artistic events accompanying the Princeton and Slavery Project, a scholarly symposium taking place Nov. 17–18 to discuss the connection between the University’s history and the institution of slavery. Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will give a keynote address on Nov. 17, and McCarter Theatre will premiere the newly commissioned “Princeton and Slavery Plays” on Nov. 19.
Ana Asensio’s award-winning film, “Most Beautiful Island,” will be featured in the Princeton Independent Film Festival (PRINDIE) along with a Q&A on Thursday.
“PRINDIE has a good selection of films and is the coolest film festival in New Jersey,” said Asensio. “It’s a good opportunity for the people of New Jersey to see films since many of the films don’t have theatrical distribution.”
“The history of Princeton and slavery is the history of America writ small,” professor Martha Sandweiss said. “We are a place where liberty and slavery have been intertwined from the very start.”
“Don’t you hate it when you’re reading a book and you get the impression that the writer is sitting there with a keyboard and a thesaurus?” Grisham asked.
“Omri is certainly one of the most charismatic visiting artists that we’ve brought,” said Marge Goldwater, Program Director of the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist Program. “I’m thrilled that he is here. He is multidimensional — he is interested in filmmaking [too]. He’s always been very popular with the students and brings tremendous enthusiasm.”
While in high school, Nicolas Viglucci ’19 won an online auction for a bus, but his father cancelled the sale for him since he had neither a design plan nor the funding to realize his dream. Five years later, Viglucci has received generous funding from High Meadows Foundation Sustainability Fund and Project X Innovation Fund to finally build his tiny home inside a bus at the University.