“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.