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Emily Spalding
Senior Writer


Darren Aronofsky, on his new series "One Strange Rock"

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.

Former U. professor André Aciman on “Call Me By Your Name,” teaching, and his craft

“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.”

Giles Milton talks new Churchill book at Princeton Public Library

“[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.

PUO conductor Pratt reflects on 40 years at U.

“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.

Archie Shepp captivates as featured performer at jazz concert

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.” 

McPhee ’53, Wright ’79, Achenbach ’82 discuss writing process, journalism

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.

London singer-songwriter Jade Bird performs at U., fresh from Colbert's show

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.”