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.