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On Jan. 15, the first episode of Marvel’s most recent series, “WandaVision,” landed on the streaming platform Disney+. In its first week, “WandaVision” was one of the 10 most-watched original shows across streaming platforms, according to Nielsen estimates. By the end of January, it claimed the title of most-watched series across streaming platforms, despite only three of nine episodes having then been released. By Feb. 15, according to Parrot Analytics, it became the most popular series in the world.
At 21 years old, Topaz Winters is an internationally-acclaimed poet, essayist, editor, performer, curator, and scholar. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections and a chapbook, and she is the founder and editor-in-chief of the publishing house, literary journal, radio show, and arts organization Half Mystic.
In February, we relaunched The Prospect, dedicating the section to arts, culture, and self-reflection. Here are 13 pieces from an unprecedented year.
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In 2013, President Eisgruber instated the Pre-read program to introduce first-years to “Princeton’s intellectual life.” Since then, each incoming class has collectively read and discussed a book selected by President Eisgruber and sent to them prior to their arrival on campus.
Backlash over creative writing lecturer Michael Dickman’s use of offensive and violent language in a recently published poem led Don Share, the editor of Poetry magazine, to resign last month — one of several recent controversies surrounding free speech and accountability that have embroiled the University.
In the heat of the unairconditioned kitchen, my grandma tells stories about her grandma to the music of the sizzling griddle and the spinning fan. As the hand of the outdoor thermometer creeps close to 100 degrees, I carefully roll out the cookie dough on the counter while my grandma — whom I call Mam — flips the cookies on the griddle.
On July 1, the University named seven new members to its Board of Trustees.
The University recently named Pulitzer Prize-winning theater critic and writer Hilton Als an inaugural Presidential Visiting Scholar for the 2020–2021 academic year. The Visiting Scholars program brings leaders in academic or professional fields to the University to increase diversity among the University’s faculty.
Thomas Roche Jr., the Murray Professor of English, Emeritus, died peacefully at 89 years old after a long illness in Beachwood, Ohio on May 3. He is survived by his husband, Robert H. “Bo” Smith.
Nicholas Johnson ’20 was recently named the valedictorian of the University’s Class of 2020, making him the first black valedictorian in the University’s 274-year history. Johnson is a concentrator in operations research and financial engineering (ORFE) from Montreal, Quebec, pursuing certificates in statistics and machine learning, applied and computational mathematics, and applications of computing. After graduation, Johnson will spend the summer interning remotely with the D.E. Shaw Group as a hybrid quantitative researcher and software developer before pursuing a Ph.D. in operations research at MIT beginning in fall 2020.
Grace Sommers ’20 was recently named the Latin salutatorian of the University’s Class of 2020. A resident of Bridgewater, N.J., Grace is concentrating in physics with certificates in applications of computing, applied and computational mathematics, and Ancient Roman language and culture. After graduation, Grace will return to the University to pursue a Ph.D. in physics.
Jianing Zhao ’20 had a busy spring ahead of her. She was directing two shows slated for production in the coming weeks: her original adaptation of the Chinese novel “Lust, Caution” with Princeton Chinese Theater and a participatory, site-specific production of Eugène Ionesco’s “The Chairs,” in collaboration with the French theater workshop L’Avant Scene. “The Chairs” was to be Zhao’s senior project with the Program in Theater.
Currently showing at the Princeton Garden Theatre, Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Portrait de la jeune fille en feu” (translated as “Portrait of a Lady on Fire”) explores the dialectics of artist/subject, love/beloved, and viewer/viewed, presenting them as fluid and reciprocal. In the act of viewing, the film posits, oneself is viewed.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will present the first full English-language production of “Sister Mok-rahn,” a critically acclaimed contemporary Korean play written by Eunsung Kim and translated by Dayoung Jeong. The production is the senior thesis project of Jenny Kim ’20, who provided dramaturgy, lighting design, and set design, while Carol Lee ’20 plays the title character, Jo Mok-rahn.
Craig Mazin ’92 was honored with a Golden Globe Award on Sunday evening as creator, writer, and executive producer of “Chernobyl,” the 2019 miniseries produced by HBO in association with Sky UK.
Although Ananya Agustin Malhotra ’20 and Serena Alagappan ’20 come from different fields, the two recently named Rhodes Scholars have much in common when it comes to how they approach academia and the issues they care about.
The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, a division of Princeton University Library’s Department of Special Collections, will close for renovations in March 2020. Digitization services will cease in February 2020 in preparation for the renovation, which is predicted to last through January 2021.