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When Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” debuted at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it received a six-minute standing ovation; some critics called it Lee’s best film in years. Throughout his career as a director, Lee has used cinema as a medium to explore themes such as race relations and the African American experience. “BlacKkKlansman” updates these themes for modern mainstream audiences, representing a natural progression from his previous works. Thanks to Lee’s masterful directing, a bold screenplay, and an all-star cast, the film combines absurdity, dark humor, and horror into a nuanced commentary on social issues still relevant today.
The first installment of the Program in Creative Writing’s C.K. Williams Reading Series, a sequence of events that “showcase senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests,” featured Lebanese American author Rabih Alameddine, writer of the critically acclaimed and National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, “An Unnecessary Woman.”
Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day. The day was first celebrated in 1988 and based on the idea that the personal is political, that the most basic form of activism can be coming out to friends, family, and coworkers, and living openly. The core idea is that homophobia thrives in silence and people are less likely to maintain homophobic beliefs when they discover that a loved one is LGBTQ+.
Comedy has become a dominant genre in the podcasting field, and one with a low barrier of entry, prompting many actors, comedians, and YouTubers to extend into the industry. The field, according to a Media Monitors Podcast Listener survey, has 23 shows in the Top 100 podcasts, and three in the Top 25. But when comedy transforms — when it combines elements from other fields like politics and cultural commentary to become something more — the parameters which once guided it must change.
There are numbers too big for people to comprehend: at some point, the human brain simply shrugs and says, “It’s a lot.” That’s why we have TikToks translating the net worth of billionaires into grains of rice, data visualization software, graphs and graphics and charts, all neatly packaged to try to clarify exactly how much “a lot” is.
Months ago, in his speech accepting the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden quoted the Irish poet Seamus Heaney. “The longed-for tidal wave of justice can rise up,” Biden told us, “and hope and history rhyme.”
On Thursday, Oct. 1, the Asian American Students Association (AASA) celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, adapting the conventionally in-person celebration to a virtual medium.
Earlier today, “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin made an appearance in a video posted on the University’s social media, in which she urged students to refrain from large gatherings and observe public health protocols.
Last April, as the spring semester wound to a close, I wrote a column titled “This isn’t normal,” urging people to give themselves space to process the tumultuous events we had all experienced. Six months later, as we stand halfway through fall semester, the pandemic has only worsened — and yet the University acts as if we’ve all returned to normal.
The other day, I overheard my friend reveal to a family member that her friend had tested positive for coronavirus.
Last week, in a piece for the Washington Examiner, Matthew Wilson ’24 breathlessly opined, “Princeton can’t have it both ways on racism.” In short, Wilson maintains not only that President Christopher L. Eisgruber ’83 is hypocritical in characterizing Princeton as simultaneously racist and anti-racist, but he even declares in no uncertain terms that Princeton is not racist.
What surprises me the most about living in a city is how quickly I got used to the noise. The rumbling of the subway, the shouts from the sidewalk, the honking cars — after a few days spent jumping at each sound, they’ve quickly faded into the background music of what has become my everyday life.
Mariana Bravo ’24, Aisha Chebbi ’24, Elliott Hyon ’24, Sydney Johnson ’24, and Ive Jones ’24 will be the Class of 2024’s representatives on the Undergraduate Student Government Class Council. These five candidates received the most votes out of the 28 first-years who ran, according to an email sent on Friday, Oct. 2, with the results of the class-wide election.
As part of broader anti-racist initiatives announced in June, the University launched the RISE (Recognizing Inequities and Standing for Equality) program. Intended to facilitate research and conversation on topics of racial justice, this year’s RISE program culminated in a series of mini-symposia held the week of Sept. 28.
COVID-19’s five-year transmission landscape can range from “sustained epidemics” to “near-elimination” depending on the strength of immunity, vaccination rate and effectiveness, and social distancing protocol, University researchers found.
On Sept. 23, the Princeton University Art Museum revealed designs for its new building, for which the museum will break ground in May 2021 and finish in the fall of 2024.