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A solitary couple walk through Henry Courtyard on a rainy morning.
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Five ways to disrupt the monotony of Zoom University

Online school has encouraged a single focus on just being a student, with little motivation for any other activities. However, rather than falling back on the age-old habit of starting a new Netflix binge, I suggest that we all explore the idea of the “Five Hobbies.”  

Online school has encouraged a single focus on just being a student, with little motivation for any other activities. However, rather than falling back on the age-old habit of starting a new Netflix binge, I suggest that we all explore the idea of the “Five Hobbies.”  

THE PROSPECT | April 13

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AAS professor Imani Perry on bridging creative and academic writing

Imani Perry is a Professor of African American Studies. She is affiliated with several departments and programs including the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Law and Public Affairs, and the University Center for Human Values. Free copies of her book “Breathe: A Letter to my Sons” were distributed in Summer 2020 to undergraduates who opted in as part of USG’s anti-racism book initiative. 

Imani Perry is a Professor of African American Studies. She is affiliated with several departments and programs including the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Law and Public Affairs, and the University Center for Human Values. Free copies of her book “Breathe: A Letter to my Sons” were distributed in Summer 2020 to undergraduates who opted in as part of USG’s anti-racism book initiative. 

THE PROSPECT | April 4

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Book-ish reviews "The Footnote" by Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton’s book, “The Footnote”, digs into the history of citation. I sat down with him to talk about his book, how history is made, how we understand the past, and the nature of truth. The humble little footnote is behind it all. Listen in. 

Anthony Grafton’s book, “The Footnote”, digs into the history of citation. I sat down with him to talk about his book, how history is made, how we understand the past, and the nature of truth. The humble little footnote is behind it all. Listen in.  

PODCAST | April 3

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“Detail from La ciudad hidroespacial (The Hydrospatial City) by Gyula Kosice (b. 1924)“ by Steve Snodgrass / CC BY 2.0

The Power of the insurgent archive in Latinx art

Mari Carmen Ramírez and Yasmin Ramírez discuss the transformative role of archives in the preservation of Latinx art, culture, and authenticity in America in an event hosted by the Art and Archaeology Department at Princeton.

Mari Carmen Ramírez and Yasmin Ramírez discuss the transformative role of archives in the preservation of Latinx art, culture, and authenticity in America in an event hosted by the Art and Archaeology Department at Princeton.

THE PROSPECT | April 1

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LCA professor Tracy K. Smith on race and American identity in poetry

Watching the world unfold over the past year, Tracy K. Smith, professor and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in creative writing, has considered the ways she can encourage open and honest conversation surrounding issues at the forefront of our communities.

Watching the world unfold over the past year, Tracy K. Smith, Professor in the Creative Writing Program and Chair of The Lewis Center for the Arts, has considered the ways she can encourage open and honest conversation surrounding issues that are at the forefront of our communities.

THE PROSPECT | April 1

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Racism, innocent deaths, and Asian-American art

The Atlanta shooting is a clear call for me — and everyone — to take action for the Asian and Asian American communities by raising awareness and working to fight the thinly veiled, yet pervasive racism hiding behind our internal biases and microaggressions.

The Atlanta shooting is a clear call for me — and everyone — to take action for the Asian and Asian American communities by raising awareness and working to fight the thinly veiled, yet pervasive racism hiding behind our internal biases and microaggressions.

THE PROSPECT | March 31

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Rachel, who's an Asian

“A large part of my aversion to Asian dramas came from generally wanting nothing to do with any kind of Asian culture. Growing up in America, there was always a xenophobic undercurrent to products from my culture: Asian things were weird.”

“A large part of my aversion to Asian dramas came from generally wanting nothing to do with any kind of Asian culture. Growing up in America, there was always a xenophobic undercurrent to products from my culture: Asian things were weird.”

THE PROSPECT | March 30

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A defense of doing less

“The way I see it, if success in school requires crying on the floor, I don’t want to be successful. Success, I think, is being happy, at any given time. I still think it’s good to work, it’s good to struggle, it’s good to fail.”

“The way I see it, if success in school requires crying on the floor, I don’t want to be successful. Success, I think, is being happy, at any given time. I still think it’s good to work, it’s good to struggle, it’s good to fail.”

THE PROSPECT | March 28

Jennifer Lee ’23 and Kesavan Srivilliputhur ’23, co-presidents of AASA, speaking at the rally.
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Why we should start listening to those ‘minor minorities’

“Watching the anti-Asian violence unfold on the news, I could not help but see my experience with dermatillomania as an allegory for how many Asian Americans, including myself, experience racism. There seems to be a pervasive insecurity that our struggles are unimportant, or simply not worthy of discussion.” 

“Watching the anti-Asian violence unfold on the news, I could not help but see my experience with dermatillomania as an allegory for how many Asian Americans, including myself, experience racism. There seems to be a pervasive insecurity that our struggles are unimportant, or simply not worthy of discussion.” 

THE PROSPECT | March 28

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Sexpert: What you should know about menstrual cups

Menstrual cups are a great alternative to pads and tampons and definitely worth trying out if you think they might be right for you! Not only are they more sustainable, but they can also be a super cost-effective option, compared to pads and tampons. If you take advantage of the campus initiative, your cup will be free and could last you up to five years with proper cleaning and care! 

Menstrual cups are a great alternative to pads and tampons and definitely worth trying out if you think they might be right for you! Not only are they more sustainable, but they can also be a super cost-effective option, compared to pads and tampons. If you take advantage of the campus initiative, your cup will be free and could last you up to five years with proper cleaning and care! 

THE PROSPECT | March 25

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It feels like America again

The Prospect associate editor José Pablo Fernández García wrestles with growing up in the age of mass shootings and how a return of such tragedies to the headlines grossly feels like a return to American normalcy.

The Prospect associate editor José Pablo Fernández García wrestles with growing up in the age of mass shootings and how a return of such tragedies to the headlines grossly feels like a return to American normalcy.

THE PROSPECT | March 25

Akaneh Wang and Tri Giao Vu Dinh / The Daily Princetonian

How live music, art, and dance are combating vaccine hesitancy

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination.

Public health officials have employed some creative endeavors — from musically-charged cathedrals to music videos featuring local dancers — to encourage COVID-19 vaccination. 

THE PROSPECT | March 24

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USG Movie Review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ (2018)

“On the Basis of Sex” honors the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is remembered as one of the most respected and influential figures in modern political life. With a charming screenplay and moving lead performances, the film offers viewers a glimpse into Ginsburg’s life as a lawyer and professor as well as a wife and mother. 

 “On the Basis of Sex” honors the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is remembered as one of the most respected and influential figures in modern political life. With a charming screenplay and moving lead performances, the film offers viewers a glimpse into Ginsburg’s life as a lawyer and professor as well as a wife and mother.  

THE PROSPECT | March 24

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Stuck on studying? Try these playlists

Midterms are over, and the snow is melting, but as you break out the spring clothes, you’re probably realizing that you have weeks of tough course loads ahead of you before summer hits. As you gear up for the rest of the semester, consider trying out some fresh study music to get you through those late-night essays and endless problem sets. 

Midterms are over, and the snow is melting, but as you break out the spring clothes, you’re probably realizing that you have weeks of tough course loads ahead of you before summer hits. As you gear up for the rest of the semester, consider trying out some fresh study music to get you through those late-night essays and endless problem sets. 

THE PROSPECT | March 23

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The Manic Monologues: A space for mental health conversations in times of distress

Created by Zack Burton, a Stanford geology Ph.D. student, and Elisa Hofmeister, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, “The Manic Monologues” is a digital theatrical experience that aims to disrupt stigma around mental illness. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the play was hosted virtually by McCarter Theatre and premiered on Feb. 18. The interactive website features vignettes of people who have experienced mental illness in their lives. 

Created by Zack Burton, a Stanford geology Ph.D. student, and Elisa Hofmeister, a medical student at the University of Minnesota, “The Manic Monologues” is a digital theatrical experience that aims to disrupt stigma around mental illness. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the play was hosted virtually by McCarter Theatre and premiered on Feb. 18. The interactive website features vignettes of people who have experienced mental illness in their lives. 

THE PROSPECT | March 22