August 31, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Education, Technology
Student Dispatch: An Unusual Summer of Camping, Art, Spelunking
This summer’s unusual circumstances robbed most Princeton students of exciting plans — internships in New York City, language courses in China, travel across Italy. But with significant free time, students still discovered opportunities for personal and professional growth, and even travel. Finding them just required a little creativity, and sometimes a little luck.
June 25, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Podcasts
Reinventing Museums: The Pandemic’s Challenges and Opportunities
The loss of visitors and revenue has presented museums with an existential crisis, says James Steward, the director of the Princeton University Art Museum. At the same time, the pivot to digital alternatives provides an opportunity to rethink many assumptions – including new ways to diversify content while improving access and inclusion.
June 22, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Education, News
Medical Anthropology students capture the pandemic in thoughtful and personal ways
Once João Biehl and Onur Günay shifted instruction for their Medical Anthropology class online as a result of COVID-19, they encouraged students to think creatively about the health crisis. The students captured the pandemic in thoughtful and personal ways that might serve as documents for future students and academics who study the impact of COVID-19 on 2020 America.
June 18, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Podcasts
Dancing with Ourselves: Performing Arts and Movement in the COVID Era
Social distancing has devastated the performing arts and changed how we move through public spaces. Rebecca Lazier, a Princeton senior lecturer in dance, considers the impact on artists, theaters and venues, and how we’re all navigating a new concept of togetherness.
June 2, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Community, Podcasts
Innovating an Institution: TIME Editor-in-Chief Considers COVID-19’s Impact on Journalism
From legacy media to community newspapers, journalism faces pressure on several fronts as it reports on one of the most important stories of our lifetime — a global pandemic and economic crisis that also threaten the news business. Edward Felsenthal ’88 offers his take on what news media must do to continue its essential work.
May 28, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Community,
‘Heritage and Harmony’ concert celebrates Asian Americans at a crucial moment
When confronted with an increase in anti-Asian racism fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Donna Weng Friedman ’80 decided to change the story. “We set out to change the channel (and single-story narrative) by inviting a number of outstanding classical musicians of Asian descent to share their stories through their words and — of course — their music.”
May 19, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Community, Education, Health Care, News, Policy, Service
Medical Anthropology students share COVID-19 projects in online showcase
Medical Anthropology (ANT/HUM 240) might be the rare Princeton course that was deepened and enriched by the life-altering circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, since its focus is very much related to how the humanities and anthropology can help us understand illness, healing and present-day struggles for wellbeing. The students’ class projects have been made available in a special online showcase.
May 15, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Education
Making meaning of the pandemic ‘through the lens of literature’
Weeks before the coronavirus crisis hit, the 99 Princeton undergraduates in the spring course “Literature and Medicine” were already immersed in the many ways storytelling shapes the way we understand and experience illness, disease and health. Now, from their laptops, scattered around the world, the students are discovering that literary texts are not only keeping them connected to one another, but also helping them grapple with their own experiences during the pandemic.
May 14, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Community,
Diana Weymar ’91 Stitches Memorable PAW Cover
Textile artist and curator Diana Buri Weymar ’91 introduces the PAW’s feature on how alumni artists are coping with the pandemic, but captures a poignancy in the interplay of Princeton connections and the sense of where we are in the world today.
(Reunion by Diana Buri Weymar ’91; photograph by Nelson Hancock ’90)
May 12, 2020 Arts/Cultural
Essay: The Sounds of Solace
Simon Morisson *97, professor of music and slavic languages and literatures, traces the history of music as a source of comfort in difficult times.
May 11, 2020 Arts/Cultural, Community
London Journalist Frank Langfitt ’86 Finds Ways to Tell COVID Stories
Frank Langfitt ’86, NPR’s London correspondent, went from working in his studio office to setting one up at home, and now reports on foot and his bike rather than using public transportation. He finds people are eager to connect, from health care workers to restaurateurs to 9-year-olds.
May 11, 2020 Arts/Cultural
‘Today, When I Could Do Nothing’: Poetry In a Pandemic
Poet Jane Hirshfield ’73’s ninth book of poetry, Ledger (Knopf), was published March 10. She wrote this poem March 17, the day that the San Francisco Bay Area’s six-county shelter-in-place protocol went into effect.