Humanities Research

  • Historian Kruse revisits the legacy of Princeton alumnus and civil rights champion John Doar

    Monday, Jan 13, 2020
    by Denise Valenti, Office of Communications

    Given his central role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, John Doar should be a household name.

    A graduate of Princeton’s Class of 1944 who served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1960 to 1967, Doar accompanied James Meredith to register for classes at the University of Mississippi, and he stared down Gov. George Wallace when Wallace took his famous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” to prevent integration at the University of Alabama.

  • 'The Torture Letters': Laurence Ralph explores Chicago’s dark history

    Thursday, Jan 9, 2020
    by Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research

    On a hot day in 2004, Laurence Ralph, recently arrived in Chicago to attend graduate school, stood on the corner of Lawndale Avenue and Cermak Road.

    Two young teens, a boy and a girl dressed in white shirts and khaki pants, knelt on the sidewalk while six police officers emptied the contents of their book bags onto the concrete. For 26 minutes and 43 seconds, Ralph watched transfixed, wishing he were a family member or friend so that he could intervene to ask if the students were OK.

  • T.S. Eliot letters, among best-known sealed literary archives, open at Princeton after 60 years

    Monday, Dec 30, 2019
    by Stephanie Ramírez, Princeton University Library

    On Jan. 2, 2020, a collection of 1,131 letters from Nobel laureate and renowned writer Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, to his lifelong friend Emily Hale will open for research at Princeton University Library. Dating from 1930 to 1957, the letters are the largest single series of Eliot’s correspondence and among the best-known sealed literary archives in the world. 

  • Urban encounters: How to ‘read’ a city

    Monday, Dec 16, 2019
    by Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

    Each fall, an urban studies research seminar, offered to juniors and seniors, dives into research methods in the field. This fall, 15 Princeton students delved into historical accounts, literary works, art and film that capture the communities and landmarks of two cities — New York and Moscow. Armed with this knowledge, the students visited both cities to experience firsthand the similarities and differences in the cultural, political and social worlds of the people who live there.

  • Colloquium illuminates perspectives, impact of humanistic inquiry

    Monday, Sep 30, 2019
    by Sarah Malone, Program in American Studies

    Afternoon light streamed through the windows of Chancellor Green Rotunda on Sept. 9, as faculty members, students and University staff celebrated the beginning of the fall semester with the 13th annual Humanities Colloquium, “Tradition, Critique & Imagination.”

    Humanities Council Chair and Professor of Religion Eric Gregory welcomed a capacity audience to “an opportunity for a shared conversation about this thing we call humanities.”

  • Michael Cook awarded Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies

    Monday, Sep 9, 2019
    by The Office of Communications

    The International Balzan Foundation has awarded Michael Cook, the Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, the 2019 Balzan Prize for Islamic Studies. The prize comes with an award of $760,000, half of which must be spent to finance research projects involving a new generation of young researchers.

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