The 2019-20 Asian American Studies Lecture Series celebrated new creative voices with readings by Elaine Castillo and Jessica Hagedorn, Ken Chen and Sally Wen Mao, Yiyun Li and Jia Tolentino, and Monica Youn and Jenny Zhang. March and April 2020 events were postponed due to the move to remote learning. Karan Mahajan and Jenny Xie read on October 29, 2020.
The conference “Considering the Counterculture” (September 27-28, 2019) featured a keynote address by Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé. Panelist Ray Arsensault, Class of 1969, reflected in Princeton Alumni Weekly about the era and the conference.
Anschutz Distinguished Fellows give a public lecture during their semester at Princeton. Recent fellows include P. Carl, Allison Carruth, and Brittney Cooper.
Lapidus Lectures in American Jewish Studies, supported by a grant from Sidney and Ruth Lapidus and their family, include Rachel Rubinstein on “The Yiddish Columbus,” Josh Lambert on “Rebooting Jewish Television,” and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett on “Theater of History: Performing the Past in American Jewish Museums.”
The 2019 symposium “Japanese/America” gathered scholars, musicians and novelist Karen Tei Yamashita for an afternoon panel discussion and keynote by Yamashita, followed by an evening performance by No-No Boy.
Princeton University Constitution Day Lectures include, in 2020, “Freedom of Thought and the Struggle to End Slavery” by Keith E. Whittington; in 2019, “Is Constitution Day Unconstitutional?” by George F. Will; and in, 2018, “Constituting Justice: Ida B. Wells’s Anti-Lynching Campaign,” by Desmond Jagmohan.