001) American Perspectives 2022: Who We Are

What is America now? And who counts as an American? These are questions that have been much on our minds lately and that we hope to address from a variety of angles in our Spring 2022 Jacobus lecture series. We look forward to lectures that explore the racial and ethnic groups that make up our society; the arts, including American music, drama, and painting; religion; politics; and changing demographics— many of the strands and influences, in other words, that contribute to a sense of the nation’s ever-changing identity. 

March 15: Fault Lines
KEVIN M. KRUSE, Professor of History, and Director of the Center for Collaborative History, Princeton University

March 22: Road Trip America: Finding Musical Theater 
STACY WOLF, Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and Director of the Program in Music Theater, Princeton University

March 29: One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America
NANCY FONER, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

April 5: Jazz: The Persisting Voice of American Identity
RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA, Anthony H. P. Lee ’79 Director of Jazz, and Senior Lecturer in Music, Princeton University

April 12: “One Way Ticket”: The Meanings of Movement and Migration in African American History and Life
WALLACE BEST, Hughes-Rogers Professor of Religion and African American Studies, and Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University

April 19: An American Language: The History of Spanish in the United States
ROSINA LOZANO, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University

April 26: American Nation, American Nature: Nurturing Each in the Anthropocene
KARL KUSSEROW, John Wilmerding Curator of American Art, Princeton University Art Museum

May 3: Asian American History and Today’s Anti-Asian Hate
BETH LEW-WILLIAMS, Associate Professor of History, Princeton University