Alumni Studies offerings come in a variety of formats and durations. Inspired by the Class of 1946 Studies program, the Alumni Studies curricula brings participants together with faculty and scholars for exploration of particular topics. Whether through online engagement modules such as webinars, e-precepts and web-based courses or in-person educational sessions on campus and around the world, these ventures provide meaningful interaction with content, faculty and fellow learners.
Current and Recent Offerings
Politics & Polls with Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
Are you interested in U.S. politics? You may learn more by listening to weekly Politics & Polls podcasts. Produced by the Woodrow Wilson School of Politics and International Affairs, the Politics & Polls WooCast series features renowned professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang discussing a broad spectrum of topics in politics, through the lens of the 2016 presidential election.
Princeton Pre-Read: Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality
President Christopher L. Eisgruber's Princeton Pre-read selection for the Class of 2020 is Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen, a member of Princeton's Class of 1993.
Princeton Pre-Read 2015: Whistling Vivaldi
President Christopher L. Eisgruber '83 invited alumni to join in discussion with the incoming undergraduate Class of 2019 and other members of the Princeton Community around this year's Princeton Pre-Read selection: Claude Steele's Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.
"The Paradox of War" Alumni Companion Program
Featuring guided, interactive discussion and three webinars highlighting unique military experiences, this special companion to Professor Miguel Centeno's Coursera course of the same name provided a personalized medium through which to explore the paradox of war.
Shakespeare and Performance
Comparing the performance conditions and conventions of early modern England with those of today to explore how each have influenced the staging of Shakespeare's plays, this course with Michael Cadden involved the study, viewing and discussion of the Bard's selected works.
Prejudice in the Blink of an Eye: The Science of Racial Bias
This webinar examined the subtleties of imagery and ethnic prejudice in the U.S. today, along with the resulting social implications.
Young Adult Literature: Growth, Crossover Appeal, and "The Hunger Games"
This webinar explored the themes in The Hunger Games trilogy and their importance to understanding Young Adult literature, childhood and beyond.
Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin: From Words to Performance
Examining Pushkin's story, Prokofiev's music and the Stalinist context for why it was banned in its time, this course discussed what it took to mount a never-before produced work and what this venture has meant to contemporary performance studies.
Princeton University Reads
This course involved the close study of the work of distinguished writers who teach at Princeton. The course covered short stories, poetry, and novels, all written by Princeton Authors including Joyce Carol Oates, Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon and others.