Forward Fest kicks off Oct. 23

Oct. 14, 2020

Princeton University invites you to log on for Forward Fest, a yearlong series of online events with Princeton faculty and alumni exploring topics ranging from bioengineering to the humanities and creative expression, from public health to social justice. With its first installment scheduled for October 23-24, Forward Fest is a main pillar of “A Year of Forward Thinking,” a community-engagement campaign that launched in September to highlight the voices of faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends who are pushing the boundaries of knowledge to reimagine our future.

On October 23 at 8 p.m. ET, President Christopher L. Eisgruber and Provost Deborah Prentice will participate in the Forward Fest kickoff, previewing A Year of Forward Thinking and how people at home can engage in the initiative.

On October 24, online programming will include three 75-minute conversations with Princeton Forward Thinkers addressing three themes: public health, social justice and the 2020 election.

“Thinking Forward Public Health” | 1 p.m. ET 
Featuring professors Anne Case *83 *88, Sir Angus Deaton, Ramanan Laxminarayan, and C. Jessica Metcalf

"Thinking Forward Justice” | 3 p.m. ET
Featuring professors Aisha Beliso-De Jesús, Jonathan Mummolo, Laurence Ralph and Patrick Sharkey

“Thinking Forward to Election 2020” | 5 p.m. ET
Featuring professors Andrew Appel ’81, Heather Howard, Kevin Kruse and Jacob Shapiro  

The forum, which will be live-streamed on the Year of Forward Thinking website and on the University's YouTube channel, is free and open to the public. Additional Forward Fest events will take place throughout the year, and upcoming programming will be announced at the end of October. If you want to engage in the Forward Fest Q&A, submit your questions in advance to or in real-time in the chat on YouTube.

For additional information about Forward Fest, visit the Year of Forward Thinking website, which introduces the campaign and provides examples of how Princeton is pursuing bold ideas in research, teaching and engagement.

Watch the video and learn more about A Year of Forward Thinking