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Thumbnail for Jhumpa Lahiri Receives 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced that Professor of Creative Writing Jhumpa Lahiri is the recipient the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. The award was established by the family of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bernard Malamud to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards.

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Jane Cox, Director of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University has been nominated for a Tony Award for her lighting design of the Broadway production of August Wilson’s play Jitney. In addition to her work as a professional lighting designer, Cox has served as a lecturer in the Program in Theater since 2007 and was appointed as Director in July 2016. She was also recently nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for her lighting design of New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Othello starring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo.

Thumbnail for Visual Arts Students’ Work Featured in Princeton University’s 2017 Art of Science Competition and Exhibition

The organizers of the Princeton University Art of Science Competition announced the winning entries of the 2017 competition at an opening reception on Friday, May 5. Graduate student Tsung-Lin Hsieh received first place, graduate student Michael Fusella received second place, and Yuzki Oey '19, along with visual arts major Louisa Willis '17, were named co-winners of third place. Visual arts faculty members Jeff Whetstone and Emmet Gowin served on the panel of judges.

Five current Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts’ faculty members have received 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. The awardees are fiction writer Phil Klay, a 2015–16 Princeton Hodder Fellow and current Lecturer in Creative Writing; theater artist Aaron Landsman, a 2014-16 Princeton Arts Fellow, current Visiting Associate Professor, and recent Belknap Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council; fiction writer Fiona Maazel, Lecturer in Creative Writing; poet Claudia Rankine, Princeton’s 2017 Holmes National Poetry Prize awardee and Visiting Professor of Creative Writing; and theater scholar Stacy Wolf, Professor of Theater, Director of the Program in Music Theater, and Director of Princeton Arts Fellowships.

Five Lewis Center faculty members have received 2017 Fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Lecturer in Creative Writing Phil Klay for Fiction; Visiting Associate Professor and Belknap Visiting Fellow Aaron Landsman for Drama and Performance Art; Lecturer in Creative Writing Fiona Maazel for Fiction; Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Claudia Rankine for Poetry; and Director of the Program in Music Theater and Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf in the category of Theatre Arts for her forthcoming book, "Beyond Broadway: Four Seasons of Amateur Musical Theatre in the U.S."

On Wednesday, March 15, writers Douglas Kearney and Kirstin Valdez Quade will read from their work as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series, presented by the Program in Creative Writing at the Lewis Center for the Arts. The reading, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center, is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Screening of <em>I Cannot Tell You How I Feel</em> and <em>Seeing Red</em> by Su Friedrich

The Visual Arts Program in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and the Princeton Garden Theatre will present a special screening of Professor of Visual Arts Su Friedrich’s new documentary I Cannot Tell You How I Feel and her 2005 short diary film Seeing Red as a part of the collaborative film series Cinema Today. Followed by an in-person discussion with filmmaker Friedrich, the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 at the Garden Theatre. Tickets ranging from $6 to $11 are available to the public at princetongardentheatre.org; free to Princeton University students, faculty and staff with ID at the Garden Theatre box office.

Thumbnail for Broadway Director John Doyle on the Musicals of Stephen Sondheim at Princeton University

Tony Award-winning director John Doyle will discuss his extensive experience directing Stephen Sondheim’s musicals in a conversation with Professor of Theater Stacy Wolf on Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. in the Marie and Edward Matthews '53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Presented by the Lewis Center’s Program in Music Theater, the event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for Claudia Rankine, Acclaimed Writer, Receives Princeton’s Holmes National Poetry Prize and Lectures at Lewis Center for the Arts

Writer Claudia Rankine has been selected as the latest recipient of the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University. She will present a talk entitled "On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary Institute" on March 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for National Book Award-Winning Fiction Writer Phil Klay Reads with Five Seniors in Princeton’s Creative Writing Program

Fiction writer and Phil Klay and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work on Friday, March 3 at Labyrinth Books. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, which showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing alongside established writers as special guests. Featuring student writers Luke Pfleger, Edwin Rosales, Jennifer Shyue, Margaret Spencer, and Rachel Stone, the reading begins at 6:00 p.m. at Labyrinth Books, located at 122 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Thumbnail for A Reading by Italian Writer/Activist Dacia Maraini followed by Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei at Princeton University

Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, and Lewis Center for the Arts present "Born Traveling: Dacia Maraini in a Belknap Global Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri and Alessandro Giammei." The event will feature a reading by award-winning writer and activist Dacia Maraini in Italian with English supertitles followed by a conversation in English with faculty members Alessandro Giammei and Jhumpa Lahiri. The reading and conversation will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 in McCormick Hall Room 101 on the Princeton University campus. This event is free and open to the public; a reception will follow.

Thumbnail for Lewis Center for the Arts presents Princeton Dance Festival

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University presents the annual Princeton Dance Festival, in which 40 Princeton dance students will perform repertory works by Zvi Gotheiner, John Jasperse, and Mark Morris, along with new works by Kimberly Bartosik, Francesca Harper, and Olivier Tarpaga. Four performances will take place December 2 at 8 p.m., December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 4 at 1 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.

Thumbnail for Photography by Deana Lawson included in 2017 Whitney Biennial

The Whitney Musuem of American Art announced the list of participants in its 2017 Biennial, and Assistant Professor of Visual Arts Deana Lawson is included among the sixty-three participants who range from emerging to well-established artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, film and video, photography, activism, performance, music, and video game design.