Overheard on Campus

“Learning about, and from, India’s incredible diversity and its rich history is essential for a broad, globally oriented liberal arts education for our students. This was always the case, but is made more urgent now by India’s growing importance in the global economy, politics and culture. With these initiatives, Princeton imparts a sharper focus to its curricular and institutional engagement with India.”

– Gyan Prakash, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, on the Swani Family Global Seminar in India, a new partnership with Ashoka University, India’s newest liberal arts institution, and the newly established M.S. Chadha Center for Global India at Princeton.

“Princeton’s reputation as a world leader in liberal arts education is reflected in the many ways our curriculum both embraces and promotes intellectual creativity and teaching excellence. At a time when calendar reform, technological advances and a range of institutional collaborations are opening up new and exciting possibilities for academic innovation, it’s heartening to see international education so prominent in our collective vision. Opportunities for our students to study, research and serve all over the world are increasing exponentially. The benefits of such possibilities are visible on campus in students’ deep and broad interest in studying international subjects and engaging global cultures.”

– Jill Dolan, dean of the college, Annan Professor in English and professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

“Mauritius, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia and Ghana are just some of the countries where Princeton students have an opportunity to go beyond the headlines and dive deep into a rich engagement with a continent that is often stereotyped or overlooked. They learn about the vibrant cultures, captivating natural environments, diverse languages and complex social environments in which Africans across the continent live. Princeton students can come away with a new appreciation of not just Africa’s challenges, but also its immense opportunities and the incredible potential of its people.”

– Sanyu Mojola, professor of sociology and public affairs and the newest PIIRS faculty associate, on new opportunities studying the intersections between sociology and African studies.

“Xiyue Wang, a graduate student in history working on governance across Inner Asia, remains wrongly imprisoned in Iran since 2016. In 2018, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Wang was peacefully exercising his right to seek and receive information for academic purposes in the form of historical records held by a public body, that there is no legal basis for his arrest and detention, and that his deprivation of liberty is arbitrary. All of us here at Princeton continue to work assiduously for his immediate release.”

– Stephen Kotkin, the John P. Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs, co-director of the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.