This spring, 12 Princeton undergraduates are joining forces in the interdisciplinary course “Environmental Challenges and Urban Solutions” to confront urbanization and environmental problems and to rethink traditional theories about nature and city dynamics.
por Gerardo Muñoz
¿Cuáles serían las imágenes que nos ayudan a combatir hoy el entusiasmo? Por entusiasmo comprendo aquí no solo la reacción generalizada que han despertado los recientes cambios diplomáticos entre Cuba y EEUU, sino también un modo de comprensión y lectura asociada con aquel momento en que el viejo Emanuel Kant trató de delimitar un modo de posicionarse ante el evento de la Revolución Francesa (1).
The people of West Baltimore populate Princeton sociologist Patricia Fernández-Kelly‘s recently released book, “The Hero’s Fight: African Americans in West Baltimore and the Shadow of the State.”
Through the stories of D.B. Wilson, Big Floyd, Little Floyd and other residents, Fernández-Kelly said she has tried to shine a light on the lives of people in some of the poorest and most violent neighborhoods in America — lives often overlooked by society.
Read more about Patricia Fernández-Kelly’s book
PLAS fellow João Cezar de Castro Rocha on the Latin American literary boom: the importance of Firestone Library […]
I thought you might be interested in my most recent piece on Cuba:
All my best,
The following was tweeted by Simon Romero, New York Times bureau chief in Brazil, to his over 15K followers. Click here to access the tweet.
The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University is pleased to announce its selection of the 2016 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI) – read more here.
Letter by Philippe Lançon, Libération, 14/1/2015
Please click here for the article in French.
Dear friends of Charlie and Liberation,
All that remains now are three fingers, peeking out from under the bandages, a jaw covered in plaster, and a few minutes of energy beyond which my ticket will no longer be valid to tell you all my love and thank you for your support and your friendship. I wanted to say simply this: if there is one thing that this attack reminded me or rather taught me is the reason why I am a journalist at these two newspapers – for the love of freedom and solidarity, through writing or drawing cartoons[…]
I thought of this in the horribly silent minute that followed the departure of the black-legged assassins – I saw nothing more of them, lying where I was among my dead comrades, under the table in the conference room[…]
I was going to leave when the killers barged in. I was showing Cabu, a great fan of jazz, the splendid photo book by Francis Wolf on musicians playing at the Blue Note which I planned to review for Liberation. Of course, he already knew it.
While the ambulance crew raised me from the floor to a wheelchair, I took one last look at my dead companions, Bernard, Tignous, Cabu, as my rescuers stepped between their dead bodies. And suddenly, my God, I realized they would not laugh again. It is important that we all continue to laugh, to write, and to publish – we need to do this in memory of them, in the pages of Libération and Charlie, far away from the powerful ones and their excesses. It will take me some time and some therapy to be able to laugh again – it seems like the jaw is weaker than the heart – but I will do it, and I will do it with you, my colleagues, my companions, my readers and repeat readers, my friends.
We are indebted to Juan Flores’ teaching and mentoring, to his widely quoted books Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity (1992) or From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity (2000). We owe much to his untiring efforts, delving into archives, libraries and sound recordings, and into the vast storehouse of the memory of friends and collaborators. To read more, click here.
Philippe Lançon, a journalist specializing in Cuba and Latin America who is on staff at Libération, was gravely injured yesterday during the terrorist attack at Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Philippe was attending an editorial team meeting when the two gunmen broke into the room and opened fire. He is now in intensive care at a Paris hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
Philippe has been involved with PLAS since 2012. He has been a guest speaker at some of our courses, attended our events, and he was recently selected as a visiting fellow for next year. His plan was to spend the fall semester in Princeton, teaching a course on “Writers and Dictators in Latin America” and researching a new book on Cuba.
Philippe has reported extensively on Latin American culture and literature. He is one of the most serious critics of Latin American literature in Paris and he has published extensive interviews with many writers, including Jorge Edwards and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Recently, Philippe had been covering the developments in Cuba. His last published article is an interview with visual artist Tania Bruguera after she was detained in Havana. You can read his piece here:
As members of the Princeton community we should do everything we can to show our support for Philippe during these difficult moments. If you want to write him a note, a postcard, or a letter, please drop it off at the PLAS office and we will send it to him by express mail. If you prefer to use e-mail, you can address it to email@example.com; we will print it out and include it in the package.
I will post more news as soon as I can speak to Philippe, after he leaves the intensive care unit.