June 2016 Newsletter: Explore, Experience and Examine

Written by
Maura M. Fennessy
June 28, 2016

The tents that hosted events for the 20,000 visitors to campus for Princeton Reunions have long been packed away, as have the chairs for the 10,000 people attending Princeton's Commencement, but the days are busy as ever here in the summer months. Researchers find new clues to cure what ails us or new insights into the U.S. political system. Campus becomes a tourist destination - for the buses dropping off hundreds of tourists each day at the front gate, and for the families on college tours or dropping off a child at one of the university's sports camps. Not to mention the visitors looking to experience one of the many performances, exhibits, or films on campus and then wander through the town for iced coffee, ice cream or a little shopping.

This issue of @princeton.edu highlights just a few of the things you can enjoy at Princeton University in the summer, as well as a tribute to NJ secondary school teachers, an effective town-gown partnership, and a flavor of the research that is always underway no matter what the time of year.


Looking for something to do this summer?  The students may be gone, but Princeton’s campus remains a vibrant center of artistic activity.  Live theater, films (indoor and outdoor), and chamber music performances are among the rich array of opportunities for the Princeton community and the public at large to experience the arts. 

Princeton Summer Theater Assassins

Princeton Summer Theater examines theme of 'the Other' 

Princeton Summer Theater will take audiences on an exploration of what it means to consider "the Other," presenting four main stage plays and a children's show in eight weeks. The season runs June 16 through Aug. 14 in Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus.  Next up this season is "God of Carnage," June 30-July 10, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," July 14-31, and “Fool for Love,” August 4-14.  For the younger set, PST will present a children’s show, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” Thursdays through Saturdays, July 7-30.  Learn more.  


Enso String Quartet

Summer Chamber Concerts

Come to campus to experience the Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts, which provide chamber music performances of the highest caliber, free of charge, for everyone to enjoy -- young and old, families and students, music lovers all.  Performances include the Enso String Quartet on July 18 and the Calmus Vocal Quintet on July 27. Tickets are available online one week before each concert through this link



True Grit film

Art Museum Film Series: Girl Power

Enjoy a summer evening spent at the Princeton University Art Museum's "Girl Power" film series, inspired by the pioneering women features in the exhibition Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. Featured films include True Grit, starring Hailee Steinfeld and the animated film Brave. All films begin at sundown and are free and open to the public. In the event of rain, films will be shown at 8:00pm in McCormick Hall 101. Learn more.



Princeton Garden Theatre

Princeton Garden Theatre

The Princeton Garden Theatre is a non-profit movie house that shows Hollywood classics, indie and foreign films, first-run hits and community events.  Princeton University has owned the theater since 1993, when the university purchased the beloved local institution to ensure it would remain in the heart of Nassau Street for years to come. The university enlisted Renew Theaters in 2014 to manage the venue, which has adopted a membership-supported model.  Visit the Garden Theatre to enjoy their summer programming, including feature attractions and special series such as: Hollywood Summer Nights, weekly showings of Hollywood classics such as Jaws, The Maltese Falcon and Dr. Strangelove; and the Lively Arts series, featuring productions from London’s National Theatre Live and Royal Opera House, including Sleeping Beauty and The Audience, starring Helen Mirren.  Learn more.



NJ teachers honored at Commencement

Princeton University honored four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers at its 2016 Commencement on Tuesday, May 31. This year's honorees were Ronald Duncan Jr. of Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, Barbara Fasano of High Point Regional High School in Sussex, Matthew Morone of Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale and Richard Wertz of Verona High School in Verona.  The teachers were selected for the award based on nominations from public and private schools around the state. The teachers received $5,000, as well as $3,000 for their school libraries.  Learn more.






Princeton residents and officials celebrated the town's new freeB community shuttle bus during a recent ceremony in downtown Princeton. Princeton University provided $90,000 to the town for the new 21-passenger bus.  FreeB is a free, municipal shuttle service that connects popular local destinations along its route and is available for anyone to ride.  The investment in the FreeB is part of a larger effort by the university, as the region’s largest employer, to reduce the vehicular traffic and the demand for parking within the Princeton community.  Learn more.




Achen political process image

Achen challenges popular conceptions of American Democracy

What do shark attacks in NJ coastal communities in 1916 have to do with the re-election of President Woodrow Wilson?  Learn more.




Zebrafish skeletons

Research on zebrafish points to potential treatment for scoliosis in humans

Mutated genes found in both humans and zebrafish damage cilia in the spinal canal and lead to a curvature of the spine.  Learn more.




Concrete sensor thesis

Senior thesis leads to concrete results

In New Jersey, we know a thing or two about crumbling concrete.  Princeton students and researchers are working to make it last.  Learn more.