Current Issue

Jan. 13, 2010

Vol. 110, No. 7

Reginald Galloway ’11 leads a Sustained Dialogue ­discussion group in the Fields Center. The meetings bring together students of different backgrounds to talk about race relations and other diversity-related issues. From left, Colette Biervliet-Schranz ’11, Jillian Hewitt ’11, Jared Griffin ’13, Galloway, and Caitlin Caldwell ’12.

Postracial Princeton?

As Princeton’s student body has changed, so has the role of race on campus

Published in the Jan. 13, 2010, issue

Sitting in a poetry class her sophomore year, Shamayne Cumberbatch ’11 listened to the precept discussion of a poem by Robert Hayden, “Those Winter Sundays.” The class of mostly white students, led by a white preceptor, analyzed the poem’s syntax, its style,...Read more
 In April 1995, students demonstrated inside and outside Nassau Hall in support of ethnic-studies courses, including courses in Asian-American studies.

Yearning for recognition

Are Asian-Americans Princeton’s forgotten minority?

Published in the Jan. 13, 2010, issue

Every April Princeton’s graduate school holds what it calls one of its most important events of the year, “hosting weekend.” The school invites admitted ­minority doctoral students to spend the weekend ­mingling with professors and current students, attend...Read more
Michael Eric Dyson *93

The great debate

How Princetonians have helped to shape the national discussion of race

Published in the Jan. 13, 2010, issue

Over the years, Princeton alumni and professors have been leading participants in America’s long national discussion about race. Among the alumni who have helped shape this country’s thinking are public intellectuals such as Princeton ­professor Cornel West...Read more
Thomas Espenshade *72

A professor’s view of race and class on college campuses

Published in the Jan. 13, 2010, issue

For 20 years, pretty much since he joined the Princeton faculty, sociology professor Thomas Espenshade *72, who is white, has been singing in choirs at the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, where the congregation is mostly African-American. While that...Read more

‘What are you?’

For multiracial students, declaring an identity can be complicated

Published in the Jan. 13, 2010, issue

In my first few weeks at Princeton, I became accustomed to fielding questions: What’s your background? Where are your parents from? And the strikingly ­existential: What are you?   What the questioners really meant was, what race was I? The question said a...Read more
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