Last night here in Princeton we had a reception for newly admitted graduate students of color; rare sights in these parts--Du Bois's so-called "Talented Tenth"! Karen Jackson-Weaver, the energetic associate dean of Academic Affairs and Diversity for the Graduate School, was the host, and there were a few faculty on hand to cheer the new class. You see, I was there to welcome one of my own two new doctoral students: Jessica Bell, who is coming from Northwestern and will be doing research in the Caribbean. The ever-reliable Doyin Teriba who is completing his dissertation on Afro-Brazilian architecture in West Africa was there to show support, as was Jennifer Wilson, who is also finishing at Slavic Studies with a dissertation of the uses of Chastity in 19th-century Russian writing. To Jessica, and Perrin Lathrop who will also be joining Doyin, and Jonathan Fine, and Kristen Windmuller-Luna in September, a big welcome! I will be posting on Perrin's upcoming exhibition of Simon Ottenberg's gift of Contemporary Nigeran art works to the Newark Museum shortly.
|Dean Weaver, Jessica Bell, Doyin Teriba, Jennifer Wilson @ the Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton Univ.|