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  • 9:00am – Morning Town Hall with Open Mic
  • 10:00am-7:00pm – Teach-ins and Performances
  • 7:00pm – Final Town Hall with Open Mic



The list was last updated on Sunday March 05, 2017, at 10:37:41 PM.


Sanctuary Politics
(Shaun Marmon)
Sanctuary means many things: physical “safe” spaces for immigrants and refugees, an ethical commitment to advocating for immigrants and refugees, and a willingness to defy federal laws. What does it mean, from the perspective of the immigrant or refugee, to seek “sanctuary”? What are the specific challenges faced by women, girls, gays, lesbian, and transgendered people who seek sanctuary/asylum in the United States? Who enters the Sanctuary and who does not?
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)

Promoting a Consistent Life Ethic Across the Political Spectrum
(John Londregan, Ana Samuel, Matthew Igoe, and Allie Burton)
In our polarized time, it is sometimes forgotten that the defense of unborn children, as well as the seriously disabled and frail elderly, began as a progressive cause and has a distinguished history in the progressive tradition. The principle of the sanctity and inviolability of all human life transcends political ideologies, be they progressive or conservative, socialist, or libertarian. This teach-in will consider ways that people with different political views and party allegiances can work together to honor the inherent and equal dignity and right to life of all members of the human family.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

Speech & Rhetoric in American Democracy: How Discourse Shapes Activism & Civic Life
(Lucia Rafanelli and Chloe Bakalar)
Taking Trump and his associates as a case study, we will explore how important features of public discourse – such as official rhetoric and the utilization of new media – affect the nature of national and transnational civil society.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • West TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level)

Art Between Activism, Solidarity, and Critique
(Mostafa Heddaya, Matthew Shen Goodman, and Hal Foster)
What does activism look like within the contemporary art system, and how might artistic practices relate to broader political struggles? Through a series of case studies in the recent history of activism concerned with the infrastructures of art and the expanded field of politics – from Trumpism to migrant workers building museums in the Gulf to the model of the nonprofit institution itself – this teach-in will set the urgent questions of political action against the limits and possibilities of cultural and academic institutions.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Preserving Progress in Digital Accessibility for People with Disabilities
(Damian Sian)
There are fears in the disabled community that recent progress in accessibility may be under attack from the new administration. Providing equal access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) to people with disabilities is a civil right guaranteed through pieces of federal legislation like the ADA. This teach-in will review the legal landscape of accessibility, and show ways the Princeton community can continue to remove barriers to access in the digital space.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

The Imperial University
(Tala Khanmalek and Catherine Clune-Taylor)
In this workshop, we will discuss the ways in which the academy reproduces systems of oppression – be it sexism, white supremacy, ableism, or heterosexism – in conjunction with the contemporary imperial state. We will reflect on our personal experiences of navigating universities that act as imperial agents and conclude with brainstorming a list of concrete interventions for resisting imperialism in the academy as individuals and collectives within it.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • Pace Center – Frist 201

Why Science: Facts, Evidence, and the Search for Truth
(Josh Shaevitz)
How do scientists actually go about answering practical questions? How does science function as a way of understanding our world, and importantly how does it differ from other approaches? I hope to explore the applicability of the scientific method in understanding a vast range of real-world problems and the practical acquisition and application of fact-based knowledge, which together form the cornerstone of all science. This teach-in is part of the ISC 233: Integrated Science course and is open to all.
  • 10:00-10:50am
  • Carl Icahn Lab 101, open classroom


The Border Wall as a Policy Option and Political Symbol
(Doug Massey)
Intensive border enforcement between 1986 and 2008 backfired, and actually increased the rate of undocumented population growth. Net illegal migration has been zero or negative since 2008. The number of border apprehensions is currently at the lowest point since the early 1970s. Given these facts, why is building a border wall so important to President Trump and his followers? The talk will answer this question.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)

Forged in Fire: How Academic Diversity Makes Everyone Stronger
(Will Happer, Thomas Kelly, and Mikhael Smits)
We will undertake an exercise in uncomfortable learning, taking Global Warming as a case study. We will discuss how free speech in a heterodox academy advances the mission of a university, and why intellectual diversity still matters. We will also discuss climate research and how underreported scientific findings affect public policy and perception of climate change.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

The Inseparability of Islamophobia and Racism
(Ariana Myers)
Prejudice against Muslims in the United States is the result of historical developments spanning over one thousand years. Join us to explore not only how contemporary prejudice against Muslims has racial dimensions, but how racism and Islamophobia are in fact intrinsically linked to one another.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • West TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level)

Militarization and Endless War
(Laurel Mei-Singh and Anne McClintock)
This teach-in will discuss why and how the U.S. is now engaged in its longest war in history, questioning how war is ingrained into the way of life, ideology, and culture of the U.S. We also will cover the militarization of environmental crisis and the environmental crisis of militarization regarding the BP oil disaster, the melting of the ice caps, and Standing Rock.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Reading Images: Media, Art, and Politics
(Beatrice Kitzinger, Katherine King, Irene Small, and Nathan Stobaugh)
Modern political leaders understand the importance of the image. We will introduce and practice essential skills in visual analysis, preparing students to engage with the many images around us. This teach-in will focus on examples drawn from contemporary print and digital media, and also include discussion of historical case studies that showcase the intersection of art and politics.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Willful Ignorance: Congressional Efforts to Stop Federal Geographic Data Collection on Racial Disparities and Affordable Housing
(Wangyal Shawa and Bill Guthe)
The teach-in will describe geospatial data and discuss the impact losing such data would have on society and on research communities if House Bill 482 and Senate Bill 103 are passed. The bills propose that “[n]otwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.”
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Banning the Bomb in 2017
(Tamara Patton and Zia Mian)
On 23 February 2017 Donald Trump said “if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack,” raising concern about a new nuclear arms race. But Trump also said “I am the first one that would like to see … nobody have nukes.. It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes.” The United Nations is opening negotiations in March 2017 on an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons. We will discuss whether the United States should take part in the talks to achieve the ban and what such a nuclear ban might mean.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • Pace Center – Frist 201

Climate Change: Life and Death
(Melissa Lane)
How should we think about the death and suffering that climate change is causing and will continue to cause? This lecture will discuss the question of climate justice in relationship to inequality and uncertainty, in regard to both the present and the future. This teach-in is part of the ENV 200: Environmental Nexus course and is open to all.
  • 11:00-11:50am
  • McDonnell Hall A02, open classroom


Restoring American Power: War, Peace, International Order -- and Donald Trump
(Zia Mian)
Donald Trump claims America has become gravely weakened and he can make it “very strong, very powerful and very rich” once again. We will ask what this means for America and the world.
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

Allying Yourself with Muslim Communities
(N.A. Mansour)
This teach-in will broach questions of allyship and specifically, how to ally oneself with Muslim-American communities in all of their diversity in Trump’s America. It’s part workshop, part lecture. We’ll use media and academic works to inform our views on allyship.
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • West TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level)

The Smoking Gun: Myths and Facts about Gun Violence in the United States
(Rachel Herrera)
This teach-in will focus on four main areas: 1. mass shootings (including the debate of campus carry and “gun free zones”); 2. shootings affecting children (including the issue of gun safety and accident prevention); 3. domestic violence shootings (including the debate between arming victims versus disarming abusers); 4. the impact of gun violence on people of color (focusing on Chicago as a case study).
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Picturing Colonialism and Resistance in America in the 21st Century
(Kimia Shahi and Megan Baumhammer)
This teach-in will explore the historical intersections between colonialism and artistic/scientific practices of collecting and display, image-making, illustration, and mapping. Together, we will examine selected images, including those of the Dakota Access Pipeline and Trump’s Wall, to critically consider how different ways of picturing the natural world have participated in discourses of colonialism, settlement, race, and resistance, from the 16th centuries through today.
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Gender Inequality in Princeton
(Katherine Fleming and Ananya Malhotra)
The teach-in will center on the concept of intersectional feminism, and will also discuss gender and politics and gender and public policy. It will touch on issues like reproductive justice, contraception and abortion access, equal pay, paid family leave, and other issues that are important right now.
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Broke! The Effects of Income Inequality on American Politics
(Brandon Hunter and Heath Pearson)
This teach-in will examine the question of inequality and its effect on American politics. Using sociological data and ethnographic account, we hope to raise questions about the origin and impact of inequality on the lives of working class Americans and what this has meant for political participation and engagement. We hope to raise questions and provoke discussions on how inequality can be both recognized and addressed in our communities and how policy makers can start to seriously address these issues.
  • 12:00-12:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201


Defending Democracy: Political Lessons from Around the World
(Alisha Holland, Deborah Yashar, and Mark Beissinger)
What are common patterns of democratic backsliding that Americans should watch for? How can citizens respond when executives threaten democratic institutions and norms? This panel draws on experiences in Latin America and Russia to open up conversation on possible threats to democracy and lessons learned about effective societal responses.
  • 12:15-1:15pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)


Meeting the Stranger at the Gate: Global and Local Responses to the Refugee Crisis
(Julianne Whittaker, Chiara Ficarelli, and Ben Reimold)
In the face of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, what can we do to make a difference? A panel of student leaders will speak on their own experiences with the crisis and share ways to get involved locally in helping the victims of forced migration. We will also hear from a Syrian refugee in Jordan whose university education is partially funded by Princeton students.
  • 1:00-1:50pm
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

The U.S., Iran, and the Middle East
(Hossein Mousavian, Daniel Kurtzer, and Rob Goldston)
The Trump Administration has been highly critical of the Nuclear Agreement that Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. (plus the EU) struck with Iran in 2015. President Trump has said that he will enforce the Agreement very strictly, and there are new sanctions bills working their way through Congress. We will briefly outline the Agreement itself, its strengths and weaknesses, and discuss the possible paths forward. These include both the possibility of improved relations between Iran and the West, but also the real possibility that the Agreement will break down, with potentially dire consequences for the U.S., Iran and the Middle East more broadly.
  • 1:00-1:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Between Trumpism and Elitism: the Scientist's Plight under Capitalism
(Denys Bondar, M.V. Ramana, and Francois Laforge)
This panel will start with a discussion of Trump’s victory despite his evident lack of expertise in various technical and abstruse issues, and the larger phenomenon of popular distrust of elites. It will then go on to examining the role of scientists in reinforcing such distrust by acting as experts in the service of power. And finally it will discuss the dominant political and economic structure, namely capitalism, that shapes science.
  • 1:00-1:50pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Campus Rape, Sexual Assault, and Title IX
(Gayle Salamon and Anne McClintock)
Between 20 and 25 percent of female students and a substantial number of male students are sexually assaulted during their college years. This teach-in will discuss some of the myths about campus rape; rape culture; questions about alcohol and consent; campus misconduct hearings; and how Title IX might change under the Trump regime.
  • 1:00-1:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Becoming a Public Figure
(Christy Wampole)
This brainstorm session on public speaking and writing for wide audiences seeks to help activists prepare for contact with a large, diverse public.
  • 1:00-1:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201


Making Progress on Climate Change Policy in the Next Four Years
(Michael Oppenheimer, Robert Socolow, and Robert Keohane)
What can the international community do about Climate Change without the United States’ support? Can China lead the way? What can U.S. institutions, including Princeton, private actors, states, and communities do?
  • 1:15-2:05pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)


Teaching STEM College Courses in New Jersey Prisons
(Jill Knapp, Jenny Greene, and Angela Radulescu)
Volunteer instructors from Princeton University and the community have taught accredited community college courses in NJ prisons for 11 years, including a substantial range of mathematics, science and laboratory courses. We will discuss some of the impacts and implications of educating this forgotten population.
  • 2:00-2:50pm
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

Understanding the Rise of Populism: Economic and Social Perspectives
(Damien Capelle)
Brexit, Trump’s election, and the rise of far-right parties in western Europe are often seen as symptomatic of a growing indignation of parts of the population and dissatisfaction with the current policies. Many have argued this was best explained by growing inequalities in income, wealth and opportunities, the large unemployment rate caused by austerity measures in Europe, and the loss of jobs implied by globalization. Based on recent studies, we will ask to what extent these “left behind” narratives are able to account for these political dynamics.
  • 2:00-2:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Are Facts Political?
(Cara Brook and Mark Vardy)
Are some facts inherently political or do politicians and the public make them so? In light of the impending March for Science on April 22, we briefly review the history of science in politics, grapple with how to interpret politicized facts, and explore how we can evaluate the credibility of scientific expertise. This interactive workshop explores how facts are generated, communicated and employed. We aim to provide participants with a basic “toolkit” of strategies to help critically appraise evidence.
  • 2:00-2:50pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Closing the Gap: Gender and Prestige in Science & Medicine
(Krupa Jani and Andrea Graham)
As more women join traditionally male-dominated careers, the pay and prestige of these fields decrease dramatically. What do we do about this? This teach-in will examine how “women’s work” is valued differently compared with that of men, with a special focus on disciplines within STEM and medicine, by exploring several case studies and discussing how this contributes to the wage gap. We will consider possibilities for how to address these issues through levels of the individual, group, and the broader community in order to effect cultural change.
  • 2:00-2:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Intersectional Activism and Advocacy: Fighting the Good Fight(s)
(Dara Strolovitch, Colleen O'Gorman, Julie Chen, Marie Siliciano, and Julio Castillo)
This collaborative workshop will draw on research and on participants’ experiences with politics and organizing to explore the potential of, strategies for, and the challenges to intersectional activism, advocacy, and organizing — that is, activism that confronts the inseparability of systems of oppression and domination including racism and white supremacy; capitalism and ableism; and misogyny, homophobia, and heteropatriarchy. We will consider what movements both historical and contemporary help us to understand about the stumbling blocks to intersectional politics and how they can be overcome, as well as the stakes of intersectional politics as we confront the issues raised by the Trump administration.
  • 2:00-2:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201


Trump and the Nuclear Doomsday Machine
(Frank von Hippel and Bruce Blair)
The United States has about 4,000 nuclear warheads, of which almost 1,000 are ready to launch within minutes. There is no check on the President’s authority to launch these “Doomsday” weapons. Virtually all of the warheads and the associated missiles, ballistic-missile submarines, bombers and their command and control infrastructure are to be replaced or “modernized” over the next 25 years in a program projected to cost several hundred billion dollars, indicating that the Government does not foresee further reductions over the next several decades. This situation is too dangerous to be allowed to continue. The current citizen uprising provides an opportunity to challenge and change it.
  • 2:15-3:05pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)


Scouts for Equality: Lessons from Creating Change Within the Boy Scouts of America
(Zach Wahls)
This teach-in will present the campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay members as a case study for making change happen in local communities. It will offer practical advice on how to craft a theory of change, how to build a working group, and how to tell the story of your campaign to your supporters, the public, and those you’re hoping to win over.
  • 3:00-3:50pm
  • Multipurpose Room C (Frist Basement)

Gerrymandering, the House of Representatives, and the 2018 Election
(Sam Wang)
The House of Representatives is meant to be responsive to the will of voters, but population clustering and gerrymandering block this accountability. We will analyze what it would take for Republicans to lose control of the House in 2018.
  • 3:00-3:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Using Social Networks and Media to Shift Social Norm Perceptions
(Betsy Levy Paluck)
Politicians and other public figures can act strongly as role models, influencing social norms – what is considered typical or desirable behavior in our communities. However, citizens can also have strong influence on these norms, particularly within their social networks. We will discuss how individuals perceive social norms and effective strategies for changing perceptions of social norms, such as public, peer-to-peer, and story-based forms of communication.
  • 3:00-3:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Issues Around Scholarship in the Middle East
(Daniel Sheffield, Murat Bozluolcay, Duygu Coskuntuna, and Samin Rashidbeigi)
Academia is not a passive or neutral institution, but tied to contemporary issues outside the academic bubble. Three graduate students and a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies will share their experiences and discuss the interplay between politics, activism, and academia of/on the Middle East.
  • 3:00-3:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201

Shrinking Ice Sheets, Rising Seas: Today and in the Last Interglacial
(Frederik Simons)
In this lecture, we will discuss how the analysis of time-variable gravity data collected by the ongoing GRACE satellite mission has documented the ice mass loss of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, estimated at about 240 billion tons per year, and 100 billion tons per year, respectively, for the period 2003-2015, with both rates increasing. We will put these results in the context of an estimate of the sea level high stand during the Last Interglacial, some 125 thousand years ago, a period that some think of as an analog of our future Earth under a business-as-usual scenario, for which it was highly likely that sea level globally was more than 6 meters higher than today. Never in the geologically documented past have rates of sea level rise been as rapid as what we are witnessing today, and what we are measuring in terms of accelerating ice melt does not bode well for us, either. This teach-in is part of the GEO 371: Global Geophysics course and is open to all.
  • 3:00-3:50pm
  • Guyot Hall 220, open classroom

The History of Science and Political Engagement: An Open Discussion
(Historians of Science)
In this teach-in, we will discuss the disciplinary history of science and political engagement.
  • 3:00-4:20pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243


Information Control on the Internet: From Censorship to Propaganda
(Nick Feamster)
In this lecture, I will describe current censorship and information control practices around the world, as well as technologies that we are developing to detect and defeat these controls.
  • 3:15-4:05pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)


Child Welfare Policy in America
(Seth Olsen)
What are federal and state governments doing to promote an America in which every child has access to food, shelter, healthcare, and education? What can individuals do to support American children who do not have access to these fundamental resources?
  • 4:00-4:50pm
  • West TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level)

The Will to Punish
(Didier Fassin, Naomi Murakawa, and SPEAR)
The world is going through a punitive moment. With the highest prison rate in the world, retribution is definitely a domain in which the United States may claim its exceptionalism. But why such a compulsion to punish? And at what cost?
  • 4:00-4:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Making Political Disagreement Productive: Ways to Mitigate Confirmation Bias
(Vidushi Sharma)
Partisan antipathy and political polarization has doubled among both Democrats and Republicans, with about forty percent of members of each party reporting “very unfavorable” opinions of the other. Polarization exacerbates unproductive political disagreement, as partisans succumb to confirmation bias and immediately discount positions counter to their own. Here, we’ll use lessons from psychology and philosophy to explore the causes of, and possible mitigants to self-serving political bias.
  • 4:00-4:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Surfing Hurricane Seas: A Meditation Practice and Discussion of Maintaining Mental Balance in Turbulent Times
(Joe Cooper and Shefalika Gandhi)
Join us to talk about the ways we can stay mentally healthy and grounded in the face of strife and uncertainty. How do we stay focused and supportive of others when struggling with our own anxiety and difficult feelings? How do we avoid “compassion fatigue” or burn-out? Let’s identify our emotional resources and connect not only through ideas, but through the heart. This experiential workshop will include a mindfulness meditation.
  • 4:00-4:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201

Value of Storage Technologies for Wind and Solar Energy
(Jessika Trancik, hosted by the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment)
Wind and solar industries have grown rapidly in recent years, but they still supply only a small fraction of global electricity. The speaker will be discussing ways to leverage energy storage to enable renewables at a larger scale, with a particular focus on economic implications and policy issues. For more information, please see
  • 4:00-5:15pm
  • Maeder Hall Auditorium


Science in the Public Sphere: How Can We Increase Non-Expert Engagement with the Knowledge and Values of Science?
(Benjamin Weiner)
In this collaborative workshop, we will develop concrete strategies to bring scientific discourse into public conversations. Techniques from design research will help us identify opportunities to promote the value of science, as both a source of knowledge and a way of thinking, in culture, politics, and more.
  • 4:30-5:20pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Bystander Intervention: Preventing Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence at Princeton
(SHARE Peers)
This workshop challenges individuals to consider their roles as bystanders and increase their motivation towards intervention. Attendees will learn different types of intervention skills, identify possible obstacles that inhibit bystander intervention, and practice intervening in a way that matches the situation and fits the individual’s personality and comfort level.
  • 4:30-5:20pm
  • Frist 205

Revenue-neutral Carbon Tax: The Most Feasible and Effective Policy at Combatting Climate Change
(Hessam Akhlaghpour, Chaz Copeland, Jonathan Lu, and Jonathan Shi)
In this teach-in, we will discuss the feasibility and effectiveness of a revenue neutral tax on carbon emissions. Specifically we will discuss 1) why this proposal is getting support from Republicans, 2) how this policy will have a positive impact on the economy, and 3) how this is an effective policy at reducing carbon emissions. Our discussion will include members of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a grassroots organization committed to this making carbon fee-and-dividend a reality in America.
  • 4:30-5:20pm
  • Frist 206

Building Coalitions Through Service
(Pace Center for Civic Engagement)
Often, student leaders, community organizers, and professionals encounter issues on their campus or in their community that are difficult to address with one organization or club alone. Collaborative efforts or coalition support can prove helpful in providing sustainable, intentional social change. In practice, coalition building can be a challenging and long term task to accomplish. It demands the ability to analyze contexts and issues, identify allies and supporters, and negotiate unity among individuals, groups, and organizations with different goals. This workshop teaches participants through group exercises and demonstrations to combine their understanding of service, activism, and politics into a comprehensive and effective vision for social change.
  • 4:30-5:20pm
  • Frist 207

The ABCs of Socialism
(Tess Jacobson, Annabelle Tseng, and Princeton Young Democratic Socialists)
In a country where the President has filled up his cabinet with CEOs and the richest 1% own more wealth that the poorest 90%, democratic socialism could be the answer. Join us for a reading and roundtable discussion of “The ABCs of Socialism”, an introduction and guide to socialism for the curious and uninitiated. What could a people over profit politics look like?
  • 4:30-5:20pm
  • Frist 309

University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Values and Praxis Lab: Community Organizing
(Jeffrey Stout, Cornel West, Nyle Fort, Daniel May, and Jessica Sarriott)
Workshop on community organizing to hold big government and big business accountable.
  • 4:30-6:00pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)

Taking the Pulse of U.S. Health Care: 50 Days into the Trump Administration
(Janet Currie, Paul Starr, Nolan McCarty, Heather Howard, and Ilyana Kuziemko)
President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, promising to submit a replacement plan in “a couple of weeks.” Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also released a policy paper outlining proposals such as health care tax credits and increased health savings accounts. Scholars from the Woodrow Wilson School and the Center for Health and Wellbeing will gather for a panel discussion on the status of the Affordable Care Act and health care in America 50 days into the Trump administration. For more information, see
  • 4:30-6:00pm
  • Robertson Hall, Dodds Auditorium


Palestine/Israel and Academic Freedom in Trumpland
(Max Weiss)
This teach-in will discuss the personal, financial, and political relationships Trump and his advisers have with individuals and institutions in Israel/Palestine, and how this matters for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and other forms of activism in the U.S.
  • 5:00-5:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Standing with Standing Rock
(Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes)
Presbyterian minister and Princeton alumna (’82) Elsie Armstrong Rhodes will share what her experience at Standing Rock meant to her and lead a discussion about protesting environmental injustice and standing in solidarity with cultures other than your own.
  • 5:00-5:50pm
  • West TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level)

The Role of the Free Press in Preserving Democracy
(Sarah Sakha)
This teach-in will be twofold in its purpose: 1) to facilitate a discussion on how to champion and protect the free press during a time in which its access and reach are actively curtailed; and 2) to lead a short workshop on best practices for media consumption and dissemination, during which we can provide some tools to be a more self-aware, active consumer and citizen.
  • 5:00-5:50pm
  • LGBT Center – Frist 246

Science Communication and Education Workshop
(Daniel Steinberg)
There will be a brief opening presentation followed by group participation activities and discussions. We will discuss improving face-to-face communication with non-scientists, as well as various approaches to STEM outreach for the broader public.
  • 5:00-5:50pm
  • Pace Center – Frist 201


Scientists Solidarity and Internationalism
(Ahmed El Hady)
The world is witnessing what can be called a “nationalist turn” where scientists, as citizens, ought to resist. The teach-in will discuss ways in which scientists can express and build solidarity across borders to form an internationalist movement.
  • 5:30-6:20pm
  • Women’s Center – Frist 243

Cryptoparty: Learn to Protect your Data and Privacy
(Bernat Guillen Pegueroles and Sameer Wagh)
This workshop will teach you how to protect yourself in the digital space. This includes encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.
  • 5:30-6:20pm
  • Frist 205

Carbon “Handprint” Workshop
(Gina Talt)
Do you want to have a positive impact on the environment, but are unsure what to do or where to start? Participate in this interactive workshop where you will first calculate your environmental impact, and then learn the most effective and practical ways to change your life to make a big difference to the environment. Please bring a laptop.
  • 5:30-6:20pm
  • Frist 206

Trickle Up Volunteerism and Activism
(Romie Desrogene)
While congressional and national elections tend to be somewhat successful at attracting interns and volunteers, smaller local elections have had a harder time finding help. However, change begins at the local level. This crash course will discuss why and how it is important to get involved at the local level and will provide some tools that might be helpful in the process.
  • 5:30-6:20pm
  • Frist 207

Making Your Voice Heard: How to Communicate with Legislators
(David Ribar)
In this brief training session we will discuss how to share your views with your legislator in the most effective way possible, including do’s and don’t’s for contacting members of Congress.
  • 5:30-6:20pm
  • Frist 309


Fighting for Immigrants’ Rights
(Princeton Latinos y Amigos and Princeton DREAM Team)
Leaders from Princeton Latinos y Amigos, LALDEF, and Unidad Latina will speak about immigration activism in New Jersey.
  • 6:00-6:50pm
  • Multipurpose Room A/B (Frist Basement)

All I Do Is Win: How to Win Your Next Argument
(Laura Hausman and the Whig-Clio Society)
This teach-in will introduce you to the world of logical fallacies as seen in political discourse today. From the ad hominem fallacy to the “No true Scotsman” fallacy, logically flawed thinking pervades the argumentation and appeals of politicians on both sides of the aisle. We will explore and detect a selection of logical fallacies and we will discuss the ethics of using logical fallacies to win arguments and to win over voters. You will walk away from this teach-in equipped to win your next argument!
  • 6:00-6:50pm
  • McGraw Center – Frist 330

Activities and Side Events

History of Science Knowledge Fair: “Understanding Science and Anti-Science”

East TV Lounge (Frist 100 Level), 11:00am-3:00pm
Come one come all to the History of Science Knowledge Fair: “Understanding Science and Anti-Science.” All members of the wider Princeton community are invited to participate in one-on-one or small group discussions about politics and knowledge production in its historical contexts. Faculty and graduate students alike will be here to talk about the history of science with a nod to topics relevant to urgent issues of political concern. Come! Learn something. Share something.

Art Space and Poster Creation

Women’s Center Lounge – Frist 245, 2:00-5:00pm
As we engage in discussions about important issues facing our community, nation and planet, we recognize there are multiple ways to express thoughts, feelings and experiences. The Women’s Center is holding an open art space in their lounge for anyone participating in the Day of Action who would like to create a protest sign, write poetry or a reflection, or create an art piece. Art supplies will be provided.

DREAM Team Mercer County ID Booth

Class of 1952 Room (Frist A Level, next to cafeteria), 12:00-4:00pm
In partnership with the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF), The Princeton DREAM Team will host a Mercer County ID booth. The Mercer County ID card is an initiative that allows the symbolic inclusion of populations historically excluded from the Mercer County community. Endorsed by Mercer County officials, the card allows the migrant community to access necessary everyday institutions such as banks, pharmacies and schools. You can learn more about the initiative here. Please join us in making the card universal. The more students, staff, faculty and administrators use this card as a form of identification, the more accepted the card will become. To cover the expenses of issuing the card, LALDEF charges a $15 fee. You will also need to bring a photo ID (government-issued ID) and a document (bill, voter registration, etc) that verifies your address in Mercer County. Any questions, reach out to

Voter Registration

Frist 100-Level, near tabling organizations, 10:00am-6:30pm
Come register to vote, learn about the New Jersey 2017 election calendar, and write letters to your local, state, and national representatives. We’re the Princeton Voter Drive. We are interested in getting people registered to vote, talking to them about the issues that matter to them, and seeing how eager they might be to get more involved in civic life and local politics. Follow our efforts and come chat with us on our podcast ‘Voices to Votes.’ Let’s get involved!

Novelist Colson Whitehead: Reading and Book Signing

McCormick 101, hosted by Mathey and Rockefeller Colleges, 4:30-5:30pm
Colson Whitehead will be reading from his new novel, The Underground Railroad, which won the 2016 National Book Award. The book portrays a fugitive slave’s efforts to reach the north by way of a literalized network of underground railroads. Through its reimagining of conventional history, it offers an indictment of present day race relations in America. For more information, see



Jazz Vocal Collective

Cafe Vivian (Frist 100-level)
Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble is a Princeton University small jazz ensemble that features solo voice. Under the direction of Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin, the ensemble meets weekly to create and re-create musical arrangements of jazz standards, popular songs, and original compositions, in a collaborative musical experience.


Tigerlilies, a cappella

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
Tigerlilies gathered for the first time in 1971 beneath Princeton’s 1879 Arch. The Lils have changed over the past four decades, but their sisterhood and dedication to music remain steadfast. All songs sung by the Tigerlilies were arranged by current members, alumnae, or friends of the group, making the group’s repertoire as diverse as it is timeless.


Wildcats, a cappella

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
The Wildcats are a dynamic all-female a cappella group composed of confident, vibrant, and professional women who strive to redefine all-female a cappella, reflect the spirit of Princeton, and promote diversity and female empowerment. The Wildcats will be singing “Angel Eyes” by Ella Fitzgerald, “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers, and “We are Family” by Sister Sledge.


Katzenjammers, a cappella

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
Founded in 1973, the Princeton Katzenjammers are the oldest co-ed a cappella group in the Ivy League. Today, a full 40 years later, the group continues to value variety in its music, performing an eclectic range of jazz, classical, secular, sacred, and pop music.


Elisabeth Bloom, cello

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
Elisabeth Bloom is in her first year of the PhD program in French and is a cello student of Alberto Parrini. She holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Cello Performance with a double major in French from Vanderbilt University. She will be performing J.S. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major for Unaccompanied Cello.


Princeton Pianists Ensemble

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
The Princeton Pianists Ensemble is a collaborative piano group that’s devoted to multi-hand and multi-piano music. As pioneers in the art of collaborative piano, they challenge the notion that piano is only a solo instrument and push the traditional boundaries of how the instrument is performed. Their mission is to make beautiful music accessible to all and to spread it around Princeton and the world.


Tigressions, a cappella

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
The Princeton University Tigressions were founded in 1981 by a group of undergraduate women eager to add a bold, new sound to Princeton’s rich – but largely all-male – a cappella tradition (Women had only been on campus since 1969.) Since then, the Tigressions have arranged all their own music, with songs ranging from Katy Perry to U2, Arianna Grande to Alt-J. During the year they perform at various alumni and community events around Princeton, travel on our domestic and international tours twice a year, and sing under the arches every two weeks too!


Contrapunctus XIV

Frist 100 Level, near East TV Lounge
This ensemble brings together choral singers and dedicates its work to the exploration and performance of sacred and secular early and Baroque music. XIV will perform O vos omnes by Victoria, Hear my Prayer by Purcell, Ich lasse dich nicht by Bach and The Lamb by Tavener.


Sympoh, urban dance group

Frist A-Level Gallery (or Frist Patio if weather permits)
Sympoh is Princeton University’s only B-boy/B-girl crew founded in 1998 by four students looking to create an outlet for the urban arts on campus. Sympoh aims to educate the Princeton community on foundational elements of hip-hop such as graffiti, emceeing, DJing, and dancing (including popping, locking, breaking, housing, and hustling; with a primary focus on breaking).


Princeton University Glee Club

Frist A-Level Gallery
PUGC is Princeton University’s oldest choir, composed of approximately 80 voices. They give multiple performances throughout the year featuring music from Baroque to Modern, and will be singing Baltic choral music which signifies the cul­ture, her­itage, and bat­tle for inde­pen­dence of the Baltic states.


Princeton University Rock Ensemble

Frist A-Level Gallery
Rock music has been the soundtrack to protest since the 60s. The Princeton University Rock Ensemble is a collective of 30 musicians who perform rock and all its variants, and they hope to help make March 6th a productive and vibrant day for all involved.

Tabling Organizations

University and local organizations will be tabling on Frist 100 Level, 10:30am-6:30pm

Citizens Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Our approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media, and their local community.

Coalition for Peace Action (11:30am-1:30pm)

The Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) is a grassroots citizens organization which brings together people of all ages, backgrounds, professions, and political persuasions in support of three goals: global abolition of nuclear weapons, a peace economy, and a halt to weapons trafficking at home and abroad. CFPA is based in Princeton, NJ with chapters in NJ and PA.

Diversity and Inclusion Office of the Graduate School (4:30-6:30pm)

Our mission is to develop and expand innovative programs and initiatives that support and enrich the experience of prospective and current students from diverse backgrounds. We value the heterogeneity of experiences, perspectives, and thoughts of our community members.

Innovations for Successful Societies

Innovations for Successful Societies (ISS) supports public servants, policy makers, civic groups, and scholars who lead institutional reform under difficult conditions. ISS analysis, case studies, interviews, and online courses inform a new “science of delivery” and help support government reform efforts worldwide.

Pace Center for Civic Engagement

The Pace Center makes service and civic engagement part of the Princeton student experience. At the Pace Center, we believe that service is most powerful when viewed less as an activity or box to check, and more as a guiding lens to shape decision-making and pursue a meaningful life. We believe that learning and service go hand-in-hand. That supporting student ideas leads to self-discovery. That students can make an intentional difference at Princeton and beyond when they explore their relationship to the world.

Petey-Greene (10:30am-5:00pm)

Petey Greene recruits, trains, and coordinates volunteers, typically undergraduate and graduate students, to tutor in education programs in prisons and jails.  We provide supplemental educational resources to corrections departments at no charge to their facilities. Our enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteers can work one-on-one with students that need extra assistance, allowing teachers to focus on moving the class forward.

Princeton Graduate Students United (Frist A-level Gallery)

Princeton Graduate Students United is a group of graduate students committed to winning the right to have a say in the terms and conditions of our employment here at Princeton by forming a union for graduate teachers and researchers. Through ground-up, grassroots organization, we are identifying the needs and concerns of Princeton graduate student workers and the ways in which we can improve our relationship with the University and with each other. To find out more, visit or contact us at

Princeton Graduate Women In Science and Engineering (12:00-6:30pm)

GWiSE is a community of graduate students who advocate for inclusion and gender equality in STEM fields at Princeton and beyond.  We connect graduate women through professional development and social events, invite speakers to campus to discuss inclusion and diversity across the sciences, and participate in outreach programs that encourage young people, particularly young women, to follow their scientific and engineering passions.

Princeton Progressive

The Princeton Progressive is a recently revived student published print magazine at Princeton University dedicated to promoting left-leaning political discussion on campus. The publication strives to provide progressive students with a dedicated platform to share their views and voices.

Princeton Student Climate Lobby (12:30-6:00pm)

We, the Princeton Student Climate Lobby, aim to provide an outlet for students to learn about, engage with, and have a positive impact on climate-related issues. We are working with the Citizen’s Climate Lobby to raise awareness around carbon pricing, an effective, market-based solution to emissions reductions that has widespread support among economists and policymakers from both sides of the aisle.

Princeton University Energy Association

The Princeton University Energy Association is a nonpartisan student group that focuses on engaging the Princeton community in current issues surrounding energy technology and energy policy through various educational, career, and service opportunities. Our events include an annual energy case competition for high school students, a 3-day trip to the MIT Energy Conference in March, and an “Industry Vs. Academia” monthly speaker panel series, the first of which will be a panel on energy storage on March 9th, 6:30pm in Maeder Hall 103.

RepresentUs Central NJ Chapter

The Central NJ Chapter of Represent.US is part of a national nonpartisan, grassroots movement to fight political corruption and reduce the influence of big money in politics. Beginning in 2013, Represent.Us has pursued anti-corruption reform in Central New Jersey through municipal resolutions, first, in Princeton (2014). Ewing Township (2015) and, in 2016, South Brunswick and Lawrence Township. These resolutions, as endorsed in a 2015 Trenton Times editorial, are building blocks and local mandates for passage of Anti-Corruption Acts in Trenton and Washington, DC: ( . Our 2017 plan is to pass more municipal resolutions so the New Jersey Legislature will act on bipartisan Assembly bills attacking the corruption of “dark” money and creating robust campaign finance reform.

Showing Up for Racial Justice

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change. We envision a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.

Stand CNJ (10:00am-12:30pm)

STAND CNJ is a progressive grassroots organization in Central New Jersey focused on taking back power through taking local action. STAND CNJ has over 900 members (and growing daily) primarily from six counties – Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Somerset. STAND CNJ’s mission is to support our democracy from the ground up, right here in New Jersey, by fighting for social justice, economic opportunity and human rights for all. We aim to have an impact on elections and issues at the local and state levels through constituent mobilization and empowerment. Through our local efforts, a stronger, more progressive NJ can shape policy and discourse more powerfully at the national level.

Young Democratic Socialists of Princeton (12:00-6:30pm)

Our mission is to educate and organize students and young people, and to play a helpful and principled role in the movement for social justice. Within and throughout this struggle, we will articulate and defend the idea that true human liberation is impossible under capitalism. We seek social change which extends democracy into all aspects of life — social, political and economic — in other words, we seek democratic socialism. Throughout the day, we will be hosting a reading & discussion group on “The ABCs of Socialism” and will be tabling in Frist, chatting with anyone and everyone about democratic socialism and the organizing work to be done going forward.

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