AAS Senior Colloquium

Fall 2017 Meetings

September 19
September 26
October 10
October 17
November 7
November 14
December 5
December 12

Spring 2018 Meetings

February 6
February 13
February 20
February 27
March 6
March 13
March 27

The Senior Colloquium is required for concentrators. Certificate students will be enrolled by application.

Through the course of study, readings, and lectures, concentrators have applied their AAS knowledge into developing independent writing and research assignments, leading to the senior thesis. A senior thesis must be written by every senior at Princeton, and in AAS, the thesis is the culminating research informed by a student’s selected subfield, and a subject of inquiry of the student’s choosing. 

In the Senior Colloquium, concentrators workshop their thesis for clarity and improvement, and also practice becoming conversant about their research by contextualizing their work alongside pertinent contemporary issues and news stories. Workshopping the theses of each student as a group, guided by a member of the core faculty, gives all concentrators a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the field of African American Studies.

The format of the Colloquium is a gesture towards modeling the sort of fruitful exchanges and convened conversations that African American Studies concentrators can bring with them as they leave the University to enter new workplaces, campuses and neighborhoods in which race continues to be a salient and unequal force. AAS concentrators graduate from Princeton as people who can not only manage difference, but can live with difference as a value in their lives. AAS concentrators leave Princeton with a common commitment to social change.

Professor Ruha Benjamin serves as the Faculty Advisor for Senior Colloquium.

Additional Details

  • $300/term stipend
  • $500 in senior thesis research funding
  • Meetings will be held in the Barfield-Johnson Seminar Room 201 in Stanhope Hall
  • One to two student presentations per session

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Jun 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
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Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
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Nov 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm