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PA3 Book Club: October 24, 2019

September 29, 2019 - The PA3 book club will meet on Thursday, October 24, from 7-8:30 pm in East Pyne 111. (Note the date is one week earlier than our usual last Thursday, to avoid meeting on Halloween.) Our selection is:

Family Lexicon, by Natalia Ginzburg, translated from the Italian by Jenny McPhee, Lecturer in Creative Writing.

The PA3 book club meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) from 7-8:30, usually in East Pyne or Frist. Selections alternate, with occasional exceptions, between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection. Book club meetings are open to all PA3 members and their spouses/partners, and no RSVP is needed.

A list of book club selections can be found at

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Book Club: Family Lexicon ( Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
Location: East Pyne 111

Posted by Arlen almost 5 years ago.


Princeton Diversity Discussion

Please join us at our inaugural Princeton Diversity Discussion in Princeton, New Jersey, on Wednesday, October 2, at 6 pm, in the meeting room of Shanghai Park Restaurant in the Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street #33, Princeton, 08540.

Attendees pay for their own meals; people are welcome to come and just join for the conversation without eating. Please bring cash if you can since the restaurant has a limit on credit cards per gathering. RSVPs are not required, but may be sent to Jenny Korn.

To join our Princeton Diversity Discussions email list, please email Princeton Diversity Discussions Founding Director Jenny Korn.

The hosts for this gathering will be Anu Vedantham and Jasmine Ueng-McHale.

Princeton Diversity Discussions is our series of friendly and inclusive gatherings supported by the Association of Black Princeton Alumni (ABPA), Association of Latino Princeton Alumni (ALPA), Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P), Princeton Association of New England (PANE), Princeton Club of San Diego (PCSD), Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3), and Princeton Club of Chicago (PCC). We have been featured in PAW.

Open to *everyone* (affiliated and not with Princeton) who would like to discuss race-related issues in person. We invite alumni, students, staff, family, friends, and everyone you think is groovy to join us! So far, we have teamed up with the Duke Black Alumni Association, Harvard Women in Design, and the Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Network to co-host discussions. Hosting involves no financial commitment, only a commitment to selecting a date in the calendar and to choosing a restaurant that the host digs. You can find us easily at our gatherings because we wear Princeton, orange, and black apparel.

A little background on resesarcher and facilitator Jenny Korn '96...

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Princeton Diversity Discussion ( Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Location: Shanghai Park Restaurant

Posted by Arlen almost 5 years ago.


First Friday Lunch - October 4, 2019

Join us for First Fridays, a monthly recurring event for undergraduate and graduate Princeton alumni, graduate students, and parents.  On the first Friday of each month, area alumni and their guests will meet to enjoy a prix fixe luncheon at the Nassau Club in downtown Princeton.  As a special bonus for PA3, a Princeton University PhD candidate will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at our impressive roster of previous luncheons

Joel Finkelstein *18, Director of the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) in Princeton, NJ, joins the James Madison Program as a 2019-2020 Visiting Research Scholar.  NCRI deploys machine learning tools to track, expose, and combat the growing tide of hate and extremism on social media. His work on hate in social media has appeared on the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN and other media outlets. 

Formerly a research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism and a graduate fellow at the National Science Foundation, Joel received his Ph.D. from Princeton University where his doctoral work focused on the Psychology and Neuroscience of addiction behavior. He received his B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior from University of California, Santa Cruz. During his time with the James Madison Program, he will research using quantitative methods to capture psychological, political, and linguistic markers of incitement in both modern and historical episodes of group-motivated hate and violence.

Please join us!  As always, there is sure to be a lively discussion.

Specially priced at $28/person (or $32 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues),

Lunch includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee/tea.

Wine/beer offered a la carte - select Enhanced Lunch Ticket on the PayPal button below.


Pre-registration is required, by 9am on the day of the luncheon.

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 12 noon - 2 pm
Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton, NJ
Nassau Club membership is not necessary to attend this event.
Dress is business casual.

Registration (if not via Paypal) or questions:  Send email to Tom Swift via:


>> Looking forward to seeing your orange and black! <<

First Friday Lunch Ticket
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, October 4, 2019 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Joel Finkelstein *18, presently Visiting Research Scholar in the James Madison Program, discusses his research on hate and extremism on social media.

Location: Nassau Club
Cost: $28 per person for members, $33 others
Organized by: Thomas Swift

Posted by tmswift almost 5 years ago.


Princeton's Roots Tour I: The Log College

The Log College in Neshaminy, PA, is part of the DNA of Princeton.  It operated from 1726 to 1745 under the tutelage of William Tennent.  After he died, 5 of the College's alumni and faculty, including Tennent's two sons, joined Jonathan Dickinson in 1746 in Elizabeth, NJ, and became the inaugural Trustees of the newly-chartered College of New Jersey.  While a plaque on Nassau Hall talks about the Log College as a direct predecessor of Princeton, the relationship is more indirect.  We will have a free private tour of William Tennent’s house (which originally housed the Log College), the adjacent site where the Log College building once stood, Tennent’s gravesite, and the church in which his two sons (who also traveled to the UK to raise funds for building Nassau Hall) first preached. 

More info:

This is a free event.  The itinerary is as follows:

1.   At 9:15 am, for folks from the PA3 region who wish to carpool, we meet at the Washington Crossing State Park (NJ side) parking lot.

2.  At 10 am, we will start at the Neshaminy Cemetery, 1495 West Bristol Road, Warminster, PA 18974, where William Tennent is buried ( and

3.  Then we’ll go to the Neshaminy-Warwick Presbyterian Church, 1401 Meetinghouse Road, Warminster PA 18974 Tel: 215-343-6060, where William Tennent’s sons (two of the initial trustees of Princeton, who did the fundraising for building Nassau Hall) preached their first sermons (

4.  Then we're off to the William Tennent House, 880 Old York Road (PA 263), where he lived, and where the Log College was housed from 1727 to about 1735).  See

5.  The sign on the road where the Log College was situated from 1736-1745, is near 885 Old York Road.

6.  Then we'll drive some back roads in Bucks County; and finally, 

7.  We will end up at Conshohocken Brewery run by Ken Buonocore ’08, for some optional libations.

This is a joint event co-sponsored by the Princetoniana Committee of the Alumni Council, the Princeton Area Alumni Association, and the Princeton Club of Philadelphia.

Please let Sev Onyshkevych '83 know if you are planning to attend or have any questions:


Tour of the Log College in Neshaminy, billed as a birthplace of Princeton University from 1726-1745 ...
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Princeton Roots Tour I: The Log College ( Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM )
Location: Warminster, PA
Cost: Free
Organized by: Sev Onyshkevych '83

Posted by vsevolod almost 5 years ago.


October '19 Propeller












Please Join Us for Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres




6 P, TUESDAY, October 8th, 2019


Speaker:  Will Watts

Director, Operations Engineering, Block Renovation

“Streamlining the Home Renovation Process:

A New Platform that Dovetails for Homeowners AND Contractors”


Few “things” mean more to us than our homes.  And, many of us have dreams, whether we act on them or not, to renovate these spaces and make them more truly ours.  But it’s often a navigational process fraught with pitfalls.   Where does one begin?  How much will it actually cost?  How long will it really take?  Who will:   vouch for the quality of the materials; vet the contractors; coordinate and manage the design, board approvals and construction planning?   Aerospace Engineer and Princeton alumnus Will Watts will address these questions and tell us how Block Renovation, a young Brooklyn-based company, couples new technologies with process innovations that bring order, clarity and tightness to home renovation.   In particular, he will showcase Block’s all-inclusive platform approach that has drastically simplified the process --- to benefit homeowners and contractors alike.

Registration Required via

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER:  Tuesday, November 12h (6 P)

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Princeton Propeller ( Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Location: Quadrangle Club, 33 Prospect Avenue
Cost: free; donations gratefully accepted

Posted by Teegger almost 5 years ago.