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Holiday Wine Tasting

PA3 cordially invites you to a

Holiday Wine Tasting

Saturday, December 4, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Via Zoom


Per our sommelier Sebastian Koncurat: 

Picking your Holiday wines this season this year may be challenging as we are still facing pandemic times and gatherings will be limited to small crowds. We imagine most people’s Holiday celebrations to be long meals that may begin with snacks and noshes, extend through appetizers and main courses and end, perhaps hours later, with desserts. The liveliness that comes with good acidity is in effect a survival strategy. Such wines will rejuvenate, even as all that food pushes you toward a comatose state. The French naturally have a term for this characteristic in wines, ‘digestibilité’, wines that are delicious and easy to drink without being freighted with excess or weighing too heavily in the gut...

Optional Cost: $70 plus tax for four bottles of wine plus a seminar with a certified sommelier and educator. It is not required to purchase the wines or buy all 4 bottles.  See below for cheese pairings.

For Zoom instructions, RSVP with affiliation by November 30th to Mo Chen ’80 at


Wine Details

We have again arranged a wine tasting in partnership with Public Wines, 23 Witherspoon St. Our certified Sommelier and educator for the evening will be Sebastian Koncurat, who has 20 years of experience in the wine and culinary industries.

Click here for the description of the four holiday wines, and how to purchase them.  Further details plus cheese pairings will be sent to registrants.

Please purchase or reserve wines by noon on Tuesday, November 30th. This will help Public Wine order enough in advance.

Please note that if you buy 12 bottles or more, you can get a 15% discount by using promotional code PA3.

Public offers free delivery to the following zip codes: 08502, 08504, 08525, 08528, 08534, 08536,08540,08542,08553, and 08558. Promotional code: Freeship

If you live outside these zip codes, please order online or call and pick up at the store. If you have questions for Public Wine, please call 609 924 0750 and they will be happy to help you. Please mention PA3 wine tasting.

Cheese Pairings

Alexandre-Bonnet-Grande-Reserve-Brut-Champagne: Fromager D’Affionis
La-Patience-Rose-2020: Le Chevrot Goat 
Chateau-Ferran-Pessac-Leognan-2018:   Comte 
Punset-Punset-Langhe-Arneis-Doc-2018: Taleggio

Olsson’s link for pairing cheeses 

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Detecting Viruses with CRISPR

Detecting Viruses with CRISPR

A discussion with Professor Cameron Mryhvold '11

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 730 to 900 pm

Register here


Please join us for what will no doubt be a fascinating look into the use of the gene editing technology CRISPR  to detect - and potentially destroy- viruses.  This will be a nice complement to Shirley Tilghman's talk on the ethical considerations and regulation of CRISPR in 2018.

Cameron Myhrvold is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. His work specializes in the development of CRISPR-based technologies for studying RNA, with an emphasis on detecting and destroying RNA viruses. He received a PhD in Systems Biology from Harvard in 2016. His PhD studies in synthetic biology and nucleic acid nanotechnology, supported by a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation fellowship, involved the development of three technologies that demonstrated a variety of applications for self-assembled nanostructures. During his postdoc, he turned his attention towards the RNA-targeting CRISPR effector protein Cas13, where he has led or co-led the development of four Cas13-based technologies, including CARMEN, CARVER, and SHINE.

Further information on his work may be found at his laboratory website and at the departmental website


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Challenges to Academic Freedom and Campus Free Speech

Challenges to Academic Freedom and Campus Free Speech

A discussion with Princeton Professor Keith Whittington

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 730 to 900 pm

Register here

Please join us for a discussion with Professor Keith Whittington on this important and timely topic.  His remarks will be followed by the opportunity for Q&A.

Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University and is currently the chair of Academic Freedom Alliance. He works on American constitutional history, politics and law, and on American political thought. He is the author of Repugnant Laws: Judicial Review of Acts of Congress from the Founding to the Present and Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech, among other works. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Texas School of Law, and he is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and completed his Ph.D. in political science at Yale University.

His book Speak Freely was the Princeton Pre-read selection for 2018.



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November 2021 Propeller

Note:  This event has been recorded and may be viewed here







Please Join Us with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


7 P, EASTERN TIME (USA) -- TUESDAY, November 9th, 2021

“Combining Cell Fate Reprogramming & Immunotherapy: A Revolutionary Approach for Cancer Treatment”

Speaker: Filipe Pereira, PhD

Founder & Head of Innovation, Asgard Therapeutics

Associate Professor, Lund University


Cancer is the second-leading cause of human death, with more than 10 million lives lost annually and a cost
burden topping 1 trillion USD worldwide. For the 80 percent of tumors that are solid and hard-to-treat, current
standards of care (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy) are often inadequate. Even the newer approaches of
modern immunotherapy (immune checkpoint inhibitors, CAR T-cell therapies, cancer vaccines) often fall short
in more than half of patients, due to lack of antigen presentation, tumor heterogeneity, and immune evasion.
ENTER: a new gene therapy for cancer based on cellular reprogramming, co-developed by our speaker. This
technology reprograms cancer cells into dendritic cells that present their own tumor antigens for destruction.
Following background on ways to reprogram cells, our speaker will: detail his current work; provide previously
unpublished data; touch on challenges that remain before first-in-human trials can take place; and mull
prospects for cell fate reprogramming to transform the current cancer immunotherapy landscape.

To receive the Zoom link, please register by November 7th:

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER: Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 (7 P)


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Revisiting the Dunhuang Buddhist Caves

Art and Architecture of the Dunhuang Caves:  Anatomy of a cave (or two)

Dora C. Y. Ching *11

Associate Director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University

Saturday October 16, 2021, 9 am EDT


A4P and the Association of Graduate Princeton Alumni (AGPA) are delighted to host Princeton University’s Tang Center for East Asian Art Associate Director Dora C. Y. Ching *11 for a fascinating presentation of the Dunhuang Buddhist Caves on Saturday October 16 at 9:00 - 10:30 AM EDT. Please note this event will not be recorded.

Builders, artisans, painters, and sculptors created nearly five hundred decorated cave temples at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China from 400-1400 CE. This lecture takes an in-depth look at the art and architecture of a few of these caves, focusing in particular on the transmission and cross-influences of Buddhist imagery along the Silk Road.

For those who missed the June 24th presentation, here is a second chance. This is not the same presentation, however.  Per Dora:

I will have a brief intro—so if people haven’t heard a talk before, they will get some background on the Dunhuang Caves—and then I will focus primarily on the art architecture of one cave in the context of the Silk Road. Aside from introductory material, this is a different talk. The other talk was more of an overview; this will be an in-depth look at Mogao Cave 285.

Registration details here.

Any questions, please email here.


Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011

Dora Ching has been associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art(link is external) at Princeton University since 2002. She is a leading specialist in Chinese portraiture and the characteristics that distinguish this genre from its European and American counterparts. Before and during her time at the Tang Center she has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as coeditor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous published book chapters and articles and has co-curated three major museum exhibitions.

During her graduate years at Princeton, Ching served as research assistant at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and as an editor of the National Palace Museum Bulletin. She also worked at the Princeton University Art Museum on the exhibition The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection. She held the Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working on 19th- and 20th-century Chinese painting. The wide range of her research and study experience is reflected in the books she has worked on, from early Shang archaeology through family issues in Chinese art, calligraphy, and contemporary Chinese arts.

Selected Bibliography

 Agnew, Neville, Marcia Reed, and Tevvy Ball, eds. Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 2016.

 Ching, Dora C.Y.,ed. Visualizing Dunhuang: Seeing, Studying, and Conserving the Caves. Princeton: P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University, in association with Princeton University Press, 2021.*          

Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

 Hopkirk, Peter. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. London: Murray, 1980.

Rong Xinjiang. Eighteen Lectures on Dunhuang. Translated by Imre Galambos. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013. 

 Whitfield, Susan. Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018.

Whitfield, Roderick, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew. Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang:

Art and History on the Silk Road. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2015.

* Available from Princeton University Press 20% discount through 31 August 2021. Enter code FRDUN at checkout.


Dora C.Y. Ching                                                                                    2021-06-30

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