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RECAP First Friday Lunch - February 2014

Friederike Funk, PhD Candidate in Psychology, discusses the Social Psychology of Punishment

Fourth year psychology Ph.D. candidate Friederike Funk discussed her research for those attending the second First Friday Luncheon of 2014.

A social psychologist, Ms. Funk is especially interested in various forms of punishment for criminal and other forms of deviant behavior.

          Ms. Funk's dissertation addresses the question of whether we punish deviate behavior to promote desirable behavioral changes. Punishment does not provide satisfaction either for people who have suffered from the actions of deviants or who are observers of deviances, unless punish results in behavioral change.        

          In a different line of research, Ms. Funk has used such techniques as computer simulations and the application of makeup to change persons' appearances to test the effects of physical characteristics. The presence or absence of tattoos is a striking example of how appearance can lead to bias.

          Ms. Funk has found that criminal appearance in general increases the likelihood of guilty verdicts.  Imposing punishment or even assessing its appropriateness may also depend upon a lack of remorse displayed by deviants. This is a potential source of legal bias, as lack of remorse can also be a sign of true innocence, of course. Falsely accused deviants cannot demonstrate remorse when they have nothing to remorseful about.

          Ms. Funk also described attitudes toward deviants in Canada, Germany, and the United States. Generally, people in the United States seemed to be "harsh" in the sense that they favored severe punishments for various crimes, while Canadians and Germans were more "lenient" in their approach. Their attitudinal differences do not really affect the penalties given to criminals in the three countries, however.         

          If you would like to read more about Ms. Funk’s research, these are the articles that deal with some of the findings she discussed (available online):

Funk, F. & McGeer, V., & Gollwitzer, M. (in press). Get the message: Punishment is satisfying if the transgressor responds to its communicative intent. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Funk, F. & Todorov, A. (2013). Criminal stereotypes in the courtroom: Facial tattoos affect guilt and punishment differently. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 19(4), 466-478.

Kugler, M. B., Funk, F., Braun, J., Gollwitzer, M., Kay, A., & Darley, J. M. (2013). Differences in punitiveness across three cultures: A test of American Exceptionalism in justice attitudes. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 103(4), 1071-1114.




Posted by lydia about 6 years ago.


RECAP First Friday Lunch - March 2014

                            Nimisha Barton discusses Gender and Immigration in early 20th Century France at First Friday Lunch at the Nassau Club


          Nimisha Barton, a finishing graduate student in the history department discussed her study of gender and immigration in France between 1900 and 1940, emphasizing the years 1914 to 1940, at the Nassau Club, 6 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey, on March 7, 2014.

          Ms. Barton is from southern California. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley in 2006.

          During the period that she researched, France was the principal country receiving immigrants in Europe. The French were highly favorable to immigrants, especially immigrant women. Although a country with continuing high rates of immigration, the fact was not admitted publicly until the 1980s.

          Armenians were a significant immigrant group after World War I, because of war, the Turkish genocide, and economic problems. Jews fled pogroms in Eastern Europe. In addition, general upheaval in Europe following the Great War set Italians, Spaniards, Romanians, Russians and many others in motion across the continent during the interwar period.

          Several factors created favorable attitudes toward immigrants. France continued to face a decreasing birth rate, a challenge that had been recognized for many decades, and the consequent need for more workers, and the French continued to worry about the higher birth rates enjoyed by what were then their traditional enemies, the Germans. The relatively high birth rates for immigrants made them all the more desirable to the French. Indeed, their high birth rates were regarded as appropriate models for native French families.

          France was an early welfare state, and, thus state assistance importantly supplemented private efforts to aid immigrants. Immigrant men were well served by the system of social services, but there were even greater benefits for women immigrants. Support, such as family allowances and children’s summer camps, were among the entitlements. There was a strong support network, especially in Paris. Social workers and their organizations had a high commitment to helping immigrants.

           Although France became a multi-cultural nation, the native French tended to resist multiculturalism as a concept. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the official French stance toward their immigrants, many of them lived what might be termed "hyphenated" lives. What seems to have occurred was acculturation rather than total assimilation.

          As the depression deepened during the 1930s, immigrants became more visible to the French. What might be viewed as "disciplinary paternalism" evolved to force unmarried male immigrants into desired social patterns rather than allowing them to live rootless existences as wanderers.

          By the 1950s and 1960s immigrants came to be regarded as burdens for the French social services structure. Muslim immigrant women came to be viewed as barriers to assimilation, in part because of their dress that identifies them as immigrants. This view is not entirely new. At one time, Jewish immigrant women were noticed, owing to their often shabby clothing.

                     Immigrant Muslim women are now often regarded as barriers to assimilation for their families and themselves. But Nimisha Barton’s research suggests that this owes more to a shift in environmental factors – namely the end to fears of depopulation and the rise of fears of global overpopulation – as well as postcolonial legacies stemming from French entanglements in Algeria. If researchers were to study the networks of community and systems of state assistance that continue to play an important role in the lives of immigrant women and families, they may well uncover a more supportive story than that which is traditionally told.

Posted by lydia about 6 years ago.


First Friday Lunch - September 5th, 2014 - Andrew Ledford/Dept of Sociology

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 theiruests 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 student will present his/her work to the group in this informal setting.  Topics vary monthly and are always interesting!  Have a look at this impressive roster of our past luncheon speakers.

In September, we will be joined by Andrew Ledford, a PhD student in the Department of Sociology.  Andrew will visit with us again to talk with us about his project on Iranian Studies.  

Specially priced at $25/person (or $30 if you choose not to pay PA3's annual dues), lunch includes the Nassau Club’s appetizer, main course and dessert as well as a complementary beverage (wine, beer, soft drink). Pre-registration is preferred.

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

Date: Friday, September 5th, 2013
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.

For more information, contact Lydia Zaininger '83.

Lunch Reservation
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First Friday Lunch ( Friday, September 5, 2014 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM )

Andrew Ledford, PhD student in the Department of Sociology, will join us again to update us on his work on Iran.

Location: Nassau Club, 6 Mercer St, Princeton
Cost: $25 PA3 dues-paying member/$30 others
Organized by: PA3

Posted by lydia about 6 years ago.


Welcome to New Graduate Students!

The Princeton Area Alumni Association (better known as "the PA3") would like to warmly welcome all incoming graduate students from the area to Princeton University, at an event held in one of Princeton's hallmark venues: The Nassau Inn's "Yankee Doodle Tap Room."

Have a drink on us, among other treats, and enjoy an informal introduction to our group and your new classmates.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Welcome to New Graduate Students! ( Friday, August 29, 2014 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM )
Location: Yankee Doodle Tap Room
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Dan about 6 years ago.


Non-Profit Career Panel

Monday, June 16, 7 - 9 PM
Non-Profit Panel Discussion and PA3 Annual Meeting
Friend Center Convocation Room
(at the Corner of Olden and William Streets, adjacent to the Computer Science building)

PA3 is hosting a panel discussion about starting or joining a non-profit organization.  The panel features three alumni with significant roles within local non-profit organizations. PA3 will also hold a brief annual meeting of its members.

Light refreshments will be served.

PA3 is extending this invitation to any current undergraduate and graduate students.  Guests of alumni are more than welcome, as well.

Ticket cost: $20 at the door. 

*** Additional donations are accepted -- the PA3 is sponsoring two scholarships, which run to  $8000.  If you wish to make an additional donation, press the "Donate" button below ***

Profits from the evening will go to support the PA3 Princeton Internship in Civic Service (PICS) scholarships for two undergraduates at Isles, Inc and American Repertory Ballet. We appreciate additional donations to the PA3 PICS internship funds!


Debby D'Arcangelo *01: Non-Profit Leader
Debby D’Arcangelo is President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area. Prior to leading Planned Parenthood Mercer, Debby worked as a full-time volunteer for ten years, serving on a variety of non-profit boards including Princeton Area Community Foundation, the YWCA of Trenton, Mercer County Community College Foundation, Trenton Public Education Foundation, I Am Trenton Community Foundation, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Planned Parenthood Mercer. She continues to serve on the board of New Jersey Policy Perspective and the executive committee of the NAACP Trenton Chapter. Debby has received awards from Isles, Inc., the YWCAs of Princeton and Trenton, the Bo-Rietta Family Foundation, the Trenton NAACP Branch, the Institute of Wonderful Women Working for Empowerment and, most recently, the Trenton Kappa Foundation. Debby began her career working for J.P. Morgan & Co. and Isles, Inc. She received a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She lives in Trenton with her husband and their 19-year-old daughter.

John Hatch '84: Non-Profit Board Member
John Hatch is an architect and partner with the Trenton-based architecture and planning firm Clarke Caton Hintz and has worked on major projects across the state and region.  Some of his local projects include the Roebling Mansion and the new headquarters for the NJ Business and Industry Association, both in Trenton; the restoration of Historic Morven in Princeton and 200 Elm at Princeton University. 

He is also a partner with HHG Development, a company that focuses its redevelopment efforts in the City of Trenton.  Redevelopment projects include numerous restorations in the Mill Hill Historic District, the Trenton Makes Arts Complex on South Broad Street and the Cracker Factory redevelopment on Centre Street.  HHG is currently working on a major mixed-use redevelopment at Roebling Block 3. 

John also serves on the boards of Passage Theatre (eight years as President), the Trenton Historical Society, the NJ Capital Philharmonic and the NJ Historic Trust (as Vice Chairman).  He recently served on the board and as President of Preservation New Jersey.  His passion is the renaissance of American cities, in particular New Jersey’s Capital City.  He is a long-time resident of Trenton and lives in Mill Hill with his husband, David Henderson.  He was recently elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and has written and lectured on urban redevelopment and historic preservation issues.Board Member of Passage Theatre (President), the Trenton Historical Society, the NJ Capital Philharmonic and the NJ Historic Trust (Vice Chairman).

Marty Johnson '81: Non-Profit Founder

Martin Johnson is founder, President and CEO of Isles Inc., a self-help, urban green development organization in Trenton, New Jersey.  Isles has received national and international recognition for its sustainable development work, including planning and development, wealth creation, environmental health, education and training. Mr. Johnson is a founding director of other development organizations and projects, including: Building One New Jersey, New Jersey Community Loan Fund (now New Jersey Community Capital), Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, and the Success Measures Project, a national effort to develop impact measures for community-building work. He is a graduate, former trustee and Executive Committee member of Princeton University, where he also taught at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is a trustee of the Capital Health System and National Housing Institute. A football recruit from Akron, Ohio, Marty moved to Trenton in 1981, where he and his wife Liz have raised three sons.

Kristin Epstein '97
Kristin Epstein is Executive Director of YingHua International School, a non-profit independent elementary school in Princeton, New Jersey.  She is also a Trustee of the Friends of West Windsor Open Space, Mayor-Appointed Member of the West Windsor Environmental Commission, Past President of the Princeton Area Alumni Association, and former Board Member of the Princeton International Academy Charter School.  In addition, she holds several volunteer leadership positions with the local Girl Scout organization.  Kristin graduated from Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University with a BSE and an MSE in Environmental Engineering, respectively.  She worked in the Environmental Engineering field for 10 years before taking time off to stay at home with her two daughters and then re-starting a new career in non-profit management. During her undergraduate days, Kristin was the starting goal keeper of the Princeton University Varsity Women's Soccer Team and an officer of Colonial Club. She lives in Princeton Junction with her husband, John Epstein '96, and two daughters.

Purchase Tickets & Donate Here (you may need to click each PayPal button below separately):

*** Additional donations are accepted -- the PA3 is sponsoring two scholarships, which run to  $8000.  If you wish to make an additional donation, press the "Donate" button below ***

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Non-Profit Career Panel ( Monday, June 16, 2014 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM )
Location: TBD
Organized by: PA3

Posted by Princeton AAA over 6 years ago.