Talks & Lectures

Pat Hyatt spoke about “American Women on the Move” at the University of Houston Women’s Conference in November 2017. Pat’s book, American Women on the Move: The Inside Story of the National Women’s Conference, 1977, celebrates the 40th anniversary of that unique gathering.

Joyce Irwin presented a paper entitled “Luther, Mattheson, and the Joy of Music” at a conference on “Lutheran Music Culture,” sponsored by the University of Uppsala, Sweden in September 2017.

Karen Reeds presented a slide-illustrated talk, “Essential to their Health and Service: Keeping Washington's Army Well Enough to Fight,” in June 2017 as part of a symposium commemorating George Washington’s First Middlebrook Encampment (1777) in Martinsville, New Jersey.

Linda Arntzenius presented a one-hour illustrated talk based on her pictorial history, Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study, to members of the Princeton YWCA Newcomers Club in February 2017. The talk followed several on the subject, one of which, at the Institute for Advanced Study, may be viewed on the Institute’s website: https://video.ias.edu/file/25245

Toni Vogel Carey gave a paper at a conference at the Princeton Theological Seminary in March 2017 on science and scientific method in the Scottish Enlightenment. She also participated on a panel discussing Jack Hill’s new book Adam Ferguson and Ethical Integrity.

Shelley Frisch, translator of Reiner Stach’s monumental, three-volume biography of Franz Kafka, gave a talk on ambiguity in literature at the Literaturhaus in Stuttgart in 2016, shortly after she had given a lecture at Princeton University on the Kafka biography translation project. In October 2017, she delivered a lecture at Ohio State on “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Translator: A Kafka Biography Marathon.”

Book Nominations and Awards

Shelley Frisch was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for her translation of Dietrich and Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives (Liveright).

Toni Vogel Carey was awarded a 2017 Elizabeth Eisenstein Prize by the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, for her paper, “Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand: A Brief History,” published in the Adam Smith Review.

Eminent geneticist Evelyn M. Witkin received the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award jointly with Stephen J. Elledge, for their discoveries concerning the DNA-damage response, a mechanism that protects the genomes of all living organisms. A long-time PRF member, Dr. Witkin was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1977, at the time she was one of the few women elected to the Academy; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1980); and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She was awarded the 2000 Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal and her contributions to science have been recognized by the United States government as she was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2002. In 2015, she was awarded The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences. Also in 2015, she was named as one of The Forward 50.


Shelley Frisch’s translation of Katja Petrowskaja's Vielleicht Esther (Maybe Esther: A Family Story) was published by HarperCollins in January 2018.

Larissa Zaleska Onyshkevych has published Borders, Bombs, and . . . Two Right Shoes: World War II through the Eyes of a Ukrainian Child Refugee Survivor, a memoir of World War II as experienced by a child in Ukraine, and then as a refugee in Slovakia, Austria, and Germany. The book [available on Amazon] www.amazon.com] depicts daily life under two dictatorial regimes (Soviet and Nazi), with interrogations, arrests and threats of executions, the family’s sheltering of Jews, and life in a Nazi internment camp. Included is also a detailed description of life in postwar DP refugee camps and threats of Soviet “repatriation.”

Terri McNichol’s blog, “The Science of Wisdom,” is included in The Museum Blog Book, published 2017 in both hardback and paperback editions by MuseumsEtc Ltd, UK and USA. The book brings together 70 museum-related blogs reflecting fresh thinking and practice in and about museums.

Fannie Peczenik’s short children’s story, “Nobody’s Cat,” has been published in Cricket Magazine (for children nine to 14). The first installment appeared in the November/December 2016 issue, the second in the January 2017 issue, and the third in February 2017.

Ann Lee Morgan’s Historical Dictionary of Contemporary Art has been reissued by Rowman & Littlefield. Besides more than 900 alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries on artists, styles, terms, and movements, the volume includes a narrative introduction, an extensive chronology of art since 1945, and a lengthy bibliography. The book covers international developments of the post-World War II period, offering an overview of earlier modernists still active after the war, such as Picasso, Matisse, Miro, Moore, Dubuffet, Ernst, O’Keeffe, and Hopper, as well as a survey of later developments including abstract expressionism, pop art, minimalism, happenings, photorealism, feminist art, conceptual art, and postmodernism.

Maureen E. Mulvihill’s guest series, Old Books/New Editions, hosted by Bruce McKinney’s Rare Book Hub, San Francisco, saw its third and final installment in early December 2016, with the posting of Maureen’s essay, “Galactic Duchess: New Work on Margaret Cavendish’s Blazing-World (1666).” The essay discusses Sara H. Mendelson’s 2016 edition (Broadview Press, Ontario) of Cavendish’s futuristic feminist utopian novel, self-published (London, 1666) by Cavendish and her husband, printed by Anne Maxwell.

Robert W. Craig published Starting from Scratch: The First Building Tradesmen of Middlesex County, about seventeenth-century building tradesmen in Middlesex County, NJ, in 2016. It is the culmination of several years’ research, and was the subject of a PRF Work in Progress meeting several years ago.


Legendary geneticist and PRF member Evelyn Witkin reflects on the earliest days of a new science and her groundbreaking work on how DNA responds to damage in an interview in The New York Times, December 15, 2015. [www.nytimes.com/.../evelyn-witkin-and-the-road-to-dna-enlightenment.htm]

Linda Holt discussed her historical novel about Beethoven, The Black Spaniard, by L.L. Holt (Unsolicited Press), with host and music educator Marvin Rosen on WPRB Princeton Community Radio in 2017.

Joan Goldstein interviewed fellow PRF member Lara Freidenfelds on her work as an historian of sex, reproduction and women’s health in America on Back Story with Joan Goldstein. They discussed Freidenfelds’ book The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America and her book-in-progress, Counting Chickens Before They Hatch? An Historian’s Take on Pregnancy and Miscarriage in Contemporary America.

Lara Freidenfelds was interviewed by anthropology professor Kate Clancy for her “Period Podcast.” They discussed Lara’s book, The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. Listen to it here.


PRF members regularly teach at venues in Princeton, such as the Evergreen Forum and the Princeton Adult School. Many are affiliated as adjunct faculty with colleges and universities such as Mercer County Community College, The College of New Jersey, Princeton Theological Seminary, Southern New Hampshire University and Thomas Edison State University, among others.

Winifred Hughes taught a course on literature and nature as part of the Language of Nature series at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Center in Pennington in 2018. 

Photo, courtesy Maureen E. Mulvihill, collector profile, Fine Books & Collections magazine (NY, Autumn 2016)