The Fourth Annual LAPA Retreat

at Mountain Lakes House

Fri, 09/19/2008
9 AM through dinner, by invitation only
Event Category: 
Special Event
By Invitation Only

We are delighted to invite you to the 4th Annual LAPA Retreat, Friday, 19 September, starting at 9 a.m. (continental breakfast available at 8:15) and ending with dinner. The retreat will take place at the Mountain Lakes House in Princeton (map); a complete schedule follows at the foot of this message.

The Retreat provides an opportunity for the LAPA community to see the new work that is being written by LAPA Faculty Associates. Attendees include LAPA faculty, graduate students and visiting Fellows from LAPA and other related programs around Princeton.

You are welcome to come for all or part of the day, though we would appreciate RSVPs that let us know which meals you plan to attend. And we would like to extend an invitation for you to bring your spouse/partner/significant other to dinner.

This year, we are especially pleased to bring you the new work of five members of the Princeton faculty. Three of the authors are new faculty members at Princeton, starting this fall:

  • Peter Brooks, formerly the Sterling Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Yale before joining Princeton in Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values

Along with two new members of the Politics Department:

  • Paul Frymer, a former LAPA fellow and who comes to us from the directorship of the Legal Studies Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and
  • Amy Lerman, who just defended her dissertation in political science at Berkeley.

In addition, we're pleased to have two familiar and accomplished senior faculty members presenting their work:

  • Anne-Marie Slaughter, dean of the Woodrow Wilson School
  • Kim Lane Scheppele, director of LAPA

The format for the Retreat is as follows: The five papers will be posted on the LAPA website and you are encouraged to read them beforehand. At the retreat, each paper will be introduced by a commentator who will briefly summarize the paper, with the author having the right of first reply. We will then open the floor for discussion. Each author is paired with a commentator from a different primary discipline. That keeps the discussions interdisciplinary and of general interest.

We would very much appreciate hearing from you no later than 12 noon on Monday, 15 September as to which meals you will attend at the Retreat (continental breakfast, lunch, dinner), plus the name of your dinner guest, (if applicable). Please email Judi Rivkin ( to respond, or phone her at 609-258-8377 if you have any questions.


8:15 — 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

9:00 — 10:15 AM
Session 1: "Narrative Transactions"
Peter Brooks, Comparative Literature and University Center for Human Values
Commentator: Carol Greenhouse, Anthropology

10:30 — 11:45 AM
Session 2: "'The NAACP Confronts Racism in the Labor Movement: 1935-1964' from Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement and the Decline of the Democratic Party"
Paul Frymer, Politics
Commentator: Julian Zelizer, History and Woodrow Wilson School
PDF, Memo

12:00 — 1:15 PM

1:15 — 2:30 PM
Session 3: “The People Prisons Make: Effects of Incarceration on Criminal Psychology”
Amy Lerman, Politics and Woodrow Wilson School
Commentator: Devah Pager, Sociology

2:45 — 4:00 PM
Session 4: "The International State of Emergency"
Kim Lane Scheppele, Woodrow Wilson School, University Center for Human Values and Sociology
Commentator: David Leheny, East Asian Studies

4:15 — 5:30 PM
Session 5: “Transgovernmental Networks and Multilateral Governance”
Anne-Marie Slaughter, Woodrow Wilson School and Politics
Commentator: Stephen Macedo, University Center for Human Values and Politics

5:30 — 6:15 PM

6:15 — 9:00 PM