42 Course Offerings


Values Based Leadership

Instructors: Jason Gallucci

Mollie Marcoux-Samaan, the Ford Family Director of Athletics, and Jason Gallucci, Director of Performance, share insight on the values based leadership approach that has perpetuated success within the Princeton University Athletic department. The course will focus on implementing a positive approach to leadership where participants will learn how to lead from within so they can enhance their own experience while having a positive influence on the University culture as a whole.

Th 10a-11:30a

(External) Design your Future during Wintersession (Lunch provided)

Instructors: Kathleen Mannheimer

Between classes and extracurriculars, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Princeton and not take the time to think about your strengths and long-term goals. This interactive workshop will help you begin to explore options and figure out what you want to do—not just what you feel pressured to do. You may have a lot of ideas about what appeals to you. Or you may have no clue, and that's OK, too. This workshop will give you a chance to hit the pause button and reflect so you can start to make informed decisions about your goals and how you can work towards them during your time at Princeton. After the workshop you’ll have an opportunity to schedule a specialized advising appointment to help you develop a plan customized for you. Click the link here to sign up through Handshake: https://princeton.joinhandshake.com/events/424399

Th 12p-1:30p

(External) Internship/Job Search Break

Instructors: Micaela Ensminger

Feeling the heat from your job or internship search? If your search has you stressed out, come to the Center for Career Development to take a break from the grind and learn about how to be well and take care of yourself during a job or internship search. This is a "study break" style event; we will have snacks, wellness activities you can practice, and tips for managing your search effectively. Sign up here: https://princeton.joinhandshake.com/events/424407

W 2p-4p

(External) Yoga: The Whole Practice

Instructors: Kara Nitti

5 days of mindful, holistic yoga practice to relax, renew, recharge. See the following link for details: https://campusrec.princeton.edu/node/1366

M/M/Tu/Tu/W/W/Th/Th/F/F 5:30p-6p

A Light Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Instructors: Bryan Foo

An brief exploration of the mathematical formalisms of quantum mechanics primarily centered around the Schrödinger Equation and its solutions, as well as connections to classical mechanics and other relevant results. Little to no prior physics experience needed, although some basic calculus and linear algebra will be used.

M/W/Th 1p-2:30p

Basic Car Maintenance – the ‘what goes where’ guide!

Instructors: Sean Ryder

Ever wished you had listened a little more carefully to Uncle Fred when you were 17, as he explained how to check those fluid levels under the hood of the car? How to safely change a wheel on the car in the event of a puncture??.. Well, never fear, PSafe are here once again! This sixty minute car maintenance overview is spent in the classroom and parking lot/ garage, so please dress appropriately.

Tu 12p-1p

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet Class

Instructors: Katherine Brubaker

Technique class that will include barre and center work

W 3:30p-5p
Th 3:30p-5p

Beginning/Intermediate Ballet Class

Instructors: Katherine Brubaker

Technique class that will include barre and center work

Th 3:30p-5p
W 3:30p-5p

Belly Dance like a Raqstar!

Instructors: Nina Grant

Looking for something new to try? Come dance with Raqs and try out bellydancing! We'll teach you how to move your hips and master the body roll!

M 3p-5p

Breakdancing 101

Instructors: Shoichi Hayashi

Learning how to toprock, footwork, and hold freezes!

Tu 3:30p-5p

Breaking Down Bollywood: Cinematic (F)

Instructors: Sam Pathak

Churning out more than a thousand movies and films every year, Bollywood is the most prolific film industry in the world. As of today, only about two-thirds of India’s population watches movies in theaters; almost all of India’s population, however, is expected to hit movie theaters to watch Bollywood movies by 2040 as movie theaters are being built in record numbers even in the most rural places of India. According to the Forbes magazine, the diaspora of Indians and the international audience watching Bollywood movies is predicted to double by 2040. We will analyze different elements of some of the all-time classics of Indian cinema, such as Lagaan and English Vinglish. Besides watching some of the record-breaking Bollywood movies, we will also watch different trailers of some rather unsuccessful Bollywood movies to analyze various aspects -- set design, music, plot, characters, costumes, themes, et cetera -- to gain a holistic understanding as to what goes into making a Bollywood movie a monumental success. Also, lessons will encompass discussions on the ever-growing influence of Bollywood on mainstream Indian culture and its impact in the lives of ordinary Indians.

F 1:30p-3p
M 1:30p-3p
Tu 1:30p-3p

Breaking Down Bollywood: Cinematic (M)

Instructors: Sam Pathak

Churning out more than a thousand movies and films every year, Bollywood is the most prolific film industry in the world. As of today, only about two-thirds of India’s population watches movies in theaters; almost all of India’s population, however, is expected to hit movie theaters to watch Bollywood movies by 2040 as movie theaters are being built in record numbers even in the most rural places of India. According to the Forbes magazine, the diaspora of Indians and the international audience watching Bollywood movies is predicted to double by 2040. We will analyze different elements of some of the all-time classics of Indian cinema, such as Lagaan and English Vinglish. Besides watching some of the record-breaking Bollywood movies, we will also watch different trailers of some rather unsuccessful Bollywood movies to analyze various aspects -- set design, music, plot, characters, costumes, themes, et cetera -- to gain a holistic understanding as to what goes into making a Bollywood movie a monumental success. Also, lessons will encompass discussions on the ever-growing influence of Bollywood on mainstream Indian culture and its impact in the lives of ordinary Indians.

M 1:30p-3p
F 1:30p-3p
Tu 1:30p-3p

Breaking Down Bollywood: Cinematic (Tu)

Instructors: Sam Pathak

Churning out more than a thousand movies and films every year, Bollywood is the most prolific film industry in the world. As of today, only about two-thirds of India’s population watches movies in theaters; almost all of India’s population, however, is expected to hit movie theaters to watch Bollywood movies by 2040 as movie theaters are being built in record numbers even in the most rural places of India. According to the Forbes magazine, the diaspora of Indians and the international audience watching Bollywood movies is predicted to double by 2040. We will analyze different elements of some of the all-time classics of Indian cinema, such as Lagaan and English Vinglish. Besides watching some of the record-breaking Bollywood movies, we will also watch different trailers of some rather unsuccessful Bollywood movies to analyze various aspects -- set design, music, plot, characters, costumes, themes, et cetera -- to gain a holistic understanding as to what goes into making a Bollywood movie a monumental success. Also, lessons will encompass discussions on the ever-growing influence of Bollywood on mainstream Indian culture and its impact in the lives of ordinary Indians.

Tu 1:30p-3p
F 1:30p-3p
M 1:30p-3p

Crash Course in Magic and Mentalism

Instructors: Bryan To

A crash course teaching basic techniques in magic and mentalism that can be applied to everyday life.

W 3p-5p

diSiac Dance Company Wintersession Workshop

Instructors: Sophie Blue

Come bust those moves in this fun 1.5 hour hip hop workshop taught by some of the incredible dancers of diSiac Dance Company! Dancers of all backgrounds are welcome.

M 1p-2:30p

Dissident Journalism in Israel: A History

Instructors: Daniel Yassky

An intellectual history of Israeli journalism with emphasis on the great fissures within Israeli society: the "Canaanite movement," the nature of Zionism, "Who is a Jew?", the occupation, the religious, Israeli Arabs, political corruption, etc., from the perspective of dissident journalists on the left and right who defied -- and continue to defy -- the Israeli political and defense establishment. Specific journalists that will be looked at in depth are: Uri Avnery, Emile Habibi, Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and several more writers existing on the political fringe. The course will be entirely in English (Hebrew-language copies upon request) and feature several texts for reading.

M 10a-12p

Dissident Journalism in Israel: A History

Instructors: Daniel Yassky

An intellectual history of Israeli journalism with emphasis on the great fissures within Israeli society: the "Canaanite movement," the nature of Zionism, "Who is a Jew?", the occupation, the religious, Israeli Arabs, political corruption, etc., from the perspective of dissident journalists on the left and right who defied -- and continue to defy -- the Israeli political and defense establishment. Specific journalists that will be looked at in depth are: Uri Avnery, Emile Habibi, Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and several more writers existing on the political fringe. The course will be entirely in English (Hebrew-language copies upon request) and feature several texts for reading.

W 10a-12p
M 10a-12p

Ekphrastic Poetry (Day 1)

Instructors: Mina Yu

Try your hand at ekphrastic poetry, or writing poems based on a work of art, in this two-part course! After reading through some examples of ekphrastic poetry, we will explore an exhibit in the Princeton University Art Museum, write, and then share our work with one another. On Day 1, we will be looking at "The Eternal Feast" exhibit, and some of our discussions will center around how to write respectfully and meaningfully about different cultures; and, on Day 2, we will be looking at the "States of Health" exhibit and discussing how we can translate something as subjective and difficult to describe as pain and healing into the written word. (You may attend on both days or just one!)

Tu 3p-4:30p

Ekphrastic Poetry (Day 2)

Instructors: Mina Yu

Try your hand at ekphrastic poetry, or writing poems based on a work of art, in this two-part course! After reading through some examples of ekphrastic poetry, we will explore an exhibit in the Princeton University Art Museum, write, and then share our work with one another. On Day 1, we will be looking at "The Eternal Feast" exhibit, and some of our discussions will center around how to write respectfully and meaningfully about different cultures; and, on Day 2, we will be looking at the "States of Health" exhibit and discussing how we can translate something as subjective and difficult to describe as pain and healing into the written word. (You may attend on both days or just one!)

F 3p-4:30p

eXpressions Wintersession Workshop

Instructors: Abby De Riel

Come learn a fun contemporary dance combination! This session is open to those with both a little and a lot of dance experience, and overall will just be a way to stay active and have fun!

Th 1:30p-3p

Go bananas for banana bread!

Instructors: Skyler Liu, Ailee Mendoza

Time to go bananas for banana bread! Come learn how to make the BEST banana bread ever!!

Tu 11:30a-1:30p

How to Crochet Almost Any Stuffed Buddy Without a Pattern!

Instructors: Nsomma Alilonu

An instructional course on how to crochet stuffed animals from your imagination!

F 10a-11a

How to integrate security in machine learning

Instructors: Vikash Sehwag

With the prevalence of every technology, there comes a responsibility to ensure proper security checks to protect against malicious parties. In recent years, we have seen the tremendous success of machine learning in multiple applications ranging from your smartphone camera to more advance and safety-critical applications such as autonomous driving, biometric recognitions, etc. However, it has only been the last few years when a significant amount of work is done to improve the security of these machine learning systems. This course will aim at providing hands-on experience on the state-of-the-art in how we are integrating security and machine learning.

Th 3p-5p
F 3p-5p

How to integrate security in machine learning

Instructors: Vikash Sehwag

With the prevalence of every technology, there comes a responsibility to ensure proper security checks to protect against malicious parties. In recent years, we have seen the tremendous success of machine learning in multiple applications ranging from your smartphone camera to more advance and safety-critical applications such as autonomous driving, biometric recognitions, etc. However, it has only been the last few years when a significant amount of work is done to improve the security of these machine learning systems. This course will aim at providing hands-on experience on the state-of-the-art in how we are integrating security and machine learning.

F 3p-5p
Th 3p-5p

Interpersonal Meditation & More

Instructors: Elin Ahlstrand

Meditation is a lot more than sitting alone with your eyes closed while focusing on your breath. There are ways to meditate with other people, and to do so while interacting with one another. In this course, we will be experimenting with a variety of interpersonal practices such as eye-gazing, Authentic Relating Games and Circling. These practices offer an opportunity to explore how each of us responds to others in an open, honest and compassionate container. Come connect & play with the Princeton Psychonauts!

Tu/W/F 10a-11:30a

Introduction to Argentine Tango!

Instructors: Andre Yin

Learn to dance Argentine tango! No partner, no experience necessary. Renowned tango instructor Robin Thomas from NYC will come down to Princeton to teach you the basics of stepping and a few simple move sequences. The Princeton Tango Club hosts weekly tango group lessons (beginner, intermediate, advanced) on Monday evenings during the semester, free for all Princeton students!

Th 11a-1p
W 11a-1p

Introduction to Beatboxing: The Noble Art of Vocal Percussion

Instructors: Ish Kaul, Oleg Golev

Have you ever thought about the limits of what your buccal cavity can do? Have you ever heard of the term “beatbox”? Well, beatboxing refers to any form of vocal percussion, essentially mimicking a kind of a drum machine to produce sounds from your mouth, throat, and nose. And the best part? You don’t need any instrument to make music anymore! And, the only things you need are a mouth and a brain to learn. This short course by the Beatbox Tigers is designed to give you a background in beatboxing as well as teach you a few basic sounds and beats to impress your friends and make your own music wherever you go whenever you feel like it. At the end of the course you should be able to do the kick drum, hi-hats as well a a few snares (basically all that you need to drop a sick beat).

M 3p-4p

Introduction to Beatboxing: The Noble Art of Vocal Percussion

Instructors: Ish Kaul, Oleg Golev

Have you ever thought about the limits of what your buccal cavity can do? Have you ever heard of the term “beatbox”? Well, beatboxing refers to any form of vocal percussion, essentially mimicking a kind of a drum machine to produce sounds from your mouth, throat, and nose. And the best part? You don’t need any instrument to make music anymore! And, the only things you need are a mouth and a brain to learn. This short course by the Beatbox Tigers is designed to give you a background in beatboxing as well as teach you a few basic sounds and beats to impress your friends and make your own music wherever you go whenever you feel like it. At the end of the course you should be able to do the kick drum, hi-hats as well a a few snares (basically all that you need to drop a sick beat).

W 3p-4p
M 3p-4p

Introduction to Blockchain, Ethereum and Smart Contracts

Instructors: Pranay Anchuri

Bitcoin is now 10 years old. The last decade has seen a rapid growth of decentralized currency and for the first time, it has opened the possibility of exchanging value between any two people in the world without an intermediary. In the first part of the lecture, I will give a brief history and an overview of how Bitcoin works. Another major development in the last five years is the rise of Ethereum, a form of a programmable blockchain. Different from Bitcoin, it enables the deterministic execution of complex agreements via smart contracts. This part of the lecture will focus on the meaning of smart contracts and the types of applications (called Dapps) that have been developed in the Ethereum ecosystem. The final part of the lecture will focus on creating smart contracts that open up the possibility of developing decentralized applications. I will discuss several examples from domains ranging from decentralized finance and alternative capital raise (ICO) to food supply chains and micropayment transactions in on-line advertising to identity verification. If time permits, I will demonstrate the creation of a simple dapp.

Tu/F 10a-11:30a

Investing Demystified: The Basics for Your Finances

Instructors: O'Donavan Johnson

Managing your money is such an important skill, so why haven’t you been taught this? You’re not alone. Join others to learn how to plan your finances, break down investing, and leave confident about sustaining your lifestyle.

M 2p-3p

Learn Taiko Drumming

Instructors: Lauren Ehehalt

Have you ever wanted to learn taiko drumming? Of course you have! Join Tora Taiko, Princeton's only taiko group, for a primer on the basic techniques of taiko. No equipment needed, just wear comfortable/athletic attire and be ready to have serious fun.

M 3p-5p

Life After College: Taxes, Rent and Student Debt

Instructors: Brendan Firlie

Worrying about life after college? We're here to help. This course teaches students what to expect after college. We will teach you how to approach paying taxes, rent and student debt in a responsible way. Come learn how to break down and organize your finances.

Th 11:30a-12:30p

Peking Opera Live!

Instructors: Chao-Hui Jenny Liu

This course will introduce Peking Opera basics--dance, martial arts, face paint, singing, acting, musical instruments. All are welcome to try the four basic skills needed for the traditional art of Peking Opera.

Tu 1:30p-3p

Personal Safety Class

Instructors: Sean Ryder

PSafe is pleased to be able to offer a basic Personal Safety presentation to all students. If you've ever thought about taking that self-defense course but finding the time has always been a struggle, this presentation is for you! This one hour presentation touches on overseas travel do's and don'ts, the 4 Risks of Personal Safety and how to manage them. Attend this course and acquire the James Bond swagger that you never thought was possible!

Tu 9a-10a

Queering Diversity and Inclusion - LGBTQIA+ Identities and being a better ally

Instructors: Eric Anglero

This course will help the participants understand the identities that they hold and how understanding the identities can lead to empathy and allyship with queer communities across campus.

Tu 12p-1:30p

Sleep and its Place at Princeton

Instructors: Matthew Marquardt

In this course, we will begin with a discussion of what sleep is, how it works, why it is important, and some hacks to get better sleep. Then we will have a seminar style structure with a focus on discussing the role of sleep (and the lack of it) on Princeton's campus. Questions that might be explored are why don't Princeton students get more sleep? What can be done to make Princeton a more sleep friendly campus? How can we better prioritize sleep in our own lives?

M 10a-11:30a
Th 10a-11:30a

Strength Training Anatomy

Instructors: Matt Brzycki

Do you know what muscles are involved in certain exercises? Or do you know what exercises can be used to target certain muscles? Learn basic anatomy and how it applies to exercises in the fitness center.

Th 12p-1p

Taxes in the Real World

Instructors: Benjamin Eley

"... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." -Benjamin Franklin Come chat with representatives from Financial Aid and Career Services about tax filing basics , and get familiar with other tax concepts you'll encounter in life outside the orange bubble!"

Th 3:30p-4:30p

The Economics of Arbitrage: Reselling Streetwear

Instructors: Reade Ben

A course that teaches students the ins and outs of reselling and flipping streetwear and clothing as a business. Would include how to predict resale prices, how to effectively obtain coveted and vintage items, the culture and history of streetwear, as well as how to handle taxes and business regulation for this unique entrepreneurial endeavor.

M 11a-12p
Tu 11a-12p
Th 11a-12p

The Economics of Arbitrage: Reselling Streetwear

Instructors: Reade Ben

A course that teaches students the ins and outs of reselling and flipping streetwear and clothing as a business. Would include how to predict resale prices, how to effectively obtain coveted and vintage items, the culture and history of streetwear, as well as how to handle taxes and business regulation for this unique entrepreneurial endeavor.

Tu 11a-12p
M 11a-12p
Th 11a-12p

The Economics of Arbitrage: Reselling Streetwear

Instructors: Reade Ben

A course that teaches students the ins and outs of reselling and flipping streetwear and clothing as a business. Would include how to predict resale prices, how to effectively obtain coveted and vintage items, the culture and history of streetwear, as well as how to handle taxes and business regulation for this unique entrepreneurial endeavor.

Th 11a-12p
M 11a-12p
Tu 11a-12p

Understanding the New-trition Facts Panel

Instructors: Matt Brzycki

In January 2020, manufacturers with more than $10 million of annual food sales must use a new facts panel on their products. Learn about the changes that have been made to the facts panel and how the facts panel can be used to help you choose healthier foods.

W 12p-1p