Past Seminars

Notestein Seminars Series

Frank Wallace Notestein (1902 - 1983) was the founding director of the Office of Population Research.  He was the first director of the Population Division of the United Nations between 1946 and 1948, and became president of the Population Council in 1959. In March 1983, the Frank W. Notestein Memorial Fund was established with the purpose of bringing distinguished outside speakers to OPR on a more regular basis.  The weekly Notestein seminars have become an integral part of the research and training program at OPR.  They provide a forum in which OPR faculty, students, and visiting scholars can become acquainted with current research projects. The seminar features demographers and social scientists from the US and around the world.  OPR students also present a seminar on their doctoral work in this series in order to receive suggestions on their research and to obtain experience in making public presentations.

2020-2023 2010-2019 2000-2009 1994-1999

State of the Nation Series

The COVID-19 pandemic threw the world into paralysis, exposing weaknesses in public health policies, and revealing large inequalities of class, race, and gender.  In the United States the crisis was compounded by nation-wide demonstrations in support of racial justice following the murder of George Floyd. Among those most affected by police violence, Coronavirus infection, and subsequent death are black, brown, and indigenous people who are also overrepresented among the poor and afflicted.  Nearly 50 percent of those who have died as a result of COVID-19 contagion are people of color. 

In light of such momentous developments, Princeton’s Office of Population Research presents a five-part series of conversations and debate focusing on the state of critical national groups: African Americas, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans.  The purpose of the series is to illuminate the conditions surrounding vulnerable citizens and residents. 

PART 1 - American Inequality In The Age of the Pandemic PART 2 - The State of Black America PART 3 - The State of Hispanic America PART 4 - The State of Asian Americans  PART 5 - The State of Indigenous Americans


State of the World Series

Global temperatures are on the rise, extreme weather events are more common, and our ecosystems are at risk. How are these environmental challenges linked to population dynamics?

This panel brings together influential thinkers from the public, policy, and academic domains to examine the impacts of climate change on population growth, migration patterns, and public health outcomes. The discussion will focus on effective strategies for mitigating negative impacts and for ensuring the well-being of present and future generations.

PART 1 - The Population Puzzle Part 2 - 8 Billion People