National concerns will take center stage at Alumni Day Feb. 20, as Princeton honors two graduates well known for public service: James A. Leach ’64, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; and Gen. David H. Petraeus *87, leader of the U.S. Central Command.
The annual celebration, which has a more academic focus than Reunions, is expected to draw about 1,200 people. Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, will open the day with a 9:15 a.m. lecture in Richardson Auditorium. His topic: “Update from the USCENTCOM Commander.”
Petraeus is receiving the Madison Medal, Princeton’s highest honor for a graduate alumnus.
Leach’s talk (as of mid-January, the topic was not available) will follow at 10:30 a.m. Leach, a Republican, served in Congress from 1977 to 2007, chairing the House Banking Committee and the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs and co-founding the Congressional Humanities Caucus. He is known for his bipartisan efforts in Congress, and President Obama nominated him for his NEH post in June.
Leach, who has been a trustee and visiting professor, is receiving the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor for an undergraduate alumnus.
Other highlights include the annual luncheon in Jadwin Gymnasium, the Service of Remembrance for University community members who have died in the past year, a workshop on “Managing Your Career in the Current Market,” and talks by Princeton faculty on the Supreme Court, the financial crisis, feminist activism, and other topics.
See a full schedule and registration information at alumni.princeton.edu.