A poem by ANTHONY S. ABBOTT ’57 was chosen as the theme of this year’s Bealtaine, an Irish national festival that honors creativity in older age. The theme, “To Have Dreams and Speak Them Without Fear,” comes from Abbott’s poem “What Do Men Want?” (read it at paw.princeton.edu). The monthlong festival, which is celebrated around Ireland, ends May 31.
Eight alumni were among the 180 scholars and artists named in April as Guggenheim Fellows. The fellows, chosen from about 3,000 applicants, will receive support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to pursue significant projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
The fellows are: fiction writer LORRAINE ADAMS ’81 and professors CAROLINE ELKINS ’91 (Harvard), WALTER JOHNSON *95 (Harvard), IGOR KLEBANOV *86 (Princeton), GREGORY P.A. LEVINE *97 (Berkeley), NATHANIEL MACKEY ’69 (University of California, Santa Cruz), KERRY SHAW ’85 (Cornell), and R. JAY WALLACE *88 (Berkeley). Nine Princeton professors, including Klebanov, also received fellowships.
LOCOMOTIVES ANTHONY LAKE *69 *74 will take over as executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) May 1. ... Artist and environmentalist SHELLY MALKIN ’86 was one of three winners of the Forces for Nature Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council April 15. ... Rowing alumni ANNE MARDEN ’81, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, and CHRIS AHRENS ’98, a gold medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, were inducted into the U.S. National Rowing Hall of Fame March 20. ... ELLEN DUNHAM-JONES ’80 *83 and co-author June Williamson won the 2009 American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in the architecture and urban planning category for their book Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs (Wiley).