President Eisgruber ’83 issued a statement Nov. 11 responding to the presidential election, calling on the Princeton community to sustain “a culture of open discussion where all voices are heard and respected.” Departments and offices across the University are planning “opportunities for both scholarly and more personal conversations” in the wake of the election, he said. Here is his statement:

   To the Princeton community:

   Over the past two days, I have heard from many of you about this year’s bitterly contested and divisive presidential election, which has been painful to many on our campus and throughout the nation and the world.

   I have been moved by the thoughtfulness, conviction, and emotional depth of the views expressed to me.  They reflect the highest values of this University, including our steadfast commitment to embrace people of all ethnicities, religions, nationalities, genders, and identities, and our equally fundamental commitment to foster the free and vigorous exchange of ideas.  As we go forward in a troubled time, it is essential that we work together to sustain and promote a culture of open discussion where all voices are heard and respected, and where we can pursue the teaching and research urgently needed to make this world a better place. 

   Departments and offices around the University are organizing opportunities for both scholarly and more personal conversations about the election and its aftermath.  We will keep you informed about these events and other resources available to our community.

   Chris Eisgruber