Student antiwar and civil-rights activists will return to Princeton Reunions weekend for a forum examining how their involvement on campus has influenced their lives. “Retrospective: Activists of the ’60s and ’70s Reflect,” sponsored by the Class of 1970, will feature Princeton Professor Ellen Chances *72, Robert Cohen ’70, Charles “Steve” Dawson ’70, Peter Kaminsky ’69, Douglas Seaton ’69, and James Tarlau ’70, with William Tucker *72 as moderator.
Tarlau and Cohen were two of the students suspended for harassing President Nixon’s secretary of the interior, Walter J. Hickel, during his 1970 speech on campus. Kaminsky was spokesman for Princeton’s branch of Students for a Democratic Society, and Seaton was chairman of the campus Draft Resisters Union. Tucker is working on a book about Princeton radicals of the 1960s and their lives four decades later.
That forum — 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Robertson Hall — is one of many activities scheduled during the weekend, May 30–June 2.
Several hot-button issues will be featured in alumni-faculty forums, including “The United States as World Police,” “Is the Judicial Process Broken?” and “Can We Turn Things Around? Sustainability and Climate Change.”
Among the events for graduate alumni will be a Friday afternoon panel on “The Fight of the Century: The Thrill-A on the Hill-A,” in which panelists will discuss the West-Wilson Graduate College battle, how the Graduate College changed graduate education, and architecture. At 8 p.m., alumni can attend the first-ever late-night party at the APGA tent.
On Saturday, Princeton president-elect Christopher Eisgruber ’83 will join Shirley Tilghman in her final conversation with alumni as University president at 10:30 a.m. in Richardson Auditorium. At 2 p.m., the Class of 1988 will lead the P-rade, and at 8 p.m., reuners can take in the University Orchestra’s concert before fireworks light the sky over Finney Field at 9:15 p.m. The Triangle Club with its famous kickline will be back at McCarter Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in Tree’s Company.
Alumni can access the schedule and other information through the Alumni Association’s Reunions Mobile (http://m.princeton.edu/reunions on Web-enabled phones).