Wilson College, the first of Princeton’s six residential colleges, celebrates its 50th anniversary Nov. 20 with events focused on the founding of an early alternative to the eating clubs. The college has its roots in the Woodrow Wilson Lodge, ­created by students in 1957 to better integrate academic, social, and residential life on campus.

The 1960–61 period marked the opening of the “New Quad” dorms and Wilcox Hall, which provided dining and social facilities. Lodge members moved to the New Quad and renamed themselves the Woodrow Wilson Society; in 1968 the society was renamed Wilson College.  

The celebration will include a panel of alumni, a reception and ­dinner, and an address by professor emeritus John Fleming *63, a former master of Wilson College.  

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