Current Issue

Jan. 19, 2011

Vol. 111, No. 6


In Memoriam

Sociology professor Suzanne Keller, who in 1968 became the first woman to receive tenure at Princeton, died Dec. 9. She was 83. Keller came to Princeton in 1966 as visiting lecturer. In the early 1970s, she taught the University’s first course on gender ...Read more

From Princeton’s vault: Arabic phrasebook in Yiddish

What: During World War I, thousands of Jews, including many Americans, fought with the British Army in Palestine against the Ottoman Turks. To help them make their way in a strange new land, an editor of the New York Yiddish-language newspaper “The...Read more

In Brief

Federal judge Denny Chin ’75 and biologist Eileen Fuchs *77 will receive the University’s highest ALUMNI AWARDS Feb. 26 at Alumni Day. Chin, the Woodrow Wilson Award honoree, has been a U.S. Court of Appeals judge since April 2010. As a U.S. District Court...Read more
Choreographer Mark Morris taught a fall graduate-level seminar with Professor Simon Morrison *97.

Insights from noted choreographer spark seminar on dance, music

Celebrated choreographer Mark Morris was in a seminar room in Princeton’s Mendel Music Library in November, explaining the reductive nature of his modern staging of Socrate, a 1918 work by French composer Erik Satie.   “I spent a year working on this...Read more

Table talk: Drinking, sex, and how things go wrong

Half a dozen students and two University staff members sat around a table in the Rockefeller College common room on a Friday afternoon in early December, discussing the mysteries of the Dance Floor Make-Out. The group, all male by design, was one of...Read more
Members of the Woodrow Wilson Society in 1960-61, in a photo published in the Bric-a-Brac.

From alternative to mainstream: Wilson College at 50

What is it like down there?” University president Robert Goheen ’40 *48 asked a group of students in 1959, referring to the lower-level dining space in Madison Hall that provided a home for what was then known as Woodrow Wilson Lodge. “Walden — indoors,”...Read more
 Renée Fox *10 and Gregory Londe GS display two volumes included in a Firestone Library exhibition that tells the story of Irish prose. The two curated the exhibition.

Celebrating Irish prose

Noted novelists, critics to be featured during Feb. 5–6 symposium at Princeton

In 1994, Leonard Milberg ’53 met with a young, relatively unknown professor in New York. Milberg recently had donated a collection of American poetry to Princeton’s library, and professors were nudging him to move on to Irish poetry. To sway Milberg, they...Read more

Timeless tones

When archaeologists unearthed conch-shell trumpets at a pre-Inca religious site in Peru in 2001, they discovered a rare opportunity to reproduce sounds that had not been heard for 3,000 years. Perry Cook, an emeritus professor of computer science and music...Read more

Grad students rate life at Princeton

A sharp divide between academic, social experiences

(Note: The following text includes a clarification of a version originally published in the Jan. 19, 2011, issue.) Graduate students give the University high marks for their academic experience, but when it comes to campus life, it’s a much different...Read more
Valerie Smith

Smith to be dean of college

Valerie Smith, the first director of Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and a faculty member for 19 years, will become the next dean of the college in July, the University announced Dec. 14. Smith, a professor of English and African American...Read more
Nicholas DiBerardino ’11

Scholars selected for Rhodes, Mitchell, Marshall, Sachs awards

Two alumni and four undergraduates have been selected for prominent scholarships. Nicholas DiBerardino ’11 and Mark Jia ’10 were selected as Rhodes scholars from the United States, while Khameer Kidia ’11 was named a Rhodes scholar from Zimbabwe. Mohit ...Read more

Ivy presidents’ pay

President Tilghman earned a salary of $764,108 and additional benefits worth more than $117,000 in 2008–09, according to IRS data compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Thirty-one ­college and university presidents earned more than $1 million, ...Read more

The great hummus debate

A Middle Eastern food fight came to campus in late November, ending when undergraduates rejected a referendum by a pro-Palestine student group that called Princeton to expand its hummus offerings.   The referendum sponsored by the Princeton Committee...Read more
Claire Gmachl: “A tremendous opportunity to advance the research.”

Placing a $1.2 million bet on a pair of risky ideas

The University has chosen the first two faculty proposals to receive grants from the Schmidt Fund, designed to support high-risk ideas by Princeton researchers that could have a broad impact.   Dean for Research A.J. Stewart Smith *66 said 47 proposals ...Read more
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