Recent News and Features
China—home to the largest population and second largest economy in the world—is the only superpower that is still in the process of being defined both domestically and internationally. The scope and speed of its transformation from an isolated, largely agrarian nation to one of great economic and political power is unprecedented in human history.
Gift Establishes William H. Janeway Fund to Deepen Connections Between the Study of Finance and Other Fields of Economics
A $5.6 million gift from investor William H. Janeway ’65 has established a fund that will support collaborative teaching and research in finance and other fields of economics at Princeton University.
Birkelund Gift Funds New Certificate Program in History and Diplomacy; Kotkin and Mullen to Co-direct
A $5 million gift from investment executive John P. Birkelund ’52 has established the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy at Princeton University. The new undergraduate certificate program, available to students beginning in the 2015–16 academic year, will provide preparation for careers in governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that preserve stability and improve lives around the world.
Recent People and Priorities
Both Charles Allen and Raymond Beagle found their Princeton plans disrupted by World War II, yet the sense of service that led them to join the war effort stayed with them throughout their lives. Grateful for their Princeton education, both men have made planned gifts to benefit future generations.
In 1963, when Fernando Aenlle-Rocha was not quite two years old, his family left everything in Cuba and sailed to America. He became the first in his family to attend college. “Princeton transformed my life,” he said. “It began the process of opening my eyes to opportunities and the rest of the world.”
Growing up outside Worcester, Massachusetts, the oldest of five girls, Janet Morrison Clarke ’75 believed her interests in art, design, and math would serve her well in her planned profession as an architect. She knew that Princeton had a top-notch architecture school. And when she read in Mademoiselle magazine in 1969 that the University was going co-ed, she thought, “I might be able to get in.”
Back in high school in St. Louis, Missouri, Jim Crawford was a ham radio operator. Then he found out about computers, taught himself to program, and has never looked back. He majored in electrical engineering at Princeton, and took as many computer science courses as he could squeeze in.
A Home for Creativity and Connection
In designing the new Music Building and Lewis Center for the Arts complex, architect Steven Holl sought to create a collective space that would relate to the rest of the campus. In this video, he discusses his vision for the project and University Architect Ron McCoy *80 describes the connections Princetonians have with the University’s venerable buildings, and the challenge that presents for this new generation of architecture. (Video by Jon Roemer)