6. The place of the idea; the idea of the place
    –Toni Morrison

 


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Photo by Dino Palomares

 

Princeton professor Chloe Anthony (Toni) Morrison delivered the keynote address at the university’s 250th anniversary convocation on October 25, 1996. “The place of the idea represents the value of tradition, of independence; the idea of the place is its insightful grasp of the future,” she said, celebrating Princeton’s success in “negotiating those two ideas, conservation and change.” Morrison is a critically-acclaimed author and winner of the 1977 National Book Critics Award for Song of Solomon, the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Beloved, and the 1993 Nobel Prize in literature—the first African-American ever, the first woman since 1938, and the first American-born laureate since 1961, to receive this honor. As Goheen Professor of the Humanities since 1989, Morrison currently directs the Princeton Atelier, through which renowned creative artists teach undergraduate seminars in writing, performing and visual arts.

  • To learn more about Toni Morrison, see Café Vivian picture #60.

  • To learn more about diversity at Princeton, see quotation #10, 13, 14, 20, 23, 29, and 31, and Café Vivian picture #26, 29, 53, 59, 60, 66, and 72.

  • To learn more about Nobel Prize recipients, see quotation #12, 13, 24,29, 33, and 34, and Café Vivian pictures #29 and 60.

  •  To learn more about notable Princeton professors, see icon #7, quotation #13, 15, 20, 21, 26, 27, 31, 32, 34, 39, and 40, and Café Vivian picture #10, 14, 17, 22, 25, 29, 43, 51, 57, 59, 60, 68, 75, 87, 94, 101, and 108.

  • For more quotations about Princeton, see quotation #19, 20, 25, 33, 35, and 38.

  • To learn more about the Princeton Atelier, see Café Vivian picture #94.

  • To learn more about major University anniversaries, see quotation #23 and 33 and Café Vivian picture #16, 18, 27, 34, 63, 65, 82, 98, and 112.

  • To learn more about Princeton writers, see quotation #15, 21, 22, and 24, and Café Vivian picture #17, 60, 67, 70, and 91.

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