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Adlai Stevenson celebrated

As part of a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Adlai Stevenson Jr. '22, former Sen. Eugene McCarthy joined a panel of historians, biographers and political scientists yesterday to discuss the life and impact of the former governor and presidential candidate.

McCarthy, who nominated Stevenson for president at the Democratic national convention in 1960, reflected on many of his personal experiences with Stevenson, noting that Stevenson was a "different kind of Democrat." Professor Fred Greenstein, who led the discussion, called Stevenson "a very inspiring human being." Stevenson's inspiration seemed apparent as members of the audience in Dodds Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, volunteered their own experiences of his influence.

In addition to his impact, the panel also discussed Stevenson's childhood, his entrance into the world of politics, and his life after his failed bid for presidency in 1960, including his position as ambassador to the UN, a post he held until his death in 1965.

The Stevenson panel was sponsored by the Friends of the Princeton University Library and the Research Program in Leadership studies. A related exhibition entitled "A Voice of Conscience: The Legacy of Adlai Stevenson" continues at Princeton's Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library , 65 Olden Street in Princeton, through Feb. 10. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and until 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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