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Library exhibit marking Graduate School Centennial to close, April 8

yearlong observance of the centennial of Princeton University's Graduate School at the Harvey S. Firestone Memorial Library entitled "A Community of Scholars: Graduate Education at Princeton," will close April 8. The exhibit, which opened November 19, chronicles the evolution of graduate studies at Princeton University from a time when master's degrees were awarded for good citizenship to the diverse and competitive academic programs of today.

The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs, documents, and artifacts, drawn primarily from the Princeton University Archives. Together, they present a vivid portrait of graduate life at Princeton University, in both its intellectual and social aspects, as well as a cross-section of graduate students who have left an indelible mark on the world at large. The University's graduate alumni include no fewer than 12 Nobel laureates, the first president of South Korea, Syngman Rhee, five presidents of Princeton University, and such notables as Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Thornton Wilder, astronomer Henry Norris Russell, and syndicated columnist George Will.

Brief biographies of distinguished alumni are accompanied wherever possible by their student photographs and items that symbolize their interests: an autographed baseball from Ted Williams in the case of George Will; a piece of an Iraqi SCUD missile in the case of Norman Augustine, father of the Pentagon's Patriot missile program; and a first edition of The Bridge of San Luis Rey in the case of Thornton Wilder.

"A Community of Scholars" bears witness to the importance of graduate education at Princeton University and its role in human advancement in a wide range of disciplines, despite the challenges inherent in an exhibition of this kind. In the words of lead curator Dan Linke, "In the same way that nuclear physicists define and detect sub-atomic particles through inference and indirect observation, we hope that this exhibit will allow an understanding of graduate education, even though much of what is accomplished there remains within the confines of the mind, and the remainder as words on paper."

"A Community of Scholars" is located in Firestone Library's main exhibition gallery and is open to the public without charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. on weekends, and until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. For additional information concerning the exhibition, please contact the Princeton University Library at (609) 258-6345.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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