Views from Alumni Day
Alumni Day activities on Feb. 26 featured the presentation of the University’s James Madison Medal to Nathan Myhrvold, former chief technology officer at Microsoft, and the Woodrow Wilson Award to Thomas Kean, chair of the 9/11 Commission. Both gave morning addresses in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Myhrvold (below) told the audience that inventing new technologies and products is the nation’s greatest hope for prospering in the 21st century, but also is an under-supported endeavor. “Economies of the 21st century will be driven by the magic of invention,” he predicted.
Kean (right) said that despite reforms in national security and intelligence operations, partisan strife in Washington remains a roadblock to success in the U.S. war on terrorism. “Our public debate as to how we might best confront this enemy has been too partisan, has been too shallow, has been too short-sighted,” he warned.
Stories about the speeches are available online at <www.princeton.edu/main/news/>.