Princeton Weekly Bulletin   February 27, 2006, Vol. 95, No. 17   search   prev   next

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Center values exchange of ideas on ethical issues
Macedo’s interests mesh well with center’s emphasis

Annan, global university leaders examine higher education’s benefits to society
Professorship established in honor of Williams
Plans progress for reconstruction of Butler College dormitories
History of Reunions wear on display through July 28

Benchmarking a notable career
Board approves appointments of four new faculty members
Spotlight, briefs

Nassau notes
Calendar of events
By the numbers



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Benchmarking a notable career

Princeton NJ — At a Feb. 17 celebration of Toni Morrison’s birthday in Chancellor Green, the Nobel laureate and Princeton professor learned that she will be honored by a new community outreach initiative, the Bench by the Road project.

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The inaugural bench presented to Toni Morrison by the Toni Morrison Society, at a celebration of her birthday in Chancellor Green. (photo by John Jameson)

Launched by the Toni Morrison Society, the project will involve placing 10 signature benches, each commemorating sites important in African-American history and in Morrison’s acclaimed novels, around the country. Suggested locations include Harlem’s Fifth Avenue where the 1917 Silent Parade was held; the site of Emmett Till’s death in Mississippi; train station sites in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia, where thousands began their journey in the Great Migration; and an all-black town in Oklahoma.

Maryemma Graham, president of the Toni Morrison Society and a University of Kansas faculty member, presented the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities with the inaugural bench at the celebration on the evening before her 75th birthday. Van-Go Mobile Arts Inc., a Lawrence, Kan., arts-based social service agency for youth in crisis, was commissioned to design the initial bench. Two young artists, Melanie Bolden and Kali Detherage, working with Van-Go instructor Cathy Ledeker, painted the bench that took six weeks to complete.

The society plans to ask corporations to sponsor additional benches. Each will have a plaque describing the commemoration, the donor’s name, the society’s name and the date. The Toni Morrison Society is a member of the Coalition of American Author Societies that make up the American Literature Association.