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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   May 21, 2007, Vol. 96, No. 27   prev   next   current

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Nassau notes

20,000 expected for Reunions

Some 20,000 alumni and their families are expected on campus Thursday through Sunday, May 31-June 3, for Reunions activities.

Highlights of the weekend will include: the annual P-rade throughout campus beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday; alumni-faculty forums and department open houses during the day on Friday and Saturday; and performances by groups including Quipfire!, Theatre Intime and the Triangle Club as well as receptions and student/alumni arch sings on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The University Orchestra will present its annual lawn concert at 8 p.m. Saturday on Finney and Campbell fields. Fireworks will follow at 9:15 p.m. Both events are open to the entire community.

All alumni and University representatives once again will be required to have wristbands to participate in Reunions activities in the major reunion headquarters courtyards (wristbands are not required for attending lectures, watching the P-rade or attending the concert and fireworks).

Faculty and staff who ordered wristbands in advance from the Alumni Council may pick them up from 7 to 11 p.m. each night in the Maclean House parlor (enter through the front door).

For more information on Reunions activities, visit or call 258-1900.


“Mrs. Packard” at McCarter Threatre

Kathryn Meisle plays the title character and Dennis Parlato portrays Dr. Andrew McFarland in the McCarter Theatre Center’s production of “Mrs. Packard,” written and directed by Emily Mann.

Set in the 1860s and based on historical events, the play is an account of Elizabeth Packard’s determination to right a system gone terribly wrong after being committed to an asylum by her husband without proof of insanity. The production runs through Sunday, June 10.

For ticket information, contact the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or visit (photo: T. Charles Erickson)

Baccalaureate, Pan-African ceremonies honor graduates

Two events honoring Princeton’s graduating students, Baccalaureate and the Pan-African Graduation, are scheduled for Sunday, June 3, kicking off activities leading up to Commencement.

The Baccalaureate service will take place at 2 p.m. in the University Chapel. The speaker will be John Fleming, the Louis W. Fairchild ’24 Professor of English and Comparative Literature Emeritus. He joined Princeton’s faculty in 1965, two years after earning his Ph.D. from the University, and is well known for the undergraduate survey course he led on Chaucer from 1980 until he retired last spring.

Admission is by ticket only. The Baccalaureate service will be simulcast on a screen outside of the chapel as well as in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall; McCosh 10 and 50; McCormick 101; and Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture; tickets are required at the simulcast sites.

The ceremony also will be webcast live at and will be archived for later viewing at the same site.

The Pan-African Graduation will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Richardson Auditorium. The event was inaugurated last year by students to celebrate the achievements of graduates from the African Diaspora and to reflect on the unique cultural experiences of students from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States.

The ceremony’s theme is “Sankofa,” a West African custom that means “going forward while looking backward.” The keynote address will be delivered by Karen Jackson-Weaver, a 1994 Princeton alumna and executive director of the New Jersey Amistad Commission, which works to integrate black history into the state school system. The ceremony also will include a presentation of kente stoles to graduates as well as musical and religious elements drawn from different Pan-African traditions.

The Pan-African Graduation is open to the public. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by Friday, May 25, to <> or call 258-5494 with questions.

Graduation activities will continue with the Class Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 4, on Cannon Green featuring an address by actor Bradley Whitford. The Hooding ceremony for advanced degree candidates will begin at 5 p.m. Monday in McCarter Theatre. The Commencement ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, on the lawn in front of Nassau Hall. For more information, visit


Program in the Study of Women and Gender exhibition

“Causal World” is among the drawings and paintings by Tina Salvesen on view in 113 Dickinson Hall through Saturday, July 7, in an exhibit sponsored by the Program in the Study of Women and Gender. According to Salvesen, her works “follow the lineage of artists-philosophers who imagined universes beyond those which they knew.”


Class of 1957 lends works for Art Museum exhibition

Marking the 50th reunion of Princeton’s class of 1957, a new exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum features works drawn from the personal collections of class members. Objects in various media spanning a broad cultural and chronological spectrum — including this maskette of central Africa’s Lega people from the collection of Perry Smith — reflect the remarkable collecting achievements of the class. The exhibition, titled “’57 Collects: A 50th Anniversary Celebration,” will run through Sunday, Aug. 12. (image courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum)


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