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Support for the Program of Freshman Seminars

The Program of Freshman Seminars is supported through University general funds, academic departments and programs, the University Center for Human Values, the Center for the Study of Religion, the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts, and special endowments and other gifts.

Endowed Freshman Seminars

Agnew Family Freshman Seminar. Established in 2002 by Franklin E. Agnew ’56.

Barrett Family Freshman Seminars. Established in 2005 by Milton A. Barrett Jr. ’56 to support freshman seminars in the areas of art and archaeology and Latin American studies.

Brian W. H. Berghuis ’81 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2013 to support freshman seminars on topics related to economic, political, technological, or social policies in a current or historical context; or topics related to finance and investment; or topics related to Canadian studies.

William H. Burchfield, Class of 1902, Freshman Seminar. Established in 1996 by a bequest from the estate of William H. Burchfield, Class of 1902.

Class of 1975 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2000 by the Class of 1975.

Class of 1976 Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 2001 by the Class of 1976 to support a freshman seminar in the University Center for Human Values.

Dean Eva Gossman Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 2004 by the University to support a freshman seminar in human values in honor of Eva Gossman, associate dean of the college from 1987 until 1996.

Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 2001 by an anonymous benefactor to support a freshman seminar in the University Center for Human Values.

Professor Amy Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 2004 by an anonymous donor to support a freshman seminar in human values in honor of Amy Gutmann, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Emerita. Professor Gutmann served as the founding director of the University Center for Human Values after its inception in 1990, and as provost of Princeton University from 2001-04.

Kurt and Beatrice Gutmann Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 2007 to support a freshman seminar in human values in honor of Kurt and Beatrice Gutmann, the parents of Amy Gutmann, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Emerita.

Peter T. Joseph ’72 Freshman Seminars in Human Values. Established in 1997 to support freshman seminars in the University Center for Human Values.

Shelly and Michael Kassen ’76 Freshman Seminar in the Life Sciences. Established in 1997 to support freshman seminars in the life sciences. 

Shelly and Michael Kassen ’76 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2009 to support freshman seminars on the topic of Israel Studies or Holocaust Studies, modern Jewish history, contemporary Jewish identities and thought, or any topic involving Jewish history or culture in the modern age.

Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2000 to support a freshman seminar in the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, Woodrow Wilson School.

John H. Laporte Jr. ’67 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2003 to support a freshman seminar in the discipline of finance.

Professor Burton G. Malkiel *64 Freshman Seminar. Established in 1998 by William T. Young Jr. ’70 in appreciation for Professor Burton G. Malkiel’s outstanding strength in the teaching of undergraduates in the areas of economics and finance.

Paul L. Miller ’41 Freshman Seminar in Human Values. Established in 1999 by Adele Miller W41, in memory of her husband, to support a freshman seminar in the University Center for Human Values.

Professor Whitney J. Oates ’25 *31 Freshman Seminar in the Humanities. Established in 1999 by Professor Edward T. Cone ’39 *42.

L. Richardson Preyer ’41 Freshman Seminar in Public Service. Established in 2000 by L. Richardson Preyer Jr. '70 in honor of his father, L. Richardson Preyer ’41, former United States congressman, U.S. District Court judge, and long-time servant of the people.

Donna ’78 and Michael S. Pritula ’78 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2008 to support freshman seminars in any field of study.

Robert H. Rawson ’66 Freshman Seminar. Established in 2005 by the trustees of Princeton University in honor of Robert H. Rawson ’66, who served as chair of the Executive Committee of the trustees of Princeton University from 1992 until 2005.

Frank E. Richardson ’61 Freshman Seminar in Public Policy. Established in 2001 to support a freshman seminar in public policy.

Louise S. Sams, Class of 1979, Freshman Seminar. Established in 2008 to support freshman seminars in any field of study.

Richard L. Smith ’70 Freshman Seminars. Established in 1998 by Richard L. Smith ’70, a recipient of scholarship support from the Class of 1906, with the hope of extending the fruits of that support to members of the Class of 2006 and beyond.

The Stansky Family Freshman Seminar. Established in 2012 by Kathleen and Robert Stansky P09 P15 to support freshman seminars with a preference for courses on the general topic of economics examined from the perspective of any academic discipline, including but not limited to history, psychology, cultural studies, art and literary studies, sociology, and other fields of inquiry; or for any discipline in the social sciences; or for any academic discipline.

Stuart Family Freshman Seminar. Established in 2012 by Alexander D. Stuart ’72 to support freshman seminars with a focus on media and society.

Henry David Thoreau Freshman Seminar in Environmental Studies. Established in 1998 by Thomas A. Barron ’74 to support a freshman seminar in environmental studies, exploring environmental issues primarily through literary, philosophical, ethical, spiritual, or other humanistic perspectives.

Professor Roy Dickinson Welch Freshman Seminar in Music. Established in 1999 by Professor Edward T. Cone ’39* 42.

Donald P. Wilson ’33 and Edna M. Wilson Freshman Seminar. Established in 2002 to support a freshman seminar with an engineering or science focus.

Other Support

Peck Family Freshman Seminar. Offered in 2013-14 to support a freshman seminar in the humanities.

Evaldo dal Poggetto Freshman Seminar. Offered in 2014-15 to support a freshman seminar on a topic related to the arts.

Additional support for the Program of Freshman Seminars has been provided by the Beck Foundation, the Schnitzer Family Foundation, and the Class of 1963.