"Founded [in 1939] by a bequest of George L. Farnum of the Class of 1894 in memory of his brother, J. Edward Farnum of the Class of 1890, ‘for the purpose of providing lectures from time to time by men of prominence not connected with the University’."
Lecturers have included John Gielgud on "Readings from Shakespeare" (1946-1947); V. S. Pritchett on "Conversation in the English Novel" (1953-1954); Isaiah Berlin on "DeMaistre and the Origins of Fascism" (1962-1963); Roland de Vaux on "Recent Archaeological Discoveries in Palestine and the Old Testament" (1964-1965); and Eleanor Holmes Norton on "The New Equality" (1974-1975). Farnum, who died in 1917, was an explorer for whom "strange people and customs held a fascination." In 1897 he traveled from Pekin to Vladivostok, "700 miles of which had never before been traversed by a European." So reported the Princeton Alumni Weekly in 1941.
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