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Reunions Line-Up: Beyond Beer
As Princeton alumni flock into town, with their sometime
garish orange and black costumes dotting the Nassau Street scene,
it’s easy to think of Reunions as one big postgraduate beer bash.
Some alumni, however, like to recall the other reasons for going to
college, including a little intellectual inquiry and discussion.
While the class tents may resonate each night with live music and
dancing feet, campus lecture halls and classrooms will be the scene
of dozens of seminars during the day. Visitors are usually welcomed.
For a complete list of Reunion activities see the university’s
www.princeton.edu. For some business and career-related seminars,
in the New Economy . Meet with Princetonians who are shaping the
New Economy. The day’s events include a keynote address, a luncheon
and two concurrent panel discussions in the afternoon:
Company Formation will focus on the legal and business issues involved
in launching a start-up, such as finding the next big idea, actually
starting a company and survival tactics. Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
Managing Growth will address the issues facing companies which
survive the start-up phase, such as growing pains, hiring practices
and exit strategies. Bowl 2, Robertson Hall.
The conference will culminate with a reception that allows the
to network and share more experiences. Keynote Address: Dodds
Panel Discussion: Bowls 1 and 2, Robertson Hall, Reception: Student
Patricia Fernandez-Kelly, lecturer in sociology. Panelists: Dennis
J. Boccippio ’90, atmospheric scientist, NASA/MSFC Global Hydrology
and Climate Center; Shantayanan Devarajan ’75, research manager,
Research Group, World Bank; Eric S. Koenig ’80, senior corporate
and senior federal affairs manager, Microsoft; Shawn P. Tully ’70,
senior writer, Fortune Magazine. McCosh 50.
Society? Moderator: Robert J. Wuthnow, Gerhard R. Andlinger ’52
Professor of Social Sciences, professor of sociology, and director,
Center for the Study of Religion. Panelists: John H. Fish ’55,
Princeton Project 55; David H. McAlpin Jr. ’50, minister, Habitat
for Humanity-Trenton, New Jersey; Suzanne R. Perles ’75, managing
director, the Corporate Development Company; Carolyn S. West ’90,
executive director, Princeton in Chicago Schools. McCosh 10.
Project 55 as Venture Catalyst. Join Princeton Project 55 in
the alumni who are active in public interest projects; learn about
their impact and potential. Speakers will include President Shapiro.
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture.
Society. Moderator: Joan S. Girgus, professor of psychology, chair,
Department of Psychology, and director, PEW Science Program.
James A. Aull ’60, director of training and program services, Chicago
Youth Centers; Alexandra Davis DiPentima ’75, administrative judge,
U. S. Superior Court; Fletcher Harper ’85, rector, St. Luke’s
Church; Ellen N. Junn *84, director, Faculty Development Center and
professor, Child and Adolescent Studies, California State
Glenn D. Paige ’55, president, Center for Global Non-violence. Dodds
Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Left? Moderator: Helen F. Nissenbaum, lecturer in the University
Center for Human Values. Panelists: Warren W. Eginton ’45, senior
U. S. district judge, District of Connecticut; David A. Golden ’95,
senior project manager, Customer Value Management, Oliver, Wyman and
Company; Jason B. Meyer ’80, editor-in-chief and publisher, LAWCAST;
Harriet P. Pearson ’85, director of corporate public affairs, IBM
Corporation; Richard S. Sheres *98, director of critical
assurance programs, CIA; Stuart S. Taylor Jr. ’70, opinion columnist,
National Journal. McCosh 50.
Faster Than Thought. Moderator: Karin A. Trainer, university
Panelists: James H. Billington ’50, librarian of Congress, The Library
of Congress; Sanford G. Thatcher ’65 *67, director, Pennsylvania State
University Press; Calhoun Winton *55, professor, Department of
University of Maryland. McCormick 101.
The tour will include experimental devices being used to develop
as an attractive energy source. (Restrictions: no high-heeled or
shoes.) Repeated at 1:30 p.m.
George," a CD-ROM demonstration followed by a video presentation
of "The Life of Washington," which contains opening and
remarks by Bill Bradley ’65. Program sponsored by Robert B. Gibby
’36, Class President. Bowl 1, Robertson Hall.
Elaine H. Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of
Panelists: Donald J. Cohn ’50, trial lawyer in private practice; Leroy
L. Lim ’90, reverend and former Episcopal chaplain, UCLA; Rebecca
Migliore ’85, pastor, Patterson Memorial Presbyterian Church; Edward
E. Sterling ’75, Global Missions Fellowship. Betts Auditorium, School
of Architecture Building.
Moderator: Paul J. DiMaggio, professor of sociology. Panelists: John
F. Andrews ’65, president, the Shakespeare Guild; Hugh M. Davies ’70
*76, director, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Lawrence P.
Goldman *76, president and chief executive officer, New Jersey
Arts Center Corporation; Jocelyn E. Russell ’85, executive director,
Lincoln Theater; A. Richard Turner ’55 *59, professor of art history,
New York University. McCosh 50.
Michael Rothschild, Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, professor of
economics and public affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Panelists:
R. Gamble Jr. ’75, managing director, Transwestern Commercial
LLC; Thomas B. Hartmann ’45, professor emeritus in journalism and
mass media, Rutgers University; Richard C. Leone *69, president, The
Century Foundation; Ralph Nader ’55, consumer advocate. McCosh 10.
Symposium. This symposium will focus on fundamental developments
at Princeton in chemistry, physics and engineering which could reshape
medicine and medical imaging in the next few years. It will also
work by the Center for Ultrafast Laser Applications, a state-supported
R&D Excellence Center on campus, and show how frontier medical
can be done without a medical school at Princeton. Reception follows
at 5 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Frick Laboratory.
and short careers has changed the old paradigm of working for 40 years
for one company, retiring for five years and then vacating this
The panel discusses the joys and challenges of life from 60 to 90+
years. Presented by William R. Stanley ’56, management consultant.
Sponsored by the Class of 1960. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
the Gene (Genie) Out of the Bottle. Moderator: Peter Singer, Ira
W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human
Values. Panelists: Henry B. Betts ’50, professor, Department of
Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University; Donald L.
*88, president and chief executive officer, Medarex Inc.; Alexa Boer
Kimball ’90, assistant professor, Stanford University School of
Dermatology; Warner V. Slack ’55, professor of medicine and
Harvard Medical School. McCosh 50.
Motor Vehicle Emissions Control. Robert F. Sawyer, professor,
of California at Berkeley. Sponsored by the Department of Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering. To 4:30 p.m. C207, Engineering Quadrangle.
Are Changing America’s Values. Lecture and discussion with Frank
Runyeon II ’75, actor, playwright, producer and veteran of over 1,000
television programs and recent seminary graduate. Sponsored by the
Class of 1975. Bowl 5, Robertson Hall.
Professor David Wilkinson. Followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m. in
Jadwin Plaza. McDonnell A02.
the Odds. View the PBS documentary of the five Princeton women
and five breast cancer survivors on the 1998 Women’s Climb of Mount
McKinley to raise awareness about breast cancer for the Breast Cancer
Fund. Sponsored by Outdoor Action. Betts Auditorium, School of
Elizabeth C. Bogan, senior lecturer in economics. Panelists: Jill
R. Baron ’80, family physician; Raymond A. H. Carter, II ’65 *79,
executive director, Integrated Healthcare Association; Harry P. Ward
’55, chancellor, University Arkansas for Medical Science; David A.
Willard ’60, physician, Montgomery Internal Medicine Group. McCosh
Moderator: Benjamin R. Kessler, director, Slides and Photographs,
Art and Archaeology. Panelists: Elizabeth C. English ’75, assistant
professor, Department of Architecture, Tulane University; Wilmot G.
Gilland ’55 *60, professor of architecture, emeritus, School of
and Allied Arts, University of Oregon; Jeffrey A. Harris ’90, program
associate, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Frank X. Moya
’80 *82, owner, Frank Moya Architects; Andras M. Nagy ’65, director
of hospitality, Karlsberger Architects; Robert Venturi ’47 *50,
and partner, Venturi Scott Brown & Associates. McCosh 10.
for the Next Century. Moderator: President Harold T. Shapiro *64.
Panelists: Margaret J. Geller *75, professor, Center for Astrophysics,
Harvard University; Rebecca Goldstein *77, novelist and professor,
Columbia University; Robert E. Kahn *64, chairman, president and CEO,
Corporation for National Research Initiatives; Andrei N. Lupas *91,
senior computational biologist, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals;
Harrison C. White *60, professor of sociology, Columbia University.
APGA Centennial Symposium. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.
Uwe Reinhardt, professor of political economy. McCosh 50.
Moderator: Nathan B. Scovronick, lecturer in public and international
affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Panelists: Spencer W. Blasdale ’90,
co-principal, The Academy of the Pacific Rim; William H. Kingston,
III ’65, teacher, Moorestown High School; James T. Mills ’45, founding
director, New Jersey Communities in Schools; Howard C. Wainer *68,
principal research scientist, Educational Testing Service, and member,
Princeton Regional School Board; Diane K. Weeks ’75, attorney. McCosh
and as a Tool. Moderator: Priscilla E. Hayes ’75, New Jersey Solid
Waste Policy Group, and chair, Friends of the Women’s Center.
Sally Frank ’80, clinical law professor, Drake University School of
Law; Brita Strandberg ’90, associate, Shea and Gardner; Tara Crean
’94, Women’s Law Project; Ani Satz, joint candidate for Ph.D.,
(Princeton) and J.D. (U. of Michigan); Maria Kubat ’00, prospective
law student. Sponsored by the Friends of the Women’s Center. McCormick
by William D. Zabel ’58, partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP; Robert
S. Ketchum ’59, principal attorney, Miller Canfield, Paddock & Stone;
T. Randolph Harris ’72, partner, McLaughlin and Ster LLP. McDonnell
and Engineering: Why Too Few? Moderator: Joan M. Ogden, research
scientist, Princeton Environmental Institute. Panelists: Sarah L.
Billington ’90, assistant professor, Cornell University; Cosema
’78 *81, vice president, Parsons Transportation Group; Vidya Krishnan
’95, manager, Wireless Network Planning and Design, Nortel Networks;
Lisa M. Pratt *82, associate professor, Geological Sciences, Indiana
University; Wendy L. Sheehan ’80, development manager, Banyan Systems;
Jean E. Taylor *73, professor, Department of Mathematics, Rutgers.
Grossman, Jacob R. Viner Professor of International Economics.
David L. Aaron *62, under secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce;
Laura Kneale Anderson *82, former director for trade and the
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and Timothy Reif ’80 *85,
chief trade counsel, Minority, House Ways and Means Committee. Dodds
Auditorium, Robertson Hall.
Princeton Reunions isn’t the only time an outsider can
sample the Ivy League education being offered there. The retirement
home advertisements have it right: Settling down near a college town
does have some real advantages. Not only does Princeton University
offer a slew of lectures that it advertises as open to the public,
but — quietly — it also allows area adults to sit in on entire
lecture courses. Until this year these auditors could attend for free
just by getting permission from the professor, but recently those
requests got out of hand.
Under the new system auditors must register and pay a token fee of
$50. Compared to what the for-credit students pay, five figures for
each course, this is still quite a bargain, and for the would-be
who cannot afford the $50, the fee is waived. Auditors can attend
lecture courses but not labs, seminar courses, or precepts (smaller
break-out session). Last fall 470 auditors registered and 360
for the spring semester, says Pam Hersh
of Community and State Affairs.
Princeton’s in-person registration for the fall semester is closed,
but mail-in registration for auditors continues until September 1.
Forms are available from a box outside Room 220 in Nassau Hall. Choose
from a list of courses that have been approved by professors and
managers. Among the most popular courses are art history, music,
Other area colleges offer similar opportunities. Mercer County
College requires senior citizens to pay full fare for noncredit
but offers credit courses either for audit or for credit. Seniors
over 65 can take credit courses for free at Mercer under these
in Mercer County do get a discount — they pay in-county rates.
complete and it has been determined that space is available.
In contrast, Rider University allows members of the general public
to audit, on a space available basis, for $160 per undergraduate
and $225 for a graduate level course. Rider alumni, nevertheless,
pay just $30. (These fees would also apply to Westminster College
of Rider University courses.)
The policy for the College of New Jersey, meanwhile, is to charge
the going rate — the same rate as for credit students. In some
isolated cases the tuition can be waived. The requirements for a
involve being enrolled in at least six credit hours.
Nothing says you have to be retired to "take" or audit a
course. Your favorite course — one that may even pertain to your
day job — might be offered at lunchtime or in the evening.
— Barbara Fox
Princeton Reunions: Women and the Law
In 1996, while still a law student at University of
Chicago, Tara Crean
sexual harassment cases ever. A volunteer in the university’s legal
aid clinic, a service for people with low income, Crean provided legal
assistance to one of 27 women suing the nearby U.S. subsidiary of
Mitsubishi for injuries suffered from a pervasive environment of
harassment. The events were so atrocious — ranging from physical
harassment to discrimination — that soon after the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington’s civic rights
agency, filed its own suit against the company. Mitsubishi
and nearly 800 women working at the company were offered a generous
The right of women to be free from sexual discrimination, protected
under the federal constitution, prevailed in this case. But had a
similar case been filed against a public sector employer — the
state of New Jersey, for example — the outcome might have been
very different, says Crean. In a recent move to protect states’
the U.S. Supreme Court has invoked the Eleventh Amendment to exempt
states from federal laws — including laws traditionally concerned
with civil rights. "The Eleventh Amendment is about the state’s
right not to be sued, and if you work for the State of New Jersey
in Trenton, and you sue your employer, you’re suing the state,"
says Crean, a 1994 graduate of Princeton University who now works
at the Women’s Law Project (215-928-9801), a legal non-profit based
Crean will be one of the speakers at "Princeton Women and the
Law: Law as a Choice and as a Tool," a discussion sponsored by
the Princeton University Women’s Center that takes place on Saturday,
May 27, at 10:30 a.m. in Room 101, McCormick Hall on the campus of
Princeton. Brita Strandberg
and Gardner will talk about a case involving one of her clients, a
member of the Iraqi resistance who worked against Saddam Hussein and
had to be evacuated from Iraq for safety. Sally Frank
Class of 1980), another panelist, made headlines while still a
student when she sued three all-male eating clubs as a means of
them up to women. She now teaches law at Drake University. Call
Civil rights, women’s issues, and public interest law has been
in Crean’s mind since her first few days at Princeton, when she joined
the Urban Action League and got involved in community efforts in
Originally from the suburbs of Rochester, Crean studied politics and
took a year off to work for the Legal Action Center for the Homeless,
an agency in New York that sets up legal clinics in soup kitchens
to help inform homeless people of their rights, from welfare
to immigration issues.
After graduation, Crean studied law at the University of Chicago,
a school she admits "does not have a reputation for encouraging
public service," but she chose to attend so she could spy on the
enemy camp. "I came out of there immersed in the reasoning of
the Rehnquist Court, which is very much concerned with states’ rights
and limiting Congress to its enumerated power," she says.
a real threat to those of us interested in Civil Rights protection
and legislation — it’s through congressional power that a lot
of Civil Rights laws have been enacted. Now, through the umbrella
of states’ rights, a lot of those are being cut back. "
Just last week, in fact, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down as
the Violence Against Women Act, a federal civil rights remedy that
would have allowed women to recover damages if they could prove they
were raped, battered, or assaulted as a result of their gender.
has been able to enact similar legislation in the past on the basis
of its authority under the Commerce Clause and the Fourteenth
but here the U.S. Supreme Court used another amendment to override
it. "The Eleventh Amendment is this dusty part of the constitution
recently discovered by the Supreme Court that creates sovereign
for the states, or the right to be free from federal law suits,"
says Crean. "It even threatens the right of employees to sue for
race and sex discrimination. I think the people who are most
are state employees because of this whole ascendancy of the state
At the Women’s Law Project, Crean is an advocate for women’s rights,
litigating on several instances of sexual discrimination on the job,
from a women basketball referee’s demand for equal court time to
employees’ demands that their health insurance cover contraceptives
equally with male-specific prescription drugs and devices. In 1998,
in the case of Kemether vs. Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic
Association, she represented a high school basketball referee who
was told she could not officiate boys’ games, even though male
can work with girls’ basketball. "We went to trial, prevailed,
and now in Pennsylvania women can referee boys’ games and girls’
says Crean. "We think it’s important not only for Kemether, but
to send a message to girls in athletics that their games are just
as competitive and they deserve the best referees."
Although the Eleventh Amendment is not likely to erode civil rights
already enacted by the federal government, Crean is fearful that new
civil rights law may suffer. "The Supreme Court seems to be
that it is not going to give Congress as much rein as it did in the
1960s when the Civil Rights Act was enacted," says Crean. "I
don’t think an injury already recognized by the court, such as sexual
discrimination by a private employer, will go outside of the court’s
reach because of precedent, but there are a lot of new rights, such
as the Family and Medical Leave Act, that the Congress has recognized.
I think that these newer rights are more vulnerable. Part of the Civil
Rights movement is recognizing new rights, whether it’s the right
of gay and lesbian people to be free from discrimination in the
or the right of a battered woman not to have her productivity
with at work by her batterer."
— Melinda Sherwood
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