The Princeton Pre-read tradition

The Princeton Pre-read program, initiated in 2013 by President Christopher Eisgruber '83, introduces incoming freshmen to Princeton's intellectual life. Each year, members of the incoming class join together to read and discuss a book that President Eisgruber selects and sends to freshmen prior to their arrival on campus. Other University community members, including alumni, also are encouraged to read and discuss the Pre-read selection.

2016-17 Pre-read selection

President Christopher L. Eisgruber's Princeton Pre-read selection for the Class of 2020 is Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen, a member of Princeton's Class of 1993. She is now a professor of government at Harvard University and director of Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. President Eisgruber comments, "Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration is a profound and engaging book that speaks to urgent questions about the relationship of liberty to equality, the significance of historical legacies, and the meaning of political documents. I look forward to discussing the book with Princeton's Class of 2020."

On September 11, 2016, Danielle Allen joined President Eisgruber, Professors Melissa Lane and Sean Wilentz, and members of the Class of 2020 for a spirited discussion of Our Declaration. Watch the video of the event.