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Alumni Day Schedule of Events

February 22, 2020

9:00 a.m.

James Madison Medal Lecture
Kip Thorne *65, Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Faculty Lecture
Rodney Priestley
, Vice Dean for Innovation and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

McCosh Hall, Room 10

10:15 a.m.

Woodrow Wilson Award Lecture: Public Service in a Self Interested Age
Anthony D. Romero ’87, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

The Equations of Life: How Mathematical Modeling Helps Illuminate Biological Processes
Corina Tarnita, Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
McCosh Hall, Room 10

Navigating the College Admissions Process
Karen Richardson ’93, Dean, Office of Admission

Brad Saft ’00, Chair, Princeton Schools Committee
Learn everything you wanted to know about preparing to apply to college but were afraid to ask. Open to students in 9th through 11th grades and their parents.
McCormick Hall, Room 101

11:30 a.m.

Alumni Day Reception
All alumni are invited to join us for hors d’oeuvres prior to the Alumni Day Luncheon.
Jadwin Gymnasium

12:15 p.m.

Alumni Day Luncheon and Awards Presentation
The Alumni Day Luncheon features the presentation of the Woodrow Wilson Award and the James Madison Medal and honors the undergraduate student recipients of the Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize and the graduate student recipients of the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship.
Jadwin Gymnasium

3:00 p.m.

Service of Remembrance
The University’s annual memorial service invites family and friends to remember with honor and affection those Princetonians – alumni, students, faculty and staff – whose deaths were recorded during the prior calendar year. Reverend Douglas J. Ray, SJ ’95 will deliver the memorial address.
University Chapel

General Chemistry in an Hour – or Less
A perennial Alumni Day family favorite, this presentation includes demonstrations made famous to students and alumni by the late Professor Hubert Alyea ’24.
Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Taylor Auditorium

4:00 p.m.

Service of Remembrance Reception
Family and friends are invited to a reception after the service to share personal remembrances.
Prospect House

All-Alumni Closing Reception
Before departing campus, join all Alumni Day attendees for a final toast celebrating the 50th anniversary of undergraduate coeducation and light hors d’oeuvres.
Chancellor Green Rotunda

Student-Led Programs

2/3:00 p.m.

Outdoor Action: Rock Climbing and Bouldering for Beginners and Intermediates
Join OA leaders, students, fellow alumni and their families at the University’s climbing wall in one of two one-hour sessions. Offered 2:00-3:00 p.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m.; please pre-register for only one session. All climbing equipment and instruction provided by Outdoor Action.  To register, please visit
Princeton Stadium, University Climbing Wall

2:30 p.m.

GradFUTURES Storytelling Workshop for Graduate Students and Graduate Alumni  
Join Carol Barash *89, founder and CEO of Story2, in an exploration of the successes and challenges of professional development outside the academy. The goal of this half-day workshop is to bring together graduate students and graduate alumni to share stories and explore common themes in launching and growing high-value careers gleaned through graduate professional development. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the GradFUTURES professional development team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. A networking reception will follow.
Location TBD

3:00 p.m.

From Princeton to Entrepreneurial Success: Bridging Experiences Between Students and Alumni
Students and alumni will have the opportunity to listen to a panel of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitals, network with one another, and participate in our mentorship program. Panelists include Ethan Goldstein ’12 founder of consumer healthcare brand Curist, Justin Zhen ’10 co-founder of financial data company Thinknum, Vaidhy Murti ’15 a serial entrepreneur, and more.
Friend Center, Convocation Room

4:00 p.m.

Student Debate Competition: Class of 1876 Prize Debate
The 1876 Prize Debate pits a team of one senior and one freshman against a team of one junior and one sophomore. The teams will debate a topic of current political or campus interest, to be announced to the teams on the day preceding the Debate. The Debate was inaugurated by the Class of 1876 at its tenth reunion. 
Whig Hall, Senate Chamber

Athletic Events

12:00 p.m.

Men’s Squash vs. Trinity
Jadwin Gymnasium 

1:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse vs. Virginia
Class of 1952 Stadium/Bedford Field

3:00 p.m.

Women’s Ice Hockey vs. Yale
Baker Rink

6:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Dartmouth
Jadwin Gymnasium; for tickets call 609-258-4TIX (4849) or visit

Campus Events


"Les Six: Collective Traces,” a Mendel Music Library Exhibition
One hundred years ago, critic Henri Collet christened a group of young composers “les six Français” in his weekly newspaper column. A new exhibition celebrates this group — Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, and Germaine Tailleferre — whose modern sound changed the course of French musical history. Open through May 29 during library open hours.
Mendel Music Library

2:00-3:00 p.m.

Art Museum Highlights Tour
Discover premier collections spanning antiquity to contemporary in a tour, free of charge. Tours meet at the entrance of the museum.
Princeton University Art Museum

5:00 p.m.

Opening Celebration | Life Magazine and the Power of Photography
Join exhibition curators Katherine Bussard, the Art Museum’s Peter C. Bunnell Curator of Photography; Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and Alissa Schapiro, Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, for a lecture introducing key themes and works of art in this groundbreaking exhibition. A reception in the Princeton University Art Museum will follow.
McCosh Hall, Room 10

8:00 p.m.

Jazz Vocal Collective With Claudia Acuña
Hear the renowned Chilean jazz singer, songwriter and arranger share the stage with Princeton University’s Jazz Vocal Collective Ensemble (JVC) in a concert that bridges cultures and traditions. The JVC is Princeton University’s elite small jazz student ensemble that features solo voice, directed by Dr. Trineice Robinson-Martin. Tickets are required and can be purchased online
Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium

Sister Mok-rahn
The Program in Theater presents Sister Mok-rahn by Eun-sung Kim, translated by Dayoung Lee and directed by visiting artist Seonjae Kim. The critically-acclaimed play captures the stories of separated people like the divided North and South Koreas, through the perspective of a female North Korean defector. Tickets are required and can be purchased online

Lewis Arts ComplexWallace Dance Building