Published in the October 4, 2017 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Opening Exercises on September 10 provided an opportunity to reflect on this year’s Pre-read selection, What Is Populism?1 by Professor Jan-Werner Müller. Here is what I told the Class of 2021.— C.L.E.
Today is one of my favorite days of the academic year. It is our New Year’s Day, a day when Princeton starts fresh. We welcome new classes of undergraduates and graduate students, and new colleagues on the faculty and staff. We launch new courses. We look forward to new seasons from athletic teams, publications from writers, exhibitions from artists, and performances from dancers, orchestras, and theater groups— including, this fall, a creative spectacular at the grand opening of our new and beautiful Lewis Center for the Arts.