First published in the November 2020 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Picture: Frederick Douglass (1817–1895), 1983. By Inge Hardison, American, 1914–2016. Cast bronze. Princeton University, gift of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
First published in the October 2020 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.
Addressing the incoming class from my office in Nassau Hall
On August 30, I welcomed the Great Class of 2024 to Princeton University over Zoom. Here is what I told them. — C.L.E.
Emailed to the campus community on September 2, 2020.
Dear members of the Princeton community,
In June, I wrote to you as America entered a profound national reckoning with racism. That reckoning is at once painful, because the harms done by systemic racism have been exposed so starkly, and promising, because we are seeing widespread and urgent desire to take action to achieve a more just society.
Sent via email on August 7, 2020.
With deep regret and sadness, I write to update you about our plans for the fall, and, in particular, to explain why Princeton has decided that its undergraduate program must be fully remote in the coming semester. In brief, the pandemic’s impact in New Jersey has led us to conclude that we cannot provide a genuinely meaningful on-campus experience for our undergraduate students this fall in a manner that is respectful of public health concerns and consistent with state regulations and guidance.