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| FROM THE PUBLISHER Welcome to the Holiday Issue of Princeton Magazine! What a festive holiday issue it is! For starters, and clarification, that is not Santa Claus on the cover! It is a self-portrait of Gennady Spirin, a longtime Princeton area artist and renowned book illustrator, originally from Moscow. He happened to be born on Christmas Day, and we first displayed his artwork on the cover of the first Princeton Magazine Holiday Issue after Lynn Adams Smith and the Hilliers bought the magazine. Spirin’s beautiful and joyous painting was of skiers coming down the hill from the Princeton University Graduate College. He may be local, but his amazing illustrations are known worldwide and you can learn about them in Wendy Greenberg’s story in this edition. In the spirit of the season, please visit the photo gallery in this issue by our Art Director, Jeffrey Tryon. Jeffrey presents a series of truly awesome holiday wreaths by a group of local artists. They are spectacular, and I wish I had enough doors to hang them all. Many children write a letter to Santa Claus about all the things they want for Christmas. Just imagine if that child was in foster care — what would they wish for? Well, you should read Laurie Pellichero’s story about Danielle Gletow, a 2013 CNN “Hero” who, from her Ewing home, launched the nonprofit One Simple Wish. It has become a truly national phenomenon. The “simple” wishes granted by people across the country range from games to music lessons to bicycles to laptops to tickets to a Major League Baseball game. This is an inspiring story for the holiday season. Talking about simple wishes, we profile James Steward, the director of the Princeton University Art Museum, who is getting a not-so-simple wish: a new, bigger, and better art museum by world-class architect Sir David Adjaye. The new museum will be built on the same campus site as that of the existing jimmy stewart • washinGton’s crossinG • P.U. hocKey museum, which will be closed for two or more years beginning in 2020. More on the arts — Gustavo Dudamel, the NOVEMBER 2009 music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a “rock star” of classical music today, is coming to Princeton! The Venezuelan artist will be taking up a residency at the University in December. We should all have an exciting winter totally immersed in the music as directed by one of the greatest conductors in the world. Read Anne Levin’s story about this great artist and his work mentoring others. We all know that Princeton has an impressive history in many respects, from its role in the Revolution and the early Congress of the United States to all the history surrounding Princeton University. There are many other very rich Making The Nutcracker histories in our town and beyond, which are Behind the scenes of this holiday classic presented by several organizations. Taylor Smith Why Beaujolais Matters has put together a story that covers several The annual arrival of Beaujolais prompts inquiry into this often misunderstood variety historical walking, trolley, and driving tours that can take different forms, including web-based to smartphone-friendly. There are many themes, from African American History to Traditions at Princeton to Women in Princeton. One of the greatest players in our American and Princeton history is the Institute for Advanced Study, with its importance in the early development of the computer, the secretive work on the atomic bomb, and, of course, everything that Albert Einstein brought to the scientific world with his brilliant theories. nov.cvr.indd 1





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(Right) Illustration from Percival: King Arthur’s Knight of the Holy Grail. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

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hile the work of artist and illustrator Gennady Spirin has been described as “realism,” he says that he doesn’t like that label. His distinctive illustrations of fairy tales, classic tales, and folk tales are the result of careful research and loving detail combined with imagination and interpretation. And they resonate with children. “Children have a realistic view of the world,” he explains. “That is why I try to make it look interesting to them. Children can’t draw what they see because they don’t have the skills yet, so it comes out childlike. They admire real objects the way they look, not a conceptual or a symbolic representation of it.” Inspired by Renaissance masters, this philosophy has resulted in more than 50 books that are treasured and often handed down in families. His talent has caught the eye of singer and author Julie Andrews, for whom he illustrated her book Simeon’s Gift (written with Emma Walton Hamilton), and pop star Madonna, with whom he also collaborated on a book, Yakov and the Seven Thieves. Former First Lady Laura Bush commissioned a large poster for a book fair that is now displayed in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Sea King’s Daughter A Russian Legend. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.


Despite his encounters with celebrity, Gennady Spirin is down to earth. A morning with Spirin, his son Andrei (who translated his father’s native Russian), and his wife Ria, in a modest townhome not far from Princeton, exuded hospitality — including black, steeped tea (no bags) from a Russian supermarket in Pennsylvania — surrounded by framed, lush illustrations and at least two large canvases in progress. A colorful painting from The Sea King’s Daughter: A Russian Legend (written by Aaron Shepard) adorns one wall. The original 70’ x 55’ acrylic painting that is seen in sections in the book, Jesus: His Life in Verses from the King

A Apple Pie. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

Illustration from Martha. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

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James Holy Bible, graces another wall. Many other illustrations are displayed, and part of a large mural in progress for a New Brunswick church leans by a table of paints and brushes. The acrylic-painted canvas had to be ordered from India so it can be glued to the church wall. Spirin is known for extensive research into all forms of art — architecture, fashion, landscapes — details that at first may seem unimportant. “This approach invites you to be a co-author, together with the author. It is important to depict the time period accurately. Children should be able see that Renaissance is different from Baroque. It is, in essence, a schooling, a way of educating them. A small child is learning about the world through the pages of a book. Architecture is important to reflect the world of that time. This way, the child can see the world objectively. “This is the goal of the book and the illustrator, to show the beauty created by God. And in doing so, the illustrator becomes a co-creator.”

Everything that an illustrator does is his subjective, personal view of things, Spirin explains. His interpretation is an integral part of the process. “If he does not interpret what he sees, he will lose his personality.” The illustrations, for example, in Frog Song: Life in the Boreal Forest with Brenda Z. Guiberson are full of imagination. The New York Times in 2013 called the book “an insanely gorgeous book about frogs . . . nothing less than a springtime reverie. Bursting with detail, especially in the opulent end pages, Spirin’s tableaus of blooming lily pads, laden with flowers and frogs, resemble 17th-century Dutch still lifes in their awed contemplation of the natural world.” VARIED STORIES AND THEMES

Spirin’s books cover many different themes. Some of his more well-known illustration work includes The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian

Illustration from The Lord is My Shepherd, the Twenty Third Psalm. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

Andersen, an illustrated alphabet book, and The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. Some of the books are based on a painting itself, such as Spirin’s Jesus; The Lord is My Shepherd, the Twenty Third Psalm; and Perceval: King Arthur’s Knight of the Holy Grail (a retelling of the 12th-century Chretien de Troyes story retold by John Perkins). In these books, the large painting is segmented into all the illustrations. For Perceval, Spirin painstakingly created the actual canvas. The foundation for this technique is a primer used on a wooden panel called levkas. This technique, he says, was widely used in the Middle Ages in Europe, as well as by the Early Renaissance masters. “This primer absorbs the paint very well and gives a good color that maintains the same qualities for centuries,” he explains. Masters including Fra Angelico and Botticelli used this technique, he adds. “The entire Russian and European iconography is based on this method.” Pigments prepared with egg yolks were used on top of the primer – Spirin used French egg tempera. “This method requires a lot of skill and time in order to achieve the desired result.” This engagement with his subjects, and the deep thought that goes down to the very canvas, are what sets Spirin apart from some other illustrators. He

is engaged with every one of his books. “It’s like giving birth to a child, and then letting them go on a journey,” he says. He is the author of one book, Marta, commissioned by the publisher, which retells an experience saving a crow in Russia. The crow ended up living in his apartment “like a family member.” He recalls that a veterinarian said the crow would never fly, and proposed to amputate its wing. Spirin’s older son Ilya refused and, despite the prognosis, the bird did indeed fly away, Spirin says. RUSSIAN CHILDHOOD

Spirin drew as a child, especially the trees in the forests. His grandmother was supportive, and he dedicated illustrations for The Tempest (adapted from Shakespeare by Ann Keay Beneduce) to his grandmother. As a youth he studied at the Moscow Art School at the Academy of Art and was accepted into the prestigious Strogonov Art Institute of Moscow. After graduation he worked as a children’s illustrator for a Soviet publisher, but without reason the publisher terminated a contract with him for Gogol’s Sorochinskaya Yarmarka (The Fair at Sorochyntsi). It was published by Schreiber in Germany, and

Spirin received the Grand Prize in Bologna (Fiera de Bologna Honour) for this work. He also signed a contract with Schreiber to illustrate a “series of the best works of classical literature in the world.” In the late 1980s Beneduce, a Princeton area editor and writer, went to Moscow to commission him to illustrate The White Cat for Orchard Books. The agency that represented Spirin shipped his illustrations to the United States, however the illustrations were never received, and were later found at Sheremetyevo International Airport, the main airport in Moscow. Because of the challenges involved in mailing illustrations from Russia, Dial Books and Philomel Books invited him to move to the United States. Preferring a small town to cities, he selected Princeton. CHRISTMAS BIRTHDAY

Spirin is turning 70 this Christmas Day. Coincidentally, he has many holiday-themed illustrations which have become seasonal favorites. He created Nutcracker drawings commissioned by publisher Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and the Manhattan flagship Saks Fifth Avenue commissioned an image that traveled to Saks stores and highlighted their window displays. HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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The Night Before Christmas. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

many prestigious awards for children’s literature illustrations, including the Golden Apple Award Biennale of Illustration (Bratislava); The Grand Prize VI Premio International Castellon D’Illustraceo de Libres per a Infants (Barcelona); five Gold Medals of The Society of Illustrators (New York); four Best Illustrated Book of the Year (New York Times); Fiera di Bologna Honour (Grand Prize); and others. Ilya, who saved the crow, is now grown. He is an author and illustrator himself. Son Gennady has developed apps in the New York tech scene, and Andrei, the son born in Princeton, works in the automotive business. Spirin enjoyed coaching Andrei and Gennady as they played soccer. MESSAGE FOR PARENTS

Nutcracker items. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin.

Books with a holiday theme include Joy to the World, A Family Christmas Treasury (edited by Beneduce); Jesus; The Nutcracker (by E.T.A. Hoffman, based on a new translation by Aliana Brodmann); The Christmas Story According to the Gospel of Matthew & Luke; The Twelve Days of Christmas, and many other books based on fairy tales, folk tales, and stories of faith. Over his successful career, he has won

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As an involved parent himself, he has a message for other parents: Turn the pages of a book. “A computer is a useful thing, but it is just a means to an end, not an experience. Electronic devices,” he says, “carry information, but are no substitute for the engagement one gets when one holds a book, and turns the pages. Without the physical book, you lose a chunk of your soul. It is the true connection, the soul connection. “When a child holds a book, he or she holds a work of art. He can communicate with it, he can keep it next to his pillow. Computers do not prompt you to think, imagine in the same manner. A physical book invites you to imagine things. When a child uses a computer, he is distracted from a mystical nature of the word. When he holds a book, he enters the world of the written word, he enters the world of

art, and he actively participates in it. “Even touching pages of a book means that you are interacting with an intimate work of art.” EVENTS SHOWING THE WORKS OF GENNADY SPIRIN

December 21 at 5:30PM: Spirin will be at a book signing at the Morven Museum & Garden in Princeton. More information about this Storytime event for children is available at Books will be available for sale. November 17 through February 10, 2019: Spirin’s artwork will be displayed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass. His The Night Before Christmas (from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore) will be included in an exhibit titled “Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration.” WHERE TO SEE ILLUSTRATIONS BY GENNADY SPIRIN

LR Gallery of Art, LLC — Email Lana Rachkovskaya at for private showings, prints, and other printed materials. The Princeton Magazine Store — landscape prints and one original for purchase. www. Gennady Spirin may be contacted directly at Editor’s Note: Thank you to Lana Rachkovskaya for her help in assisting as a translator for Spirin.

Illustration from Jesus: His Life in Verses from the King James Holy Bible. Photo courtesy of Gennady Spirin. HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Gallery photographs by Ricardo Barros. Courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum.

ig plans are underway for the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM). the experiences we have had there, perhaps an evening picnic on the great lawn in In September, the museum announced Sir David Adjaye as design front of the recently-installed Starn brothers’ stained glass sculpture, or a sudden architect, in collaboration with Cooper Robertson as executive architect, epiphany while viewing the magnificent Antioch mosaics on the lower level. (During for a new building that will offer “dramatically enlarged space for the construction, the museum’s collections will be moved to a secure location.) exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special REFINING THE MISSION exhibitions, and art conservation, as well as classrooms and office space for the 100-person museum staff.” It is expected to be “an inspirational space, a center Expansion of the museum was endorsed in 2016 by a group tasked with planning for of cultural gravity.” the “Future of the Humanities” at Princeton. Their report said the In accepting the position, Sir Adjaye called PUAM “one of the museum “is in dire need of more space,” it has been “cobbled finest university art museums and among the oldest art collecting together over the years,” and its galleries are “awkwardly institutions in America…. The reimagined museum will be the configured.” cultural gateway between Princeton University, its students, Steward is leading the fundraising that quietly began two years faculty, and the world, a place of mind-opening encounters with ago. “We have made significant progress to have the confidence art and ideas.” to go ahead with the design phase. Our goal is in reach,” he says. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, Sir Adjaye, knighted And the timing couldn’t be better. “I have … spent a great by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017, is known for such major projects deal of time lately thinking about whether and how art museums as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American have operated, and might now operate, as ‘activist’ institutions,” History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., writes Steward in the art museum’s fall magazine. “By this I do and the central pavilion and main exhibition spaces for the not mean as proselytizing, partisan institutions, but rather as ones 56th Venice Art Biennale. Not only does Sir Adjaye have a that ask important questions and show work that might well foster proven track record of understanding museums and art, but he debate and a reconsideration of accepted readings, and thus act even understands Princeton — from 2008 to 2010 he served as as agent of change.” Steward, who is teaching an undergraduate a visiting professor. He is the first architect of color to design a course this fall titled “The Museum between Preservation and building at Princeton University. Architect Sir David Adjaye, courtesy of Action,” is writing a volume on the role of the museum in 21stJames Steward, the Nancy A. Nasher-David J. Haemisegger, Encyclopaedia Britannica. century civic life. Class of 1976, director of the art museum, calls Sir Adjaye “one Prior to coming to Princeton in 2009, Steward served as director of the University of the most exciting architects working today, whose work operates in diverse ways, but whose museum work always begins with the object…. And he has a humbleness of Michigan Museum of Art, where he oversaw the planning, design, and construction for a major new building, recognized as one of the 10 best new buildings for 2010 by that is refreshing in the field of architecture.” The challenge, for Steward, will be keeping the museum’s presence alive and the American Institute of Architects. Steward considers himself “a visually acute person, and that has implications on vibrant during the time it takes to create the new building on the same site — the everything from installing a show to building design, to guiding curators from Chinese museum will have to close for two or more years beginning in 2020. To be sure, the existing building is beloved by many who do not see the limitations painting to contemporary photography,” as well as a social historian, connecting art it imposes. We have personal histories with buildings, based on our memories of with the history of the time. HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Gallery photograph by Erica M. Cardenas.


Steward also has a passion for restoring old houses. In his Twitter profile, he calls himself “historic preservationist” (as well as “arts advocate, serious lover of serious food, equestrian, builder of community”). Comparing himself to author Peter Taylor, whom he describes as an “addict of old houses who bought and sold 35,” Steward jokes “I’m not that bad.” With his husband, Jay Pekala, a customer relations specialist at McCarter Theatre and Whole Foods (the two met in Ann Arbor), Steward embarked on the restoration of a 1789 farmhouse on 60 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Charlottesville — a property he describes as “delicate.” But it was becoming a full-time job, and the couple sold it when they moved to Princeton. They restored the 1910 Arts and Crafts-inspired house they live in now — “we bought it from someone who owned it for decades, so while it suffered from benign neglect it had never had a bad update” — and their most recent project is a 1920s cottage on the coast of Maine. “It, too, was owned by the same family. The interiors gave the word rustic new meaning, but it had good bones and a wonderful location.” AN EARLY EDUCATION

As a child, Steward’s introduction to the world of art came from his mother, who trained as an artist. “She had tremendous visual passion, and I credit her for the path I took,” he recounted in the hours before a trip to Jacksonville, Florida, where the museum’s recent Frank Stella show is traveling, and then to San Francisco to lead a museum members’ trip. His first museum visit was at 6 months old. His mother took him to museums when the family was living internationally — his father’s work as an economist for the Foreign Service enabled the family to live in India, Thailand, and Japan. “Museums for me were never the alien environment they are for many who grow up believing they have to behave differently in them,” he recounts. “I had a great advantage in that museum-going was integrated into everyday life.” His mother would paint in watercolor at the kitchen table, setting up a still life, such as a bowl of fruit on the table, and give him her supplies to work with. Though

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Juliet balconies photograph by Alyssa Thiel. Courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum.

he describes a world of difference between her work and his, “I got from her that everything is worth looking at, whether a barn door or a work of art.” As a budding art historian, he went on to take classes in learning how things are made in various media. A “foreign service brat,” Steward says there were two paths he might have taken: to never put down roots, or to put them down fast. “I chose the latter, so that an apartment I may have lived in for two weeks looked like I always lived there. I settle in fast, which is a useful skill.” As a 16-year-old, Steward wanted to be an architect, and enrolled at the University of Virginia with the idea of studying design and drafting, “but before the first day of classes I decided it was not the career for me, even though I continue to love buildings and design.” And of course the payoff is, “I understand the language of architecture, and that enables me to be a better client.” Finding an area to focus on was a challenge for a person with omnivorous interests. “At some point I got the idea to go to law school as a platform to public service, so I studied history. The University of Virginia had powerful teachers who brought the past alive.” Then he took his first art history class, and “it was magic from the beginning.” When the professor turned the lights down for slide shows, “he’d weave magical stories.” Steward left Charlottesville to study at the Sorbonne and Ecole du Louvre, and along the way picked up a second major in French language. From there he went to the Institute of Fine Arts at N.Y.U., and earned a doctorate in the history of art from Trinity College, Oxford University. “Early on I realized I liked academic museums because I could be a curator and an academician,” Steward says. At the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught and curated, “I loved working with students on research-based exhibitions.” For his first exhibition on Edvard Munch, he had to quickly become a Munch scholar, and from there he went on to develop expertise on Chinese calligraphy and ancient Greece. “There is always something new — it’s what keeps it fresh.” “Academic museums are not dependent on earned income,” Steward continues, “and can take on more esoteric topics than civic museums which have been challenged with the advent of blockbuster exhibitions.”

Tani Bunchō 谷文晁, 1763 - 1841, Edo period, 1615–1868, Mountains and Water, 1828. Two six-fold screens; ink and gold leaf on paper. Courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum. “Picturing Place in Japan” will be on view through February 24, 2019.

Gallery photographs by Ricardo Barros. Courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum.



The construction he oversaw at the University of Michigan involved seven years of fundraising and planning, and two-and-a-half years of construction, during which time the museum had to close. It finally re-opened in the spring of 2009, just before Steward came to Princeton. “We were fundraising during the recession, constantly fighting to keep the project alive,” he recounts. “I worked with three presidents and seven provosts during that time.” A stipulation of the project for the state of Michigan’s flagship university was that 97 percent of the funding was private money. In contrast, Princeton University is putting up about half the cost of the project. “People think I came here with the idea, but the last thing I imagined was doing another museum,” says Steward. His predecessor, Susan Taylor, had developed a plan for a satellite museum in the arts and transit district, but because of the financial crisis that project was put on hold. “I was relieved to not inherit that decision, but instead focus on building up the program and connections to the audience, growing attendance,” Steward says. During his tenure, the entire collection has been digitized and put online; partnerships with other institutions and departments have been forged; and outreach to alumni has expanded. The annual Nassau Street Sampler, with free food, helps to lure 2,000 students into the museum. Film screenings and gallery talks on Thursday nights have also attracted more into the building. During 2015-16, attendance shot to 184,000 — up from 96,000 a decade earlier. And the museum has added more than 15,000 objects to its collection, building in areas of art by women artists of the middle to late 20th century, African American artists, Indian art, and photography not originally intended as fine art. The museum’s operating budget has risen to more than $17 million. “It’s easier to fundraise for existing needs than to have the approach of ‘if you build it they will come,’” he says. In reviewing Taylor’s plan for a satellite location, Steward determined that a multivenue model would incur more operating and security costs, and that there is a pedagogical advantage to having a globe-spanning institution under one roof.

It’s too soon to talk about the new design, he says; so much remains to be determined during the design phase. At the moment, the plan is to preserve the Venetian Gothic Revival section, with its Juliet balconies. Among the goals is to have the architecture reinforce the art museum’s position as a living room for the community, a gathering space, and place of learning that invites the public for a social experience; to grow the gallery spaces for collections and temporary exhibitions; to have the opportunity to exhibit more of the collection; to facilitate teaching; and to enhance conservation capabilities. “The galleries need to be responsive to the needs of different periods of art, from small scale art of the Ancient Americas, to new media and contemporary art,” says Steward. Right now, Chinese scrolls in the collection cannot be fully unscrolled because the ceilings are not high enough. Also built into the project will be flexibility. Spaces need to be adapted as needs evolve. “We can’t predict what the museum will need in 30 years from now, but this is a once-in-a-century project so it must serve needs we can’t yet anticipate.” Steward expects to keep most of his staff throughout the project. “We will still be conserving, researching, planning the first five years of exhibitions — the last thing you want to do is to scramble to build a team when you’re opening a new building.” Among the ideas Steward has floated to keep the museum alive during the project are to use the campus itself as gallery space; and to use Bainbridge House on Nassau Street, which the University is in the process of restoring. Steward is pleased with the discovery of a fabricator who can handcraft 18th-century windows that meet modern climate requirements. “The easiest way to mess up an old building is to mess with its windows,” he says. Steward is looking forward to working with Sir Adjaye. “He is remarkably charismatic. He’s been tested by multiple museum projects, so he understands the lighting and climate control issues. It would be too risky to have a talented firm learning museums at our expense. Seeing the range of his output, David has persuaded me he has the goods and can create the space and detail it in beautiful and effective ways. He shares my belief that great architecture requires a committed client as well as an architect.”


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a YouTube video taped at a concert in Caracas, Venezuela, on New Year’s Eve 2007, the power of music is vividly on display. The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble — an unusually large group on one stage — are playing the “Mambo” from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story, and the place is rocking. Audience members of all ages are on their feet, dancing, cheering, clapping, and tossing confetti at the stage. The musicians, having a hard time staying in their seats, manage to shimmy and sway as they play. On the podium leading this exhilarating pandemonium is Gustavo Dudamel, the youthful, curly-haired conductor who is a legend in his home country and a superstar in the music world. Now 37, Dudamel is in his tenth season as music and artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and his 19th as music director of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra. He makes guest appearances with such distinguished institutions as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. And he always finds time to promote education and social change, working with young people on and off the podium. Starting December 1, Princeton and Trenton will figure prominently in Dudamel’s frenetic schedule. In his first major academic residency, he is coming to Princeton University in three separate visits this season, continuing through the end of April. This remarkable arrangement celebrates the 125th anniversary of Princeton

University Concerts, and the local arts community is abuzz. “This is so exciting for everyone,” says Marna Seltzer, director of Princeton University Concerts. “He is really going to be a part of the community for a while. The schedule of things he’ll be doing just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and he gets the credit for that. Every single time we have an idea, he just ups the ante so high. It is huge because of him, and it tells you about what a major thinker he is.” Dudamel’s time on and off campus will include concerts, recitals, panel discussions moderated by him, art exhibits, performances by the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, and numerous other musicians, artists, and educators. But it is probably safe to say that the April 28 seminario, with hundreds of New Jersey students from initiatives inspired by El Sistema, the program that brings music into the lives of children in vulnerable communities, is at the top of the conductor’s list. “Working with young people is the most important and rewarding thing I do,” Dudamel wrote in an email. “Any success I have is due to people who gave generously of their time and knowledge to mentor me, and I try to follow their example in sharing my experience with the next generations. Young people soak up knowledge like a sponge and have amazing passion and ideals. They have the potential to make real change in our society and our world.” Seltzer will never forget the day she called

Carol Burden, the director of the El Sistemainspired Trenton Music Makers program, with the news that Dudamel had been booked and that time with the Trenton students was on his schedule. “She practically fell off her chair,” Seltzer says. “I mean, this is their whole purpose. He probably wouldn’t have chosen to come to a small program in New Jersey otherwise, but the fact that we could use this residency to connect him to them is just so wonderful.” Burden is, understandably, thrilled. “We’re very fortunate that this path brings us into contact with him,” she said. “In January, 20 of our kids will play for him and talk with him, which is just incredible. At the seminario on April 28, there will be 300 kids from El Sistema programs from Paterson to Baltimore, and we take part in that. Nine programs will be represented. To have him there, and to have our kids take part … well, it’s just very exciting.” Dudamel is considered the world’s leading proponent of El Sistema, formerly known as the Foundation for the National Network of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela. This innovative program, in which music is the primary avenue for social and intellectual improvement, was founded in 1975 by musician and economist Jose Abreu. According to some statistics, more than a million children, many from underprivileged circumstances, have taken part in programs in Venezuela and beyond. Dudamel comes from a musical family, so El Sistema was not his introduction to music. But the time he did spend in the program was HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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key in his development. “My family built a love of music into my DNA, and El Sistema, and Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, took that passion and turned it into something deep and meaningful and helped me build a career,” he says. My life without El Sistema would be unimaginable.” When Seltzer began thinking about how to celebrate Princeton University Concerts’ 125th anniversary, she dug into the archives. She was surprised to discover that for its first four or five decades, the organization presented a lot of famous orchestras and conductors. “Princeton was a major stopping point for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic — and I thought that was unusual,” she says, “because we don’t do that anymore. I started to think about how we could reflect that in our anniversary season.” Aware that the town already has significant ensembles such as the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Princeton University Orchestra, Seltzer and her colleagues decided it didn’t make sense to just bring in a touring organization. “But one of my first thoughts was, wouldn’t it be amazing to present the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra? It seemed like a niche, and a way for us to celebrate with a bit of a different take,” she says.

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The renowned group wasn’t available. But the idea led Seltzer to Dudamel, who was interested. “One of the things that is important about him was that he really is so much more than a conductor, and a lot of the things he cares about and value are very much things that the series has cared about and valued — using music as a platform to reach a broader audience and explore life, and what it means to be a human being. It is so much a part of who he is.” Dudamel was happy to accept the offer. “It is, of course, a great honor to be invited by such a great institution as Princeton University, a place with such tradition and so many great minds,” he says. “I look forward to engaging with people from across the campus — students, professors, artists, staff — and to connecting Princeton with its surrounding communities through music. It is the possibility of exploring the social impact of art, and creating projects that unite disciplines and communities, that I find most compelling about this opportunity. And of course, as I said before, working with young people simply charges my batteries and reminds me of the pure passion and joy of making music.” The schedule for the residency continues to evolve as Seltzer and her colleagues try to keep up with Dudamel’s ideas. What is certain is that events will kick off Saturday, December 1 with a Venezuelan musical party and performance at Richardson Auditorium. The opening weekend continues with a Dudamel-curated concert by El Sistema students from Boston, a panel discussion between the conductor and Harvard Dictionary of Music editor Don Michael Randel on music, education, and social change with an emphasis on Latin America, and more.

In addition to the public events of the residency, Dudamel will spend time in classrooms on campus and in Trenton Public Schools. A concert at Richardson Auditorium on April 26 in which he conducts the Princeton University Orchestra and Glee Club is sold out, but a free repeat performance will be held the following day at Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton. Dudamel is only too aware of the poverty and unrest currently going on in Venezuela, but he is hopeful for the future. “It is of course a difficult moment in the history of my country for my brothers and sisters in the Bolivar orchestra and for their families,” he says. “But I believe in the people of Venezuela and know that better times will come. El Sistema, meanwhile, is a very beautiful symbol of hope and shows us that among the chaos, there is optimism. Still today, thousands of young children across Venezuela are learning instruments and playing music together, brightening their lives and the lives of their communities. We know it is fragile, but in spite of what’s happening, El Sistema lives and empowers. It has become a movement for art and social change around the world and a symbol of hope for young people everywhere. It is a symbol of pride for Venezuelans and will remain a force in our country long after these difficult times pass.” For a schedule of events included in Dudamel’s residency, visit


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In the spirit of the season, Princeton Magazine invited local artists and garden clubs to fashion holiday wreaths or centerpieces in their own style. The following one-of-a-kind pieces show just how diverse and eclectic a wreath can be. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JEFFREY TRYON 38 |


ILIANA OKUM West Trenton Garden Club Iliana Okum is a retired educator/administrator who loves roses and gardening and making floral designs with roses and flowers. She has been a member of the West Trenton Garden Club for six years, and is part of a committee that is decorating Drumthwacket for the holidays. Iliana is also a member of the West Jersey Rose Society where she is a consulting rosarian and certified horticulture judge. She invites the public to learn more about both organizations through their websites: and

JENNIFER FENTON The Garden Club of Princeton Jennifer Fenton is a wife and working mom of three from Princeton. She has been happily indulging her passion and talent for floral arrangement and design since 2010, and is presently the floral design chair for The Garden Club of Princeton, an organization founded in 1911. For more information about The Garden Club of Princeton, please visit HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Leon Rainbow is an artist in Trenton who creatively combines graffiti, street art, and other artistic forms into innovative projects and events. He reaches out to a wide audience, from galleries to the walls of inner cities. Leon continues to evolve his art by taking lettering into dimensional media, as well as fashion. His knowledge of graffiti art history remixed with new materials and styles alters the perception of this art form to present a positive message.

KATHLEEN HURLEY LIAO Kathleen Hurley Liao is a mixed media abstract artist who incorporates rhythm, automatism, and expressionism in her work. She was the recipient of the West Windsor Arts Council Award for Outstanding Artist of 2015. Kathleen is an artist partner at Visual Stream Gallery Collective in Lambertville, and maintains a studio at Art Station Studios in Hightstown. To celebrate the holiday season, Art Station Studios will be open to the public Sunday, December 9 from 11am-4pm. Kathleen’s wreath is constructed of nails from the studio of a sculptor friend, and is dedicated to the art of sculpture and carpentry. More examples of her work may be viewed at

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Accomplished artist Katie Truk has exhibited throughout New Jersey and the surrounding region. She appeared on News 12’s On The Scene as a fresh, emerging artist, featuring her award-winning pantyhose-and-wire creations. In her role as a multimedia art teacher, Katie has won grants to lecture and teach children and adults in New Jersey schools and art centers. She has also curated, judged, and juried events for schools, clubs, and organizations in the state.

KATE EGGLESTON “Shibori Wreath” Kate Eggleston is a multidisciplinary artist, with a focus on hand-dyed textiles and soft sculpture. Her work serves as a catalog of her experiences as a mother, exploring gender roles, and balancing home life and art making. Beyond her studio practice, Kate has over 13 years of experience teaching artists of all ages. She lives in New Jersey where she exhibits her work, teaches art, and lives with her husband and daughter. Visit and @kate.eggleston on Instagram.


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An Illinois native, Joy Kreves has been a New Jersey resident and exhibiting artist for 32 years. Her mixed media work focuses on the textures of our natural environment and expresses gratitude for its riches. Moss and cedars have been hand-picked and preserved on this wreath. She works in a second floor studio at Hopewell Design Farm. Visit, Instagram at joykrevesart, and find her on Facebook as Joy Kreves Art Studio.

LEYLA AHUN-BABAEVA “Aylamada” Leyla Ahun-babaeva is a beginning artist, still in the process of exploring and experimenting to find her own style. She says, “In one of my experiments with depth, I created this unique piece which I named Aylamada, which literally means ‘in the circle.’ It is made of foam and cut geometric forms, all combined together. It made me think about the endless motion of the circle and how light playing with shadows creates different patterns, changing the look of it from inside and out.”

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Becky Urban has enjoyed playing with the creations of nature for her entire life, whether the creations be flowers, fibers, or gems. After 26 years of teaching middle school in Hamilton, she began a second career as a designer for Green Haven Garden Center, also in Hamilton. Her favorite part of the winter holiday season is working with a wide assortment of greens, natural berries, dried flowers, seeds, pods, and pinecones to create wreaths, sprays, swags, and tabletop arrangements. This wreath has a grapevine wreath base with hemlock, red western cedar, Japanese holly, and Japanese cedar. Also included are preserved eucalyptus, wild thistle pods, and handmade dried palm roses.

TASHA O’NEILL Longtime Princeton resident and fine art and nature photographer Tasha O’Neill has spent summers on Mt. Desert Island, Maine since 1984. This year, Tasha devoted herself to collecting seaweed. When dried, their shapes were transformed into interesting sculptures. Some arrangements she then enhanced with flowers, berries, even the blossoms of hops. The exhibit of her interpretations and celebrations of seaweed may be seen at the Millstone River Gallery at the Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center, Plainsboro, from March through May 2019. Her art may be enjoyed and purchased on www.


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msterdam was the first stop on my first trip to Europe and the first time in my life that I’d walked into a museum on a whim, on my own, casually, without thinking of it as a prescribed learning experience. Every painting was by the same artist. At 19, I knew about Van Gogh of course. I’d seen Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life. But here was the reality, vividly, wildly, uncontainedly there in the gobs, clusters, and swirls of paint everywhere I looked, and no one else was around, no crowds to contend with; somehow some way I’d lucked out and had the place to myself, just me and Van Gogh. I could almost hear him breathing, smell the smoke from his pipe, as if he were working as I watched, no brush, I imagined him squeezing the paint between his fingers and then slapping it on. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, I’d landed all by myself on the shore of a new world of art. DEEP IN THE MOMENT

Until some digital genius devises a way to make it possible to open a book and come as close to the painter as I felt that day in Amsterdam, Van Gogh and the Seasons (Princeton Univ. Press $60), edited by Sjraar van Heugten, former head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum, is the next best thing. Van Gogh articulates his vision of the seasons in a letter quoted in the introduction (with his italics): “It is something to be deep in the snow in winter, to be deep in the yellow leaves in the autumn, to be deep in the ripe wheat in the summer, to be deep in the grass in the spring. It is something to always be with the mowers and the peasant girls, in summer with the big sky above, in the winter by the black fireplace. And to feel — this has always been so and always will be.” “Deep” is the word for what I felt that day in the museum. Deep in the moment, so close to the substance of the paint I seemed to be touching and touched by it, with the ripe wheat and grass all around, the big sky overhead. Other new books on the artist include Van Gogh & Japan (Yale Univ. Press $45), Martin Bailey’s Starry Night: Van Gogh at the Asylum (White Lion $45), and Vincent, a graphic biography by Barbara Stok (Art Masters Series $19.95).

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“Passion impassions him,” Baudelaire once observed of Delacroix. “On his inspired canvases he pours blood, light, and darkness in turn.” Cézanne’s response was still more visceral: “All this luminous colour .... It seems to me that it enters the eye like a glass of wine running into your gullet and it makes you drunk straight away.” Terms like these are somewhat belied by the warmth and intimacy of Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (1834), the painting on the cover of Delacroix (Metropolitan Museum of Art $65), which accompanies what has become the show of the season, on view at the Met through January 6. The monograph is edited by chief curators Sébastien Allard and Côme Fabre, both in the Department of Paintings at the Louvre. A SPIRAL TEMPLE

Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future (Guggenheim Museum Publications $65) accompanies another of the season’s must-see shows, which will be at the museum through April 23. According to the curator’s commentary, “Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. Though her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century predates the first purely abstract paintings by Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Malevich. Generated in part through her spiritualist practice as a medium, her paintings reflect an effort to articulate mystical views of reality.” Having imagined installing her work in a spiral temple, the title for her first group of largely non-objective works was Paintings for the Temple. Considering the shape of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that houses the exhibit, af Klint’s art has found the right home.


According to Ann Landi in The Wall Street Journal, Mary Gabriel’s Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art (Little Brown $35) “is like a great, sprawling Russian novel, filled with memorable characters and sharply etched scenes. It’s no mean feat to breathe life into five very different and very brave women .... Ms. Gabriel fleshes out her portraits with intimate details, astute analyses of the art and good old-fashioned storytelling.” Jennifer Szalai’s piece in The New York Times sums it up: “The story of New York’s postwar art world has been told many times over, but by wresting the perspective from the boozy, macho brawlers who tended to fixate on themselves and one another, Gabriel has found a way to newly illuminate the milieu and upend its clichés.” “SOMETHING”

A natural for the Christmas season is The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh (Harper Design $29.99) by James Campbell, with a foreword by Minette Shephard, granddaughter of the original illustrator E.H. Shepard. The Portland Mercury calls the book “An effective overview of Shepard’s life and career, including sketches from periods throughout his life … Campbell’s book, in its understated way, makes a case for Shepard as one of the greatest children’s illustrators of all time.” Shepard’s drawings of Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore came early in my journey from childhood Christmases to Amsterdam and Van Gogh. The “something” Van Gogh gives special emphasis in his vision of the seasons, his sense that “this has always been and always will be” is evoked in the words on the back cover of The Art of Winnie the Pooh: “Together, Milne and Shepard created a timeless world with stories and images as resonant today as they ever were, and loved by children of all ages from generation to generation.”

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“When wishes come true, kids not only have a chance to just be kids, but they can also make important connections, experience new things, and find their passion.” Gletow left her job in the corporate world to start One Simple Wish in her home, and the website became fully operational in 2008. Through its platform, agencies that work with children in foster care join One Simple Wish’s Community Partner Network, and submit wishes on behalf of children they are helping. One Simple Wish then shares that wish throughout its network, and caring people throughout the country help make the wish come true. “What is most extraordinary is that we take no funding from state or government agencies,” said Gletow. “We really are a movement to do what is good and right for children, without any possible conflict. The person giving $5 to grant a wish is the same as the person giving $5,000. We want to give people a direct avenue to help these children, and know where their money is going. We want to remain independent.” The organization raises more than $1.2 million a year to make simple wishes come true, and has that same goal this year. Though they grant wishes across the country, One Simple Wish is operated by just four dedicated people in an office in Trenton. Wishes are categorized on the website as arts and music,

education and employment, health and wellness, experiences, just for fun, and essentials. Wish grantors can select price and age ranges, as well as the state where the child lives. The age range goes to up to 30 to provide wishes for those who have aged out of the foster care system but don’t have permanent or stable connections. When you click on a request, you can learn more about the child or youth who is behind it. There are approximately 400 wishes listed on the site each day, and over 6,000 are granted each year. Current wishes include a request from Jennifer, who wants a laptop to further her education. Quintel wants a bike, so he can learn how to ride, and Samantha wants a lamp to study under. Elian is asking for a new pair of high-top sneakers to help support his ankles, and Anjelina, who is learning and talking more every day, is asking for a LeapStart interactive learning system. People can make a general donation towards their mission, or follow a specific child and support subsequent wishes from that child. The website was recently enhanced so that people can select multiple wishes and add them to a cart all at once. A messaging function sends notes of encouragement to a child through the system. Wishes can also be granted in someone’s memory or honor. One Simple Wish also provides Loved By HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Cheyenne, a former foster youth and current student, with her daughter, Layla. Cheyenne wished for a gas card to help get around town.

One Simple Wish bags to thousands of foster children across the U.S. that contain information about the program and how to make a wish as well as comfort items like squishies, journals, silly pens, sketch pads, Bombas socks, and more. The bags can be ordered through the website, and volunteers can also purchase items for the bags and help make them. They also host Wish Parties throughout the year in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles. “A Wish Party is a place for our kids to just be kids,” said Gletow. “It’s a place for foster children to unite, a place for siblings who are placed in separate foster homes to visit each other, and it’s a place for under-served families to bond and form a network of support.” At Wish Parties, participants enjoy a meal as One Simple Wish representatives discuss their services and share information about local resources. They also distribute brand new toys and personal care products, and the children can make crafts, play games, and have fun. Over the past 10 years, One Simple Wish has grown to become a nationally-recognized nonprofit. Through her efforts to advocate for foster children, Gletow was named one of CNN’s Top Ten Heroes for 2013. Gletow and One Simple Wish have been featured on NBC Nightly News News;

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Angel wished for a Hungry Hungry Hippos game.

Nightline; The Real; Harry, Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show; and others. Stories about the organization have appeared in The Washington Post, Woman’s World, Redbook, Martha Stewart Living, and other publications. Danielle also gave a TEDx talk about children’s rights and obstacles in the foster care system. Gletow recently attended screenings of the new film Instant Family in New York and Los Angeles, where she met with current and future foster parents, and is working with Disney on holiday parties for foster children in New York and Los Angeles. There will also be pop-up Santa events in New Jersey this December. NFL alumni will be participating in the holiday events. The organization will soon be debuting “Here. Me. Now.” through its social platforms, which will highlight former foster children, now adults, discussing what resources helped them to live happy and fulfilling lives. One Simple Wish will also feature a 12-hour live stream on Facebook Live on November 27, Giving Tuesday, highlighting its program and discussing the many ways that people can help grant wishes, as well as offering resources for those in the foster care system. Last year this live stream raised nearly $50,000 for the children, and this year they hope to double that.

One Simple Wish was the Trenton Country Club’s Community Charity, where over $25,000 was raised in September, and is the NJ Association of Student Council’s Charity of the Year for 2018 with a goal of raising over $100,000 by the end of the school year. Gletow travels throughout the year to talk at schools and businesses to advocate for foster children, and spread the word about One Simple Wish. She and Joe did adopt a foster child — Mia is now 11. Their daughter Lilliana is 10. They also have two dogs, Alice and Lucy. When jokingly asked how she spends her spare time, Gletow said that she just founded a new all-volunteer foundation, Trenton Animals Rock, which raises money to help shelter dogs that need medical procedures so that they can become adoptable. She reports that they have helped more than a dozen dogs since June. “There are a lot of terrible things happening in our country right now, but there are a lot of great things too,” said Gletow. “I want to use the power I have to celebrate and encourage more of the good, in everyone.” For learn more about One Simple Wish, or to grant a wish for a child in foster care, visit


Twin brothers Charles and Chay (just one child is shown), who love sports, wished for tickets to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, which they attended with their foster father.


Jessiah, who lives in Trenton, wished for a “cool” pair of Nikes.

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he United States is a country of immigrants, but the question of immigrants and immigration has never been without controversy. It has been especially dominant in the national media during the past two years. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” wrote Emma Lazarus in an 1883 poem to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. Long before 1883 and in the 135 years since, immigrants, from refugees in direst poverty to students, entrepreneurs, and the most prosperous, have helped to shape the country and have permeated its civic and political dialogue. More than 22 percent of New Jersey’s population is foreign-born, according to New American Economy, a coalition of business leaders and mayors. There are only two states, California and New York, where a higher proportion of the population is made up of immigrants. And Princeton, a “welcoming community” (though not officially a “sanctuary community”), increasingly attracts visitors and new residents from all over the world, drawn to the educational, work, and business opportunities and the lifestyle of the town. A growing population of Latinos is settling in the Witherspoon-Jackson section of town, and a diverse population of Asians and others are attracted to the excellent Princeton-area schools and the variety of jobs in the Philadelphia-Central New Jersey-New York region. On the peaceful southwestern edge of town, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) resides on nearly 600 acres. Even in this country, state, and town of immigrants, the IAS is remarkable as a testament to

the importance and powerful, positive presence of foreign-born residents. Since its founding almost 90 years ago, it has thrived on the contributions of its immigrant population and depended on the work, the ideas of its resident scholars from dozens of different countries, and the support of thousands of others from around the world. In the face of recent immigration restrictions and limitations, travel bans, and political rhetoric stirring up fear and animosity, along with the inability of government to pass meaningful legislation, the IAS has asserted the founding principles of the Institution, which reflect the founding principles of this nation, and spoken strongly to embrace the cause of its immigrant scholars and their freedom of movement and study. Recent clashes and the current charged climate have sent the IAS back to its roots, into its past to reaffirm the principles on which it was founded and the history that has shaped its formidable status as one of the premiere research institutions in the world. In response to a 2017 executive order that restricted travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf, himself a native of the Netherlands, wrote immediately to the IAS community: “From our founding the Institute has welcomed academics from around the world, irrespective of race, gender, and creed, with the simple requirement that they be dedicated to advancing scholarship. Bringing leading scholars from all of the world’s countries and regions and supporting their unfettered academic research, wherever it may take them, are among our core values. This was true in the 1930s

when faculty like Einstein, Weyl, and von Neumann came from Europe to the Institute, and it is true today as we welcome faculty and members from more than 30 countries.” Two days later, on February 1, 2017, the IAS faculty, emeriti faculty, and trustees followed up with their own affirmation of this Institute’s founding principles, its history, and its ongoing commitment to the welcoming and support of its members and visitors from around the globe. “The Institute for Advanced Study, since its founding in 1930, has provided an unbiased environment for international scholars to pursue vital and groundbreaking work in the sciences and humanities,” they wrote. “Its mission is to recruit the world’s most prominent scholars, ‘in the spirit of America at its noblest’ and ‘with no regard whatsoever to accidents of creed, origin, or sex.’ Against the backdrop of Fascism’s rise in Europe and in the best tradition of American higher education, some of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century, immigrants, and refugees themselves, found a safe haven within our walls, among them Albert Einstein, Kurt Godel, Erwin Panofsky, and John von Neumann.” The statement from faculty and trustees emphasized the executive order’s conflict with IAS’ founding principles and values, unwavering belief in non-discrimination and inclusion, and fundamental mission to provide a free and open environment for basic research in the sciences and humanities. Asserting a commitment to protect and support those who were affected by the order, the statement further condemned “the unjust and discriminatory restrictions of the executive order.” HOLIDAY 2018 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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IAS Director Robbert Dijkgraaf.

As much as, perhaps even more than, the town and the country in which it resides, the IAS has been dependent on immigrants for its survival and has, since its founding, thrived and grown to prominence in good measure due to the strength of its immigrant population. The adversity of the era in which it was created in the early 1930s, the Great Depression, the buildup to World War II, and the flourishing of authoritarianism, particularly the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, created opportunities for the Institute as it recruited top scholars from German universities. In January 1933 Hitler became chancellor of Germany and quickly consolidated and expanded his power. A law in Germany initiated in April of that year called for a purge of all civil servants of nonAryan descent or questionable political affinities. German universities were strongly affected by that law, particularly in the fields of mathematics and natural sciences, where Jews had enjoyed better opportunities. In the ensuing months, distinguished scholars left many of the country’s most prominent universities and intellectual institutions, most notably the renowned Mathematical Institute at the University of Gottingen. The timing was perfect for the fledgling IAS, which had just launched its inaugural School of Mathematics, housed in Princeton University’s Fine Hall until the building of the Institute’s Fuld Hall in 1939. A wave of refugee scholars were seeking to emigrate from Germany and other European countries and find positions elsewhere. Abraham Flexner, IAS’s first director, and particularly Oswald Veblen, mathematician,

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geometer, topologist, and first faculty member, recognized the opportunities for recruitment. Albert Einstein, targeted by the Nazis in Germany; Hermann Weyl, mathematics luminary at the

Abraham Flexner, the first director of the IAS.

University of Gottingen; and John von Neumann, renowned young mathematician of Hungarian origin who was a visiting professor at Princeton University at the time, joined the Institute in 1933. Over the next few years they were joined by Paul Dirac,

Wolfgang Pauli, and two women scholars, algebraist Emmy Noether and topologist Anna Stafford, along with many other visiting scholars. Women students were not accepted at most leading graduate schools at the time. The founding principles of the IAS spoke loudly and clearly to the acceptance of scholars purely on the basis of merit, without regard to religion, race, or gender, but Flexner was initially hesitant. He wondered in a March 27, 1933 letter to Veblen, “if we do not develop America, who is going to do it, and the question arises how much we ought to do for others and how much to make sure that civilization in America advances.” Veblen continued to try to persuade Flexner not only to embrace merit-worthy immigrants at IAS, but went on to propose the creation of a committee to raise funds to support refugee scholars. “Some kind of a committee to raise funds for the purpose of enabling some of them to live and continue their scholarly work in the countries adjacent to Germany or elsewhere might be feasible,” he wrote. “The existence of such a committee would in itself be an eloquent protest!” As the 1930s proceeded and turbulence in Europe grew, Flexner abandoned his reluctance and, with Veblen, became deeply involved in projects to assist refugees. First Veblen then Flexner joined the New York City-based Institute of International Education’s Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced German Scholars (later renamed to include all foreign scholars) to assist scholars fleeing Europe. In a 1938 letter to the Harvard mathematician George Birkhoff, Flexner expressed his

An early mathematics conference at the IAS.

determination to expand and develop the IAS without regard to national origin of its members. He also revealed an understanding of the monumental scope of the venture he and the IAS were engaged in. He claimed that “the center of gravity in scholarship” would move across the Atlantic Ocean to the U.S., as so many of Germany’s top scholars emigrated to the United States and particularly to the IAS. “The center of gravity clearly shifted in the second half of the twentieth century,” the History Working Group, a recently formed collection of IAS scholars, wrote in a 2017 article, “The Institute’s Founding Ethos in Our Precarious Present.” “Germany’s leading share of Nobel Prizes plummeted after the war, even as the number of American laureates soared (one-third of whom were foreign born).” Flexner said in his letter to Birkhoff, “Let us keep firmly in front of our eyes our real goal, namely the development of mathematics, not American mathematics or any other specific brand of mathematics, just simply mathematics … Hitler has played into our hands and is still doing it like the mad man that he is. I am sorry for Germany. I am glad for the United States. I will undertake to get a position within a reasonable time for any really first-rate American mathematician, and I will also undertake simultaneously to do the same for any first-rate foreign mathematician whom Hitler may dismiss. The more the merrier.” The decision by the Institute to welcome immigrants and provide them with a sanctuary was remarkable, but the realities of the immigration process posed significant additional challenges.

The paperwork necessary for them to enter and exit was daunting, requiring Flexner’s or his successor as director Frank Aydelotte’s intervention with federal authorities in a number of instances. “Even after they succeeded in reaching the United States, refugees needed to stay bureaucratically alert,” the History Working Group reported. “Under the Alien Registration Act of 1940, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service required noncitizens to record all changes of address, and even local travel could necessitate permission.” A letter that Einstein wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt in July, 1941 highlighted the difficulties faced by the Institute and some of its immigrant scholars in navigating the bureaucratic tangle of federal immigration policies. He wrote, “A policy is now being pursued in the State Department which makes it all but impossible to give refuge in America to many worthy persons who are the victims of Fascist cruelty in Europe. Of course, this is not openly avowed by those responsible for it. The method which is being used, however, is to make immigration impossible by erecting a wall of bureaucratic measures alleged to be necessary to protect America against subversive, dangerous elements.” The IAS in 2018 continues to welcome an increasingly-diverse group of permanent faculty and visiting researchers originating from countries around the globe. Among its faculty and visiting scholars are 33 Nobel Laureates, 42 of the 60 Fields Medalists, and 17 of the 19 Abel Prize Laureates, as well as many MacArthur Fellows and Wolf Prize winners. The History Working Group, in carrying out

research for their article on the Institute’s founding ethos, noted “a sense of urgency” expressed by leaders and scholars in the 1930s that “resonated deeply” and had “an unsettling contemporary ring.” In issuing “a call for vigilance,” they commented, “this part of the Institute’s history testifies to the individual courage of these men and women who extended a helping hand and built institutional networks to provide sanctuary for displaced refugees. In doing so, they overcame the nationalist siege-mentality that sees foreigners, whether they are mathematicians or fruit pickers, as a threat to be warded off. An unintended consequence of their acts was the shifting of the center of intellectual research from Germany to the United States, enriching the country that gave them refuge. Their individual initiatives and collective institution-building endeavors provide us with much-needed exemplars of moral fortitude.” Knowledge of the early history of the IAS, the writers claimed, should serve as “a call for vigilance in the face of policies such as travel bans and immigration deportations, as well as attempts to curb scientific inquiry and cut funding to the arts and humanities endowments” that now threaten research endeavors and the lives of the scholars who undertake that research. In conclusion the Working Group urges, “As it did in the 1930s, the Institute can play a leading symbolic role in our contemporary predicament.”


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The Traditions at Princeton tour is ideally suited to incoming students and other visitors who want an inside look at some of the traditions most important to undergraduate and graduate Princetonians. The tour also offers perspective on how these traditions have changed and evolved over time. The Women at Princeton Tour gives a revealing account of the role of women throughout Princeton University’s history, from the “enslaved women owned by faculty and administrators in the 1700s to the administrators, students, and faculty of today,” according to the University. Additionally, the University dedicated two campus spaces this fall in honor of “freed slaves who served in the Princeton community.” The easternmost arch of Pyne Hall was dedicated to James Collins “Jimmy” Johnson, who worked at the campus for more than 60 years until his death in 1902. A new garden in front of Firestone Library has been named for Betsey Stockton, who “lived in Princeton in the mid-1800s and helped found a public school for African American children and the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, after gaining her freedom from the household of University President Abel Green.” There is some overlap between subject matters and historical figures on some of the tours, demonstrating the often interconnected and overlapping history of Princeton’s minority communities. Lastly, the tours offer multiple accounts of the University’s increasing commitment to diversity. The Witherspoon School on Quarry Street, ca, 1930s. Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton.


ages, the Holiday Trolley Tours last one hour and take visitors past Princeton’s most interesting sites (all bathed in snow if you’re lucky). There is also a group dedicated to maintaining the history of the once segregated and Traveling with a large group? Princeton Tour Company offers custom pub crawls, self-sustaining African American community in Princeton. The Witherspoon-Jackson custom scavenger hunts, bike tours, wedding tours, and an inside look at the supper Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS) was founded by Shirley Satterfield, president, clubs. In addition, Princeton Tour Company will also aid large parties in finding their who is the historian of the Witherspoon-Jackson community and has led tours through ideal transportation, hotel, and dining accommodations. the neighborhood and Princeton Cemetery since 1997. The For active seniors and school groups, Princeton Tour Society’s current project is a self-guided tour to be known Company offers the 5 Star Ivy League Inspired Leadership as the Heritage Tour, that will mark 29 important sites with Student Experience, the 5 Star Shameless Name Dropping engraved stainless steel plaques in the areas bounded by HERITAGE TOUR Tour, Daytime Cemetery Tour, Albert Einstein Tour, THE WITHERSPOON JACKSON COMMUNIT Y Witherspoon and John streets and by Birch Avenue and Hollywood Walking Tour, the Paul Robeson Walking Tour, Paul Robeson Place (originally Jackson Street). Also noted and more. will be sites beyond the Witherspoon-Jackson community Probably the most well-known of Princeton Tour that were contributing African American establishments in Company’s event offerings is Princeton Pi Day, which Princeton. is celebrated every year around March 14, the numeric equivalent of Pi and Einstein’s birthday. Pi Day events COVERED BRIDGE ARTISANS TOURS involve the whole town and attract many visitors as well. Activities usually span three days and include pie eating, pie The annual Covered Bridge Artisans Tour allows visitors the judging, pie throwing, Pi recitation, Pizza Pie, an Einstein unique experience to step inside six open artists’ studios and Look-Alike Contest, and cupcake decorating contests. view ten artists in the Ginny Napurano Cultural Arts Center, To book your tour with Princeton Tour Company or for all located in Hunterdon County. Visitors can see the unique upcoming event information, visit princetontourcompany. and historic places where the local artists have carved out MT. PISGAH AME CHURCH com. undeniably creative work spaces. From sculptures to tile makers, painters, glass artists, handmade clothing, and PRINCETON UNIVERSITY’S knitwear, the art is very much in the handmade arts and (IN)VISIBLE PRINCETON crafts category, with the majority of the pieces for purchase being one-of-a-kind and signed by the artists themselves. A The Heritage Tour engraved plaque design. Thanks in part to the efforts of the Campus Iconography PDF version of the self-guided studio tour map is available Committee (CIC), Princeton University has launched four new (In)Visible Tours, highlighting to download for free at the stories and lesser-known histories of Princeton University. These tours include African This year’s participating studios include Long Lane Farm Studio, Sunflower Glass American Life at Princeton, “Firsts” at Princeton, Traditions at Princeton, and Women at Studio, Cann & Constance Basset, Teri Nalbone, Swan Street Studio, and Annelies van Princeton. Dommelen. Many of the studios are located in historic farm houses dotting towns such The tours can be accessed on your smartphone device, making them easy and convenient as Lambertville, New Hope, Stockton, Sergeantsville, Lumberville, and Frenchtown. to follow. For people who are not on campus, the tours can be viewed remotely using Firefox In terms of scenery, the entire tour makes for a wonderful day trip, with the gray or Google Chrome browsers. light of late November reflecting beautifully off of the Delaware River and the rustic, Visitors will find colored stickers indicating tour stops around campus. The stickers natural landscape. For those looking to accomplish their holiday shopping for friends include a scannable code, which gives users access to accompanying interpretive text, and family, this is a “can’t miss” event! images, audio, and video that explain the significance of the sites, people, and events at each The 2018 dates for the Covered Bridge Artisans Tour are Friday and Saturday, stop. An app is not required to scan the tour codes; rather, each code is activated using the November 23 and 24 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 25 from 10am to 4 pm camera on a smartphone. You are almost guaranteed to walk away with some priceless handmade treasures. The African American Life at Princeton tour examines the history of slavery at Princeton University and ends with a detailed account of current inclusion initiatives. The “Firsts” at Princeton tour gives a historical account of ways that different cultural and identity groups were represented within the campus community, both in the past and present. 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Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest

The present church was completed in 1860.

African American church in Princeton, was organized in 1832

In 1963 a new wing was built on the ground level, called

by Samson Peters, a preacher at Trenton AME Church. The

“The Bates Wing.” This section of the church was dedicated

first place of worship was a small frame schoolhouse on

to the memory of Mrs. Pearl Nelson Bates who worked

Witherspoon Street. A second structure was built in 1835,

faithfully in the church school as well as on church

followed by a third edifice in 1839, that was destroyed by fire.

committees throughout her lifetime.


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