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..... FEATURES .....

..... PRINCETON FAMILY .....

THE SPOKEN WORD WITH AUDIBLE FOUNDER & CEO, DONALD KATZ

PRIVATE SCHOOL TRADITIONS BY ANNE LEVIN

Rituals and rites of passage

BY TAYLOR SMITH

Books you can listen to anywhere

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Getting involved in the continent

BY DONALD GILPIN

Navigating the sometimes troubled, always exciting waters of family, finance and politics

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BOOK SCENE LIT FROM WITHIN BY ILENE DUBE

Jane Cox, Director of Princeton University Program in Theater

BY STUART MITCHNER

After Obama: Reading Black History Month 56

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR “LA LA LAND” INTERVIEW BY KAM WILLIAMS

Princeton High School alum Chazelle discusses the Golden Globe Winner 68

SEBASTIAN CLARKE IS THE AFFABLE AUCTIONEER BY ANNE LEVIN

The best part of his job isn’t the glitz and glamour 78

ON THE COVER: Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Illustration by Jeffrey E. Tryon and Matthew DiFalco.

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Welcome to the February issue of Princeton Magazine, where you will discover a wide range of informative articles on education, politics, technology, cinema, art, and Black History Month. We are honored to have on our cover the founder and CEO of Audible, Donald Katz. The technology behind Audible allows you to listen to books, magazines, and newspapers anywhere, anytime. You can start a book at the gym and finish it in the car or on the train. Audible is the largest producer of audiobooks in the world with a library of more than 325,000 titles. As an added bonus, many well known actors have narrated their favorite books for Audible, including Scarlett Johansson, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman, and Colin Firth. Audible’s Newark headquarters employs more than 1,000 people. Mr. Katz speaks with pride about his involvement within the community, including the socially focused Newark Venture Partners, and North Star Academy Charter School, which currently serves over 4,000 students. Princeton’s own power couple, Barbara and Tom Byrne, discuss their careers, politics, and family during an interview with Don Gilpin. Barbara has a senior position at Barclay’s Bank and Tom is the founder and CEO of his own asset management firm and is the son of Brendan Byrne, the former governor of New Jersey. The Byrnes have clearly valued and emphasized quality education for their children, who have collectively attended Stuart Country Day School, The Hun School, The Lawrenceville School, Princeton University, and Yale. We are fortunate to have a number of top notch private schools in the Princeton area and you can read about some of their quirky traditions in Anne Levin’s article. For example, when the girls at Stuart Country Day School receive their class rings, they turn them 100 times plus the number of their class or they will be at risk of becoming nuns. Princeton High School is known for having high academic standards and also for their outstanding Princeton Studio Band. PHS faculty, students, and alumni are beaming with pride after one of their own—thirty-year-old Damien Chazelle, wrote and directed La La Land, which won seven Golden Globe Awards, and is nominated for fourteen Oscars. Congratulations Damien! With all of the political turmoil in the news, it’s a welcome relief to enjoy a little La La! Speaking of politics, February marks the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Immigration Act of 1917 under President Woodrow Wilson, which barred immigrants from most parts of Asia, from entering the United States. In our article about the act, you can learn about the long-term implications that persisted through the 1940s. Written before Trump’s controversial ban, one can’t help but notice that the President’s stance on immigration seems uncannily similar to 1917.

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hanks to Audible’s Donald Katz, the general population now has more time than ever to consume and enjoy books by creating a digital library on their mobile devices. A membership allows users access to more than 325,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals and other programs. New members are also given complimentary subscriptions to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, making the inevitable commute or time spent at the gym, not only easier, but that much more enlightening. Below, Mr. Katz discusses his pre-Audible career as a journalist, love for Newark, and the company’s growing a-list collection of inspiring celebrity performances.

Tell us about your career as an author and journalist before founding Audible. I was a professional writer for 20 years. At 23, I was writing from London for Rolling Stone and The New Republic—a precocious start to the writing life that included close interactions with prime ministers, soldiers and revolutionaries. I traveled from Northern Ireland during the Troubles to Ethiopia during the Red Terror, and in pursuit of narrative non-fiction’s ambition to transcend pyramidal newspaper reportage, I was able to ask people what it’s like to be willing to kill or to die for a cause. I turned to book writing after several years writing long-form articles, and wrote books that explored the sociological, psychological and organizational complexities of the human enclosures that were some of the most successful corporations of the 20th century. My books on Sears and Nike were the result of a collective nine years of reporting inside the companies. The book I’m most proud of, Home Fires, is the story of a real middle-class American family whose members’ lives touched on every major social, political and cultural movement and trend between the 40s and early 90s. Home Fires was recently republished and also came out for the first time on Audible. I was working on another book, about emergent technologies that would change the world of media, when I had what my wife calls a “nontoxic midlife crisis” and changed gears to pursue the idea that become Audible.com. Many elements that make Audible a distinctive company that in many ways has a higher purpose draw upon the many things I learned and experienced as a writer. At its best, Audible is imbued with the élan I experienced during Rolling Stone’s first decade, a sensibility derived from the act of imprinting the culture with a new level of truth-telling and literary style. Audible moved to Newark and services customers in pursuit of defining ourselves based on what a company can mean versus what it does alone, and this I also took away from my years studying organizations and their larger purposes.

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When was Audible founded and where did the idea initially come from? I believe there are invariably multiple genesis stories behind ideas that become large and successful enterprises. In Audible’s case, the founding vision—to unleash the power of the spoken word and bring it into the cultural mainstream alongside books, movies, film and music—was informed by the great writer Ralph Ellison. I was lucky to have Ralph as my teacher in college and mentor for years after that. Ralph’s understanding of the power of the American oral tradition—the way we bragged and sold and told stories around campfires and the sound of our lamenting in the fields—allowed me to understand how American oral culture defined how we wrote. Ralph Ellison allowed me to hear the music in language, which in turn led to the creation of Audible. I never wrote that book about technology once Audible became an obsessive pursuit, but I did learn a great deal about emerging tech and I even changed my column in Esquire to a tech focus from my long stint as the business columnist. My college roommate had a doctorate in computer science and was working on super-computers, and he was there to help me imagine an era of digital distribution (versus my experience of many 12-city book tours and often finding no books in local stores). In 1994, I began telling people that in the future, we would have little solid state electronic devices in our pockets that would be packed with culture. I got the same “what the hell are you talking about?” reaction to this assertion from most people for years after Audible invented the first digital audio player. Audible was founded in 1995. In 1997, we created the world’s first commercially available portable digital audio player, four years before the launch of the iPod. It’s now in the Smithsonian. If Ralph Ellison allowed me to appreciate the oral tradition at levels many literary types and professional writers did not, and Ed Lau—my college roommate—helped me understand digital signal processing and component miniaturization and the like; then my years making a living as a writer had also taught me that the one thing I couldn’t give my readers was time to read my quite long books. I became aware that more than 100 million Americans drive to work alone in the morning or get on an exercise bike every day, and during these times they can’t read or look at a screen.The number of millions of those commuters and exercises who are listening to Audible at any given time of the day on a global basis astounds me. There is one more genesis factor, since you asked.My amazing teacher-daughter Chloe struggled with language-processing and reading challenges when she was young—as so many children do today—and listening to books in audio helped her break through this profound challenge and become an A student in college and a very successful adult. That Audible is used by so many parents, teachers and young people to learn and succeed is another entirely gratifying aspect of Audible’s success.

What devices can be used for listening to Audible? You can play Audible on most Kindle devices and nearly every smartphone. The Audible App is available on the iOS, Android and Windows platforms.

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Scarlett Johansson narrates Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with sister Vanessa, recreating the classic tale for Audible.

How large is the Audible library and how often are new titles added? Audible has more than 325,000 downloadable audiobooks, audio editions of periodicals and other programs. Audible is the largest producer of audiobooks in the world. Many of the titles are produced by Audible Studios, which has earned 135 Audie Finalist nominations over the last three years and won a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. This year, Audible launched Channels, an unlimited, on-demand service featuring a “best of” collection of news programs and compelling audio editions of magazines and newspaper articles, comedy shorts, lectures, short fiction and nonfiction, and other quality information and educational programming. This service is available free to Audible and Prime members and as a standalone service for $4.95/month.

How are literary classics given new life through Audible? There was a time in audiobook production when narrators were told not to interpret or use nuanced performance to position great novels as scripts for gifted actors. We worked to change this by asking many of the world’s greatest actors to record classics. Colin Firth, Anne Hathaway, Dustin Hoffman and dozens of others have recorded for Audible. We have customers now who talk about Nicole Kidman’s interpretation of Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse versus the brilliant British actress Juliet Stevenson’s interpretation of the same novel. We began to train rising young actors in the art of long form performance at Julliard, Yale, the Royal Academy in London and UCLA.The recent release of Rachel McAdams’s interpretation of Anne of Green Gables is an Audible best-seller with a 4.9 of 5 customer rating. All of this—alongside the application of user-friendly technology—is why we earn more than two hours of listening per day from many millions of customers.

Talk about Audible’s a-list collection. Do you have a favorite recent celebrity performance? I was extremely impressed by Scarlett Johansson’s Audible production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and I was also amazed by what Kate Winslet did with Zola’s Thérèse Raquin, one of the darkest tales of them all. The performance is mesmerizing.

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When was Audible bought by Amazon and how has the company grown since then? Audible was a NASDAQ company for more than nine years before being acquired by Amazon in 2008. We remain an independent company with a “best of all worlds” access to Amazon’s customers. We work together to invent on behalf of our customers in advance of anyone asking. I often say that missionary entrepreneurs would be lucky to become an Amazon subsidiary. To answer your question: to say we have grown is to dwell in understatement by any historic comparison.

Why Newark as the company headquarters? Our world HQ is in Newark by design. We decided to define key elements of the company’s purpose by coming to Newark to accelerate the comeback of a great American city and catalyze positive change in a city at a tipping point. As the fastest-growing private employer in Newark, we’ve created hundreds of jobs since we moved here in 2007 with 125 employees. We’re now close to 1,000 employees in Newark, one of 17 global centers where people work for Audible. We’re renovating a large historic church nearby and turning it into a tech cathedral. I have long believed that companies can have hearts and souls and missions that transcend financial success. This idea has pushed us as a company to think and act differently, and we have brought our entrepreneurial spirit to changing the status quo in Newark. I had been deeply “Newarkized” for years through my involvement in North Star Academy, one of the first public charter schools in New Jersey, and the flagship and innovation center for the now 49 successful schools operated by Uncommon Schools. North Star students score much higher than the national average on PISA tests, even though most of their students come from a world without privilege. Forty percent of Newark students are in beat-the-odds schools. Newark’s institutions of higher education, like Rutgers-Newark, are educating thousands of aspirational young students, many of them the first in their families to go to college, and many of them fit the profile of people who can create hundreds of millions of dollars of wealth and opportunities in the city as entrepreneurs. Also, Newark sits on a hub of dark fiber that will unleash the city as an innovation center, and return to its roots as a seedbed of invention. The inventors of commercial plastic, the early fax machine and air conditioning put down roots in Newark and built their products here. This is where Thomas Edison set up shop. Newark Venture Partners, which launched recently and is housed in the building Audible shares with Rutgers Business School, is designed to reclaim Newark and New Jersey’s status as a seedbed for innovation. We also employ many North Star Academy and Science Park High School students and alums currently in college as Audible interns and Audible Scholars. Our culture has soared by bringing in these amazing kids. Our employees also visit Newark schools to read with middle school students. Employees enjoy concerts and sports games at NJPAC and the Prudential Center. As thousands of places for young people to live and many more places to play come on line in the next year or two downtown (the hip Brooklyn, Manhattan and Jersey City bar—Barcade—is moving across the street from Audible), Newark, which is only 18 minutes from Manhattan from the train station two blocks from Audible, is well on its way to its comeback.

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Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet.

Describe the emerging tech scene in Newark? I’ve been an early-stage investor for a long time, and there are few things as exciting as finding a small company that’s just an idea and watching that idea become real. And those early-stage tech companies grow jobs. Economists have shown they generate all kinds of economic activity in a city, creating service-level jobs as well as professional jobs. This observation led to the creation of Newark Venture Partners, which is halfway along its goal of raising $50 million. Newark Venture Partners is a place-based, socially focused fund that will not only measure success via strong returns to our investors; all of the investors are focused on the “other bottom line”—the generation of taxable revenue and jobs for the city. Deep economic analysis shows that in cities that thrive via innovation, high school graduates make more money than college graduates in cities focused on manufacturing. Our accelerator has 13 companies—out of more than 500 companies that applied, including some from the Bay Area—that have been nurtured rent-free in a 25,000-square-foot space with lightning-fast Wi-Fi and ultra-high bandwidth access to the internet. It’s on the seventh floor of our building, and more than 200 Audible employees are signed up by their subject matter expertise to take the elevator down the 25,000 square foot Newark Venture Partners Labs ultra-bandwidth accelerator to coach these stellar early stage companies in residence. And we’re hoping the winners stay in Newark, create jobs and taxable revenue here, and help develop the amenities and street-level destinations that will breathe life into the creative economy in Newark.

What does the future of Audible look like? I am proud that Audible has activated the deep understanding of the character of human expression I gleaned from Ralph Ellison when I was in college. Many millions of people understand the power of listening to well-wrought words that are artfully performed. Listening is indeed a viable way to read, and the learning values for developing learners are superior to textual composition. We have launched Audible Channels, a short form audio service focused on rising generations who tend to digest the world in ways that will not be served by long arc immersion, and we are designing the information, education and entertainment service with that future in mind. Most of the many millions of new habitual listeners who come to Audible’s service and integrate Audible into their daily lives had never heard an audiobook before. This is different from most businesses, which offer a better, faster, cheaper solution to things that already existed—Uber versus a taxis; or Amazon versus Sears (which I wrote a 600-page book about during career one). The Audible experience is novel to most new listeners. So, our future involves embracing many more millions of listeners all over the world, and I hope that our pursuit of urban renaissance as part of who we are as a company can be part of my own legacy and perhaps an example other leaders can copy. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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cluster of young women in semi-formal dresses is standing in the back of a candlelit auditorium at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. Teetering a bit on their high heels, they whisper quietly while awaiting their turn to take part in an annual tradition known as the Junior Ring Ceremony. Dating back to the 1970s, this rite of passage involves a procession down an aisle lined with smiling alumnae of the Princeton girls’ school, some of whom are their mothers and older sisters. Once they reach the front of the auditorium known as Cor Unum (Latin for “one heart”), they are handed a lit candle and a school ring by a member of the senior class. According to tradition, the girls then have to turn their ring 100 times plus the number of their class, plus one. If they don’t? “You may become a nun,” says Stuart spokesperson Risa Engel, attributing the quote to former head of school Sister Fran de la Chappelle. The ring ceremony is just one of the rituals held dear by students at Stuart and other area private schools. Some are lighthearted and others are solemn in nature. Most are taken seriously, according to representatives of these prestigious academies. You don’t mess with tradition. “The ring ceremony is meant to be a symbol between the juniors and seniors. Each junior gets a ring from a senior, and it’s a link you remember forever,” says Alicia Fruscione Walker, a 1998 graduate, current Stuart parent, and coordinator of its alumnae office. “It’s such a special time, for the juniors but also for the alumnae who come back to take part. You never forget it.” A few miles away at The Lawrenceville School,

students know to avoid a bronze medallion known as the zodiac, embedded in the stairs leading down to the field house—until they’ve graduated, that is. “Stepping on that or another bronze tablet before you graduate will jinx the gods or show condescension,” says Blake Eldridge, Dean of Students and a 1996 graduate of the school. “You don’t want to show any hubris by walking on either of these seals.”

Graduation Rings worn by students at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

Another Lawrenceville tradition involves a statue in the rotunda of a building known as Pop Hall. Called Spinario, the statue is a young man pulling a thorn out of his foot. “It is the personification of diligence and perseverance,” Eldridge explains. “So the students, every time they walk past it, rub his toe on his good foot, to have a little bit of that power. It’s about the ability

(opposite) The Focus Speech: Each 8th grade Princeton Day School student prepares and delivers a speech to the entire Middle School. The students work with teachers on not only writing their speech on a subect they are passionate about, but also delivering the speech with poise and grace.

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to suspend a temporary personal concern in pursuit of a larger virtue. I still do it. If you don’t acknowledge it, you are less likely to make it through the rigors of Lawrenceville.’ There is a secret group of do-gooders at The Peddie School in Hightstown. Known as the Society of 8, they perform random acts of kindness. Their name comes not from their number, but from the school’s proximity to Exit 8 of the New Jersey Turnpike. One former member told school spokesperson Wendi Patella, “There were no robes or secret handshakes, but you swore your allegiance to the society by placing your hand on a map of New Jersey.” Peddie is believed to be the only high school in the country that owns a Heisman Trophy, won in 1937 by 1933 graduate Larry Kelley. Each winner gets two trophies, so Kelly donated one to his alma mater, where it sits under glass most of the time. But according to tradition, the trophy is taken out once a year, when Peddie plays football against longtime rival Blair Academy. Members of the team make sure to touch the trophy before the game, for good luck. If Blair, which is in Blairstown, should happen to win that or any other football game, team members are sure to celebrate by “Ringing the Victory Bell.” The tradition was established in 1999 by the classes of 1949 and 1999, on the occasion of their 50th reunion and graduation, respectively. The bell is installed at the heart of the campus, in front of Hardwick Hall, with a plaque that reads, “When Blair’s athletes are victorious, ring forth. Always mute but for victory.” There is a similar ritual at Morristown-Beard School in Morristown. After a big win by a varsity sports team, the players ring the bell housed in a tower on Burke Athletic Field. Another M-B tradition is the Senior FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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(top) The Maypole Dance at Princeton Day School: Second grade students weave ribbons around the Maypole with the musical accompaniment of the PDS student orchestra in front of the historic Colross building. (bottom-left) The 100 Days Luncheon and Letters: Princeton Day School hosts a special luncheon for the the senior class where they are presented with letters from their parents. These letters are heartfelt and poignant and the students have a chance to reflect on the coming graduation from high school. (bottom-right) The youngest students in Princeton Day School grab their garden gloves and trowels and plant daffodil, tulip, and other bulbs with their teachers and parents each fall to prepare for a beautiful show in the spring.

100 Days Ceremony at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.

Circle, a verdant piece of grassland in front of Beard Hall that is strictly seniors-only. And unless you are a member of that elite senior class, don’t bother walking in the front door of Beard Hall. No underclassmen allowed. Pennington School counts 125 boarders among its 400-member student body. Dressed in their best, the boarding students are treated to a formal dinner every other Monday night. Tables are set with linen and the students sit with faculty members at these special, traditional meals. At the dinner held before the students go home for Thanksgiving, each table gets its own turkey. Another Pennington tradition dates from the academy’s “sister” affiliation with the Kingswood School in Bath, England. In 1963, Kingswood’s headmaster visited Pennington and told students about its tradition of declaring surprise, one-day holidays. Pennington adopted the practice in his honor. First, it was a holiday announced at breakfast. Later, the day was scheduled on the school calendar. But in recent years, the surprise element has been restored and the day can pop up at any time, most often after a period of long and hard work. Alumni of George School in Newtown, Pa. disagree on the genesis of Four Square, a game that has become a pivotal part of campus culture. Only a few decades old, the tradition is a competition that has no winners, losers, or score. “If a dispute arises, a dance-off is called; the best dancer as determined by the crowd wins,” says spokesperson Alyson Cittadino, the school’s assistant director of Communications and Marketing. “The game has no end. Players play until they are tired.”

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Princeton’s Hun School has various traditions of different lineages. One of the newer rituals is known as Senior Pass-it-On Day, in which seniors gather in the spring for a photo, sporting gear representing the colleges to which they have been accepted. Each one writes a note to a rising senior, giving them tips and encouragement about the rigors of the college application process.

Students and faculty at the Lawrenceville School.

At Princeton Day School, the littlest members of the student body in pre-K, kindergarten and first grade have a custom of planting daffodil and tulip bulbs in the fall, and then watching them flower in the spring.

Among the school’s other traditions is The Maypole Dance, an annual event since the founding of the all-girls Miss Fine’s School in 1899. It was the merger of Miss Fine’s and the all-boys Princeton Country Day School in 1965 that created what is now PDS. “Postcards to the Library” is a beloved summer tradition at Pingry School in Short Hills. First launched in 2004, it invites students in kindergarten through grade five to send a picture postcard to the library for every book they read in the summer break. On the first day back at school, 10 postcards are randomly picked by the librarian from a giant wicker basket. The “winning” students are given gift cards to Barnes & Noble to help encourage their interest in reading. A newer tradition, just two years old, is “Taste of Pingry,” which acknowledges the multicultural student body and their families. At the most recent “Taste” event last May, more than 80 families shared dishes from across the globe —from Haitian beef patties to Papa à la Huancaina, a Peruvian potato appetizer. Whether long-standing or only a few years old, each school has its own, established, sometimes quirky traditions. The idea is to connect students to their history and understand what makes them unique. “They are meaningful in the moment,” says Eldridge of The Lawrenceville School. “And when kids go off to college and later in life, they remember those moments. Everybody who has come through this school remembers and can talk to you about these traditions that are part of what make us who we are.”

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There’s a new trend in healthcare, and it’s gaining momentum in our area. By Sarah Emily Gilbert

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or the past two years, Dr. Lynne B. Kossow and Dr. Barbara A. Brown of Princeton Lifestyle Medicine have offered their patients far more than the traditional primary care practice. Most doctors see 25-30 patients a day for an average of 15 minutes, but Drs. Kossow and Brown see 6-8 patients a day for up to an hour. In addition to providing treatment for acute illnesses, the doctors act as their clients’ healthcare coaches through Lifestyle Medicine, a scientific approach to patient wellness by effecting changes in areas such as diet, physical activity, and stress management. With the current shortage of primary care physicians and the abundance of high volume practices, this type of individualized attention is rare. However, by switching to a concierge format, doctors like Kossow and Brown are able to practice medicine that consists of this broadspectrum care. Concierge medicine, also known as retainer-based medicine, is an umbrella term for private medical care wherein patients pay an out-of-pocket fee in exchange for enhanced care. Born in the 1990s, concierge medicine was thought of as a service for the wealthy that charged patients a lofty fee for luxury medicine. In recent years, it has evolved to accommodate patients across all income brackets, leading to expanding interest among patients and their primary care doctors. According to a survey released by the American Academy of Private Physicians at the AAPP 2015 Fall Summit, more than 45 percent of 862 independent physicians would consider a concierge or similar membership model in the next three years. This may be due in part to our aging population needing increased and varied medical services, leading to an imbalanced patient/doctor ratio. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has increased the number of insured patients, putting a further strain on primary care doctors. As a result, physicians are often unable to dedicate enough time to each patient. In the hopes of increasing both job and patient satisfaction in a financially sustainable way, primary physicians like Dr. Kossow and Dr. Brown are looking toward concierge medicine. “Where conventional medicine is failing is in the prevention and reversal of chronic diseases that are becoming an epidemic in the United States today,” explain the doctors. “The current insurance model is built upon a problem-based economic reimbursement that encourages doctors to address medical problems very quickly. This leads to most doctors rushing to see 25-30 patients per day in order to make ends meet…This is not how we have ever practiced. We always want to have the time to address the root cause of diseases that are preventable today.” “For the past two years, we have been offering our Lifestyle Medicine Concierge Program as an optional program for our patients,” they continue. “Lifestyle Medicine is a 21st century approach to healthcare that consolidates the very best characteristics of traditional medicine with the profound impact of lifestyle behaviors on health. As our program grew, it became readily apparent to us that integrating Lifestyle Medicine into our internal medicine practice was the best way for us to continue to provide exceptional care… We feel that the concierge model is the only way to effectively [do that].” Concierge medical practices come in various forms, including those that reject insurance plans all together, but this is not the case for Princeton Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Kossow and Dr. Brown accept insurance for all covered medical services. In addition, their patients pay an annual fee of $1,200 for the Lifestyle Medicine Concierge program, which gives them access to an elevated level of care. Trained at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the doctors are at the vanguard of their field, having lectured about their practice development model at The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine Conference

Dr. Barbara A. Brown (left) and Dr. Lynne B. Kossow of Princeton Lifestyle Medicine.

in 2015. They are also members of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Kossow and Dr. Brown’s practice is unique in that it offers patients comprehensive conventional medical care combined with lifestyle counseling. Patients interested in a natural approach to disease prevention are provided in-depth, individualized coaching based on their needs. The doctors can assist with everything from quitting smoking to creating a manageable diet and exercise plan. According to the doctors, this is an evidence-based practice that has been shown to prevent, reverse, or slow down heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, diabetes, dementia, and some cancers. The concierge model offers Princeton Lifestyle Medicine patients additional benefits including access to the doctors’ emails, cell phone numbers, and private phone line, extended patient office visits, a one-hour consultation, and same or next day appointments. As a result, patients see Drs. Kossow and Brown not only as accomplished medical doctors, but health advocates, mentors, and even friends. “Our practice structure allows us to spend more time educating our patients about what may be going on with them medically,” the doctors explain. “We are better able to work with them as partners in their care and advocate for them with their specialists or if they are in the hospital. We provide tremendous support and guidance to them and their caretakers or family. We are happy to have this enhanced communication with our patients. It allows us to make social visits when they are hospitalized at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro so that we can stay in close touch while they are receiving care.” Concierge practices like Princeton Lifestyle Medicine focus the healthcare system on its most vital component: the patient-doctor relationship. The model emphasizes quality care instead of quick care, benefitting both parties. This is helping revive medical students’ interest in internal medicine, which is predicted to increase the number of primary care doctors and revitalize our healthcare system. As leaders in both concierge and Lifestyle medicine, it comes as no surprise that Dr. Kossow and Dr. Brown are at the forefront of this effort, bringing Princeton into the future of healthcare. The Princeton Lifestyle Medicine Concierge Program is $1,200 per year. The fee can be paid monthly, quarterly, biannually, or annually, and credit cards are accepted as payment. All medical services are billed through the patient’s insurance company as usual. Princeton Lifestyle Medicine is located at 731 Alexander Road, Suite 200 in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information call 609.655.3800 or visit www. princetonlifestylemedicine.com.

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NURTURING A LIFELONG COMMITMENT:

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fter the deadliest flooding ever recorded in Malawi, a because it is unique. “There are very few programs for people who want on-thegroup of recent college graduates were on hand to help ground experience in Africa,” says Jodianna Ringel, PIA’s executive director. with emergency response “And they become very dedicated. Last year, efforts. In rural Togo, a quarter of them stayed on the continent to another corner of Africa, work, most with their host organizations. The some of their colleagues year before it was 37 percent. We love to see wrote grants to help that.” an organization called Ms. Ringel, who grew up in Lambertville Mothers2Mothers in their and worked with an organization in West fight against pediatric AIDS. Still others Africa and later in the development field before from the group taught English, math, science, taking over at PIA, is quick to emphasize the and history to secondary school students in program’s purpose. “It is a tricky situation, Botswana. because we don’t want to take credit for the All of these dedicated volunteers were work these organizations do,” she said. “We fellows of Princeton in Africa, a 17-yearlook at ourselves as supporting their work, old program headquartered on the Princeton rather than helping to create it.” University campus but not limited to PIA bears some similarities to Princeton in Princeton graduates. PIA invites young Asia, a Princeton-University-based program alumni and graduating seniors from all that has been around since 1898. “The process accredited colleges to apply for admission, is the same, where both of us look for host which is highly competitive—from 400 to organizations and pull from recent graduates to 500 hopefuls vie for 50 positions each year. fill those needs,” Ms. Ringel says. “But many The highly motivated, talented graduates of the Princeton in Asia posts are teachingwho make the cut are put to work all over related. Our program, in general, is designed to Africa, helping organizations like Bristolbe a first step for young professionals looking to Myers Squibb, the Clinton Health Initiative, Alexander Cheston, 2016-17 Fellow with eleQtra in Uganda, at eleQtra's solar field enter international development or finance. We Lutheran World Federation and the Rwanda on Kalangala Island. like to think of it as a first step in a career.” School Project work in advocacy, research, agricultural development, Before even thinking of the candidate pool, Ms. Ringel and her PIA conflict resolution, and conservation, among other fields. colleagues consider the needs of the 30 different organizations in 15 different Spots on PIA’s roster are coveted not only because of its reputation, but African countries that the program serves. “Let’s say it’s a small development FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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organization in Rwanda,” she says. “They’ll let us know they might need an expert in communications, or whatever. And we start from that.” Initially, PIA was open only to Princeton University graduates. But after a decade, the program was expanded. Those who apply are encouraged to read reports by fellows from previous years. “That really gives them a sense of not just what type of work they might be doing, but maybe what it’s like to live in a big city like Nairobi versus a small, rural area,” Ms. Ringel explains. She and other staffers try to interview less than 200 people, either on campus or through Skype. “After that, we start the placement process, which is what makes our program so unique,” she says. “We try to find not just the best candidate, but the best for a specific position. We have a rolling process, starting with certain organizations and pulling top candidates for the position they need filled. We send candidates to the organization, and they ultimately make the final decision. We want to be sure they are just as invested in their fellows as the fellows are invested in the program. And if we send a candidate forward and that person is not selected, they go back to the pool.” The most popular requests PIA gets are for grant-writing, development, monitoring, and evaluation. Fellows are sent to locations that span a wide range of living conditions. “Some of our conservation posts are very rural, sort of off the grid,” Ms. Ringel says. “Then there are people who live in Nairobi, in apartments that are nicer than any I’ve ever had. It really runs the gamut. It’s similar to finding the fellow who has the right skill for a particular project. That’s as much a part of the fit as anything, and we ask on the application, right from the start, what they prefer.” Participants in PIA create connections likely to last a lifetime. Many are offered permanent jobs with the organizations with which they have worked. Others might work in international development back in the United States; still others go to law school or get other graduate degrees. “We like to keep track of how much they stay involved in the continent,” Ms. Ringel says. “Even if they come back here, we hope they will keep that connection. That is our long-term mission.”

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Three years after graduating from Princeton University, Donald Kennedy (Class of ’23) opened up a summer camp for boys called Camp Kieve. Located along Lake Damariscotta in Maine, Kieve has that quintessential summer camp feeling, complete with log cabins, wilderness adventures, and a strong brotherhood. For ninety years, Kieve has seen thousands of boy ages 8-16 go through the camp and return to become counselors. The loyalty to the program is highlighted in the camp’s name. Kieve is a Celtic verb meaning, “to strive in emulation of,” and campers are encouraged to model their attitudes and behaviors after their counselors and other Kieve alumni. Down the road from Kieve is Wavus, an all girls summer camp established in 2006 that shares Kieve’s mission to promote social maturity and self-discovery in young people.

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Not many kids come home from summer camp proficient in archery and riflery, waterskiing and swimming, ceramics and cooking, or any other combination of these skills. Established in 1922, Cape Cod Sea Camp (CCSC) exposes its coed campers ages eight to 17 to a seemingly endless array of activities, but its specialty is sailing. CCSC has three boat fleets, two sailing venues, and several Sail Masters to teach campers to be proficient sailors. To further develop their seamanship, campers can compete in regattas against neighboring country clubs. Whether or not they’re on a boat, all campers experience a seaside retreat at CCSC, where they have the option of staying overnight along the Cape Cod Bay or attending the CCSC day camp.

New York Film Academy Kids Filmmaking Camp 17 Battery Place, New York, New York 212.966.3488; nyfa.edu/summer-camps Future Spielbergs ages 10 to 13 travel to the esteemed New York Film Academy for a two-week-long summer filmmaking camp in Battery Park. In addition to working with industry-standard film equipment, kids take classes in directing, writing, editing, cinematography, and production. Just like the pros, students can invite their families to a screening of their films at the end of camp. Those interested in continuing their film education often move on to the New York Film Academy’s Advanced Filmmaking Camp for kids, and eventually, the Teen Filmmaking Camp. In the latter program, students undergo up to six weeks of intensive courses and hands-on training related to filmmaking and production.

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On February 22, 1980, the U.S. Ice Hockey team achieved a “Miracle on Ice” when they defeated the Soviet Union for the Gold Medal at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. Come 2016, ice hockey players of all ages and abilities hone their skills at this historic venue during their stay at the CAN/AM Hockey Camp. The internationally recognized program offers close to 30 unique camps and tournaments ranging from Girls Elite Goaltending and a Tyke Clinic to Family Camp, where parents and children play hockey together for a week. In addition to Lake Placid, where campers board at the charming Northwood School, CAN/AM holds camps in Niagara, Ontario and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The only prerequisite for this camp is a strong stomach and a penchant for adventure. In 2004, Ira Gordon launched Thrill Coaster Tours, a weeklong camp that takes amusement park enthusiasts to new heights – 200-foot heights to be exact. That’s the length of Valravn’s drop, a record-breaking roller coaster at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio, the destination for this year’s “Get to the Point” tour. Later in the summer, campers head to the West Coast for the California Coasters Tour. Along with stops to Universal Studios, Disneyland, and Great America, they’ll go to Six Flag Magic Mountain, which holds the world record for the most roller coasters in a single amusement park. Thrill Coaster Tours attracts kids from around the world, but NJ campers can be picked up at several locations while the tour is en route to its next destination.

Kierson Farm Riding Camps 107 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington, New Jersey 908.528.3307; kiersonfarms.com Horsing around is fully supported at Kierson Farm, home to the largest horsebackriding program in New Jersey. Although owners Mike and Jessie Richardson have trained dozens of title-winning riders and horses, their summer camps welcome novice riders, champion riders, or those who simply love horses. Inexperienced campers learn everything from Horsemanship 101 to how to bathe a horse during the Happy Trails Discovery day camp, while seasoned equestrians can stay overnight at the Kierson Bunk House during Step Up Camp. No matter their level, campers work closely with the farm’s 30 stunning American Saddle bred horses in a picturesque setting complete with 42 stalls, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and heated tack rooms.

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Camp Harlam is the type of place where cabin mates jump on friends’ bunks to wake them up in the morning, where the pre-cut bagels at Shabat are highly anticipated, and where Superhero Night is epic. One of only 15 Union for Reform Judaism overnight camps in the country, Harlam provides young people with three and a half weeks of summer fun rooted in Jewish culture and tradition. Founded in 1958, Camp Harlam encourages its campers to stay in touch with their families the old-fashioned way: letter writing. Campers are eager to communicate with home, but they certainly don’t mind swapping their parents for 550 fellow campers. When faced with 300-acres of land, a natural lake for swimming, and activities in modern facilities like a woodshop and dance studio, any homesickness quickly dissipates.

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Barbara and Tom Byrne Navigating the sometimes troubled, always exciting waters of family, finance and politics.

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o say that Tom and Barbara Byrne thrive on difficult challenges would be an understatement. With all four children launched—this is the first year since 2006 they haven’t had a son or daughter at Princeton University—the 62-year-old Hun Road couple, whose groundbreaking resumes place them at the top of their professions, might be expected to be looking forward to retirement. But no. They have other plans. Having just plunged into the film industry as co-producer and consultant for the popular recent indie film Equity, Barbara has concerns that go far beyond her banking career. In addition to supporting women in the arts, she says, “I care a lot about the next generation. I care tremendously about using the platform I have to advance diversity in thinking. I care about women on boards of major corporations.” And Tom, founder and CEO of Byrne Asset Management LLC, would love to teach and travel, but first he wants to help tackle New Jersey’s financial problems. At this point he’s not looking to follow in the footsteps of his father, Brendan Byrne, who was New Jersey governor from 1974 to 1982, but he is likely to remain an outspoken, conspicuous presence on the state political scene. Tom, who was on the short list of Democrats expected to run in next June’s gubernatorial primary, has recently reconsidered his prospects for mounting a campaign. “Given that Democratic county chairmen have united around Phil Murphy,” he says, “it is unlikely that I will run unless there is some late

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change in circumstances before the filing deadline; but New Jersey politics is full of surprises, so no reason to say absolutely not.” An authority on finance and policy, respected on both sides of the aisle, Tom is realistic about the challenges of an election campaign. He’s also realistic about the severity and complexity of New Jersey’s financial woes. “I joke around that I have one bad gene,” he says. “And I do have this deep interest in policy and politics and I just feel that New Jersey is at a turning point and somebody’s got to try to fix it.” Barbara, recently ranked third on American Banker’s annual list of Most Powerful Women in Finance, is vice chairman in the banking division at Barclays Bank, responsible for leading the firm’s global relationships with multinational corporate clients. She is a member of Barclay’s Senior Leadership Group and chairman of Barclay’s Social Innovation Facility, which is dedicated to the development of global commercial solutions to social challenges. She speaks frequently on behalf of women in business, finance and leadership. In 28 years at Lehman Brothers, before moving to Barclays, she was the only woman in the company’s history to rise to the position of vice chairman. Tom and Barbara Byrne have a long history, individually and together, of focus, perseverance and hard work in achieving success; of gaining power; and of using that power to tackle the toughest, most important challenges. Tom sees none of the current candidates for governor willing to confront seriously and in depth

the state’s budget problems. “I’ve been in the weeds on this issue,” he says, in explaining his plan to address the $45 billion public employees’ pension fund shortfall. “None of this is politically easy, but a lot of this could be done and I don’t see anybody else talking about or pushing or whatever, so I feel that I can elevate the conversation on a lot of these issues. If people want my approach I’m happy to offer it.” Ready to be his strongest supporter and biggest cheerleader—without neglecting her mission to bring equity to Wall Street to the banking industry and to the movie business—Barbara argues strongly in her husband’s behalf. “I’ve always thought he has this gift,” she says. “It’s a unique gift. I’ve encouraged him to explore it because we are a team. My having a career that can support the family and ourselves as a team, allows us flexibility at different times. It’s a unique moment where his skill set and his knowledge of the major issues that face the state are significant.” She continues, “And the one thing I can say about Tom is that he’s in a very sincere place. It’s not about power. It’s not about collecting merit badges. On Wall Street there are a lot of badge collectors who say, ‘I got this degree. I got that degree. Look what I got,’ but when you get to the Pearly Gates your badges are not going to get you anything. In Tom’s case it is a very sincere and highly educated view of how I can fix this. As someone who thinks systemically, advising major corporations on how to reflect on how you operate in this world, I think in arcs mathematically about what occurs with the FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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momentum of change, and I see the state of New Jersey at a tipping point. It might even be past the tipping point.” Though New Jersey and its politics may have changed a bit over the past 40 years, of course the ultimate inside source for advice on the job of governing New Jersey is Tom’s father, the 92-yearold ex-governor, after whom his eldest son, Brendan T. “Tom” Byrne Jr. was named. Tom, who worked on both of his father’s gubernatorial campaigns as a Princeton University sophomore in 1973, then a recent graduate in 1977, reflects, “I talk to so many people who say your father and Tom Kean were the last two really good governors, and New Jersey has been going through a rough patch ever since. My father was certainly willing to take on tough questions, where the answers weren’t in soundbites, and I think I have a little bit of that quality.” His father “feels wary about my position,” Tom says. “He looks at me and says, ‘Politics is dirtier today.’ He’s wary. He thinks the problems are tougher. But my attitude is, I think I’m more of a risk taker than he was. When I buy a stock for someone, I don’t have a guarantee that it will go up. I’m judging probabilities, and I’ve done well for people over time.” 30+ Years of Teamwork

Tom and Barbara first met in 1979 in New York City at a party, “a monthly mixer” sponsored by the Williams College Club. They were both 24.

out for dinner, why don’t you come with us?’ And as we’re walking off to a fondu place, they’re gradually peeling off and I ended up with Tom and his friend Eric, and after an hour at the fondu place, it was like a bell went off, and Eric stood up and said, ‘I have to go,’ and it was just Tom and I sitting in the restaurant—which was Tom’s plan all along.” “Random occurrence,” Tom demurs. Barbara left Mobil in 1980 to join Lehman Brothers. “Tom was pretty influential in helping me make that switch,” she said. “He thought I would enjoy investment banking. I had learned a lot about the energy industry at Mobil, but I wanted to be where capital policy and things were happening at a faster pace.” After law school Tom received some high-level training. He took a job at the Mudge Rose law firm, where he worked for a man he describes as the best bond lawyer in the country, then moved to the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, ”where I worked for a guy who was probably the top commodities specialist in the country.” Tom worked extensively for the big brokerage houses and the stock exchange. He learned a lot about finance, public and private. Deciding that finance was where his future career lay, he signed on with Commodities Corporation (now a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs) in Princeton. Meanwhile, Barbara was rapidly rising in the world of investment banking at Lehman Brothers. She and Tom got married in 1985. They were still living in New York when their first child Meaghan was born in 1988, but they knew they didn’t want to raise their

“I care a lot about the next generation. I care tremendously about using the platform I have to advance diversity in thinking. I care about women on boards of major corporations.” — Barbara Byrne They’d both graduated from college in 1976, he from Princeton, she from Mount Holyoke. They both lived in the city. She was working for Mobil Oil Corporation. After graduating with a degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, Tom had taken a job in finance at Salomon Brothers and worked on his father’s reelection campaign, then, with a push from his father, decided to go to Fordham Law School. They describe the night of their first meeting. “He was a law student trying to avoid studying for his exams,” she says. Tom explains, “The way we met was, I thought if I take anything seriously in my life, it should be first year law school exams, so I told my buddy, ‘I’m going underground for six weeks, so let’s go to one last party before I disappear. So, it’s the one night I had no intention of meeting a girl because I’m not going to do anything but study for the next six weeks. And there she was.” Barbara, at Mobil during the day and working on her MBA at NYU at night, went with her roommate to the mixer. “Tom and I met that night, and--classic Tom Byrne story—he said ‘a bunch of us are going

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children in the city, and when their second child, Erin, was born they decided to move. Princetonians

Tom and Barbara discuss why they moved to Princeton and how the town has been such an important part of their lives: Tom: Barbara said, “I’d like to live in Princeton because it’s such an interesting and vibrant community.” I didn’t want to feel I was dragging her here, but I said “great.” My family had moved here and I went to school here, so Princeton had kind of become my hometown, so here we are. We love living here. Barbara: Extended family is incredibly helpful when you’re raising children. Your kids can be weaved into the fabric of the adults that form the village for your kids. Also, being on Wall Street, what I particularly liked is that in Princeton there’s no real status about being a finance person. If you haven’t written a book lately, you have no status. I loved that distancing from the very intense market environment in which I worked.

Tom: It’s kept us humble. When we first moved here we used to bike down to the Institute for Advanced Study. They had a bulletin board at the entrance to Fuld Hall with the titles of all the different colloquia. And we used to look at each other: “do you know what any of these words mean?” Barbara: We didn’t even understand the titles. You have to keep a sense of humor here, and it’s stimulating. It’s fun. There are many different ways of being smart, and energy and creativity come from those touch points, being in that kind of environment. Tom: It’s also a great town in which to raise kids. There are so many opportunities, so many different things they can do, and so many great kids. And we like our neighborhood. We have some space, but it’s a neighborhood, a neighborhood that hangs together. The neighbors talk. We socialize. Focus on Family

Their daughter Meaghan, now 29, is in her second year at Yale School of Management. Erin, 26, a graphic artist, is at University of Virginia’s Darden Business School. Brendan, 24, with the “most political instincts of the four,” according to his father, worked for two years on Capitol Hill and has recently taken a job in San Francisco with Joele Frank, a strategic communications firm. And Kelly, 22, who graduated from Princeton in June, wrote a screenplay for her senior thesis and worked with two movie producers over the summer, may be heading to LA to pursue her interests in storytelling and film. Barbara and Tom exchange thoughts on the art of raising children: Barbara: You build networks of people. The girls went to Stuart, where I was on the Board for six years. That helped me to stay involved with what was going on in their lives. Our youngest daughter Kelly went to Hun. Growing up with siblings was important for them. We would make them share. We could afford for them to each have their own bedroom or their own whatever it might be, but we did not do that. They shared bedrooms. That made them closer. They would talk with each other, and they protected each other from “monsters.” They would come and watch TV in our bedroom, and they would have to figure out together what they would watch. Some of my fondest memories were the debates, the discussions, even the arguments. The important lesson of compromise is taught when you do that. How do you listen to each other, and “I’ll give you this, if you give me this.” All sorts of deals were struck. Those are really important. We were fortunate that we didn’t have a cellphone yet when they were growing up. So they would engage with us and talk with us. They would make fun of each other with their schedules. They made fun of how over-scheduled people were. These four kids are tight. Even now they instagram each other, making fun of mom and dad and what we’re into. We’ve been very fortunate with our children. The world is changing for this generation. You don’t know what’s going to emerge. The most important skill set is the ability to be flexible, the ability to engage.

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Tom: I would always do question time at the dinner table. They would ask for it so I would think of random questions. They would go in age order. I believe you expose kids to whatever you can. You want them to meet other people who can give them different perspectives on choices, careers, etc. We set a level of expectations for our kids—whatever you do, please try to do it well. But I feel particularly strongly that you don’t tell kids, you should be this or you should do that. And part of it is that my father really did try to do that with me, and I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do with kids. They have to find their own way. You can help them. You can expose them. You can make sure they’re aware of things that are out there, but that’s where you draw the line. You can suggest things to your kids. When Meagan was an undergraduate almost 10 years ago, I said to her, given your personality and interests, Yale School of management might be a really good place for you, and, as soon as she forgot it was my suggestion, she applied. Suggesting is fine, but insisting isn’t. Making It All Work

After they moved to Princeton in 1990, Barbara made a breakthrough at Lehman to help her juggle family and career. “I was probably one of the first women on Wall Street to be given a flexible work schedule,” she says. “So I worked from home on Fridays.” She describes her “brilliant, thoughtful” manager at Lehman, whose wife had been a banker who had been treated poorly by her employers after she had her first child, “and he’d always sworn that if he was ever in a position to help a woman he would. So he came to me and said, ‘I know you’re going to do your work wherever you are. I trust you.’ And I’m a client person, so as long as I have the phone. That’s incredibly progressive when you think about somebody having that point of view. And it made a big difference for me. It made me feel that I had some element of control. I could be home on Fridays, meet with people at the children’s school, carve out an hour when necessary, pulling all this together to make it work. Just the sense of being here, because part of my job was that I was traveling as well.” A live-in nanny and a cleaning lady three days a week also helped. “I gave myself permission,” Barbara says, “when I was doing all this, to give somebody else the responsibility of doing the cleaning and keeping the house under control.” And working in Princeton helped Tom to stay involved. “I wasn’t manning the washing machine,” he says, “but I’m the entertainment committee. I spent a lot of time with my kids, playing with them. I feel lucky. A lot of dads are absentee, on the road or whatever. So I feel I had an active role in my kids’ lives. They saw their dad a lot.” Bike rides were a favorite activity for the family, and Tom especially enjoyed coaching the girls’ soccer teams. “I remember one time at the beginning of the season when they were 7-8 years old, I gathered them all-around in a circle and I said, ‘What’s the most important thing in soccer?’ and I could see the mothers thinking, ‘I don’t need Vince Lombardi coaching my girl in soccer,’ but by the third week they would all respond in unison, ‘Pay attention!’” In pulling it all together on Wall Street and in

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“I joke around that I have one bad gene. And I do have this deep interest in policy and politics and I just feel that New Jersey is at a turning point and somebody’s got to try, so that’s that.” — Tom Byrne the home, Barbara emphasizes the importance of teamwork and organization. “I’m pretty organized,” she modestly understates, “so I’d have an idea of where we needed to be—and a schedule. You have to prioritize what you can do and what you can not do, so you have to build teams of people.” But, despite her demanding career and her dynamic life on Wall Street, Barbara maintains a balanced perspective. “I never divided my life between professional people and people who stayed at home. I have lots of friends who are stay-at-home moms, and I’ve always believed that if you could manage four-year-old boys, you could manage a trading floor on Wall Street. There are some similar behaviors involved and similar skills required.” One of Barbara’s favorite current initiatives on Wall Street is Project Encore, an internship program which involves 12 people, chosen from 200 applicants, who have achieved at least the level of vice president, but have been out of the work force for five years or more. “People always said you can’t make your way back into the industry after you’ve left,” Barbara reflects, “so I said why not? Why couldn’t we create a specific program mostly for women—we have women from 38 to 55. They are incredibly talented, so why can’t you create on-ramps for people at various stages of their lives to come back in. I have the status to help make that happen, and it’s fun. They are extraordinary.” Finance and Politics

Tom, who wrote The Stock Index Futures Market: A Trader’s Insights and Strategies (“This is a book that was written in ’85-’86 that said ‘a market collapse could actually happen,’ and then it did.’) and later served on the Brady Commission that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the 1987 stock market crash, founded Byrne Asset Management LLC, now located on Nassau Street, in 1999. “I was fascinated with the financial markets and how they work,” Tom says. He recalls one day in 1986 sitting in Firestone Library for an entire day and reading Wall Street Journals from 1929. “I’m fascinated with market history, market psychology and the psychology of prices themselves. I seem to have a head for it after having worked in some bigger institutions.” He continues, “After we’d lived in Princeton for a while, I had some people come to me and say ‘can you manage money for me?” So when I started the business I had a built-in clientele from day one; Barbara was doing well on Wall Street so if I failed the kids weren’t going to starve; and I had actually made a fair amount of money when the market crashed in 1987.”

But Tom’s interests in finance have always competed with his interests in politics, as he has served as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, a member of the New Jersey State Investment Council (currently chairman) and a member of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission. “I developed this interest in financial markets, and I still have an interest in politics. My career has gone back and forth and I’m lucky to have had the flexibility to do that,” he states. Normally a plum job for a loyal Republican, the State Investment Council post is clear evidence of his colleagues’ respect, their acknowledgement of his expertise and their confidence in his ability to work with both sides. “I’m actually a bridge,” Tom says, “because half the council is government appointees and half is labor representatives. I think both would say that I’ve done a pretty reasonable job of bringing both sides together—where it hasn’t always been easy.” Their controversial report proposes that putting public employee health care on the same level as Obamacare Gold, recycling the money saved to support the liability on the underfunded pension, and reducing the guaranteed 7.9 percent return on pension fund assets would produce sufficient funds to solve the $45 billion gap. Concerned that current gubernatorial candidates are advancing proposals that would bankrupt the state, Tom argues, “We’re in a $45 billion shortfall in the fund. We have to find a way to make good on all the promises the state has made and at the same time be fair to taxpayers. I said if I had an hour to talk to every person about this, I would convince them that this is the only way to go, but I don’t have an hour for every person.” He goes on to emphasize, “There are a lot of things we should be doing to keep this state what it’s been, and I think that politically, financially, policywise I have some tools that others could benefit from.” Tom adds, philosophically, “So you just never know how these things will play out.” Tom reflects, “There’s tons of stuff we’d like to do.” Pursuing their multi-faceted businesses, traveling, entertaining, observing their children’s budding careers, teaching (for him), developing a promising film career (for her), and, just possibly, diving into politics—Tom and Barbara Byrne are looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

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mmigration is a foundation of the American experience, and an integral part of American life today. It has been frequent topic of discussion for politicians and social activists alike, especially in last year’s presidential election, leading to many divisive conversations on what the future holds for immigrants. But questions of who should be allowed entry into the United States are not unique to today’s political climate nor to the nation’s past. February 2017 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the passage of the Immigration Act of 1917, which was at the time the country’s most sweeping piece of immigration legislation. It was passed under President Woodrow Wilson, and required that immigrants entering the country first pass a literacy test. The act also barred immigrants coming from most parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Beth Lew-Williams, a Princeton University professor specializing in race and migration in the United States and Asian American history, points out that the law was highly divisive in nature. “The act divides the world in some ways between Asia, or most of what we consider Asia today, which was seen as completely undesirable racially, and the rest of the world,” says Lew-Williams. In Asian American history, the law was typically referred to as the Barred Zone Act, since it barred immigrants from a specific region of Asia.

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UNDESIRABLE FOR ENTRY The Barred Zone Act aimed to exclude so-called “undesirables,” which included the insane, diseased, poor, or physically disabled, anarchists, prostitutes, or other groups deemed unworthy for entrance. Lew-Williams notes that since previous legislation had already restricted immigration from China and Japan, the new act effectively focused on South Asian immigrants, primarily from India. Prejudice toward Asian immigrants was rooted in stereotypical conceptions of Asian people, and anxieties that the foreign cultures would start replacing American culture. This ideology was reflected in other laws of the time, which further tightened immigration. President Woodrow Wilson initially vetoed the 1917 act, for he felt that the introduction of a literacy requirement prevented the uneducated from receiving equal opportunities. Before becoming president, Wilson served as governor of New Jersey, and had voiced some of his concerns about rising nativist sentiments. In a 1912 speech on the campaign trail in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Wilson said: “Some people have expressed a fear that there is too much immigration. I have the least uneasiness as to the new arrivals,” adding that “the country should be divested of all prejudices.” Wilson’s veto of the act was overridden by Congress, though, and the act became law on February 5, 1917. The Immigration Act illustrated the resurgence of nativism in the country, putting extensive restrictions on immigration in order to protect American culture from ethnic invasion. The long-term implications persisted for decades: Asian immigrants were not granted the right to naturalization until new legislation was passed in the 1940s and 1950s, and until the Immigration Act of 1990, language barring homosexual immigrants remained in the immigration code. Though the 1917 act is no longer law, it is worth considering the historical background since Asians make up a sizeable proportion of immigrants in New Jersey today. Indians, for example, currently comprise the largest Asian group in the state, numbering nearly 300,000.

NEW JERSEY, NOW A WELCOMING HOME FOR MANY New Jersey is a diverse place today. More than 50,000 immigrants move to the state annually, and contribute a significant proportion of its continued population growth. Bergen County, New Jersey’s most populous county, is also one of the leaders in the number of people immigrating, with over 30,000 foreigners settling in the area in the last five years. In particular, the Korean community in Bergen County is growing rapidly. Elisa Neira, the director of the Princeton Department of Human Services, says that most of Princeton’s immigrants hail from Central America or Mexico, and many are undocumented. Princeton joined Welcoming America, an organization dedicated to reduce barriers for immigrants and support inclusion in communities, last October. “This has really helped us look at what other cities and towns across the country are doing, and think of how we can continue to be inclusive and welcoming. Just this year, we welcomed two refugee families into Princeton,” Neira notes. Neira adds that Human Services aims to address the unique challenges facing the immigrant population, helping make Princeton inclusive for all immigrants regardless of legal status. The department has worked to build trust between the police department and the immigrant communities, as well as protect low-wage workers from wage theft. Census data has also shown that immigrants from Asia are a flourishing demographic in New Jersey. More than a quarter of Mercer County’s population of 371,000 is of Asian or Latino descent, and Princeton has the highest proportion of immigrants, nearly a quarter, of any municipality in the county. In the more urbanized Essex County, nearly a third of the residents of some municipalities are foreign-born. Wealthy counties like Morris and Somerset have also seen similar trends: the number of foreign-born residents has risen by an estimated 40 percent in the last 15 years throughout much of Somerset. The trend that emerged in the later part of the 20th century is dramatic: New Jersey’s Asian population has grown by more than 1,400 percent since 1970. Most Asian immigrants today come from India, China, the Philippines, Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Japan. Despite the history of exclusion of immigrants in this nation, and some persisting prejudices toward foreigners, many New Jersey communities have embraced their new residents and celebrated diversity. FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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In the wake of the 2016 election, county divisions like the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with state and national bodies, have been tasked with aiding immigrants in preparing for any changes in administration. Donald Trump’s policies on immigration have been among of the most controversial aspects of his campaign. In order to fully understand the nature of Trump’s proposals, they must be seen in relation to past legislation. Lew-Williams notes that a commonly voiced critique of strict immigration laws is that their spirit is “un-American,” since America is considered to be a nation of immigrants. She points out that an exclusionary attitude toward immigrants, and a desire to protect the nation’s residents, is actually not unique to today’s political environment, nor was it new at the time of the Barred Zone Act’s passage. Today, rather than focusing on Asian immigrants, Trump’s proposals primarily affect immigrants from Mexico or Central American countries, and he has called for a ban on Muslim immigrants perceived as terrorism threats. His “10 Point Plan to Put America First” includes measures to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, end sanctuary cities, remove criminal aliens with the assistance of law enforcement, and reform legal immigration. Trump’s policies aim to protect the economic security of American citizens and legal immigrants, calling for more careful scrutiny of immigrants from Mexico and the Middle East. He has also stated his intentions to suspend issuing visas to those in countries that do not yet have sufficient screening and vetting processes in place. The 1917 act illustrates that the United States has had quite a long history of discrimination toward foreigners, with the Supreme Court often upholding immigration laws that broadly characterize large groups of people. Though the United States Constitution guarantees equal protection to its citizens per the fourteenth amendment, this equal protection is not extended to immigrants who have yet to enter the country. These policies have prompted fears in many immigrant communities, especially for undocumented immigrants. Some cities, like Newark, have declared intentions to become “sanctuary cities” and adopt other measures to stand by undocumented residents. Coupled with actions already taken in Princeton to inform residents and support their needs, these measures have helped quell some of the anxieties that come with the transition of power. Future changes to immigration legislation are still unclear; it remains to be seen which policies will actually be implemented, and how they will affect local groups. One thing is certain: New Jersey communities have gathered together to protect all their residents, including immigrants, and make the area welcoming to a very diverse body of people.

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the “Amazing Grace” chapter of The Black Presidency (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $27), Michael Eric Dyson calls the last week of June 2015 Barack Obama’s greatest as president. Setting the scene at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church where Obama delivered a eulogy for the nine people slain by Dylann Roof, Dyson describes how the president “wrapped his vulnerability around the church” after the last words of the speech and “on the high wire of live television, before an audience of millions around the world,” began to sing “Amazing Grace.” As Dyson puts it, “Singing in church ratifies with the gut what the head has decided is true.” For a president to risk singing meant “going where no executive order can rescue notes ill flung.” That he was a bit flat, obviously no singer, worked for Obama rather than against him as the bishops and ministers at his back joined in. It also gave emotional authority to his recital of the names of those who had died, “his words now humming with the slight tune and gentle vibrato of black sacred rhetoric.” As he called each name, it dramatized “how much more amazing grace was for having been found in the midst of terror and grief and heartbreak and death.”

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It seems an unlikely combination, pairing a leader of the Civil Rights Movement with the imagery of a graphic novel, but it works in March (Top Shelf $49.99), a three-volume visual autobiography of Congressman John Lewis, one of the key players in the struggle to end segregation. Co-authored with Andrew Aydin and graphic artist Nate Powell, March is the first such work to win the National Book Award. The New York Times best-seller makes “historic events,” in the words of LeVar Burton, “both accessible and relevant to an entire new generation of Americans.” The special strength of March is in the raw force of Powell’s graphics, immediately obvious in the brooding image of a Washington D.C. street on the morning of Barack Obama’s inauguration, January 20, 2009. Barely visible in the far distance is the dome of the capitol, where Obama will take the oath of office as the first black president. Whether or not the effect is intentional, the image of a shadow-drenched urban street on such a momentous day in American history suggests the dark underside of the hope shared by millions during the “brief shining moment” of the ceremony that took place six hours later. There’s a gritty down-to-earth quality in the drawings of a black man of a certain age, Lewis himself no doubt, getting out of bed, washing and shaving and dressing in the shadows while listening to the weather forecast (“It’s COLD in the capital city!”) and the ceremonial platitudes of the occasion (“bearing witness to the peaceful transfer of power”). The Migration Series

In 1941, the African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, then just 23 years old, completed a series of 60 small tempera paintings with text captions about the Great Migration, the mass movement of black Americans from the rural South to the urban North that began in 1915–16. According to the New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl, the series “appears as a hinge of the national consciousness: inward to the untold history of African-Americans and outward to the enlightenment of the wide world. It would not have worked were it not superb art, but it is. Melding modernist form and topical content, the series is both decorative and

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illustrative, and equally efficient in those fundamental, often opposed functions of painting.” In Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series (the Museum of Modern Art and The Phillips Collection), edited by Leah Dickerson and Elisa Smithgall, with notes by Jodi Roberts, the “untold history” includes poetry by, among others, Rita Dove and Yusef Komunyakaa, and photographs like the extraordinary full-page view of a segregated railway waiting room in Jacksonville, Florida. Down Home Cooking

The culinary side of Black History Month is brilliantly represented by Marcus Samuelsson’s The Red Rooster Cookbook: The Story of Food and Hustle in Harlem (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $37.50), which Vanity Fair calls “a literary love letter” that goes beyond recipes “to the neighborhood” and “the people, places, and problems in it.” When the James Beard Award-winning chef Samuelsson opened Red Rooster on Malcolm X Boulevard, he envisioned more than a restaurant. It would be a meeting place for both the downtown and the uptown sets, serving Southern black and cross-cultural food, as suggested by items on Rooster’s menu like Brown Butter Biscuits, Chicken and Waffle, Killer Collards, and Donuts with Sweet Potato Cream. Samuelsson’s SwedishEthiopian background shows in Ethiopian Spice-Crusted Lamb, Slow-Baked Blueberry Bread with Spiced Maple Syrup, and the Green Viking, sprightly Apple Sorbet with Caramel Sauce. Krazy was Black

Among the earliest, most admired and influential American cartoonists was George Herriman, the creator of “one of the greatest comic strips in history,” Krazy Kat, and the subject of Michael Tisserand’s biography, Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White (HarperCollins $35). That Krazy was a black cat was no more an issue than that Ignatz, the brick-throwing love of Krazy’s life, was a mouse, or that Officer Pup was a dog. That Krazy’s creator was also black, however, is something else again, and it wasn’t until the 1970s that word began to get out. Some 30 years after Herriman’s death in 1944, black

novelist Ishmael Reed dedicated his book Mumbo Jumbo to “George Herriman, Afro-American.” Princeton Connections

Another 2016 National Book award winner in addition to March is one-time Lewis Center faculty member Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Doubleday $26.95), which The New York Times named one of the year’s Ten Best. The Times Book Review described it as “Whitehead’s attempt at getting things right, not by telling us what we already know but by vindicating the powers of fiction to interpret the world. In its exploration of the foundational sins of America, it is a brave and necessary book.” The chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.’s Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (Penguin/Random House) “should shape the framework for a post-Obama America,” according to Cornel West, who calls it “a bold rejection of black liberal politics and a prophetic call for a revolution of value that reinvigorates our democratic life with imagination and courage.” Newly published in paperback (Broadway Books $16), Democracy in Black is, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, “a book for the ages... one of the most imaginative, daring books of the 21st century.” Significant Others

Finally, two biograpies that highlight extremes of Black history are Philippe Girard’s Toussaint Louverture: A Revolutionary Life (Basic Books $29.99), “a groundbreaking biography” (Kirkus Reviews) and Krin Gabbard’s Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus (Univ. of California Press $34.95), named by New York Magazine among “14 of the Best Gifts for a Music Snob Who’s Heard Everything,” a biography “as idiosyncratic as the great jazz bassist and composer that is its subject.”

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| CULTURAL EVENTS APR. 29

The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. (Courtesy of Princeton University Art Museum).

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FRIDAY, MARCH 3

7PM Princeton University men’s ice hockey vs. Brown at

6PM C.K. Williams Reading Series: Fiction writer Phil Klay

Hobey Baker Rink. www.goprincetontigers.com

and creative writing seniors Luke Pfleger, Edwin Rosales, Jennifer Shyue, Margaret Spencer, and Rachel Stone read from their work at Labyrinth Books. arts.princeton.edu

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26 2PM Historic Walking Tour of downtown Princeton and the University campus presented by the Historical Society of Princeton. Attendees should meet outside of Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street. www. princetonhistory.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 6:30PM Krista Tippett in Conversation with Gideon Rosen—Becoming Wise: In Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living at Nassau Presbyterian Church. This event is co-sponsored by Princeton Public Library and Labyrinth Books. www.labyrinthbooks.com 7:30PM Twyla Tharp’s company of 12 dancers celebrates her 50th anniversary as one of the most inventive choreographers in the history of American dance. The performance will be held at McCarter Theatre. www.mccarter.org

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 11AM A relaxed and stimulating opportunity to share ideas and fine food at Rat’s Restaurant with Grounds for Sculpture artist Ned Smyth and fellow patrons of the arts. www.groundsforsculpture.org

8PM Princeton University Concerts present the Hagen

SATURDAY, MARCH 4

10AM Surprise Birthday Party Celebration for Albert Einstein at Morven Museum & Garden. www.morven.org NOON Einstein Look-A-Like Contest at the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom. The competition can be fierce so educated contestants always come knowing a few facts about Albert Einstein. www.pidayprinceton.com

10AM Opening of The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early 5th Century BC at Princeton University Art Museum (through June 11). artmuseum.princeton.edu

1:30PM Pi Recitation Contest at the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom. Marc Umiles, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion, is the official judge of the event along with faculty from Princeton University. www. pidayprinceton.com

SUNDAY, MARCH 5

2:45PM Best Apple Pie in Princeton Contest at the

3PM The photographers featured in Springsteen: A Photographic Journey discuss their adventures photographing the rock icon dating back to 1972. The panel discussion will be held at McCosh 50 Lecture Hall at Princeton University. The exhibit will be on view at Morven Museum & Garden through May 21, 2017. www.morven.org

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 7:30PM The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank welcomes internationally renowned psychic medium James Van Praagh. www.countbasietheatre.org

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Happy Birthday Albert Einstein

9AM Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s at the Princeton Shopping Center. www.pidayprinceton.com

Yankee Doodle Tap Room at the Nassau Inn. The team at Princeton Tour Company pie will taste-test pies from local residents and bakeries in order to determine the coveted “Best Tasting Pie in Princeton.” www.pidayprinceton.com

3:14PM Pie throwing event at Palmer Square Green. www. palmersquare.com

5PM Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl. Check in at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room at the Nassau Inn to receive your Smart Phone Pub Crawl Route. www.pidayprinceton. com

6PM West Windsor Arts Center’s Speakeasy Soiree Gala. Over 250 guests will swing to early jazz sounds while enjoying thematic décor, fine foods and spirits. Silent and live auctions feature artwork and exciting prize packages. www.westwindsorartscenter.org

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

String Quartet. www.princetonuniversityconcerts.org

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Saturday, April 1

7:30pm Theatrical performance of Einstein starring Jack Fry at Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. www. artscouncilofprinceton.org

Clarke Field. www.goprincetontigers.com

Sunday, March 12

Saturday, April 8

9am Einstein-inspired running event sponsored by Princeton Running Company. Join the weekly running group for a 6-8 mile run during which they will sing “Happy Birthday” to Einstein at mile 3.14. www. pidayprinceton.com

Noon Einstein Salon & Innovators Gallery Tour at Updike Farmstead in Princeton. www.princetonhistory.org

Tuesday, March 14 7:30pm Murder on the Orient Express opens at McCarter Theatre (through April 2). www.mccarter.org

7:30pm So Percussion concert at Richardson Auditorium. www.princeton.edu/richaud/

Saturday, March 18 10am Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form exhibit opens at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown (on view through July 9). www.michenerartmuseum.org

Tuesday, March 21 10am Read & Explore: Getting Read for Spring at Terhune Orchards. Children will get ready to start gardening with this interactive program (also on Saturday, March 25). http://terhuneorchards.com

Noon Princeton University men’s basketball vs. Yale at

9am–4pm #LEADLIKEAGIRL Conference for Risk-Takers and Changemakers at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton. Keynote speakers are Dr. Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA and Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox. Girls K-12, parents and educators may attend workshops, STEM Talks, Business Fair and panel discussions. $8,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to young women in high school. The conference is presented by the Stuart Center for Girls’ Leadership. Information and registration is at www.stuartschool.org/ leadlikeagirl.

of work that spans the founding fathers to the civil rights era. A former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek and a contributing editor to Time magazine, he now serves as the Executive Editor at Random House. www.njpac.org

Friday, April 21 8pm American Repertory Ballet debuts the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, Pride and Prejudice, featuring live orchestral accompaniment by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Devlin at McCarter Theatre (also Saturday, April 22). www.americanrepertoryballet.org

Saturday, April 29

New Brunswick and the beautiful campus of Rutgers University. www.cgiracing.com/unite/

6pm Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve’s 14th Annual Spring Wildflower Gala, a black tie and muck boots. Gala guests will have the opportunity to explore the stunning spring wildflower beauty of the Preserve, enjoy a gourmet dinner, and participate in live and silent auctions. This year’s theme is “Regeneration.” www. bhwp.org/gala.htm

Thursday, April 20

Sunday, April 30

Sunday, April 9 7am Rutgers UNITE Half Marathon & 8K courses through

8pm Spend an evening in conversation with historian Jon Meacham as part of the New Jersey Speakers series at NJPAC in Newark. A Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, Meacham has profiled Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson and, most recently, George H.W. Bush in a body

7:30am The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon in Oceanport, NJ. http:// thenewjerseymarathon.com 1pm Communiversity ArtsFest 2017 produced by the Arts Council of Princeton. artscouncilofprinceton.org

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LIT FROM WITHIN A GREAT LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION IS “ THE BEST POSSIBLE TRAINING FOR A LIFE IN THE THEATER. A CLASS IN THEATER IS A WONDERFUL TRAINING FOR LIFE.

JANE COX, DIRECTOR, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PROGRAM IN THEATER

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an lighting design make the world a better place? In the post-election season, awardwinning lighting designer Jane Cox was struggling with the answer. Her mother ran Amnesty International in Ireland, working with political prisoners—an experience that had a formative impact on Cox. Lighting design, by contrast, seemed a frivolous pursuit. Studying theater, on the other hand, makes people better human beings, she acknowledges. “If more people were creative and collaborative, the world wouldn’t be in the mess it’s in. Theater is not an intellectual art form, but an emotional one—there’s no better training for being a human being.” I hear myself defending her field, telling her that lighting is a subliminal way of getting the audience to emote, to feel compassion for the characters on a stage, or the opposite toward the antagonist. Framed by a head of magnificent red curls, Cox smiles. “Lighting design is about how you see something,” she says, her educator side emerging. “It’s subtle and discrete. The moment we come into the world, the first thing we see is light, even though we can’t yet differentiate objects and faces. We have a deep relationship to light and dark, comfort and lack of comfort. We may project our own emotions on an unlit face.” Lighting design tells you where to look, what to feature in your field of vision and shifts the emotional tone of the room—“it digs in and most people have no idea.” I learn from Cox that even dictators have lighting designers. The new Director of Princeton University’s Program in Theater succeeds Tim Vasen, who led the Program until he passed away unexpectedly last year. “Jane Cox is a

brilliant lighting designer, a gifted teacher and mentor, and a visionary, collaborative administrator,” said Stacy Wolf, acting chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, at the time of Cox’s appointment. On a recent weekday morning, Cox had just concluded a phone call with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. He had seen a song cycle she’d lit and was requesting that she be the lighting designer for an upcoming Princeton University concert he will perform with composer-pianist Nico Muhly, one of the most celebrated and sought-after classical composers of the decade. Ordinarily, Cox would need about three weeks to prepare for such a project. In this case, Kuusisto is arriving the night before the concert. “We’ll work it out,” she says good naturedly. “He’s a charming and fabulous musician.”

“LIGHTING DESIGN IS ABOUT HOW YOU SEE SOMETHING. IT’S SUBTLE AND DISCRETE.” Since beginning her new post on July 1—she has been on the faculty since 2007—Cox has been trying to figure out how to juggle her schedule as a working artist. She designed the lighting for the current Broadway revival of The Color Purple, directed by fellow faculty member John Doyle (with whom she has collaborated on 20 productions) and for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical. Other recent projects include the National Theatre’s

production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in London—she was awarded the 2016 Onstage Award for it; the new musical Amelie, being presented in Los Angeles this season; Noises Off on Broadway; and Roe, a new play about Roe v. Wade, which will be presented at Arena Stage and Berkeley Rep. She is a long-term member of the Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company—Cox and Barnes share a love for exploring human fallibility and putting dance and art in unusual places such as offices, fountains, art museums. Cox designs regularly at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has working relationships with theater companies in London and Dublin. Despite the juggling required to make this happen, working artists make ideal faculty members who offer students hands-on experiences. The collaboration with Kuusisto is ideal because Cox won’t have to leave campus. “It was fun doing Broadway musicals, but that was never my goal,” Cox says. “Pekka is more up my alley. I prefer out-of-the-box projects that challenge the idea of performance and audience.” She also enjoys the creativity of teaching, and the opportunity to collaborate with other art forms and STEM programs. Growing up in Dublin in the 1970s and ’80s, with Scottish/Welsh/English parents from the North of England, was complicated, Cox says. “Ireland was run by a repressive Catholic Church. Everyone was Irish, and they all thought the same thing. I had been meeting courageous intelligent people from other countries” through her mother’s work with Amnesty International and through her father, a professor of French and European studies at Trinity College. In high school, Cox recounts, she excelled at extracurricular activities. She simultaneously tried to fit in and vowed to get out as quickly as possible. That opportunity came in 1989, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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when she attended a Bob Dylan concert. Nearly swallowed by the crowds, she was rescued by a bouncer who invited her to an after party. Soon she was touring with Dylan, selling T shirts. After a few months on the road, the young flute player enrolled at London University to study music and French and Italian. “But it was a bad fit. I quickly realized the interesting people on campus were the theater students. They were looking outward, exploring identity, trying things on—I was drawn to that.” Running the light board for a production of Oh! What a Lovely War she had an epiphany: lighting is like a visual form of music, with structure, melody, harmony. “The experience is sensory and experiential,” she says. “We market theater as a work of individual genius, but that is completely dishonest,” Cox continues. “When you make a piece of theater, it’s absolutely about the chemistry of the people in the room. Every time you work in theater, you step into someone’s world, put yourself in other people’s shoes: what does it feel like, look like, smell like.” During a semester at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she met a role model who was “charismatic, bossy, provocative… I learned that in the U.S. it’s OK to be loud, opinionated, express yourself.” After finishing her degree she got a job at the North Shore Music Theater. Without a visa, she phoned her boyfriend of six weeks and asked him to marry her. He said no, but a few months later relented. Cox got a green card, citizenship and, 10 years later, a divorce (being constantly on the road did little for the relationship). To support her calling, Cox made pizza and was “a serving wench” at the Colonial Tavern in Philadelphia. She was a pioneer in a male dominated profession—when

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she was hired to work on the tech crew at the Annenberg Center, the men had to take down their porn. In the mid ’90s, Cox left Philadelphia to get a master’s degree at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate program in theater design. “It broadened my horizons—I forged relationships with working artists that I’ve maintained to this day.” Cox went on to teach at Tisch, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and workshops at the Kennedy Center. After two decades working downtown, she met John Doyle through New York’s Public Theater. “Our aesthetics closely aligned. He’s interested in what’s at the heart of the story, what’s the point, why are we doing this… harnessing the imagination is a magical, though challenging, experience.” For example, “Doyle may make a scene and then throw it all away and start again, moving things around. I’d have to keep up—it kept me on my toes.” In her late 30s Cox began dating Evan Alexander, a set designer whom she ultimately wed. Soon, he switched careers—“he grew tired of eating ramen noodles”—to commercial design for clients such as the Super Bowl and Beyonce, which he can do from home. “My favorite thing is being in the room with other artists,” Cox adds. Cox and Alexander had lived in Brooklyn’s Park Slope with their 5-year-old daughter, Becket (“that’s one ‘t’—not to be confused with the depressive Irish playwright, though Beckett was most brilliant and is one of my favorites”) before the family moved to Princeton at the end of the summer for her new position. She wanted to give her daughter an Irish name, but one that is pronounceable, unlike Saoirse or Siobhan. Becket has accompanied her mother on world-wide projects, including to the Sydney

Opera House, “but travel around the country is not compatible with child-rearing, especially since Becket started preschool.” On a late fall day in the rehearsal room at the Berlind Theatre, Senior Sydney Becker dumped a bucket of mulch on the floor. Students in the Advanced Theatrical Design Studio were exploring how light affected objects. Becker is designing Mad Forest, in which two families witness the radical collapse of their way of life following the Romanian Revolution. “Look at it from different angles. Think about where side lights should go,” suggests Cox. Others were playing with light on a shadow of palm trees, a mullioned window, a board of wood. As everyone conferred on their projects, the level of discordant sound rose. “Keep it down you guys,” says Cox with a laugh, and the silence that follows is proof of how smitten her students are. As some work with colored gels, Cox encourages those listening to think of a beam of light as a projector. The productions she is working on are relevant to making the world a better place. In Roe, which opened at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, theater-goers develop a deeper understanding as to how characters gravitate to their positions on the issue. “We’ve made rocket ships and symphonies, but what we can’t seem to do is look at the world as a whole and figure out how to live together and take care of the earth we’ve been given,” she says. “I want our future citizens to be able think about the whole. To realize that different people have different needs and goals and no one has the right answer. To learn how to establish goals together without having identical viewpoints—theater teaches this incredibly effectively.”

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rinceton High School graduate Damien Chazelle met recently with Town Topics Newspaper film reviewer Kam Williams to talk about his latest movie, La La Land, which swept the Golden Globes, winning a record seven awards, and has gone to receive 14 Oscar nominations. A Princeton native, Chazelle wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories. In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Previously, Chazelle wrote Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and co-wrote the horror sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, starring John Goodman. His screenplays for Whiplash and The Claim both appeared on the “Blacklist,” the annual survey of the most liked motion picture screenplays not yet produced. Chazelle shot his first feature film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, while still an undergraduate at Harvard University. The critically-acclaimed debut was named the Best First Feature of 2010 by L.A. Weekly and was described as “easily the best first film in eons” by Time Out New York.

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Kam Williams (KW): Back when you released your first film, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, I told anybody who’d listen, “Appreciate Damien now and avoid the rush!” Damien Chazelle (DC): I remember those lines so well. I think yours was the first Rotten Tomatoes review of it. La La Land is sort of like Guy and Madeline, but with a budget. KW: Well, I loved it! It’s #1 on my Top 100 List for 2016. And I started my review saying, “If you only see one movie this year, you need to get out more. That being said, La La Land is the picture to catch.” DC: Thanks! I’m thrilled you liked it. KW: I’ve seen it four times already. It’s a movie you absolutely have to see on the big screen. DC: Yeah, part of my hope was to make a movie meant for the movie theaters, in the old-fashioned sense of a film designed for a group of people to watch on the big screen. I think that old school idea was so beautiful, kind of like those roadshow musicals from the 50s and 60s. KW: The first time I saw it was with fellow critics, and everybody applauded when the closing credits started to roll. That was the first time in ages that there was a standing ovation at a film critics’ screening I attended. We’re a jaded lot who are pretty hard to impress. DC: That’s awesome! KW: I understand that this movie took six years to make, partly because other studios were willing to greenlight the project on the condition that you agreed to substantial revisions, like changing the ending, and the music from jazz to rock. DC: One of the reasons we actually ended up making La La Land with Lionsgate was that it was

one of the few places that was willing to let us make the movie the way we wanted to make it. Two of the key things that other studios had issues with were the ending and the music. They wanted us to farm out the songs to a bunch of top pop songwriters or music stars, since the score was almost all going to be composed by Justin [Hurwitz], my former college roommate whom no one ever knew of before this. And we wanted the soundscape to have a sort of timeless style by being played on acoustic instruments with lush, sweeping strings and a jazz rhythm section. Those were two things we really had to fight for a lot, as well as for the resources we needed to make the movie the way we wanted to make it. KW: I’m glad you stuck to your guns. DC: Once we were set up at Lionsgate, it became a great process, because they were really supportive. I was lucky, as you can imagine, because I was given the freedom as a filmmaker to make exactly the movie I wanted to make, with zero compromises. KW: I know you used a wide-angled, CinemaScope lens, a technology that hasn’t been used by anybody in decades. DC: It’s not exactly the old CinemaScope technology. we kind of did our own version of it. We shot the entire movie in anamorphic 35 mm. And Lina Sandgren, our DP [Director of Photography], had some lenses custom built to allow us to go a little wider than 2.40 [aspect ratio]. We went to 2.55 which is closer to the classic CinemaScope aspect ratio of the 50s that doesn’t exist anymore. We liked the idea of giving the picture that extra bit of width because Los Angeles is really a wide-screen city, a panoramic kind of city. So, we settled on a combination of using old technologies like celluloid and that aspect ratio in combination with new

technologies like new lenses that were specially built for this and a steady cam. Obviously, almost all of the movie was shot using a steady cam. There was some crane work and some dolly work, as well. But the steady cam gives you a freedom of motion that you couldn’t have in those classic MGM musicals. So, it was fun to try to combine old and new in terms of how we shot it. KW: One thing I loved about the singing was how I found myself pulling for Emma [Stone] and Ryan [Gosling], as if I were watching community theater or a high school production. I knew they weren’t seasoned pros used to belting out show tunes. Yet, they appeared to be naturals, performing effortlessly within their capabilities. DC: You’re speaking to one of the things I loved about a lot of the older musicals. You didn’t see the sweat. You didn’t feel the work. Some of those movies were the hardest to make, yet the entire aim with a musical, in my mind, is to make it look easy. Ryan and Emma have this amazing ability to make everything seem effortless and natural. We always talked about how the singing, acting, dancing, and piano playing could never be just about technique. They had to be about character and emotion. So, Ryan and Emma approached everything like actors, where everything was rooted in a sense of character, a sense of vulnerability, and a sense of humanity, in order to ground it all. Even though they were able to make it look effortless, I agree that there’s this tremendous hat trick that they were able to pull off. KW: I saw La La Land as an homage to classic Hollywood musicals, until a colleague mentioned that you were also influenced by a number of French films. DC: Yes, mainly the French New Wave, especially Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Also Lola, and The Young Girls of Rochefort. Movies like that. Justin, my composer, was listening to a lot of those French New Wave scores, a lot of Michel Legrand, and a lot of French music from the 50s and 60s. There’s a French quality about them that’s very romantic and playful while also being very grounded, a little understated, very real, and very melancholy, as well. They sort of combine emotions. They live somewhere between happy and sad. I feel that’s where a lot of French New Wave lives. And I just love that emotional fulcrum. KW: How many of those French films are musicals? DC: Well, full-fledged musicals, just those Jacques Demy movies. And I guess [Jean-Luc] Godard did a quasi musical with A Woman Is a Woman. What’s fun about them is that they are sort of the French filmmakers’ answer to the American Hollywood musicals that they loved. So, I liked the idea of doing an American answer to the French

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answer to the American musicals, if that makes sense. KW: Absolutely! Who are a few of your favorite directors? DC: Certainly, some of the French New Wave filmmakers like Godard and Demy. Chaplin is someone who is constantly inspiring me. He’s actually someone Emma and I bonded over, initially. We both adore City Lights, and we were talking about that movie when we first met. And with this movie, Vincente Minnelli, one of my favorites of all time, was a big influence as well in terms of his use of color and his sense of emotion. KW: When I interviewed John Legend, I was surprised to learn that he had come aboard as a producer before you decided to add him to the cast of La La Land. DC: Yeah, what happened was I first met John’s producing partner, Mike Jackson, on the Whiplash circuit. I met John through Mike. As soon as Ryan and Emma were cast, I want to fill the Keith role, and I loved the idea of casting John Legend in it. I knew I wanted a musician for it. I thought, “Okay, I know John’s a producer now, so maybe there’s a play to be made here.” So, they were the first people I sent a script to for that role. He ended up coming aboard in several capacities. First, as an actor, doing his first, big piece of onscreen acting, which was real exciting. Second, as a songwriter.

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He co-wrote the song that his character sings. And third, coming aboard with Mike as an executive producer of the movie. KW: How did you manage to make a movie that’s so much more than the sum of its parts. La La Land is, on the one hand, often larger than life, such as how the panoramic opening dance number is splashed across the screen. And yet, the picture is also intimate and accessible in a way that affords the viewer a very personal experience. How did you achieve that? Was that part of the plan? DC: My hope was that it would be visually ravishing, but still very human, as you’ve suggested. That was kind of the through line [connecting theme] with everything in prep. Lina Sandgren was just incredible. He, Mandy Moore our choreographer, David Wasco our production designer, and costume designer Mary Zophres all came on board way, way early on to sort of pre-prep the movie. Then, we had a very intensive three to four month, on-site prep with everyone almost housed together in these production offices in the Valley. We were all trying to speak the same language. You have to sort of pre-design stuff really precisely and really minutely. But you hope that, once you get on set, you can still be spontaneous and have fun with it.

KW: Are you thinking about your next project yet? DC: Yes, for a couple years, I’ve been developing this film about Neil Armstrong and the moon landing with Josh Singer, who wrote Spotlight. I hope to be shooting it next year with Ryan playing Neil. It’s on the horizon right now. KW: Finally, what’s in your wallet? DC: Right now, not that much. But my girlfriend and I got a dog recently. We had to get him registered with L.A. County. That’s another L.A. idiosyncrasy. So, I have an ID card for my dog which has his face on it and his name. It’s pretty funny. KW: Well, congratulations again, Damien. I can’t say I’m surprised at your success, since I recognized your phenomenal talent and predicted it way back when. But I am honored to know you and to have this opportunity to chat with you about La La Land. DC: Thank you for all the support back in the day.

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If you attended a charity auction to benefit McCarter Theatre, Trinity Counseling Service, Princeton Charter School, or any number of other organizations in town last spring, you probably encountered Sebastian Clarke. He’s the lanky, personable guy who runs the show, rattling off the numbers and “filler words” to coax bidders higher and higher—but always with a light touch.

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Sebastian Clarke is a favorite appraiser on TV’s Antiques Roadshow, giving people the good, or bad, news about their treasures.

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At Rago Auctions in Lambertville, Sebastian Clarke handles everything from furniture to fine art.

Sebastian Clarke at a recent benefit auction for Trinity Counseling Services, he operated from a mechanical bull.

he says, chuckling at the memory. “Then, I started doing charity auctions. My first one, in Tuxedo Park, was a disaster. But I learned as I went along. They are great practice at crowd control.” Clarke admits to being a little nervous before each event. “The trick is to have a glass of wine before you start, because everybody else has,” he says. “Ignorance is bliss, so I make it a point to go sort of unprepared. It just works better.” Clarke and his family have lived in the Princeton area for eight years. He began working for the Rago company three years ago after a fortuitous meeting with fellow Roadshow appraiser David Rago in an airport. “We were both waiting for the same flight back to Newark,” Clarke recalls. “David didn’t realize I lived in New Jersey. So we started to talk. He ended up offering me the opportunity to start a new division as an estate specialist. I jumped at it. It’s been great, drawing on my connections and contacts, and getting a whole department up and running. It’s a wonderful thing and I love it.” Rago is equally enthusiastic. “Sebastian and I came to know one another as appraisers on Antiques Roadshow,” he wrote in an email. “He was knowledgeable, personable, and experienced. He was fun to hang out with. Add to that the British accent that makes him sound so posh to us Americans, and you can see why we were so glad to have him at Rago. Seriously—his connections, skill set and perspective have made us a better company.”

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While he does appraisals at Rago’s every Monday, much of Clarke’s time is spent “out there,” he says, seeing clients and meeting with attorneys. “I joke with clients that if I’m in the office, I’m not doing my job. The IRS is coming down a lot harder these days. A lot of what I do, even with attorneys, is educate people. The art market is the largest unregulated market in the world. Public sales are in excess of $60 billion a year.” Clarke serves on the Board of Directors for the Appraisers Association of America. He is also on the Board of Young Audiences. He is not a collector himself, though he admits to having “a very modest watch collection.” The best part of his job, he says, isn’t the glitz and glamour. Rather, it is the opportunity to have a positive effect on someone’s life. “One of my favorite stories is not from the [television] show, but from dealing with an elderly couple in Princeton who were moving,” Clarke said. “They had some silver, and some artwork, that they wanted me to look at. But as I was leaving, they showed me these little Islamic fragments of script that they had. The three pieces I estimated at $400 to $600 ended up selling for $28,000. And the best part of it all was that I knew it was going to make a measurable difference in their lives. That’s what makes all of this so fulfilling.”

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