Freeing the Mind: What Truly Matters in a Princeton Education

Sep 29, 2023, 4:30 pm5:30 pm
Bowen Hall 222



Event Description

Freeing the Mind: What Truly Matters in a Princeton Education

What’s the point of a Princeton education? What is liberal arts learning all about? How can students make the most of opportunities afforded to them by liberal arts colleges and universities? Two of Princeton’s most distinguished scholars and acclaimed teachers, Professor Robert George and Dean Jill Dolan, will explore these questions in a public dialogue entitled, “Freeing the Mind: What Truly Matters in a Princeton Education," for First-Year Families Weekend.

With an introduction by Jennifer Rexford, Provost and the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering and Professor of Computer Science

*Princeton First-Year Families Weekend - open to the public, to students and families of students.

Sanjeev Kulkarni is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has taught at Princeton since 1991, and has served as head of Butler College and as Dean of the Graduate School and Dean of the Faculty. Professor Kulkarni is a recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He earned an MA degree from Stanford University and holds a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. He has served as chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and before that on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds J.D. and M.T.S. degrees from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L., D.C.L., and D.Litt. from Oxford University. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

As provost, Jennifer Rexford ensures the continued vitality of Princeton’s academic mission and its long-term financial security. Professor Rexford is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering and a 1991 graduate of Princeton with a B.S.E. in electrical engineering. After completing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan in 1996, she worked as a researcher at AT&T Labs for more than eight years, creating techniques deployed in the company’s backbone networks. Following her years in industry, Jen joined Princeton’s Department of Computer Science as a full professor in 2005. She received her named professorship in 2012, became acting chair of computer science in 2013 and was named chair in 2015. Her research focuses on computer networking, with the larger goal of making the Internet worthy of society’s trust. She is an affiliated faculty member in electrical and computer engineering, operations research and financial engineering, applied and computational mathematics, gender and sexuality studies, Center for Information Technology Policy, High Meadows Environmental Institute and Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.

Dean Jill Dolan was unable to attend the event due to illness.