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Transcript, 2009 September 18

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In this interview, Bowen talks about his second home in Avalon and his daily life as president; the role of external politics in Princeton, chiefly in the context of divestment and the J.P Stevens boycott; his relationship with the student body in response to the divestment debate; starting the residential college system and addressing Princeton's perceived snobbishness; the Committee on Undergraduate Residential Life (CURL) report and fundraising for the residential colleges; Sally Frank's lawsuit to integrate the eating clubs; the various renovations that occurred during his presidency; choosing and working with his three provosts: Sheldon Hackney, Albert Rees, and Neil Rudenstine; Rudenstine's decision not to succeed Bowen as president; working with the Deans of the Graduate School, including Al Kernan, Nina Garsoian, and Ted Ziolkowski; his opinions on the focus on undergraduates both during his time as a graduate student and as president; what he viewed as the most important changes to Princeton; the lawsuit and settlement of the Robertson Foundation and his relationship with Charles Robertson.


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Transcript; Princeton University Presidents Oral History Collection, AC318, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Transcripts and video of the 2004/2005 interviews are linked to this finding aid in Series 1: Interviews.

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