Interview by Lynn Adams Smith 

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman will be retiring from Princeton University in 2015 to join the faculty of the Graduate Center, City University of New York, as professor in the Ph.D. Program in Economics, where he will become a Distinguished Scholar at the Graduate Center’s Luxembourg Income Study Center (LIS). He will continue writing his column and blog for The New York Timesmore

By Ellen Gilbert

It’s just a few years since MOOCs (massive open online courses) appeared on the scene. In 2011, Google research director Peter Norvig and computer scientist Sebastian Thrun taught the first MOOC (/mu:k/), a class on artificial intelligence, under the auspices of Stanford University. More than 160,000 students enrolled. Thus was born what Uncharted authors Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel describe as “a revolution in higher education.” more

By Ilene Dube // Photography by Scott Lynch

If I had been asked, before visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum, if I was personally affected by the September 11 attacks on our country, I might have answered no. After viewing the eight-acre site honoring the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks, I would have to say we are all personally affected.

When you enter the glass trapezoidal entry pavilion, you immediately develop a somber mindset. An enormous photograph depicting a peaceful scene of the Brooklyn Bridge and East River at 8:30 that morning gets you thinking about what you were doing when the planes hit. more

By Anne Levin // Photography by Robert I. Faulkner

On a hill in New Brunswick overlooking the Raritan River, a graceful glass and brick building has changed the way students at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts go about their daily routines of class, rehearsal, and performance. Robert E. Mortensen Hall opened last September to rave reviews from those who watched expectantly as the 24,000-square-foot facility took shape at the corner of George Street and Route 18. more

By Taylor Smith

At the end of their child’s eighth grade school year, parents are faced with the conundrum of where to send their teen to high school. In areas like Princeton, the options are plentiful. Private day school is an attractive choice to most since it combines academic rigor with the creature comforts of home. Some may even consider being a day student at a local boarding school, the Peddie School, The Pennington School, Hun School, and The Lawrenceville School being four examples. There are also a group of students, who at the age of 13 and 14, dream of the pre-college experience that only boarding school can offer. These teens crave independence, adventure, and the unknown. Knowing your teenager – their strengths, weaknesses, sociability, and adaptability – will help parents to decide whether being a day student or a boarding student is right for their child. more

10) Pick up fresh incense from the Salty Dog and a fancy planner or calendar from Paper Source. Stock up on pens, paper, and notebooks from Hinkson’s, which gets a master list from local schools and can put together an order for next-day pickup. Talk about convenience!

9) Sign up for SAT Prep classes at Princeton Review. Students hoping to boost their scores on upcoming tests can take courses at 194 Nassau Street, or online.

8) Register for after school and weekend classes at the Arts Council of Princeton, where drawing, painting, Manga, video production, Flamenco dance, and flash animation are only a few of the offerings on the ever-growing roster. more

By Stuart Mitchner

Every time the “back to school” theme comes up, I think of The Catcher in the Rye, New York City, and the year I went to McBurney School on 63rd Street off Central Park West. I was 16 when I read Holden Caulfield’s story for the first of many times, not knowing that J.D. Salinger had been at McBurney decades before me and that some of Holden’s school experiences and relationships were drawn from his two years there. more

By Bill Alden // Photography by Frank Wojciechowski

Growing up in Ithaca, N.Y. during the 1970s and 80s, Mollie Marcoux developed a fondness for Cornell University. But when Marcoux traveled to Princeton University for a college visit during her high school years, she found a second home.

“It was just a feeling I had when I walked on campus,” recalls Marcoux. “The people that I met really cared about being great at sports and being great at academics as well. I have always been pro Princeton, it just felt right to me from the beginning.” more

By Linda Arntzenius 

In terms of art, Philadelphia is a top destination, from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, from the Rodin Museum to the Barnes Collection. The first of these is the oldest art museum and school in the country and is a showcase for American masters, while the second boasts a collection of some 300,000 works spanning two millennia. Admirers of August Rodin can explore the largest collection of the artist’s sculptures outside of Paris and then pop into the Barnes to see one of the world’s finest gatherings of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings presented in a way that is unlike any other world-class museum on the planet. more

By Taylor Smith

The Brandywine River Valley encompasses sections of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware. This is horse country, rich in farmland, rolling hills, and history. The area is dotted with 19th century grist mills and Civil War sites. In autumn, the foliage is alive with color and the many bed and breakfast lodgings open their doors to weekend travellers. It’s no wonder that the famously talented Wyeth clan made the Brandywine their primary home when they weren’t in Maine. Located only a few hours from Philadelphia and Manhattan, the Brandywine makes for a relaxing long weekend. Visitors will soon come to understand why it is often referred to as the “England of Pennsylvania.” more

By Jordan Hillier

Ralph Schoenstein (1933-2006), a longtime Princeton resident, is remembered as a Renaissance man who brought excitement and passion to all that he pursued. An author, humorist, and beloved NPR commentator, Schoenstein grew up in Manhattan, the son of the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper editor Paul Schoenstein. His first book, The Block (1960), written after he graduated from Columbia University, is a memoir of his childhood, including daily interactions with seven friends, all of whom lived around West 78th Street before World War II. more

By Linda Arntzenius

Photography by Richard Speedy// Snapshots by the author

For outdoor adventure in New Jersey, few settings rival the Pine Barrens. Covering over 1 million acres, or 22 percent of the state, this is an ancient and unsullied land of breathtaking diversity. Less than two hours south of Princeton, visitors can boat, hike, cycle, canoe, fish, horseback ride, camp, explore old abandoned towns, or simply enjoy the otherworldly beauty of a quiet, pine-filled forest. Dozens of tucked-away rivers, creeks, and lakes of cedar-tinted water make the Pine Barrens a dream spot for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. more

By Panthea Reid

I’m not writing about Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities, Paris and London during the French Revolution. Nor do I mean the two Princetons, situated one inside the other until citizens voted in November 2011, to consolidate the Borough’s less than two square miles with the Township’s surrounding sixteen square miles. Princeton is now a geographically unified town of almost eighteen square miles. But it is not unified economically. There is a huge divide between the real estate prospects of the have-a-whole-lot and those of the haven’t-so-much. Or maybe this is a tale of three towns: one inhabited by the have-very-little, another by the have-enough, and another by the have-a-whole-whole-lot. more

By Ellen Gilbert

A new show at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is reintroducing a master of 20th-century fashion whose name (until now, at any rate) may be unfamiliar to many: Charles James. Cristóbal Balenciaga, the Basque designer and founder of the eponymous couture house in Paris, is reported to have observed, “James is not America’s greatest couturier. He is simply the world’s best.” Christian Dior credited James’s work as the inspiration for his romantic “New Look” designs after World War II. The exhibition, which runs through August10 includes over 70 outfits and is the largest show ever devoted to James. Many of the pieces came to the Met by way of the Brooklyn Museum, an early repository for examples of the James collection. more

By Ellen Gilbert 

Scholar/Critic Kwame AnthonyAkroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah recently left Princeton University, where he was a member of both the Department of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, to assume a position as Professor of Law and Philosophy at New York University.  He received both a B.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge University.  His most recent book is Lines of Descent: W.E.B.du Bois and the Emergence of Identity.  His other titles include The Honor Code; Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers; The Ethics of Identity; and In My Father’s House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture.  Appiah’s many honors include a National Humanities Medal awarded to him by President Obama in 2012.  In 2013, then-recently appointed Princeton University President Chris Eisgruber asked the incoming freshmen class to read The Honor Code.  Describing it as a “splendid” book, drawing on history and philosophy from different areas of the world,” Eisgruber said that he particularly appreciated “the questions it asks about what it means to live a good life, and which ideas about honor can promote a good life.” more

By Taylor Smith 

Speak about your experience competing in triathlons. 

I initially got interested in triathlons in the early 1980s while watching the Ironman World Championships on TV.  From that time I always harbored a desire to test myself physically, emotionally and mentally.  It seemed triathlons offered that opportunity.  In 1987 I was hit by a car while riding my bike and it changed my ability to run effectively for several years.  In 2003 I had the opportunity to work the Ironman World Championships. The athletes, especially the physically challenged athletes, inspired me so much, I decided to get off my overweight butt and start getting in shape.  I chose to use the goal of training for an Ironman. more

By Wendy Plump

Photography by Christine Hutkin

What exactly is a burdock root? For that matter, what do you do with an emu egg, or yellow carrots? And since we are on the topic, how do you “French” a London broil, can you put beef jerky in a blender, and what sort of meal would you make out of stinging nettles? There are many ways to answer these pressing questions. But it is more fun posing them. The very best place to do both of these things, and many others besides, is the historic, rollicking, inspiring, 122-year-old, variegated, festive, processing-difficultyinducing Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. I had not visited in years, which seems almost shameful for a Bucks County girl.  more

By Anne Levin

When faced with an issue that threatens their health, safety, property values or aesthetic sensibilities, some people feel powerless and look the other way. Others might be willing to sign a petition, or maybe write a small check supporting the cause. Then there is another category, made up of those for whom an issue becomes almost an obsession. Galvanized by a desire for change, they are the ones who show up religiously at municipal meetings. They hand out leaflets in supermarket parking lots. They canvas their neighbors door-to-door. They do research and write to their legislators. And they organize themselves into citizen action groups, joining forces to challenge public and private institutions they feel are threatening their rights. more

By Ellen Gilbert

Photography Collections of the Historical Society of Princeton

Picnics have been around for a long time. The word “picnic” is probably of French origin; the French piquer literally means to pierce with the tip of a sword. No less an authority than the Larousse Gastronomique reports that the word pique-nique, referring to a repas en pleine air, was accepted by the Academy Française in 1740 and “thereafter became a universally accepted word in many languages.” more

By Taylor Smith

Summer is a great time to enjoy the many cultural attractions, fine food, and parks available in Philadelphia. Located approximately one hour from Princeton (two hours from Manhattan), Philadelphia is the perfect place to wile away a weekend. In addition to the suggestions below, there’s always the opportunity to watch a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. Better yet, schedule your trip around Independence Day to view the spectacular Fireworks Celebration at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River Waterfrontmore