By Anne Levin
Photography by Andrew Wilkinson
Nearly a decade ago, Brett Bonfield was at a career crossroads. He had written two novels, worked as a technology specialist, been a real estate analyst and a professional fundraiser. But he wasn’t feeling fulfilled. more
Interviews by Lynn Adams Smith
The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade and has pledged to gradually increase rates in the future. We invited a group of senior banking executives to answer the same six questions concerning how rate hikes will impact consumers, savers, corporations, and local economic growth. more
By Donald Gilpin
The question has taken on a renewed urgency and importance in the past year, both locally and internationally. There was Pope Francis’s environmental encyclical in June, an historic agreement to limit carbon emissions from 200 world leaders at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December, dire warnings from Democratic presidential candidates—and, of course, the most striking admonitions of all, from the weather itself, with a balmy December, the hottest and wettest month on record to culminate a year that was also the hottest in history, then January following up with a massive blizzard that dumped two feet of snow on the Princeton area and brought severe flooding again to the Jersey shore. Extremes of weather indeed! more
Join us in our #PledgeforParity
By Sarah Emily Gilbert
Today, Tuesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD). Since the 1900s, it has been a day to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women and to address the global issues that directly affect them. This year’s IWD theme, “Pledge for Parity” (#pledgeforparity), urges men and women to take action in order to achieve worldwide gender parity. more
Friday, March 4
12:30 p.m.: Gallery Talk at the Princeton University Art Museum: “Anthony van Dyck: The Mocking of Christ.” Free to attend.
4:30 p.m.: “Shakespeare and Ireland” lecture by James Shapiro presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Fund for Irish Studies (FIS) at Princeton University’s James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street.
6 p.m.: Friday Wine & Music at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington.
Princeton Magazine is continuing the Oscar celebration with a selection of dazzling gold products.
The Oscar gold was spread around last night with Spotlight winning Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay; Leonardo DiCaprio taking home Best Actor for The Revenant; Mark Rylance and Alicia Vikander were named best supporting actor and actress, respectively, she for The Danish Girl; and Brie Larson took the best actress prize for Room.
Shop Gold! Simply click on each product image to purchase.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards takes place this Sunday, February 28, 2016. The awards ceremony was first broadcast to radio in 1930 and televised in 1953. It is now seen live in more than 200 countries. This year’s ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre is Los Angeles and is hosted by comedian Chris Rock. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, which has become commonly known by its nickname, Oscar.
As an ode to the prestigious ceremony, Princeton Magazine has selected a series of unique products inspired by the nominees. To purchase, click on each product image.
Break a leg! more
Celebrate man’s best friend.
Princeton Magazine has hand-selected our favorite gifts for dog lovers. Check out the many Scottish terrier, French bulldog, and Labrador Retriever motifs in the form of clothing, accessories, and home decor. Simply click on each product image to purchase!
This time of year calls for something different to change-up the routine. Why not dash off to a warm weather getaway to indulge in some yoga, fine dining, and relaxation? Below, Princeton Magazine offers up some suggestions. Simply click on each product image to purchase. Bon voyage!
Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with Red-Colored Gifts!
In traditional Chinese art and culture, red is considered to be a very auspicious color. For example, monetary gifts are often packaged in red envelopes signifying fortune and good luck. In honor of 2016’s Year of the Monkey, Princeton Magazine has chosen to shop red! Simply click on each product image to purchase and bring a little luck into your own life. more
Send the one you love something sweet for Valentine’s Day! From the perfect cup of coffee to a festive box of Cadbury chocolates, these gourmet delights and comforting gifts are sure to warm the heart. Simply click on each product image to purchase. more
Straight talk from UPenn’s president on education, democracy, next year’s election—and yes, where to find the best ice-cream in Philadelphia
By Linda Arntzenius
Photography by Benoit Cortet
When former Princeton University Provost Amy Gutmann became the eighth President of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, she embarked on an ambitious plan to show the world not only what could be done to further research, teaching, and clinical care at a first-rate Ivy League institution, but what should be done. Her inaugural address launched the Penn Compact, reconfirmed last year as Penn Compact 2020. The University has been transformed. And the city of Philadelphia is all the better for it. Nothing demonstrates the power of Gutmann’s vision more vividly than the 2012 Design Champion Award-winning Penn Park, the beautiful 24-acre urban sanctuary that has taken the place of what was once an ugly asphalt parking lot. “My vision for Penn’s campus has been to elevate it as the model of the most innovative, beautiful, and sustainable urban university in our country and the world. Penn’s campus is first and foremost an enormous workshop of ideas—a living, breathing dynamo for discovery and creativity,” says Gutmann, with infectious enthusiasm. more
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 Times. 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