[Blackstudies-l] Princeton names building after St. Lucian Nobel Prize winner Arthur Lewis

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Wed May 3 20:31:54 EDT 2017


lisaparavisini posted: " A report by Zenitha Prince for Afro. Princeton
University is naming two of its buildings after a pair of its distinguished
Black scholars. Effective July 1, West College, one of the oldest and most
prominent campus buildings, will be known as Morrison"
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A report by Zenitha Prince for *Afro*.
<http://afro.com/princeton-names-two-buildings-honor-black-scholars/>

Princeton University is naming two of its buildings after a pair of its
distinguished Black scholars.

Effective July 1, West College, one of the oldest and most prominent campus
buildings, will be known as Morrison Hall in honor of Nobel Prize-winning
author Toni Morrison, who taught at the Ivy League university.
Additionally, *a major auditorium in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public
and International Affairs will be named for Sir Arthur Lewis, a
Caribbean-born Nobel laureate, who served on the school’s faculty from 1963
to 1983.*

The decision to rename the facilities came from the Princeton University
Community’s Committee on Naming <http://namingcommittee.princeton.edu/>,
which consulted with members of the campus.

“I am very grateful to the Naming Committee for these excellent
recommendations, and I am delighted that Princeton will now be able to
honor and commemorate Toni Morrison and Arthur Lewis for their pioneering
contributions to this University and to the world,” Princeton University
President Christopher L. Eisgruber said in a statement.

“By taking these steps,” he added, “we begin to recognize more completely
the extraordinary range of individuals and groups that have made this
University what it is today, and to inscribe upon the fabric of our campus
a fuller account not only of Princeton’s history, but also of the
commitments to both excellence and inclusivity that must guide our
aspirations for the future.”

In 1993, Morrison became the first African-American to be awarded the Nobel
Prize in Literature, and was described by the Nobel committee as someone
“who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives
life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

The author also won the Pulitzer Prize for “Beloved” in 1988, the National
Humanities Medal in 2000 and the National Humanities Medal in 2000, among
other international accolades.

Lewis joined the Princeton faculty in 1963 and retired 20 years later.
During that time he taught economics and international affairs as well as
undergraduate and undergraduate courses in economics and economic history.

The prolific author was knighted in 1963 and won the Nobel Prize in
Economics in 1979. The St. Lucia native was the first person of African
descent to be appointed a professor in Great Britain’s university system.

In its nomination, the committee said Lewis “is an example of someone who
brought distinction and diversity to this campus over many years, but whose
accomplishments and impact are not known to succeeding generations of
Princetonians.”
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