The Princeton Area Alumni Association annual meeting for 2020 featured a fireside chat with Princeton graduate students Xiyue and Hua Qu. Xiyue was taken prisoner in Iran in 2016 and held there for three years, as Hua worked tirelessly for his release while caring for their young child Shaofan. This was a rare opportunity to learn about the details of his imprisonment, his conclusions regarding the nature of the Iranian regime, and the prospects of engagement between Iran and the USA.
Fireside Chat with Wang Xiyue and Hua Qu
WINE TASTING, NUMERO TRES
Spanish Wine Tasting ( Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM )
Cost: $68 if you buy wine
Organized by: PA3
A conversation with George Will *68
"What the Election Told Us" A Conversation With George Will *68 Wednesday, November 18th @ 6:30pm EDT
About this Event
"What the Election Told Us": A Conversation With George Will *68
Wednesday, November 18th @ 6:30pm EDT
As the 2020 election draws to a conclusion, the Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC), in collaboration with the Princeton Club of NY, is pleased to invite you to a timely discussion of what just happened in the 2020 election and what does this mean for the future of our country and democracy.
“What the Election Taught Us” is a fireside chat featuring renowned columnist George F. Will *68 who will discuss the 2020 election results and what it means for our country and the world, in conversation with Wendy Gerber '80 .
U.S. Presidential candidate, and former Vice President, Joe Biden has described the 2020 election as a “battle for the soul of this nation.” With the impact of the coronavirus crisis, among other recent events, we are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history.
George Will, a life-long conservative, made a statement when, in June 2016, he revealed that he had left the Republican party, citing his disapproval of President Trump. He has since been vocal in his support for Joe Biden writing that “Joe Biden’s election will end national nightmare 2.0, the nation’s second domestic debacle in two generations.” With the current confluence of events, we are poised to see what election day brings.
We are delighted to host this fireside chat with George Will a few weeks after the 2020 election to discuss (i) what happened and why; (ii) any ongoing uncertainty regarding the election results; and (iii) how our nation can move forward from here.
George F. Will's newspaper column has been syndicated by The Washington Post since 1974. Today it appears twice weekly in newspapers across 47 states and four countries. In 1976 he became a regular contributing editor of Newsweek magazine, for which he provided a bimonthly essay until 2011. In 1977 he won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in his newspaper columns.
In June 2019, Mr. Will released his most recent work, The Conservative Sensibility. Altogether eight collections of Mr. Will's Newsweek and Washington Post columns have been published, the most recent being One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation (2008). Mr. Will has also published three books on political theory, Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does (1983), The New Season: A Spectator's Guide to the 1988 Election (1987) and Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and The Recovery of Deliberative Democracy (1992). In 1990, Mr. Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped The New York Times bestseller list for two months. In 1998, Scribner published Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, a best-selling collection of new and previously published writings by Mr. Will on baseball. Mr. Will's most recent book on baseball is A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred (2014). In July 2000, Mr. Will was a member of Major League Baseball's Blue Ribbon Panel, examining baseball economics.
He has taught political philosophy at Michigan State University, the University of Toronto and Harvard University. Mr. Will served as a staff member in the United States Senate from 1970 to 1972. From 1973 through 1976, he was the Washington editor of National Review magazine. In 1981, Mr. Will became a founding panel member on ABC television’s "This Week" and spent over three decades providing regular commentary. Then followed three years with Fox News where he appeared regularly on "Special Report" and "Fox News Sunday." Mr. Will is now a regular contributor to MSNBC and NBC News.
Mr. Will was born in Champaign, Illinois, educated at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Oxford University and Princeton University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1968 and served as a trustee. Mr. Will was awarded the Madison Medal from Princeton in 1992. Today, Mr. Will lives and works in the Washington, D.C., area.
Wendy Gerber '80 started her career as a journalist with Newsday, then worked as an international lawyer in New York and Paris. She is currently CEO of the International Consulting Group, a global strategy, branding and marketing consulting firm driving growth with a triple bottom line approach—focused on revenue growth, social impact, and sustainability. A graduate of Princeton and New York University Law School, Wendy has also studied at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
What the election taught us: George Will *68 ( Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM )
Organized by: PANYC
PA3 Book Club: 11/19/20 & 1/28/21
October 24, 2020 - The PA3 book club will meet on Thursday, November 19, from 7-8 pm (one week earlier than our usual last Thursday, which is Thanksgiving); take December off; and meet again on Thursday, January 28.
Zoom links will be shared with the book club mailing list. To be added to the list, or to request the link for a specific meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our selections are:
The PA3 book club (usually) meets on the last Thursday evening of each month (except July, August & December) at 7:00 p.m., in East Pyne or Frist under normal circumstances and via Zoom until it's safe to meet in person again. Selections alternate, with occasional exceptions, between fiction and non-fiction, and the authors or books typically have a Princeton connection. Book club meetings are open to all PA3 members and their spouses/partners.
A list of book club selections can be found at https://princetonaaa.org/bookclub.
Book Club: The Weight of Ink ( Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Book Club: White Girls ( Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM )
Where Law Ends: Andrew Weissmann '80
The Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC), in partnership with the Princeton Club of Philadelphia (PCOP) and the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3), is pleased to host Andrew Mueller '80, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's chief deputies, to talk about his new book on the Mueller investigation.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 7 to 8:30 pm, via Zoom
Register here: Weissman Event
WHERE LAW ENDS pulls back the curtain to reveal what went on day-to-day in the Special Counsel’s investigation, putting the reader in the room as the team plotted its strategy and made its most consequential decisions. It documents the choices the Mueller team made, good and bad, for all to see and judge and learn from.
Michael Vatis '85 will moderate this conversation with Andrew Weissmann '80.
Andrew Weissmann '80 teaches criminal procedure and national security law at New York University School of Law and is a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block. He served as a lead prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office and as the general counsel for the FBI under Director Mueller. He also served as chief of the Fraud Section in the Department of Justice, and directed the Enron Task Force, where he supervised prosecutions in connection with the company’s collapse. As a federal prosecutor for fifteen years in the Eastern District of New York, Weissmann prosecuted numerous members of the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese crime families, and police officers for misconduct arising from the attack on Abner Louima. He holds degrees from Columbia Law School and Princeton University.
Michael Vatis '85 is a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in New York, where he chairs the Privacy & Cybersecurity practice and is an appellate litigator. Earlier in his legal career, Michael was a law clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Special Counsel in the Defense Department, Associate Deputy Attorney General for national security matters at the Justice Department, and the first head of the FBI's cybercrime program.
Where Law Ends: Andrew Weissman '80 ( Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM )
Organized by: PANYC/PCOP/PA3