Mudd Library Exhibition - "Learning to Fighting, Fighting to Learn: Education in Times of War"

Thu, Nov 9, 2017, 4:30 pm to Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 1:00 pm
Mudd Library

An Exhibition in the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Since its founding, Princeton University has been shaped by every major war, whether it took place on American soil or halfway around the world. Most colleges and universities in the United States have had to address their role during wartime. Traditional college students are at the prime age of enlistment, and when war loomed, academic institutions looked for the best ways to continue to educate students while also preparing them for combat.

Starting as early as the French and Indian War and continuing through the American involvement in Vietnam, the Princeton community has borne the demand of conflict. Through the Princeton University Archives and the collections of the Public Policy Papers of Princeton University Library, this exhibition reviews how education and the pursuit of knowledge evolved over the span of 200 years through the lens of a series of wars.

Exhibition curators:
Sara Logue
April C. Armstrong
Christa Cleeton
Rosalba Varallo Recchia
Valencia Johnson (exhibition graphics)

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Open to the public through Reunions 2018