Wednesday, December 16, 2009
One cool feature of Mudd’s online database is the senior thesis catalog where you can look up the thesis of anyone who ever went to Princeton. As we all know (and some of us like to brag about) some famous people went to Princeton. So, the senior thesis catalog is actually a pretty cool way to get a glimpse into the college lives of some of the famous alumni at Princeton. Here's just a few of the many cool theses cataloged in Mudd and available for perusal upon request at the library. I've listed some by well-known alumni as well as some by people you may not have known graduated from PU from a variety of different majors/fields. The title of the thesis follows the name/description.
Brooke Shields '87 (actress)- The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Films of Louis Malle, "Pretty Baby" and "Lacombe Lucien"
Jodi Picoult '87 (author of "My Sisters Keeper", recently made into a blockbuster movie)- Development
Wentworth Miller '95 (star of network TV show "Prison Break)- Doubling and the Identity Construct in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Lisa Halaby '73 (Queen Noor of Jordan)- 96th Street and Second Avenue
Ralph Nader '55 (presidential candidate)- Lebanese Agriculture
James T Aubrey Jr. '41 (president of CBS and MGM)- Fielding's Debt to Cervantes and the Picaresque Tradition
John Katzman '81 (founder of the Princeton Review)- The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter.
Bill Bradley '65 (Basketball Hall of Fame, former Senator)- "On That Record I Stand" - Harry S. Truman's Fight for the Senatorship in 1940
Charlie Gibson '65 (ABC World News Tonight host)- The Land and Capital Problems of Pre-Famine Ireland
A.B. Krongard '58 (CIA director under Bush)- The Nature and Meaning of Religious Propositions
You can interpret this information a lot of ways. It definitely seems to prove what Princeton's always trying to tell us- that majors (and theses) don't necessarily equal career choices. Or maybe the people in this selection were just especially lucky. Overall, it's definitely an interesting look into Princeton's past and a lot of figures who made major contributions to the history of America and the world.