Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Diggin' in the Mudd: What was Brooke Shields '87 like in college?

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.

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Anonymous said...

"Ralph Nadar" . . . come on, guys, spelling . . .

Andrew Stella said...

Charlie Gibson is leaving ABC news tomorrow after over 30 years of reporting. Thought you ought to know

Anonymous said...

If you're going to post the Creative Commons license authorization for each photo, you should at least follow the listed conditions. See that "BY" in "CC BY 2.0"? That means you need to actually credit the photographer. As it currently stands, you've got three copyright violations in this post (and no, none of these will qualify as fair use).

Daily Princetonian Web Staff said...

Thank you, I didn't realize the license didn't include the author's name.