Hoping to make some photographs for a photo challenge, I went into Princeton and walked around near the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, formerly the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
In 1930, Princeton University established the School of Public and International Affairs, which was originally meant to serve as an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate students in Princeton’s liberal arts college. In 1948, the School added a graduate professional program and was renamed to honor Woodrow Wilson, who was the 13th president of the University, governor of New Jersey and the 28th president of the United States.
In 2015, student protesters forced Princeton to reconsider having the School named after Wilson due to his racist views, of which they disapproved. The Wilson Legacy Review Committee ultimately decided to keep his name attached to the School, noting that, like many other notable figures from American history, Wilson had a “complex legacy of both positive and negative repercussions”.
On June 26, 2020, following the eruption of George Floyd protests and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Princeton University Board of Trustees decided to rename the Woodrow Wilson School the “Princeton School of Public and International Affairs”, citing Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies [that] make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college whose scholars, students, and alumni must stand firmly against racism in all its forms.” It was also announced that Wilson College, the first of Princeton’s six undergraduate residential colleges, will be renamed First College. Woodrow Wilson opposed admitting African-American students to Princeton and introduced racial segregation into the United States federal civil service as President.
I wanted to capture the intensity of the contrast between the white of the columns and the shadows but the overhead clouds didn’t care what I wanted, obscuring much of the light. I also think I arrived an hour too late.
Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.