Letter From The Chair — Welcome Back Fall 2021

Written by
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Sept. 3, 2021
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

Welcome! We are finally back on campus and ready for an extraordinary year. I look forward to seeing students in classes, colleagues and staff around campus—to hearing the varied sounds of this vibrant and special place. 

We have all been through some difficult days. Covid-19 has changed so much of our world.  But we made it, and now is a time of new beginnings. Of course, we have to be careful and diligent. Covid-19 remains a clear and present danger. However fragile, we have an opportunity to be in community once again.  Let’s cherish and make the best of our time together.

We are also delighted to be in our new home, Morrison Hall!  For the first time in the history of our department the majority of our faculty will be in one space.  Students can linger in the hallways and lounge areas.  Our seminar rooms are stunning.  The new furniture hasn’t arrived yet, but the space is bright and welcoming—consistent with the beauty of Stanhope Hall.  We will miss that building.  But, what better place for African American Studies to be located at Princeton than in Morrison Hall.  Toni Morrison left her mark on this nation, and on us.  She remains a cornerstone of what we do in African American Studies, and now we are housed in the building that bears her name.

Obviously, I am excited.  I hope you are too.  Welcome back!




Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. 
Department Chair, African American Studies
Princeton University 


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