Timeline of the conception and development of the Fund for Canadian Studies at Princeton University:
Princeton’s first Canadian student arrived at what was then called the College of New Jersey.
Canadian Princeton Alumni Association was founded.
Canadian Princeton Alumni Fund (CPAF) is founded under the leadership of Arthur Schmon ’17 and his son Robert McCormich Schmon ’46.
Interest in Canadian Studies took concrete form with the inauguration of a biannual seminar on Canadian history led by Professor Richard D. Challener, an expert on diplomatic history. The seminar became a full-fledged course, History 418, in 1985. Since then, courses have also been taught in the departments of Comparative Literature, English, Sociology, French and Italian, as well as the Woodrow Wilson School.
Harold T. Shapiro ’64, a native of Montreal and graduate of McGill University, becomes the university’s president (through 2001).
The Canadian government made a generous grant to inaugurate the Princeton Fund for Canadian Studies, which continues to receive substantial annual support from Canadian alumni.
Princeton established the Committee for Canadian Studies under the aegis of the Humanities Council. Canadian Studies has been chaired successively by Professors Richard Challener, Karen McPherson, Dale Miller, Michèle Lamont, Jameson Doig, Anthony Grafton, Jeremy Adelman and James Stone. Our current chair is Simon Morrison (Music). The Committee seeks to represent a broad spectrum of interests — from the social sciences to the performing arts.
1999 – 2014
The Princeton community benefited from the presence of Constance and Laurence G. Pathy ’56 Visiting Professors in Canadian Studies, who spent one or two semesters on campus teaching and participating in the program. Past Pathy Professors included Jonathan Hart (University of Alberta); Mark Sproule-Jones (McMaster University); Michael Peterman ’66 (Trent University); Arthur Ray (University of British Columbia); and Nino Ricci (Author, and Humber School for Writers).
Shirley M. Tilghman, a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, becomes the university’s president (through 2013).
More than 200 Canadian students are enrolled at the university.