Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani's $10 Million Donation to Princeton

Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani '80 and her husband Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani '74 have donated $10 million to Princeton University to establish the  Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. It will "provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to understanding Iran and the Persian Gulf, with special attention to the region's significance for the contemporary world," according to the official announcement. 

The release adds,

The couple, of New York City, grew up and completed their high school education in Iran before coming to, and eventually settling in, the United States. Each majored in economics at Princeton and earned a certificate in the Program in Near Eastern Studies.
Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 1993. She previously worked at Fidelity Management Trust Co., where she was chief investment officer for all separate and co-mingled fixed income accounts. She is member of the board of trustees and the investment committee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the board of trustees and the investment committee of Trinity School in New York City, and the national advisory board of the Merage Foundation for the American Dream. She has published books on bond indexing and on OPEC natural gas, as well as numerous articles on portfolio management issues. She earned an M.S. from Stanford University. She is a former member of the advisory council for Princeton's Bendheim Center for Finance.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Doug McGrath Discusses "Checkers" Play with the NY TImes

A seminal moment in the political career of Richard Nixon is getting fresh attention thanks to the new off-Broadway play "Checkers," written by Doug McGrath and playing at the Vineyard . He recently discussed the play and his inspiration with the New York Times. The article, "Mixed Feelings Lead a Writer to Nixon," says,

Nixon, Mr. McGrath said over a meal last month at the Union Square Cafe, is “one of the few people I know who can be hateful and pitiable at the same time, which is kind of maddening.” He laughed. “We like a cleaner feeling. You just want to hate someone, or pity him, but not both. It’s that essentially human quality of Nixon’s that everyone connects with in some way: that fear, that social insecurity, that inability to feel loved or popular.”