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  Thursday, May 22
  Friday, May 23
  Saturday, May 24
  Sunday, May 25
 

 GENERAL INFORMATION

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 WESEMINARS

  Ready to challenge your
  mind and expand your
  horizons? WESeminars
  offered throughout the
  weekend feature
  prominent alumni and
  parents, as well as some
  of Wesleyan’s finest
  students and faculty
  members.
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 REUNION CLASS SITES

  1953 | 1958 | 1963 | 1968
  1973 | 1978 | 1983 | 1988
  1993 | 1998
 

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FRIDAY, MAY 23

7:30–10 a.m.
Breakfast Available

No advance registration required. All are welcome, including members of the senior class, alumni, and their families.

 

8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Reunion & Commencement 2003 Registration

Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for a final weekend schedule (with updates and event locations), meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more.

Office of Alumni and Parent Relations,330 High Street

 

9 a.m.
WESeminar 4

Connecticut River Expedition

 

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of eight 16mm films, eleven digital videos, and two examples of virtual filmmaking made by members of the graduating Class of 2003.

 

9:30–11 a.m.
Campus Walking Tours

 

9:30–11 a.m.

Russell House Tour

Russell House, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the Northeast. Learn more about Russell House during this informative tour.

 

10 a.m.

WESeminar 5

Gallery Talk on Photographs of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

 

10 a.m.

WESeminar 6

The Middle East: Crisis, Conflict, and Change

 

10:30 a.m.

WESeminar 7

Artists' Books

 

11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Saturday)

Reunion Class Headquarters

WESeniors, Clark Hall Lounge

Classes of 1953-1998, Hewitt Lounge

 

11:30 a.m.
Luncheon for WESeminar Presenters and Members of the WESeminar Committee

(by invitation only)

 

Noon
Welcome Picnic

Everyone is invited to this picnic. Enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family. Please register for this picnic on the form in your preliminary brochure or online.  (The picnic is complimentary for members of the 50th, 55th, 60th, and 65th Reunion Classes and their guests, but advance registration is required.)

 

Noon-2 p.m.

Senior Class Celebration and Barbecue (Class of 2003)

Hosted by The Alumni Association and the Wesleyan Annual Fund; catering provided by WesWings  

 

Noon–4 p.m.
Northern Light: Photographs by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson from St. Andrews University, Scotland

Working in partnership over a period of four years, the Scotsmen David Octavius Hill (1802–1870) and Robert Adamson (1821–1848) produced some of the most sophisticated and beautiful calotypes ever made. The exhibition will include 30 views of the town of St. Andrews as well as a variety of other portraits and views. The Davison Art Center is the sole U.S. venue for this show.

This exhibition is funded in part by the Edward W. Snowdon Fund.

Davison Art Center

 

1 p.m.

WESeminar 8

Strange Love: Juliet and Gender

 

1 p.m.

WESeminar 9

Inside Book Publishing

 

1 p.m.

WESeminar 10

Whither Diversity

 

2 p.m.

WESeminar 11

Life's Great Passages: Adolescence, Midlife, and the Elder Passage

 

2–5 p.m.
Wesleyan University Press Open House

Staff members of Wesleyan University Press welcome new writers, established writers, and anyone seeking a fuller understanding of how the complex book-publishing industry works. Writers and others who are interested are welcome to drop by for a beverage, to informally browse the library of Wes Press publications, and to discuss their writing plans with the Press staff.

 

3 p.m.

WESeminar 12

Archives at Home

 

3 p.m.

WESeminar 13

Muse in Music: Writing for the Hip-Hop Generation

 

3 p.m.

WESeminar 14

Wesleyan's Warriors and Poets of World War II

 

3:30 p.m.
Ludlum War Stories: Talking About Our Days with Bob Ludlum ’51

This is one of a three-part series retrospective on the work of Robert Ludlum.

Come join this informal panel of Alpha Delts and other friends for a fun discussion about Robert Ludlum ’51, best-selling author of 21 suspense novels. Share your memories, too. Open to all who knew Robert Ludlum, and those who want to know more about Ludlum and Alpha Delta Phi’s link to the CIA.

Moderators: Bill Wasch ’52 and Dixie Sanger ’52, with special guest Chuck Briggs ’49, retired inspector general of the CIA

Cosponsored by the Adelphic Literary Society, the Adelphic Educational Fund, and the Middletown Chapter of Alpha Delta Phi

Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street

 

4 p.m.

WESeminar 15

The Bells of South College

 

4 p.m.

WESeminar 16

Across and Down

 

4 p.m.

WESeminar 17

Four Career Imperatives for the 21st Century

 

4–6 p.m.
Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families

Hosted by the Senior Class Officers and the Parents Council.  Special thanks to event sponsors, Barry '66 and Ann Reder (parents of Kate '03) and Gerald and Lynn Stein (parents of Laura '03 and Rachel '03).

 

4 p.m.

Reunion Class Gatherings

The following classes will be meeting for cocktails and conversation to kick off the weekend:

Class of 1953

Class of 1963

Class of 1968

Class of 1978

 

5 p.m.
Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Dinner

Followed by a 6:15 banquet (open only to members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families)

Alpha Delta Phi House, 185 High Street

 

5 p.m.
Psi Upsilon Annual Corporation Meeting 

Reception to begin at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. 

Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street

 

5–6:30 p.m.
President’s Reception in honor of the Donor Associates

Honoring members of the Olin Associates, Founders Club, Willbur Fisk Associates, College Row Society, John Wesley Associates, 1831 Society, and the Douglas Cannon Club.

(by invitation only)

 

5:30 p.m.

Beta Theta Pi Annual Meeting and Dinner

Beta Theta Pi House, 184 High Street

 

5:30–8:30 p.m.
Viva Italia! An All-College Dinner to Kick Off the Weekend

Mangia! Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal Italian-style buffet dinner. Enjoy a relaxing evening of Chianti, conversation, and music. The meal is available until 8:30 p.m. Please register online or by using the form in your preliminary brochure.

 

6 p.m.

Open House Dinner for Queer Alumni and Their Guests

Open House, 154 Church Street

 

7:30 p.m.

Film Screening: Lost in La Mancha

Jacob Bricca '93 will present the feature documentary Lost In La Mancha, which he edited.  La Mancha, which was released in theatres nationwide in January, is a first-hand account of filmmaker Terry Gilliam's failed attempt to bring his adaptation of Don Quixote to the screen. "There's no shortage of disaster stories in the history of film production, but none have been recorded with such frankness, immediacy and aching sense of disappointment as in Lost in La Mancha...entertaining and instructive...a tantalizing memorial."-Derek Elley, Variety.

 

8 p.m.

WESeminar 18

Lift Every Voice: An Open Workshop with Marichal Monts '85 

 

8 p.m.

WESeminar 19

Mars–As You've Never Seen It 

 

8–10 p.m.
Class of 1998 Reception

 

9 p.m.
Stargazing

Visit the Van Vleck Observatory, where you’ll have an awesome view of the stars and sample such heavenly delights as Milky Ways, Mars Bars, and Starbursts.

 

9 p.m.

An Evening of Mainstream Swing, blues, and Jazz

Enjoy popular classics from the likes of Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Ellington, Waller, and more. Featuring Charlie Hoyt ’53, P ’99, P ’03  (piano); Dave Rich ’55 (clarinet and sax); Sam Hoyt ’99 (lead trumpet); Craig Grant (trombone); Jim Schettino (drums); and Bugsy Moran (bass).

Sponsored by the Class of 1953

 

9-11 p.m.

Academic Department Open House

Astronomy

 

9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Reunion Party
9-10 p.m. – Progressive Jazz
Andrew Drury '88 and his progressive jazz quartet with Brad Shepik (Dave Douglas), Jenny Scheinman (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones), and Adam Lane (Tom Waits). Critics all over the country have praised Drury’s “world class improvised music,” which is “rigorously crafted and liberatingly free.” 
10-11 p.m. – Mumbo Jumbo 
Mumbo jumbo music from cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum '98, guitarist Evan O’Reilly '98, bassist Adam Lane '89, and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. These four musicians have gained great acclaim in the music world. Bynum leads his own ensembles and works with Anthony Braxton, the Fully Celebrated Orchestra, Cecil Taylor, and many others; O’Reilly performs with the NYC rock group HUNK; Lane leads his own quartet and works with Leo Smith, John Tchicai, and others; and Fujiwara performs with the performance troupe STOMP. Expect these four to do something very cool and beautiful.
11 p.m.-Midnight – Punk Cabaret
The Dresden Dolls featuring Amanda Palmer '98, a punk-cabaret band recently voted “Best New Band in Boston” in the local music polls. Original songs with a tragicomic flair for the absurd in the spirit of Nick Cave, Kurt Weill, and Violent Femmes. The Dolls have just finished their first full-length studio album and will be touring in the fall; visit www.dresdendolls.com to find out more.
Midnight-2 a.m. – Indie Rock
Northern Spy led by Steve McPherson '98, indie rock of the stripe beloved by sweater-wearing college students. Unabashedly sentimental, occasionally angular, and often brainy, the band has taken pages from the playbooks of Hendrix, Big Star, the Police, and Sunny Day Real Estate and brought them to stages and radio stations across New England and New York. And yes, it is all thanks to Steve’s B.A. from the Wesleyan Music Department.

 

9:30 p.m.

WESeminar 20

Film Screening: The Bourne Identity

 

9:30-11:30 p.m.

WesCafé – an all-college performance open mic thang

Who’s got more talent—the graduating Seniors or the WESeniors? Find out at this all-college open mic! Music, drag, poetry, comedy, video, dance—if you can do it on a stage in under 5 minutes (or if you just want to watch) this is the place to be. A microphone, mic stand, stools, chairs, tape deck, CD player, and VCR will be available to all performers.  Interested in performing or want more information?  Contact Jaclyn Friedman '93

 

Until 2:30 a.m.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service is available to all area hotels and the residence halls.

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