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[flag] Dates for Reunion & Commencement Weekend 2012 are May 24–27

Full Schedule

Thursday, May 20

Preliminary Schedule for Thursday, May 20
9 A.M.–5 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

10 A.M.–3 P.M. Middlesex County Historical Society

Wesleyan alumni, parents, and families are invited to stop by the Middlesex County Historical Society while they're on campus for Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street

4–6 P.M.

50th Reunion Class of 1960 Gathering

Members of the Class of 1960 are encouraged to gather at Usdan to check-in for the weekend. At this time, please bring your memorabilia from the past 54 years to be displayed in the Ring Family Lobby at Usdan throughout the weekend.

Usdan University Center

5 P.M.–1 A.M.

Senior Class Semiformal

Attendance is limited to graduating seniors only.

6 P.M.

50th Reunion Welcome Reception and Dinner for the Class of 1960

This meal is included in the flat fee for all 50th reunion attendees, but please register here so we know to expect you.

Wadsworth Mansion, 421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT

6 P.M.

25th Reunion Gathering for the Class of 1985

Join classmates for cocktails, dinner, and a chance to catch up. Dutch treat.

La Boca, 520 Main Street, Middletown

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Friday, May 21

Preliminary Schedule for Friday, May 21
9 A.M.–10 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

9–10:15 A.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

9 –10:30 A.M.

Psi Upsilon Breakfast

Psi Upsilon

10 A.M. 50th Reunion Class of 1960 Discussion—The Wesleyan Mind

Our class discussion with spouses will focus on the life of the mind as it relates to Wesleyan: how Wesleyan in the 1950s opened our minds; how we now try to sustain our brains in an age of computers and Sudoku; and how we can pass on to our children and grandchildren what we have learned from our college experience. Put on your thinking caps and plan to have a fun conversation.

Moderators: Bob C. Williams ’60 and Chuck Olton ’60

Millett Room, Russell House

10 A.M.–2 P.M. Middlesex County Historical Society

Wesleyan alumni, parents, and families are invited to stop by the Middlesex County Historical Society while they're on campus for Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street

10 A.M.–4 P.M.

Senior Class Diploma Pickup

Members of the Class of 2010 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.

Note: Any 2010 graduate who will not have use for the diploma cover that is handed out during Commencement may recycle the cover by dropping it off in the lobby of North College in the box marked “Diploma Cover Recycling” after the ceremony.

Registrar’s Office, North College

10:30–11:30 A.M.

Psi Upsilon Chapter Meeting

Psi Upsilon

10:30 A.M.–4 P.M. Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2010.

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

11 A.M.

WESEMINAR: Watching Brains Think: Brain Imaging, Face Recognition, Emotions, and Deception

Thinking is hard work and brain cells require more energy than any other individual cells in the human body. Because of this energy requirement, blood flow increases in areas of the brain where cells are most active. Brain scanners detect these changes in a completely safe manner from outside the head, so they can be used with healthy human volunteers to determine which brain areas are active during many different mental tasks, thus enabling us to answer a wide range of questions: How do we recognize faces? Why are some people face-blind even though they have normal vision? Can we detect psychopaths by watching their brain activity? Can we determine when a person is lying? Can someone read your mind by watching your brain activity? Join us for a discussion of these questions and the ethical issues raised by brain imaging.

Presenter: Hugh R. Wilson '65, director, Centre for Vision Research, fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and professor of biological & computational vision, York University, Toronto, Canada

Memorial Chapel

11:30 A.M. –1:30 P.M.

Welcome Picnic Lunch- SOLD OUT

Join friends, classmates, and family members for lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend. This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Lunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1929 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:

$20 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$5 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend the picnic, please register here.

Tent, Russell House

NOON The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job You Want

Fair or not, assumptions about our intelligence, abilities, sophistication, performance, and pedigree are routinely made based on the image we project. Join career and image coach Lizandra Vega for some down-to-earth, candid guidance on the ABCs of image Appearance, Behavior, and Communication that often make the difference between a job offer and a rejection. From poorly chosen outfits, to unconscious 'ums' and 'ahs,' to the dreaded 'dead fish' handshake and other faux pas, she'll share tips on personal style, body language, etiquette, communication, and more-all designed to help candidates avoid common pitfalls and create the kind of consistent personal image that will convince employers of their inherent value to the organization.

Presenter: Lizandra Vega '91, managing partner, Perennial Resources International, and author of The Image of Success: Make a Great Impression and Land the Job you Want

Career Resource Center, Butterfield A

NOON–1:15 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission


Wesleyan Farmers’ Market

The Wesleyan Farmers’ Market is a student-run initiative committed to supporting local agriculture, providing fresh, affordable, nutritious food, and building community in Connecticut. It is held every other Wednesday during the academic year, and we are pleased to offer this special Friday market for alumni, families, and guests. A variety of produce, baked goods, cheese, meat, and freshly-prepared foods will be available for purchase on site. Vendors include: Tranquil Morning Farm, Snootyfood, Killam and Bassette Farmstead, Ladies of Levita Rd. Farm, Beltane Farm, Wave Hill Breads, Winding Drive Jams and Jellies, Sweet Memories Bakery, Sugar Maple Farms, Four Mile River Farms, Auntie Arwin Spices, Three Sisters Farm, Shoreline Roasters, Urban Oaks Organic Farm, Maria’s Kitchen Krafts, and Hay House Farm.

Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (Rainsite: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather)

12:30–1:30 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Luncheon

Psi Upsilon

1 P.M.

Jumuah Services for the Muslim Community

All are welcome.

Contact: Marwa Aly, Muslim Chaplain

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

1 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Shining Hope: Building A School For Girls In Kenya’s Kibera Slum

Wesleyan student Kennedy Odede ’12 grew up in the slums of Kenya and saw firsthand the abuse and general mistreatment of school-aged girls in his community. In 2007, Odede met Wesleyan student Jessica Posner ’09, who was studying abroad in the country. Together they decided to start an NGO that would combat the lack of women’s education in the slum, where many young girls are forced to become sex workers. After Odede was accepted to Wesleyan to pursue his own dreams of a college education, he and Posner applied for a grant to build a school for girls in Kibera and received a $10,000 award. Working with community members, Odede and Posner constructed the Kibera School for Girls, the first and only tuition-free school for girls in the slum. The school was completed in ten weeks and currently offers 105 girls in grades K through six a high-quality formal education and daily nourishment. Join us to learn more about the Kibera School for Girls and to hear about plans to build the innovative Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic, adjacent to the Kibera School, to combat the extreme health crisis in the country and honor Johanna’s legacy.

Moderator: Robert Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and a 2000 ecipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenters: Kennedy Odede '12 and Jessica Posner '09 are co-founders of Shining Hope for Communities, a nonprofit in Kenya that employs a community-driven approach to combat human rights abuses and poverty in Kenya’s Kibera Slum; Leah Lucid '10 is development director for Shining Hope for Communities

Memorial Chapel

2 P.M.

Defining That Unique Asset, Which is You!

Whether you are seeking a job, are in career transition, are frustrated with your current employment circumstances, or are looking for some meaningful activities in retirement, this workshop will have ideas for you. It will cover the three key questions every one of us should be asking ourselves!

Presenter: Judson "Jud" Miner ’50 is a Presbyterian CLP pastor, a published author, and for the past ten years has been a counselor at BBJ (Businesspersons Between Jobs), an award winning not-for-profit organization, started 35 years ago in the greater St. Louis area.

Room 004, Public Affairs Center

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Counting on Chance: 25 Years of Artist’s Books

Robin Price is known for taking artistic risks within the context of the traditional format of the book. Her work embraces chance, serendipity, and randomness, and she thrives on collaboration with a wide range of artists. The results are beautiful, challenging, and memorable. Chronicling her development from an accomplished letterpress printer into an innovative book artist, this exhibition showcases published works and archival materials, editions and unique books, solo and collaborative work.

Introduction: Clare Rogan, Curator, Davison Art Center

Presenter: Robin Price, book artist and fine press printer

Davison Art Center

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: The Senior Thesis—A Showcase for Academic Excellence

The senior thesis is a year-long, in-depth project that provides students with a unique opportunity to explore fresh ideas and produce new knowledge. In this session, we highlight several senior theses representing a cross section of student research and creative output from the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Students will share their work and discuss the processes that guided their investigations.

Moderator: Marina J. Melendez, Ph.D., dean for the class of 2010

Presenters: Efrain Antonio Ribeiro ’10, Neuroscience and Ethics; Rebecca Ripley Turkewitz ’10, All the News That’s Fit to Print? A Content Analysis of Newspapers’ Portrayal of Rape and Sexual Assault; Benjamin Bernstein ’10, Bad Island, an original opera based on the book by William Steig; Leah Lucid ’10, Discrimination Experiences of Latina/os: Coping Mechanisms, Emotional Responses, and Depression ;Nicholas Davenport '10, Yours for the New Social Order: Student Radicals at Wesleyan University, 1929-1941 

Millett Room, Russell House

2 P.M.

Celebration of Baldwin Medalist and Binswanger Teaching Prize Award Recipients

The newly installed recognition wall will be unveiled at this time. By invitation only.

Sponsored by: The Alumni Association

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

2-5 P.M. WESU 88.1 FM Open House

Parents, family, alumni, and students are all invited to attend an Open House at Wesleyan University's radio station, WESU. Stop in to check out the studios, browse the expansive and eclectic music libraries, and meet current Board members and DJs-- all while snacking on delicious Caribbean finger food.

WESU, 2nd Floor (above Broad Street Books), 45 Broad Street

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Sculpture as Proto-Architecture

David Black is an internationally known sculptor who creates monumental, "walk-under" works, which have become public landmarks in cities throughout the United States, and in points as distant as Berlin, Germany and Nagano, Japan. He terms his pieces "proto-architecture" because they combine architectural elements such as pillars, arches, open canopies, infused with light, visual movement, and surprise. His works are considered serious and complex, but buoyant and spirited, and include Jetty, a pavilion sculpture in Belmont, California; Flyover, a 150’ long stainless steel "flight path" of the Wright Brothers’ first flight in Dayton, Ohio; and Windpoint, which won Japans Henry Moore International Sculpture Competition in Nagano, Japan. Join him for a reflection on his 50-plus-year career, drawing on favorite photographic images from his own collection.

Introduction: Allan "Al" Ryan ’50

Presenter: David Black ’50, is an award-winning sculptor who has been commissioned to design over 35 large-scale, site-specific works; he is professor of art, emeritus, at The Ohio State University

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

3–4:15 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

4 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Open House

Psi Upsilon

4–5:30 P.M.

Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families

Hosted by: Proud parents of the Class of 2010

Tent, Russell House

4–6 P.M.

60th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1950

The Class of 1950 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

4:30 P.M.

Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Banquet

For members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.

Tent, Alpha Delta Phi

5–6:30 P.M.

President’s Reception Honoring Members of the Donor Associates

Honoring members of the Trustee Associates, President’s Circle, Founders Club, Willbur Fisk Associates, College Row Society, John Wesley Associates, 1831 Society, Douglas Cannon Club, Foss Hill Club, Day Society, and Olin Associates.

By invitation only.

President's House Lawn

5–9 P.M.

Red, Black and Green! All-College Dinner

Join friends, classmates, and family members for an informal, eco-friendly buffet dinner in the Marketplace at the Usdan University Center.

This dinner requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Dinner is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1929 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for dinner:

$20 per person for adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$8 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend, please register here.

Usdan University Center

6 P.M.

President’s Reception and Dinner in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1960 and Their Guests

By invitation only.

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

6 P.M.

Shabbat Services

Please join Wesleyan’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome.

The Bayit

6 P.M.

Psi Upsilon Dinner

Psi Upsilon

6–7:30 P.M.

30th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1980

The Class of 1980 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Patricelli ’92 Theater

6–7:30 P.M. 30th Reunion Reception and Panel Discussion for the Class of 1980: Change and Dealing with Uncertainty – How to Use Your Imagination to Address the Changes

Cash bar (ID required).

Moderator: Julie Burstein '80

Panelists: Jay Borden '80, Janet Grillo '80 and Daryl Messinger '80

Patricelli ’92 Theater

7 P.M.

Concert by David Leisner ’75 and 35th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1975

An hour with internationally renowned concert guitarist and recording artist David Leisner. He will play excerpts from Facts of Life, a half-hour work he recently commissioned from the American icon, David Del Tredici.  David will talk about the work and how it came to be, and play some standard classical guitar repertoire. A reception for the 35th Reunion Class of ’75 will follow. Cash bar (ID required).

World Music Hall, Center for the Arts

7–9 P.M.

40th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1970

Wine provided by Jim Elston ’70.

Location TBD

7–9 P.M.

45th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1965

The Class of 1965 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Lounge, Downey House

7–10 P.M.

10th Reunion Pub Crawl for the Class of 2000

Join classmates for the second Middletown Pub Crawl—now a Reunion tradition! We will visit Eli Cannons, Gatekeeper, Nikita, Firehouse, and more. We will tweet location updates at :  (username: Wes00reunion; password: wes2000) as we move along, so you can meet up anywhere along the way.

Eli Cannons: 7-8 p.m.

Gatekeeper: 8-9 p.m.

Nikita's: 9-10 p.m.

Firehouse: 10-11 p.m.

Public: 11 p.m.-close

For more information, visit

Note: For shuttle service, call (860) 685-2418. A limited number of student-run shuttle vans will be available, so please allow extra time for pickups.

7–11 P.M.

25th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1985

The Class of 1985 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments.

Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

7:15 P.M.

Shabbat Dinner

At this special dinner for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship.

This dinner requires advance purchase/registration.

$20 per person for all and children over age 12 (including graduates)

$8 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend this memorable celebration of the Wesleyan Jewish family, please register here.

Sponsored by: Daryl Messinger ’80 and Jim Heeger

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

8–10 P.M.

20th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1990

The Class of 1990 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

8–10 P.M.

15th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1995

The Class of 1995 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Cash bar (ID required).

Zelnick Pavilion

8–10 P.M.

5th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2005

The Class of 2005 will meet for cocktails and light refreshments. Featuring recorded music by Mamarazzi (with Wes alums Tacuma Bradley ’04, Sam Franklin ’04, Samuel Bathrick ’04, Eric Herman ’05, Andrew Aprile ’06, and Rob Cohen ’06). Check them out at,, and Cash bar (ID required).

Lounge and Patio, Fauver Residence Hall

8:30 P.M.–MIDNIGHT Ajua Campos, WesLAN, and La Unidad Latina Reunion Celebration

Celebrating their anniversaries, Ajua Campos (40 yrs) & La Unidad Latina (15 yrs) will come together this reunion weekend to party with alumni, students, their families, and the entire Wesleyan Community. Please join us for a fun fiesta with a live DJ providing a diverse array of music, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Special invitation goes out to all former Ajua Campos leaders throughout its 40 year history. Co-sponsored by Ajua Campos, The Wesleyan Latino Alumni Association (WesLAN) and La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Inc.

This event requires advance purchase/registration. If you plan to attend the event, please register here.

$15 per person for adults and children over age 12

Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

9 P.M.

Concert at Psi Upsilon with Beau Bolero: Break Out Your Hats and Hooters!

They stepped upon the platform, the man gave me the news, he said you must be joking son, Beau Bolero is in their shoes.

That's right all you Steely Dan Fans out there. Who will ever forget the obsession Psi U had with Steely Dan, a religion that reached a crescendo in 1982 when Beau Bolero, the greatest of all Dan tribute bands, played at Psi U. It was an evening never to be forgotten, until now. Beau Bolero has agreed to get back together for one more night during Wesleyan's Reunion Weekend.

Beau Bolero was first discovered by some Psi Brothers who saw an ad for Beau Bolero playing at a small bar, the Second Level in Meriden. What the brothers heard was beyond any expectation, and the word spread about this amazing Dan Band. You won't want to miss this show.

For all you new comers, please make sure you wear your Fez and loafers.

Psi Upsilon

9 P.M.


Weather permitting, visit the Van Vleck Observatory, where you’ll have an awesome view of the stars through Wesleyan’s telescopes.

Van Vleck Observatory

9–11 P.M.

Academic Department Open House

ASTRONOMY: Van Vleck Observatory

9 P.M.–2 A.M.

Reunion Party at Eclectic featuring The Wombats and Biest

Back by popular demand for their eighth Reunion Weekend performance, The Wombats — John Dunton ’65, Steve Flance ’65, Richard Smith ’65, Brooke Jones ’64, and Lee Robinette ’64 — will bring down the house starting at 9 p.m. with the same great rhythm & blues and rock & roll you heard at Wesleyan in the ’60s.

And… before there were hair bands… before there were drum machines… even before there was Starbucks… there was Biest. The classicalest of classic rock (11 p.m.–2 a.m.) from Paul Edwards ’80, Jeff Green ’80, Dave Stern ’80, and special, surprise guests from across the alumni spectrum! Cash bar (ID required).


10 P.M.

Santigold (Santi White ’97) in Concert: Celebrating the Class of 2010, In Memory of Johanna Justin-Jinich ’10 and Chase Parr ’10

All are welcome to attend.

Shining Hope for Communities—a Wesleyan student-founded non-profit organization, will build the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera next to The Kibera School for Girls, which is located in Nairobi Kenya’s Kibera slum—the largest slum in Africa. This clinic is scheduled to open in the summer of 2010 and will serve thousands of residents and save countless lives.

The Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera will be the first community health center in Kibera that is accessible for all residents. The clinic will be a community-driven initiative staffed by expert Kenyan doctors, nurses, and community health workers. In addition to providing treatment, the clinic will undertake extensive public health education campaigns—based out of the Chase Parr Memorial Wellness Reading Room.

To support and learn more about the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera & Chase Parr Memorial Wellness Reading Room, please visit: Donations of any amount make a tremendous impact! All donations are tax-deductible.

To make a gift to Wesleyan in memory of Johanna or Chase, please go to:

Sponsored by the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA)

Cash bar (ID required).

Andrus Field Tent

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Saturday, May 22

Preliminary Schedule for Saturday, May 22
8–10 A.M.

Annual Family Swim

Enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels will be provided.

Freeman Athletic Center

8 A.M.–4 P.M.

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Exley Science Center

8 A.M.–10 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

8:30 A.M.

Cardinal Loop Fun Run (2.1-, 3.2-, 4.3-Mile Courses)

Start the day off with an exhilarating run through campus.

Meet at the base of Foss Hill

8:30 A.M.

Crew Reception and Alumni Row

Relive good times on the water. All former oarsmen, oarswomen, and friends are invited to gather at the boathouse.

Macomber Boathouse, 35 Harbor Drive

8:30–9:30 A.M.

Continental Breakfast for Class Agents, Class Secretaries, and Reunion Volunteers

Hosted by Richard P. Swanson ’77, Chair of the Wesleyan Fund. Please confirm your attendance with Amanda Mullins at or (860) 685-3479.

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

9–11 A.M.

Academic Department Open House

FILM STUDIES: Lobby, Center for Film Studies

9 A.M.

WESEMINAR: Lenin’s Brother: A Tale of Two Families

The hanging of Alexander Ulyanov, Lenin’s older brother, pushed Vladimir onto the path of revolution. The eldest son in a relatively privileged family, Alexander appeared to be following in his father’s footsteps. The family had no inkling that he had joined a terrorist conspiracy at the end of 1886, only months after he’d won a gold medal for his junior thesis. The regime hanged Alexander and four other members of the plot in May 1887. The arrest, trial, and hanging dramatically changed the family’s situation and produced a crisis in Alexander’s younger brother, Vladimir. Join professor Pomper for a discussion of his new book, which probes the psychodynamics of the terrorist group, Alexander Ulyanov’s choice of terrorism, Lenin’s reaction to the shock of his brother’s secret, and how it affected the October Revolution.

Introduction: William "Vijay" Pinch, professor of history

Presenter: Philip Pomper, William Armstrong Professor of History and the author of Lenin’s Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution, published in 2010

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

9 A.M. WESEMINAR Fiscal Deficits and Financial Angst in the 21st Century: Legacy of the Great Recession

During the past decade house prices rose, peaked, then fell. The housing bubble was stoked by an accommodating Fed, lax lending standards, and an inventive Wall Street. When the music stopped, many financial firms were still dancing. Foreclosures, bankruptcies, and unemployment inflicted financial and personal pain. Government reaction to the Great Recession included corporate rescues, shotgun marriages, TARP payments, multiple stimuli, mortgage loan mods, subsidies for house buyers, and extensions of unemployment relief. The financial burden on the U. S. Treasury (you and me) promises to be enormous, without factoring in Social Security’s slide into annual deficits and the costs of the increased medical care entitlement. Is the current recession different? Will the federal deficits and debt become unsustainable? Will the Treasury lose its Triple-A rating? Is the democratic political system threatened by our capitalistic economic system? Join our panelists to peer into the future, darkly.

Moderator: Richard Miller, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics, Emeritus

Presenters: William Walker ’60 is an attorney and managing director of Millennium Capital Consultants Inc. in New York City, which provides financial consulting and business development services to domestic and foreign clients; he has worked in private, corporate, and government sectors, including appointments as General Counsel Cost of Living Council; Director, Presidential Personnel Office; and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative where he was US Ambassador and Chief Trade Negotiator; Leonard Burman ’75 is the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Professor of Public Affairs and a nationally recognized tax policy and public finance expert; he was deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for tax analysis from 1998-2000 and a co-founder and director of Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC) in Washington, DC. Robert Pruzan ’85, is a founding partner of Centerview Partners, a financial-advisory boutique firm in New York City that provides senior-level counsel to both domestic and international clients.

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center

9:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR: Brownstone: a Local Industry with Global Impact

During the 19th century, Portland, Connecticut was the epicenter of the brownstone industry, its quarries providing the iconic brownstone used at Wesleyan, in New York and Boston buildings, and in cities around the world. Portland was the site of a major industry employing thousands of people. Today, the old quarries are a peaceful recreational area. How did the brownstone industry grow so rapidly, then collapse? What is its significance today? Presenters will discuss the geologic history of the stone, the influence of brownstone around the world, and the research being done today on this essential piece of Connecticut’s history.

Presenters: Valerie Gillispie, assistant university archivist; Indira Karamcheti, associate professor of English and American studies; Jelle Zeilinga de Boer, Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus, and author of Stories in Stone, a book recently published by WesPress

Room 116, Judd Hall

9:30 A.M.

WESEMINAR: The Challenge of Microbes: How Are We in Danger?

The 20th century witnessed a plethora of new and re-emerging infectious disease agents with major public health consequences. The discovery of antibiotics and other antimicrobials for controlling bacteria, fungi and parasites brought optimism to the medical field, but then disappointment when the targeted microbes came back with resistance to these medications. While vaccines have been extremely successful in preventing a number of viral and bacterial diseases, the world faces two major public health threats: drug-resistant bacteria that are no longer susceptible to current antibiotics and HIV, the viral cause of AIDS which continues to spread through the world infecting close to 8,000 people a day, and for which there is not yet an effective vaccine. How these microorganisms have emerged, how they affect human populations globally and how they are being addressed in the absence of effective therapies are current over-arching questions. Join our experts in infectious diseases and microbiology, as they describe the dangers of disease-causing microbes in our lifetime and how science addresses this challenge.

Presenters: Jay A. Levy, '60, MD, '96 HON, professor of medicine, University of California, San Francisco, is a co-discoverer of the AIDS virus. His research has brought insights into how the virus causes disease and how the immune system can act to control HIV. His recent emphasis has been on natural anti-HIV immune responses and on efforts to develop an AIDS vaccine. Stuart B. Levy, MD '98 HON, professor of molecular biology/microbiology and of medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, is a world expert in antibiotic resistance and its spread among animals and people. He discovered several mechanisms for resistance to antibiotics and for controlling multidrug resistance.

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

9:30 A.M.

Conversation on Coeducation at Wesleyan

Join us for a lively discussion about coeducation at Wesleyan during the first wave (1872-1912) and the more recent period, which began in 1968. We'll focus on current research being conducted in the Wesleyan archives and by surveying alumni who were on campus during the late 1960s through early 1970s. This presentation will include rarely seen film footage from this later period of coeducation. Everyone is welcome to attend and to add any firsthand experiences they may have had.

Moderator: Diana Diamond '70, P'11, an alumna on campus during Wesleyan's second wave of coeducation who has been conducting research in the Wesleyan archives for over a year.

Room 210, Fisk Hall

10 A.M.

A Conversation with President Michael S. Roth ’78

An opportunity to ask questions of President Roth and engage in lively, informal discussion.

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR Lying: Uses and Abuses of Deception

Lying is at once generally condemned and generally practiced in our culture. Research shows that lying by ordinary people is much more frequent than is commonly supposed. Trust is essential for the functioning of individuals and of society. This session will consist of an examination of the psychology of lying, with attention to the relationship between lying and trust in romantic relationships, Ponzi schemes, and in our current political life.

Presenters: Robert S. Feldman ’70, professor of psychology and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Services, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Karl Scheibe, professor of psychology, emeritus, and director of the Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty

Room 58, Exley Science Center

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR Israel in Short: A Look at Israeli Society through the Lens of TV

In spring 2009, the Wesleyan Israeli Film Festival screened two episodes of the Israeli TV show Touch Away, which captivated the audience with the heart-breaking, impossible love story of Rochele, an orthodox Jew, and Zurik, a Russian secular immigrant. But more than a love story, the series is recognized for tackling important cultural questions about the relations between religious and secular Israelis, as well as the difficulties Russian immigrants face in contemporary Israeli society. Join us for a screening of two episodes from Touch Away, followed by a discussion with the audience.

Introduction: Jeremy Zwelling, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate program

Presenter: Dalit Katz, adjunct assistant professor of religion and of Jewish and Israel studies

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR Thinking Critically about the Environment

Regardless of one’s opinions about issues such as climate change or carbon taxes, it is clear that environmental issues will dominate national and international politics and news over the next century. To fully prepare students to participate effectively in these important discussions, Wesleyan has taken a major step to support environmental research, communication, teaching, and policy development, by introducing an Environmental Studies Program and launching The College of the Environment (COE) for the Fall Semester 2010. Come hear the exciting details of the ENVS and COE and short presentations of senior thesis research from two of our first graduating environmental studies majors.

Moderator: Barry Chernoff, professor of biology, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies, and director of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program

Presenters: Megan Hughes '10 and Caitlin McHugh '10

Millett Room, Russell House

10 A.M.

Wesleyan Lawyers Association Presentation "Sovereignty and Identity of Indian Tribes and Indigenous Peoples"

Professor Berger graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors from Wesleyan in 1990 and then from Yale Law School. After law school, Professor Berger served as Director of the Native American Youth Law Project of DNA-People’s Legal Services in Navajo and Hopi reservations. There, she challenged discrimination against Indian children, wrote and secured the passage of tribal laws affecting children and helped to create a program offering a Navajo alternative to detention. Professor Berger sits as a judge with the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals, and is past chair of the Indian Nations and Indigenous People’s Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She is the executive editor and co-author of the preeminent treatise in the field, Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law and co-author of a new casebook, American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary (West 2008). Professor Berger served as the Oneida Indian Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School during the 2008-2009 academic year.

After discussing the ways in which her Wesleyan experience affected her legal career choices, Professor Berger will address a delightful variety of issues pertaining to sovereignty and identity of Native Americans. These issues will include the meaning of tribal identity in the United States today, how a tribe achieves federal recognition in Connecticut and elsewhere, sovereignty issues of Native Hawaiians currently before Congress, images of American Indians in popular culture, and race and Indian status. Please join us before and after the presentation for coffee and conversation.

Speaker: Bethany Berger ’90, Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

10 A.M.

Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting

Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn, near the Center for the Americas

10 A.M.

Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting

The Tomb

10 A.M.

Reunion Memorial Service

The service remembers all alumni and specifically honors those who passed away during the past year. Individuals are invited to offer personal remembrances.

Officiant: Rev. George D. Smith ’85, Rector, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Memorial Chapel

10 A.M.–12 NOON

Academic Programs and Departments Open Houses

ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House

ART AND ART HISTORY: Davison Art Center Courtyard

CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House

DANCE: Davison Art Center Courtyard

MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House

MUSIC: Davison Art Center Courtyard

THEATER: Davison Art Center Courtyard

10 A.M.

WESEMINAR Steve Badanes: Architect As Artisan

Borrowing from the tradition of medieval craftsman, Steve Badanes and two partners founded Jersey Devil Design Build in 1972. Bringing together skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors, and artists, the firm has become known for its artistry and environmental consciousness, and their work includes some of the first solar and earth-sheltered houses. Jersey Devil is also known for its unique practice of living on-site during the construction phase of its projects, and its use of regional and non-traditional materials. Join this Jersey Devil founder and principal to hear about the firm’s commitment to creating buildings that won’t burden future generations, and learn why their work is said to "critique our accepted definitions of architecture itself."

Introduction: Joseph Siry is professor of art history and teaches history of modern architecture and urbanism, mainly in Europe and the United States. His current book is Beth Sholom: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture. He was a 1994 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teachings.

Presenter: Steven Badanes '65 is a founding member of the Jersey Devil Design Build practice and is currently the Howard S. Wright Endowed Chair of the University of Washington, College of Built Environments.

Room 121, Exley Science Center

10 A.M.–1 P.M. Senior Projects in Film Studies

View a series of 16mm films and digital videos made by members of the graduating Class of 2010.

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

10 A.M.–3 P.M. Middlesex County Historical Society

Wesleyan alumni, parents, and families are invited to stop by the Middlesex County Historical Society while they're on campus for Reunion & Commencement Weekend.

Middlesex County Historical Society, 151 Main Street

10:30 A.M.–12 NOON

Shining Hope for Communities Benefit Brunch: Funding the Future

Shining Hope for Communities is a non-profit organization co-founded by Kennedy Odede ’12 and Jessica Posner ’09. In 2009 the organization started The Kibera School for Girls-the first free school in the Kibera Slum in Kenya. This summer Shining Hope for Communities will open the Johanna Justin-Jinich Memorial Clinic of Kibera-the first accessible clinic targeting the most common causes of death and disease. Johanna’s death last spring was not only a loss for our community, it was a loss for the world as she planned to pursue a master’s degree in public health and a career focused on health care in places like Kibera. This clinic is dedicated to Johanna’s memory. Join us for mimosas, a light brunch, and remarks as we prepare to break ground for the Clinic this summer. Please RSVP to Ariela Rotenberg ’10 at and pledge the amount you will donate to attend the benefit ($25 minimum). Donations will be paid on site. If you’d like to make a donation but will be unable to attend, you may do so at our website.

Tent (with yellow flag), near Alpha Delta Phi

11 A.M.


In Memory of Annie Sonnenblick '80

Meet Authors: Jennifer Finney Boylan, Rachel Basch, and Spencer Reece

Join us for a reading and lively conversation with three award-winning Wesleyan writers. This event celebrates the memory of Annie Sonnenblick ’80, who loved literature and the arts.

Moderator: Anne Greene, adjunct professor of English, director of writing programs, director of the Wesleyan Writers Conference, and a 2006 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenters: Jennifer Finney Boylan ’80 is the author of eleven books, including the memoir She’s Not There, the first bestselling work by a transgender American. A professor of English at Colby College, Boylan has spoken about gender, fiction, and civil rights in many venues around the country. She is a regular contributor to the Op/Ed page of the New York Times. Her new book, Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, is about monsters.

Rachel Basch ’80 is the author of The Passion of Reverend Nash, named one of the five best novels of 2003 by The Christian Science Monitor, and Degrees of Love. A teacher of creative writing for over 20 years, Basch is a contributor to Now Write!: Fiction Writing Exercises From Today’s Best Writers & Teachers. She currently teaches in Fairfield University’s MFA program and Wesleyan’s GLSP.

Spencer Reece ’85 is a writer and poet whose book of poems, The Clerk’s Tale, was published by Houghton Mifflin, and the title poem was made into a short film by James Franco. Reece’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry and elsewhere, and he has received a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Witter-Bynner fellowship, and a grant from the NEA. He is a candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church.

Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center

11:15 A.M.

Assemble for the Annual Parade of Classes

Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting.

Lawn in front of North and South College (towards High Street)

11:30 A.M.–1 P.M.

Academic Program and Department Open Houses

ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies

EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies


Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Annual Meeting: A Conversation with Marta Kauffman P’10, Co-Creator/Executive Producer, Friends and President Michael S. Roth ’78

The Assembly and Annual Meeting will also include the election of the Alumni Association officers and the presentation of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards, Outstanding Service Awards, and McConaughy Award.

Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

  • Gilbert Parker ’48
  • Alan Shestack ’60 HON ’78
  • Robert Feldman ’70
  • Amy Bloom ’75
  • June Jeffries ’75
  • Toby Emmerich ’85

Outstanding Service Award Recipients

  • Richard Huddleston ’60 P’90

  • Charles Smith ’60 P’92 P’94

McConaughy Award Recipient

  • Marta Kauffman P’10

Memorial Chapel


Special Collections and Archives Open House

Drop in at the University’s Special Collections and Archives to remember your student days—yearbooks, The Argus, Hermes, face books, and many other historical Wesleyan materials are all here. Chat with SC&A staff about the riches of the University’s rare book collection and how it supports Wesleyan’s educational mission.

Special Collections and Archives and Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Memorial Library

1 P.M.

Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission

Main entrance, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

1–2:30 P.M.

Academic Programs and Departments Open Houses

ENGLISH: Lounge, Downey House


PHILOSOPHY: Lounge Downey House

SCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Lounge, Downey House

1–3 P.M.

President’s Lunch in Honor of the WESeniors—Classes of 1929 Through 1959

By invitation only.

Patricelli ’92 Theater

1–3 P.M.

All-College Picnic and Festival on Foss Hill

This lively festival of entertainment and games is a great place to connect with friends and family members between WESeminars and other weekend programs. Don’t miss the magic show, face painting, tattoos, caricaturist drawings, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.

This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for lunch.

$10 per person for adults and children (including graduates)

If you plan to have lunch, please register here.

Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill

1–3 P.M.

Academic Department Open Houses

ECONOMICS: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall

GOVERNMENT: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

HISTORY: Tent (with red flag), North College Lawn

PSYCHOLOGY: Shapiro Creative Writing Center (311), Allbritton

RELIGION: Tent, Religious Studies

SOCIOLOGY: Tent (with black flag), North College Lawn


A festival in honor of McConaughy Hall, with live music by Wordsmith and the Concert G's, Mad Wow Disease, and Naia Kete. MC'ed by Mocon devotee Chris Correa '10 and longtime campus dining celebrity Wendy Norton. Pay tribute to Mocon and its place on Wesleyan's campus and in the hearts of generations of alumni. For more information about this landmark and to share your memories, visit

Featuring: Wesleyan bands Wordsmith and the Concert G's (Louis Russo '11, Jared Paul '11, Gabe Gordon '11, Donovan Arthen '11, Nate Mondschein '12, Will Monson '11, Spencer Hattendorf '12, Dan Henry '11, Steve Cooper '10, Emma Daniels '13, and Josh Smith '11) and Mad Wow Disease (Nate Mondschein '12, Donovan Arthen '11, Louis Russo '11, Graham Richman '11, Jordan Kenna '12, Gabe Gordon '11, Spencer Hattendorf '12, Owen Callahan '12, Jake Schofield '12, Eric Sherman '10, Garth Taylor '12, Claire Randall '12, and Emma Daniels '13)

Hewitt Courtyard

1:30 P.M.


Join Alex Kurtzman for a lively conversation about his experiences writing for film and television at the highest level. He’ll discuss how he broke into the business and how his Wesleyan education helped him. He’ll also offer his best professional advice for people hoping to work in the industry. Kurtzman and his writing partner, Roberto Orci, became head writers for Hercules and Xena: Warrior Princess at the ages of 23, and went on to write for the J.J. Abrams series, Alias, becoming executive producers for the show; they also created the TV drama, Fringe. Kurtzman and Orci produced Sandra Bullock’s hit film, The Proposal, and wrote the latest Star Trek movie, in addition to Transformers 2: Revenge of The Fallen, The Island, the original Transformers, The Legend Of Zorro, and Mission Impossible: III. Currently, they have a production deal with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks company and a television deal with 20th Century.

Introduction: Jeanine D. Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the Cinema Archives, and chair of the Film Studies Department, is a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Alex Kurtzman ’95, award-winning writer for television and film, is currently working a new TV series that is a remake of Hawaii 5-0

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR: A Drawing Lesson

A hands-on studio workshop designed to help you discover and advance basic drawing skills. The session introduces various drawing techniques and includes figurative drawing with a live model. Those who have never drawn before are welcome and materials are included. Space is limited to 20 and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presenter: Julia Randall, assistant professor of art

Room 107, Art Workshop, Center for the Arts

1:30–3 P.M.

Academic Department Open House


1:30–3:30 P.M.

Academic Programs Open Houses

AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas

1:30–3:30 P.M.

Reunion Class Photos

Group photos of the Classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, and 1990 will be taken at this time.

CLASS OF 1960: 3:10 P.M.

CLASS OF 1965: 2:50 P.M.

CLASS OF 1970: 2:10 P.M.

CLASS OF 1975: 1:30 P.M.

CLASS OF 1980: 2:30 P.M.

CLASS OF 1985: 1:50 P.M.

CLASS OF 1990: 1:10 P.M.

Denison Terrace (behind Olin Memorial Library)

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Report From The Field

Join this veteran New York Times reporter for a discussion about the shifting American-Israeli relationship, the tensions over Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the broader regional context, including Iran and Syria.

Introduction: Jeremy Zwelling, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish and Israel Studies Certificate program

Presenter: Ethan Bronner '76, P'10, Jerusalem Bureau Chief, The New York Times

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

1:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR: The Unasked Questions in Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform has dominated the news for more than a year. Yet all the discussion has shed little light on the fundamental causes of the problem – factors that the new law doesn’t address. Politicians aren’t talking about many of the most important issues because the public is reluctant to ask the hard questions about who should sacrifice what, and about what healthcare really is – or should be. In this session, panelists may not come up with all the answers, but they will raise the difficult questions that get at the root causes of America’s healthcare crisis.

Moderator: Mark Zitter '80, CEO of The Zitter Group, a market research company working with biopharmaceutical and managed care organizations, and chairman of Vital Decisions, a telephone counseling company serving patients with life-limiting conditions

Presenters: Damian Sheehan-Connor, MD, and assistant professor of economics whose focus of study is healthcare economics; Rick Smith '80, senior vice president, RhRMA, The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America; Russell Munson ’75, vice president for medical affairs, St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River, Massachusetts, "a Caritas Christi Community Hospital"

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

2 P.M.

Lesbian, gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alumni Reception

Please join members of the LGBTQ Alumni Network, parents and friends as we welcome graduating seniors to the alumni community.

Lounge, 200 Church Street

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: "A Splendid Palace in Middletown": Celebrating the Richard Alsop IV House

In 1844, a visitor to the Alsop House described it as "a splendid Palace in Middletown the walls & ceilings are of plaster of paris beautifully decorated by eminent Artists…" In 2009, the National Parks Service honored the historic importance of the house and the wall paintings by designating the Alsop House a National Historic Landmark. There are fewer than 2,500 National Historic Landmarks in the United States and only 60 in the state of Connecticut. Join us for a discussion about the history of the Alsop House and its place in American architecture.

Introduction: Elizabeth Milroy is professor of art history and teaches the history of art and material culture in North America. She is a visiting scholar in historic preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing a major history of Philadelphia's cultural landscapes titled The Green Country Town: William Penn's Legacy and the Birth of Philadelphia's Public Parks, 1682-1882.

Presenters: Alain Munkittrick '73 is an associate of Munkittrick Associates, which provides architecture, interior design, and space planning services. He was the first student appointed to the Wesleyan Landmarks Advisory Board and served on the WLAB for almost 25 years; Joseph Siry is professor of art history and teaches history of modern architecture and urbanism, mainly in Europe and the United States. His current book is Beth Sholom: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture. He was a 1994 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Room 100, Davison Art Center

2 P.M.


Spend an hour with two longtime friends who are also award-winning, veteran producers of PBS series and specials, to find out what it’s really like to produce for public broadcasting. Where do the ideas, and the money, come from? How much time does it take to research new ideas, and when should you abandon a project altogether? How do you navigate the confusing array of local stations and partner organizations that make up public television? Their presentation will include clips from recent PBS productions, including "History Detectives", "Frontline", "The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation", and "Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders". If you aspire to produce programs for public television, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Presenters: David Davis '70, vice president of National Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting, and co-executive producer of the PBS series History Detectives; Stephen Talbot '70, president of The Talbot Players, former series editor of Frontline World, and executive producer of Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders; Together, Davis and Talbot have won many awards for television production, including five National Emmys.

Room 58, Exley Science Center

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Music at Wesleyan: From Glee Club to John Cage and Gamelan

Since the 1830s, music has been a vibrant force on the Wesleyan campus, known in the 19th century as "The Singing College of New England." The forthcoming book by Professor of Music Mark Slobin describes lively moments of music-making, ranging from the early era, when President McKinley met the Glee Club at the White House in 1899, through the radical reorientation towards world and experimental music, from 1960 through today. Join us for a lively dialogue about music at Wesleyan, punctuated with images and sounds.

Presenters: Mark Slobin, professor of music and author of the upcoming book Music at Wesleyan: From Glee Club to Gamelan, to be published by the Wesleyan University Press; Richard Winslow '40, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus, and former master choral director, composer, and founding father of Wesleyan's modern music department, and 2010 Honorary Degree recipient

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

2 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Call to Action: Wesleyan and the World of Philanthropy and Public Service

Wesleyan students and alumni have long brought their energy and commitment to the nonprofit sector, charitable foundations, community service and public policy initiatives. Join our panelists for a conversation about their accomplishments in these diverse arenas and the opportunities and challenges they see ahead. Can Wesleyan alumni accomplish more if we unite and organize our efforts in public service?

Moderator: Elizabeth "Biz" Ghormley ’04, is a graduate student at New York University and an Intern at Fenton Communications.

Presenters: Stephen McCarthy ’75, senior vice president, KCG Capital Advisors and Trustee of The Mary A. and John M. McCarthy Foundation; Rob Rosenthal, John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and former director of Wesleyan’s Service-Learning Center; Sarah Williams '88, Principal, Sarah Williams Consulting, a philanthropic consulting firm. Note: An informal networking session will immediately follow the program.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

2–3 P.M.

Grandparents Dessert Reception

Join grandparents and their graduating seniors for a dessert reception. Enjoy remarks by Wesleyan staff members and a student a cappella performance. Please RSVP to Dana Coffin at or 860/685-3756 by May 14.

Hosted by: The Wellisz Family (Parents of Julian ’10)

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

2–4 P.M.

Kickball Tournament: Class of 2000 vs. Class of 2005

May the best class win!

Jackson Field (formerly North Field)

2–4 P.M.

Book Signing with Prince Chambliss ’70

Meet Prince C. Chambliss ’70, an attorney and author of Prince of Peace, a memoir about growing up in Birmingham during the Civil Rights Movement and attending Wesleyan in the late 1960s, and bring home a signed copy of the book.

Broad Street Books, 45 Broad Street

2–4 P.M.

Academic Programs and Departments Open Houses

ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro, Room 6

BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center

COMPUTER SCIENCE: Terrace, Exley Science Center

CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center

COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Lounge, Butterfield C


MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center



PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center


RUSSIAN: Lounge, Romance Languages


2:30 P.M.

Freeman Scholars Reception

Freeman Scholars and their families, friends, and alumni are invited to a program honoring the Freeman Scholars of the Class of 2010.

Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

3 P.M. Dedication of the Richard Alsop IV House as a National Historic Landmark

Sponsored by: The Friends of the Davison Art Center

Richard Alsop IV House, Davison Art Center courtyard

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Russia According to Professor Phil Pomper

As Wesleyan celebrates the huge contribution of Professor Pomper, former students, now alumni, highlight his particular contribution to their own careers in Russia and the Former Soviet Union. Please join them for a discussion about the valuable classroom lessons that guided them in their early work behind the Iron Curtain and their current endeavors in the successor countries of the Soviet Union.

Introduction: Philip Pomper, William Armstrong Professor of History and the author of Lenin's Brother: The Origins of the October Revolution

Presenters: Katherine Hardin '90, lived in Moscow from 1990-1993 and worked with the Russian government on economic reform, and is now a Senior Director of Russian and Caspian Energy with IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Stephen Young ’73, has had a thirty-year career as a Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department. His service has included two tours in Moscow, and work on the Soviet and Caucasus/Central Asian Desks in Washington. He held an appointment as U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic from 2003-2005, followed by three years in Taipei as Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the U.S. de facto embassy in Taiwan. In March, 2010 he was appointed Consul General in Hong Kong.

Room 121, Exley Science Center

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

Almost two decades ago, the international community recognized the risks posed by increased accumulations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere. Current responses to climate change are mixed, with many believing we’re not doing enough to avoid major climatic disruption in the future and to adapt to the changes we are already experiencing. At the same time, there is renewed debate about the validity of the science and declining public acceptance of global warming in the United States and other countries. Our distinguished panelists will provide a full range of perspectives on the challenges of climate change and discuss the actions needed to move towards a low-carbon green economy.

Moderator: S. Jacob Scherr '70, director, International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Presenters: Bill Blakemore '65, correspondent, ABC News; Ethan Garber '90, financial analyst, Lehman Brothers; Matt Lesser '10, member, House of Representatives, State of Connecticut; Jil Zilligen ’90, chief sustainability officer, Shaklee Corporation; Geoffrey Duyk ’80, MD, PhD, is a partner at TPG Biotechnology, global healthcare and industrial biotechnology capital fund and the firm’s overall efforts in Clean Technology. His focus on renewable energy and renewable specialty chemicals includes investments in the United States, Europe, and in emerging markets in Asia and Latin America (Brazil). 

Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150), Exley Science Center

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Gamelan Workshop

Dominated by colorful, bronze percussion instruments, the gamelan ensemble features gongs, bronze and wooden xylophones, two-headed drums, a female soloist, and a male chorus. Some of the instruments date back to the twelfth century in Java, an Indonesian island located between Sumatra and Bali. Get some real experience playing the gamelan in this lively, hands-on workshop.

Presenters: I.M. Harjito, artist-in-residence, Music Department; Aaron Paige '03; Peter Steele; Po-we Weng MA '06; former gamelan students are welcome to join the workshop

World Music Hall

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: How to Have the Conversations You Dread at Work and at Home

Saying "no" to the boss. Laying off a valued employee. Delivering "constructive" feedback to a colleague. Deciding with your spouse whether his/her elderly parent will come to live with you. These are the types of conversations we dread most — and handle least effectively. Find out how to navigate them successfully from this savvy communications expert.

Presenter: Sharon Grady ’80, is president of The Grady Company, a management consulting firm that creates conflict-competent leaders. Her clients have included American Express, Fidelity, DE Shaw, Harvard Business School, Ford, Merck, Athenahealth, Gloucester Pharmaceuticals, MIT, and Berklee College of Music.

Room 210, Fisk Hall

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Eiko & Koma’s Delicious Movement Workshop

Join artist-in-residence Eiko Otake to experience Eiko & Koma’s signature style in a movement workshop. Known for creating a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound, and time, Eiko’s introductory workshop is designed for people with no prior dance experience, but everyone is welcome. A panel discussion about Eiko & Koma’s Retrospective Project directly follows this workshop.

Presenters: Eiko & Koma Otake P'07 P'10 are dancer/choreographers who have been collaborating together since 1976. They have presented their works in theaters, universities, museums, galleries, outdoors, and festivals world-wide including numerous appearances at the American Dance Festival, five seasons at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, and a month-long "living" gallery installation in the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1996 Eiko & Koma were awarded a MacArthur Fellowship

Bessie Shonberg Dance Studios, 247 Pine Street

3 P.M.

WESEMINAR: The Liberal Arts in Prison

Wesleyan students have been deeply engaged in prison reform for decades, offering non-credit bearing academic workshops to hundreds of incarcerated men and women. After years of advocacy by students and faculty, Wesleyan began to offer college courses to prisoners at the Cheshire Correctional Facility in Cheshire, Connecticut this year. Join co-founder Russell Perkins and Professors Melanye Price and Michael McAlear as they discuss the inaugural year of Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education, a two-year pilot program.

Introduction: Cathy Lechowicz, director, Community Service and Volunteerism, and program manager of Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education

Presenters: Michael McAlear, associate professor of molecular biology and biochemistry; Russell Perkins '09, co-founder of Wesleyan's Center for Prison Education and 2010 Rhodes Scholar-elect; Melanye Price, adjunct associate professor of government and coordinator of internships

Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC)

3 P.M.

Eclectic and Phi Nu Theta Alumni Reception

Eclectic undergraduates welcome all Eclectics and Socrats back for the annual Commencement reception and meeting (meeting is at 5 p.m.). Reminisce about the glory days, see old housemates and the newly refurbished GOTE room, and enjoy a glass of punch. Visit to sign up for an account to receive a free newsletter and reconnect with your old pals.


3–5 P.M.

Academic Department Open Houses


3:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR: An Hour with Film Industry Insider Toby Emmerich

Join film executive and screenwriter Toby Emmerich for a no-holds-barred conversation about his work and how his Wesleyan education helped prepare him for an exciting career in the film business. He’ll share the twists and turns of a career that has resulted in the production of over 50 films including: Wedding Crashers, The Notebook, Hairspray, Sex and The City, and Valentine’s Day.

Introduction: Jeanine D. Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, curator of the Cinema Archives, and chair of the Film Studies Department, is a 1996 recipient of the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching

Presenter: Toby Emmerich '85, president and COO, New Line Cinema

Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies

3:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR Bearing Witness—Stories from the Front Lines

Organized in conjunction with the Zilkha exhibition Daniel Heyman: Bearing Witness-Stories from the Front Lines, this panel examines the critical role and poetic power of first person testimony in securing justice for victims of torture and oppression. From 2005 through 2008, Daniel Heyman accompanied a team of human rights attorneys, which included Susan Burke a panelist on this program, to Istanbul and Amman, where he sat in on dozens of interviews with formerly detained Iraqis, recording their testimonies and painting their portraits. Closer to home, in 2008 and 2009 Heyman began painting another group of people with few opportunities to tell their stories: poor, recently incarcerated African-American men in Philadelphia, all of whom are fathers. Bearing Witness is an exhibition of Heyman’s portraits of both of these groups that incorporates first-person testimony and gives voice to men and women now bound together by their survival.

Introduction: Nina Felshin, curator of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and adjunct lecturer in art history

Presenter: Daniel Heyman is a painter and printmaker who received degrees from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania, prestigious grants from the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, Independence Foundation, the AMJ Foundation and the Rhode Island School of Design. He has had residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell and the Nagasawa Art Park in Awajishima, Japan. He lives in Philadelphia, and teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, Princeton University, and Swarthmore College.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts

3:30 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Belichick & Whalen

Join longtime coach of the New England Patriots Bill Belichick and Wesleyan’s new football coach Michael Whalen for a conversation about their respective careers.

Introduction: Moira McNamara James ’78, P’10, trustee emerita and co-chair, Wesleyan’s Athletics Advisory Council

Moderator: Kevin Nathan, sports director at NBC Connecticut

Presenters: William "Bill" Belichick ’75, P’07, head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000, who has won three Super Bowls and was named the Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2007; Michael Whalen ’83, head football coach and assistant athletics director, Wesleyan.

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

3:30–5 P.M.

Alumni of Color (AOC) Network Reception

Join us as we welcome our graduating seniors to the AOC community. All alumni and parents are welcome to join the AOC Network for this reception.

McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission

3:30–5 P.M.

Academic Department Open House

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for African American Studies

3:30 P.M. Tree Dedication to honor the life of Chase Parr '10

Join friends of Chase Parr, Class of 2010, to celebrate and remember her time at Wesleyan by dedicating a tree on Foss Hill in her memory. All are welcome to attend.

Foss Hill
3:45 P.M.

50th Reunion Class of 1960 Conversation

Our Wesleyan: Then and Now

What was especially important for you in the Wesleyan of 1956-60? Why? What are your impressions of the 2010 Wesleyan? What more would you like to know? What do you think are the important differences and similarities? We will see how our responses compare with those of the faculty members from this period who join us as honored guests: Bob Cohen, Bob Rosenbaum, Carl Schorske, and Dick Winslow. Also on the panel to help us recall our then and look at Wes today will be Doug Bennet ’59.

Moderator: Dave Potts ’60

Kerr Lecture Hall (Shanklin 107)

4 P.M. DKE Open House

Open house for DKE Alumni, family and friends. Snacks will be provided.

4 P.M.

WESEMINAR Stone and Stone

Meet the Stone twins, Adam and Todd, who perform a comedy act called Stone and Stone, which they created during their sophomore year at Wesleyan. Since graduating in 2005, they have brought their act to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and to New York City, where they perform regularly. They have played at comedy clubs including Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club, and the Laugh Factory. They have been featured on a national Verizon commercial, and have appeared on the NBC show Last Comic Standing. Join them for a live performance, followed by Q & A with the audience.

Presenters: Adam Stone '05 and Todd Stone '05, New York City-based comedians

Center for the Arts Hall (formerly CFA Cinema)

4 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Eiko & Koma’s Delicious Movement Retrospective

Following the 3 p.m. movement workshop, please join us for short film about the making of Eiko & Koma’s Retrospective, followed by a lively panel discussion. Eiko and her collaborators will discuss the ground-breaking project, inaugurated in Zilkha Gallery in November 2009, which examines the concept of a retrospective in a performing arts context, using Eiko & Koma’s 40 years of collaboration as source material.

Moderator: Pamela Tatge '84, director, Center for the Arts

Presenters: Sam Miller '75, Retrospective project producer; Lydia Bell '07, Retrospective project coordinator; Mark McCloughan '10, Center for Creative Research intern

Bessie Schonberg Dance Studios, 247 Pine Street

4 P.M.

WESEMINAR: Public Service Entrepreneurs: Making A Difference In The Developing World

Meet young alumni who are working to meet the most pressing needs of people in third-world countries. They’re committed and focused and doing everything from supporting grassroots community development in Cameroon, raising awareness about community health issues in India, and fighting AIDS through education in Nigeria. Find out about their work and the reasons why they’ve chosen public service pathways in distant lands over more traditional employment.

Presenters: Fadekemi Akinfaderin ’00, co-founder of Education as a Vaccine Against AIDS, a Nigerian-based nonprofit organization founded to create systems for young people to make responsible decisions about their development. Alexandra Moore ’05, director of development for Breaking Ground, a nonprofit organization that enables communities in Cameroon to break ground on sustainable, locally initiated projects. Obhi Hazarika ’05, founder of the recently launched Asom Health Initiative in Northeast India, which raises awareness of health issues that include anemia, GI infections, typhoid, and oral health

Room 116, Judd Hall

4–5 P.M.

Phi Beta Kappa Initiation

Guest speaker: Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, Chair of the Board

Memorial Chapel

4:30 P.M.

45th Reunion Class of 1965 Conversation and Reception

At Wesleyan we spent hours together sharing liquid refreshment and discussing our education, career and life objectives. Forty five years later as many of us are completing our initial career(s), we are contemplating the same topics and again wondering what the next decades will bring for us. We share a superb common background, thanks to Wesleyan, and would thus seem particularly capable of providing insight to one another. While our guests prepare for our Saturday evening programs, let’s get together in the lounge of the Hilton Garden Inn at 3:30 p.m. once again to share a beverage and our thoughts on how we will approach the challenges and decisions we will be facing.

The Lounge/Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn in Glastonbury, CT

5:30–9 P.M.

Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

WESeniors (Classes of 1929–1959) and the Classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975*, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, and 2005 gather for their Class Dinners and special programs. Please register here.

WESENIORS: Main Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1950: Main Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1955: Warren Street Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1960: Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library

1965: Coach Norm Daniels Lobby, Freeman Athletic Center

1970: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center

1975: Patricelli ’92 Theater (Reception in Zelnick Pavilion)

1980: President's House lawn

1985: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

1990: Mink Dining Hall (East Dining Wing), Usdan University Center

1995: Theater, Center for the Arts

2000: West Dining Wing, Usdan University Center

2005: Tent, Russell House

*Special feature for the Class of ’75: The Captain Lawrence Experience! At 5:30 p.m., Gary Steinel ’75, Captain Lawrence Beer Ambassador, will present a delectable diversity of beers paired with artisanal cheeses.

6 P.M. The Mystery of Irma Vep

On a stormy night at Mandacrest estate, Lord Egard Hillcrest and his new bride Lady Enid are haunted by the memory of the Manor’s first mistress-Lady Irma Vep. Charles Ludlam's best known play, The Mystery of Irma Vep is a camp comedy built on the excesses of popular entertainment forms such as melodrama, murder mystery, drag, and horror film. With lighting-quick costume changes, two actors play a total of eight characters. A selection of scenes will be presented on a modified set to allow audience members to see just how quick costume & prop changes are. The director, cast, and crew members will join the audience after the performance for a talk-back.

Director: Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento; Set Design: Marcela Oteíza; Costume Design: Leslie Weinberg; Props: Ben Smolen '10; Cast: Mark McCloughan '10 and Jaime Maseda '11; Stage Manager: Marlene Sim '11; Sound Design: Cheryl Tan '11; Costumes crew: Jessica Jordan '13; Props crew: tbah

World Music Hall

6 P.M.

Roman Catholic Mass

Sponsored by: Catholic Chaplain, Fr. Hal Weidner, CO, and the Catholic Student Association

Memorial Chapel

8–10 P.M.

Anugerah: International Showcase

Anugerah is a Malay word and means gifts or presents given to the deserving. The word anugerah can also mean ‘a tribute’ and this showcase is precisely that - a heartfelt tribute to family, friends and all those who have supported us along the way. Come enjoy music, dance, poetry, art and the work of various talented performers coming together for this night of tributes.

Crowell Concert Hall, Center for the Arts

9 P.M.

Traditional All-College Sing

Steps of North College

10 P.M.–1 A.M.

All-Campus Party Featuring DJ Smokey

DJ Smokey (Smokey Fontaine ’93) steps out of retirement. Don’t miss it! Cash bar (ID required).

Tent, Andrus Field

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Sunday, May 23

Preliminary Schedule for Sunday, May 23
8 A.M.–1 P.M.

All-Campus Brunch Buffet

Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in the new Usdan University Center.

This brunch requires advance purchase/registration. Meals are included for members of reunion classes with a flat rate fee (5th, 10th, and 50th reunion classes). Brunch is complimentary for WESeniors (Classes of 1928 through 1959) and their guests. All other reunion classes and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following if they register for lunch.

$18 per person for all other adults and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$5 per person for children 12 and under

If you plan to attend, please register here.

Usdan University Center

8–11 A.M.

Pi Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Exley Science Center

8 A.M.–2 P.M.

Usdan Cafe Hours

Food and beverages available for purchase on site.

Usdan University Center

8:30 –11 A.M.

Commencement Beverage Kiosk

Beverages available for purchase.

Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center and Andrus Field near Zelnick Pavilion

8:45 A.M.

Center for the Humanities Brunch for Graduates

Center for the Humanities

9 A.M.

Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)

Come join and support Satrio Wicaksono '10, Jonna Humphries '10, and Rebecca Lee '10 and the class of 2010 as they reflect, share and recap some of their unique and transformative moments from their years at Wesleyan. You don’t want to miss this. All are welcome.

Speaker: Demetrius Eudell, Associate Professor of History

Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Memorial Chapel

9 A.M.

Commencement Preparation for MA and PhD Graduates

The Graduate Marshal will prepare the graduating MA and PhD students for the Commencement Ceremony.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

9 A.M.

50th Reunion Class of 1960 Discussion and Brunch– The Gifts of Time

We all know what time takes away—and we can commiserate with each other about some of those things; but what has time given us, and taught us? Let’s share some of our journeys, and look for the opportunities—indeed there are many—in the time that remains.

Moderators: Gus ’60 and Margaret Napier

Daniel Family Commons

9:30 A.M.

GLSP Graduates’ Commencement Preparation

GLSP staff will prepare graduating students for the Commencement Ceremony.

Lounge, Downey House

10 A.M.

Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement

Top of Foss Hill

11 A.M.

The 178th Commencement Ceremony

Denver Mayor and Colorado gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper, a member of Wesleyan’s class of 1974, will deliver the commencement address at the university’s 178th Commencement in May.

Wesleyan will award honorary degrees to Mayor Hickenlooper; to Stanley Cavell, distinguished philosopher and professor emeritus at Harvard; to Ruth J. Simmons, president of Brown University; and to Richard K. Winslow, Wesleyan class of 1940 and professor of music emeritus.

John Hickenlooper ’74

A geologist turned brewpub pioneer who had never run for political office (not even student council), John Hickenlooper was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. In April 2005—less than two years into his first term—Time Magazine named the political newcomer one of the top five "big-city" mayors in America. Mayor Hickenlooper brings creative leadership and innovative thinking to Denver’s city hall, drawing on his diverse background as an exploration geologist, real estate developer, and restaurateur.

Even before his political career, he was known for his civic engagement, having been involved with diverse downtown Denver renovation and development projects, especially in Denver’s Lower Downtown historic district. In recognition of these efforts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation gave him a National Preservation Award in 1997. He also led a grassroots campaign in 2000 to preserve the "Mile High Stadium" name, an effort that planted the seed for his mayoral bid. Since taking office, Hickenlooper has increased civic engagement and participation throughout the city and the Denver metro region, building strong bonds and partnerships that transcend partisan and geographic lines.

Stanley Cavell

Stanley Cavell received his A.B. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. From 1953 to 1956, he was a Junior Fellow in Harvard’s Society of Fellows. After teaching at Berkeley for six years, he returned to Harvard in 1963, where he was named the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, a position he held until 1997, when he became professor emeritus.

His major interests center on the intersection of the analytical tradition (especially the work of Austin and Wittgenstein) with moments of the Continental tradition (for example, Heidegger and Nietzsche); with American philosophy (especially Emerson and Thoreau); with the arts (for example, Shakespeare, film and opera); and with psychoanalysis. He has published eighteen books, including Must We Mean What We Say? (1969);The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (1971); The Senses of Walden (1972); The Claim of Reason (1979); Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage (1981); Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare (1987); Philosophical Passages: Wittgenstein, Emerson, Austin, Derrida (1995); Cities of Words (2004); and his memoir, Little Did I Know, which will appear this fall.

Professor Cavell is a past president of the American Philosophical Association and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992. Other honors include a fellowship that brought him to Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities in 1970–71; the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award in Criticism from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters; the Centennial Medal from Harvard University’s Graduate School; and the Romanell Phi Beta Kappa Professorship, awarded annually to distinguished scholars in the field of philosophy.

Ruth J. Simmons

Ruth J. Simmons was sworn in as the 18th president of Brown University on July 3, 2001. During her tenure, she has created an ambitious set of initiatives designed to expand and strengthen the faculty; increase financial support and resources for undergraduate, graduate, and medical students; improve facilities; renew a broad commitment to shared governance; and ensure that diversity informs every dimension of the university.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons also holds an appointment as a professor of comparative literature and of Africana Studies at Brown. She graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans and completed her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures at Harvard. She served in various administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before becoming president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of initiatives including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college.

Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal. She is a frequent speaker at major international forums, including the National Press Club, the White House, and the World Economic Forum. She is a member of the Howard University board of trustees and serves on the board of Texas Instruments.

Richard K. Winslow ’40

Richard K. Winslow ’40 is a greatly beloved professor emeritus of the music department here. Called a "true original" by colleagues, he is a prolific composer who also had the vision to imagine Wesleyan’s World Music Program and the organizational skills to establish it.

While earning his B.A. in English at Wesleyan, he also showed a strong interest in music. After working in concert management in New York City, he served in the U.S. Navy and then attended Julliard. He returned to Wesleyan to teach and was a member of the music department from 1949 to 1983; he was the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music and department chair from 1957 to 1979.

Professor Winslow was crucial in the expansion of Wesleyan’s musical horizons to include non-Western music, avant-garde music, and jazz. Twice he brought distinguished composer John Cage to Wesleyan as a fellow in Wesleyan’s Center for Advanced Studies, and he was key to the founding of Wesleyan’s Ethnomusicology Graduate Program.

His compositions— referred to by fellow faculty members as "seductive"—range widely from functional music for the Wesleyan Glee Club (which he conducted) to large-scale operas and oratorios to works for plays by Gertrude Stein and Samuel Beckett.

Winslow received a Guggenheim Fellowship in composition in 1956 and Wesleyan’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1970. (Download video of a talk given by Richard Winslow in 2007.)

Andrus Field

Commencement Ceremony Inclement Weather Plan

The Commencement Ceremony is held outdoors, rain or shine. Under certain weather conditions, the ceremony may be shifted from the open field, where seating is unlimited, into the large tent on Andrus Field. Although the tent accommodates numerous spectators, seating is limited. In this scenario, we respectfully request that each graduate limit his/her guests to 3 seats under the tent. Please come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.

Information will be posted on the Wesleyan homepage and the Reunion & Commencement website, and graduating seniors will be notified via email. Details will also be available at Registration (Usdan University Center) and an outgoing message will be on the main University phone number at 860/685-2000. The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Crowell Concert Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online.

Please check or for details the week of May 16, 2010.

Tent, Andrus Field

President’s Commencement Celebration

A reception celebrating the Class of 2010 will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the size of the gathering, families and students who wish to meet during the reception are encouraged to identify a “meeting place” in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.

North and South College Lawn

1:30–2:30 P.M.

GLSP Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution

GLSP graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!

Tent, Russell House

1:30–2:30 P.M.

Graduate Student Champagne Reception

All MA and PhD degree graduates and their guests are invited to a special post-commencement champagne reception to celebrate this special occasion.

Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center

1:45 P.M. Reception for 1st Generation Graduates and Their Families

Please join us for a post-graduation reception in honor of those members of the class of 2010 who are the first in their family to graduate from college. Students and families are encouraged to attend. Dean Melendez will be the introductory speaker. Light refreshments will be provided.

Beckham Hall, Fayerweather

3 P.M. Labyrinth Walk

The labyrinth is a tool for reflection and a metaphor for our path in life, particularly at times of transition and commencement. Stop by after the ceremony to learn about the practice of walking the labyrinth and to join with parents, students, and alumni in a contemplative walk on Wesleyan's beautiful new outdoor labyrinth.

Presenter: Áine McCarthy '10, Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

Reed Labyrinth (between the Davison Art Center and The Tomb)

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