Schedule of Events

This schedule is updated frequently between now and throughout the Weekend.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours of Operation

Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)

8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cardinal Tech Hours
Stop by Cardinal Tech Wesleyan Campus Store in Usdan University Center for officially licensed Wesleyan shirts, sweaters, hats and mugs, umbrellas and more! We also have charging cables, portable batteries, and all the technology you’ll need for the weekend. Cardinal Tech is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, so take advantage of our education discount on Apple computers and iPads.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Office of Admission Information Session
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thesis Art Exhibition
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this curated year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission
Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore Book and Merchandise Sale: Pop-up Shop
Stop by the R J Julia pop-up shop at Registration for your Wes gear essentials (t-shirts, hats, and more). Also, make sure you stop by the Bookstore on Main Street during the weekend, too. 
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Wesleyan Natural History Exhibits Tour
The Natural History Collections at Wesleyan University (before 1957 exhibited in the Orange Judd Museum of Natural History) are being brought back to life after decades of neglect and storage in attics and basements! Join Wesleyan undergraduate students who have been working on the museum project and hear details about the new exhibits on the ground floor of Exley, celebrating the diversity of life on Earth as seen in our collections. Make sure to see  Shelley the Glyptodon next to the Science Library, our recently restored Deinotherium skull outside Woodhead Lounge, and the ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library. Meet at the entrance of the Science Library.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
50th Reunion Class of 1969 Headquarters
Refreshments available.
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
50th Reunion Kickoff Reception and Dinner for the Class of 1969
Cocktails and dinner will be available.
NOTE: $30 per person for all adults and children over 12.  $10 per person for children 12 and under.
Online registration is available through Friday, May 10. 
Patricelli '92 Theater (Show in Map)

Friday, May 24, 2019

8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours of Operation and Cardinal Connection Cafe
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cardinal Tech Hours
Stop by Cardinal Tech Wesleyan Campus Store in Usdan University Center for officially licensed Wesleyan shirts, sweaters, hats and mugs, umbrellas and more! We also have charging cables, portable batteries, and all the technology you’ll need for the weekend. Cardinal Tech is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, so take advantage of our education discount on Apple computers and iPads.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
50th Reunion Panel and Continental Breakfast
Panel and open reflections and ’69 Shorts
Kerr Lecture Hall (Room 107) Shanklin Lab (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Pi Cafe Hours
Snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Senior Films
Goldsmith Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Wesleyan Natural History Exhibits Tour
The Natural History Collections at Wesleyan University (before 1957 exhibited in the Orange Judd Museum of Natural History) are being brought back to life after decades of neglect and storage in attics and basements! Join Wesleyan undergraduate students who have been working on the museum project and hear details about the new exhibits on the ground floor of Exley, celebrating the diversity of life on Earth as seen in our collections. Make sure to see  Shelley the Glyptodon next to the Science Library, our recently restored Deinotherium skull outside Woodhead Lounge, and the ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library. Meet at the entrance of the Science Library.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Senior Class Diploma Pick-Up
Members of the Class of 2019 may pick up their diplomas in the Registrar’s Office, North College. Graduates should be prepared to show a photo ID.
Registrar’s Office, North College (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Office of Admission Information Session
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
WESU Open House for Returning and Current DJs
WESU staff members new and old! Come to your beloved college radio station to visit, chat with current board members, eat some food, and look at WESU merch!
WESU Middletown Station, 2nd Floor, 45 Broad Street (Show in Map)
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Welcome Picnic Lunch
Join friends, classmates, and family members for a picnic lunch when you arrive on campus for the weekend.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, lunch tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the lunch location-- please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following for lunch:
$25 per person for all other adults and children over age 12
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Russell House Lawn (Show in Map)

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore Book and Merchandise Sale: Pop-up Shop
Stop by the R J Julia pop-up shop at Registration for your Wes gear essentials (t-shirts, hats, and more). Also, make sure you stop by the Bookstore on Main Street during the weekend, too. 
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thesis Art Exhibition
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this curated year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Campus Tour Presented by the Office of Admission
Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) Focus Group
Rachel Barlow, Associate Director for Assessment at Wesleyan, will lead several focus groups to learn what works for the QAC and what doesn’t, what needs to be changed and what should be kept, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum. Register here for a focus group.
Room 113, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Gordon Career Center Open House
All are welcome to stop by the Gordon Career Center! Come to see the beautiful space and stay to speak with the GCC staff. The Gordon Career Center works with students to plan their summer and post Wesleyan pursuits. We provide skilled advising and access to alumni, parent, and employer partners from around the world as well as resume and cover letter review and workshops.
Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Bourt Building) (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
50th Reunion Class of 1969 Headquarters
Refreshments will be available.
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WESEMINAR Learning with the Center for Prison Education
Learn about the Center for Prison Education - an academic program where Wesleyan faculty teach credited Wesleyan college courses at two correctional facilities. You will hear from a faculty member, an undergraduate student and a released student about their experiences supporting, teaching and participating in the program.
Moderator: Allie Cislo is the Program Manager for the Center for Prison Education.
Presenters: Having completed an Associate degree through CPE at York Correctional, Eli Behlman CPE ’18 is now pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Trinity College. Tushar Irani, associate professor of philosophy at Wesleyan, taught a CPE course PHIL 207: Live Like a Philosopher at Cheshire Correctional this past fall. Arham Kazi ’19 was a teaching assistant for the course. 
Room 112, Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Wesleyan Natural History Exhibits Tour
The Natural History Collections at Wesleyan University (before 1957 exhibited in the Orange Judd Museum of Natural History) are being brought back to life after decades of neglect and storage in attics and basements! Join Wesleyan undergraduate students who have been working on the museum project and hear details about the new exhibits on the ground floor of Exley, celebrating the diversity of life on Earth as seen in our collections. Make sure to see  Shelley the Glyptodon next to the Science Library, our recently restored Deinotherium skull outside Woodhead Lounge, and the ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library. Meet at the entrance of the Science Library.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
#WesAfAm50, What’s your story?
Share a 5-10 minute memory about your time and experiences at Wesleyan. Interviews will be archived.
Room 210, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center Open House
Join QAC students staff and faculty for an open house and discussion of the Center’s programs and services. At 2:45 p.m. in room Allbritton 103, we will have a brief presentation of our programs and following a look back on our first decade, we will invite your input as we plan the next one. Rachel Barlow of Wesleyan’s Institutional Research office will lead several focus groups where you will be able to tell us what works and what doesn’t, what we need to change and what to keep, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum.
First Floor, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR College of Letters Presents: The Annual Philip Hallie Lecture “I wish you, what you wish me:” Jokes, Forgiveness, Shame, and the Social
The late philosopher Sarah Kofman ends her book Why do we laugh? [Pourquoi rit-on?] with a joke about two rabbis who could not forgive each other. This joke then becomes the paradigm by which Jacques Derrida understood his friendship with Kofman after her death. In her address, Professor Hammerschlag will suggest that thinking about this joke in tandem with the friendship of these two philosophers and their respective writings on philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis provides the groundwork for a model of politics that resists the political-theological prioritization of sovereignty, whether understood in terms of self-sovereignty or that of the head of state. At stake in Professor Hammerschlag’s lecture will also be the importance of the figural Jew, the figure of the feminine, and the role of literature in rethinking the recent renaissance of political theology.
Speaker: Sarah Hammerschlag COL ’96 is associate professor of religion and literature in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida and the Literary Afterlife of Religion (Columbia University Press, 2016), and the editor of Modern French Jewish Thought: Writings on Religion and Politics (Brandeis University Press, 2018).
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Funders and Founders
What do angel investors, VCs, and philanthropists look for when deciding how to deploy capital? How does a founder, CEO, or Executive Director attract investors and stay afloat in the early days? Alumni will share their stories from the field, lessons learned, and words of wisdom in a series of lightening talks followed by a reception at the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Time permitting, we will open the floor for funders and founders from the audience to share their stories.
Moderator: AJ Wilson ’18, entrepreneur-in-residence
Presenters: James Brenner ’79, P'15, Broadcove Partners; Mia Deng ’19, Dragonfly Capital Partners; Tim Devane ’09, Inception Fund; Renee Dunn ’14, Amazi FoodsSusan Howard ’84, Howard Delafield InternationalMarisa MacClary ’94, Artifact Health; Oladoyin Oladapo ’14, Idunnu Studios; Alex Pack ’14, Dragonfly Capital Partners; Carl Robichaud ’99, Carnegie Corporation of New York; Melinda Weekes-Laidlow ’89, Beautiful Ventures; others to be announced.
Room 311, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Black Middletown Lives: Student Research on Middletown’s African American History Commemorates 50 years of AFAM at Wesleyan

Middletown’s three centuries of African American history tell a remarkable story. In the 1820s, as northern slavery ended and the political battle over southern slavery intensified, free African Americans formed a unique, property-owning community on what is now the western edge of Wesleyan’s campus. These men and women transformed Middletown, a slave trading river port during the 18th century, into a center of the antislavery movement. Beginning in the 1920s, Middletown became a destination for southern migrants fleeing Jim Crow. In the 1960s, members of Middletown’s African American and Wesleyan communities played active roles in the civil rights movement, North and South. And, 50 years ago this year, Black student protest laid the groundwork for African American Studies at Wesleyan. Join Professor Jesse Nasta and the students in his African American Studies/service learning course as they share their research on Middletown’s nationally-significant African American history. Through the efforts of the Vanguard Class fifty years ago in establishing the Center for African American Studies, the relationship of Middletown’s African American community to Wesleyan can be told. 
Sponsored by the Alumni of Color Council
Presenter: Dr. Jesse Nasta '07 is a Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies. His Black Middletown Lives service learning course draws upon his 2007 Wesleyan honors thesis, “‘Their Own Guardians and Protectors’: African American Community in Middletown, Connecticut, 1822-1860.”
Student presentersElias Benda ’19, Aviv Rau ’19, and Eugene Smith ’20
A walking tour of the Beman Triangle and Wesleyan's African American history- led by Eugene Smith '20 and Prof. Jesse Nasta '07 - will immediately follow the WESeminar, at 4:30 p.m.
#WesAfAm50
Room 208, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship (PCSE) Open House
Wesleyan is dedicated to providing an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship makes that mission a reality for students by teaching practical skills, building a community of changemakers, and forging pathways for student entrepreneurs and innovators. Join us for an Open House to see the Center and meet staff, students, and alumni.
PCSE, Ground Floor, Allbritton Center (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Champagne Reception for Graduating Seniors and Their Families
Join graduating seniors and their families and friends, as well as other members of the Wesleyan community, for champagne and light hors d’ oeuvres at this casual reception.
Russell House (tent), 350 High Street (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cardinal Connection Cafe
This is the place to meet-up with classmates, relax between events, charge your phone, enjoy a game of pool, or just take in the scenery. Snacks, beverages, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
#WesAfAm50, What’s your story?
Share a 5-10 minute memory about your time and experiences at Wesleyan. Interviews will be archived.
Room 210, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
President’s Celebration Honoring Barbara-Jan Wilson
Please join President Roth, trustees, emeriti trustees, leadership donors and volunteers, and members of the Wesleyan community as we celebrate the retirement of Barbara-Jan Wilson after 36 years of extraordinary leadership and service to the University. Please note that this event will be held in conjunction with the Leadership Donor and Volunteer reception. Program and remarks at 5 p.m. All are welcome.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)
4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Alpha Delta Phi Reception and Banquet
For members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.
Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street (Show in Map)
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wes Men’s Rugby Club Barbecue for Alumni, Parents and Friends
259C Williams Street
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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.
TICKETS: This event requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, dinner tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the dinner location-- please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes,graduates, and parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register:
$30 per person for adults and children over age 12
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Marketplace, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Shabbat Services
Please join Wesleyan’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi David Leipziger Teva, and the Wesleyan Jewish community for Shabbat services. All are welcome. No reservations necessary.
The Bayit, 157 Church Street (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) Focus Group
Rachel Barlow, Associate Director for Assessment at Wesleyan, will lead several focus groups to learn what works for the QAC and what doesn’t, what needs to be changed and what should be kept, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum. Register here for a focus group.
Room 113, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Alpha Delta Phi Banquet Dinner
For members of Alpha Delta Phi and their families. 
Alpha Delta Phi, 185 High Street (Show in Map
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
65th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1954 and for Post-50th Alumni (Classes of 1942-1968)
Huddleston Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
60th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1959
Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
55th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1964
Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
45th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1974
McKelvey Room, Stewart M. Reid House, Office of Admission (Show in Map)
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
President's Reception and Dinner in Honor of the 50th Reunion Class of 1969
NOTE: Members of the 50th Reunion Class will receive a separate invitation in the mail for this special dinner.  Please let us know if you're planning to attend by responding using the reply card included with the invitation.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (Show in Map)
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
20th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1999
Room 311, Allbritton Hall(formerly top floor of Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
40th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1979
Zelnick Pavillion (Show in Map)
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
35th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1984
Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
30th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1989
Wes Wings, 156 High Street
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
15th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2004
The Resource Center, 167 High Street (Show in Map)
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
25th Reunion Reception for the Class of 1994
Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
7:45 PM to 10:00 PM
Shabbat Dinner
At this special dinner for returning alumni, graduating seniors, and their families, we will welcome Shabbat with song, food, and joyful fellowship.
TICKETS: This dinner requires advance purchase/registration.
$30 per person for all and children over age 12 (including graduates)
$10 per person for children 12 and under
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
5th reunion Reception for the Class of 2014
Nicolson Lounge (Show in Map)
8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
10th Reunion Reception for the Class of 2009
Hewitt Lounge (Show in Map)
9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Friday Night Annual Reunion Party
Annual Reunion Party at Eclectic Featuring a Jam Session with “The Fossils of MoCon”
Alumni from the ‘70s through the ‘80s will have you dancing the night away to music that appeals to all ages.  The line-up includes alumni members of Wes bands: Big Apple, Praxis, Urban Renewal, Roots, Unskilled Labor, Biest, The Bees, Contraband, Bittersweet, Panacea, Wesleyan Singers, Stu Abramson’s senior project, Nowhere Mountain Band, Stompers, Little City String Band, and Zydecats.
Send song requests to Jack Freudenheim '79, P'18, '20– the more times a song is nominated, the more likely they’ll play it!
Musicians: Charlie Berman ’76;  Ann Beutler Millerick ’77; Banning Eyre ’79; Jack Freudenheim '79, P'18, '20; Wil Galison ’81; Chuck Gregory ’74; Tom Kovar ’76; Robert H. Levin ’81; Bill Levinson ’79; Win Lockwood ’78; Beth Masterman '79, P'08; Jim Melloan ’77; Mike O'Brien ’80;  Matthew Penn ’80 P’15; Greg Shatan '81, P'22; Tom Valtin ’79; Dirck Westervelt ‘82
200 High Street (Eclectic) (Show in Map)
9:00 PM to 11:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
ASTRONOMY
Van Vleck Observatory (Show in Map)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

8:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours and Cardinal Connection Cafe
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Registration
Everyone—alumni, parents, students, and families—please check in for nametags, meal tickets, a welcome packet, campus maps, and more. Reunion alumni: please be sure to purchase your reunion class dinner tickets at registration at any time during the weekend. Tickets are not available at the dinner site.
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pi Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Annual Family Swim
Enjoy a morning swim in the Freeman Athletic Center pool. Towels will be provided.
Freeman Athletic Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cardinal Tech Hours
Stop by Cardinal Tech Wesleyan Campus Store in Usdan University Center for officially licensed Wesleyan shirts, sweaters, hats and mugs, umbrellas and more! We also have charging cables, portable batteries, and all the technology you’ll need for the weekend. Cardinal Tech is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, so take advantage of our education discount on Apple computers and iPads.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
50th Reunion Class of 1969 Continental Breakfast
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
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 (Show in Map)
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
55th Reunion Class of 1964 Headquarters
Klingher Classroom (Room 113), Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Class of ’74 Conversation: I Never Knew You
Reconnect with ’74 friends and perhaps meet classmates you never knew, as alumni share stories from their journeys since leaving Wesleyan. Discussion led by ’74 Reunion Committee.
Braitmayer Classroom (Room 115), Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ART AND ART HISTORY: Center for the Arts Green (Show in Map)
COLLEGE OF FILM AND THE MOVING IMAGE: Lobby, College of Film and the Moving Image (Show in Map)
MUSIC: Center for the Arts Green (Show in Map)
9:15 AM to 10:00 AM
Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon: Coffee
Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
WESEMINAR The 12th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival
This year Wesleyan University celebrates the 12th Annual Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival. Sponsored by the Ring Family, the Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the College of Film and the Moving Image and the Wesleyan Film Series, the festival has become an extremely successful event which draws its audience from the Wesleyan community, as well as the larger general Connecticut community. Its structure has also become a model for unrelated festivals at Wesleyan and other universities. The festival’s format features a film screening, along with commentary from a speaker who illuminates a particular aspect of the film. This year’s festival included FOUR Connecticut Premieres. The film festival is also closely integrated into the study of Hebrew at Wesleyan University. In this WESeminar, Dalit Katz will offer a glimpse into this year’s festival, share film clips, and answer questions from the audience.
Presenters: Dalit Katz is The Ring Family Wesleyan University Israeli Film Festival curator and Director of Center for Jewish Studies.
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, 287 Washington Terrace (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Senior Films
Goldsmith Family Cinema (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Athletics Alumnae Gathering
Find more information about the gathering register here.
Woodbridge Classroom, Freeman Athletic Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
WESEMINAR Celebration of Wesleyan Writing: Journalism and Freedom of the Press Today--A Conversation
Introductions by Anne Greene, University Professor of English; Director, Wesleyan Writers Conference; Coordinator, Wesleyan Writing Certificate
Moderator: Laura Walker ’79, P’22 was the founding President and CEO of New York Public Radio and held that position for 23 years until earlier this year. She is now an Executive Fellow in Residence at the Yale School of Management and an advisor to New York Public Radio, Common Sense Media and a range of startups. New York Public Radio is an independent nonprofit that owns the nation’s largest public radio station group and is one of the world’s preeminent producers of podcasts and national radio stations and reaches 26 million people each month, including Radiolab, On the Media, and The New Yorker Radio Hour. Ms. Walker was honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporate for Public Broadcasting. In 2009 and again in 2017, she was named by Crain’s as one of New York City’s 50 Most Powerful Women.
Presenters: James Friedlich ’79, P’17 is CEO of The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, an endowed grant-making organization that supports local journalism and the free press nationwide. The Institute is the owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, winners of twenty-three Pulitzer Prizes. Under Jim’s leadership, the Institute has invested aggressively in investigative reporting, new technology, and newsroom diversity, using the Inquirer as a live laboratory for the digital transformation of important public service news organizations throughout the U.S. Jim served earlier as group Publisher of The Wall Street Journal, overseeing business operations in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Jeffrey Goldberg P’19 is the editor in chief of The Atlantic. He is the 14th editor to lead The Atlantic since its founding in 1857. Before becoming editor in chief in 2016, Goldberg served as the magazine's national correspondent. Previously, he had served as Washington correspondent of The New Yorker. Earlier in his career, he covered the Middle East for The New York Times Magazine, and the mafia for New York Magazine. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award, for his coverage of terrorism, and the Daniel Pearl Prize. He is a distinguished fellow of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and of the American Academy in Berlin. 
Taylor Meeting Room (Room 108), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
WESEMINAR The Vanguard Class of 1969 Reflections After 50 Years
How has the experience of being a part of the class of 1969 mattered for living in the early phases of the 21st century? In making a leap across history -- in this case, across personal histories -- this seminar explores how members of the class of 1969 reflect upon their experiences as Wesleyan students during that very tumultuous time, and how being a part of the institution has shaped their thinking and actions regarding social justice and social differences in the ensuing decades. 
The discussion will address the following issues: why the choice of Wesleyan at that time; pivotal moments of personal growth and development at Wesleyan during that time; what Wesleyan means as members of the class of 1969 engage their lives today, especially how they translate lessons learned and thoughts about race relations, social differences, and social justice during their time at Wesleyan to the present day. Following a panel conversation, an open discussion will take place that explores how the late 1960s matters, professionally and personally, in the modern era for people who attended Wesleyan and came of age during that period. 
Opening Remarks: President Michael S. Roth ’78
Moderator: Al Young ’88 is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan. He received an MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He has published four books and over 30 articles on the life experiences of low-income African Americans, African American intellectuals, and diversity and multiculturalism in higher education. He created and directs the Scholars Network on Black Masculinity, a nationwide, cross-disciplinary assembly designed to influence social policy and reshape public understanding about the condition of African American males. At Wesleyan, Al majored in sociology-psychology and in African American studies (with honors). He was co-chair of Ujamaa, the Black students’ association, a member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly, a student representative to the board of trustees, and a member of the Presidential Search Committee of 1988. He was awarded the Butterfield Prize and the Robert Lynd Award (sociology), the Alumni Service Award in 2008, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013. He is currently on the Board of Trustees and served as an alumni-elected trustee from 1998-2001. 
Presenters: Howard Brown ’69 had a gratifying career in teaching and administering educational programs. He designed his English classes on the Wesleyan model and sent students off to great success in their college experiences by doing so. He left the classroom to focus on the integration of technology into instruction on a system level, teaching technology to teachers and administrators at a time when technical people were saying that the personal computer would never survive, even though the chip in the IBM word processor was the same one that was in the IBM PC. In his last portfolio, he supervised the implementation of afterschool programs in more than 90 schools affecting several thousand students, both elementary and secondary, especially through the introduction of technology to support their learning of reading and mathematics. Barry Checkoway ’69 is the Arthur Dunham Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. He has taught at the University of CA at Berkeley, University of PA, and as a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics. He is an internationally recognized scholar and practitioner on youth empowerment, neighborhood development, and community change. His projects and publications draw on work with grassroots groups, community agencies, and government programs in the US, and in South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, with support from the World Health Organization, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation and other institutions. He worked with the White House in 1990 to launch AmeriCorps, then served as founding director of the Michigan Neighborhood AmeriCorps Program, Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, Michigan Youth and Community Program, and Youth Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity. Bernard Freamon ’69, P’94 had a very successful career as a law professor at Seton Hall Law and as a litigator for the ACLU and other organizations and clients. In recent years he has concentrated on research and writing on the topic of slavery and Islamic law. He has a book coming out on June 27, 2019 entitled Possessed by the Right Hand: The Problem of Slavery in Islamic Law and Muslim Cultures, to be published by Brill. Steve Pfeiffer ’69, Hon.’99, P’99, ’05, ’08, ’13 still has an international practice in his law firm, now Norton Rose Fulbright, and serves on a number of Boards. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. Steve was Secretary to the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Maryland/DC from 1993 to 2001 and served on the Selection Committee for the state of Montana from 2002 to 2004. He serves as a director of Barloworld Limited (a publicly owned company based in South Africa) and Iridium Communications Inc. (a publicly owned company based in the Washington, D.C. area). He is also a trustee of The Africa-America Institute in New York and a director of Project HOPE in Washington, D.C. and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., all non-profit organizations. Steve served as a member of the Wesleyan Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1992 serving as Chairman from 1987 to 1992. He is currently Chairman Emeritus. Edwin Sanders ’69 is the Senior Servant and Founder of Metropolitan Interdenominational Church (established 1981) in Nashville, TN. This congregation attracts a broad cross-section of people with the mission of being “inclusive of all and alienating to none”. He served as Pastoral Counselor for the Meharry Medical College Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, Director of the Southern Prison Ministry, and Dean of the Chapel at Fisk University. He is an Emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Black AIDS Institute, a member of the Interdenominational Ministers’ Fellowship and the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership, and a life member of the NAACP. Edward serves on the Boards of Directors of The National Minority AIDS Council, The Drug Policy Alliance, and Project Return addressing recidivism and mass incarceration.  He is the National Coordinator of Religious Leaders for a More Just and Compassionate Drug Policy. Currently, he serves on the Howard University School of Divinity Board of Visitors; as Chair of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Legacy Project Advisory Group designed to increase the participation of African Americans, Latinos and Asian Pacific Islanders in HIV vaccine studies; and on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Scientific Advisory Board.
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Fries Global Commons, Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WESEMINAR College of 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, with its Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment (COE). Come listen to the exciting details of the Environmental Studies Program and the College of the Environment by Professor Barry Chernoff, Chair of the Environmental Studies Program. Then join us while the Class of 2019 presents their senior capstone projects during our poster session.
Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Skull and Serpent Society Annual Meeting
The Tomb
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore Book and Merchandise Sale: Pop-up Shop
Stop by the R J Julia pop-up shop at Registration for your Wes gear essentials (t-shirts, hats, and more). Also, make sure you stop by the Bookstore on Main Street during the weekend, too. 
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon: Chapter Meeting
Psi Upsilon, 242 High Street (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Mystical Seven Society Annual Meeting
Templum, corner of Lawn Avenue and Pine Street (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Wesleyan Natural History Exhibits Tour
The Natural History Collections at Wesleyan University (before 1957 exhibited in the Orange Judd Museum of Natural History) are being brought back to life after decades of neglect and storage in attics and basements! Join Wesleyan undergraduate students who have been working on the museum project and hear details about the new exhibits on the ground floor of Exley, celebrating the diversity of life on Earth as seen in our collections. Make sure to see  Shelley the Glyptodon next to the Science Library, our recently restored Deinotherium skull outside Woodhead Lounge, and the ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library. Meet at the entrance of the Science Library.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Crew Reception and Alumni Row
Relive good times on the water.  All former oarsmen, oarswomen, and friends are invited to gather at the boathouse for a morning row, refreshments, and christening of our newest shell the “Taggart”.
Macomber Boathouse, 35 Harbor Drive (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
AMERICAN STUDIES: Center for the Americas (Show in Map)
ARCHAEOLOGY: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
CLASSICAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
FEMINIST, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY STUDIES: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
MEDIEVAL STUDIES: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
PHILOSOPHY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
SCIENCE IN SOCIETY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Class of ’59 Gathering: Remembering Deceased Classmates
Alumni from the class of ’59 are invited to gather for special remembrances of class members who have passed away.
Andersen Meeting Room (Room 110), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WESEMINAR What's Next?
In today’s world of work, people will have multiple careers as well as jobs. In this presentation, four members of the Class of ’74 discuss the options facing those approaching, and beyond, the traditional retirement age of 65.
Moderator: Patricia Mulcahy ’74 (“Make Lemonade from Lemons”), is a former book publisher, freelance writer, and editor. Her most recent project: The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers (New York Times bestseller, Abrams Press, 2018), is the authorized biography of the iconic children’s television personality.
Presenters: Lloyd Komesar ’74, P’07 (“Start a New Venture”) spent nearly thirty years as a sales, research and distribution executive in the film and television programming industry at companies like Walt Disney before founding and producing the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, now entering its fifth year. Claudia Catania ’74 (“Start a New Venture”) is the artistic director and host of Playing on Air, a nonprofit that records notable artists in short contemporary plays and delivers them via public radio and podcast. She was Producing Director of the New Group, a not-for-profit off-Broadway theater company and has also produced short play festivals, documentary films and children's theater festivals. Bill Pearson ’74, MA'74, P’12 (“Make the World a Better Place”) served as staff ethnomusicologist for the Smithsonian in the 1970s before acquiring an MBA and working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. Since 1982 he has devoted between 20% and 40% of his time to not-for-profit work. He is currently chairman of Young Audiences, the oldest and largest provider of arts in education services in the US; and the Osborn, a leading continuing care retirement community in Rye, NY. Harold Sogard ’74, P’17 (“What Might Have Been”) tried and failed twice before he went “cold turkey” and retired from advertising. After serving on non-profit boards (including a three-year stint as a Wesleyan trustee), he decided to focus on something more creative, and has now embarked on a new career as a voice-over actor.
Room 116, Judd Hall (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
WESEMINAR Changes in Music and the Music Industry
How has music and the music industry changed over the past 3 decades? We'll look at changing trends in music genres, the technology of recording and listening, how music is experienced, and how music is discovered, heard, and sold.
Presenters: Brian McKenna ’04 is a NYC-based Film/TV composer and producer who graduated from Wesleyan with a dual degree in Music and Economics. His work has been featured in hit TV shows, spots, major motion pictures and also on records by Grammy Award winning artists. In 2009 Brian founded BtOVEN MUSIC, a cutting-edge studio facility located in Manhattan's historic DuArt building. BtOVEN offers production services across all facets of Music, Voiceover, Podcasting, Mixing/Mastering, and Sound Design to clients in Film, TV, Advertising, Video Games, Immersive Content and emerging forms of New Media. Randy Frisch ’84 is the founder and president of Lovecat Music, a music publisher of popular songs from around the world.  LoveCat has placed original songs in over 5000 films and TV shows.  Before launching LoveCat in 1999, Randy was a working musician/songwriter and a lawyer in the music industry. He has written articles on copyright law that are entered into the US Congressional Record. Jeannie Gagné ’82 is a professional musician, music professor at Berklee College of Music, and songwriter, known worldwide through her VocalGenie YouTube series and books on singing. Having performed and recorded with Philip Glass, Cher, Penn and Teller and many more throughout her 30+ years career, she teaches and performs internationally and throughout the US. To reach her, visit www.jeanniegagne.com, and www.soundation.org. Dar Williams ’89 has been a successful touring singer-songwriter for over twenty-five years.  Deemed a "folksinger" and a "folk-pop" singer, she has gone deep into the networks of American folk music while also crossing into the world of commercial music from time to time.
Hansel Lecture Hall (Room 001), Public Affairs Center (PAC) (Show in Map)
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) Focus Group
Rachel Barlow, Associate Director for Assessment at Wesleyan, will lead several focus groups to learn what works for the QAC and what doesn’t, what needs to be changed and what should be kept, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum. Register here for a focus group.
Room 113, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT: Woodhead Lounge, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 1:15 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (Show in Map)
EAST ASIAN STUDIES: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (Show in Map)
11:15 AM to 12:00 PM
Assemble for the Annual Parade of Classes
Seniors and their families are invited to join alumni for this traditional Wesleyan festivity featuring a live Dixieland band. The parade is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. rain or shine, and is followed immediately by the Assembly and Annual Meeting. Look for the class year signs and line-up beside the sign with the year you graduated.  The parade begins on Huss Courtyard (behind the Usdan University Center) and parades to Crowell Concert Hall.  All parade participants are encouraged to parade into Crowell Concert Hall for the Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting.
Huss Courtyard, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
WESEMINAR Walt Whitman at 200: Selections from Special Collections & Archives
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth with a look at our rich holdings of his works. From his early temperance novel to the groundbreaking first edition of Leaves of Grass to modern artists’ books inspired by Whitman, there is something for everyone.  Presented by Suzy Taraba ’77, MALS’10, Director of Special Collections & Archives. Limited to 20.
Davison Rare Book Room, Special Collections & Archives, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
#WesAfAm50, What’s your story?
Share a 5-10 minute memory about your time and experiences at Wesleyan. Interviews will be archived.
Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Special Collections and Archives Open House
Drop in at the University’s Special Collections and Archives to remember your student days—yearbooks, The ArgusHermes, 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 (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
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, tattoos, and more. Lunches are portable and can be picked up on your way to Foss Hill, afternoon WESeminars, or other events and destinations.
TICKETS: This lunch requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, picnic lunch tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the lunch location - please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes, graduates, and parents and families of the graduates will be charged the following for lunch:
$17 per person for adults and children
Tent, Andrus Field and Foss Hill (Show in Map)

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Thesis Art Exhibition
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by two students Cara Blumstein ‘20 and Emma Frohardt ‘20, presenting a work by each of the seniors from their Senior Thesis Exhibition. Works shown are in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Wesleyan Assembly and Alumni Association Meeting
The 2019 Distinguished Alumni, McConaughy, and Outstanding Service Awards are presented at this time.
Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Gordon Crawford ’69
Jeffrey Deitch ’74
Robert King ’84
Jenno Topping ’89
Scott Gottlieb ’94
Thomas Kail ’99 - Keynote speaker 
Bozoma Saint John ’99

Outstanding Service Award Recipients
Bert Edwards ’59
Edward Murphy ’59
Daphne Kwok ’84

James L. McConaughy Jr. Memorial Award Recipient
Alexander Suk Hyun Chee ’89
Crowell Concert Hall (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
WESEMINAR The Law, Queers and Progeny: Confronting LGBTQ Issues in the Law
Gay marriage is legal, we're done, right?  Unfortunately not even close... join us for this panel discussion between lawyers working on litigation, advocacy and policy affecting LGBTQ individuals and families; and the parents in queer families who navigate the ongoing (and sometimes daily) issues of equality, justice and personal freedom.  This seminar will address recent developments in the law and policy around LGBTQ marriage, adoption/surrogacy and trans rights from the perspectives of lawyers as well as the personal stories of gay dads and the mom of a trans son.
Sponsored by the LGBTQ Alumni Network
Moderator: David Milch ’89 (he/him/his) is a cis-queer dad of a 10-year-old.  He is the Director of the MA Program in Arts Administration at Baruch College/CUNY and served as the Program Coordinator for Wesleyan's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance during its first four years.  He is also the chair of the Wesleyan LGBTQ Alumni Network.
Presenters: As State Policy Director at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Arli Christian ’04 works with state and local advocates to modernize ID document gender change policies, remove insurance exclusions for coverage of transition-related care, and improve other state-level protections for transgender people. Arli is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and DC and received a JD from American University Washington College of Law in 2013 and a BA from Wesleyan University in 2004. Arli speaks English and Spanish and grew up in New York City. Stephanie Dolgoff ’89 is a (cis, straight) mom of 16-year-old twins, one of whom started transitioning from assigned female to agender to nonbinary to male three years ago. Stephanie is a bestselling author and editor and heavy meditator and CBD user. Arthur Halpern ’89 (he/his/him) is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, actor and professional services marketer. His short films have screened in festivals around the globe. His most recent short, Touchscreen, just premiered, in competition, at the Florida Film Festival in April. Art is not a lawyer, but he supports the marketing and business development efforts of one of the world’s leading labor and employment legal practices. He also appeared on Law & Order twice. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Matthew, and their (almost) eight-year-old son. Joshua D. Kaye ’04 (he/his/him) has litigated some of the major LGBT rights cases over the last decade. He represented Edith Windsor in her successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, decided by the Supreme Court in 2013.  He also has represented the Campaign for Southern Equality in a series of federal lawsuits in Mississippi, winning the right for same sex couples to marry and adopt in that state, and challenging Mississippi’s HB1523 which gave broad rights to discriminate against LGBT people based on certain religious beliefs.  In addition to his work on LGBT rights litigation, Kaye is a commercial litigator who represents corporations and individuals in matters including antitrust, false advertising, trade secrets and securities litigation and government investigations.  He and his wife, Megan Ridley-Kaye ‘05, live in New York City with their two children.
Room 103, Allbritton Center (Formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Wesleyan Posse Veteran Pre-Graduation Celebration
Celebrate the second graduating class of Wesleyan Posse Veterans! This event will honor veteran students in the Class of 2019 who have paved the way for the continuing success of the program. Members of the graduating class will play music, sing, and present remarks. Food and drinks will be served.
Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Pa’lante! Ceremonia de Graducíon
Sábado 25th, Mayo 2019
Les invitamos a Pa’lante! una ceremonia de graduación en español de Wesleyan! Pa'lante! será una ceremonia íntima en honor a los graduados de la comunidad Latinx y sus queridos para reconocer sus logros en Wesleyan. Se servirán comida y bebidas.
We cordially invite you to attend Pa’lante! the third annual Spanish language graduation ceremony intended to provide an intimate ceremony for non-English speaking families. Pa’lante! will honor Latinx identifying students in the Class of 2019 and recognize their achievements in the Wesleyan community. Food and drinks will be served.
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This event is sponsored by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Wesleyan Latino Alumni Network (WesLAN)
Tent, Center for the Arts Lawn (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Strolling Magician and Magic Show
For children of all ages!
Andrus Field (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
SOCIOLOGY: Russell House
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
COLLEGE OF LETTERS: COL Library, Boger Hall (Show in Map)
ECONOMICS: Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
GERMAN STUDIES: Room 403, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
GOVERNMENT:Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
HISTORY: Tent with Red Flag, North College Lawn (Show in Map)
PSYCHOLOGY: Allbritton 311 (Show in Map)
RELIGION: Tent, Religious Studies (Show in Map)
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Class of 1984 Roll Down Foss Hill
Join classmates for a roll down Foss Hill.
Meet at the top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
WESEMINAR The Alumni of Color Council Presents: The Coloring of Corporate
Bozoma Saint John ’99 (CMO, Endeavor) and Charlotte Castillo ’94 (SVP, Global Franchise Planning, Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products) have successfully navigated their corporate careers to have a seat at the c-suite table within the media and entertainment industry.  Having created their own narrative defying labels, demographics, race and gender to secure their positions, these wonderful women of Wesleyan know there’s not a one-size-fits-all solution for women when moving up the corporate ladder.  We’ll hear how these dynamic, marketing mavens are leveling the playing field of creating an equitable workforce as they navigate their successes and challenges, while driving for impact beyond themselves. Plus, we’ll learn how their presence informs the dialogue for more inclusive media messages and images, all while encountering the duality of being one of a small few. 
Moderator: Kimberly King ’97, Chair, Alumni of Color Council, has consistently served as an active member of the Wesleyan community since becoming an At-Large member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly while working at the Career Resource Center (now Gordon Career Center) beginning her frosh year. Upon graduation, KK leaned in supporting Wesleyan regional events. She continued to contribute as a class of 1997 Reunion committee member, Class Secretary for The Wesleyan Magazine, Class Agent for The Wesleyan Fund, as well as volunteer member of the Wesleyan Alumni of Color Network. Creatively, KK has been featured in the inaugural Wesleyan alumni digital marketing campaign :60 Seconds With, in addition to the year-end campaign Wes Actually, a 2018 Telly Awards bronze winner in the non-broadcast, general fundraising category. Now a member of the 1831 Society and recipient of the 2017 Wesleyan University Service Award, KK continues in her leadership efforts concurrently serving as the Vice-Chair, Alumni Association, Chair, Wesleyan Alumni of Color Council (AOCC), and member of the Alumni Association Executive Committee (AAEC). KK holds a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing and a Professional Certificate in Digital Media Marketing from New York University, and is a member of the Board of Trustees, Oliver Scholars. Professionally, KK is the Director, Corporate Partnerships - Integrated Ad Sales Marketing for Discovery, Inc., responsible for developing multi-platform marketing programs to support advertising products and services across the portfolio of network brands. A New York native, KK resides in New York with her husband and son.
Presenters: Bozoma “Boz” Saint John ’99
is chief marketing officer at Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports, and fashion operating in more than 30 countries and encompassing the companies WME, IMG, and UFC. In her role with Endeavor, Saint John focuses on driving marketing efforts across their growing portfolio, including strategies on behalf of Endeavor Global Marketing clients and premium brands. Before joining Endeavor, Ms. Saint John served as chief brand officer at Uber, head of global consumer marketing at Apple Music & iTunes, and head of music and entertainment marketing at PepsiCo. Her career has been marked by induction into Billboard’s Women in Music Hall of Fame (2018) and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement (2014), as well as recognition on the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list (2018) and as Billboard’s Executive of the Year (2016).  Ms. Saint John has been featured on the cover of Adweek as “one of the most exciting personalities in advertising” and on lists ranging from Fast Company’s and Ad Age’s Most Creative People to Ebony’s 100 Powerful Executives, Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Business, and Fortune’s Most Influential CMOs. Boz Saint John majored in English at Wesleyan. As an alumna, she has served on the President’s Council and as a member of the Hamilton Prize Selection Committee, and was the alumni keynote speaker for WesFest 2016. A 13-year veteran of Viacom, Charlotte Castillo ’94 manages the strategic development, planning and marketing for all Viacom licensing IP in her role as Senior Vice President of Global Franchise Planning of Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products – including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, Blue’s Clues, South Park, MTV, Paramount Movies, among others. She leads a team of 28 people around the world. Ms. Castillo has also been recognized throughout the industry, as a participant in the Women In Cable Telecommunications’ Rising Leaders Program in 2009 and NAMIC’s prestigious Executive Leadership Development Program in 2012, and a recipient of NAMIC’s Luminary Award in 2017 as well as Imagen Foundation’s Powerful & Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry in 2018. Prior to Viacom, Ms. Castillo was Marketing & Creative Services Director at Latina Magazine, where she developed trade and consumer marketing initiatives, drove strategic partnerships with major Latino and women’s organizations, and spear-headed advertising/sponsorship-based relationships with companies including Chevrolet, Unilever, L’Oreal, among others. A NYC native born to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic, Ms. Castillo graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA degree in Sociology and American Studies and is fluent in Spanish. An avid traveler, she currently lives in Riverdale with her husband and son.
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Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, 287 Washington Terrace (Show in Map)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) Focus Group
Rachel Barlow, Associate Director for Assessment at Wesleyan, will lead several focus groups to learn what works for the QAC and what doesn’t, what needs to be changed and what should be kept, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum. Register here for a focus group.
Room 113, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES SENIORS RECEPTION: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC) (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
WESEMINAR Remembering Sam Miller '75, P '09
Please join us to celebrate the life of Sam Miller ’75 P’09 (1952-2018).
A devoted Wesleyan alum, he majored in theater, co-founded Second Stage, and was one of the first students to direct a production in the newly built Center for the Arts. In 2011, he became the Director and Co-Founder of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University.
Friends, colleagues, and students will share remarks followed by a performance directed by his long-time collaborator Eiko Otake P’07, ’10, Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance and the College of East Asian Studies. She will share her work-in-progress "The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable," co-conceived by Sam Miller and created in collaboration with artists of diverse backgrounds and disciplines including Wesleyan alumni Mark McCloughan ’10, Alexis Moh ’15, DonChristian Jones ’12, David Brick ’91, and Ralph Samuelson MA ’71, as well as Professor of History, East Asian Studies, Science in Society, and Environmental Studies William Johnston. The project will premiere at the American Dance Festival in July. Refreshments will follow. RSVP at www.wesleyan.edu/boxoffice.
Please consider contributions to the Sam Miller ’75 Memorial Fund at Wesleyan University in support of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP). Contributions may be given online here or mailed to the care of Marcy Herlihy, University Relations, 330 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459.
Center For the Arts Theater (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
WESEMINAR The Trump Administration’s Immigration Policy and How Lawyers are Fighting It
The Trump Administration has acted to dramatically limit the rights of immigrants and refugees seeking to enter the United States, with its “Muslim Ban,” child separation policy, and other changes to immigration regulations and practices that restrict immigrants’ rights.  Private law firms have joined with public interest organizations to challenge these efforts in court.  Join a lawyer who has been at the center of these efforts, an experienced immigration lawyer, and a lawyer with a long record of pro bono civil rights work in a discussion about the administration’s policies and efforts to fight those policies.
Sponsored by the Wesleyan Lawyers Association.
Presenters: Steven Herzog ’84 has been practicing law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York City for nearly 30 years, litigating complex business disputes and maintaining a significant pro bono practice.  He is counsel for plaintiffs challenging the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban, counsel for plaintiffs challenging the Administration's child separation policy, and has been leading the Steering Committee charged with reunifying deported parents with their separated children in the Ms. L class action brought by the ACLU. Miki Kawashima Matrician ’98 is a Partner at Chin & Curtis, LLP, a Boston firm that specializes exclusively in United States and global immigration law.  Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment-based immigration options for multinational corporations and smaller companies in various industries, as well as hospitals and nonprofit entities.  She also advises individual clients in naturalization and family-based cases. She has presented to Japanese business groups in Boston as well as American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, and Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers. Steve Oleskey ’64, P'00 has been a lawyer in private practice for over 50 years. He also served as Massachusetts Deputy Attorney General/Chief Public Protection Bureau, argued twice before the US Supreme Court and received the American Bar Association Pro Bono Award for lifetime pro bono and public service contributions. From 2004 to 2013, he co-lead the litigation team in the habeas corpus suit of Boumediene v. Bush. In that landmark case, the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that six Algerian men held in Guantánamo Bay Prison as "unlawful enemy combatants “were entitled to a habeas corpus trial to establish whether they could continue to be detained indefinitely without charge.”
Room 112, Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
#WesAfAm50, What’s your story?
Share a 5-10 minute memory about your time and experiences at Wesleyan. Interviews will be archived.
Office 232 (2nd Floor Seminar Room), Center for African American Studies (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Senior Thesis Showcase Reception
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by two students Cara Blumstein ‘20 and Emma Frohardt ‘20, presenting a work by each of the seniors from their Senior Thesis Exhibition. Works shown are in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture. Co-sponsored by University Relations. There will be a reception with refreshments in honor of the seniors at 2 p.m. with curator comments at 3:30 p.m.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebrating 50 Years of African American Studies at Wesleyan: Story Corp
Record a memory or thought about your time at Wesleyan. #WesAfAm50
2nd Floor Seminar Room, Center for African American Studies (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebrating 50 Years of African American Studies at Wesleyan: Tours of Malcolm X House
Tours of Malcolm X House. #WesAfAm50
Malcolm X House (Show in Map
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Wesleyan Natural History Exhibits Tour
The Natural History Collections at Wesleyan University (before 1957 exhibited in the Orange Judd Museum of Natural History) are being brought back to life after decades of neglect and storage in attics and basements!  Join Wesleyan undergraduate students who have been working on the museum project and hear details about the new exhibits on the ground floor of Exley, celebrating the diversity of life on Earth as seen in our collections. Make sure to see  Shelley the Glyptodon next to the Science Library, our recently restored Deinotherium skull outside Woodhead Lounge, and the ‘Tree of Life’ exhibit in the lobby of the Science Library.
Students will be available in the Joe Webb Peoples Museum (Exley 4th Floor) and in Exley lobby to talk about the exhibits. Meet at the entrance of the Science Library.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Delta Kappa Epsilon Reception
For members of Delta Kappa Epsilon and their families. Light refreshments will be served. State of Gamma Phi review will be at 3:00. Members of the Kent Literary Club Board of Directors will be in attendance to answer any questions about Gamma Phi at Wesleyan.
Delta Kappa Epsilon (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
ENGLISH: Lounge, Downey House (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
ANTHROPOLOGY: Anthro Room 6 (Show in Map)
BIOLOGY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
CHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
COMPUTER SCIENCE:Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
MATHEMATICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
NEUROSCIENCE AND BEHAVIOR: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
PHYSICS: Terrace, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES: Highwaymen Common Room, 300 High Street (Show in Map
RUSSIAN, EAST EUROPEAN, AND EURASIAN STUDIES: Room 208, Fisk Hall (Show in Map)
THEATER: Theater Patio and East Room, Theater Studios, 275 Washington Terrace (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Alumni of Color (AOC)/ Students of Color (SOC) Reception and African American Studies Open House
Please join us as we honor Alumni and Students of Color, celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Center for African American Studies, and acknowledge Associate Dean of Admission Cliff Thornton, who is retiring after more than 30 years of dedication and service to the Wesleyan community. Remarks will begin at 3:15 PM and tours of the Malcolm X house will be available to guests before and after the scheduled program.
#WesAfAm50 #WesAOC
This event is sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Alumni of Color Council (AOCC).
Tent, Davison Health Center which is adjacent to the Center for African American Studies (Show in Map)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Class of 1974 Women’s Gathering
Once again, the Women of the Class of ’74, the first incoming class of freshman women, will hold a private get-together to share some thoughts and remembrances and perhaps talk about what’s next for all of us.
Putnam Classroom (Room 114), Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
WESEMINAR Architecture and the Liberal Arts
Architecture requires both creative problem solving and graduate level technical skills. A successful architect should be able to clearly communicate across disciplines, absorb many types of information, and lead with ideas – all skills that are central to a liberal arts education. Our seminar will focus on the intersection of architecture and the liberal arts model.  We will examine how a liberal arts education provides both a broad knowledge of various fields as well as a deep study of specific areas of inquiry.  We will share how the liberal arts model has influenced our own experiences and perspectives within the field of architecture.
Moderator: Elijah Huge is an Associate Professor of Art, and an architect whose current scholarly project, “Saving the City: Entries from an Encyclopedia of Calamity-mollifying Devices for the Modern Metropolis,” is a study of the rise and proliferation of architectural emergency devices. His writing and design work have been featured in Praxis, Thresholds, Perspecta, Bracket, Architectural Record, Landscape Architecture, Dwell, JAE, and Competitions.  His design work includes commissions for private clients as well as award-winning competition entries for the High Line (New York, NY), the Bourne Bridge|Park (Bourne, MA), and the Tangshan Earthquake Memorial (Tangshan, China).
Presenters: Benson Gillespie ’04 is a Partner of the facade design and consulting firm Surface Design Group, based in New York City. For over a decade, he has focused on the design, development and construction of new building facades on tall and super-tall buildings both within the United States and abroad. Anya Grant ’04 is a Senior Associate with Ayers Saint Gross in Washington DC. She has partnered with a range of mission-driven clients to build housing, learning and working environments on college and university campuses across the US. Her work involves thoughtful placemaking, technological innovation and rigorous historical study. Nathan Rich ’02 is co-founder of the New York Architecture firm Peterson Rich Office where specializes in cultural and residential buildings.  Before co-founding P.R.O. Nathan worked for SHoP architects and Steven Holl Architects where he developed expertise managing and executing complex projects with multiple stakeholders. Kwei Cheng Chang ’05 is a Director in the real estate development firm China Overseas American, located in New York City. He has managed design projects across Asia, Europe and North America, as well as leaded development projects in the states of New York and New Jersey.
Room 116, Judd Hall (Show in Map)
2:45 PM to 4:30 PM
Athletic Department Senior Awards Presentation
Come celebrate the accomplishments of our senior student-athletes as they gather together one final time as undergrads in Silloway Gymnasium.
Silloway Gymnasium, Freeman Athletic Center (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Announcement! The Wesleyan Documentary Project
Scott Higgins, Director of the College of Film and the Moving Image will introduce Wesleyan’s initiative in documentary production and study featuring our new Professors of Practice Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry ’86, the award-winning duo behind the production company The Film Posse. Majora Carter ’88, Hon '13 will moderate a panel of distinguished alumni filmmakers and show a sample of documentaries by Wesleyan graduates. The roster of Wesleyan documentarians includes James Longley ’94, Jessica Sanders ’99, Marc Levin ’73, P’05, Lana Wilson ’05, Martha Shane ’05, and many others. Join us to discuss documentary’s place in the liberal arts and our new University resource, the Wesleyan Documentary Project.
Goldsmith Family Cinema (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WESEMINAR Myths and Realities of Two World Wars
War Stories: The art and science of crafting visual narratives about World Wars One and Two. We'll discuss the choices we made, the research process, as well as dealing with misconceptions about the past, and expectations in the present.
Presenters: Indiana “Indy” Neidell ’89 is an actor, writer, musician, and historian.  He is well-known currently as the writer and host of the documentary series “The Great War”, “World War Two in Real Time”, and “Sabaton History”.  He is also the host of “Between 2 Wars” and “The Cuba Crisis”.  His past credits are as diverse as twice hosting his own series of shows on Nordic MTV, being awarded a gold record and a grammy as the original organist with Swedish act Moneybrother, and endless voice over credits including worldwide Carlsberg Beer and Abolsut Vodka commercials and video games such as Star Wars Battlefront II. He is currently touring Sweden on piano and ukulele with Swedish 50s and 60s music legend Owe Thörnqvist’s 90th birthday tour.  Bruce C. McKenna ’84, P’15 is an award winning screenwriter and producer whose work in Hollywood has focused on men at war. He wrote on four of the ten episodes of the Emmy award winning HBO Miniseries Band of Brothers, and created, wrote most of, and produced its companion, the Emmy award winning Miniseries The Pacific. He also served as Executive Producer and co-Showrunner for History Channel's recent Series, SIX, about the infamous Navy Special Operations outfit Seal Team Six. 
Room 103, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eclectic Society Meeting
200 High Street (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSES
COLLEGE OF SOCIAL STUDIES ALUMNI RECEPTION: CSS Lounge, Public Affairs Center (PAC) (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Reunion Class Headquarters for 1954 and 1959
Room 110, Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Conversation for the Good of the Class of 1964 (and others)
Klingher Classroom (Room 113), Boger Hall (Formerly the Squash Court Building) (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
WESEMINAR Senior Thesis Showcase
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2019’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition is curated by two students Cara Blumstein ’20 and Emma Frohardt ’20, presenting a work by each of the seniors from their Senior Thesis Exhibition. Works shown are in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and architecture. Co-sponsored by University Relations. There will be a reception with refreshments in honor of the seniors at 2 p.m. with curator comments at 3:30 p.m.
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
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.
The Resource Center, 167 High Street (Show in Map)
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
ACADEMIC OPEN HOUSE
DANCE: This open house is combined with the reception following the WESEMINAR Remembering Sam Miller '75 in the CFA Theater.
3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Class of 1979 Softball Game
Gather with classmates, friends and families for an informal game. Players and spectators are both welcome.
Wesleyan Softball Field (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Nancy M. Crown ’84 Memorial Tree Dedication
Please join us for a tree dedication in celebration of the life of Nancy M. Crown ’84 by her family and friends.
Base of Foss Hill near Mt. Vernon Street (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Annual Reception Honoring Retiring Faculty
All are welcome to honor members of the faculty who retire this year.
Douglas Charles, Professor of Anthropology and Professor, Archaeology
Ronald Ebrecht, University Organist and Artist-in-Residence  (attending)
Laura Grabel P’11, Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society and Professor of Biology
Patricia Hill, Professor of American Studies (attending)
Krishna Winston, Marcus L. Taft Professor of German Language and Literature and Professor, Environmental Studies (attending)
Gary Yohe P’02, Huffington Foundation Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies (attending)
Susan B. and William K. Wasch Center for Retired Faculty, 51 Lawn Avenue (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Quantitative Analysis Center (QAC) Focus Group
Rachel Barlow, Associate Director for Assessment at Wesleyan, will lead several focus groups to learn what works for the QAC and what doesn’t, what needs to be changed and what should be kept, and how to create an even better data analysis environment and curriculum. Register here for a focus group.
Room 113, Allbritton Center (formerly Davenport Campus Center) (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
Please find a list of the seniors who have been elected into Wesleyan University’s Gamma Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Spring 2019 here.
Featured speaker: Joyce Jacobsen, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cardinal Connection Cafe
This is the place to meet-up with classmates, relax between events, charge your phone, enjoy a game of pool, or just take in the scenery. Snacks, beverages, beer and wine are available for purchase.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Class of 1969 Conversation with Invited Faculty Guests
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Anugerah 2019: A Celebration of Graduating International Students
Anugerah is a Malay/Indonesian word that means “gift” or (more literally) “presents given to the deserving”. Dedicated as a gift for family, friends, faculty, and administrators, Anugerah is a performance showcase that celebrates international and transnational identities in an increasingly globalized world. Anugerah will begin with congratulatory remarks for graduating international students, followed by performances, and a closing reception. Admission is free and the event is open to everyone!
https://www.facebook.com/events/356743371640380/.
The Facebook event also has a longer session description.
World Music Hall (Show in Map)
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Reunion Class Receptions and Dinners
Post-50th Alumni (Classes of 1942–1968) and the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2014 gather for their Class Dinners and special programs.

TICKETS: Each dinner requires advance purchase/registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, Reunion Class Dinner tickets are available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the dinner location.

All reunion classes will be charged the following for dinner:
$65 per person - Full Bar Included

Class Dinner Locations:

Post-50th (Classes of 1942-1968): Andersen Meeting Room (110) and Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
1959: Andersen Meeting Room (110) and Taylor Meeting Room (108), Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
1964: Olson Commons, Gordon Career Center, Boger Hall (formerly Squash Court building) (Show in Map)
1969: Campbell Reference Center, Olin Memorial Library (Show in Map)
1974: Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
1979: Tent with red flag, McKelvey Green (Show in Map)
*1984: 6 p.m. Reception; Zelnick Pavilion (Show in Map) and 7:00 p.m. Dinner; Patricelli ’92 Theater (Show in Map)
1989: Mink Dining Wing, Usdan University Center (2nd floor) (Show in Map)
1994: Beckham Hall, Fayerweather (Show in Map)
1999: President’s House Lawn (Show in Map
2004: Tent with black flag, McKelvey Green (Show in Map)
2009: The West Wing, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
2014: Russell House Lawn (Show in Map)
*Please note different start time for Class of 1984 Reception and Dinner.

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Senior Voices (Baccalaureate)
Come join the class of 2019 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.
Faculty Speaker: Margot Weiss, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Student Reflections From:
Vanessa Tostado '19
Kati Young'19
Matthew Erodici '19
Nikolas Ortega '19
Sponsor: Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
9:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Traditional All-College Sing
Steps of North College; Rainsite: Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
10:00 PM to 1:00 AM
All-Campus Tent Party
All-Campus Party Featuring DJ Russian Bear with an All-Star cast from the Class of 2004
DJ Russian Bear is world-renowned for seamlessly beat-juggling cutting-edge and classic sounds. From his early start mining mixtapes in his bedroom at age 14, the Bear quickly rose to sharing stages with hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah (Wu-Tang Clan), The Beatnuts, Akynele and Aesop Rock before and during his days at Wesleyan ('04). Since then, Russian Bear has become sought out on a bi-coastal and international stage, DJ’ing events for major fashion houses and media outlets such as Burberry, Givenchy, Rock & Republic, BCBG/Max Azaria, Converse and Cole Haan to name a few.
An All-Star group from Class of '04 musicians will be joining Russian Bear throughout the evening for a diverse program full of musical delights.
The infamous piano-man Joaquin Cotler ’04 (known to many classmates as "Joaquin the Dream" for taking full advantage of WesCo's Clothing Optional policy) will open up with selections from his project 'Joaquin and The Hot Knivesdrawing from a combination of classic honkey-tonk piano blues, post-war electric blues and psychedelic rock & roll.
Tacuma Bradley ‘04 of NYC's popular Afro-Beat Fusion ensemble Mamarazzi and his own solo project Unity Band will grace us with his sultry tenor saxophone fuzing elements of Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk and World music to render out good vibes and positive energy from anyone and anything within earshot.
Sharing enlightened perspectives in Hip-Hop we'll then be joined by Jon Souza ‘04 (a.k.a. MC Maniphes) known across campus and worldwide for his work with the Wesleyan-born band Illegalize, mixing up soulful blend of raw New York Hip-Hop, sonically rich psychedelic funk, and Brazilian undercurrents. Beyond music, Jon's current work as an educator, community organizer and internationally renowned graffiti muralist is being sponsored by the NYC Mayor's Office's Fund for Public Health with a special focus on reducing mental health stigma and bringing people together around mental health awareness.
DJ Kieran Meadows ’04  (also of Illegalize fame) will be backing MC Maniphes and curating his own vibes. To date, he has become one of NYC's most sought after DJs on the club/lounge scene having performed for the likes of Drake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Spike Lee, Vernon Reid, Savion Glover and the New York Knicks. His weekly Monday music event 'The Refresh' When not too busy with his music or vibrant career in international journalism, you can find him in the kitchen cooking up and sharing homemade plant-based and vegan meals.
A world-class vocalist, Jeannie Gagné (Class ‘82) has sung with Philip Glass, George Duke, opened for Bare Naked Ladies, performed for NBC-TV with comedians Penn and Teller, toured with reggae legend Frankie Paul, and sings on soundtracks such as for the feature film “Anima Mundi.”
Jeannie is Also AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED Professor of Voice at Berklee College of Music AND OFFERS PRIVATE MENTORSHIP AND INSTRUCTION. She teaches technique and performance in pop/rock, blues, jazz, folk, R&B and classical styles. The Jeannie Gagné Method focuses on the whole person, on health and inspiration, and on bringing on the jewel in each of us whether singing or just speaking. She is expert at the mechanics behind how the voice works and has a clear, fun way to teach students the real facts about their vocal instruments.
Backing all on drums and percussion will be Brian McKenna ‘04, film/TV composer and founder of Manhattan's boutique music studio BtOVEN MUSIC and Sam Bathrick ’04 filmmaker and co-founder of Brooklyn-based Resonant Pictures; both are former and current Mamarazzi members respectively and students of Wesleyan's legendary Abraham Adzenyah, whose award-winning work together and independently has achieved international acclaim in forums as diverse as Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, the Super Bowl, popular TV shows and more.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Usdan University Center Hours
Usdan University Center is the primary gathering spot for everyone, creating a hub in the heart of campus during Reunion & Commencement Weekend. All are welcome to stop by and enjoy a comfortable, convenient place to peruse the RC schedule, connect with classmates and/or family members, meet new friends… or simply hang out while enjoying assorted refreshments.
45 Wyllys Avenue (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Usdan Cafe Hours
Food and beverages available for purchase on site.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Registration and Information
Lobby, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cardinal Tech Hours
Stop by Cardinal Tech Wesleyan Campus Store in Usdan University Center for officially licensed Wesleyan shirts, sweaters, hats and mugs, umbrellas and more! We also have charging cables, portable batteries, and all the technology you’ll need for the weekend. Cardinal Tech is an Apple Authorized Campus Store, so take advantage of our education discount on Apple computers and iPads.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
All-Campus Brunch Buffet

Wrap up a great weekend with a hearty brunch in the new Usdan University Center.
Tickets: This event requires ticket purchase at time of registration. If you are unable to purchase tickets in advance, brunch tickets may be available for purchase at Registration in the Exley Science Center.  Ticket sales are not available at the brunch location-- please plan accordingly.

All reunion classes, graduates, parents and families of graduating seniors will be charged the following when they register: $22 per person for all other adults (including graduates) and children over age 12, and $10 per person for children 12 and under.
Usdan University Center (Show in Map)

8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Commencement Luggage Storage
Secure luggage storage at Registration during the Commencement ceremony.
Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Wesleyan R J Julia Bookstore Book and Merchandise Sale: Pop-up Shop
Stop by the R J Julia pop-up shop at Registration for your Wes gear essentials (t-shirts, hats, and more). Also, make sure you stop by the Bookstore on Main Street during the weekend, too. 
Andrus Field
9:00 AM to 10:15 AM
Graduate Student Breakfast Celebration and Rehearsal
The Graduate Marshal will prepare the graduating MA and PhD students for the Commencement Ceremony.
Lobby, Exley Science Center (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Roman Catholic Mass
Memorial Chapel (Show in Map)
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
50th Reunion Brunch for the Class of 1969
Members of the Class of 1969 are planning to gather for brunch around 9 a.m. 
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center (Show in Map)
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
GLS Graduates' Commencement Preparation
GLSP staff will prepare graduating students for the Commencement Ceremony.
GLS Office, 74 Wyllys Ave. (Show in Map)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Faculty and Undergraduates Assemble for Commencement
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
Parent and Grandparent Educators Assemble for Commencement
Parents and Grandparents of graduating seniors who work in the field of education are invited to march as a division in the Commencement Ceremony. Educators are then welcome to sit as a division, along with a guest, or may choose to sit in general seating following the procession. Educators must supply and wear their own regalia. Please respond to Dana Coffin via email at dcoffin@wesleyan.edu, or by phone at (860) 685-3756 by May 14 if you would like to participate. 
Top of Foss Hill (Show in Map)
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
187th Commencement Ceremony
The ceremony will take place in the center of campus, rain or shine, and will last approximately 2–2½ hours. The ceremony may also be viewed online

Details about this year's Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients can be found here.

Commencement 2019 Procession map.

Tickets: All are welcome to attend Wesleyan's 187th Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony. The 5,000 chairs on Andrus Field (some are outside, some under the large tent with full view of the podium) are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is additional room for seating on Foss Hill (bring a blanket or folding chairs).

Accessibility Seating and Parking: Visitors needing accessible parking may utilize any of the designated spaces on campus with a properly displayed state-issued plate or placard from any state. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony takes place on Denison Terrace, which is parallel to the back of Olin Memorial Library. Mobility impaired guests may park in the “C” lot off of Church Street or the Office of Admission parking lot. University staff and students driving golf carts will be available at each lot to assist in transporting guests to-and-from the accessibility section on Andrus Field. Drivers may also drop of guests on Wyllys Avenue and then park elsewhere. Each disabled person may be accompanied by two family members in the accessible section (located on the area adjacent to the Zelnick Pavilion and Public Affairs Center).  You can sign up for seating in the accessibility section and find more details pertaining to accessibility accommodations here

Water: Wesleyan is proud to announce a bottled water-free Commencement. Reusable bottles and water stations are available to keep guests hydrated. If you do not wish to take your reusable bottle home with you, please leave it under your chair or place in one of the clear recycling containers located on Andrus Field or at the President’s Commencement Celebration so that we can reuse bottles for future occasions.
Andrus Field (Show in Map)

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, umbrellas, and appropriate footwear.

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 (Exley Science Center). The ceremony will be simulcast in the Memorial Chapel, Patricelli ’92 Theater, Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, and Tishler Lecture Hall (Room 150) at Exley Science Center, rain or shine. The ceremony may also be viewed online. Please check the Reunion landing page or the WesCast webcast page for details the week of May 20, 2019.
Tent, Andrus Field (Show in Map)

Following the ceremony

President’s Commencement Celebration: A gathering celebrating the Class of 2019 will take place immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Due to the large crowds at the gathering, families and students who wish to meet are encouraged to identify a place in advance (e.g., one of the buildings on College Row). Light refreshments will be available.
McKelvey Green (lawn in front of College Row) (Show in Map)

GLS Champagne Reception and Diploma Distribution: GLS graduates and guests are invited to this reception. We will distribute diplomas and raise our glasses in a toast to the graduates!
Tent, Center For the Arts Green (Show in Map)