Schedule of Events

This schedule is updated frequently between now and throughout the week. All events will be held virtually via Zoom.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
A Conversation between Laurence M. Mark ’71 and Professor Emerita Jeanine Basinger: “Wesleyan, Film and Hollywood”

All are welcome to join a conversation with Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Laurence M. Mark ’71 and Jeanine Basinger, Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Emerita. Mr. Mark is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer of such acclaimed hit films as THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and JERRY MAGUIRE. Topics will include the history and development of the film department and its impact on Hollywood and beyond, and Mr. Mark’s career.

Moderator: Former Trustee Paul J. Vidich ’72, P’00, ’03 will provide the introduction and moderate the discussion and alumni Q & A.

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7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Middletown on the Map, Concert Series featuring: Jay Hoggard '76, MA'91 Quartet

Jay Hoggard '76, MA'91 has long ranked with the greatest vibraphone innovators. His music is positive, spiritual, uplifting, and happy, and he seamlessly blends Jazz and Gospel roots with African Marimba rhythms. Jay's performance repertoire represents the three B's of the Jazz tradition (Blues, Bop and Ballads).

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7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Black Middletown Lives: The History and Legacies of Middletown's Beman Triangle

Featuring students' research from AFAM307: Black Middletown Lives with their instructor, Jesse Nasta, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Executive Director, Middlesex County Historical Society.

In collaboration and with performances by acclaimed actor, singer, and Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras and actor and cellist David Blasher.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
WesTalks: The Art of Documenting Subjects

Hear from artists, Michael Yamashita '71, Photographer, Brooks Kraft '87, P'23, Photographer, Daniele Anastasion '01, Writer and Director and Mary Robertson '01, Documentary Showrunner and Director on how they employ different mediums to approach their work in documenting subjects. 

Moderated by Randall MacLowry '86, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Film Studies and Co-Director of the Wesleyan Documentary Project.

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4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Window Into Wesleyan Presents: Reflections on the Past Year from Campus Leadership

Join President’s Cabinet members Amin Abdul-Malik Gonzalez '96, Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, and Alison Williams '81, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion/Title IX Officer, for a conversation on how the events of the past year have impacted the student experience at Wesleyan. Amin and Alison will share insights from their unique perspectives while also looking back at their own time as students. This event will be moderated by Wesleyan Trustee Christine Pina '91, Chief Advancement Officer at Miss Porter’s School.

An audience Q&A will be offered and we encourage you to submit questions in advance of the event to Dana Coffin at dcoffin@wesleyan.edu.

 

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5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Alumni of Color (AOC)/Students of Color (SOC) Reception

Please join us at a virtual reception honoring alumni and students of color. This event will be moderated by Kimberly King ’97, with remarks by Professor Theodore M. Shaw '76. There will be an opportunity to socialize with students and alumni during this event. This event is sponsored by the Alumni of Color Council (AOCC). #WesAOC

 

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6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Pie Pops with Candace Nelson '96

Have a sweet tooth or like to bake? Spend an hour with accomplished pastry chef and co-founder of Sprinkles, Candace Nelson '96 learning how to make Pie Pops!

Introduction by Jennifer Low '06, “Sugar Rush” winner and owner of the Frosted Fox.

Essentials:
Plastic Wrap
Rolling Pin
Food Processor
Pastry brush
6 inch lollipop or treat sticks
biscuit cutters or 3 inch cookie cutters in circle or heart shape

Optional:
Small fondant plunger/cutters (about 1- 2 cm)
cellophane and ribbon for packaging

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
16 TBSP unsalted butter, sliced, very cold
Approximately 1/2 cup ice water
Your favorite preserve or Nutella (for the filling)

 

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6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Book talk with Professor of History Ron Schatz

The Wesleyan Library will celebrate the winners of the 2020 Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize with a talk by Wesleyan Professor of History Ronald Schatz on his new book, The Labor Board Crew: Remaking Worker-Employer Relations from Pearl Harbor to the Reagan Era (University of Illinois Press, January 2021).

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7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
CFA: African Pop Concert

Wesleyan’s new African Pop Music Band, directed by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa, presents an invigorating performance of contemporary African music and dance. Genres to be performed include highlife, reggae, hiplife, and gospel highlife, among others.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
WESEMINAR A View of Campus and Middletown Through the Years

What were Wesleyan and Middletown like during your time on campus? What’s changed? What’s stayed the same? Spend an hour with Dan Haar '81, Emil Frankel '61Dic Wheeler '81Dr. Silvia Mayo Molina '91, P'23 and Jennifer Alexander '88, Hon'09, P'15,'16 as they take look at campus and Middletown through the years

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6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Study Abroad Alumni Reception

Did you study abroad as a Wesleyan undergrad? Come join your fellow Cardinals in sharing study abroad memories from back in the day! We hope you will bring stories, photos, and examples of how your study abroad experience has impacted your life post-Wesleyan.

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6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cardinal Cocktail Hour

Learn to make our Signature Cardinal Cocktail, the Middletown Margarita, and Mocktail, the Return to Campus, with Matt Winn '92, Chair of the Alumni Association.

Middletown Margarita
2 ounces of your preferred blanco tequila
1/2 ounce Aperol
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/4 ounce agave
2 slices of jalapeno pepper
2 muddled strawberries
black sea salt rim and garnish with a lime wedge

Combine all ingredients into a shaker tin. Add ice to tin and glass. Shake and strain into glass over ice and garnish.

Return to Campus
1 1/2 ounces hibiscus tea
1 ounce lime juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
top off with ginger beer
mint garnish

Combine all ingredients into Collins glass add ice. Top with ginger beer and garnish

Recipes created by Eric Simmonds, Corporate Beverage Director, What If Syndicate. 

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7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Cardinal Conversations: Dynamics of Women Coaching Men -- A Coach’s Perspective and Discussion

Today our society is working to break down intersectionality barriers: gender, racial, sexual orientation, and others. Similar efforts in the sports arena have led to an increased awareness at the secondary, collegiate, and professional levels of gender roles in coaching. While news outlets report strides made recently in women overcoming other barriers in sports, work remains in reaching gender equality for women coaches in the gymnasium and on the field.

Wesleyan Athletics Advantage Program (A+) invites you to a discussion about gender roles in college coaching. We will be joined by Adjunct Professor of Physical Education and Head Men’s & Women’s Squash Coach, Shona Kerr. 

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
College of Letters Gathering

Calling all COL alumni: join us for a Zoom lunch to catch up with faculty in the department and former classmates, to reminisce about former colloquium conversations, and to commemorate the retirement this year of our esteemed colleague, Khachig Tölölyan.  

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5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
WESEMINAR Hot Topics in Your 40s

Are you in your 40s? Are you interested in travel, real estate, the environment, business, and education? We thought so. Join us for an hour discussion around these topics from alumni experts in their respective fields: Scott Mayerowitz '00Ross Evangelista '01Taryn Finnessey '01Haydee Caldero '01Louis Bronk '01 and Andrew Calica '01. 

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7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
WESEMINAR The Golden Age of Television

In this discussion, four Class of '86 television writers -- Jennifer Flackett, David Kohan, Becky Mode and Ayelet Waldman -- will discuss their current projects, their creative process, changes in the industry and how Wesleyan helped shape them as writers. The panel will then open for questions on television writing. Moderated by Class of '86 actor Willie Garson.

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10:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Pedro Pietri's "The Masses are Asses"

Pedro Pietri's "The Masses are Asses" radio play on WESU directed by Visiting Instructor of Theater Miranda Haymon '16

The Masses are Asses (1974) by Pedro Pietri is an absurdist satire that exposes issues of social class, parodies the notion of the American Dream, and plays with political parody. The play takes place in either a fancy restaurant in Paris or a tenement building bathroom in the South Bronx. The plot revolves around two characters who vamp, mimic, and instigate each other and their values.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
CEAS Virtual Celebration Honoring our Seniors

Alumni are invited to attend our end-of-year zoom party. After we recognize our seniors, alumni can join their own break-out room and re-connect with CEAS classmates.

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2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Class of 1956 Social Hour

Join with other members of the Class of ’56 to reflect and share updates on your life. Before joining the Zoom, consider the following prompts:

  1. This is where I am now… (location)
  2. This is what I’ve been doing... (activities)
  3. This is what I look forward to doing post covid…

Join 1956 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 965 8089 8874
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/atVoRAPlF 

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
WESEMINAR Climate Mitigation: Three Perspectives
Hear from three Wesleyan alumni as they discuss climate mitigation from various perspectives within the field of Environmental research. Alyson Myers ’81, President of the Fearless Fundwill discuss her experience working in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean to find global solutions to help combat climate change. Tracey Osborne ’91, an Associate Professor in the Department of Management of Complex Systems at the University of California Merced and Director of UC Center for Climate Justice, will join our panel as well. She will share her work on climate change mitigation in tropical forests and the important role of Indigenous land use practices based on research conducted in Mexico and the Amazon. We will also be joined by Chris Wilmers '95, a wildlife ecologist and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He will discuss how animals impact the carbon cycle and their roles in carbon sequestration.
Our program will be moderated by Barry Chernoff, Robert K. Schumann Chair of Environmental Studies and Director of the College of the Environment, at Wesleyan University.

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Webinar ID: 945 9642 6868
Dial-in number: (924) 436-2866 

5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Reunion Toast
Join Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth '78 and Trustee Pritha J. Mittal '96 for a celebratory toast with musical guests, The Wesleyan Spirits.

Join Toast

Meeting ID: 922 3591 1575
Dial-in number: (924) 436-2866 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 2016 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 2016 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 989 5476 7833
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/aWLhhH6ia

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 2011 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 2011 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 923 8525 7300
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/abNCFa2lBJ 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 2006 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 2006 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 939 5402 6850
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/adFzZdl8Eu

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 2001 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 2001 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 934 7836 6968
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/adY8tYmKal

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1991 Social Hour

We will move around, cocktail party-style, reminiscing about our Wes years, and remembering our classmates that left us too soon.

Join 1991 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 965 8461 1624
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/adlH1FVwAB

After the social hour join us on GatherTown and then jump back to our Zoom at 8 p.m. for a dance party

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1986 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion. Reconnect and socialize in breakout rooms based on frosh dorms or where on campus you hung out the most!

Join 1986 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 990 2890 1149
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/acc3HpPcbb

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1981 Social Hour

Join your friends from the Class of ’81 for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion! We will have breakout rooms for socializing. We look forward to catching up with you!

Join 1981 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 952 1312 9159
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/adI5vHty2B 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1976 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 1976 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 930 2795 9086
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/aXbcZVnWk

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1971 Social Hour

This event will culminate our week-long class specific events of the virtual Reunion week. Come hear from the authors of the eight essays in our 50th Reunion book, join break-out rooms to discuss the essays, and then gather together to offer insights, comments and reflections on “Then and Now”.

Please read Jake Weiss’ essay in the Class Book, An Iconoclastic Cohort Called Hoy’s Revenge: A Former Anthropology Major Looks Back at Wesleyan 50 Years Later, beforehand (a link to an online version of the book can be found at www.wesleyan.edu/classof1971). Bring your own preferred Friday evening refreshment!

Join 1971 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 913 9340 2901
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/aXbcZVnWk 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Class of 1961 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion.

Join 1961 Social Hour

Meeting ID: 988 7259 0402
Find your local number: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/u/abPZrfzpTB 

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
An invigorating virtual performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka, joined by students in West African music and dance classes.

Join African Drumming

8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Class of 1996 Social Hour

Join your classmates for a special Social Hour to toast your Reunion. Reconnect and socialize as you wander Wesleyan’s campus on Gather.Town

At least a few minutes before the start of the event, or even a day or two before, use this same link to make your avatar!

Click here to watch a Gather.Town tutorial from Topher Bellavia '96

Join 1996 Gather Town

Saturday, May 15, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Cardinal Family Fun Hour

Wondering how to entertain your children for an hour on a Saturday morning? Wesleyan Alumni Relations has rounded up a variety of exciting opportunities to play, explore, learn and have a blast, without leaving the couch. Here's a list of fun, family activities we’re hosting for kids of all ages!

  • Sing and Dance Along (0-3 y.o.)
  • Scavenger Hunt (3-5 y.o.)
  • Draw Along (6-8 y.o.)
  • Trivia Game (9-12 y.o.)

Join Family Fun Hour

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Christina Crosby Memorial Gathering

Please visit christinacrosby.org anytime, a virtual space to join together and remember our beloved friend. 

Join Christina Crosby Memorial

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Reunion Slideshow Closing Event

Take a stroll down memory lane as we showcase images of your time on campus through the years. This event will be moderated by Matt Winn '92, Chair of the Alumni Association and Kimberly King '97, Vice Chair of the Alumni Association. There will be an opportunity to socialize with alumni after the slideshow. 

Join Closing Event

Meeting ID: 942 6414 2909
Dial-in number: (924) 436-2866