50th Reunion Class of 1971

A once in a lifetime chance to Celebrate, Reflect, Renew and Learn. Plan now to join us.

The great Class of 1971 is celebrating our 50th Reunion this year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to gather in person for our traditional celebration on Wesleyan’s campus. In lieu of the usual in-person gatherings, we planned a series of pre-reunion virtual events that provided a space to socialize with one another and to hear from a few classmates doing interesting things. Our virtual events will culminate with Wesleyan’s Virtual Reunion Week, scheduled for May 10-15.

Additional virtual events will occur over the next several months before we gather on-campus for the rescheduled 50th Reunion celebration April 28 – May 1, 2022. Details on the weekend will follow. In the meantime, we hope to see you at our virtual reunion and we hope you will make a gift in honor of our 50th. If we reach our annual fund goal of $200,000, there will be a Class of 1971 Scholar from the Class of 2026!

Email inquiries to: 50threunion@wesleyan.edu


Hot off the press! Download a copy of our 50th Reunion Class Book!


Reunion Committee Members

  • Blake Allison
  • Andy Baker
  • Bill Boulware
  • Michael Brewin
  • Graeme Bush
  • Katy Butler
  • Rodney Cash
  • Pat Callahan
  • Neil Clendeninn
  • Malcolm Cochran
  • John Cuddy
  • Robert Dewees
  • Wendy Fain
  • Stephen Ferruolo
  • Greg Friedman
  • Jeanne Hackett
  • Bill Hicks
  • Todd Jick
  • Joe Keller
  • Jonathan Kramer
  • Pam Kyrka
  • Steve Leinwand
  • Frank Leone
  • David Lindorff
  • Mary Davidson McWilliams
  • Robert Millner
  • Marty Obin
  • Fran Pawlowski
  • Vic Pfeiffer
  • Dick Plumb
  • David Rabban
  • Philip Rauch
  • Jim Repass
  • Jay Resnick
  • Henry Saunders
  • Dick Scoggins
  • David Siegel
  • Joseph Summa
  • Alan Van Egmond
  • Gary Walford
  • Joanne Young




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.

Please send questions in advance to Gina Driscoll, gdriscoll@wesleyan.edu

Join Film and Hollywood

Webinar ID: 924 3968 3203 
Dial-in number: (924) 3968-3203 

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.

Join WesTalks

Webinar ID: 946 4178 1621
Dial-in number: (924) 3968-3203 

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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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

Join Hot Topics

Webinar ID: 970 9476 9184
Dial-in number: (924) 3968-3203 

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.

Join Golden Age of TV

Webinar ID: 980 2616 8292
Dial-in number: (924) 3968-3203 

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

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

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

50 th Reunion Goals

Wesleyan Fund Dollar Goal: $200,000

Participation Goal: 47% (100 Donors)

If we reach our annual fund goal of $200,000, there will be a Class of 1971 Scholar from the Class of 2026! Make your gift today!

Participation Goal

Wesleyan Fund Dollar Goal