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Alumni Weekend 2015 Schedule

Thursday, JUNE 4
TimeEvent Description
1 p.m.Class of ’65 Trip to The Barnes Foundation
3 p.m. - midnightClass of ’65 Check-in: Alice Paul Hall Lobby
3-9 p.m.

All-Alumni check-in, pick up your room keys and meal tickets: Parrish Hall, Shane Student Lounge. Check-in closes at 9 p.m. and reopens at 10 a.m.

6 p.m.Class of ’65 Social Hour: Clothier Hall, 2nd Floor
7 p.m.Class of ’65 Dinner: Clothier Hall, 2nd Floor
8:30 p.m.

Class of ’65 Folk Singing:Crum Creek Hymnal Revisited: Alice Paul Hall Lounge *Members of all classes welcome to attend

Friday, JUNE 5
7 a.m.- midnightClass of ’65 Check-in: Alice Paul Hall Lobby
7–9 a.m.Class of '65 Breakfast: Alice Paul Hall Lobby
9 a.m.

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: 50 Things to Remember About the Last 50 Years: An Interactive Pictorial Pageant led by Glen Kanwit ’65: Science Center, Room 104

Class of ’65 Scott Arboretum Tour: Meet at Dean Bond Rose Garden

10 a.m. - midnightAll-alumni Check-in: Pick up room keys and meal tickets: Parrish Hall, Shane Student Lounge. Check-in closes at midnight and reopens at 8 a.m. Saturday.
10:30 a.m.

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: How Do You Think Technology Changes Education? led by Hap Peelle ’65: Science Center, Room 104

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: Living Fully in Our Futures led by Nancy Weiss ’65 and Ron Hale ’65: Science Center, Room 105


Class of ’65 Lunch: Clothier Hall, 2nd Floor

12:30 p.m.

Folk Power Lunch, Sponsored by Swarthmore Folk: Science Center, Eldridge Commons


Class of ’65 Virtual Conversations with Absent Classmates: Science Center, Room 104

Underground Railroad Tour: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen ’09, archive associate at Friends Historical Library, will lead a walking tour of campus and share stories about important families in Swarthmore's history—Parrish, Magill, Clothier, and others—and their connections to abolitionism, African-American education, and the Underground Railroad: Meet in McCabe Library

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Crum Woods Tour: Meet in the Amphitheater. In the case of bad weather, meet in the Gillespie Room, Wister Center for a presentation indoors.

2:00 p.m.

Class of ’65 Memorial Service: Friends Meeting House

Admissions Volunteer Training and Information Session: Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons, 2nd floor

Career Services Open House: Parrish Hall, Room 135

Civil Rights Sing-A-Long led by Vaneese Thomas '74: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, sponsored by Swarthmore Folk and Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN): Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

2:30-5 p.m.Refreshments, Sponsored by Alumni and Gift Records: Parrish Porch
2:45 p.m.

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: Prudent Investment Strategy for Retirees led by Dave Wright ’65: Science Center, Room 105

3 p.m.

Admissions Reception for Alumni Volunteers: Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons, 2nd floor

Gallery Talk: Aileen Eisenberg '15 on Bande Dessinée: Immigration through comics from the Francophone World—French 57 Exhibition: McCabe Library Main Atrium
A longstanding tradition in Belgium and France, the bande dessinée has evolved alongside contemporary culture and society. It is increasingly being shaped by immigrants' stories, from the perils of their exilic journey and denunciations of their marginal status to constructions of belonging through inventive aesthetics and a reclaiming of the comic book space as a transnational medium. This bi-lingual exhibition, created by students in Dr Gueydan-Turek's French class as their semester project, challenges clichés, assumptions and tensions characterizing the national debate on the place of immigrants in French society and culture. 

3:30 - 5 p.m.

Scott Arboretum Tour: The North Campus: Cosby Courtyard, Metasequoia Allee, Pollinator Garden, Harry Wood Courtyard Garden led by Claire Sawyers, arboretum director: Meet in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. In case of bad weather, meet in the Gillespie Room, Wister Center for a virtual tour and arboretum show and tell.

4-5 p.m.

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: Climate Change; Not the Science but the Policy led by Peter Meyer ’65: Science Center, Room 104

Class of ’65 Discussion Group: What We Learned Then That Isn’t True Now: You Kept Up in Your Own Field, But Lots We Learned in College Isn’t True Anymore led by Dan Kegan ’65: Science Center, Room 105

4:30-6 p.m.

All-Alumni Welcome Reception: Science Center Quad Tent. In case of severe weather, the reception will be held in Clothier Hall, 2nd Floor. 

5:45 p.m.

Garnet Sage Dinner: Sharples Dining Hall, West Room

6-8 p.m.

All-Alumni Dinner: Sharples Dining Hall

7:30 p.m.

Class of '75 Presents: An Ode to Eugene and Theresa Lang, Lang Music Hall (1974–2015): Lang Music Building, Concert Hall 
Full Program Here

The Swarthmore College Folk Scene in the 1940s: Hear Willa Freeman Grunes '47, one of the organizers of the 1945 and 1946 Swarthmore College Intercollegiate Folk Festivals, speak about the origins of the festivals and her recollections of the first two featured folk singers, Richard Dyer-Bennet and Lead Belly. This lecture honors the 125th anniversary of Lead Belly's birth and the 70th anniversary of the first festival: Science Center, Room 101

8:15-9 p.m.

SwatTalks; Experience a slice of academic life when members of the Swarthmore faculty present condensed lectures on their current research around the theme of What Lies Beneath? Full SwatTalk descriptions are available in the Highlights: Lang Performing Arts Center, Pearson-Hall Theatre

8:30 p.mThe Lego Movie: Parrish Beach. Rain location: Science Center, Room 101
9 p.m.

Class Gatherings:

  • Class of 1995: Mephistos Lounge
  • Classes of 2013, 2010, 2005 Pub Nite: Paces Cafe
  • Class of 1965: Alice Paul lounge
  • Class of 1970: Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
  • Class of 1980: Olde Club Tent
  • Class of 1990: Wharton East Basement Lounge

Psi Phi/SWIL Alumni Gathering: Science Center, Room 144

9:15 p.m.Folk Dancing for All Ages: Squares, Contras, and English country dances called by April Blum. All dances will be taught and walked through; no partner necessary. Soft-soled shoes preferred: Lang Performing Arts Center, Troy Dance Studio
MidnightCheck-in Closes (Room keys are next available Saturday at 8 a.m.)
Saturday, JUNE 6
6:15 a.m.Class of ’65 Birdwatchers Walk
6:40 a.m.Slow Jog through the Crum: led by Paul E. Peelle ’69; be prepared for wet and rocky trails: Start from Skallerup Track
7 a.m.Class of ’65 Check-in: Alice Paul Hall Lobby
7:30 - 9:45 a.m.All-alumni breakfast: Sharples Dining Hall
8 a.m. - 9 p.m.All-alumni check-in: Parrish Hall, Shane Student Lounge
8:15 a.m.Class of 1965: Divestment with Mountain Justice: Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons, 2nd Floor
9:45 a.m

Parade Line Up Begins: Magill Walk

10 a.m.Parade of Classes: Magill Walk (canceled in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorm)
11:15 a.m.Alumni Collection, featuring award presentations and speaker Sean Decatur ’90: Scott Amphitheater. Rain location: Lang Performing Arts Center
12:30 p.m.

All-Alumni Picnic Lunch: Sharples Tent. Rain location: Sharples Dining Hall

Garnet Sage Reunion Class Luncheons:

  • Class of 1945: Kohlberg Hall, Room 116
  • Class of 1950: Kohlberg Hall, Room 115
  • Class of 1955: Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room
  • Class of 1960: Clothier Hall, 2nd Floor
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Meet the Bulletin Editors: Parrish Beach. Rain location: Parrish Parlors

1-5 p.m.Family Carnival with a moon-bounce and games: Mertz Lawn. Canceled in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms.
1-4 p.m.

Open-Microphone and Informal Band Reunion Event featuring Corduroy Road, with Charlie McGovern ’80 and Ira Gitlin ’80 sponsored by the Class of 1980: Olde Club Tent

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Legacy Circle Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Office of Gift Planning: Parrish Beach. Rain location: Parrish Porch

1:30 p.m.

Gamelan Semara Santi Workshop: Balinese music and dance with Daniel Underhill Professor of Music Tom Whitman ’82—all ages and families welcome: Lang Music Building, Room 410

“War, Peace, and Security in the 21st Century,” a panel discussion with Dominic Tierney, associate professor of political science; Gregg Davis ‘80, senior chief petty officer, United States Navy; and Tim Hoyt ‘82, John Nicholas Brown Chair for Counterterrorism Studies, U.S. Naval War College: Science Center, Room 101 

Class of ’65 Meet the Artists: List Gallery

A Taste of Text in the Beit Midrash with Helen Plotkin ’77: Bond Memorial Hall, Lodge 5

How Did Diversity at Swarthmore, or Lack of It, Impact Your Personal and Professional Life After College? a panel discussion moderated by Sam Agger '75 and Kip Davis '75. Sponsored by the Class of 1975 and Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN): Science Center, Room 183

1:30-3 p.m.

An Inside Look at the College Search and Admissions Process, sponsored by the Admissions Office and hosted by Vice President and Dean of Admissions Jim Bock '90: Prospective parents and students welcome: Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons, 2nd floor

Crum Woods Tour: Meet in the Amphitheater. In the case of bad weather, meet in the Gillespie Room, Wister Center for a presentation indoors.

2 p.m.

Black Liberation 1969: A Case Study in Digital Humanities, Collaborative Pedagogy, and Activist Histories: A talk by Nabil Kashyap, librarian for digital initiatives and scholarship. In conjunction with Professor Allison Dorsey's innovative black studies course in the fall of 2014, McCabe Library developed a public digital archive, combining primary documents, oral histories, student scholarship, and creative interpretation. Explore how the resulting site engages history and ideas of community, connecting today's student body to the experience of black students at Swarthmore in the 60s: Science Center, Room 199

Class of 2010 Gathering: Worth Courtyard

Class of 2005 Feats of Strength: Parrish Beach. Rain location: Clothier Hall, Game Room

Class of 1995 Memorial Service: Lang Performing Arts Center, Frear Theater

Class of 1970 Discussion: Science Center, Room 104

2:45 p.m.Mozart Requiem rehearsal, singers only: Lang Music Building, Presser Room
3 p.m.

Affinity Receptions:

  • Swarthmore Black Alumni Network (SBAN) Reception hosted by SBAN Advisory Group and Dion Lewis, assistant dean and director of the Black Cultural Center: Black Cultural Center, Robinson House
  • Swarthmore Business Network (SBN)hosted by Rob Steelman ’92: Science Center Quad Tent*

  • Alumni Council, past and present, hosted by Janet Erlick ’88: Science Center Quad Tent*

  • Sager/LGBTQ hosted by David Ko ’92: Science Center Quad Tent*

  • Swarthmore Christian Fellowship hosted by Trevor Morse, Christian Fellowship Advisor: Science Center Quad Tent*

*Note: In case of severe weather, receptions will be moved to Lang Performing Arts Center, Lobby.

List Gallery Reception: List Gallery

Dedication of Hess Terrace: Please join family and friends of the late Eleanor Kay "Pete" Hess, Professor of Physical Education at Swarthmore College from 1957 to 1990, for the dedication of this beautiful new space named in her honor and memory: The Matchbox

3–4:30 p.m.

Scott Arboretum Garden Tour: Ideas to Take Home to Your Garden from Three Scott Gardens: Nason Garden, Entrance Garden, and Teaching Garden. The tour will end in the Wister Center. Led by Claire Sawyers, arboretum director: Meet in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. In case of bad weather, meet in the Gillespie Room, Wister Center for a virtual tour and arboretum show and tell.

3:30 p.m.

Intergenerational Discussion of Climate Change Activism: Convened by Michael Westgate ’60 and Maurice Eldridge ’61, sponsored by the Class of 1960: Parrish Hall, Admissions Commons, 2nd Floor

4 p.m.

Academic Department Receptions:

  • Economics: Kohlberg, Coffee Bar
  • Classics: Trotter Hall, Room 115
  • Engineering: Hicks Hall, 2nd Floor
  • English Literature: Lang Music Performing Arts Center, Lobby
  • Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Astronomy, Math, and Statistics: Science Center Breezeway. Rain location: Science Center, Room 199 Lobby

Writing Associates Reception: Trotter Hall, Room 120

4–6 p.m.

Speakeasy, a social-deduction game. Like a murder-mystery dinner without the script, Speakeasy, a game of bluffing and deduction, is easy to learn and intriguing: Parrish Parlors

4:15 p.m.Mozart Requiem rehearsal, musicians report: Lang Music Building, Concert Hall
4:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Requiem: directed by Director of the Chester Children’s Chorus John Alston, H'15: Lang Music Building, Concert Hall 

Class of ’65 Poetry Reading: McCabe Library, 2nd Floor Lounge

5 p.m.Class of 1960 Talk: Avoiding the Extinction of Humanity; A Practical Plan, A Conversation with John Goodman ’60: Science Center, Room 199
5-6:30 p.m.

1864 Society reception (by invitation only): West House

6 p.m.

Class of ’70 Cocktails: Dean Bond Rose Garden. Rain location: Parrish Porch

Psi Phi/SWIL Cookout: Patio grill between David Kemp Hall and Alice Paul Hall

6:15 p.m.

Class of ’65 Reception: Science Center Quad Tent        

Garnet Sage Cocktails and Dinner: Kohlberg Hall, Scheuer Room

7 - 9 p.m.

Class Dinners:

  • Classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, and 1985: Sharples Dining Hall

  • Class of 1990: The Matchbox
  • Classes of 1995 and 2000: Trotter Lawn Tent
  • Class of 2005: Sharples Tent
  • Classes of 2010 and 2013: Mertz Lawn Tent

7:15 p.m.Class of ’65 50th Reunion Dinner: Clothier Hall, 2nd floor
9 p.m.

Bluegrass and Folk Music Concert: Robby George ’77 and Friends (Dan Miner ’77, Charlie McGovern ’80, and Glenn Rosen ’77): Lang Music Building, Concert Hall

9 p.m. - Midnight

Class Gatherings:

  • Classes of ’70 and ’75 Dance Party with The Narwhals: Olde Club Tent
  • Class of ’80 Dance Party with The Kids: Science Center Quad Tent
  • Class of ’90 Dance Party: Black Cultural Center, Robinson House
  • Class of ’65 Gathering: Alice Paul Hall Lounge
  • Class of ’05 Piano Bar featuring Joe Raciti ’05: Parrish Parlors
  • Classes of 2010 and 2013 Party: Paces Cafe                                  

Sunday, JUNE 7
7:30 - 11 a.m.All-Alumni Breakfast: Sharples Dining Hall
9 a.m.Class of 1960 Talk: Avoiding the Extinction of Humanity; A Practical Plan, A Conversation with John Goodman ’60: Science Center, Room 199
10 - 11:30 a.m.Scott Arboretum Tour: Notable Trees—a tour of some of campus's biggest, oldest, and most unusual trees. Led by Claire Sawyers, Arboretum director: Meet in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. In case of bad weather, meet in the Gillespie Room, Wister Center for a virtual tour and arboretum show and tell.
11:30 a.m.Minding Swarthmore: documentary film screening. Produced by Shane Lightner ’87 as part of the College’s sesquicentennial celebration, Minding Swarthmore surveys Swarthmore’s past and touches on some of the defining people and moments in our history: Science Center, Room 101