What's in the program? In addition to dinner Friday night provided by Bub's Bar-B-Q and a lobster Saturday night, here's the rough schedule of events:
- Fewer Than 10 Years To Go: Taking Stock of Personal and Professional Goals as Body-Clocks Tick to 65
Ron Bailey of the Class of 1975 stepped off the corporate ladder at IBM 20 years ago and moved into the mission fields of central and southern Africa. Ron will talk about his journey and ours, as we all move closer to the date when we take a measure of our personal and professional achievements. Are there less than 10 years left to achieve the elusive “it?” Are we indeed facing an ending or, potentially, the dawning of a new beginning where we can live life as we have always imagined it?
- The Facebook Effect: A Conversation with Author David Kirkpatrick
Jim Kennedy '75, vice president of strategy for the Associated Press, will interview his fellow New York journalist, David Kirkpatrick '75, on Kirkpatrick's new book, The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World. Kirkpatrick, a former senior editor at Fortune magazine, has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1991. Jim Kennedy is the strategy chief for AP and a Facebook "fan" of both Kirkpatrick and his book.
- Larry Miller
Join Comedian Larry Miller for a non-interactive harangue on 35 years of work, family, lots of mistakes and moderate-to-heavy drinking. Presented by the Class of 1975.
- What's in Greg's Tech Bag? What is Hot, New and Fun in Consumer Technology
Cameras, ebooks, smart phones, the latest in 3D technology or the coolest gadgets you’ve never heard of -- Greg Harper '75, president of Harpervision Associates and co founder of Gadgetoff, will unveil his latest and greatest favorite consumer tech products. He'll reveal which ones he considers worth the money and which ones are over-rated. For a taste of what to expect you can see a video of one of his presentations at last year's Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital Conference. If you want to stay abreast of the latest technology or want an honest opinion from someone who sees it all this is the place to be. Presented by the Class of 1975.
- Is America in Decline?
We're trillions of dollars in debt, our political system is gridlocked and China is growing fast and could challenge us for global leadership. Is the United States like Rome on the eve of the barbarian invasions? Journalist Robert McCartney '75 believes that despite America's military preeminence there is cause for concern about our economic strength and diplomatic position. Robert McCartney is a columnist for The Washington Post and has served as foreign editor of the Post and managing editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. Presented by the Class of 1975.
- Physician as Patient: Lessons Learned for Patients and Families
Dr. Andy Balder '75, internist/pediatrician at Baystate Mason Square Neighborhood Health Center and medical director, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, will interview Mary Berk and husband Brad Berk '75, the senior vice president of health services at the University of Rochester about quality, safety, care and courage; patient advocacy, the role of the family and disability and chronic disease. Presented by the Class of 1975.
- Pioneer Valley Bike Ride
Bring your bike and enjoy recapturing the scenic beauty of the Pioneer Valley. There will be a choice of rides with something for all levels and abilities. Maps will be provided, and breakfast establishments clearly marked. We plan to return around 9:30. We hope to have some rental bikes available. Please let Andy Balder '75 know if you plan to join in - especially if you would like to rent a bike.
- A campus tour with Director of Facilities Jim Brassord
For more programs offered at reunion, view the full reunion schedule.
If you'd like to register, you can do so online here.