Reunion Weekend 2016 Begins

The first time Aaron Latham ’66 attended a boxing class after his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, someone asked how he felt. His answer: I feel dangerous! “Boxing gloves are big; Parkinson’s makes you feel small. Boxing is my main defense now against the disease.”

Amherst Reunion kicked off on Wednesday, May 25, with museum tours and a thought-provoking panel presented by the Class of 1966. The panel, made up of ’66 alumni Latham, Evan Maurer, John Vine and Bruce Leopold, M.D., and moderated by Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, explored the topic of living life to the fullest while confronting health challenges.

The class of 1966 celebrates its 50th Reunion this year and is hosting events on topics ranging from national security to volunteering to literature. Since they left campus 50 years ago, their paths have diverged greatly—the class now includes doctors, artists, teachers, lawyers, parents and even an astronaut. Amherst was the shared experience before they started on their paths, and reunion is the opportunity to reminisce, catch up with old friends and learn from each other once again.

Over 2,000 alumni—from the Classes of 1946 to 2011—and their families and guests will return to campus for Reunion from Wednesday, May 25, through Sunday, May 29. The schedule is packed with more than 100 College and class-sponsored programs, lectures, concerts, tours and receptions. Several special events this year involve the Folger Shakespeare Library’s First Folio, currently on exhibit at the Mead Art Museum. Other highlights include an alumni baseball game, a conversation with President Biddy Martin, a Saturday luncheon and a Zumbyes concert.

View the full schedule of events. Can’t make it back to campus? We will post recordings and photos the week of June 1.