Reunion Events

REUNION 2006 Special Events for the Year 1981 Reunion Programs Winemaking, Tasting and Enjoying -- Mike Price, Tina Wolter What is it like to be Head of State? -- Albert Grimaldi Experiential Programs in the Wilderness -- Sandy Zinke, Stefan Jackson, Rob Klingon Career Change Workshop -- Mary Allen Gorham Coffee Break in Antarctica -- Lisa Goren Home Schooling: Educational Revolution or Fringe Fanatics? -- Jim Barr, Judith Carpenter Federal Law Enforcement, Terrorism, and the Blue Dress -- Jeff Bedford Activities - Men's Soccer Game: '80-'82 vs other alums - Swing Dancing Made Easy - Golf (Friday) - Basketball - Biking - Frisbee Golf (Disc Golf for you officionados) - Scavenger Hunt (presented by Steve Rounds) Entertainment Friday night: Austin Sarat: Setting the Record Straight about the Class of '81 DJ: Spinning the Tunes of 1977-1981 Saturday night: - Conversation with Tony Marx - Zumbyes - Noah Gotbaum, David Bailin: Don't Bother We're Here - Live Band Mamma Tongue Specific schedule 25th Reunion May 31 – June 4, 2006 Schedule of Events Wieland Hall WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 2 – 9 PM Alumni House Reception Center Open Please stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments. Alumni House 5 PM Alumni Holiday Reception An opportunity to socialize with classmates and celebrate the beginning of Alumni Holiday and Reunion. Lewis-Sebring Commons, Valentine Hall 6 PM Alumni Holiday Banquet Reservations are required. Please speak with a staff member to see if space is available. ($35 per person) Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall 7:30 PM The Making of a Memoir Hugh Hawkins, Professor Emeritus of History, will talk about how he came to write Railwayman’s Son: A Plains Family Memoir and read brief excerpts. Pruyne Lecture Hall (Room 115), Fayerweather Hall THURSDAY, JUNE 1 All Day Class and College programs (see Final Reunion Brochure for details). A great day to go to Puffer’s Pond or the new Geology Building and Museum or the new Eric Carle Museum or hike the Holyoke range or walk in the Bird Sanctuary out back. Bike ride or roller blade along the Northampton Rail Trial (17 miles roundtrip). 9 AM – 4 PM Oral Histories Since 1994, the Friends of the Amherst College Library have sponsored a program to videotape oral histories of people with long associations with the College. These interviews will be available for viewing in the Barker Room (Level A, Robert Frost Library) at the following times: Thursday through Saturday, June 1 – 3, from 9 AM to 4 PM.; and Sunday, June 4, from 9 AM to noon. Barker Room (Level A), Robert Frost Library 9 AM Yushien Garden Tour Yushien (roughly translated as “Garden of Friendship”) is a contemplative garden in the Japanese style that celebrates the strong ties between Amherst College and Doshisha University in Japan. Come see this lovely spot and learn about the history of Amherst’s relationship with Japan from Wako Tawa, professor of Asian languages and civilizations, who will also show a brief film. The tour is limited to 30. Please sign up at the Alumni House Reception Center. (Viewings of the garden are also offered at 9 AM on Friday and Saturday.) Enter Yushien through Webster Hall (former biology building) 10 AM Bike Ride: Meet Kim Hedberg ’81 and Michael Price’81 at HQ Rails to Trails or …. 1 and 3 PM Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range An opportunity to tour the former U.S. Strategic Air Command’s (Northeast Command) nuclear communications bunker and learn about its history. The bunker has served as the Amherst College Book Depository since its purchase by the College in 1992. Each tour is limited to 30 people – please sign up at the Alumni House Reception Center. Note: you will need to provide your own transportation to the bunker; directions are available at the Alumni House. (Tours are also offered today at 3 PM and on Friday, June 2 at 9 AM and 11 AM) Amherst Bunker, 100 Military Drive, off Route 116 in the Holyoke Range. 1 PM Legs and Legacies: Dinosaur Tracks Join Steve Sauter, education coordinator for the College's natural history museum, for the story of Edward Hitchcock, founder of the museum's collections. You will get a close look at the world's largest collection of dinosaur footprints and examine the skin and possible feather impressions left behind 200 million years ago in the Amherst area and collected by Hitchcock 1836 – 1864. Meet on the ground floor in the dinosaur exhibit. The tour is limited to 30 – please register for the tour at the Alumni House Reception Center. (Another tour is offered at 3 PM on Friday.) Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building 3 PM Social Class and Educational Reform in Contemporary American Society: A Symposium in Honor of Benjamin DeMott Education, Educational Reform and the Liberal Arts The first of two panels held in honor of the late Benjamin DeMott, legendary professor of English from 1951 to 1990. A prolific writer, educational activist and sharp social critic, DeMott was once voted among the 10 top teachers in the United States. He died in September 2005. Panelists: Anthony W. Marx, president and professor of political science at Amherst College; Philip Levine, poet and professor emeritus of English at California State University, Fresno; Deborah Meier, professor of education at New York University; and Kim Townsend, professor of English at Amherst College. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall 5 PM Bells at Amherst: The Howe Chimes and History of Stearns Church Aaron Hayden, capital projects manager and college engineer, will discuss the history of the Stearns Church and Steeple. The Steeple continues to be a prominent landmark in the Neuhoff Sculpture Court. Following the talk, Aaron will perform a concert on the Steeple's chimes. The chimes were given to the College in 1870 by George Howe of Boston in memory of Amherst men, including his son Sydney Walker Howe (1859), who died in the Civil War. Outside Keefe Campus Center 6 PM Cocktails Headquarters – Wieland 7 – 9 PM Dinner Headquarters – Wieland 7:30 PM Star Show at the Bassett Planetarium Join Steve Sauter, director of the Preston Rogers Bassett Planetarium, for a lively look at the night skies and the history of the Bassett Planetarium. We will learn how to identify the bright constellations of the summer sky and the mythologies behind them. Using the projector, we can experience the rotation of the earth and see what the sky looks like from any place on the planet! Come in and get an intimate look at the projector and learn about the history of planetariums and the contributions of Preston Rogers Bassett ’13. Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall FRIDAY, JUNE 2 7:30 – 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast Headquarters – Wieland 9 AM – 4 PM Oral Histories (See Thursday) 9 AM Yushien Garden Tour (See Thursday) 9 and 11 AM Tour of the Amherst Bunker, Holyoke Range (see Thursday) Sign up at Alumni House 9 AM Forty Years of Changes in the College and American Politics 1966 – 2006 Hadley Arkes, Edward N. Ney Professor of Political Science, will reflect on changes in Amherst College since his arrival in the fall of 1966 set against the political upheavals that have affected the country. This will be an account of political currents making their way into the life of the College, but on the other side, the College insulating itself from the currents at work everywhere else. Edward Ney ’46 will chair the session. Presented by the Class of 1946. Stirn Auditorium 9:45 AM – Golf Outing at Hickory Ridge Course 2 PM 10 AM-Noon Career Change Thoughts? Ready to Do Something Significant That Resonates Down to Your Toes? (Class of ’81 only) Come join this 2-hour interactive workshop to get unstuck and get going on what matters most to you. We will explore ways to know what "great" work and "great" living mean to you, and take some powerful steps toward having it. Led by Mary Allen Gorham '81, Career and Life Coach. 2nd Floor Lounge Wieland Dormitory 10 AM Social Class and Educational Reform in Contemporary American Society: A Symposium Tribute to Benjamin DeMott Social Class and Moral Character in Contemporary American Culture The second of two panels held in honor of the late Benjamin DeMott, legendary professor of English from 1951 to 1990. Panelists: Norman Birnbaum, professor emeritus at Georgetown University Law Center and professor emeritus of sociology at Amherst (1968 – 1979); Adolph Reed, professor of political science at The New School for Social Research and professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania; and Richard Sennett, professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and professor of sociology and urban studies at MIT. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall 2 PM The Resilient City: Disaster, Recovery and the Urban Imagination Professor Lawrence Vale ’81, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and co-editor of The Resilient City: How Modern Cities Recover from Disaster, will address how cities that have undergone substantial disasters – “natural” and “manmade” – restructure themselves, and how the relationships between the geo-political site and the imagined site manifest themselves during this process. He will also address the current situation in New Orleans, the destruction caused in the city by Hurricane Katrina and the difficulties facing those who would rebuild it. He will sign copies of his book following his talk. Stirn Auditorium 3 PM Legs and Legacies: Dinosaur Tracks (See Thursday) 3 PM Mercy On Trial: What It Means To Stop An Execution In this lecture, Austin Sarat, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science, will discuss recent changes surrounding the death penalty in the United States and use those changes as a lens through which to view developments in American culture and politics. He will discuss, in particular, the status of mercy in contemporary American culture and ask when, if ever, we think that mercy should be shown to those on death row. A book signing will take place after his talk. Cole Assembly Room 4 PM Home Schooling: Fringe Fanatics or Educational Revolutionaries? There are an estimated 1.2 million children being home schooled, and the trend is growing. Some parents home school for religious reasons while others see it as an alternative to a failing public school system. Many educators want greater oversight, even while home schooled kids gain headlines for winning national competitions. What motivates parents to take this route? Does it isolate the children socially? Jim Barr ’81, home schooling father of seven children and marketing director of BibleWorks software; Judy Carpenter ’81, home schooling mother of two and graduate of UPenn Medical School; and Kevin Ellis ’81, home schooling father of four and partner with Kimbell Sherman Ellis, a government relations and public affairs firm, will discuss their experiences. Presented by the Class of 1981. Lecture Hall 2, Merrill Science Center 5 PM Wine Perspective and Tasting Michael Price ‘81 is a “garageist” winemaker, with eleven vintages under his belt and a hobby way out of control. Tina Wolter ’81 lives next door to a vineyard in California’s beautiful Sonoma County, and understands the ebb and flow of wine seasons and the cool, or not so cool, things that go on there. They will offer a behind-the-scenes look and a tasting of wines graciously sponsored by a few bibulous members of the Class of ’81. Limited to member of the Class of ’81 and their partners. Headquarters – Wieland 6 PM Soccer: The French Tour Team ’80 vs. the Rest of the World In June 1980, the Amherst men’s soccer team (members of the ’80, ’81 and ’82 classes) toured France and Monaco. The team reunited several years later for a game in Chicago during the 1994 World Cup, then again for a memorable game in Monaco in the summer of 1995 and again in 2001 when they challenged the Amherst varsity team at Amherst. Now the team is together once more, ready this time to take on the world (or at least any and all soccer players from other Reunion classes) and to prove once and for all that it is the best (most enduring) soccer team Amherst ever had. Bring your soccer boots and come ready to play. Amherst College uniforms will be available. For more information contact Jerome de Bontin ’81. Hitchcock Field 7 – 9 PM Dinner Headquarters – Wieland 8 PM Austin Sarat: Dinner Speaker Headquarters – Wieland 8:30 PM – 12 ? DJ Playing all those tunes we loved and danced to 25 years ago. SATURDAY, JUNE 3 7:30 – 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast Headquarters – Wieland 9 AM – 4 PM Oral Histories (See Thursday) 9 AM Yushien Garden Tour (See Thursday) 9 AM The FBI from the Inside: Terrorism, Forensics and Monica's Blue Dress Jeffrey C. Bedford ’81, supervisory special agent with the FBI, will discuss the FBI from an insider’s perspective. He has participated in high-profile investigations world wide and will discuss bombings, terrorism, crisis management and forensics, while trying to dispel some of the myths surrounding the FBI. Presented by the Class of 1981. Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall 10 AM Swing Dance Lessons Wieland Tent 10 AM Scavenger Hunt/Frisbee Golf for the kids. Meet Steve Rounds at Wieland 10 AM Lifelong Learning through Experiential Programs in the Wilderness: Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Sandy Zinke ’81, trustee and past instructor for Outward Bound Wilderness; Stefan Jackson ’81, past instructor and past head of government affairs for NOLS; and Rob Klingon ’81, past student, Outward Board North Carolina and Voyageur Schools, will talk about the benefits for people of all ages of learning about leadership, teamwork and citizenship through backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, canoeing and camping in a variety of awesome wilderness locations in the US. Presented by the Class of 1981. Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center 11 AM Conversation with President Anthony W. Marx Johnson Chapel 12:15 PM Reunion Luncheon Tickets are available at Alumni House and at the luncheon. $7 per person; children 5 and under are free. Valentine Quad (Rain Site: Valentine Hall) 2:30 – 4:30 PM Coffee Break in Antarctica Lisa Goren ’81 will discuss her new career as an artist and the trip to Antarctica that inspired her. Her watercolors will be displayed at Rao’s Coffee Shop beginning April 30. Come and get some of Rao’s excellent coffee and delicious pastries. Kids are welcome. For more information, contact Lisa Goren. Presented by the Class of 1981. Rao’s Coffee, 17 Kellogg Avenue 3:30 PM On Leadership Albert Grimaldi ’81, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, will talk about leadership in today’s world. He will answer questions after his presentation. Presented by the Class of 1981. Johnson Chapel 3:30 – 5:30 PM Pick-up Basketball Game 5:30 PM Conversation with Tony Marx Headquarters – Wieland 6 PM Cocktails Headquarters – Wieland 6:30 PM Zumbyes Headquarters – Wieland 7 – 8:45 PM Banquet Dinner Headquarters – Wieland 8 – 8:45 PM Don’t Bother, We’re Here: Noah Gotbaum and David Bailin 9 PM – 1 AM? Mamma Tongue: Get ready to dance the night away! SUNDAY, JUNE 4 7:30 – 9:30 AM Continental Breakfast Headquarters – Wieland 9 AM – NOON Oral Histories (See Thursday) 9 AM Service of Remembrance and Community Please join us for an ecumenical service to remember the lives of those alumni we have lost this year. A reception will follow. War Memorial, Memorial Hill (Rain Site: Johnson Chapel) 9 AM Amherst Crew Reunion Row Head Coach Bill Stekl will give an update on Amherst's current rowing program. We urge all former coxswains – men and women, lightweight and heavyweight, young and old, fit and not so fit – to attend. Assemble at the boathouse, ready to row (preferably in Amherst rowing attire from your era). Refreshments (and oxygen) will be available at the conclusion of our workout. Amherst College Boathouse (Sportsman’s Marina, Route 9 at Coolidge Bridge) 10 AM David Gottlieb ’81 will discuss his book Letters to a Buddhist Jew Zen Buddhism and Judaism meet. For several years, David corresponded with an Orthodox rabbi who wanted to know why Jews are drawn to Eastern traditions in such large numbers. He will lead prayers and meditation to help us get over the hangovers… 2nd Floor Lounge Wieland Dormitory ================================== Reunion fees are $175 per alum and $100 per spouse/guest. Children under the age of 16 are $20. Sorry. There are no events available at this time.