1977 - 40th Reunion (June 1-4, 2017)

Dear Classmates and Friends,

In just a few weeks we will be arriving in New Haven for our 40th reunion in Branford, June 1 - 4, 2017. We hope to see you there. If you haven’t already registered, click here to register now!  For more information on campus housing, special events,  frequently asked questions, getting to New Haven and around campus and to see a continually updated list of classmates who have already registered for reunion please visit the reunion website at aya.yale.edu/reunions

Here is some late-breaking news about new class programs:

Thursday, June 1 at 4:30 pm, this event involves homework! We are launching what we hope will be a new class tradition,  A Class of ’77 Book Discussion. You are invited to join one of the Class of 77’s prize-winning authors, Jane Mayer, for a discussion of her 2016 book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.  Enjoy the read!

Friday, June 2 at 11:30 amAsian Art, On the Rise: Developments at the Yale Art Gallery & in the Market. The Asian Art Department at the Yale Art Gallery has a new, dynamic curator, Denise Leidy, and soon its exhibit space will double.  Asian Art and Antiquities are also appreciating at an unprecedented and uniquely rapid rate.  Drop by Yale University Art Gallery, Room 043, and learn about changes in the Asian Art exhibit from Denise Leidy (and go with her on tour of it afterward), and learn about the joy of collecting these beautiful objects from our classmate Gerry Weaver and a representative from Sotheby’s.

Friday, June 2 at 6 pm, our own Page Knudsen Cowles, owner and managing partner of Knudsen Vineyards, will conduct a wine tasting in the Branford Common Room. Knudsen Vineyards is an iconic vineyard in the heart of the acclaimed Dundee Hills AVA overlooking the fertile Willamette Valley, majestic Mt. Hood and the North Cascade mountain range. The Knudsen family has grown grapes and made wine there for 45 years.

Click here for details of our class events and here for a list of lectures and tours. We hope that this overview will help you as you make plans for your trip to New Haven:

Thursday, June 1

2 - 4 pm: Writing symposium - So, You Want to Write....? The Craft of Writing coordinated by authors Jenny Allen and Jon Levi. Symposium panelists include Jenny, Jon, Klara Glowcewska, Jane Mayer, Scott Wallace, Peter Marks, and Melinda Beck.  At round-table breakout sessions, these authors will be joined by Gerry Weaver, Christiane Bird, Susan Block, Greg Feeley, and Robert Mueller to discuss with participants the craft and process of fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and poetry. 

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Discussion with Jane Mayer about her book Dark Money.

Friday, June 2

11:30 - 1 pm: Discussion and tour of Asian art collection at Yale Art Gallery facilitated by Gerry Weaver.

2 - 3 pm: Panel - Time for a Change? Go for It - Whether you are continuing with your career, reinventing yourself in a new career, giving back, exploring a new passion, or perhaps going back to school, this panel of peers will share their experiences tapping into their expertise to redefine a future with impact.  We will explore these issues with panelists Weili Cheng (global business leader who came home to Yale as the new Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni), Carnell Cooper (trauma surgeon turned CNN hero for his violence prevention efforts), Anne Keating (owner and manager of her own executive recruiting firm), Rick Godley (doctor and non-profit founder unlocking the debilitating mysteries of migraines), and our classmate of many colors, and careers, Frank Symington. Anne will moderate.

3:15 - 4:15 pm: Panel - Life:  Can I Get an Extension on That?  Moderator and health journalist Melinda Beck talks with orthopedist Wayne Gersoff, neurologist Margery Mark, psychologist Don Greif, and social entrepreneur David Dodson about how we can make the best of the rest of our lives, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


6 - 7:30 pm: Page Knudsen Cowles conducts a wine tasting with offerings from Knudsen Vineyards.

9:30 - 11:30 pm: Class Cabaret at the University Theater featuring Robert Lamothe’s Blues Band, Laura Teller, Oscar Hills, East River Consort, Nat Adderley Jr., and others. 

Saturday, June 3

1:45 - 2:45 pm: Get Ready for the Future: 6 Big Tech Changes in 6 Minutes -  We have seen unprecedented change—but, we are being told, we ain’t seen nothing yet. More is coming, and our classmates will help provide a window on how new technologies and big data will continue to dramatically alter the way we live. Artificial Intelligence scholar Larry Birnbaum, actress/writer/director Polly Draper, environmental pioneer Onaje (Michael) Jackson, bio-tech investor/director/advisor Chris McLeod, educational games designer Scot Osterweil, and Boston Medical Center CEO Kate Walsh will help us get ready in a discussion moderated by Silicon Valley pioneer Donna Dubinsky


3 - 4 pm: America and the World: The Next Decade - Foreign affairs journalist and moderator Jim Brooke, global health and infectious disease expert Stephen Morrison, national security analyst Lori Esposito Murray, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency Paul Simons,and NY County District Attorney Cy Vance explore the first 100 plus days of the Trump worldview. President Trump has declared his determination to put ‘America First,’ pledging to achieve America’s economic strength and security at home by fundamentally altering the U.S. approach to the world.  What are the Administration’s priorities, and how will they affect U.S. long-standing policies on security, trade, counterterror, proliferation, human rights, climate, immigrations and development?  Are we likely to see a deflation or enlargement of US power, influence and security, in the near-term and throughout the decade?

7:30 - 9:30 pm: Class Dinner with a performance by our Whiffenpoofs

9:30 - 12:30 am: Dancing to the Bales-Gitlin Band

Thanks to wonderful support to date, we are closing in on our $9.5 million 40th Reunion Class Gift goal. You may be hearing from the Reunion Gift Committee shortly as they look to meet or surpass this goal. To make your online gift, go to www.yale.edu/giveYC.

We look forward to seeing you in June! 

Your Reunion Co-Chairs,

Judy (Becker) Bryant             Roy Cosme               Erica (Glube) Kolatch             

                         Amy Oshinsky                          Ellen (Levy) Ryan

                                              Reunion Co-Chairs

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