May 30, 2013

More than 6,000 expected for Reunion 2013

Between 6,000 and 7,000 people are expected to return to Cornell for Reunion 2013, with events across campus June 6-9.

Reunion 2013, for the Classes of 3s and 8s, will see alumni celebrating their fifth to 75th Reunions, from the Class of 1938 to the Class of 2008, as well as members of the Classes of 2013 and 2012 attending for Reunion Zero and Reunion One.

The weekend includes triennial meetings of the Cornell Asian Alumni Association (CAAA) and the Cornell Native American Alumni Association (CNAAA), coming to help mark the American Indian Program’s 30th anniversary celebration. Special events include an Iroquois Social with traditional music and dance, Friday, June 7, 4-6 p.m. on Bailey Plaza.

“The two organizations will provide a forum for diverse alumni to celebrate their class affiliation in addition to shared identity and culture, all within a Cornell context,” said Yve-Car Momperousse, director of diversity alumni programs. Some students have stayed on campus specifically to meet these alumni, Momperousse added.

Both groups and Cornell Mosaic host a forum June 8, “Changing Faces in Media and Entertainment,” with film producer Teddy Zee ’79 (“The Pursuit of Happyness”), Bloomberg correspondent Scarlet Fu ’94, journalist Ti-Hua Chang, AIP Director Jolene Rickard, and documentarian Jason Corwin ’02, M.S. ’09, a current Ph.D. student. The forum, 1:30-3 p.m. in Milstein Auditorium, will be livestreamed at http://www.livestream.com/cornellalumni .

Other Reunion 2013 events include:

  • “The Spirit of ’31: Passing It Forward,” June 6 in Statler Ballroom. The Class of ’08 will be welcomed to Reunion by the most seasoned returning class, 1938. The Classes of ’43 and ’48 are also attending the ceremony, which honors the late Bill Vanneman Sr. ’31, who planned the ceremony in 2011 to mark Cornell’s first-ever organized 80th Reunion.
  • “The Evolution of Teaching at Cornell: A Discussion of Changes From the Sixties to the Future,” Friday, June 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall. The Class of ’73 Forum features Professors Emeriti Walter LaFeber, Richard Polenberg and Joan Brumberg, and is moderated by Susan Murphy ’73, Ph.D. ’94, vice president for student and academic services.
  • Fredrik Logevall, the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies, delivers the 2013 Olin Lecture, “The Meaning of the Vietnam War,” June 7, 3-4:15 p.m. in Bailey Hall. Logevall, director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2012 book “Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam.” Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, he will take the post of vice provost for international relations July 1.
  • Logevall is a panelist in the Einaudi Center’s “America and the World: A Current Events Roundtable,” June 7, 1 p.m. in Kaufmann Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall. Other panelists are Nicolas van de Walle, the Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government, and Aziz Rana, associate professor at the Law School.
  • President David Skorton’s State of the University address, Saturday, June 8, 10:30 a.m. in Bailey Hall, open to all registered alumni and guests.
  • A talk on Cornell NYC Tech, June 8, 3 p.m. in Statler Auditorium, with updates from Provost Kent Fuchs and Dean and Vice Provost Dan Huttenlocher.
  • The All-Alumni Lunch Extravaganza, June 7-8 in Barton Hall, will feature farmer’s market-style food booths; cheese, chocolate, wine and beer tastings; new children’s activities; and live jazz both days.
  • Entertainment includes traditional concerts by the Chorus and Glee Club and the Savage Club, and “The NY Dueling Pianos Show” with Edward Mondress ’88, June 8, 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center.
  • Cornelliana Night, June 8 in Bailey Hall with the Cornell Alumnae Chorus and Alumni Glee Club, will be live-streamed to an overflow audience in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.