As alumni gather on campus June 10-12 for the first in-person reunion in two years, there’s lots to celebrate and a wide array of Arts & Sciences events to attend. Whether you’re interested in faculty research, student experiences, music, space, math or food, there are a host of options. Here are some of the highlights:
Friday, June 10
2-3 p.m.: “Lessons from the Underground Railroad: Facts, Imagination, and Community,” Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. What challenges do the underground railroad’s clandestine activities and civil disobedience present for researchers today? Join Gerard Aching, professor of Africana and Romance studies, for a presentation of the Underground Railroad Research Project (URRP), which was funded by a New Frontiers Grant. The project conducted an archaeological excavation at Ithaca’s underground railroad station, the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and created a website featuring students’ critical approaches to the topic through creative writing.
Saturday, June 11
8:30-9:30 a.m.: Breakfast and College update, Groos Family Atrium, Klarman Hall. Alumni, family, and friends are welcome to attend this event, hosted by the senior associate deans of A&S. It will include a casual hot breakfast from Luna’s Catering and a brief moderated conversation about news in the College, followed by Q&A. If you have already registered for Reunion and have added the A&S Breakfast to your itinerary, we ask that you now please fill out a brief registration, to ensure we have an accurate count. Click here to register for the A&S Breakfast.
2-3 p.m.: "The James Webb Space Telescope and Our Search for Life in the Cosmos," Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Klarman Hall. “How did we get here?” and “Are We Alone?” Nikole Lewis, assistant professor and deputy director of the Carl Sagan Institute, will overview the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope and highlight the involvement of Cornellians in upcoming observations. The telescope is beginning its groundbreaking exploration of everything from the oldest and most distant galaxies to planets that orbit nearby stars.
Other Arts & Sciences events include:
Friday, June 10
- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: All-Day Kids' Activities in the Math Library, 420 Malott Hall
- 10 a.m. to noon: Open House: Center for Historical Keyboards, 726 University Ave.
- 10 to 10:30 a.m.: “History of the Math Department,” Mathematics Library, 406 Malott Hall
- 10:45 to 11:15 a.m.: "Tactile Tensegrities," Mathematics Library, 420 Malott Hall
- 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Open House: Anthropology Collections, 150 McGraw Hall
- 11:30 a.m. to noon: “The Art of Math: Mathematical Traditions of Symmetry and Harmony, Mathematics Library, 406 Malott Hall
- Noon to 2 p.m.: Open House and conversation with refreshments, Asian/Asian American Alumni Oral History Project: Life at Cornell Before Asian American Studies – Classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, and 1987, Rockefeller 429
- 1 to 2 p.m.: Book Talk: “Medicine in the Talmud: Natural and Supernatural Therapies between Magic and Science,”142 Goldwin Smith Hall
- 1 to 3 p.m.: Reception: The State of Chemistry at Cornell, 125A Baker Laboratory
- 1 to 4 p.m.: Open House: Astronomy and Space Sciences, Space Sciences Building
- 2 to 5 p.m.: Open House and Conversation with refreshments, Asian American Studies Program Open House, Rockefeller 422
Saturday, June 11
- 1 to 2 p.m., Phabulous Physics Phun Phest, 201 Rockefeller Hall, Schwartz Auditorium
Some of these events require advance registration. For full details and to register, visit https://alumni.cornell.edu/come-back/reunion/