55th Reunion Schedule

The schedule now final, so you can mark your calendars.
Please note that
all 2021 events will be virtual - most via Zoom.
Links to all events will be posted here for your convenience.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
10:30 am–12:15 pm
2021 Graduation
We will gather as a community online on Thursday, May 27, to award degrees and celebrate the achievements of our graduates. The principal address will be delivered by Ruth Simmons. President Simmons—now at Prairie View A&M University after serving as president at both Smith College and Brown University—is among America’s foremost advocates for higher education.

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2:30–3:30 pm HR66 Virtual Tree Spread
Join us for a time-honored and beloved tradition! Breakout rooms will be set up by House with the ability to move between rooms.
Friday, May 28
12:00–2:30 pm
Radcliffe Day       
On Radcliffe Day, please join Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin as she welcomes 2021 Radcliffe medalist Melinda Gates, philanthropist, businesswoman and best-selling author. Her work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which she cofounded two decades ago, has led her to focus on improving the lives of women and girls as a means to accelerate positive change. Our program will explore how best to increase women’s power and influence in the United States with participants Iris Bohnet, Thasunda Brown Duckett, Drew Gilpin Faust, David Rubenstein, and Nikema Williams.
3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project
Please join Alice Abarbanel, Julie Cheever, Connie Gibb, and Diane Franklin from the Class of 1966 for an update on the Radcliffe College Alumnae Oral History Project, including several excerpts from oral history interviews with alumnae from classes of the 1940s to the early 1960s. This project was initiated in 2019 by the Radcliffe Club of San Francisco and in April 2020 the Schlesinger Library awarded the project one of four honorary Schlesinger Library Oral History Grants. Interviews are conducted by alumnae volunteers and the recordings and transcripts are sent to the Radcliffe College Archives at the Schlesinger.
Tuesday, June 1  
10:00–11:00 am
Coffee Chat
Open Zoom room for anyone who’d like to meet up or make new friends
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Meeting ID: 938 5460 1604
Password: 372214
12:30–2:00 pm
Class Retrospective
      Do we have more in common with the class that graduated 55 years before us, or with the one that is graduating 55 years after us? Who were we in comparison to these two bookends, and to which of them are we more similar? Is the answer as obvious as we might hope?
      Classmate Sandy Ungar, journalist and former liberal arts college president will moderate this conversation at the start of our reunion. Richard Rabinowitz '66, a historian and museum consultant, will describe the Class of 1911, current students Julia Martin '23 and Samson Mostashari '23 will describe today's undergraduate experience generally, and Evan A. Davis '66 and Rosalind McFarland Williams '66 will kick off our class discussion about where we really fall in between.
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Meeting ID: 988 2386 9693
Password: 866186
2:30–3:30 pm
Ten-Minute Talks I
Barbara Underwood - "From Between the Lines to the Headlines"
Harrison Young - “Bank Governance”
Marian Bennett - “Confessions Of An Enabler In An Abusive Relationship”
David Ruth - “T'ai Chi & Taoism in the Age of Trump”
Noel Solomons - "An Optic on Social Injustice: as Victim, as Ally and as (non)Dispassionate Observer”
Following the talks, classmates will have the opportunity to join breakout rooms with the speakers for more intimate conversations.
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Meeting ID: 923 9624 4846
Password: 402733
7:00–8:30 pm
Informal social time.Fred Corcoran ’66 sat down for short interviews with some of our classmate authors. We will hear our first three classmate interviews, and then have the opportunity to join them in breakouts. We will also have unstructured breakout rooms for those who just wish to chat.
Authors: Stephen Bergman, Lawrence DeVoe, Paul Cantor
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Meeting ID: 949 7854 5707
Password: 675732
Wednesday, June 2
10:00–11:00 am
Coffee Chat
Open Zoom room for anyone who’d like to meet up or make new friends
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Meeting ID: 987 3948 2033
Password: 914084

2:00–3:30 pm
Faculty Panel: Providing Equality of Opportunity in America: Insights from Big Data
Moderator: Prof. Ben Friedman '66
Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics, also Director, Opportunity Insights
David J. Deming, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education; also, Direcot, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Sarah Oppenheimer, Assoc. Direcotr of Policy and Research Application, Opportunity Insights
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Meeting ID: 992 1263 2192
Password: 172012
4:00–5:30 pm
Classmate Panel: Covid-19 – Issues & Perspectives
Short presentations and class discussion
Moderated by Alan Cross, MD and including Michael Gottesman, MD; Paul Lanken, MD, MSCE; Toby Nagurney, MD, MPH; Dick Olans, MD and Beverly Winikoff, MD, MPH.
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Meeting ID: 959 4987 4877
Password: 024296

7:00–8:30 pm

Afterglow: Classmate musical film & social time   Why Music? - a classmate musical showcase produced by Shelby Allen featuring Ginio Morris, Carolyn Balderston Parry, Belford Lawson, Bill Edgar, Harriet Katz and Don Gunn. The performers will be available to chat after the film in breakout rooms.
Informal social time in the main virutal Common Room.

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Meeting ID: 948 4115 6089
Password: 596025

Thursday, June 3  
10:00–11:00 am
Coffee Chat
Open Zoom room for anyone who’d like to meet up or make new friends
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Meeting ID: 991 5364 6174
Password: 872607
12:00–1:00 pm
HR66 Memorial Service
Honoring those classmates we’ve lost
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2:00—3:00 pm
Radcliffe '66 Class Meeting
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Meeting ID: 924 0084 2534
Password: 738321
3:00—4:00 pm
Ten Minute Talks II
Peter Brooks - "All of us taking care of all of us."
Mary Manning “Polly” Cleveland - "Baby Sling: The Invention that Launched Human Evolution"
Larry Palmer - "The 75-Year-Old Teaching Assistant"
Wendy Sanford - "These Walls Between Us." 
Stephen Shafer - "Soil Appreciation 101" 
7:00–8:30 pm
Informal social time. Classmate author interviews druing the evening with discussions in breakout rooms
Friday, June 4

11:45am—1:00 pm


Harvard Alumni Association Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting will kick off at 11:45 A.M. (ET) with special pre-program hosted by the 25th Reunion Chief Marshall Anurima Bhargava AB '96, followed by the main program at Noon (ET), hosted by HAA President John J. West, Jr. MBA '95.
The program will include remarks by Harvard University President
Lawrence S. Bacow and featured speaker Kevin Young AB '92, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The program will also include recognition of the 25th Reunion Chief Marshal and the incoming HAA President; and a celebration of the 2020 and 2021 Harvard Medalists.


2:00—3:15 pm

A Conversation with Michael Sandel
Join fellow classmates, Crimson Society members, and other Harvard and Radcliffe alumni celebrating their reunions for a virtual program featuring Michael J. Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government.

3:30—5:00 pm

Classmate Discussion of Professor Sandel’s Presentation:

Just Deserts or Victors’ Spoils?

Directly following Michael Sandel’s talk about his new book, The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?, HR66 will have an opportunity to discuss the issues Professor Sandel raises. Moderated by Ann Peck Reisen, two panelists will give brief responses to the book, followed by a poll of classmates on several key, related questions. We’ll then participate in two breakout sessions, followed by a report on the polls and a summary comment by a third member of our class. Panelists are Sherman Abe, Marsha Siegel Berzon and Penny Hollander Feldman.

7:00—8:30 pm

Farewell Afterglow
Informal social time.
Classmate author interviews druing the evening with discussions in breakout room