All-class Reunion Schedule

Thursday, June 1
7:00 p.m.
Engineering Welcome Dinner & CEAA Awards Presentation
Join all Engineering Reunion classes along with Columbia Engineering alumni in the New York area for an evening of dinner and cocktails in celebration of the start of Alumni Reunion Weekend!
Low Rotunda
Cost: General Alumni $60, Young Alumni (Classes 2007 – 2016) $40
Friday, June 2
Young Alumni Party (Classes 2007 - 2017)
The biggest young alumni event of the year! Party in style with more than 1,500 College, Engineering, Barnard and General Studies graduates. Fare and limited open bar provided.
409 East 59th Street
Cost: $40
Saturday, June 3
8:30 a.m.
Engineering Dean’s Day Breakfast
All Engineering graduates join Dean Mary C. Boyce for a champagne breakfast to celebrate the induction of the Class of 1967 to the Golden Lions Society and the Class of 1992 to the Silver Lions Society.
Low Library, Faculty Room
Cost: $25 Adult, $15 Children under 12, complimentary for Golden and Silver Lions (1967 & 1992)
10:15 a.m. 
Morning Lectures and Tours (complimentary): 
* Reunion Keynote Speaker with Dr. Richard Axel CC ‘67
Hear from Dr. Richard Axel CC’67, University Professor and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Columbia University Medical Center. Axel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004.
* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.
* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.
* The Baker Athletics Complex Tour
Visit Columbia’s state­-of­-the-­art athletics fields and stadium.
12 noon 
Tri-College Luncheon
Enjoy a family-friendly luncheon under a tent with Engineering and Barnard alumni and their guests. Connect with old friends or make new ones at tables organized by decade or by reunion year.
South Lawn, West and East Tents
Cost: $30 Adult, $15 Children under 12
2:15 p.m.  – 3:45 p.m. 
Afternoon Lectures & Tours (complimentary):
Extreme Engineering with Shahram Ebadollahi, Vice President, Innovations & Chief Science Officer at IBM Watson Health: "The Cognitive Era in Health"
IBM Watson Health is changing the ecosystem of healthcare to empower researchers, monitor patients and improve quality care through large-scale data curation and complex solutions. This talk will offer insight on cognitive systems--or augmented intelligence-- and highlight the impact it has for transforming healthcare organizations.
* Literature & Humanities with Julie Crawford, the Mark Van Doren Professor of Humanities; the Paul Brooke Program Chair for Literature Humanities : "Resistance to Authority in Shakespeare’s Othello"
Is there an analogy between legitimate resistance to political authority and the wife’s traditional right to disobey the unrighteous orders of her husband? What happens when the ruler of the domestic kingdom does not act justly? Join Crawford in this exploration of what Desdemona and Othello have to teach us about resistance to unjust authority.
* Contemporary Civilization with John Ma, Professor of Classics: "Democracy and Decision-Making in Thucydides"
Classical Athens, a direct democracy, managed an empire and fought a protracted world war with all decisions taken by vote in mass assemblies after competing speeches by politicians. Thucydides, a historian of empire and war, devotes particular attention to such decisions — notably the decisions to go to war or to escalate operations. His judgment was often critical, but was he right? Listen to Ma compare Thucydides’ judgments with actual ancient documentary records. What does the evidence tell us about the necessary conditions for viable democratic politics?
* Frontiers of Science with David Helfand, Professor of Astronomy
Global Warming: "What We Know, and What We Don’t Know"
Want to dispel the misinformation and cut through the irrational exuberance in today’s public debate on climate change? Listen to Helfand’s dispassionate analysis of what we know and what we don’t yet know. Every planet’s temperature is controlled by a simple balance between the energy it receives and the energy it radiates back into space. Helfand will examine each of the main factors affecting this balance, including astronomical ones over which we have no control and the composition of our atmosphere, which we are profoundly affecting, including context from climate changes derived from tree rings and ice cores. After examining the current energy balance and what we can expect during the next few decades, Helfand will conclude by exploding a few myths and providing a rational basis for decisions about the future.
* “My Startup Story” with Marco Zappacosta CC’07, Co-Founder and CEO of Thumbtack
* Enhanced “Student Experience Tour”
Relive your student days by visiting residence halls, Butler Library and dining halls with a student guide.
* Neighborhood Tour
Learn how Morningside Heights has changed and visit community favorites like The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and The Hungarian Pastry Shop on this student-guided tour.
4:00 p.m. 
Affinity Receptions (complimentary):
* Veterans Affinity Reception
Hosted by the School of General Studies. All alumni and guests welcome.
* Alumni of Color Reception
Hosted by the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, Black Alumni Council and Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University.
* Performing Arts Group Affinity Reception
Mingle with alumni who participated in Columbia’s singing, instrumental and/or performance groups.
* Varsity Athletics Affinity Reception
Reminisce and reunite with former teammates. Mingle with current coaches and staff while playing lawn games and enjoying light fare.
4:00 p.m.
Great Teacher Reception sponsored by Society of Columbia Graduates
Join the Society of Columbia Graduates, and the deans of the College and Engineering to bestow the annual Great Teacher Awards upon the faculty recipients. Recipients of the Great Teacher Awards for 2017 are Professor Patricia Kitcher, the Roberta and William Campbell Professor of Philosophy and Carnoy Family Program Chair for Contemporary Civilization, and Professor Jay Sethuraman, Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research Vice Chair and Director of the PhD Program. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Cost: $20
Alumni Interviewers Reception & Awards Ceremony
Learn more about interviewing Columbia applicants and join us to celebrate the accomplishments of current alumni interviewers.
4:30 p.m. 
Join students and alumni from Barnard, the College and Engineering. All are welcome to this popular Reunion event for members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning alumni community.
Barnard Campus, Diana Center
Green Roof, 6th fl. 
Cost: $25
5:15 p.m. 
All-Class Wine Tasting 
Sip wine and mingle with alumni and their guests before your Class Reception and Dinner.
Low Plaza Tent
Cost: $25
*Please note: Events, pricing, and locations are subject to change.
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