While reunions may look different this year than in the past, we are embracing the opportunity to find new ways to connect and celebrate with the Tufts community. We are excited to engage you and your classmates in a meaningful and spirited way!

Below you will find the schedule of virtual events for this May. We will update this schedule as we confirm new programs, so make sure to check back often to see what’s new!  The program this year will include special events featuring faculty and alumni that are open to the whole Tufts community, along with a class-specific event for our reunioners.

If inspiration strikes, let us know! You can contact us at reunionweekend@tufts.edu to share your virtual reunion program ideas, and even volunteer to host an event!

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May 13th - May 22nd, 2021

  • Schedule at a Glance

    Thursday, May 13

    4:00 p.m. EDT | Jumbo Kids Engineering Design Challenge 


    Friday, May 14

    8:00 p.m. EDT | Tufts Night at Pops Concert


    Monday, May 17 

    12:00 p.m. EDT | University Update with President Anthony P. Monaco  

    6:00 p.m. EDT | The Future of Journalism

    8:00 p.m. EDT | Tufts Trivia Night


    Tuesday, May 18

    12:00 p.m. EDT | Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

    8:00 p.m. EDT |  Arts & Entertainment Showcase

     

    Wednesday, May 19

    12:00 Noon EDT | What Chimpanzees Can Tell Us About Healthy Aging

    5:00 p.m. EDT | Virtual DTD Cocktail Reception (external registration required)

    8:00 p.m. EDT | Backstage Pass: Alumni in Entertainment and Media 

     

    Thursday, May 20

    12:00 Noon EDT | Political Hobbyism versus Political Power 

    4:00 p.m. EDT | 30 Years from the Hill — Industry Insights


    Friday, May 21

    12:00 p.m. EDT | Why is this Program So Biased?

    4:00 p.m. EDT | Gamechangers: Tufts Women in Professional Sports

     

    Saturday, May 22
    10:00 a.m. EDT |  Scavenger Hunt

  • Class Toasts
  • Faculty Lectures

    Tuesday, May 18

    Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter
    12:00pm –1:00pm EDT

    William Monroe Trotter (1872–1934), editor of Boston's long running Guardian newspaper, was a Harvard Phi Beta Kappa graduate, the son of a formerly enslaved Union Army Lieutenant, and the most significant African American activist between the Age of Booker T. Washington and the New Deal. Professor Greenidge’s award-winning Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (2019) received the J. Anthony Lukas Award from Columbia University and the Nieman Foundation. It also received the Gomes Book Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society, and it was shortlisted for both the Cundill History Prize from McGill University, and the Stone Book Award from the Museum of African American History in Boston and Nantucket. As a New York Times notable book of 2019, Black Radicalis the first biography written in over fifty years about this seminal figure in American history who is often overshadowed by contemporaries like W.E.B. Du Bois. Learn about Trotter, and the history of Black Boston, from Tufts' own professor in the new Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

    Presented by Kerri K. Greenidge, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies and Interim Director of the American Studies Program 

     

    Wednesday, May 19 

    What Chimpanzees Can Tell Us About Healthy Aging 
    12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT 

    Humans are living longer lives than ever before and so it is critical to understand the process of aging. It has become increasingly recognized that successful aging is not just about physical health but also about our social lives. Chimpanzees are our closest living relative and lead long and complex lives making them an ideal model to better understand our own patterns of social aging. 

    Presented by Zarin P. Machanda, Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology; Director of Long-term Research, Kibale Chimpanzee Project 

     

    Thursday, May 20 

    Political Hobbyism versus Political Power  
    12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT 

    More Americans than ever are interested in politics and worried about our political future. But many of us don’t know what we are supposed to do, so we end up spending hours and hours scrolling through social media and feeling upset. Learn about Professor Hersh’s research on this topic, which led to his new book, Politics is for Power. In this talk he will take us down the path of “political hobbyism”–doing politics for short-term emotional and intellectual gratification—to real political action, whereby citizens actually make a difference in their community and country.  

    Presented by Eitan Hersh, A05, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Associate Professor, Civic Studies, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life.  

     

    Friday, May 21

    Why is this Program So Biased?
    12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT 

    Drawn from the unique Engineering course, “Ethical Issues in Computer Science,” and geared towards all of our Jumbos, regardless of technical and engineering expertise, this webinar will look at real-world examples of algorithmic bias, its causes, and its ethical dimension. 

    Many modern decision-making processes are supplemented by algorithmic techniques.  Whether or not a job application is forwarded for human review, for instance, is often now something that large companies entrust to automated computational analysis.  Such systems are used in many other very important contexts, including financial, medical, and legal decision-making.  In some cases, however, serious questions have arisen about appearances of bias in the outputs of the algorithms at the core of the systems.  How might such biases arise, even when researchers and developers seek to prevent them?  How can we detect and eliminate such issues, and what are the ethical responsibilities of those who build and employ such systems?

    Presented by Martin Allen, Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science Director of Online Programs, Computer Science

  • Alumni Panels

    Monday, May 17 

    The Future of Journalism
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. EDT 

    When you think about the breaking news, what comes to mind — newspapers, or newsfeeds? Primetime or podcasts? Have you ever wondered how topics are selected in Forbes, or the decision behind what's highlighted on ABC, FOX, or MSNBC?

    Hear the lead straight from the source as we explore the Future of Journalism. The rundown includes discussions with alumni leaders across the fields of media and journalism, highlighting our evolution in news consumption, changes in the industry, and our expanding concept of media — what’s important, what gets covered, and why?

    Panelists: 

    Queenette Karikari, A10, producer, Fox News 
    Noah Kirsch, A15, staff writer, Forbes Magazine 
    Mike Del Moro, A11, booking producer, MSNBC’s Morning Joe 

    Moderated by Kirit Radia, A05, senior assignment editor for international news, ABC News 

     

    Wednesday, May 19 

    Backstage Pass: Alumni in Entertainment and Media 
    8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT 

    Get a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work with a star, create award-winning films, or develop groundbreaking stories. Your classmates will offer you an inside look into the entertainment industry, from world-renowned programming to representing award-winning artists. 

    Come join us as we walk the red carpet with your fellow Jumbos and learn about their journeys from Tufts to the bright lights. 

    Panelists: 

    Jon Levin, A75, Head of motion picture and television development and production division, Fourward 

    Andrea Nelson Meigs, A90, Partner and Agent in the Talent and Literary Department, United Talent Agency (UTA) 

    Pier Nirandara, A15. Vice President, Film & TV, A-Major

    Joshua Seftel, A 90, Emmy-winning filmmaker 


    Thursday, May 20
    30 Years from the Hill — Industry Insights
    4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

    Curious about what your classmates have been up to since graduation? Catch up with fellow Jumbos and friends during our multi-industry reunion panel. Join us to hear stories and perspectives from alumni working in business, media, government, and healthcare. Our panelists are excited to share their unique career journeys along with favorite memories and experiences from their time on the Hill.

    Panelists:

    Neil Hare, A91, President, Global Vision Communications
    Chris Stone, A91, Executive Sports Editor, LA Times
    Andrew Howell, A91, A22P, Partner, Monument Policy Group
    Lara Oboler, J91, Interventional Cardiologist, Lenox Hill Hospital
     

    Friday, May 21 
    Gamechangers: Tufts Women in Professional Sports
    4:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. EDT 

    Join us for our recorded presentation, Gamechangers: Tufts Women in Professional Sports. We will be joined by Sonia Raman, J96, assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies, and Sika Henry, A05, veteran of the triathlon circuit. Learn about their athletic endeavors, adversities they have overcome, leadership influences, and of course how their time at Tufts made them the leaders they are today!

    Panelists: 

    Sonia Raman, J96, Assistant Coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA

    Sika Henry, A05, competitive triathlete and corporate analyst for Ferguson Enterprises

    Moderated by Lisa Lax, J86 and Nancy Stern Winters, J86, co-owners of Lookalike Productions. 
     

  • Musical Performances

    Friday, May 14 

    Tufts Night at Pops Concert
    8:00pm – 9:15pm EDT 

    Even if we can’t gather at Symphony Hall, we can still enjoy the world-class Boston Pops!  Join us for a short concert with a special greeting recorded just for alumni by none other than Keith Lockhart himself!  No intermission though, so you’ll have to bring your own beverages and snacks!  This year’s musical theme is.... 

    Pops in Love 

    As springtime flowers bloom across New England, we present to you an encore broadcast of our beautiful and romantic Pops in Love concert!  This unique program includes spirited classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy along with selections from Broadway and John Williams’ film music. Plus, special guest dancers from Boston dance companies perform alongside the orchestra in three selections from a variety of styles ranging from opera to jazz.  Pops in Love is a treat for the ears and the eyes, celebrating the music that brings us all closer together. 

    Tufts Night at Pops is a time-zone friendly event, and the concert link will be active for 72 hours. Find a time that works for you between May 14 and May 17 (8pm to 8pm ET) to enjoy this one-hour Boston Pops spectacular. 

     

    Tuesday, May 18 

    Arts & Entertainment Showcase
    8:00pm – 8:30pm EDT 

    Watch the first-ever Tufts alumni a cappella performance arranged by Deke Sharon, A91, and listen in on Tufts alumni celebrity interviews hosted by Jacqueline Bonnet, A20.  Featured alumni include: 

    Peter Gallagher, A77, award-winning film/television/stage actor. Currently appearing in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and Grace & Frankie, as well as this year’s hit film, Palm Springs.

    Oliver Platt, A83, award-winning film/television/stage actor. Currently starring in the television series, Chicago Med. 

    Hank Azaria, A85, award-winning film/television/stage actor, voice actor, comedian, and producer.  A well-known voice actor on the television series, The Simpsons, Hank is currently appearing in the television comedy series, Brockmire.  

    Deke Sharon, A91, award-winning singer, arranger, composer, director, producer, teacher.  Considered to be the “father of contemporary a cappella”, Deke served as the music director and arranger for the film, Pitch Perfect, and was instrumental in the creation of The Sing-Off, America's first a cappella reality show competition.  

     

  • Events for Jumbos of all Ages

    Thursday, May 13 

    Jumbo Kids Engineering Design Challenge 
    4:00pm – 5:00pm EDT 

    Calling all Jumbo K-12 kids and their families to a live, interactive design challenge!  Kids will be presented with an engineering design project to do at home (a list of suggested materials will be provided). While the budding designers build, a panel of Tufts undergraduate students will talk about engineering and their paths to studying engineering.  Photos of the finished pieces will be uploaded to our website for all the Tufts community to enjoy.  This is sure to be fun and unique event that you won’t want to miss! 

    Click here to see the suggested materials list

    Presented by the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) 


    Monday, May 17 

    University Update with President Anthony P. Monaco
    12:00 - 12:45 p.m. EDT

    Join President Anthony P. Monaco as he provides updates on the University. You may submit questions for President Monaco in advance or if time permits, he will field questions at the conclusion of his remarks.


    Tufts Trivia Night
    8:00 p.m. EDT

    Gather your Jumbo friends for a night of Tufts trivia hosted by your fellow alums! You can sign up as a team or individually and we will place you on a team with other Jumbos. Suggested team size is a maximum of six people.  Test your knowledge of all things Tufts –we’re sure you’ll learn something new about your alma mater!

    Wednesday, May 19

    Virtual DTD Cocktail Reception (external registration required)
    5:00 p.m. EDT

    As part of Tufts Reunion Week festivities, The Delta Tau Delta House Corp Board invites all Beta Mu alumni to a virtual Delt Cocktail Reception Wednesday, May 19th at 5PM.

    Reconnect, reminisce & hydrate -- A Don’t Miss Event! Spouses and significant others are most welcome. Joining us is Tufts/Fletcher grad Art House (Delt '64) for a timely conversation on cybersecurity…risks and vulnerabilities. Art’s a government and private industry expert.

    RSVP to Bob Karp A69 at Busenviron@aol.com.  See you there!


    Saturday, May 22

    Scavenger Hunt off the Hill
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EDT
     

    Let us bring the Hill to you this year with our virtual scavenger hunt! Need a break from Zoom? Register for the hunt and follow along with your phone* – either solo or with your ‘pod’ – and get outdoors for this Jumbo-sized activity!  Race to answer Tufts-themed questions and get creative solving challenges from wherever you are! Our virtual scavenger hunt is also time-zone friendly. Log on anytime during between 10am to 8pm ET to take a crack at our challenges and get a chance to win some Tufts swag!

    *One team member will need a smartphone to play. We estimated it will take about 1 hour to complete the challenges.

Questions? Get in touch with us!