35th Reunion

Class of 1987

Our 35th Reunion is June 2-5! You’ll find our full schedule below as well as a link to register. If you have any questions about the schedule or registration, feel free to email our class inbox at 35threunion_haa@harvard.edu. We can't wait to see you!

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Early registration is the most economical cost and will be available through midnight (EDT) on May 10. Standard registration then is available until midnight on May 22. After that point, pre-registration will be closed and only walk-in will be available. Register early!

All classmates are welcome and encouraged to attend. We want to have as many HR87 folks with us as is possible. Thanks to several very generous classmates, a subsidy of 50% or 100% of the cost of registration is available. This is for the registering classmate and includes Harvard housing, if that is of interest.

You can easily claim this subsidy on the honor system at the end of the registration form. Simply type HR87HALF to receive 50% discount or HR87FULL to receive 100% discount in the subsidy box at the end of checkout.

Get your Class of 1987 swag in our online store! A sustainable option to choose a favorite memento, featuring our reunion logo designed by classmate Gloria Chang.

Schedule

Thursday, June 2

4:00–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

5:30–9:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Lamont Tent

Join classmates for an informal reception to kick off our reunion festivities! Drop your bags in the dorm (or wherever you are staying) and then swing by our tent in front of Lamont Library to enjoy food, drinks, and conversation with friends old and new. This event is very relaxed—no need to worry about getting dressed up or remembering everyone’s names. Just come by to reconnect and unwind after your travels.

Friday, June 3

8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Eliot House Dining Hall

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Our Aging Selves Class Panel

Science Center Hall B

This panel will address the science, law, and psychology of cognitive decline, potentially one of the scariest and most destructive late-life experiences - not just for our parents, but for ourselves. We will explore current understandings of dementia and related conditions and the challenges of planning and preparing oneself for them. Medical and legal perspectives will be complemented by the experience of representing cognitive decline in literature.

  • Diane Klein, J.D., LL.M. – (Moderator)
  • Michael Gooen, J.D. – Estate Planning Attorney
  • Marc Agronin, M.D. – Geriatric psychiatrist
  • Judy Neugroschl, M.D. – Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Josh Henkin – Novelist

9:15–10:30 a.m.

Creating and Sustaining Joy

Science Center Hall A

Please join us for a playful, interactive session where we turn the panel concept upside down. We could all use a reminder that we have the power and ability to create joy in our lives. So let’s experience a Harvard classroom in a whole new way: as a space dedicated to fun, lightheartedness, and joy.

  • Tom Doyle
  • Nancy Illman
  • Nancy Covello Murray

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Future: I Have My Dick Tracy Watch, When Do I Get My Flying Car?

Science Center Hall A

The internet, K-Pop, the "Long Peace", immediate hand-held access to all of human knowledge, global pandemics, memes, crypto currency, reality TV, QAnon - our 1987 selves would find the future in which we live equal parts bizarre, scary, incomprehensible, and wonderful. Join a panel of classmates to reflect on how 1987's future unfolded and, more importantly, to speculate on what the next several decades might bring us in the fields of medicine, music, development, finance, government, population and urbanization, leadership, and more.

  • Andrew Burton - Musician
  • Celia Francis – Business Leader
  • Jackie Geier – Mozambique Coordinator, United States State Department
  • Vivian Lee – President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences
  • Rosie Rios – Co-Host, Unicorn Hunters, 43rd Treasurer of the United States

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Making Art in the 21st Century

Science Center Hall E

Meet classmates working as artists and arts professionals in a conversation about their creative work, and the ways in which art making and consumption is evolving today. Exploring the role of art in a culture driven by capital, data, and measurable results, the panel will consider the 21st century creative economy, new relationships between artists and audiences, the role of the professional artist in a 'maker' era, and how art engages with contemporary issues to open imaginative possibilities for our collective future.

  • Harold Brown – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (moderator)
  • Janet Echelman – Artist
  • Lauren Greenfield – Photographer, Filmmaker
  • Brooks Hansen – Novelist
  • Aaron Payne – Art Dealer
  • Lisa Rosowsky – Professor of Graphic Design, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Valerie Scoon – Filmmaker/Professor

12:00–1:30 p.m.

University Wide, Alumni Spread Luncheon

Barker Center

1:30 p.m.

Alumni Procession Forms

2:00 p.m.

University-Wide Alumni Procession, led by Chief Marshal

2:30–4:00/4:30 p.m.

Harvard Alumni Day

A University-wide, global event honoring alumni impact, citizenship, and community. The time-honored and festive alumni parade led by the eldest alumni into Tercentenary Theatre will kick off the afternoon festivities. Following the parade, the program, led by the HAA president Vanessa W. Liu AB ’96, JD ’03, will feature former poet laureate, Pulitzer-prize winner, and Harvard Professor Tracy K. Smith AB ’94 as the Harvard Alumni Day keynote speaker. The speaking program will also include a report from Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow MPP ’76, JD ’76, PhD ’78, and a celebration of Harvard Medalists, along with musical components, and recognition of the Chief Marshal of Alumni Allyson Hobbs AB '97.

6:30–11:00p.m.

Class Dinner

Science and Engineering Complex (Allston)

In 35 years, so much has changed—yet so much has stayed the same. Get a glimpse of Harvard’s future in the gleaming new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Complex in Allston … while looking back at a slideshow of photos from our college years and boogying to a deejay spinning tunes from the ‘80s. Delicious food stations and flowing drinks will fuel you as you catch up with enduring friends and discover new ones. Dress ‘80s style, or come as you wish.

Saturday, June 4

7:00 a.m.

Reunion River Run on the Charles

8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

Please come to headquarters to check in when you arrive on campus. You will receive your name badge, additional Reunion materials, and your House/dorm key(s) if you are staying on-campus.

7:30–9:00 a.m.

Breakfast

Kirkland House Dining Hall

9:00–10:00 a.m.

Memorial Service

Memorial Church

Celebrate the lives of our classmates who are no longer with us. As the each name is read, we will join in adding flowers to "memorial bouquets" to honor those who have died. This peaceful inter-faith service also features original poems and songs by four of our classmates.

10:15 a.m.

Class Photo

Widener Library Steps

11:00–11:45 a.m.

Class Survey

Science Center Hall B

It’s been another five years and couple things have happened . . . so we turn to all of you to get your perspectives on our lives and the world around us. Come hear how our attitudes have changed and what has stayed the same.

Coordinators: Susanna Bracke & Andy Popell

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Glimpses

Science Center Hall B

“Glimpses," started by HR1981 is a way to get to know one another better. In five-minute quick peeks, classmates will present passions, life challenges, ambitions of world change, personal stories, jokes, and/or their surprise/delight/shock at where life can take us. All the Glimpses are personal and we especially welcome those who have not yet spoken at a reunion.

Coordinators: Evan Grossman & Susan Doherty

12:45–2:00 p.m.

Class Lunch

Server Quad

Join your fellow 87ers for an al fresco lunch under a tent in Sever Quad. Enjoy a delicious assortment of summer salads paired with grilled chicken and herb roasted salmon, accompanied by summer vegetables and quinoa (make your own grain bowl!). Sip a cool lemonade, iced tea, or soda, and finish off your lunch with a festive cupcake before heading off to an afternoon of panel discussions . . . or maybe a nap! What could be better?

2:30–3:45 p.m.

What is News?

Science Center Hall A

The goal of our panel is to consider news from a wide angle and from different perspectives, and to ask the question “What is news today?” We hope to curate a discussion about the new ways that news is being shared (podcasts, TikTok, substack journalism, long-format online pieces, the documentary as means of information-sharing), how traditional media outlets large and small are engaging with their reader/viewer, as well as the evolving role of those who deliver the news to the end consumer, especially that of the “citizen journalist.”

  • Emily Bingham – Author and Historian (Moderator)
  • Catherine Herridge – CBS News Senior Investigative Correspondent
  • Joe Kahn – Executive Editor, The New York Times
  • Joe Menn – Technology Reporter, The Washington Post
  • Rick Perez – Executive Director, International Documentary Association
  • Nara Schoenberg – Features Reporter, The Chicago Tribune

2:30–4:00 p.m.

Taking Action on Climate Change

Science Center Hall D

Please join nine of your Class of 1987 classmates who are currently actively working on Climate Change. Learn how their careers led them to a focus on Climate, what they’ve accomplished, where they are focused now, and perhaps most importantly their perspectives on how the rest of us can best take action to help move this critical cause forward.

Keynote:

  • Mark Carney – U.N. Special Envoy for Climate and Finance; former Governor of the Bank of England

Panelists:

  • Celia Francis – Board of NREP.com (sustainable real estate), Global Head of Business Development at Terraformation, serial entrepreneur
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gray – Chief Executive Officer, National Audubon Society
  • Dr. J. Nozipo Maraire – Author, Neurosurgeon, Founder of Mweya Green, a climate change start-up in Southern Africa
  • Dr. Dennis McGillicuddy – Senior Scientist, Department Chair Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
  • Joan Meschino – Massachusetts State Representative, Environmental Committee
  • Dr. Philip Mote – Climate Scientist, Vice Provost, Dean Oregon State University
  • Dr. Pedro Pizarro – President, Chief Executive Officer, Edison International (Southern California Edison)
  • Dr. David Victor – Professor, UCSD, Innovation and Public Policy; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

2:30–5:00 p.m.

SIG/Affinity Group Meet Ups

3:30–5:30 p.m.

Joint Singles Mingle

Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St, Cambridge

Join fellow singles from the 30th, 35th, and 40th Reunions to mix and mingle!

6:30–11:00 p.m.

My Old School Dinner and Dance

Dunster House

Join us for a throwback evening at Dunster House. We will celebrate in an atmosphere that’s comfortable and familiar, featuring cocktails in the courtyard, dinner, and music for chilling or dancing! We feature the smooth and spellbinding songs of Steely Dan with the 10-piece “No Static” band, as well as DJ “Dance with Lance” Kussell ’87 spinning our music, with dancing in the dining hall or coffee house comfort outside and/or in the JCR. Go retro with attire you might have worn as an undergrad, and/or sport some Harvard colors! We welcome you to share any period Harvard/Radcliffe mementos or even ephemera from The Square dating back to our time on campus.

Sunday, June 5

8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Combined Reunion Headquarters

Cabot Science Library, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street

All House/dorm keys must be dropped off by noon on Sunday, June 5. Please note there is *no luggage storage* available at headquarters.

9:00–11:30 a.m.

Farewell Brunch

Dunster House Dining Hall

Recover from Saturday night’s party at the Farewell Sunday Brunch. Say your goodbyes while enjoying a waffle and a Bloody Mary. Local musicians Bruce Bears and Friends will entertain us with the music of New Orleans.

*All times in EDT