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This month we have lots of news about our upcoming 50th reunion and a number of requests for your help and suggestions. First some news:
Tom Rush to Entertain Us in Sanders Theater
Tom Rush, Harvard '63, will entertain us in Sanders Theater after dinner on Monday night. For those of you who don't know him, Tom started his singing career in 1961; he was a regular at Club 47 and has written and recorded many songs as well as introduced famous songs from other songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.
Five years ago, hr65.org carried a link to the "Remember" song. Here's a link to Tom perfoming the Remember Song. Tom's work encompasses a range of ages, stages, and styles with a common thread of his wide-ranging understanding of life's fits and foibles. He is also a superb raconteur with an easy-going but subtle humor. You can learn much more about Tom Rush on his AllMusic page.
Don't miss out. This promises to be an outstanding evening. Thanks to Kevin McCullough for research on Tom.
It's always good to have something important to look forward to and one of the ways to share in the anticipation of our 50th reunion is to attend or host a pre-reunion gathering.
Gene Skowronski has been the first to host an event. The tailgate before the Harvard-Columbia game was a great success. Others in Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC are already planning gatherings where they live. Any of us can create a pre-reunion event in our own locales. It could be a simple cocktail party, an elegant dinner, a sporting event, a trip to a museum, a concert, or a hike in the wilderness. A whale watch, a dance party, an informative talk, or fishing trip are other suggestions. Any excuse to reach out to classmates for fun and connection is possible. As the coordinators for these events, we encourage you to make a plan and to let us know about it. We will try to disseminate information and facilitate in any way We can!
Call for “10-Minute Talk” Speaker Nominations
In recent reunions other classes have found that Ten-Minute Talks are an extraordinarily successful part of their fiftieth reunion. Last year, sixteen speakers gave ten-minute presentations on subjects they wanted to share with their classmates.
We are asking you for nominations for possible speakers—including yourself. Given what we saw at the ’64 reunion, personalexperiences, often life-changing, were the most gripping. But we’ll consider a presentation on any subject, including musical or visual ones. Verve, articulation and an interesting topic will make a presentation successful.
We already have some nominations, but we want to cast the widest net possible. Please submit your nominations as soon as possible to Katharine Record Redmond (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a brief description of your nominee’s interests. Or you can encourage your nominee to contact Katharine directly with a brief description of his or her interest.
Selection will be a difficult process, especially if there are a lot of nominations. Some people will inevitably be disappointed, no matter how interesting their proposed topics. There’s no way to be completely objective in selecting speakers, but we hope to offer classmates a diverse and interesting selection of presentations.
Suggestions Sought for Symposium Speakers
We are planning several engaging symposia for our 50th Reunion, and we would like to solicit your speaker suggestions for one of them. A brief description of the Symposium follows:
Planning for the Seventh Generation—Global Meaning
Most of our plans extend for a few months into the future—or at most for a few years. In the crucible of geological time, however, all of human history comprises a mere blip on the screen. If we are to survive as a species for very long (in fact, for much longer), we need to start thinking bigger with a significantly longer time frame. This symposium will explore the issues of reconciling current global needs and behaviors with the requirements for long-term global sustainability.
In this particular symposium we are looking for several individuals who are knowledgeable and authoritative about the subject at hand from any of following perspectives (or possibly others): population growth and distribution, global finance (and economic inequality--its threat to stability), climate change, species extinction/diversity and/or environmental degradation/restoration, parallels to other civilizations such as Rome’s later days, sustainable economic and political development, etc. We particularly hope to include some futurist thinkers who are looking beyond current trends to see what might unfold if we take the challenge to change our planetary patterns now.
Gene Skowronski on the 50th Reunion Kick-off Event: