55th Schedule

All reunion events will be at the Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Friday, May 13, 2022
5:00 pm-6:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Cocktail Reception (Harvard Hall and foyer on first floor; 2 drink tickets per person included)
7:00 pm-9:00 pm Traditional New England Clam Bake buffet dinner (clam chowder, lobster, steamers, corn, potatoes and marinated steak tips; vegetarian option available)
9:00 pm-10:00 pm Classmate Performances (poetry reading segment followed by folk music segment; music provided by classmates Allen Hopkins and Elizabeth Block)
10:00 pm-11:00 pm Continued Classmate Performances and/or classmate visitation
Saturday, May 14, 2022
8:30 am-9:45 am Registration.
9:50 am-11:00 am Memorial Service
11:00 am-11:15 am BREAK
11:15 am-12:15 pm "The Defining Issues of Our Time"
  PUBLIC DISCOURSE: "The Search for Truth."
    Science: Curt Freed: “COVID 19: Miracle Vaccines and Popular Resistance.”
    The Media: Craig Whitney: “Truth and The Media Today.”
    Values:  Howard Gardner: “Takes on Truth: A 3000 Year Perspective.”
      Moderator: Gail Falk.
12:15 pm-1:45 pm   LUNCH
1:45 pm-2:30 pm "The Defining Issues of Our Time”
  INEQUITIES: "Addressing Fairness in Wealth, Race, and Education." 
      Peter Bronstein: “Are Equity and Democracy Compatible.” 
      Geoffrey Carliner: “Racism and Inequality in America.
      Joel Cohen: “Why Are So Many People, Especially Children, Chronically Hungry?”
      Moderator: Charles Styron
2:30 pm-2:45 pm Visual Interlude: Sarah Kafatou: “Thinking Like A Painter.”
2:45 pm-3:30 pm "The Defining Issues of Our Time" 
   NATIONAL IDENTITY: "Is America Actually Exceptional?" *
      Sarge Cheever: “The Way We Live Now: Reflections on Charles Murray’s Essay, ‘American Exceptionalism.’”
      Jeff Race: “Title.” 
      Moderator: Alison Brooks.
3:30 pm-3:45 pm Humorous Interlude: Burt Ross: “The Dumbest Person Who Ever Graduated Harvard.”
3:45 pm-4:00 pm  BREAK
4:00 pm-6:00 pm   "Negotiating the Challenges and Articulating the Wisdom of Age"
  4:00-4:10--Katharine Redmond: "The Challenge of Rediscovering Zest and Meaning."
  4:10-4:25--Charles Styron: "The Wisdom of Age: Personal Reflections."
  4:25-6:00--Small Group Discussions: "What Will be Worthwhile Going Forward?"
6:00 pm -7:15 pm Cocktail Reception.
7:15 pm -9:00 pm Gala Dinner.
9:00 pm-9:30 pm Performance by the Harvard Krokodiloes.
9:30 pm-11:30 pm  DJ and Dancing, Singing of a Medley of Harvard and Radcliffe Songs 
 * In its Original Meaning, American Exceptionalism referred to America’s objective experiment with a new form of governance—the fact that it was an “exception” to the organizational norm of the times. The current use of the term, however, typically denotes an opinion about America’s excellence and superlativeness as a nation—a subjective and very different understanding altogether.
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Sunday, May 15, 2022
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Optional: Farewell Brunch Boat Cruise on Charles River 

(Minor modifications to this program may be made depending on COVID issues existing in May 2022)