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Alums to go back to class

During Reunion Weekend, alumnae and alumni will have a chance to relive their days in college.  On Saturday morning, professors from several departments will teach classes on a variety of topics.

There will be two sessions: open beginning at 9:15 and the other at 10:30 a.m.; the sessions will run for an hour, with a 15 minute break in between.  Alums are welcome to choose a class for each section and experience the sort of environment current students and faculty engage in.

“I’ve been offering classes for Reunion for several years,” says Professor of Dance Donna Davenport.  “Some of my dearest friends in life are former students, so Reunion weekends are special, and I like to help make it a great weekend. The offering of classes is a wonderful idea.  It gives alums a chance to feel like they’re back in college again, nice way to reminisce.”

The classes being offered are listed as follows:

SESSION A: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

-Feisal Khan, Assistant Professor of Economics, will be teaching a class titled “Understanding Pakistan’s Afghan Policy.”

-Joel Kerlan P’89, Professor Emeritus of Biology and 2011 DFA Honoree, will hold a class on “Child Obesity in America.”

– Alum author John D’Agata ’95 will discuss his latest book, About a Mountain, on the nuclear waste controversy of Yucca Mountain.

-Pat McGuire HON ’10, Professor of Economics and Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty, will teach “Celtic Tiger to Alley Cat: Is Sustainable Growth in Ireland Still Possible?.”

-John Marks, an Adjunct Instructor in the History department, will host a class on “Geneva and HWS.”

SESSION B: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

-Bob Cowles, Professor of Music, will be holding the class “Popular Song and Music Theory.”

-Alan Frishman P’00, Professor of Economics, will be teaching a course entitled “Will Poverty Traps Keep the Bottom Billion Poor?”

-Iva Deutchman, Professor of Political Science, will host a session on “The Tea Party and American Politics.”

-Dorothy Wickenden ’76, author and executive director of The New Yorker, will be discussing her latest book, Nothing Daunted, a story of two girls from Auburn, NY growing up during the Suffrage Movement.

-Donna Davenport, Professor of Dance, will have a class called “Moving Concepts of Modern Dance.”


In the photo above Professor Don Woodrow teaches a class during Reunion 2010.


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