Live Reunion Planning Update

The committee has begun exploring a reunion event, tentatively planned for March, 2023 in Pasadena, California.

Get the details here!

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NEW! Many exciting details about the HR1981 Roman Holiday.

Marco Elser & John Hansen will host an HR1981 gathering in Rome.

The party is September 14 – 17.
Check out the details, and let us know if you’re interested.

Last call:
Rome registration closes Monday night, May 30th

  • If you fill out the survey by then, you’ll be given a chance to commit.
  • Any names collected after that time will go onto a wait list. 

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40th Reunion HIGHLIGHTS

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Upcoming Events: HR1981 Community

All our events are on the HR1981 class calendar.

June

Sunday June 5, 3:30-5 pm ET, Book Club: Summer of Soul (movie) & three essays by bell hooks
Register now. Please watch the Oscar-winning film, Questlove’s Summer of Soul (streaming widely), and read two essays by bell hooks, the prescient, prolific cultural critic and feminist who died in December: “Loving Blackness as Political Resistance” and “The Oppositional Gaze”, from her Black Looks: Race and Representation (1992).
UPDATE: Given recent threats to Roe v. Wade, please also read bell hooks’ essay, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Reproductive Rights” [e-copy at OpenLibrary, from the wonderful Internet Archive], published as Chapter 5 of her book [PDF], Feminism is for Everybody (2000). Contact: Daphne de Marneffe

Thursday, June 16, 8-9:30 pm ET, Drop-In Social
Register now. Drop-in socializing, in small or large groups, gently led by Nancy Boghossian. Join us at any time. Contact: Nan@HR1981.org

Sunday, June 26, 3:30-5 pm ET, Drop-In Social
Register now.   Drop-in socializing, in small or large groups, gently led by Jeanne Heifetz. Join us at any time. Contact: JeanneHeifetz@gmail.com

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Past 40th Reunion (and Post-Reunion) Events

(Archived here for your reference, for your fond memories, and for your proof that, yes, the list is this long.)

See the list of our future events, also visible on our front page, and in our Calendar.

January 2021:

Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 6 p.m. EST, Reunion Committee Meeting
Join us—whether you have attended yet or not! Email Adam Kane (our Harvard liaison) to attend if you are new: 40thReunion_HAA@Harvard.edu.

Saturday, January 9, 2021, 5 p.m. EST, Class Social
Hear a very brief overview of our virtual reunion plans and then hang out with classmates in small groups. Contact: Susan@HR1981.com

Saturday, January 16, 2021, 3:30 p.m. EST, Book Club
N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice and the Law. We will be joined by the author, Jody David Armour ’82, Professor at USC Gould School of Law (and husband of classmate Phreda Devereaux). While reading the Book Club selection is encouraged, it is not required. Contact: Ruth@HR1981.com

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Welcome to your 40th Reunion, HR1981!

Remember hanging around the dining hall and just chatting? While our reunion this year is all virtual, we are bringing back that connection by taking advantage of the new format to meet up easily and frequently. Long boring Zoom webinars? NOPE! Drop in to hear what our classmates are experiencing on a wide range of topics and meet in small-group breakouts: our virtual dining hall. Rally your ’81 pod and join us!
Warm Regards,
HR1981 Reunion Committee, and Co-Chairs Susan Israel, Barbara Watson, Kate (Elliott) Scherlis, Dan Scherlis, Guy Fish, Patric Verrone

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→ See the full list of events (so far), below.
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The Speakeasy: monthly. Next: Thursday, June 17, 8-10pm EDT

The June 17 Speakeasy will feature:

  • Pia Massie: filmmaker, teacher, activist
  • Jessica Krash: composer
  • Gregg Lachow: actor, director
  • And a nostalgic trip to his hometown with host Russ Gershon.

The May 20 Speakeasy featured:

The April 15 Speakeasy featured:

March 18 guests were:

Register now for the next Speakeasy
The Speakeasy: A series of conversations with classmates hosted by Russ Gershon ‘81, whose career as a touring musician has demanded his presence in speakeasies and the occasional “class joint” around the world for decades. Topics will begin but not end with classmates’ work in and around the arts.

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HR1981 Cambridge Picnic: Sat., June 5, 12 – 2 pm EDT

Hello Boston Area HR1981 Friends — Join us for a casual, low-key gathering!

  • Date: Sat. June 5, 12-2 PM EDT
  • Place: JFK Park, Corner of JFK Street and Memorial Drive (across from Eliot House)
  • Who: Anyone from HR1981- family members also welcome
  • Bring: Blanket/folding chair and whatever you want to eat/drink. Many options are available in Harvard Square if you want to pick something up.  
  • Notes: Memorial Drive is closed to traffic (Western Ave – Fresh Pond Parkway) for Riverbend Park on Saturdays and Sundays.  Enjoy a walk or bike ride before or after the event!
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square T (Red Line) or use MBTA.com for assistance.  Parking info. Biking: bike racks nearby or try Blue Bikes.
  • Weather: anything more than a drizzle will cancel.  Right now weather looks to be summer-like so remember your sunscreen!  
  • RSVP: helpful, but not required, to: caraseiderman@me.com.  For those who have RSVP’d I will send out a cancellation that morning in the event of rain.
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