We’re back, with Speakeasy, Socials, Book Club, and more.

After a summer & fall break, classmates are again hanging out, mostly in Zoom. See below! Meanwhile, a Reunion sub-committee is planning in-person events for mid-2022; join them!

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40th Reunion HIGHLIGHTS

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40th Reunion HIGHLIGHTS


Upcoming Events: HR1981 Community

All our events are on the HR1981 class calendar.


November

Saturday, Nov. 20, 11 am ET, Harvard Yale Game Watch Party
Hosted by the Harvard Club of Boston.  Proof of vaccination will be required of all attendees upon entrance to the event. Details, menu, and tickets.

December

Sunday, Dec. 5, 3-3:30 pm ET, Speakeasy
Register now.
Join us for 30 minutes of Speakeasy with Russ Gershon, who will discuss Ethiopian music, and his immersion in it. This short Speakeasy will be followed by a drop-in social (see below). One registration covers either or both events. Contact: Russ@AccurateRecords.com

Sunday, Dec. 5, 3-3:30 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

Sunday, Dec. 12, 3:30-5 pm ET, Book Club:  Heather McGhee’s The Sum of Us
Register now. We’ll kick off the second season of the HR1981 Book Club with a discussion of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee, moderated by classmates Steven Clark, Daphne de Marneffe, and Bonnie Zimering Bottoms. Reading the book is highly encouraged, but not required; to learn about McGhee’s extensive advocacy work, see HeatherMcGhee.com. We look forward to deepening our conversation on race and justice in America, and thinking together about the work ahead. Contact: DdeMarneffe@icloud.com.

January

Sunday, Jan 9, 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

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 8-9 pm ET, HR1981 Class Committee Meeting
Registration info to come
. If you’d like to join the committee, give us your name & email. Either way, all are welcome!

Sunday, Jan. 23, 3:30-5 pm ET, Deeper Connections (small-group discussions)
Register now
. Intimate conversations to help get to know your classmates better. We’ll meet in breakouts, with suggested topics “What Matters?” and “The Rest of My Life.” Contact: Lee Rubin, leemail4@me.com

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Past 40th 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:

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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Past 40th Reunion Events


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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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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The Speakeasy: monthly. Next: Thursday, June 17, 8-10pm EDT


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


New York: Central Park 40th Reunion Potluck Picnic: Tuesday, May 18th, 11:30am to 1:30pm

[For the fully vaccinated]

Your hosts: Denise Reiss, Willa Silverman, and Mark Gluck are co-hosting an HR1981 40th Reunion Potluck Picnic in Central Park, New York City.

Who: Members of the Class of ’81 (and their spousal equivalents) who are fully vaccinated and incubated — at least two weeks since last dose.

When: We will be there from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Please join us for all or as much of it as you can.

What to Bring: Everyone is asked to bring three things:
(1) A pot-luck lunch entrée or side dish to share with others as part of our communal offerings (home cooked or purchased);
(2) A bottle of something to drink – Sparkling water, Flat water, or other beverage;
(3) A blanket to sit on.
Mark will bring paper plates, napkins, cups, and plastic cutlery, as well as garbage bags and an extra “food buffet” blanket to put in the middle for people’s pot-luck offerings.

Where: (Map & directions.) We will gather on the sloping lawn that runs north (downhill) from the Cherry Hill Victorian water fountain to The Lake. There are lovely views of boaters on the The Lake and Strawberry Fields to the east. The location is a few blocks walk from the 72nd Street and Central Park West stop on the A/B/C lines. See maps below. This is considered by many knowledgeable park enthusiasts to be the the most convivial spot in the whole park for picnics.

RSVPs: Please email me, at gluck@rutgers.edu, to indicate that you plan to come, so we can know about how many to expect. However, last minute additions of other classmates will always be welcome.

Weather related updates, however, will only be sent out that morning to those who RSVP. I will also reply with both Denise’s and my mobile numbers to help you geo-locate us if you are navigationally challenged.

Rain date?: If we are rained out, we will simply reschedule for the following month.

Precisely where: Directions to the North Slope of Cherry Hill, Central Park.

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New York: Central Park 40th Reunion Potluck Picnic: Tuesday, May 18th, 11:30am to 1:30pm