Pasadena Reunion Open for Registration!

Tickets are available NOW for our reunion events March 23-26, in Pasadena, California.

Remember to register for the Dinner Dance on Saturday night which is the signature event!

If you’ve already registered click here for the event web page.

Events will include private tours of the Jet Propulsion Lab and of the Norton Simon Museum, a Saturday-night dinner dance at the scenic Cal Tech Athenaeum, the spectacular Huntington Gardens and more opportunities to relax with old friends. See the current agenda, below and find more details here!

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Upcoming Events: HR1981 Community

All our events are on the HR1981 class calendar.

February

Sunday, Feb. 19, 4-5:30 pm ET, Drop-In Social
Register now.  Drop-in socializing, gently led by Jeanne Heifetz. Join us at any time. Contact: JeanneHeifetz@gmail.com

Sunday, Feb. 26, 3:30-5 pm ET, Book Club: Derrick Bell book or story & film
Register now. We will discuss Faces at the Bottom of the Well (PDF), a collection of stories by Derrick Bell (law professor, civil rights activist, author). This 1992 classic on the problem of racism was reissued with a foreword by Michelle Alexander in 2018. If you can’t read the whole book, read “The Space Traders”, and watch the short film based on that story by Reginald Hudlin ’83 (director, ex-BET President and Black Panther writer). Contact: Daphne de Marneffe.

March

Sunday, Mar. 19, 4-5:30 pm ET, Drop-In Social
Register now.  Drop-in socializing, gently led by Jeanne Heifetz. Join us at any time. Contact: JeanneHeifetz@gmail.com

Thursday, Mar. 23 – Sun, Mar. 26, HR1981 In-Person Reunion in Pasadena
Join us! Check out the details.

April

Sun. Apr. 23, 3:30-5 pm ET, Book Club: On Critical Race Theory by Victor Ray
Register now. Details to follow.

June

Sunday June 11, 3:30-5 pm ET, Book Club: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God
Register Now. Details to follow.

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40th Reunion HIGHLIGHTS

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40th Reunion HIGHLIGHTS


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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Pasadena Reunion Agenda

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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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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