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Schedule of Events

Staying busy throughout Alumni Weekend won’t be an issue. The Alumni Weekend schedule is packed with favorite annual activities as well as new special events. Choosing what to do might be more challenging, but that’s a good problem to have. No matter how you plan your days, there will be plenty of time for catching up with classmates and other friends - the essence of Alumni Weekend.

A reminder that spring weather in New England can be unpredictable so pack clothing for rain or shine. Be sure to include comfortable walking shoes so you can navigate the rolling hills and pathways of our beautiful campus. The general attire for the weekend is casual, and the Ralph Norman Barbecue is a great place to break out your Brandeis hats, shirts and other gear. Alumni tend to dress up a bit more for the Saturday evening dinners.

*PLEASE NOTE: THIS SCHEDULE IS TENTATIVE AND ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*

Pricing: While many events are free of charge, the pricing for those programs with a fee are noted below. The first price is the cost for alumni and children over the age of 12. The second price listed is for children ages 5-11. Children 4 & under receive complimentary admission to all events. Pricing is only noted for events that require a ticket for entrance; events listed without a price are complimentary. Please visit your class webpage for additional class-specific programming.

Friday, May 31

Saturday, June 1

Sunday, June 2  

8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
8 - 10 a.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
8:30 a.m. 
8 - 10 a.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Brandeis Bookstore Hours
8 - 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
10 a.m. - Noon
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
9 a.m. 
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
11 a.m.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Brandeis Bookstore Hours
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
10:30 a.m.
 
Noon - 2:30 p.m.  
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Computer Science Reunion
2:30 - 4 p.m.
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Arts Walking Tour: Public Sculpture at Brandeis
3 - 5 p.m.
3 - 5 p.m.
4 - 5:15 p.m.
5 - 6 p.m.
Student-Led Campus Walking Tour
5:45 p.m. 
Sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
6:30 - 11 p.m.

Friday, May 31


Alumni Weekend Registration
8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Atrium, Shapiro Campus Center

Alumni College
Registration: Opens at 8:30 a.m.
Classes: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Expand your thinking with renowned Brandeis faculty. Experience the excitement of being back in the classroom while exploring timely topics that impact our world. Quench your intellectual curiosity at Alumni College. 
Attendees and guests receive complimentary lunch.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session
Fake News vs. Real News: Media Literacy at the Foundation of Democracy

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Morning Sessions
1: Trump Trade Turmoil: How Has US Trade Policy Changed?
2: AAAS and Black Studies at 50: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future
3: Up Close and Personal with the Lydian String Quartet

1:45 - 3:30 p.m. | Keynote Address
Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable

3:45 - 5:00 p.m. | Afternoon Sessions
4: For Love and Country: Gender in Films from India, 1947-2017
5: Antisemitism in America: Past, Present, Future

Click here for additional information about Alumni College and descriptions of sessions. 

Brandeis Bookstore Hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

Hiatt Career Center
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Usdan Student Center

Did you know that Hiatt provides career services to Brandeis undergraduate alumni, free of charge, for life? While you’re on campus, meet with an alumni career counselor to discuss job strategies, networking, career changes and more! Appointments are also available via phone and Skype. Hiatt also offers volunteer opportunities to help students and fellow alumni. Learn more at alumni.brandeis.edu/careers.

Admissions-Led Campus Tour
11 a.m. | Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Boxed Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Tent on the Great Lawn

A boxed lunch will be available in the tent on the Great Lawn for those who are not attending Alumni College. 

Admissions-Led Campus Tour
3 p.m. | Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Post-50th (Classes of 1952-1968) Welcome Back Dinner
6 - 10 p.m. | Marriott Hotel/Newton

Join classmates and other Brandeis friends at the Marriott Hotel for a relaxing evening of friendship, fine food and fun. This dinner, planned especially for “post-50th reunion classes” (1952 - 1968), promises to be a great opportunity to reconnect and kick off Alumni Weekend!

Trucks and Tunes
6 - 11 p.m. | Tent on the Great Lawn

Mingle with classmates and other alumni while enjoying a variety of tasty favorites as Brandeis embraces the culinary craze of food trucks from some of Boston's finest purveyors. This informal dining experience will be capped off with a delicious dessert buffet. Trucks serve 6 - 9 p.m. Dessert Buffet 8 - 11 p.m.

Shabbat Services and Dinner
6:30 p.m.

Mechitza | Berlin Chapel

Egalitarian | Perlman Lounge

Following dinner, join classmates for the evening activities. 

Alumni of Color Network Reception
8 - 10 p.m.

Join us in celebrating more than seven decades of diversity at Brandeis as we welcome back alumni from all class years. For more information or to get involved with future planning, contact Serghino René at slrene@brandeis.edu.


Saturday, June 1


Continental Breakfast
8 - 10 a.m. | Sherman Dining Hall

Start your busy day off by sharing breakfast with classmates, other friends and family.

Linsey Pool Hours
8 - 10 a.m.

Enter directly through the pool building.

Coffee Service
8 - 10 a.m. | Shapiro Atrium

Alumni Weekend Registration
8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

Shabbat Services
9 a.m. | Berlin Chapel

Meet the Archivists
9 a.m. - 1 p.m | Shapiro Campus Center

Take a trip down memory lane and celebrate Brandeis at 70 with university archivists. Search the Justice, peruse your yearbook, play "Stump the Archivist," and bring your own stories and memorabilia to share. 

Ted-Style Talks Hosted by the Alumni of Color Network
9 - 10:30 a.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

The Alumni of Color Network's Ted-Style Talks are a chance for alumni to share their stories, as well as to highlight the excellence among our alumni of color. The theme for this event is "evolution." How did you accumulate or incorporate change in your life, career, through a choice or opportunity? We want to hear your 5-7 minute story.

Brandeis Bookstore Hours
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

Navigating the College Admissions Process
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Carl and Ruth Shapiro Admissions Center

What Makes a Future Brandeisian?

Are your children or other family members interested in learning more about the college admissions process? Do you have questions about what selective private colleges look for in an applicant? Are you interested in adding Brandeis to that top-choice college list?

Join Jennifer WalkerDean of Admissions & Financial Aid, for this special information session for alumni families, friends and students.

Open Houses at WBRS, The Justice and The Brandeis Hoot
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Visit the offices and connect with current club participants. 

Student-Led Campus Tour
10:30 a.m.

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Alumni College | Women in Science at Brandeis and Beyond
11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Click here for additional information and descriptions of sessions. 

Ralph Norman Barbecue
Noon - 2:30 p.m. | Tents on the Great Lawn and Redstone Plaza

The biggest must-attend event of the weekend! This Alumni Weekend tradition features music, face painters, caricature artists, magicians and much more. Mingle with classmates, grab a burger and enjoy campus at the barbecue named for the University’s first beloved photographer. Ralph Norman threw a barbecue for students in 1950, which became the annual event we celebrate at Alumni Weekend.

Computer Science Reunion
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Vertica Lounge

Every year, the Computer Science Department brings alumni together for a little party right after the Ralph Norman Barbecue.

Ice Cream Social 
2:30 - 4 p.m. | Ridgewood Quad

Everyone loves ice cream! All are welcome to enjoy delicious Lizzy's ice cream at the Ridgewood Quad. Kosher and non-dairy options will be available.

A Conversation with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz '84
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

The Class of 1984 and the Lawyers Alumni Network are honored to present a moderated discussion with Michael Horowitz '84, who will speak on his role as Inspector General for the Department of Justice, a position he was appointed to by President Obama in 2012. He will also speak to how his experience at Brandeis played a role in his career pathway. As Inspector General for the past seven years, Michael has handled several high profile oversight issues. 

Arts Walking Tour: Public Sculpture at Brandeis
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. | Meet in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

What do the bronze and stone sculptures on the Brandeis campus tell us about the university's history? On this walking tour you will learn more about a core group of sculptures from the 1950s to the current decade that represent meaning and memory of our environment. Led by Ingrid Schorr, director of the Office of the Arts. 

Kegs and Kickball
3 - 5 p.m. | Chapels Field

Tap into your competitive spirit with a Brandeis favorite! Join us for a friendly kickball tournament, sponsored by Bold, Brandesians of the Last Decade. 

Ollie’s Family Fun
3 - 5 p.m. | Admissions Lawn

Join classmates and their young ones for activities and organized games for kids and adults alike. Perfect for children ages 2-12.

News from Campus with President Ron Liebowitz followed by Alumni Achievement Award Presentation and Program
4 - 5:15 p.m.

Two distinguished Brandeis alumni will receive 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards at Alumni Weekend May 31-June 2. For more details, click here.

Student-Led Campus Tour
5 - 6 p.m.

Curious about what changes have taken place since you were last on campus? Take a walking tour with a student guide and hear about life at Brandeis today. Tours will last approximately one hour.

Mechitza Mincha Service
5:45 p.m. | Berlin Chapel

Havdallah Service
Sundown (approximately 8:45 p.m.) | Berlin Chapel

Fire & 'Deis Gala Celebration
6:30 - 11 p.m.

Gather with classmates and friends from neighboring years at a special dinner celebrating all alumni! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a buffet that will tantalize your palate with a variety of specialty dishes. Seating will be reserved for milestone reunion classes.

Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy the music of Groove Alliance - one of Boston’s top party bands. Or kick back and relax to the sounds of Jazz in the Air. No need to choose – there’s plenty of time to experience both!


Sunday, June 2


Alumni Weekend Sign Out
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center, Sherman Dining Hall, Ridgewood and Ziv

Turn in your Alumni Weekend evaluation along with your campus housing key (a $200 fee will be charged for each lost or unreturned key).

Alumni Weekend Memorial Reflection Time
9 - 11 a.m. | Chapels 

Celebrate the lives and honor the memories of alumni who are no longer with us. 

Brandeis Bookstore Hours
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Shapiro Campus Center

Farewell Champagne Brunch
10 a.m. - Noon

Wrap up the weekend with champagne and brunch. Enjoy a variety of brunch delicacies, including French toast, frittatas, eggs, bagels and lox, fruit, and more. 

Alumni College | Open House - Visit the MakerLab: Building a Culture of Innovation the 'Deis Way
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Click here for additional information and descriptions of sessions.