It’s Never too Early to Get Excited about Reunions 2015

Especially when Davis Rogan ’90 is headlining the musical acts.

Yes, Davis Rogan ’90, legendary New Orleans blues and jazz musician who both consulted for and inspired a character on HBO’s New Orleans-centered series Treme. Davis will be taking the Kaul Auditorium stage on Friday for a lecture and performance, and will be performing a three-hour set on Saturday night of Reunions (June 13) in the Student Union. You won’t want to miss it. Listen to selections from Davis’ records here. For any who doubt that Reed played a role in nurturing Davis’s musical talent, the 1990 student handbook, Davis wrote, “If any musicologist every wants to know where I got my loud, pounding piano style I’ll save them the trouble. I learned to play in Prexy and needed to hear myself.”

Speaking of which, Prexy has been fully (and beautifully) remodeled as the new home of Alumni Relations, and it will be featured prominently in Reunions programming. Expect to see Reunions check-in in the lobby, bonfires and sing-alongs on the back porch, and Reedies hanging out in the living room, which was redesigned by Reed’s own Kathia Emery ’67.

We’re also looking forward to Alumni College: Diversity vs. Divergence in Contemporary America. Organized by Jim Kahan ’64 and Mary James, Dean of Institutional Diversity and A.A. Knowlton Professor of Physics at Reed. This year’s college will feature Reed professors, alumni, and students discussing the importance of, and contested nature of the notion of diversity in Contemporary America.

2015 also promises the return of Fireworks, Ping-Pong Palace, and of course, Pirate Camp. See a list of all confirmed events here. So mark you calendars for Reunions 2015, June 10–14. Registration will open in early January, and those who register by January 31 may sign up for a free dorm room.

Hope to see you there!

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