1977 40th Reunion Schedule

40th Reunion Headquarters Open for Registration

Campus rooms available.

Thursday, June 1, 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
#WordsMatter Panel Discussion

Classmates who have written and published will run a writer’s symposium for participants who are interested in pursuing a writing career or avocation.   Moderators: Jenny Allen and Jon Levi.

Register for this session when you register for the 40th Reunion!

Thursday, June 1, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
#WordsMatter Breakout Sessions - Space is limited

Small break-out sessions on the following topics: Poetry, Fiction/Playwriting, Non-Fiction, and Journalism/Social Media.Space is limited and once sessions are full your name will be placed on the waitlist. You will be notified via email if a space becomes available. 

Select a specific session and register when you register for the 40th Reunion!

Thursday, June 1, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class of '77 Book Discussion with author Jane Mayer '77, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

In this social media era of 140 characters, “Like” buttons, and posts that instantly disappear, the value of the in-depth, intellectual experience of books becomes more and more deeply appreciated.  At this year’s 40th  Reunion, we are launching what we hope will be a new class tradition:  A Class ’77 Book Discussion where we read a book before the Reunion and join together for an in-depth discussion at our Reunion.   

We are honored to invite you to join one of the Class of 77’s well-renowned, prize winning authors Jane Mayer for a discussion of her 2016 book Dark MoneyThe Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

The book is based on decades of reporting from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker Magazine about the influence of money on politics, and we invite a broad range of perspectives on issues raised in the book—expecting nothing less from such a talented and intellectually diverse group of classmates.  In order to facilitate the discussion, Jane will be joined by classmates who have had career experiences in politics.

Dark Money, which is Jane’s fourth best-seller on politics, was named one of The New York Times’ Top 10 Books of the Year and is a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Jean Smith Book Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Click here to read the New York Review of Books of Dark Money. 

Thursday, June 1, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet Me at Mory's!

Plan to meet your friends at Mory’s, the place to be Thursday night as the doors are thrown open to all returning alumni! 

Thursday, June 1, 9:00 PM - Friday, June 2, 12:00 AM
Mory's - 306 York Street
Yale’s Complete Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast buffet under the tent in the Courtyard will provide a hearty breakfast of croissants, muffins, tea breads, fresh fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, yogurt and granola, along with coffee, tea and juices. 

Friday, June 2, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
AYA Faculty Lectures

Rows of empty seats in classrooms across campus await your arrival for our many lectures on Friday and Saturday mornings. This morning we will feature some of Yale's most distinguished faculty members in two time slots, from 9 - 10 am, and from 10:30 - 11:30 am. A number of tours and open houses are also offered.

Friday, June 2, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Asian Art, On the Rise: Developments at the Yale Art Gallery & in the Market

The Asian Art Department at the Yale Art Gallery has a new, dynamic curator, Denise Leidy, and soon its exhibit space will double.  Asian Art and Antiquities are also appreciating at an unprecedented and uniquely rapid rate.  Drop by Yale University Art Gallery, Room 043, at 11:30 am, on Friday, June 2nd and learn about changes in the Asian Art exhibit from Denise Leidy (and go with her a tour of it afterward), and learn about the joy of collecting these beautiful objects from our classmate Gerry Weaver, and a representative from Sotheby’s.


Friday, June 2, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
American Bistro Buffet Lunch

Join us under the tent in the Branford courtyard for a buffet lunch featuring house-made porchetta on pizza Bianca with Sicilian eggplant spread, roasted turkey cheddar on Focaccia, bistro flank steak on artisan baguette, house-made tuna salad prepared with white tuna fish, hummus and roasted red pepper lavash, salads, sides and dessert.  

Friday, June 2, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Time for a Change? Go for it!

Whether you are continuing with your career, reinventing yourself in a new career, giving back, exploring a new passion, or perhaps going back to school, this panel of peers will share their experiences tapping into their expertise to redefine a future with impact.  We will explore these issues with panelists Weili Cheng (global business leader who came home to Yale as the new Executive Director of the Association of Yale Alumni), Carnell Cooper (trauma surgeon turned CNN hero for his violence prevention efforts), Anne Keating (owner and manager of her own executive recruiting firm), Rick Godley (doctor and non-profit founder unlocking the debilitating mysteries of migraines), and our classmate of many colors, and careers, Frank Symington. Anne will moderate.


Friday, June 2, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Life: Can I Get an Extension on That?

Moderator and health journalist Melinda Beck talks with orthopedist Wayne Gersoff, neurologist Margery Mark, psychologist Don Greif, and social entrepreneur David Dodson about how we can make the best of the rest of our lives, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Friday, June 2, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
University Welcome Reception

The evening begins with a reception for all classes. Enjoy samples of a variety of wines, as well as cheese and fruit, in a beautiful and historic Yale setting. Find your friends by looking for your residential college flag.

Friday, June 2, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Cross Campus - On College between Elm & Wall
Class of 1977 Showcase

Showcase of classmates’ talents, achievements, and activities including Page Knudsen Cowles conducting a wine tasting with offerings from Knudsen Vineyards. Knudsen Vineyards is an iconic vineyard in the heart of the acclaimed Dundee Hills AVA overlooking the fertile Willamette Valley, majestic Mt. Hood and the North Cascade mountain range. The Knudsen family has grown grapes and made wine there for 45 years.

Friday, June 2, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Room: Common Room
Cocktails in the Courtyard
Friday, June 2, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Global Flavors Buffet Dinner in the Courtyard

The buffet will be served under the tent in the Branford courtyard. Entrée choices will include:  Buffet entrees to include quinoa-black olive cakes, steamed pork and shrimp dim sum, tamari roasted baby back ribs, shrimp with mango and yuzu wasabi sauce, a penne pasta bar with a choice of several sauces, and Lebanese chicken with toum.  

Friday, June 2, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Afterglow in the Courtyard

Relax, talk, and enjoy dessert.

Friday, June 2, 9:30 PM - Saturday, June 3, 12:30 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Class of 1977 Cabaret at the University Theater

Class Cabaret at the University Theater featuring Robert Lamothe’s Blues Band, Laura Teller, Oscar Hills, East River Consort, Nat Adderley Jr., and others. 

Friday, June 2, 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
University Theater - 222 York Street
Yale’s Complete Breakfast Buffet in the Courtyard

Breakfast buffet under the tent in the Courtyard will provide a hearty breakfast of croissants, muffins, tea breads, fresh fruit, cereal, hard boiled eggs, steel-cut oats, yogurt and granola. Along with coffee, tea and juices. 

Saturday, June 3, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Morning Yoga for All Classes

Start your Saturday morning (weather permitting) with some gentle stretching and breathing exercises, and get your body feeling "yoga good" for a busy day of reunion activities! This is a mixed-level class featuring modifications for all levels of ability, so whether you have been practicing for years or have never touched a yoga mat, everyone can have an enjoyable experience in this class. Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. No previous yoga experience necessary; children and all ages welcome.

Saturday, June 3, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Old Campus - 67 High Street
Morning at Yale

Here's your chance to enjoy again the extraordinary opportunities available at Yale! There are two "course times," 9 am and 10:30 am. Learn or do something wonderful this morning!

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
American Picnic Buffet Lunch in the Courtyard

Enjoy the American Picnic Buffet with fried chicken, grass-finished hamburgers and cheeseburgers, local Italian sausage, black bean burgers and a variety of salads and side dishes all served under the tent in the Branford Courtyard.   

Saturday, June 3, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Get Ready for the Future: 6 Big Tech Changes in 6 Minutes

We have seen unprecedented change—but, we are being told, we ain’t seen nothing yet. More is coming, and our classmates will help provide a window on how new technologies and big data will continue to dramatically alter the way we live. Artificial Intelligence scholar Larry Birnbaum, actress/writer/director Polly Draper, environmental pioneer Onaje (Michael) Jackson, bio-tech investor/director/advisor Chris McLeod, educational games designer Scot Osterweil, and Boston Medical Center CEO Kate Walsh will help us get ready in a discussion moderated by Silicon Valley pioneer Donna Dubinsky


Saturday, June 3, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
America and the World: The Next Decade

Foreign affairs journalist and moderator Jim Brooke, global health and infectious disease expert Stephen Morrison, national security analyst Lori Esposito Murray, and NY County District Attorney Cy Vance explore the first 100 plus days of the Trump worldview. President Trump has declared his determination to put ‘America First,’ pledging to achieve America’s economic strength and security at home by fundamentally altering the U.S. approach to the world.  What are the Administration’s priorities, and how will they affect U.S. long-standing policies on security, trade, counterterror, proliferation, human rights, climate, immigrations and development?  Are we likely to see a deflation or enlargement of US power, influence and security, in the near-term and throughout the decade?


Saturday, June 3, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
President's University Update

President Peter Salovey welcomes you back to campus, offering his review of Yale today.


Saturday, June 3, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
A Celebration of Yale Singing

After President Salovey’s update, join singers from all classes for a jamboree celebrating Yale’s incredible musical tradition. Alumni from the Glee Club and Whiffenpoof and Whim ’n Rhythm alumni groups, conducted by Glee Club alumna Stephanie Tubiolo '14. MMus '16, will perform Yale favorites from many generations, concluding with a rousing rendition of “Bright College Years.” (The Glee Club rehearsal for the Celebration will take place at 10:30 am Saturday morning as part of "Morning at Yale." All singers are welcome!)

Saturday, June 3, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Woolsey Hall - 500 College Street
Cocktails in the Courtyard
Saturday, June 3, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
1977 40th Reunion Class Dinner

The traditional class dinner served under the tent. Buffet entrees to State Street pasta, hard shelled broiled Nova Scotia lobster tails, sautéed tilapia, Texas-style beef brisket and stuffed piquante peppers (vegan). There will be brief speeches, awards, and a performance by our own Whiffenpoofs.


Saturday, June 3, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Bales-Gitlin Dance Band

After dinner, enjoy dancing to tunes of our generation performed by the Bales-Gitlin Band. Bar closes at 12:30 am.


Saturday, June 3, 9:30 PM - Sunday, June 4, 12:30 AM
Branford College - 74 High Street
Coffee Service

Grab a quick cup of coffee or tea before going on to Commons for breakfast.

Sunday, June 4, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
AYA Farewell Breakfast at University Commons in Schwarzman Center

Enjoy memories of Commons and a final gathering with friends at this delicious breakfast for all classes, featuring muffins, coffee cake, bagels, oatmeal, grits, Belgian waffles, eggs, French toast, potatoes, bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juices. We promise you won't go home hungry!

Sunday, June 4, 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Schwarzman Center : University Commons
University Church Worship

Join Yale’s ecumenical Christian community for Sunday worship, which will include an alumni preacher from one of the reunion classes, prayers for alumni who have died, and wonderful music and liturgy.  Battell Chapel Choir and Student Deacon alumni especially invited.

Sunday, June 4, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Battell Chapel - 400 College Street