Drop In Sessions for our 50th

Thanks to all drop in session organizers for providing summaries of their events.

All events are on Thursday, June 7th. With the exception of Henry Hecht’s session (lunch tent) and Stickney’s session (Griffin 3) all events will take place in our reunion headquarters in Horn Hall. See below for further detail.

Spouse/Partner Committee (Patti Dirlam and Arleen Heiss):

Dessert, Coffee, and Conversation
After lunch, please come by our Hospitality Center in Horn Hall located in Lounge A for an informal welcoming and get together session.  Say hello to other spouses and partners, connect over common interests, and be introduced to a comfortable setting where throughout the weekend you can casually meet, mingle, or just quietly relax.

Common Room and Lounge A, 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Henry Hecht: 

Watergate: What It Tells Us About Current Times

As some of you know, I served on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force as an Assistant Watergate Special Prosecutor from June 1973 until the spring of 1976. I was hired by Archibald Cox, the first Special Prosecutor, in June 1973. After the “Saturday Night Massacre,” I continued to serve under the next three Special Prosecutors, starting with Leon Jaworski.

To start the “drop in” discussion, I will offer some personal Watergate highlights, such as the Saturday Massacre on October 20, 1973, listening to the White House Tapes in the Fall of 1974, watching the resignation of President Nixon surrounded by my colleagues on a small TV in the office on August 9, 1974, and questioning then former President Nixon before the Grand Jury in June 1975 (he resigned in August 1974).

I will then lead a discussion about what lessons the Watergate Prosecutions offer when thinking about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including whether Trump will try to fire Mueller, how wide ranging is the scope of the investigation, and the possible impeachment of Trump.

1:30- 3:30 pm (New location: lunch tent (following cleanup))

Clint Wilkins and Mike Herlihy:

Leveraging Our Age and Knowledge

They tell us we’re about to join the “Old Guard” of Williams alumni (or should that be the “‘Grey Locks”?). Some of us have bristled at the thought.

But as we turn our thoughts to what lies ahead for us, our partners and our families, some very real questions come up.

What do we want to be when we grow up?  What do we find rewarding?  Are there any new avenues to pursue? Challenges?  Balance to be found?

This session will facilitate a discussion about what lies ahead, and will feature the participation of Penny and Mike Herlihy, Cindy and Tad Piper, and Carla and Clint Wilkins.

We hope to have you drop in.

1:30 – 3:30 pm (Horn Hall, Lounge C)

Howard Steinberg and Bob Heiss:

Baby Boomer Music: An Interactive Discussion and Listening Tour

From Aretha, Sam and Dave, Wicked Pickett, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, the Coasters, the Drifters and the Doors, Elvis and the Everly Brothers all the way to the Yardbirds, Young Rascals and the Zombies, we’ll revisit the music of the 50s and 60s.  Come explore the world of Motown, the British Invasion, Soul, Girl Groups, Folk Rock, Doo Wop and more.  Share your memories and insights.  We’ll have musical clips too!  Come join us in our yellow submarine for a dive back into the music of us, the Baby Boomers.

3:00 – 4:00 pmv(Horn Hall, Lounge E – on second floor above Common Room)

Spouse/Partner Committee (Patti Dirlam and Arleen Heiss):

Good Reads:

Be your interests in History, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Politics or Women’s Issues, join other spouses and partners for an informal discussion of some of the memorable books, poetry, plays and movies that have guided us through the last 50 years. You are bound to discover a new, good read and definitely make a few like-minded Williams connections.

3:00 – 4:00 pm (Horn Hall, Lounge A)

John Stickney:

In Their Own Write

IN THEIR OWN WRITE: In a session that’s a cross between “The Ed Sullivan Show,” Hyde Park Corner and a rodeo, our authors gather to regale, debate, story-tell but never mince words in a speed-dating-like round-the-table forum in the elegant confines of Griffin Hall, raising the echo of Robert G.L. Waite.

Among the participants and their 5-to-10-minute topics: Peter Abrahams on a life in crime;  Alexander Caskey on creating a website; Geoff Connor on working history into novels; John Fulkerson on wine and integrity; Bob Graffagnino on the Greatest Generation; Robert Herzog, reading from his new novel; Ken Jackson on the future of print on paper; Tony Kronman on his “Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan“; Ted McMahon and Rosanne Olson will sing their poetry; Peter Naylor on teaching practical economics; David Sipress (via FaceTime) on cartooning; and Ned Williams on fixing everything.

Plus surprise guests.

John Stickney will moderate/referee/time-keep.

3 – 4:30 p.m. Griffin 3. With light refreshments.

Dave Eblen, Bart Jones, Ned Perry, Bob Bendick, Bob Heiss and Professor Hank Art (Representative from CES):

Environmental Issues, Concerns and Perspectives: An Interactive Discussion

Beginning with a discussion of local land trusts in Michigan, Connecticut, and Maine, followed by a review of the national and international programs of US EPA, and concluding with a review of the global prospective of The Nature Conservancy, this interactive discussion will explore our involvement with local, national and international environmental issues.

Some of us will discuss our volunteer efforts with local land trust while others will discuss their careers with major national and international organizations.

Hank Art, Rosenburg Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology at Williams, will discuss the Environmental Studies Program, its growth from our senior year to the present and what the future looks like.

Please join us to listen and respond to issues raised by our classmates and Professor Art.

4:30 – 5:30 pm (Horn Hall, under the tent if weather permits- or Lounge E – on second floor above Common Room)