Alumni Weekend 2018

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From: UChicagoGRAD (@kalee)
Date: Wed, May 30, 2018 at 10:16 AM
Subject: We Invite You to Join Us at Alumni Weekend 2018

Please join me in welcoming over 2,500 alumni and their guests from around the world to Alumni Weekend 2018! Scheduled from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3, Alumni Weekend is an opportunity for us to recognize UChicago alumni and the various wonderful ways they support the University. This year, Alumni Weekend will spotlight topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship and we invite you to unite with classmates, scholars, and friends around lively, informative conversation.

By taking a moment to introduce yourself to alumni and visitors who you encounter during these four days, you will greatly enrich their time on campus. Our alumni were once in your shoes and they enjoy meeting current students like you and hearing about your UChicago graduate student experience.

I encourage you to accept any invitations you might receive to specific programs, as well as to attend any of the open events and activities listed below.

Congratulations on another outstanding year!

Lori A. Hurvitz
Executive Director
Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving
The University of Chicago


Graduate students are welcome to attend any of the Alumni Weekend events. Please stop at the Student Check-In station in the Registration and Hospitality Tent on Main Quad to register for free. Daily registration will allow you in-and-out access to the general Alumni Weekend events. View the full schedule of events and session descriptions at or find information about downloading our event app at

Listed below are events we think will be of particular interest.

Thursday, May 31, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Sherry and Croquet
Main Quad, 58th St. and University Ave.

Enjoy an afternoon on the quad as we kick off Alumni Weekend. Partake in a refreshing beverage, play some fun lawn games, and talk about what’s new with old friends. Inspired by the traditional afternoon sherry hour, when students and faculty got together to talk about books and events of the day.

Friday–Saturday, June 1–2
UnCommon Core Sessions
Mornings and afternoons Joseph Regenstein Library

Join University of Chicago faculty, staff, students, and alumni to learn about exciting initiatives, research, and collaborations with the campus, community, city, and beyond.

Friday, June 1, 12:00–3:00 p.m.
Archaeological Fair at the Oriental Institute
Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

Join the Oriental Institute for an afternoon of unprecedented access to OI faculty and staff. Get up close and personal as you learn about current textual research, archaeological digs, and the long-term projects that are shaping the OI’s future. Throughout the galleries, professors, archaeologists, and research associates will be available to discuss both their work and the cultures on display. Experience what has made the Oriental Institute the world’s foremost center for the study of the ancient Near East at this unique and intimate event.

Friday, June 1, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
The Virtues and Vices of Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy
Ida Noyes Hall, East and West Lounges, 1212 E. 59th St.

Committee on International Relations assistant professors Austin Carson and Paul Poast will debate each other on the following resolution: Donald Trump is revolutionizing American foreign policy for the benefit of the United States and its allies. Audience members will participate and vote for the winner. Moderated by Paul Staniland, AB’04, associate professor in the Department of Political Science and faculty chair of the Committee on International Relations. This event is presented by the Committee on International Relations and is cosponsored by Women in International Affairs. Reception to follow.

Saturday, June 2, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Careers in Entrepreneurship Networking Panel
Ida Noyes Hall, Third-Floor Theater, 1212 E. 59th St.

Ever since William Rainey Harper conceived of a Midwestern university to rival elite institutions on the East Coast, the University of Chicago has been an entrepreneurial enterprise. From the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear reaction to influential business practices, the leading edge is part of our daily life here at UChicago. In this spirit of discovery and innovation, the Careers in Entrepreneurship panel will feature UChicago alumni who are putting their ideas into practice and changing the world.

Saturday, June 2, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Alumni and Friends Family Festival
Main Quad, Festival Tent, 58th St. and University Ave.

Gather on the quad for food, drink, and entertainment for the whole family. This is a great opportunity to reconnect and share your UChicago pride with fellow alumni and friends. Kids will love the bounce house, balloon artist, face painter, and variety of games and activities.

Saturday, June 2, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Make the Most of LinkedIn and the Alumni Network to Grow your Career
UChicagoGRAD HQ, University Bookstore Third Floor, 970 E. 58th St.

Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to make the most of it? Need guidance on getting started? LinkedIn is used by a large and expanding segment of the global workforce, so smart use of LinkedIn is essential. This workshop is led by the director of graduate career development and employer relations from UChicagoGRAD, the office that provides career guidance for UChicago graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Learn best practices, including LinkedIn profile optimization, advanced searches, community features, job boards, and more. You’ll also get the latest on UChicago tools for developing and maintaining your network of alumni contacts, including the alumni directory and the newly launched Wisr mentoring platform.

Saturday, June 2, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
The University and the City
Harper Memorial Library, Room 140, 1116 E. 59th St.

As an anchor institution on the mid–South Side of Chicago, the University of Chicago supports strong, vibrant communities in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus and contributes to the economic and intellectual vitality of the city as a whole. Through partnerships with local community organizations and the public sector, the University seeks to catalyze economic growth, expand educational opportunities, spur innovation, and connect research to improve the quality of life for residents. The University’s relationship with the city and its adjacent communities has evolved and changed over the years. Please join Deborah Gorman-Smith, the Emily Klein Gidwitz Professor and interim dean of the School of Social Service Administration; Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle, AB’69, MAT’77; and Susana L. Vasquez, associate vice president in UChicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, for a discussion of the past, present, and future of the University’s relationship with the city in which it resides.

Saturday, June 2, 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Humanities Meet-Up
UChicagoGRAD HQ, University Bookstore Third Floor, 970 E. 58th St.

Come and connect with fellow Humanities Division alumni. All decades and disciplines are welcome. It’s casual. And easy. Find out what others are doing and thinking about. Food for thought and good snacks.

Saturday, June 2, 3:00–4:30 p.m.
International House Around the World Wine Tasting
International House, Rockefeller Lounge, 1414 E. 59th St.

Admission to this event is not included in the Alumni Weekend Pass, the Reunion Pass, or the Young Alumni Pass. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $20. Must be 21 or older to attend; government-issued ID required for entry. Join international alumni, International House staff and graduate students, and the Alumni Club of Chicago at this time-honored reception that will teach us about wines from select regions across the globe. Enjoy a performance by an acclaimed Chicago world music ensemble while you connect with old and new friends, recalling fond international memories of study, travel, work, and friendship. Tours of International House will also be offered.

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