Hamilton will welcome back nearly 1,000 alumni and their guests when it hosts its annual Reunion Weekend, this year on Thursday-Sunday, June 2-5. Highlights of this year's reunion will include dedication of the Delta Kappa Epsilon House in honor of Eleanor and Sidney Wertimer on Friday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m., and a keynote lecture, Alexander Hamilton: The Life and Legacy of Our Most Elusive Founder, by Douglas Ambrose, the Sidney Wertimer Associate Professor of History, on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Chapel.
Twenty Alumni College classes will provide intellectual stimulation for returning alumni and their guests. Topics will include the Hamilton Jazz Archive; Hamilton Students Wreak HAVOC (Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition); a poetry reading by Peter Meinke '55; From Buttrick Hall to the New Science Center: A Brief History of the Campus by Dan O'Leary, and a tour of Root Glen and Arboretum.
The Emerson Gallery will feature two exhibits. The images of prize-winning LIFE Magazine photographer George Silk (1916 – 2004), in the first retrospective of his work in the U.S., will be on exhibit beginning on Thursday, June 2. His photographs will be accompanied by those of his daughter, Georgiana Bulfinch Silk, who is a graduate of Kirkland College and a professional photographer in her own right. On Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m., Georgiana Silk will present a talk and tour of the exhibition, followed by a reception, all of which are free and open to the public. The Emerson is also exhibiting "Nature as Refuge: From Rousseau's Cascade to Central New York's Trenton Falls," which will show Jacques Rousseau's influence on 19th-Century American landscape painting.
Also during the weekend, reunion classes will hear a state of the college address from President Joan Stewart, celebrate at class dinners, hold class meetings and participate in a Service of Remembrance for deceased alumni.