Homecoming Schedule

Friday, November 3

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Traditions Day

Copley Lawn

Celebrate the history and traditions of Georgetown with student organizations, performances, and food! Traditions Day is geared towards current students and is planned and executed by members of the 1634 Society and the Senior Class Committee.

2–4:50 p.m.

Alumni College Day

Rafik B. Hariri Building

$5 per class

Step away from your daily routine and return to the classroom for an afternoon of academic programming. Rediscover your favorite classes and professors or take the opportunity to explore new disciplines that you never had time to delve into as a student.
Check back for details on additional classes coming soon!

2–2:50 p.m.

The Moral Relativity of Microbes: To Be or Not to Be Virulent

Professor Heidi Elmendorf

Description coming soon.

2–2:50 p.m.

The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Why Slavery Still Matters

Professor Robert Patterson

This class will explore how the past, particularly a traumatic past, impacts the present. Given the divisive political climate following the 2016 election, we will examine how to understand structural racism, racial violence, and exclusion as a feature of a long history of domination. We will also ask if understanding that history offers any potential for healing the chasm that divides our nation.

3–3:50 p.m.

Music that Changed America

Professor Anna Celenza

Music permeates our lives. Thanks to technology, it is always with us...via the radio, our smart phones, TV commercials, film music, even the streamed music at our local malls and favorite restaurants. Technology has made it easy for us to put music in the background. The goal of this lecture is to bring it front and center again. As Professor Celenza demonstrates, music does not simply reflect culture...it changes it. To demonstrate how much music has changed America, she highlights three musical masterpieces that influenced political debate. These include: an 18th century drinking tune that defined American patriotism, a ballad from the 1930s that fueled the Civil Rights movement, and a 1980s pop alum that changed American foreign policy.

3–3:50 p.m.

The Problem of God

Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J.

Join Rev. Christopher Steck, S.J. as he discusses questions surrounding the problem of knowledge, the relation of faith to reason, and the impact of secularization on religion. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this session will revisit some of the questions addressed during your undergraduate years and relate them to your life today.

4–4:50 p.m.

Challenges of Intelligence and Counterterrorism

Prof. Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Most elements of counter-terrorism strategy address one of two different goals: disrupting the group itself, or changing the environment to defuse the group's anger in order to make it harder to raise money or attract recruits. Join Prof. Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, Director of Teaching for the Security Studies Program at Georgetown, as she addresses costs and benefits of strategies currently considered by the U.S. government in order to tackle the problem of transnational terrorism, as well as the intelligence challenges inherent in those options.

2–5 p.m.

The Hoya Alumni Open House

Leavey 421

Catch up with current and former staffers at The Hoya's annual Homecoming gathering. As The Hoya anticipates its centennial in 2020, we'd love to include as many alumni as possible in our forthcoming plans. We look forward to hearing your input at the gathering.

 

4–6 p.m.

GOLD Reunion

Arrupe Hall Multipurpose Room

We are excited to welcome back all Hoyas who have participated in a GOLD program to our annual Homecoming reunion! We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be served.

 

4–6 p.m.

Mask and Bauble Reception

Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room

Come and reconnect with your fellow Baublers, and celebrate our 166th season! We welcome you to reminisce about your favorite theater memories with past and current actors, designers, and techies. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

4–6 p.m.

Heyden Observatory Open House

Heyden Observatory

Come and tour the historic Heyden Observatory, celebrating the 30th anniversary of being named for Father Heyden this year, and learn about the rich history of the Jesuits and astronomers of Georgetown. Officers of the GU Astronomical Society will provide guided tours.

 

5–6:30 p.m.

NSO Alumni Reception

Leavey Program Room

Please join us for a reception welcoming back past New Student Orientation (NSO) OAs, Captains, and Coordinators. Share your favorite NSO memories while enjoying light hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Remember it is never NSOver!

 

7–10 p.m.

Mr. Georgetown Pageant

Gaston Hall

Join the Georgetown Program Board for the annual tradition of the Mr. Georgetown Pageant! Complete with swimsuit, talent, and interview sections, and featuring performances by students and alumni, this competition for the Mr. Georgetown 2017 title is a Homecoming Weekend event you won't want to miss. Tickets will be available online (Eventbrite link coming soon) and in Red Square from October 20 - 23 for $5 ($10 at the door).