Homecoming Schedule

Friday, November 3

12 – 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.


1–4 p.m.

Voice Alumni Open House

Leavey 424

Visit us during our Homecoming open house to meet our current staff, share your Voice experiences, and hear about our current projects.

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.

2–2:50 p.m.

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

Professor Heidi Elmendorf

Rafik B Hariri Building, Case Seminar Room 155 (1st floor)

As humans, we tend to think simplistically about microbes, anthropomorphizing them as either "bad guys," the germs that cacuse disease, or as "good guys," the single-celled organisms benefitting us and our world through their metabolic processes. The reality of microbes' relationships with humans is, in Facebook parlance, "complicated," fully embodying the spectrum from friend to foe. Indeed, the same microbe can be fickle about its virulence within a single human host, choosing to enhance the host's life in one moment then threatening to endanger its life in the next. In this talk, we'll explore how a better understanding of the dynamics between microbes and their human hosts offer lessons for us from the very basics of evolutionary biology to applications for medicine and human health.


Professor Elmendorf is a finalist for The Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, a prestigious accolade and one of the few national teaching awards for higher education in the country.

2–2:50 p.m.

The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Why Slavery Still Matters

Professor Robert Patterson

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Case Room 150 (1st floor)

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

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Seminar Room 155 (1st floor)

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.

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Case Room 150 (1st floor)

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.

Entrepreneurship: A Force for Good?

Prof. Jeff Reid

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Seminar Room 155 (1st floor)

Entrepreneurs and startups seem to be all the rage in popular culture today. From Shark Tank to crowdfunding, from accelerators to international development, sometimes it seems that everyone is trying to start a company. This session, led by Jeff Reid, the founding director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and professor of the practice of entrepreneurship, will provide an overview of the entrepreneurial phenomenon and discuss questions such as: Are entrepreneurs always inherently good for society? How are today's startups different from those in previous decades? How is entrepreneurship different around the world? Compared to schools like Stanford or MIT, how can Georgetown University create an entrepreneurship program that is both successful and differentiated?

4–4:50 p.m.

Challenges of Intelligence and Counterterrorism

Prof. Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Case Room 150 (1st floor)

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.


3:30–5 p.m.

"Contested Spaces: Rethinking the Role of Religion in Political Life"

Reiss 103

This lecture, given by Professor Linda Hogan of Trinity College Dublin, is a part of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies being held at Georgetown, and is open to the public. For more information, visit the conference website.


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 p.m.

SFS Alumni Reception

ICC, McGhee Library

Dean Mitch Kaneda and the BSFS Deans welcome SFS alumni back to the Hilltop for beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and conversation. Will Layman, Executive Director of the SFS Centennial, Emily Zenick, SFS Chief of Staff, and Eleanor Jones, Director of SFS Alumni Engagement, also look forward to meeting you at this SFS reception!


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!


5–8 p.m.

IRC Homecoming Reception

Alumni Square (Village B) Courtyard

Join us for our annual IRC Homecoming barbecue! Come share delicious food and great conversation with current and former IRC members. We hope to see you there!


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. For information on tickets, please visit GPB's Facebook event page.


8 p.m.

Caesar by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh

Davis Performing Art Center, Gonda Theatre

Republic or Empire? What happens when one man seeks absolute power through populism? How susceptible are the People to the persuasion of compelling rhetoric? Is it ever justifiable to use violence to protect a democracy? With support from the Arena Stage/Georgetown University/Andrew R. Ammerman F'72 Partnership, this production moves Shakespeare's classic into the context of 2017 America, with its ubiquitous media coverage, cult of personality, and the capricious loyalty of public opinion. Alumni returning to the Hilltop for the weekend can use code Alumni241 to get two tickets for the price of one! Tickets for this performance are $15. For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit the Department of Performing Arts' website.


8 p.m. & 11 p.m.

Marvel Movie Night hosted by GPB

Healey Family Student Center Film Screening Room

Join the Georgetown Program Board for a screening of Spider-Man Homecoming! Two screenings will be held on Friday night.