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September 19, 2012

Activities abound at Meliora Weekend, Eastman Weekend

Veteran journalist Barbara Walters and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson will headline the 12th Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14.

The University celebration combines alumni reunion, homecoming, and family weekend includes four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings. Thousands of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff are expected to attend.

Some events are sold out, but online registration for other events is available until Oct. 8 at

Eastman Weekend, Oct. 11–14, will feature special programming for Eastman School alumni, parents. In addition to the 50th reunion celebration for the classes of 1961 and 1962, highlights include a recognition of the 1961-62 Eastman Philharmonia European Tour; a tribute to Eastman’s legendary jazz professor and renowned arranger, Rayburn Wright, and a reunion of his students; a special Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program 15th Year Celebration; and a 20th anniversary celebration of the classical guitar program.

More information on Eastman Weekend is available at

Meliora Weekend 2012 highlights

Craig Ferguson
Friday, Oct. 12. Shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Comedian Craig Ferguson is the Emmy Award–nominated host of’ The Late Late Show on CBS.

Celebration of Diversity Lunch
Saturday, Oct. 13. Noon to 2 p.m.
Alumni, parents, students, and friends have the opportunity to learn about current diversity efforts at the University.

Presidential Symposium—The Humanities, Artistic Expression, and the Digital Age: Innovation and Opportunities
Saturday, Oct. 13. 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Join Trustee Hugo Sonnenschein ’61, president emeritus and distinguished service professor at the University of Chicago, as he moderates this year’s panel discussion.

How Will Health Care Reform Impact You, Your Community, and the Nation?
Saturday, Oct. 13. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Medical Center leaders and other national experts explore the challenges and opportunities presented by national health care reform.

Miller’s Court: Intercollegiate Athletics—Who Are They Playing For?
Saturday, Oct. 13. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Noted law professor and television host Arthur Miller ’56,’08 leads a panel of experts who will share thoughts on questions on issues surrounding the business of intercollegiate sports.

Protecting America: A View from the Commander, Naval Special Warfare (SEALs)
Saturday, Oct. 13. 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Rear Admiral Sean Pybus (‘79), a career Naval Special Warfare SEAL officer will share his perspective of the contributions of the U.S. Navy and the Navy SEALs and the current national security environment.

Rochester Dinner Revue
Saturday, Oct. 13. 5 to 7 p.m.
Rochester’s student performance groups present an evening of entertainment drawn from cultures around the globe.

Memorial Art Gallery Exhibits—In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows and Views of Edo
Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14

In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows
Removed from an Ohio church in 1964 and subsequently stored in parishioners’ garages, basements, and sheds, magnificent Tiffany windows have been professionally restored and will be on view for the first time in nearly five decades.

Views of Edo: Masterworks from Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views
The exhibition showcases more than 30 highlights from the Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige’s masterpiece One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (c. 1856–58). Drawn from the extensive collection of Arthur Miller ’56,’08 (honorary) the prints represent the artist’s distinctive visual technique as well as his nostalgic response to the city’s  rapid transformation after Japan opened to the West during the mid-1800s.

Visit for details and to register.

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