Alumni Weekend 2021 - Schedule of Events

ALUMNI WEEKEND 2021, April 24 - May 2

All students, alumni and guests are invited to participate in all activities.



ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS VIRTUAL NETWORKING. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Come join the Johns Hopkins chapter of Engineers Without Borders in a networking event to learn about our four projects and have small-group discussions with the bright, driven students of EWB. We welcome any alumni interested in joining us, especially those who were involved in EWB-JHU, and want to engage with our current members about international development, project management, and more.

MULTICULTURAL GATHERING. 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Alumni, students, and friends come together to celebrate community, and experiences and to make connections. Sponsored by The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Asian Pacific Islander Desi Alumni (APIDA), Hopkins Organization of Latino/a/x Alumni (HOLA), and Society of Black Alumni (SOBA) Affinity Groups. 




PRIDE BRUNCH. 12:00pm – 1:30pm. Please join us for the 7th Annual Pride LGBTQ Brunch with current students and alumni. We will enjoy an interactive cooking demonstration led by renown chef John Shields--cook along, watch and snack and save the cooking for later, and jump into some conversation with others in small breakout rooms, before we part for the afternoon. Chef Shields will be creating Crabmeat Frittata with Brooms Bloom Cheddar and Herbs and for non-egg eaters, No-Huevos Rancheros - a vegan brunch dish with tofu scramble, salsa fresca, black beans, corn tortillas, avocado, lime "crema". Recipes will be provided along with two recipes for accompanying beverages—the Dirty Gertie - a Chesapeake-inspired version of a Bloody Mary and a Sparkling Lemon-Ginger Mocktail. We look forward to seeing you online for this special treat--if we can't go to Gertrude's for brunch we will "bring" Gertrude's to you!  

(RE)DEISGN YOUR LIFE: EXPLORING A FULFILLING LIFE AND CAREER POST-COVID. 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Over the past year, COVID-19 has impacted our work, our homes, our families, our communities. While many of us our no doubt eager to get "back to normal" there are probably elements of your COVID life that you wish to preserve and incorporate into your future life and career. In this workshop, educators from the Life Design Lab at Homewood will lead you through a series of exercises to help you empathize with your experiences, ideate possibilities, and prototype what your life could be in the years to come.


SMITH ISLAND CAKE DEMONSTRATION. 3:00pm – 4:00pm. You may already know that the Oriole is the Maryland state bird and the Black Eyed-Susan is the state flower, but did you know that the Smith Island Cake is the state dessert? Learn how to make this famous, and decadent, 9-layer dessert from Alumni Relations own cake maker, Stephanie Muller.



PEABODY CONCERT. 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Tune in to a prerecorded concert performed by our talented Peabody students.



MENTORING MEETUP: ALUMNI WEEKEND EDITION. 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Are you looking for a connection?  Do you want to connect with someone with similar interests?  Do you want to chat or work through curiosities?  Mentoring Meet Ups are a great way to meet new folks in a casual way around what is important to you!  As a Hopkins community, connections are important to ensure continued success and here is a great way to continue that success.  Join in mentoring connections, conversations and celebrations around affinities, identities, industry areas, and shared interests. What are Mentoring Meet Ups? Mentoring Meet Ups are a casual way to pair students and alumni for mentoring conversations around affinities, identities, industry areas, and shared interests.



CENTERING ON MENTORING: CREATING BETTER MENTORS THROUGH LIFE DESIGN. 6:00pm – 7:30pm. This event will enhance alumni understanding of the purposes and benefits of mentoring students. This highly interactive event will cover the basic life design concepts, tools, tips, and tricks useful in building stronger mentoring skills, as well as tackling other "wicked" problems in life and career.

JHU ASKS: WHAT IS THE COMMON GOOD? 6:00pm – 7:00pm. How do we define what is good for society as a whole? What happens when collective benefit runs counter to individual benefit? How are questions and assumptions about the common good built into academic inquiry, as well as our daily lives? These questions, and more, will be explored in a lively faculty panel discussion. You will also have the chance to share your ideas about what you think is the common good.



HOPKINS POWERHOUR: LEADING A CONSUMER BUSINESS IN TURBULENT TIMES. 12:00pm – 1:00pm. Join distinguished women of Johns Hopkins for this virtual event series that will bring together alumnae and friends who are industry leaders.  The panel of experts will kick off discussions about innovation and lead networking sessions in breakout rooms. Moderator: Blair Shane.  Panelists: Colleen Cutcliffe, Pendulum Therapeutics, Deepa Gandhi, Dagne Dover, Ellis Singer McCue, Territory Foods.

DEPARTMENTAL SHOWCASE. 1:00pm – 4:00pm. The 2021 Virtual Departmental Showcase is a series of 30 minute Zoom events hosted by departments, programs, and centers within the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering. These sessions may include such content as messages from department chairs, presentations on student and faculty research, or time for networking with department representatives. To see the specific time of each talk, select "Attending" and scroll through the drop down. Please note: If you would like to attend multiple department's sessions, you are able to do so. Registrants will receive the links to all department's sessions prior to the event. 
•    Biomedical Engineering. TBD.
•    Applied Math & Statistics. TBD.
•    Writing Seminars. 1:00pm – 1:30pm.
•    Anthropology. 1:00pm – 1:30pm.
•    History of Art. 1:00pm – 1:30pm. 
•    Peabody at Homewood. 1:30pm – 2:00pm.
•    Mechanical Engineering. 2:00pm – 2:30pm. 
•    Film & Media Studies. 2:00pm – 2:30pm.
•    Medicine, Science & Humanities. 2:30pm – 3:00pm.
•    Near Eastern Studies. 2:30pm – 2:50pm.
•    Electrical and Computer Engineering. 2:30pm – 3:00pm.
•    Computer Science. 3:00pm – 3:30pm.
•    Materials Science & Engineering. 3:00pm – 3:30pm. 
•    Neuroscience. 3:00pm – 3:30pm. 
•    Chemistry. 3:30pm – 3:50pm. 

HOP TALKS: WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? MENUS FOR INDVIDUAL AND PLANETARY HEALTH. 4:30pm – 5:30pm. The Center for a Livable Future has been working at the intersection of food systems and public health for nearly 25 years. Our research and communication work has contributed to a better understanding of how the food on our plate impacts our planet and our health, particularly our climate.  Join us to learn how thinking differently about communities, people, farms, animals and even hamburgers can shift our climate trajectory.  The session will include 4 lightning talks followed by an interactive discussion aimed at taking our best next step. 



HOP TALKS: WHAT WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT MEMORY AND ALZHEIMER’S. 11:00am – 12:00pm. Join Dr. Kostas Lyketsos, a world expert in the care and treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, in a discussion about the stages of Alzheimer ’s disease and the effects on memory. Come prepare with your questions for Dr. Lyketsos as there will be an extended Q&A!

HOPTALKS: BUILDING AND DECORATING AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TOMB. HOW AND WHY? 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Through much of their several thousands years of life along the Nile, the Egyptians believed in an afterlife existence that mirrored their earthly life. Tombs were a home for eternity and combined domestic and highly religious conceptions of expectations for the future. How were these tombs built, by whom, and with what requirements? Join Dr. Betsy M. Bryan, Alexander Badawy Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology in a look at the tombs in process of decoration and consider why the scenes on the walls were chosen as part of a plan for the next life.

DEANS’ WELCOME. 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Ed Schlesinger, the Benjamin T. Rome Dean at the Whiting School of Engineering, and Christopher S. Celenza, James B. Knapp Dean, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will share their vision for the future of the University.

COVID-19 SPOTLIGHT: DEFINING MOMENTS FOR JOHNS HOPKINS AND THE WORLD. 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Join Beth Blauer, a leading expert from of Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, as she guides us through the evolution of the University’s Dashboard. Learn about how the public, policymakers, and healthcare professionals worldwide are utilizing the dashboard to thoughtfully respond to the pandemic. The Coronavirus Resource Center was recognized by Times Magazine as one of the top 100 inventions of 2020.

HOPKINS RETROSPECTIVE: FIRESIDE CHAT WITH MARTHA JONES AND ALLISON SEYLER. 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Join Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager Allison Seyler and Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor, Professor of History and the SNF Agora Institute Martha S. Jones for a conversation on the Reexamining Hopkins History Initiative and the Hard Histories at Hopkins Project. They will share what progress has been made through archival exploration and present relevant historical interpretation. This discussion will be an opportunity for the community to come together and learn about their research in a transparent and open way.

HOP TALKS: REAL-TIME TRACKING AND FORECASTING OF COVID-19. 6:30pm – 7:30pm. Meet Ensheng Dong, Max Marshall, and Hongru Du, three of the students who are working behind the scenes on the Johns Hopkins Civil & Systems Engineering Dashboard. The JHU CSSE Dashboard is the benchmark source for global epidemiologic information related to COVID-19. Actively used worldwide by governments and members of the public, the dashboard and its database have received more than 200 billion data requests. They also work to model future pandemic dynamics and contribute to the US CDC COVID-19 forecasting effort. This talk will give a brief introduction to the CSSE dashboard, data collection pipeline, and their outbreak forecasting techniques.

VIRTUAL CHOCOLATE TASTING CLASS. 8:00pm – 9:00pm. Join chocolate experts from Theo Chocolate for a virtual tasting event! We'll send each of your guests a box filled with chocolate and treats. Then, everyone joins one of our chocolate hosts on a private Zoom call where we'll talk about where chocolate comes from, conduct a small chocolate-making demo, and lead everyone through a guided tasting of all the chocolate in their box before ending with a Q&A. Space is limited and registration for this event will close on April 14th at 11:59PM to be sure that your ingredients reach you in time for the event. Shipping is available nationwide but unfortunately; we are unable to ship internationally. Please note: Our Virtual Chocolate Tasting box includes 6 chocolate bars, a pack of Peanut Butter & Jelly Cups, and cocoa nibs. Due to large demand, we are unable to accommodate substitutions or additions to this menu.


PHI MU GATHERING. 10:00am – 11:00am. Capital project presentation followed by question and answers.

COFFEE WITH THE PRESIDENT. 11:30am – 12:30pm. Capital project presentation followed by question and answers.

CRAB SOUPS OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WITH JOHN SHIELDS. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Join John Shields as he explores the evolution of crab-based soups and how they reflect the culinary traditions of various regions of the Bay. He will be preparing a classic Cream of Crab Soup and an E-Z Crab Soup from Smith Island culinary icon, the late Frances Kitching. John Shields is an American chef, food writer, and host of the PBS television shows Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields and Coastal Cooking with John Shields. John also owns Gertrude’s Restaurant located in The Baltimore Museum of Art.
VIRTUAL LACROSSE GAME WATCH PARTY. 2:00pm – 4:00pm. Watch the Blue Jays take on one of their biggest rivals at the Virtual Game Watch Party. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. Go Hop! 

VIRTUAL BEER TASTING WITH BALTIMORE’S GUINNESS OPEN GATE BREWERY. 5:00pm – 6:00pm. Take a journey through the 260 year history of one of the world’s most beloved breweries. Learn how to drink beer like the brewer’s do while exploring the cultural and scientific significance of the beers themselves. We will be tasting classic Guinness brews – Guinness Draught, Guinness Baltimore Blonde, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, and Guinness Extra Stout. Make sure to stock your fridge before the event. For those who are local to the Baltimore area, you can pick up the 4-pack at Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe by ordering online for Brewery Beer Pick-Up OR in the Retail Store. If you’re out of town, we encourage you to support your local retailers who should carry all of the beers listed above. Cheers…or as the Irish say, Sláinte!

SATURDAY NIGHT TRIVIA. 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Join JHU alumnus Ari Halper (A&S '96) of SuperScript Trivia for a fun night of friendly competition! Teams will be assigned randomly, and winning team will split the profits! All are welcome!


THE BLUE JAY 5K AND HOP INTO WELLNESS AWARDS CEREMONY. 11:00am – 1:30am. Join us as we celebrate the participants and top finishers of both The Blue Jay 5K and the Hop Into Wellness challenge. Awards will be given to the top overall and age group finishers from the 5K in addition to acknowledging the top point holder of the Hop Into Wellness challenge. We’ll also use this opportunity to thank all participants, staff, and volunteers who helped make these challenges a success! 

ASIAN DUMPLINGS COOKING CLASS. 11:30am – 1:30pm. Every culture has their version of a dumpling, but the Asian cultures have perfected them! Join Chef Amy von Lange, of Schola Cooking School, as she creates the perfect fried wonton - the Crab Rangoon, then fold steamed shrimp dumplings and pork shumai. We'll pan fry a vegetarian dumpling and make a classic dipping sauce to go with them. If you would like to follow along with this session and cook in real time, please be prepared with the following ingredients: Shrimp and/or Ground Pork; Fresh, Canned or Imitation Crab; Scallions; Canned Water Chestnuts; Soy Sauce; Sesame Oil; Rice Wine Vinegar; Sambal Olek (optional); Orange Duck Sauce; Shredded Red Cabbage, Green Cabbage and Carrots; Garlic Chopped; Minced Ginger; Wonton Wrappers; Egg Roll Wrappers; Eggs; Sesame seeds(optional); Sugar; Cornstarch & Cream Cheese.

JH PRESS PRESENTS: WAVELENGTHS: CONVERSATIONS WITH JHU’S BLOOMBERG DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORS. 2:00pm – 3:00pm. The JHU Press and JHU’s Office of Research are proud to introduce “Johns Hopkins Wavelengths”. This program will showcase the pioneering work of JHU’s Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, revealing how their discoveries and innovations can benefit people both locally and globally. In this panel discussion, Dr. Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost of Research, and Barbara Kline Pope, Director and Publisher of Johns Hopkins University Press, engage the program’s inaugural authors, Dr. Jessica Fanzo, author of Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet?; Dr. Lisa Cooper, author of Why Are Health Disparities Everyone’s Problem?; Dr. Ashi Weeraratna, author of Is Cancer Inevitable?; and Dr. Rexford Ahima, author of Can the Obesity Crisis Be Reversed?, about their work and visions for solving some of the most complex challenges and opportunities we face. Viewers will come away with a deeper understanding of these topics, as well as ways each of us can contribute to mitigating these problems. 

In celebration of Alumni Weekend, the books in the Wavelengths series are available at a 40% off discount using promo code HALU until 5/31/21. Click here to get yours today. 

ALUMNI FACTUALITY GAME. 3:30pm – 5:00pm.  Join us for a 90-minute facilitated dialogue and interactive experience that simulates the structural inequality in America. Participants will assume the identity of a character, encountering a series of fact-based advantages & limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age, and ability. FACTUALITY's board game delivery creates a comfortable environment for participants to engage in meaningful learning. 


Thursday, April 29. 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Join your friends and classmates via Zoom for an interactive virtual wine tasting experience with a Frog's Leap Wine Specialist and participate in a lively and engaging hour-long tasting of their most beloved varieties. You will receive a tasting kit that includes 3-375 ml bottles, a 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Zinfandel and 2018 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. All orders must be placed by Friday, April 14.  

Thursday, April 29. 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Reconnect with your classmates over a friendly game of trivia! You’ll have a chance to catch up before the game with a 30 minute happy hour. After you register, you will receive a link to sign up for your team in your confirmation email.

OLD GUARD VIRTUAL GATHERING – CLASSES 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961.
Friday, May 1. 2:00pm – 3:00pm. 

Friday, April 30. 2:00pm – 3:00pm. The Class of 1971 will kick-off their 50th Reunion celebration with Keynote speaker, Jerome “Jerry” Schnydman ’67, a Hopkins legend.  Join your classmates as Jerry shares his stories and perspectives about Johns Hopkins over the last 50 years.

Friday, April 30. 5:00pm – 6:00pm. BYOB and join your classmates for a virtual happy hour to kick off  your virtual 55th Reunion Celebration!

Friday, April 30. 6:00pm – 8:00pm. BYOB and join your classmates for a virtual happy hour to kick off  your virtual 45th Reunion Celebration! Reconnect with your friends in small groups using the Remo platform. Stay tuned for more information about the platform. We’ll show you the ropes and promise a good time. 

Saturday, May 1. 12:30pm – 1:30pm. 

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Saturday, May 1. 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Keep the celebration going with another chance to connect with your classmates within the Remo platform.