Alumni College

Enjoy engaging seminars with some of Puget Sound's favorite professors, minus the papers and tests! Alumni College sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday (June 5 - 6) during Summer Reunion Weekend 2015.

Alumni College 2015: Loggers Keep Learning

Schedule of Alumni College Sessions for the 2015 Reunion Weekend


Friday, June 5, 2015

Alisa Kessel, Associate Professor of Politics and Government
2:15 - 3:35 p.m. 


Consumerism: The New Opiate of the Masses?


Some contemporary critics of the free market have argued that the way we live our lives now distracts us from the damage wrought by the choices we make as consumers.  This session explores these arguments and allows us to reflect together on the ways that our use of social media and our consumption habits may discourage us from acting to remedy certain problems in our economic system.  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nancy Bristow, Professor of History

3:40 - 5 p.m.


Black Students/White Fears:
The Jackson State Shootings of 1970 and the Criminalizing of Black Voices


In May, 1970, state and local police opened fire on unarmed students in front of a dormitory at Jackson State College, an historically black institution in still-segregated Mississippi.  This session will explore the causes and consequences of this incident of violence with active participation and a chance to consider contemporary events.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

Andrew Gardner, Associate Professor of Anthropology
9:30 - 10:50 a.m. 

An Ethnographic Excursion to Arabia

Transnational migration to the petroleum-rich states of the Arabian Peninsula is the third largest migration to flow in the contemporary world. In this session, we'll scrutinize these migrants' experiences, learn about that migration system, explore the ethnographic method, and discuss how we might analyze, interpret and draw conclusions from these ethnographic 'data.'



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Alumni Leaders Panel

Moderated by 

Renée Houston, Associate Professor of Communication Studies

11 a.m. - Noon



Join us for an interactive discussion with distinguished and exciting Puget Sound alumni. Watch your email this spring for an announcement of our panelists and moderator.