Recapture the heart of the Davidson College experience–time spent learning in the classroom!

All alumni, families and students are invited to enjoy these virtual Back-to-School Classes that were presented as part of the virtual Reunion 2020 celebration. Event recordings are available in our Reunion 2020 limited edition library


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Ike Bailey

Friday, October 2

Why Didn't We Riot? 
with Ike Bailey '95
8-9 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Class of 1995 Reunion Committee

Ike Bailey ’95, James K. Batten Professor of Public Policy at Davidson College and a Harvard Nieman Fellow, discusses his new book, Why Didn’t We Riot, which reflects on a wide range of complex, divisive topics—from police brutality and Confederate symbols to respectability politics and white discomfort—which have taken on a fresh urgency with the protest movement sparked by George Floyd’s killing. You can pre-order and find more information about his book.


Caroline Rumley '85

Thursday, October 15

Screening of The Ghost Behind and Q&A 
with filmmaker Caroline Rumley '85
7:30-9:30 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Film and Media Studies and the Class of 1985 Reunion Committee

The Ghost Behind, a film by Caroline Rumley '85, tells the story of her brother Jim '84. The film was screened at Sundance in 2019 with the following synopsis: Four friends. Many Bands. Expectations. Addiction. Loss.

Peter Alford '75

Wednesday, October 21

Medical vs. Recreational Use of Cannabis 
with Peter Alford '75
7-8 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Class of 1975 Reunion Committee

Dr. Peter Alford ’75 has studied the interaction of various sleep disorders and pain, and the adjuvant or novel treatments of both, including CBD and other cannabinoids. This class will review the history of cannabis use dating back 5,000 years, while emphasizing the last 45 or 50 years of a medicinal herb. Cannabis became a major recreational drug in our lifetimes through precise cultivation and genetic manipulation and now has come full circle to become a modern treatment option for several different diseases. Access Peter's Power Point presentation

Coach McKillop and Davidson Basketball Players back in the day

Thursday, October 29

Davidson Basketball: Then and Now 
with Bob McKillop, Jerry Kroll '70 & Doug Cook '70; moderated by Jamie May '70
7-8 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Class of 1970 Reunion Committee

Davidson Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob McKillop will join Jerry Kroll and Doug Cook, members of the Great Class of 1970 who helped take the 'Cats to the Elite Eight in both 1968 and 1969, to discuss how Davidson Basketball has evolved over the years. Jamie May ’70 will host the discussion to cover changes in recruiting, competition and all things basketball. This is sure to be a highly entertaining event as Davidson Basketball greats share their stories and perspectives.

Submit any topics/questions for the panel ahead of the program. There will not be an opportunity for questions during the live discussion.

Katey Zeh '05

Thursday, December 3

Building Our Compassion Muscles 
with Katey Zeh '05
Noon–1 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Class of 2005 Reunion Committee

Reverend Katey Zeh '05 is on a mission to make the world a more just, compassionate place. But what exactly is compassion and what does it have to do with justice? Drawing from her organization's virtual Compassion School, Katey will lead us through an exploration of the value of compassion, why it's necessary for our collective survival, and how we can develop our compassion "muscles" through daily practice. Learn more about her work at

With Stuart Robertson ’15 and Makayla Binter ’20

Thursday, December 3

Art. Murals. Legacy.
With Stuart Robertson ’15 and Makayla Binter ’20
7:30–8:30 p.m. ET
Sponsored by the Class of 2015 Reunion Committee

Stuart Robertson ’15 and Makayla Binter ’20 will discuss life during and after Davidson as professional artists while reflecting on the brief history of mural art on campus. Makayla will interview Stuart and, in retracing his education and career, the pair will imagine updated paths forward for freshly minted artists and audiences beyond the upheaval of 2020.