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Reunion Back-to-School Classes

If you attended 2018 back-to-school classes and would like the powerpoint presentations from them, please contact Alumni Relations at reunion@davidson.edu.

Recapture the heart of the Davidson College experience–time spent learning in the classroom! Hear from fellow alumni, faculty, community members, and other Davidson notables on a wide variety of topics, in numerous formats, designed to satisfy the curiosity and interests of Reunion-goers of all ages.

2018 Back-To-School Offerings

Please note space is limited in each session. These offerings are subject to change.

*While children are invited to all classes, ones noted with an asterisk are especially kid-friendly.

Friday, 1-2 p.m.

An Afternoon with Davidson Athletics: Men's Soccer*

Alumni Soccer Stadium, 405 Ridge Rd. 
Join men's soccer head coach Matt Spear '93 at the Charlie Slagle Locker Room in Alumni Stadium. Matt will speak about men's soccer, the team, the recruits, and athletics in the Atlantic 10 Conference. After the talk, those present may play, balls and goals will be provided.

Campus Tour*

Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St. 
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

Evolution in the Harmony of Science and Religion

Chambers 1062
Former governor of North Carolina and former chemistry professor Jim Martin '57 will discuss his book, Revelation Through Science. It is written for the educated non-scientist who may be troubled by apparent conflicts between science and religion. After a survey of evidence for belief from fields of astronomy, physics, biology and paleontology, Dr. Martin introduces original material from organic chemistry, cleverly illustrated for your understanding. He concludes that science is not the enemy of faith, but its modern source of revelation.

Farm Tour*

Meet at Sloan Music Building Parking Lot
Walk the fields with farm manager Theresa Allen as she shows you the fresh, naturally grown local produce and beautiful flowers that the college's Dining Services staff use daily. Don't miss this chance to learn all about Davidson's 108-acre farm.

The Physics of Superheroes: Can the Marvel Universe Help Our Students Learn Physics?

Chambers 1006
A Physics Professor at the University of Cincinnati, David Mast '73 has taught a "Physics of Superheroes" course at the Honors College for many years, and he now brings it to Davidson! In this class, he will show examples of how the analysis of the actions of superheroes in recent movies can be a great way to learn physics. He will also share several of the best new "supers" created by his students, who were tasked with inventing their own Superhero and Supervillain, along with super power(s), snappy costumes, catchy names and secret identities (sidekicks were optional); they also presented some form of Superhero vs. Supervillain battle, complete with calculations of the physics related to their super powers.

Theories of Judicial Decision-Making: The Supreme Court and the Rule of Law

Chambers 1027
Join Ph.D. candidate Gordon Ballingrud '08 to learn about different theories of judicial behavior in political science using demonstrations from his own research. Discuss how these theories present problems for the rule of law and the idea of equal justice under the law if the Court is responsive to external political pressures. Finally, conclude with a discussion of judicial ideology, its impact on decision-making, and whether justices do (or should) rely only on the law to rule on cases.

Friday, 2:15-3:15 p.m.

An Afternoon with Davidson Athletics: Men's Basketball*

Practice Gymnasium, Harry L. Vance Athletic Center
Join associate head coach Matt McKillop '06 along with other former and current Wildcat basketball players for an "open gym" in the practice courts, located in the Harry L. Vance Athletic Center. Talk with members of the men's basketball coaching staff about the team, recruiting and the program's recent Atlantic 10 Championship victory. Bring your children or your basketball shoes to shoot around and have the chance to meet and play with current players on Davidson's team.

Campus Tour*

Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St.
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

Davidson: Trends, Facts and Figures

Chambers 1003
Join Chair of the Board of Trustees John Chidsey '83 for a look at trends facing higher education, the Davidson budget, the endowment and its performance, Davidson's credit rating, the Fund for Davidson and the importance of financial aid. Finally, we'll discuss the strategic issues facing higher education and Davidson in the coming years. Come prepared with questions!

E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center Tour

Meet at the Michael and Alison Hall Mauzé Terrace
Join David Holthouser, director of facilities management, for an inside look at the newest building on campus.

Immigration - America's Dream or Nightmare? 

Chambers 2068
Join Robert Banta '73, managing partner with Banta Immigration Law Ltd., for an overview of the immigration history and policies of the United States, with an emphasis on current topics in the news, such as chain migration, protecting the Southern border, the President's travel ban and sanctuary cities. Come learn about a subject that's frequently in the news, but, unless you've dealt with the system yourself, is probably "foreign" to you.  

Welcome Bach: The WDAV Studio Tour*

Newell House, 423 N. Main St.
Join us for an inside look at the College's professional Classical Public Radio station, 89.9 WDAV. This tour will include an overview of WDAV's important role in the vibrant Charlotte-area arts community, and a discussion of major milestones in the history of the station. Alumni and friends will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and visit the WDAV music library and editing suites, as well as the Dr. Samuel R. Spencer Production Control Studio, the John Clark Performance Studio, and the Catherine and Wilton Connor Broadcast Studio.

Friday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Game Changers Panel

Duke Family Performance Hall, Alvarez College Union
This new interactive program features a few Davidson College Game Changers. Hear from just a few of the incredible alumni highlighted during the current Game Changers: Inspiring Leaders to Transform the World campaign. Our panelists are: 

  • Anthony Foxx '93, former Mayor of Charlotte and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
  • Kathy Bray '85, former Associate Dean of Student Life at Davidson College
  • Lowell Bryan '68, Director Emeritus of McKinsey & Co. and President of the Touch Foundation

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Wendy Raymond will moderate.

Learn about their remarkable careers and how their Davidson experiences prepared them to be pioneers in their fields and make a real difference in their communities and around the world. Read more stories at www.davidson.edu/gamechangers.

Saturday, 9-10 a.m.

Campus Tour*

Meet in front of Nancy O. Blackwell Alumni House, 420 N. Main St.
Explore the new spaces on Davidson's campus and revisit your favorite college spots. Meet on the porch of the Welcome Center to start the tour. Golf cart tours will operate for those with mobility concerns.

Saturday, 2-3 p.m.

An Afternoon with Davidson Athletics: Football 

Chambers 1006 
Drop in to meet new Head Coach Scott Abell and learn about his vision for the future of Davidson football. 

Davidson College Campus Sculpture Tour

Meet at the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center 
This back-to-school option is a tour of the college's ever-expanding collection of sculpture on campus with C. Shaw Smith, professor of art history and humanities, beginning with Auguste Rodin's Jean d'Aire and ending with Jésus Moroles' Spirit Waves Fountain. This tour will last approximately 70 minutes. In the event of rain, join Shaw in the Visual Arts Center for a presentation on the campus sculpture program.

Farm Tour*

Meet at Sloan Music Building Parking Lot
Walk the fields with farm manager Theresa Allen as she shows you the fresh, naturally grown local produce and beautiful flowers that the college's Dining Services staff use daily. Don't miss this chance to learn all about Davidson's 108-acre farm.

From School-Biz to Show-Biz

Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building 
Hear from three music heavyweights in the Class of 1978 - Roger Brown, President of Berklee College of Music; Bertis Downs, advisor and attorney for R.E.M.; and John Huie, partner at Nashville's Creative Arts Agency - who went from music fans to outstanding careers in the industry. Panel moderated by William Brown '70, and the session will conclude with questions from the audience.

How Connected Are We? Building Relationships that Impact Race Relations and Social Mobility

Chambers 1062
As connected as we are in the digital age, some might argue we are as disconnected as ever and especially across race and difference. Jarred Cochran '03 and Jon Davis '03 have spent the last several years building diverse relationships as part of a mixed-race group that meets every month in Charlotte. They have had deep conversations, challenged each other's perspectives and site these discussions as transformational for their growth as leaders. They have begun to use their learnings to shape the Charlotte community around issues of poverty, social mobility and economic opportunity. They will lead an engaging and interactive dialogue with the audience on the type of dialogue that can really make a difference. Participants can expect to walk away with a new perspective on this topic and action steps to leverage with their networks.

Schools as Battlegrounds: Protecting Children in War

Chambers 1027
Whether targeted at school, recruited to fight, or simply caught in the crossfire, children around the world often find themselves on the battlefield. Join executive director of the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch Zama Neff '93 for a discussion about new efforts to protect children - and their education - during war.