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Posted Friday, 01 April 2011

Kicking things off is a reunion for alumni of graduate programs in economics, business economics, and political economy and government. More than 115 alumni and guests will gather Friday for a celebratory luncheon at the Harvard Faculty Club, hosted by John Campbell, chair of the economics department, and Jerry Green, chair of the PhD program in business economics. The afternoon will feature two faculty panel discussions in CGIS: The first is Health and Education in the 21st Century, moderated by David Cutler and featuring Raj Chetty, Roland Fryer, Nava Ashraf, and Erica Field; the second is What Have We Learned from the Global Financial Crisis?, moderated by GSAA Alumni Council member Donald van Deventer and featuring Benjamin Friedman, Andrei Shleifer, Jeremy Stein, and Gita Gopinath.

Friday evening, more than 80 current and former Dudley Fellows and their guests will drop into Dudley House for a casual reception with House Masters Jim and Doreen Hogle and longtime House administrator Dudley House, site of this weekend's Fellows ReunionSusan Zawalich to mark the beginning of the celebration of Dudley's twentieth anniversary as the graduate student center at GSAS. The creativity of each year's crop of Dudley Fellows, who plan social, recreational, and intellectual events for fellow GSAS students, helps explain why Dudley House has become a key hub for the graduate community at Harvard — and a resource envied by peer institutions. At the reception, which starts at 6, we'll toast their legacy with two specially-concocted libations, the Lehman Lemonade and the Dudley Daiquiri, served in take-home Dudley pint glasses.

The Fellows will reassemble Saturday evening for a festive dinner and an evening of entertainingment in the main dining hall of the House, which will be appropriately decked out in Dudley colors for the occasion.

Ken Rogoff, Alumni Day keynote speakerSaturday will feature the weekend's main event, GSAS Alumni Day, which this year will draw a record crowd of more than 300 alumni back to Cambridge. The day begins with a keynote address in Emerson Hall by economist Ken Rogoff, who writes and speaks frequently on national and international economic policies. He's the co-author of the recent bestseller This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly and the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund.

After a luncheon at the Faculty Club, where alums will be invited to sit at tables loosely organized by discipline, the group will return to Emerson Hall for an afternoon of faculty symposia. Topics include new trends in computer science and in statistical analysis in social policy, the legacy of colonialism in Africa, potential cures for blindness, US penal policy and its inequities, and finding meaning in the Western classics. Faculty speakers are some of Harvard's most insightful and compelling researchers: Hanspeter Pfister, Caroline Elkins, Gary King, Constance Cepko, Bruce Western, and Sean Kelly.