Back to Class, Back to the City
Alumni indulge their intellectual curiosity through a vibrant educational adventure| From Alumni Notes | By Kelly Cunningham
Alumni College 2011 attendees venture out of the classroom to learn about sustainability on campus and in the city. Photo by Vernon Doucette
For students, there’s nothing like the full Boston University experience—stimulating lectures just steps away from bustling Comm Ave, late nights with friends in dorms both storied and modern, forays into the hidden jewels of the city. Last summer, several dozen alumni revisited those treasured memories when they attended the BU Alumni Association’s inaugural residential Alumni College, Sustainability in the City.
From interactive class sessions with superstar faculty from the College of Arts & Sciences and beyond to field trips including a sunset harbor cruise, Alumni College participants were treated to a weekend designed to awaken the mind and connect fellow Terriers, all through the lens of exploring urban sustainability. Those attending stayed for the weekend at StuVi1, one of the University’s state-of-the-art residence halls, and many brought friends and significant others along for what they described as an unforgettable experience.
“You feel like a student all over again, but you bring so much more life experience and wisdom to the table,” says Melissa Taylor (SPH’95). “Alumni College renews that sense of pride you felt on the day you graduated.”
This year’s event, the Alumni College of Arts & Society, will take attendees on a journey through the arts as both a reflection of, and an influence on, people and civilization. Class sessions, performances, and excursions into the cultural life of Boston will provide a rich and utterly unique view of music, dance, literature, and the visual arts—and what they reveal about humanity.