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More than 40 alumni and friends returned to campus July 21-24 for a three-day academic immersion. During the second annual Alumni Summer College, they took courses taught by Lafayette professors on such topics as printmaking, the Incas and Machu Picchu, civil rights in Lafayette’s history, women in the economy, the Holocaust, and Greek sculpture.

“The classes are designed for bright and intellectually curious folks who are lifelong learners,” says Provost Wendy Hill in the program guide. “Expect the lectures to be challenging and thought-provoking, the mood lively and informal, the classroom intimate and engaging—expect the Lafayette experience.”

Classes, held in Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, began Thursday afternoon and went through the end of the day on Saturday. For the course on printmaking, students learned about printmaking techniques and proper use of equipment in the Experimental Printmaking Institute.

“How wonderful to be a student again, taking in new knowledge, learning new ways to look at the world, at art and history, and at aging,” commented Cindy Rhodes ’90 about her experience in 2010. “I came away with a new perspective on all the topics that were presented. This is my anecdote to the mundane and routine in my life. Sign me up for next year and every year from now on!”

Co-sponsored by Alumni Affairs and the Office of the Provost, the Alumni Summer College provided alumni and their friends a way to step back into the life of the College for a few days. They resided in Rubin Hall, part of the Sullivan Lane Residential Village that opened in 2006.

Participants also had time to take a student-led tour of campus, exercise in the Kirby Sports Center, visit the College Store, and study in Skillman Library.


Introduction to Experimental Printmaking Processes: Curlee Raven Holton,
David M. and Linda Roth Professor of Art

How the Incas Built their World: Susan A. Niles, Professor of Anthropology

Civil Rights in Lafayette College’s History: Diane Windham Shaw, College Archivist

Women in the Economy, Family, Work and Pay (Part I and II): Susan L. Averett,
Dana Professor of Economics

A Perfect Storm, What Made the Holocaust Possible? (Part I and II): Robert I. Weiner,
Jones Professor of History

The Classical Ideal in Greek Sculpture: Daniel H. Weiss, President of the College
and Professor of Art

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