50th Anniversary Weekend Schedule

Schedule updated: October 2019

Friday, November 1, 2019

3:00 – 6:00 pm: Registration and schmoozing, Alumni House (36th & O Streets NW)

4:00 pm: Historical Walking Tour of Campus led by Richie Mullaney, C’18, Meet at Alumni House

5:30 to 7:00 pm: Welcome reception, with music by the Georgetown Jazz Ensemble, Alumni House (36th & O Streets NW)

Saturday, November 2, 2019

8:45 am: Reconnect with old friends over breakfast, Copley Formal Lounge

9:30 am: Opening Comments from Dean Chris Celenza, Georgetown College

9:45 – 11:15 am: Looking Backward, Looking Ahead: American Studies Then and Now, Copley Formal Lounge


Ron Johnson, former Director

Brian Hochman, Director

Erika Seamon, core faculty, former Director

George Keating, C’71

Frank McDonough, C’72

Syl Sobel, C’77

Lizzy Whitehorn, C’01

11:30 – 12:45 pm: Lunch and Memories: Pigs, Backpacks, and Pebbles, Copley Formal Lounge

1:00 – 2:00 pm: From the Jesuit Plantation to GU272: American Studies and Georgetown’s Past, Copley Formal Lounge


Sharon Leon C’97, History, Michigan State University

Bernie Cook, C’90, G’91, College Associate Dean,  American Studies, and Founding Director, Film and Media Studies 

Adam Rothman, History

Allysa Lisbon, C’19

Charlotte Jackson, C’20

2:15 – 3:15 pm: Back to the Classroom I

“More than a Thrill: Why Horror Films Matter”, Caetlin Benson-Allott and Colva Weissenstein, American Studies, Georgetown, MAGUIRE 102

“The Audacity of Growth:  Boosterism and the Roots of Detroit’s Demise”, Karen Miller, C’75, History, Oakland University, WHITE GRAVENOR 206

“U.S. Refugee and Asylum Policy in the 21st century”, Maria Cristina Garcia, C’82, American Studies, Cornell University, HEALY 103

“Sports Personalities”, Skip Lane, American Studies, Georgetown, WHITE GRAVENOR 211

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Back to the Classroom II

“The Depression in Black and White: Documentary Photography in 1930s America”, Brian Hochman, English and American Studies, Georgetown, HEALY 103

“Fighting over Emily Dickinson”, Seth Perlow, English and American Studies, Georgetown, WHITE GRAVENOR 211

“Slavery, Science, and Migration: Perspectives on Race, Gender, and Inequality From Three American Studies Scholars”, Erin Battat, C’97, Writing Program, Wellesley College, Kimberly Hamlin, C’96,  American Studies, Miami University, Karen Woods Weierman, C’93, English, Worcester State University, WHITE GRAVENOR 206

6:00 – 10:00 pm: Reception, followed by dinner, music and dancing, Healey Family Student Center

Welcome from Erika Seamon

Film screening, introduced by Hugh Cloke



Sunday, November 3, 2019

10:00 – 12:00 pm: Brunch, Copley Formal Lounge

Greetings from Bob Groves, Provost

Designing the Futures of Georgetown
Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education