Schedule of Events

2017 Schedule of Events

Registration is open!  Check out what we have planned so far.  

Events requiring advanced  ticket purchase are marked with a $ symbol on the schedule below. Tickets will be available for pick-up at registration.

Friday, May 26

Noon — 9 p.m.

Medical Reunion Registration

Stop by for refreshments and to pick up your Reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events. 
Reading Room, Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street

Noon — 3 p.m.

Student Lead Medical School Tours

The Medical School building will be open for student lead tours.  Stop by for a look!
Warren Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street Street

5 — 6 p.m.

Life After My Clinical Career

Find out how your classmates are navigating the choices of retirement and second careers. Learn how to prepare mentally for a change after a full-time clinical career and insight into finding fulfillment outside of your hospital or clinical practice.

Panelists include: Nora Burgess '74 MD'77, John J. Cronan, M.D. ADE'97 hon., P'13 MPH'14 MD'19, Julianne Y. Ip, M.D. '75 MD'78 RES'81, P'18, and Glenn W. Mitchell, M.D. '67 ScM'69 MD'75 RES'77.
John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Digital Scholars Lab, 10 Prospect Street 

6:30 — 9 p.m.

Medical School Opening Celebration

Join the Medical School for this special event as we celebrate a year of milestones. We'll welcome Reunion classes, congratulate the MD Class of 2017 with a gift from the Brown Medical Alumni Association, and honor outstanding members of the Medical School community. Families welcome.
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street

9 p.m. — 1 a.m.

Campus Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Main Green, where graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff swing the night away under the stars. A giant dance floor, hundreds of lanterns, and the sounds of Duke Bellaire and his Orchestra make this a must-see Reunion tradition. $
Main Green


Saturday, May 27

8:30 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Medical Reunion Registration

Registration continues until 1 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and pick up your reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events. 
Smith-Buonanno Hall,  Lobby, 95 Cushing Street 

9 - 10 a.m.

The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture

“Awakening Psychiatry and the Doubting Disease”
Steven A. Rasmussen ’74 MMS’77 MD’77, P’13 MD’17
Mary E. Zucker
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and chair, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

We have witnessed a remarkable transformation in our understanding of the brain and behavior in health and disease over the past forty years. Extraordinary advances in technology have revolutionized our ability to address fundamental questions about how the brain works. Translating that knowledge into therapeutic discoveries awaits the next generation of physicians. This talk focuses on a common neuropsychiatric illness—obsessive compulsive disorder—to illustrate past advances and future challenges in the field.
Smith-Buonanno Hall,  Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

10 - 11 a.m.

The Ruth B. Sauber Lecture Reception 

Smith-Buonanno Hall,  Lobby, 95 Cushing Street

11 a.m. - noon

The Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship

“Learning From Elephants to Treat Patients with Cancer”
Joshua D. Schiffman ’96 MD’00
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences
Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute University of Utah

Elephants are the largest living land animal with a lifespan over 70 years, and yet they remain remarkably cancer resistant despite so many cells dividing decade after decade. Dr. Schiffman and colleagues discovered that elephants have 40 copies of the TP53 cancer fighting gene compared to only 2 copies in humans. Now they’ve teamed up with collaborators in Israel to make a new medicine based on this finding in elephants to treat and possibly prevent cancer in humans.
Smith-Buonanno Hall,  Room 106, 95 Cushing Street

Noon — 3 p.m.

Alumni Field Day

Reunion classes from the 5th through the 30th and the Alpert Medical School will enjoy catching up with friends under their class/school tents at what promises to be the best Field Day ever! All activities are complimentary.

For lunch, bring your own or buy tickets for the barbecue, which includes barbecued ribs, chicken, and a vegan option along with a variety of salads. Kid-friendly options will be available. Enjoy your barbecue with water or soda and a cash bar will be available offering sangria, beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss the complimentary ice cream novelties. A limited number of individual-only barbecue tickets will be available for purchase at the Field Day gate. Field Day is held rain or shine. Neither pets nor outside beverages are allowed on the athletic fields. Sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association. 

For more information, including ticket prices and a list of activities, visit the Alumni Field Day webpage. $
Erickson Athletic Complex Field

2 — 3:30 p.m.

Student Lead Medical School Tours

The Medical School building will be open for student lead tours. Stop by for a look!
Warren Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street Street

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture

“How Cells Export Proteins”
Dr. Randy Schekman, PhD
HHMI Investigator, Editor-in-Chief, eLife, Dept. of Mol. and Cell Biology
Li Ka Shing Center, UC Berkeley

Animal and plant cells manufacture thousands of proteins, approximately 30 percent of which are encapsulated within membranes for export from the cell. Elaborate intracellular machinery organizes the secretion of proteins—such as hormones and neurotransmitters—that mediate communication among nerve cells and between nerve and muscle cells. Schekman’s laboratory discovered the genes that organize this process by studying secretion in baker’s yeast and found that the pathway is evolutionarily conserved. His basic science discoveries stimulated the biotechnology industry to use yeast as a platform for the production of human proteins such as recombinant insulin and the hepatitis B vaccine.
Institute at Brown for Environment & Society (IBES), Room 130, 85 Waterman Street

6:30 - 8 p.m.

Registration Continues

The last chance to pick up any registration materials and your reunion gift.
Warren Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street Street

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Medical Alumni Reunion Dinner

An event you won't want to miss!  Join us in celebrating important Medical School milestones, our reunion classes, and more.  Visit with classmates and friends, check out our first ever Alumni Art Exhibition, and enjoy live music, food and fun! Families are welcome, kids are free.  $25
Warren Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street Street


Sunday, May 28

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Commencement Procession and Ceremony

A walk down memory lane…literally! Memories of your own Commencement will not be far from your mind as you watch the MD Class of 2017 march to their ceremony at the First Unitarian Church. Better yet, join in! Alumni are welcome to march and attend the ceremony. The procession will step off promptly at 9:45 a.m. and we don’t want anyone to miss it!
Faunce House, Waterman Street

10:15 a.m. - noon

Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Awarding of Degrees

The Medical School Ceremony will begin at approximately 10:15 a.m. and doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for general seating. Immediately following the Medical School ceremony, a post-graduation reception for Medical School faculty, graduates, and their families will be held at the Hope Club, across the street from the First Unitarian Church.
First Unitarian Church, Benefit and Benevolent Streets

10:15 a.m. - noon

MD Alumni Coffee Break

For those who do not wish to attend the Ceremony, the Hope Club will be open for coffee and refreshments. Spend some time with your classmates, and reflect on a great Reunion weekend! Families are welcome.
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street