25th Reunion, class of 1989

The Brown University class of 1989 was the first class to graduate under President Vartan Gregorian. During their senior year, speakers included New York Governor Mario Cuomo, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Richard Schifter, broadcast journalist Irving Levine, and poet Maya Angelou. Controversial issues on campus included CIA recruitment on campus, abortion rights, and race relations on campus. Nationally, George H. W. Bush takes his first oath of office as President of the United States, the Supreme Court took up a case that could have overturned Roe vs. Wade, the civil rights movie Mississippi Burning debuted, and the actress Lucille Ball died at the age of 78.