October 19-21, 2018
Around 170 alumni from the classes of 2008, 1993 and 1968 returned to Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC on October 19-21 to celebrate their milestone reunions, making this year’s celebration the highest attended at the school to date. Adding to a successful weekend, the three classes raised a record-high total through their generous donations to support programs and fellowships across all three campuses.
To kick off the reunion weekend, Dean Vali Nasr joined the alumni in welcoming them to the school, which was later followed by a panel discussion on "The Global Power Structure and America's Place in the World Today" with professors Dan Honig, Jaime Marquez, John McLaughlin, and Mary Sarotte. Moderating the discussion was Jill Craig, ’08.
The day concluded with a 50th medallion presentation to the Class of 1968 and activities that ranged from video histories on the school to campus tours. In addition to bonding with their fellow classmates, the alumni also had the opportunity to connect with current students during the weekly Friday happy hour hosted by the Student Government Association.
The following day, alumni got together for a family brunch and then a discussion on "The Rise and Fall of Peace on Earth," with Professor Emeritus and former Director of the American Foreign Policy Program, Michael Mandelbaum. They also had the chance to hear from professors Charles Doran, Lisel Hintz, and Matthias Matthijs on "Challenges to Democracy in Today's World." The discussion was moderated by NPR Diplomatic Correspondent and Johns Hopkins SAIS alumna Michele Kelemen ’93. To wrap up the celebration, each class joined a class-specific dinner and, on the following day, activities organized by each class reunion committee.