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Tuesday, September 29

8 p.m. The Drew Forum | Calvin Trillin

Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
American journalist, humorist, food writer, poet memoirist, novelist and regular contributor to Time, The New Yorker and The Nation.
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Thursday, October 1

10 a.m. The City as Classroom: Case Studies, Lessons and Aspirations

An Inaugural Academic Symposium
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

How can the city itself—its history, its resources and its people—become a vibrant intellectual and experiential venue for learning? Panelists will discuss successful models of programs that have flourished in urban environments and ways to enhance or invent vital urban partnerships.

Raul Rosales, Moderator, Associate Professor of Spanish, Drew University
Wendy Kolmar, Professor of English, Drew University
Sean Nevin, Associate Professor and Director of the MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation Program, Drew University
Philip Nyden C’72, Director, Center for Urban Research and Learning, Loyola University Chicago
Marc Tomljanovich, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Wall Street Semester Program, Drew University

1 p.m. Stewardship, Service and the Common Good: Re-Imagining University-City Partnerships

An Inaugural Academic Symposium
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

What are the unique ways in which partnerships between the academy and urban constituents can serve to enrich lives? What is the university’s role in engaging social concerns with an eye toward the health and wellbeing of our communities? Where and when does an effective model of civic engagement require leadership, advocacy or service?

Amy Koritz, Moderator, Professor of English and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement, Drew University
Lisa Brenner, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, Drew University
Ira Harkavy, Founding Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania
Gail Hilliard-Nelson, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Drew University
Elias Ortega-Aponte, Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinos/a Religions and Cultural Studies, Drew University

2:30 p.m. Organic Community: Universities, Cities and Diversity

An Inaugural Academic Symposium
Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

How do universities mediate difference and work to become inclusive communities where diversity is celebrated and common purpose achieved? Are universities cities writ small, and cities universities writ large? What can each learn from the other so as to become more welcoming and inclusive? Where do both fall short, and what lessons can be learned from such failings?

Christopher Taylor, Moderator, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Comparative Religion, Drew University
Cordelza Haynes, Director of the Educational Opportunity Scholars Program, Drew University
Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities
Kesha Moore, Associate Professor of Sociology, Drew University
J. Terry Todd, Associate Professor of American Religious Studies, Drew University

Friday, October 2

gatealllThe Installation of President MaryAnn Baenninger, PhD

(No classes will be held on Friday.)

9 a.m. Inaugural Breakfast for Processional Party
Simon Forum
Note: The breakfast for Trustees and Platform Party will place in Mead Hall. A 10:15 a.m. shuttle will transport those participants to the Simon Forum.

11 a.m. Installation Ceremony
Simon Forum

A Campus Celebration will immediately follow the ceremony.
Simon Forum

3 p.m. Alumni Reception

Crawford Hall, Ehinger Center

Join emeriti professors, faculty, trustees and alumni to congratulate President Baenninger.

4 p.m. Inauguration Broadway Theatre Trip

Luxury van departs campus from the Ehinger Center parking lot, behind the Ehinger Center.

Please join us for an optional theatre trip to New York City. Tickets are limited. Price per ticket includes transportation via luxury van to and from the Drew University campus.

Fun Home—A Tony Award–winning musical by Lisa Kron, who staged The Ver***zon Play at Drew in 2010, $75 per ticket.

The Book of Mormon—A Tony Award–winning musical by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, $115 per ticket.

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8 p.m. Queen of Hearts in Concert

Concert Hall, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

As part of Drew’s Inauguration celebration and Family Weekend, we welcome Queen of Hearts, a four-woman music group from Nashville that combines bluegrass, pop, folk and blues to create soulful, original music. General admission tickets available at the door, $20 per adult ticket; children and students are admitted free.

9 p.m. Observatory Open Hours (weather permitting)

Observatory, Hall of Sciences

Saturday, October 3

The Inaugural celebration continues with Family Weekend events through Sunday.

11 a.m. Baseball | Drew vs. Stevens

Doc Young Field

Cheer on the Rangers during their 18-inning baseball game. First pitch at 11 a.m.!

2 p.m. Women’s Field Hockey | Drew vs. Susquehanna

Ranger Stadium

3:45 p.m. An Afternoon of Student Performances, with President Baenninger

Ehinger Center

Festivities begin with displays of talent around campus, leading to Ehinger Center for a 4 p.m. show. Afterward, President Baenninger welcomes families to The Forest, followed by performances from Drew’s a cappella groups from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. A reception wraps up the afternoon.

7:30 p.m. Urban Renewal: A dance work by Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence Kyle deCamp

Directing Lab, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

9 p.m. Observatory Open Hours (weather permitting)

Observatory, Hall of Sciences

Sunday, October 4

10 a.m.–2 p.m. Family Jazz Brunch

University Commons

 Noon Men’s Rugby | Drew vs. Rutgers

Softball Outfield

Weeklong Activities & Programs

The University and the City: Our Community’s Encounter with Cities at Home and Abroad

Academic Commons Lobby, Rose Memorial Library

This library exhibit showcases an archival record of our community’s encounter with cities at home and abroad. The exhibit contains a sampling of records in the University Archives—photographs dating back to the 1890s, promotional brochures and content from Drew Magazine—that reflects the University and the City theme.

Jason Karolak: Linemaker

Korn Gallery, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

This exhibit features the drawings and paintings of Brooklyn-based artist Jason Karolak. A selection of exploratory ink drawings reveal an idiosyncratic approach to geometric form, while the oil paintings explore scale and space through vibrantly colored linear structures.

Tuesday, 9:30–4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday,12:30–4 p.m.
Thursday, 9:30–4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 7–8:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m
Sunday, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

New Beginnings: A History of Presidential Inauguration at Drew University

Main Lobby, Rose Memorial Library

New Beginnings features biographies and photographs of each of Drew’s presidents, as well as documents related to their inauguration ceremonies, ranging from Drew’s first president, the Rev. John McClintock, through its thirteenth, MaryAnn Baenninger, PhD.

Comfortable Words: Anglican Piety and the Book of Common Prayer

Bishop Ward Gallery, United Methodist Archives & History Center

This exhibition of the 400-year-old Book of Common Prayer and its progeny showcases a book that is not only used for public worship and private prayer but also, thanks to its liturgical excellence, holds a special place in the evolution of English language and literature. This exhibit features the first three editions from 1549, 1552 and 1559 and the five revisions of 1662, 1789, 1892, 1928 and 1979, which guided the worship of the Episcopal Church in America into the 21st century. Curated by Kenneth E. Rowe C’59, G’69.


Presented by the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Drew University Dramatic Society
Kean Theatre, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts

By Emma Levin C’16 | Directed by Emma Osmundson C’16
Performed Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $10. Call 973-408-3030 or email for reservations.


Presented by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre

By Bill Cain | Directed by Paul Mullins
Performed Tuesday, Sept. 29, Wednesday, Sept. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m., with additional 2 p.m. matinee performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit, or call the Box Office at 973-408-5600, and mention Drew for a special rate.