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Alumni Weekend 2016: Get ready for the ride, and Come Home

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Lawrence Weschler

Two brilliant minds will join in conversation when author Lawrence Weschler (Cowell ’72), a former New Yorker staff writer, has a provocative interview with acclaimed Los Angeles–based artist Ramiro Gomez, above.

By Dan White

UC Santa Cruz’s Alumni Weekend festivities will include a thought-provoking symposium on learning, a farm-to-fork luncheon, a tour of the beloved Quarry Amphitheater, an informative and rocking jazz history event in downtown Santa Cruz, and so much more.

Last year, the organizers of Alumni Weekend set up a new online portal that lets Slugs know the names of alumni who plan to show up to this gala event that runs from Thursday, April 28, through Sunday, May 1.

That See Who’s Coming link was very popular in 2015, and now it’s back again. This year’s portal is sure to get loads of clicks from enquiring minds: Is your old roommate going to show up to Alumni Weekend this year? How about your resident advisor, your best pal from sophomore year, the friends who served with you on the Student Union Assembly, or your secret crush in lower-division general chemistry?

Aside from this irresistible portal, which already has hundreds of responses filling up eight web pages, there will be plenty of enticements to draw Slugs from all over the nation. Here is a highly abridged and deeply subjective compendium of event highlights.

However, if you’re coming to Alumni Weekend, or feel tempted to do so, you owe it to yourself to scroll through the entire list of published events to make sure you come up with a schedule that works for you. All you have to do is just click on this link, and when you see an event that strikes your fancy, you can press a little tab that expands the information paragraph about each event, and also press a tab that allows you to register for each event in advance—always a good policy, considering that some events can fill up very quickly.

Meanwhile, here are just a few options for you to consider:

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