April 05, 2018

The Jam is Back

THE JAM is the all-class reunion organized by the Brothers and Sisters from the foundational classes at Columbia University and promoted by Black Alumni Council. Register now for the signature "Old School" music party held Friday, June 1st.

The Jam reunion 2018 takes place in New York Thursday, May 31st through Sunday June 3rd in conjunction with Barnard College, Columbia College and Fu Foundation SEAS reunion activities. Black alumni of all generations and all Columbia schools and programs are invited to join the festivities. Current students, particularly graduate and professional school students, are especially encouraged to participate. 

The JAM agenda is below.  

JAM 2018

Thursday, May 31
Barnard Alumnae of Color Dinner
6—9 PM | Barnard College, The Diana Center

Friday, June 1
The Jam - Old School Music Party 
8—11 PM | Proper West, 54 West 39th St.

Party this reunion weekend with old school jams played live by Columbia classmate James “Plunky” Branch and his band Plunky and Oneness. As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Columbia’s 1968 student uprising, we also honor the foundational classes of color - recognizing Rachelle “Viki” Browne, The Honorable Walter Rivera, and Steven “Noah” Sims for their commitment, with tributes by Efraim Nieves, Ellen Holder Honeywell, and Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States. 

Saturday, June 2 
Dean's Breakfast (Register)| 8:30—10 AM
Lerner Hall

Keynote Address (Register)| 10:15—11:45 AM
Paul Auster ‘69CC, GSAS’70, Author 

All Class Luncheon (Register)| 12—2 PM
South Campus Outdoor Tents

Jam Panel | 1:00 PM, Rm 103 Law
Discussion of the 50th anniversary of the Columbia ’68 uprising, to give voice and reflection to the student activism, racial dynamics, and cultural shifts that took place, with a view toward the place those themes hold today. This event will feature filmmaker Paul Cronin's and a panel of alumni.

Alumni of Color Reception (Register)| 4—5:15 PM
Join alumni of color in fellowship hosted by Black Alumni Council (BAC), Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA), and Latin Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU). 

Starlight Celebration (Register)|9:30—11:59 PM
Low Plaza Tent

Sunday, June 3 
Worship & Memorial Service | 9:30 AM
James Room, Barnard Hall

To Register Now for the Friday night JAM, click below: 


For more information, communicate with the committee via Wayne Turner, Zach Husser, Frances Sadler, Bruce King or Kevin Matthews. Or, by sending an email to the Black Alumni Council: [email protected] 


For the full Columbia College Reunion schedule: 


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