Return to Evergreen 2017

Thank you to all who attended Return to Evergreen over the weekend of November 3-5, 2017!

Return to Evergreen, our premier annual alumni event, gathered Evergreen alumni and friends from every graduating class for a day of fascinating experiences and great people. This year we celebrated 50 years since Evergreen’s founding during this incredible weekend of immersive and interactive events, sessions, workshops, happenings and parties.

Close to 650 people participated in Return to Evergreen events this year!

Featured New Events:

Edmond Lapine Benefit Concert 

Edmond Lapine ’08 was one of thirty-six people who died in a warehouse fire in Oakland, CA last year. Proceeds funded a scholarship in his name. The night featured Selector Dub Narcotic, Tender Forever, and Alex R. Puckett with DJ Spin’nkre.

Tacoma Brunch

A panel of distinguished members of Evergreen Tacoma’s campus – faculty, students and community members – discuss how to serve Tacoma’s diverse community while participants feast in a seminar-style brunch event.

Quinault Field Trip

We offered a unique event this year: a venture to the Olympic National Forest to learn with Evergreen faculty, Longhouse staff, and Quinault tribe members about Indigenous communities, public land and climate change. The excursion was completed with a locally-caught salmon lunch.

Quinault Field Trip

Click here for a complete list of the Saturday sessions.

Click here for a complete list of all the speakers. 

Click here for more pictures of the Saturday Sessions. 

Here are some more snapshots from Saturday Sessions:

A panel, facilitated by former Program Director Diana Arens ’93 MPA ’15, talks about KAOS, Evergreen’s radio station.

Attendees feast over brunch while listening to an oral history of Evergreen’s early days, given by Sam Schrager, David Marr, Nancy Taylor, Ernest “Stone” Thomas, and Larry Eickstaedt.

Participants have fun making their own projects in a printmaking workshop.

Stephanie Coontz, a faculty emerita and returning speaker, talks about which myths about “traditional” families have and have not changed since she published her book, ‘The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap’, twenty-five years ago.

Participants tour the Tears of Duk’Wibahl exhibit in the Evergreen Gallery, experiencing Indigenous art as part of a session led by Laura Grabhorn, Longhouse Assistant Director.

Tanner Milliren ’14 and Daniel Cherniske ’15, green builders, talk about sustainable living in the Pacific Northwest.

The Trans and Queer Center offers a session introducing the Center, which was established in Fall of 2016.

The Sip and Savor Social Hour is a great opportunity for alumni to mingle with faculty.

And here are some snapshots from the Sunday Tacoma Brunch: 

Dr. Ernest “Stone” Thomas [right] with Dr. Maxine Mimms, emeritus faculty and founder of Evergreen’s Tacoma Program.

Moderator of the panel, Gilda L. Sheppard [left], with Managing Director of Evergreen Tacoma, Tenzing Gyatso.

Thank you for sharing your stories, enthusiasm, and love for Evergreen with us on this memorable weekend! Leave your own pictures in the comment, and check out more on the Return to Evergreen Facebook page.

If you missed out this year or if you want to participate again, make sure to come to Return to Evergreen 2018!

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