Economics Essay

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Evan Mandery
Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Why I'm Skipping My Harvard
Reunion (A Call to Action)
Posted: 05/06/2014 8:51 am EDT Updated: 07/06/2014 5:12 am EDT
In a few weeks, the Harvard class of 1989 will be reuniting in Cambridge. There'll be mini-TED talks, a "Taste of New England Dinner," and a chance to sing with the
Boston Pops, but I'll be spending the weekend coaching my son's Little League team and hanging out with my family.
Reunions seem unnatural to me. I refuse to participate in the charade of pretending to be surprised to see a classmate, and when I'm asked, "What have you been doing?" as one inevitably is, I never know where to draw the line between "stuff" and the full, self-reflective version one might share with a close friend. I think too much detail implies an exaggerated sense of self-worth and is hence a greater faux pas than too little detail, so I've always hewed closer to the "stuff" version, but this runs its own risk of suggesting you don't think the other person is important enough to merit the full telling of your own story.
It's a minefield and, in the social media era, one that's entirely avoidable. I've never been unable to locate an old friend or classmate online. It's particularly easy for graduates of Harvard, which maintains a great alumni website--it's where Facebook started, after all. Anyone interested in me can find my professional record on
LinkedIn, family photos on Facebook, and many hilarious tweets. If one wanted to have a real conversation--as opposed to an exchange of resumes--my address is the third result that comes up when you Google me. I'm a good e-mailer and I like to have lunch.
Curmudgeonly reservations notwithstanding, I've happily attended many reunions for the other institutions with which I've been meaningfully affiliated: East Meadow
High School in Long Island, John Jay College of…...

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