This year we celebrated the first Emerson Alumni Gathering in twenty years which brought together 113 former students from around the globe.
Theme, Format and Organisation
The theme ‘Listening to our Time, Speaking to the Stars’ was chosen to reflect the current gesture of Emerson College in relation to its wider purpose in the world. The global community of alumni joined together to ‘honour the past, meet and share in the present and welcome the future’ through individual initiative and collaboration. Alumni from the 1960s to the 2000s contributed out of what they had developed inspired by their time here. The result was a rich programme of workshops, dialogue, art and encounter.
To create such an event would not have been possible without our volunteer event coordinator and alumna Linda Churnside. A former teacher at Michael Hall School and Education Coordinator at Philpots Manor, she brought her strength of will, powers of organisation, and personal warmth to the task.
On the 7th August, the Gathering began with an open space devoted to honouring those no longer with us, followed by an introduction to the theme by Emerson Trustee James Dyson. Over the next three days, discussions flowed from past to present to future.