Please join us for Denison Celebration in D.C. on November 20.

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Celebrate with us in D.C.!

Please join members of the Board of Trustees, President Adam Weinberg, and Capital-area members of our Denison family for an entertaining and informative celebration of our college’s recent successes and ambitious plans for a bright future. Because of your loyal support, we are able to unlock our students’ potential.

The festivities take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the Mayflower Hotel. The event consists of two parts — a talk by Denison Director of Off-Campus Study Professor Katy Crossley-Frolick, followed by a reception featuring remarks by President Weinberg and brief video presentations — so feel free to attend either or both as your schedule permits.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – “Problems Without Passports, Learning Across Continents” presented by  Professor Katy Crossley-Frolick

The term “wicked problems” was first introduced in 1973 by two professors of urban planning and design at the University of California, Berkeley. They used the term to highlight the relationship between social problems of the 1960s and early 1970s, and the apparent failure of public institutions to remedy them. Today, the idiom is widely invoked to describe problems such as climate change, poverty, mass migration, and terrorism. These problems are remarkably resistant to conventional or simple solutions and beyond the capabilities of any single country. They are, to quote the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, “problems without passports.” This is the world that Denison students will inherit post-graduation — a world where there is a pressing need for talent, creativity, and intellectual dexterity to confront these problems and chart a path forward. How do global learning opportunities at Denison prepare our students for these challenges? What are the skills and competencies that they gain from them?

6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception

Mix and mingle with fellow DenisoniansHors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. A brief program at 7 p.m. will include remarks by President Weinberg, as well as some short videos.

This event is being offered free of charge to all Denison alumni, families, and friends.

Recommended attire for the evening is business or business casual.

We hope to see you on Wednesday, November 20, at the Mayflower. Register today.

Please contact the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement with questions by email at or by phone at 740-587-5659.