Special Programs

The College is planning special events at exciting and historic sites in New York City, including ones featuring Lafayette professors, students, and alumni. Several programs are being planned with Lehigh as an opportunity for both institutions to come together in celebration of this historic occasion. Program information will be added to this website as it becomes available.

A hospitality suite will be located at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square. The hospitality center will serve as a resource for all Lafayette guests to receive information on schedules, programs, dining events, city maps, and much more.

Thursday, Nov. 20

Welcome Reception
5-8 p.m., Marriott Marquis, Times Square
Gather with Lafayette and Lehigh friends for networking and good times at the crossroads of the world.

Decade Dining
Catch up with classmates and others who graduated in your decade. Restaurant locations will be announced.
First Women of Lafayette Dinner
Marriott Marquis, Times Square
The 1970s women pioneers of Lafayette gather to raise awareness and support for women’s engagement initiatives at the College. (By invitation)


Friday, Nov. 21

Ringing of the Closing Bell at NYSE
Watch as representatives from Lafayette and Lehigh ring the bell signaling the close of the markets and the start of this historic weekend.
Panel Discussion: Insights into Today’s Financial Markets
Join fellow Leopards for coffee and conversation followed by a panel discussion featuring alumni and faculty experts.

Natural History: The American Museum and Central Park
Join paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences, on a tour of two of the great natural history museums of New York City. The American Museum of Natural History holds some of the most treasured fossil relics of the ancient world. We’ll discuss the epic history of our planet and the evolution of life while standing among some of the very best specimens known to science. We’ll then proceed outdoors to Central Park. The park’s shape reveals its dynamic environmental history, and its life, in its living form and function, reveals the richness of continuing evolutionary change.


Art in New York City
Robert Mattison, Marshall R. Metzger Professor of Art History, will conduct a tour of the Chelsea art gallery scene featuring discussions about the latest international tendencies in the visual arts, meetings with curators and gallerists, and a visit to an artist’s studio. Investigate the ways in which gender, race, identity, memory, origin, and politics play a role in the world of contemporary art. The tour will end with a private reception and refreshments at a prominent gallery.

Lafayette Forensics
Director of Forensics Scott Placke will present a performance by Lafayette’s debate team, showcasing different styles such as impromptu, extemporaneous, persuasive, informative, and poetry.
Supreme City
Donald L. Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, will give a presentation on his recently published book, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. The book tells the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s and the brilliant people behind it. Options of a self-guided walking tour of mid-town and/or a chartered  boat tour of Manhattan to supplement the lecture are being explored.
Fossils for Families: The American Museum of Natural History
The museum is world-famous for its displays of dinosaurs and their relatives. Join us on a guided tour through major fossils and events in the evolution of vertebrate life over hundreds of millions of years. This program for families with school-age children is led by paleontologist David Sunderlin, associate professor of geology and environmental geosciences.