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Public invited to reunion speeches, dance, parade
STANFORD -- A keynote speech by former Secretary of State George Shultz, a dance on the Quad and an old- fashioned homecoming parade are among the free public events scheduled at Stanford Sept. 30-Oct. 3 as part of Reunion Homecoming Weekend.
About 5,000 Stanford alumni are expected to return to campus for the four-day weekend, which also will include "Classes Without Quizzes," open houses and exhibits in addition to the traditional football-centered reunion activities.
Shultz, Jack Steele Parker Professor Emeritus of International Economics at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and a Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, will deliver the weekend's keynote address at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in Frost Amphitheater.
His topic will be "The Struggle for the Future," a look at the opportunities and problems confronting the United States in the world today, including the Middle East.
Shultz also will participate in a public roundtable forum titled "Who's Responsible for America" from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in Frost Amphitheater.
The forum will be moderated by PBS veteran Charles Ogletree, '74, Harvard professor of law. Other speakers will include actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith, former Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo (who recently lost a close mayoral race); Delancey Street Foundation President Mimi Silbert; Newsweek senior editor Joe Klein; and Stanford Business School ethics Professor David Brady.
Community members are invited to attend both the keynote speech and the roundtable free of charge. Tickets are available at the Palo Alto main library, 1213 Newell, or at the downtown branch at 270 Forest; at the San Mateo County branch library, 2415 University Ave., East Palo Alto; or at the front desk of the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1315 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
Other events open to the public will be a 5K walk and 5/10K homecoming run beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, on Roble Field (to register call 1-800-491-8988; the cost is $9, or $15 with a T-shirt); a dance on the Quad from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday and a homecoming parade down Palm Drive and University Avenue, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.
Parade units will include five local school marching bands; Jane and Leland Stanford's original horse-drawn carriage; a float honoring the Palo Alto Centennial; Stanford football players Steve Stenstrom, quarterback, and Vaughn Bryant, defensive back; and the Incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. The parade will end with a celebration in downtown Palo Alto.
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