Weekend schedule

Photo by Rachel Maurer, c. 1976

The Biggest Party of the Half Century

There's lots going on at Renewal weekend––click on each day to see what's on tap so you can plan your weekend.




2:00-6:00 PM in Holt Lobby

        ♦ Let us know that you've arrived, pick up a registration packet, and have your first chance to purchase some Johnston swag

Faculty Office Hours

3:00-4:00 PM on Bekins Lawn

      ♦ Stop in on some of your favorite Johnston and Johnston-affiliated faculty

Wait, I Lived Here? / Wait, You Lived Here?

3:00-5:00 PM beginning in front of Bekins

     ♦ Tours of campus and of Johnston complex for alums. Curious children, aka future Johnston students, encouraged to attend

JC Sober Community Meet-Up

4:00-5:00 PM in Nighttime Java (Holt Basement)

   ♦ Connect with other sober members of the community and strategize about how to have a fun Renewal

Opening Ceremony

5:00 PM on Bekins Lawn

    ♦ Kick off the weekend with a burst of Johnston celebratory flair

Snapshot/50 Live!

5:30-7:20 PM at Ann Pepper's Gallery and Lawn

Rain Location for Reading (6:30 to 7:15): Hall of Letters 100

    ♦ An art show of curated Johnston archival images, the official book launch of Snapshot/50 and a reading from some of the authors, along with appetizers and a cash bar of course. The gallery will be open in the afternoon from 1:00 to 5:00 for those who want to visit the show earlier and open from 2:00-5:00 on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. 

Celebrating the Founder's Dinner

7:30-9:00 PM location Casa Loma Room

    ♦ Spend some time with Johnston's founding members and featured speaker Coyotess Kathy Ogren. Plus Paul Corneil's Multimedia Show. 


Food Truck Picnic

7:30-9:00 PM on Bekins Lawn

   ♦ Looking for a cheaper, low-key option? Grab some dinner from a food truck and hang out in of U-Hall and out of the cold.

Stories Around the Fire

9:15-10:15 PM at the Fire Pit 

Rain Location: Orton Center

   ♦ Come share your favorite story from your time in Johnston

Show Us Your Talent

10:30-11:30 PM on Bekins Lawn

Rain Location: Orton Center

   ♦ A classic Johnston Open Mic. All performers welcome.

Jam Out on the Porch

11:30-1:00 AM at Bekins

   ♦ Relive your porch party days including fighting over the aux cord, except the aux cord is metaphorical because we have bluetooth speakers now.


Registration Open 

8:00 AM- 2:00 PM in Holt Lobby

Community Meeting

10:00 AM- 11:30 AM in Orton Center

   ♦ Come join in the discussion. There will be microphones.

Group Photo in Front of Bekins

11:45 AM- 12:00 PM on Bekins Lawn

   ♦ Come strike a pose with your fellow Johnstonians

Picnic Lunch

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM on Bekins Lawn

   ♦ Brown bag lunches available upon request.

Cosmic Zinefest: Independent Arts, Publishing, and Music Festival

1:00 PM- 4:30 PM in University Hall

   ♦ Johnston artists selling their wares, live music, a panel on the tribulations and triumphs of independent publishing, and lots more. A kid-friendly zone.

Mini-Course Session 1

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM in various classrooms

Mini-Course Session 2

2:15-3:15 PM in various classrooms

Mini-Course Session 3

3:30-4:30 PM in various classrooms

Panels on Practice: 4:45-6:00 PM

Johnstonians in Education: Casa Loma Room

Activism on Campus and Beyond: Hall of Letters 100

Creative Arts: From Room to Bloom: University Hall

From Surviving to Thriving: Johnston at 50 Keynote Panel

6:15 PM- 7:30 PM in the Chapel

   ♦ Moderating by Kim Middleton ('96) and featuring Sarah Sapperstein ('05), Noah Wardrip-Fruin ('94), Jon Grant ('04), and Carlos Arboleda.

Celebrating 50: A Big Community Dinner

7:45 PM - 9:30 PM at the Orton Center

   ♦ Featuring a short but delightful interruption from Johnston Director Julie Townsend

Johnston Bandstand: Live Music and Dancing

9:30 PM - 2:00 AM in University Hall 

   ♦ From indie rock to folk to hip-hop to techno, Johnstonians serve up fun in all genres

All In: Poker Games led by Fred Rabinowitz

9:00 PM - till your chips are gone in Casa Loma

   ♦ Come learn the tricks of the game with Professor Fred Rabinowitz and his spring semester seminar class "Poker and the Meaning of Life." $20 buy-in to play. Prizes will be awarded to winners.

Low-Key Chill Time

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM in Bekins Living Room (the Jimmy Room)

   ♦ Prefer to chill out and speak to your friends in a normal volume? Johnston students will have games and puzzles a plenty, as well as snacks made by Daytime Java



Johnston Remembrances

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM in the Memorial Chapel

   ♦ Join alums Lorraine Hedtke and Rabbi Patti Karlin-Neuman to honor the Johnstonians we've loved and lost in the past five years.

Women of Johnston Brunch

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Casa Loma

   ♦ Featuring stories about how women in Johnston have impacted our lives and left their mark on Johnston

Final Community Meeting and Closing Ceremony

12:30 PM- 2:00 PM at Orton/ the Fire Pit

   ♦ One last discussion (in person at least) before we all part ways