Reunions have been held every five years for past and present Fellows. The first reunion was a modest dinner held at the grand (but now lost) Luchow’s Restaurant on East 14th Street. The most recent reunions have featured panels of former Hays Fellows discussing controversial issues, as well as distinguished guest speakers. Representative Barney Frank and National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg were the speakers at the 30th anniversary reunion; Justice Harry Blackmun spoke at the 35th; Gloria Steinem and Professor David Cole were the featured guests at the 40th anniversary event; and ACLU executive director Anthony Romero and Nation columnist Katha Pollitt spoke at the 45th reunion in May 2003.
Annual May Dinners
For about the last decade, the Program has held an end-of-year celebration of graduating Hays Fellows. In 2017, Rachel Meeropol, Hays Fellow 2001–2002, was out inaugural guest speaker. You can hear her remarks here.