Upcoming Alumnae Events
AIS Alumnae Virtual Book Club
Wednesday, June 2
7 p.m. EST
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Many of us love learning through stories, and our books for 2020-2021 will intentionally serve as a springboard for important dialogue around diversity, inclusion, and other topics. We will explore and discuss themes such as youth experience and police brutality, the immigrant experience, racial identity and community, and race and racism. Sharing individual opinions and perspectives about the same piece of literature is a vital component to bringing forth and making this dialogue accessible.
In An American Marriage, newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American dream and the new South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn’t commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy’s time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy’s conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.
This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward — with hope and pain — into the future.
Reunion Weekend is a beloved Agnes Irwin tradition. It's a time to gather with your classmates and connect with fellow owls. But like so many other events, this year's Reunion will look different. We realize that many of us have screen fatigue, and so we reimagined this year's festivities to have just two fun virtual events open to all alumnae. So mark your calendar for one of our most popular Reunion Weekend events, and one created just for 2021.