8th Reunion and Conference

Reunion Brainstorm

Brainstorming session at the d.school. photo: Doug Zimmerman

A fond farewell

They went away tired but happy. The more than 300 people – Knight alumni and their partners, spouses and children – who attended the 8th John S. Knight Fellowships Reunion & Conference bid their good-byes on Sunday, after brunch at the Sheraton Palo Alto.

A whirlwind of events

The reunion, from Thursday, July 11, through Sunday, July 14, was a whirlwind of dining and speakers and interactive events. Alumni were shaking their arms and re-positioning their bodies as Stanford theater instructor Kay Kostopoulos walked them through “Creating a Powerful Presence.” They spent the weekend catching up with their Fellow Class mates and sharing interests over lunch with fellows from other years. Armed with post-its and spread throughout the cavernous rooms of Stanford’s Design School, they collaborated and brainstormed what a Knight Alumni Network would look like. 

Special guest speakers

Alumni heard Stanford President John Hennessy talk about the challenges for higher education, Stanford Design School Founder David Kelley share his insights on the creative process and San Jose Mercury News reporter Karen de Sa speak on the necessity and impact of investigative journalism. They learned new things about digital security and got to hear Jim Bettinger explain the “project” focus of the program – and voice their concerns.

The work of the Knights 

They heard what the 2013 Knight Fellows worked on this past academic year in a splashy presentation at Stanford’s new Bing Concert Hall. And they listened to Show & Tell presentations from 15 alumni who are producing documentaries, poetry, books and new tools journalism and collaboration.

Cheers to you

But most of all they partied – at receptions and dinners at three lovely Stanford sites, with old friends and new, and the Knight staff, too. And now, they’re all resting up, we’re sure, for the 9th Reunion & Conference.

It was a wonderful time for the staff as well to see once again those with whom we have shared a year at Stanford. We tried to capture these events in many ways for you to remember. We’ll be adding more to this page in the next week or so.

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All photos by Doug Zimmerman.