Los Angeles Alumni Treated to Intimate Conversation on Politics and Comedy

July 20, 2016

A group of over 100 alumni and guests had the Paramount Theatre on the famed Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood all to themselves for an intimate conversation with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ’74 and Julia Louis-Dreyfus P’14 on May 1.

The event, a fundraiser for financial aid, was moderated by President Michael S. Roth, who prompted his guests with thought-provoking questions about their views on politics, the importance of humor, and the influence of Wesleyan in their lives.

Hickenlooper described the winding career path that took him from studying at Wesleyan as an undergraduate poet and geology graduate student, to founding a Denver brewery, to being elected Mayor of Denver and then Governor of Colorado.

Louis-Dreyfus reflected on playing the fictional vice-president of the United States in the acclaimed HBO comedy series, and she surprised Hickenlooper with the question: Would he consider running for President? “I’m very happy as Governor of Colorado,” Hickenlooper attested. He will be running for re-election next year.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of two $300,000 gifts for financial aid.

This conversation in Hollywood was one in a series of kickoff events for the $400 million THIS IS WHY campaign to support the University’s endowment. All proceeds from ticket sales—100%—go directly to financial aid for Wesleyan students. More information about the campaign and upcoming events can be found at http://thisiswhy.wesleyan.edu.