Welcome to Harvardwood

Harvardwood is a nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the power and purpose of the arts, media and entertainment. 

By providing professional resources and service opportunities, Harvardwood strives to utilize the creativity and leadership of our diverse members as forces for positive social change. 

To learn more about how to become a member, even if you did not attend Harvard, visit our membership page

To learn how to support the organization through a gift or sponsorship, visit our support page

To learn how to get involved as a guest speaker, please contact us at [email protected]

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    Harvardwood Suggests... Biomechanics of Movement Workshop

    Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 08:00 AM
    Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

    Presented by Harvard Dance Center, this workshop, led by professional Bharatanatyam dancer and biomedical researcher Dr. Shriya Srinivasan, will provide an overview of the physiological principles and anatomy of dance.

    An interactive session putting theory into practice, participants will learn how to use the musculoskeletal system optimally for dance through best methods for warming up and cooling down the body and strengthening exercises related to injury-prevention and performance. Finally, the class will lead participants to connect their body awareness to the physics of jumps, turns, and more!

    For all types of movers and abilities, at all levels of experience.  No previous dance training necessary. 

    About Dr. Shriya Srinivasan

    Dr. Shriya Srinivasan has studied Bharatanatyam from Guru Sujatha Srinivasan, Artistic Director of Shri Kalaa Mandir, for the past 19 years and is known for her vibrant stage presence, emotive capacity, and ability to blend sharp Nrtta with elegant grace. She recently co-choreographed "Vivarta: Transformations," an original work on environmental conservation, which premiered at the Cleveland Public Theatre for DanceWorks 2019. She co-founded and directs Anubhava Dance Company, comprised of first-generation Indian-American Bharatanatyam dancers and musicians and has toured to over 14 cities with her new productions to great acclaim. An upcoming Carnatic vocalist, passionate about sanskrit and yoga, she brings a holistic approach to her art and recently performed in the Madras Music Academy’s Spirit of Youth Festival and HCL series.

    Dr. Srinivasan is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard's Society of Fellows and is working on neural interfaces for gastrointestinal neuromodulations at the MIT Langer Lab. She was recently awarded the Lemelson prize for her inventions related to neuroprosthetics.


    The Dance Center’s main floor, which houses Studio 1 and two all-gender restrooms, is wheelchair accessible. If you anticipate needing any other type of access to participate, please email [email protected]. We welcome the conversation!


    More info HERE.


    Harvardwood Suggests... Jenny Peace Artist Lecture

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM

    Ceramics Program Resident Artist Jenny Peace has loved clay since her first YMCA class at the age of 8. She started at the Ceramics Program (then called Radcliff Pottery) in 1990 and has developed her practice with the help of countless dedicated teachers. In 2022 she completed a post-bac certificate in ceramics at UMass Dartmouth focusing on a series of large-scale coil-built vessels. Whether massive or miniature, sculptural or functional, a through line motivating Jenny's work is the tactile satisfaction of the material and the endless expressive potential of atmospheric firing.

    This in-person lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP to reserve your seat!


    More info HERE.

    Harvardwood Presents: Write Your Life: Memoirs, Personal Essays and more

    Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 05:30 PM · $10.00 USD

    5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

    Join Harvardwood to learn how to write your memoir: a conversation between author Jesse Leon MPP '01 and Ruben Navarrette AB '90 MPA '00 about writing and sharing Latino stories, featuring Jesse Leon's new memoir "I'm Not Broken". 

    In this unflinching and inspiring memoir, Jesse Leon tells an extraordinary story of resilience and survival, shining a light on a childhood spent devastated by sex trafficking, street life, and substance abuse.

    Born to indigenous working-class Mexican immigrants in San Diego in the 1970s, Jesse Leon’s childhood was violently ruptured. A dangerous and harrowing encounter at a local gift shop when he was eleven years old left Jesse with a deadly secret. Hurt, alone, and scared for his life, Jesse numbed his pain by losing himself in the hyper-masculine culture of the streets and wherever else he could find it—in alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.

    Overlooked by state sanctioned institutions and systems intended to help victims of abuse, neglected like many other low-income Latinos, Jesse spiraled into cycles of suicide and substance abuse. I’m Not Broken is the heartbreaking and remarkable story of the journey Jesse takes to win back his life, leading him to the steps of Harvard University. From being the lone young person of color in Narcotics Anonymous meetings to coming to terms with his own sexual identity, to becoming an engaged mentor for incarcerated youth, Jesse finds the will to live with the love and support of his family, friends, and mentors. Recounting the extraordinary circumstances of his life, Jesse offers a powerful, raw testament to the possibilities of self-transformation and self-acceptance. Unforgettable, I’m Not Broken is an inspirational portrait of one young man’s indomitable strength and spirit to survive—against all possible odds.

    JESSE LEON is a social impact consultant to foundations and investors on ways to address issues of substance abuse/addiction, affordable housing, and mental health. He is a native English and Spanish speaker and fluent in Portuguese. He is an alum of UC Berkeley and Harvard and based in San Diego.

    RUBEN NAVARRETTE is a syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group, a contributor to The Daily Beast, a feature writer for Latino Magazine, a weekly contributor of short-form video to Straight Arrow News, a member of USA Today’s Board of Contributors, host of the podcast “Ruben In The Center,” author of “A Darker Shade of Crimson: Odyssey of a Harvard Chicano” (Bantam), founder/CEO of “Navarrette Sonic Podcast Network” (NSPN), and a communications coach specializing in personal brand development. For more information, visit: www.rubennavarrette.com

    Jesse and Ruben have known each other for 23 years. They met in the Fall of 1999, when they were both enrolled at the K-School. Jesse was in the MPP program, and Ruben was in the MPA mid-career program. They are both Mexican American, and both live in San Diego County.

    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

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