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    [POSTPONED] Harvardwood Presents Prof. Stephanie Burt: What Makes a Good Superhero Story?

    Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 07:30 PM
    TBA in Los Angeles, CA

    Superheroes can work so well for movies now because movie effects have caught up to heroes' great powers, and because people who grew up on comics often write the movies. But what made the comics popular in the first place? Among the myriad and mostly forgettable stories of capes, punches and derring-do, which ones stuck in readers' memories, and why? Stephanie will ask why superhero stories—and which superhero stories—work best, and for whom. She'll talk about who identifies with superheroes, and why, and what those identifications have to do with being, or feeling like, a minority; why superhero stories so often seem, to fans, political but not  political enough; and why—even if you're there for the romance and character—superhero stories may require big long fights.

    We are fortunate to have Harvard Professor Stephanie Burt travel from Cambridge to give a talk on what makes a good superhero story! We invite all alumni in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area to join us on the evening of Thursday, March 26th for this special event, made possible by the Harvard Alumni Association's Speakers Bureau Program. For many local alumns, this will be a unique opportunity to feel like you're stepping back into Sever Hall or Barker Center!

    Light refreshments will be served for the reception.

    • 7:00pm Doors Open for Pre-Reception
    • 7:30pm Lecture + Q&A
    • Advance registration required (see below)

    “Burt is one of the leading poet-critics of her own emerging generation, turning out an astonishing amount of terrific review-based criticism.”  —Publishers Weekly

    Stephanie Burt is a poet, literary critic, and professor with eight published books, including two critical books on poetry and three poetry collections. Her essay collection Close Calls with Nonsense (Graywolf Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her next poetry collection is Advice from the Lights: Poems (Graywolf, 2017). Her other works include Don’t Read Poetry (Basic Books, 2019); The Poem is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Harvard UP, 2016); Belmont (2013); The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard University Press, 2010); Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler (University of Virginia Press, 2009); The Forms of Youth: Adolescence and 20th Century Poetry (Columbia University Press, 2007); Parallel Play: Poems (Graywolf, 2006); Randall Jarrell on W. H. Auden (University Press, 2005); Randall Jarrell and His Age (Columbia University Press, 2002); and Popular Music (Center for Literary Publishing, 1999).

    Burt grew up around Washington, DC, and received an A.B. from Harvard in 1994 and a Ph.D. in English from Yale in 2000. She taught at Macalester College for several years before becoming a professor of English at Harvard University.

    The New York Times called Burt “one of the most influential poetry critics of her generation.” The recipient of a 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship, her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, the Believer, and the Boston Review.

    Special thanks to
    Adrian Ashkenazy AB '96 and Petit Ermitage

    MARCH 9, 2020: Due to the travel restrictions put forth by Harvard University as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, this event has been postponed until further notice. If you already purchased a ticket, you will receive an email soon about a refund or credit toward a future Harvardwood event.

    Harvardwood Heads To... Author Event: John Wasowicz & Derek McGinty Discuss JONES POINT

    Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 07:00 PM
    One More Page Books in Arlington, VA

    WAMU host and news anchor Derek McGinty and local author John Wasowicz will discuss their collaboration on the audiobook version of Jones Point, a legal mystery. Their discussion will be moderated by WPFW-FM’s Ciera Shine, and presented live on her weekly show, “Sankofa,” from 7-8 pm.

    Free downloads of the audiobook will be available via Libro.fm to everyone who purchases a copy of the book at the event. Free refreshments will be on tap from Port City Brewing, Misha’s Coffee, and Meggrolls--local merchants mentioned in the Arlington and Alexandria-based novel.

    Mystery readers and audiobook fans alike are sure to enjoy the discussion!

    About the Book

    In Jones Point, two grisly murders and a deadly firefight on the Woodrow Wilson bridge put Mo Katz, U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, on a collision course with a rogue intelligence operative and a sinister person of interest.

    Author and attorney John Wasowicz began his 30-year legal career as a prosecutor in Arlington County. He has written two Mo Katz mysteries, including Jones Point and Daingerfield Island (2017) which was narrated by Bill Newman. Both books will be available for sale at One More Page on April 1st.

    [POSTPONED] Harvardwood Presents Pianist ROSA ANTONELLI: "Bridges"

    Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD

    Rosa Antonelli, one of Argentina's leading pianists, is especially celebrated for her performances of the classical piano music of Latin America. Antonelli knew Piazzolla and others of these composers personally, and she plays this repertory with deep love and a very special warmth and understanding.

    bridges.jpgWhen she gave the first of her two solo recitals in Carnegie Hall's main Stern Auditorium, Joe Franklin wrote, "On October 15 in Carnegie Hall, a star was born.  Her name is Rosa Antonelli."  And the legendary critic Harris Goldsmith wrote of her playing, "She is a dyed-in-the-wool Romantic Lyricist.  Her always aurally beautiful and caressing pianism uses a lot of color via the sustaining pedal; she molds phrases with enormous flexibility, and there was never a hint of harsh, ugly or astringent glint to her lush singing tone . . . Antonelli's inward poetry forced me to rehear, and revalue, Piazzolla's Tangos, which she infused with an eloquence and inner communication."  Donald Vroon of American Record Guide has called Antonelli's Chopin playing "Utterly perfect—playing, pacing, sounds."

    This special private invitation-only concert for Harvardwood members and friends celebrates the release of Antonelli's new CD, BRIDGES.  Chopin was the teacher of Georges Mathias, who was the teacher of Alberto Williams, who taught the great Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, who in turn was the teacher of Astor Piazzolla, and in BRIDGES Antonelli plays the music of each of these, making the chain of connection one that can be experienced through the music itself.  Jacqueline Kharouf wrote in her review in Fanfare, "I will listen to this album for many years, and always with a sense of deep gratitude and admiration."  BRIDGES has been nominated for the SoloPiano Album of the Year Award.

    For this concert, Rosa Antonelli's program will include music by Chopin and Piazzolla and others.

    A reception with wine cheese will follow the performance. 

    Advance registration is REQUIRED.  No tickets will be sold at the door.

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We urgently need three volunteers to arrive at 6:15 to carefully roll the piano (it's on wheels--no lifting involved) from the room where it normally lives to the nearby room where the performance will happen, and then, after the performance, to carefully roll it back to it's original location.  These volunteers will get into the concert for free, of course!  If you'd like to volunteer, email Spence Porter at nyc@harvardwood.org .  Thanks!

    Due to the Coronavirus situation, this concert has been postponed.  We will reschedule it as soon as rescheduling makes sense.

    The exact address of the concert will be listed in the confirmation email that you receive soon after you register.


    Members, Register Here

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    Follow-up: Membership Career Survey

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent membership career survey!

    We noticed that a fair number of members across multiple chapters brought up interesting ideas related to music programming, and we’d like to continue this conversation! If you would be willing to have a half-hour conversation to further discuss your survey suggestions with one of our leaders, please email Andrea Schmitt at andrea@harvardwood.org.

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