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    Harvardwood Heads To... The Enigmatist feat. David Kwong AB '02

    Friday, January 04, 2019 at 07:00 PM through January 26, 2019 · $85.00 USD
    The High Line Hotel in New York, NY

    Renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong AB '02 invites you to step into the mysterious, historic world of the Riverbank Estate, the “cradle of cryptology,” reimagined at The High Line Hotel’s gothic Hoffman Hall. Guests will experience mind-bending illusions, and solve entertaining riddles and puzzles. The Enigmatist will blur reality and fiction—and leave you in awe of Kwong’s secret talents.

    What’s Riverbank? It was a real-life bizarre and fantastical estate, established in 1908 by eccentric multi-millionaire George Fabyan, where he and cohorts William and Elisebeth Friedman pioneered the science of cryptology. This team went on to lead the American military’s code-breaking efforts in World War I and II, and eventually form the foundation for the NSA.

    Shows will be Fridays and Saturday nights throughout January 2019.


    David Kwong is a magician and cruciverbalist (crossword constructor) who mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the worldwide hit film Now You See Me and is the secret code consultant for NBC’s Blindspot. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong recently published Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion (HarperCollins), which breaks down the neuroscience of how your brain is fooled.

    Harvardwood Presents: Nadine Strossen on HATE SPEECH, with Penelope Andrews

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York, NY

    Most of us, at one time or another, have heard horrific hate speech and have felt, "This should be illegal!" But should it? In her new book HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, Nadine Strossen, President of the ACLU from 1991 to 2008, argues that the strongest way to defeat hate speech is, paradoxically, to permit it. She also points out that any restriction of hate speech will inevitably also restrict artistic expression, especially comedy and satire.

    Hate_Cover.jpgAttend this talk between Strossen and Penelope Andrews, outgoing Dean of the law school at the University of Capetown in South Africa, where hate speech is very illegal. Their conversation will be moderated by Harvardwood member Richard Loebl. 

    The event begins at 6:30 with a reception with wine and nice stuff to nibble; the discussion will start promptly at 7 pm. Nadine Strossen's book will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the event.

    1.0 hours of CLE credit (Areas of Professional Practice) for New York attorneys will be available to attendees through a sign-in sheet at the event.

    Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $5 for dues-paying Members of Harvardwood (and their guests); $15 for all others.

    Strossen_Nadine.jpgNadine Strossen was President of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1991 to 2008.  Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and David Souter all participated in her ACLU farewell tribute.  She is the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and continues to serve on the National Advisory Council of the ACLU.  She is a graduate of Harvard.


    Penelope Andrews will join Nadine Strossen in this conversation.  Penelope Andrews grew up in South Africa under apartheid, and is now in her final year as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Capetown in South Africa.  She is the President-elect of the Law and Society Association, and in January she will join the faculty of New York Law School.  She was formerly President and Professor of Law at Albany Law School. 


    Richard Loebl is a Senior Counsel at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

    Nadine Strossen's book has been enthusiastically praised by people with widely differing political viewpoints:

    "Nadine Strossen is one of the great civil libertarians of our day.  This book provides a powerful and subtle defense of free speech" - Dr Cornel West

    "Nadine Strossen makes these arguments better than anyone" - Jonathan Marks, Wall Street Journal

    "Nadine is one of America's most important defenders of liberal values and free speech" - David Boaz, Executive Vice President, Cato Institute

    "This is an original, insightful, and compelling analysis, both timely and enduring, that has academic, constitutional, and international importance" - Robert Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago

    Special thanks to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

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    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.

    Harvardwood Helps: MLK National Day of Service Blood Drive

    Monday, January 21, 2019 at 08:00 AM
    Cedars-Sinai Blood Donor Center in Los Angeles, CA

    For the 2019 MLK National Day of Service, Harvardwood Helps attends the 10th Anniversary community blood drive at Cedars-Sinai.

    Did you know that ONLY 3% of eligible donors in Los Angeles give blood regularly, the lowest rate of any major US city? And that January is National Blood Donor Month because the holidays and winter colds lead to severe blood shortages? And that Cedars-Sinai has the plushest donor room you've ever seen with comfy lounge chairs and doting nurses?

    As a token of appreciation and in honor of National Blood Donor Month, each donor will receive:

     +One movie ticket (AMC or Laemmle) OR Gift Card (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or In-N-Out Burger)

     +One free blood donor t-shirt!

    For more information about donating, read this Things to Know Before You Donate and this Eligibility Guidelines (which also includes great info about how to get your iron up!).

    Prior to your donation, be sure to eat and drink extra water, and remember to bring your photo ID!

    Directions/Parking (Click for Map):

    Cedars is just west of La Cienega, between 3rd Street and Beverly Blvd. Blood Donor Center is in Room 1690, on the street level of the South Tower at 8700 Alden Dr. (same as 8700 Gracie Allen Dr.)

    Park in any CSMC lot (P1-P6 & P9) to be validated. Parking NOT validated for Medical Office Towers on 3rd Street (and it's expensive, so don't park there!).


  • Activating Harvardwood Paris: Take our brief survey & get involved!

    Aligned with the mission of Harvardwood, the purpose of the Paris Chapter of Harvardwood is to bring together Harvard alumni and affiliates working in arts, entertainment, and media to build a supportive community of like-minded folks.

    Now through February 15, 2019, we're administering a short survey (3-5 minutes) for Paris-based members to inform our events and programming in the upcoming year as we activate this new chapter.

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    Recruit Harvard students to intern with your company in Summer 2019

    If your arts, media, or entertainment company offers summer internships and would like to receive applications from current Harvard College students, we invite you to participate in the 2019 Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP)! Companies can recruit current Harvard students directly by posting their internship opportunities to Harvardwood FOR FREE.

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