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Presents: AI in the Creative Space

Join us for a Harvardwood Author Series event between two NYT bestselling authors about everything from their newest works to AI's influence on the creative industry (and its future)!

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Presents: AI in the Creative Space
Presents: AI in the Creative Space

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Mar 25, 2024, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT



About the event

Harvardwood is excited to kick off our Harvardwood Author Event Series with our inaugural event! 

Harvardwood Presents: AI in the Creative Space with NYT bestselling authors Gregg Hurwitz (AB '95) and Abigail Hing Wen (AB '99).

Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times, #1 internationally bestselling author of 24 thrillers, including the Orphan X series, and two award-winning thriller novels for teens. His novels have won numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 33 languages. Gregg currently serves as the Co-President of International Thriller Writers (ITW).

Gregg has written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including SWEET GIRL and THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television  for various networks. He is also a New York Times bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for AWA (Knighted and the critically acclaimed anthology NewThink), Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). He has published poetry, numerous academic articles on Shakespeare, taught fiction writing in the USC English Department, and guest lectured for UCLA, and for Harvard in the United States and internationally. In 2022, he helped write the opening ceremony of the World Cup. In the course of researching his thrillers, he has sneaked onto demolition ranges with Navy SEALs, swum with sharks in the Galápagos, and gone undercover into mind-control cults.

Currently, Gregg is actively working against polarization in politics and culture. To that end, he’s produced several hundred commercials which got over a hundred million views on digital TV platforms. His editorial pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Bulwark, and others.

Abigail Hing Wen is a New York Times best selling author, a film producer and a woman-in-tech leader specializing in artificial intelligence, as well as a wife and mother of two. Abigail is a frequent speaker on topics of leadership, equity, representation, ethics and creative careers, including Talks at Google, the California Commonwealth Club (with Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland and Deb Liu, CEO Ancestry), META, Facebook AI, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Target, Twitch, Munger Tolle, the Barnes & Noble podcast, a virtual talk with Lea Salonga, as well as Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Dartmouth and Berkeley among other venues. "With a knack for trying and succeeding at new things," according to Forbes, Abigail has been described by Pop Culturist as “one of the voices of her generation.”

Abigail penned the New York Times best selling novel, LOVEBOAT, TAIPEI and companion novels LOVEBOAT REUNION and LOVEBOAT FOREVER. She served as executive producer for the film adaptation LOVE IN TAIPEI, from Paramount Plus. She and her work have been profiled in print and tv, including Entertainment Weekly, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, Fortune, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, Seventeen, NBCNews, NBC Bay Area, ABC7 and the World Journal. Abigail holds a BA from Harvard, where she took coursework in film, ethnic studies and government. She also holds a JD from Columbia and MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

She published her first novel after ten years of writing by night and working by day in a successful career as a leader in law, venture capital and artificial intelligence. In her career in tech, she has negotiated multibillion dollar deals on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, worked in venture capital and hosted Intel’s Artificial Intelligence podcast featuring leading industry experts including Andrew Ng, Facebook's Chief AI Scientist Yann LeCun and US Congresswoman Robin Kelly. She also served with the Partnership on AI. Forbes describes her as, “One of the most respected voices in fairness and AI.”

KISSES, CODES, AND CONSPIRACIES (Macmillan August 13, 2024), a YA thriller and romantic comedy, is her fourth novel. Her forthcoming works include multiple novels for young people, including a graphic novel exploring cognitive diversity in an intergenerational Asian American family, as well as original film and TV projects. Abigail lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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