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  • Harvard Global Networking Night

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 51 rsvps
    E.P. and L.P. Rooftop Bar in West Hollywood, CA

    Twice a year, the Harvard Club of Southern California and Harvardwood host Global Networking Night (GNN). GNN helps thousands of Harvard alumni make new connections in cities across the globe. Late this summer, Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Southern California are bringing your next opportunity to explore and expand your #HarvardNetwork here in Los Angeles.

    Free to attend // cash bar. Please RSVP below to let everyone know you're coming!


  • Current Harvard students, planning to apply for Harvardwood 101 to spend your 2020 J-term in Los Angeles? Want to learn more about obtaining and excelling at a summer internship in Hollywood? Attend this on-campus info session on both Harvardwood programs at the Office of Career Services.

    Harvardwood offers two programs for current students: Harvardwood 101, which takes place during the January term, and the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP). At this event, you'll learn about the application procedure, timeline, and logistics of both programs, followed by a chat with current students (see bios below) who have done both programs. Finally, the info session will conclude with Q&As with the student panelists and Harvardwood's Executive Director.

    The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry.  The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels. All Harvardwood 101 students also have the opportunity to apply directly to selected summer internships at major entertainment companies. Detailed information will be given to all applicants once the 101 program begins in Los Angeles.

    Check out Harvardwood's brochure for students (PDF DOWNLOAD).

    Student panelists include:

    A resident of Adams House concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in Theater, Dance, & Media, is awarded a Fellowship to attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art’s eight-week Acting Shakespeare intensive in London. Ogbeide has performed in six productions at Harvard, including Theater, Dance & Media productions of The Owl Answers and Far Away directed by visiting artists David R. Gammons and Annie Tippe (respectively). This spring she will perform as Ismene in Sophocles’ Antigone in the Harvard Stadium as part of Harvard’s ARTS FIRST Festival, and plans to pursue a career in acting and children’s clinical therapy.

  • FREAKS Screening & Q&A with Adam B. Stein AB '99

    Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 05:00 PM
    AMC Burbank 16 in Burbank, CA

    Harvardwood LA heads to AMC Burbank 16 for a screening of sc-fi thriller Freaks, followed by a Q&A with writer-director Adam B. Stein AB '99! Visit this page again for the exact screening time on Sunday afternoon, September 15th, and details about where the Q&A with Adam will be afterward. 

    About FREAKS: A bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.

    While at Harvard, Adam Stein '99 acted in and directed HRDC productions, designed the Advocate literary magazine, studied literature in Spain, and did lots of other artsy stuff. When he moved to Los Angeles in 1999 it was in the dark days before Harvardwood existed. He spent years toiling in the salt mines of Hollywood, doing almost every kind of job you can think of, to try to make his way as a filmmaker. He started as an Assistant Editor and PA, worked on sets as a Grip or Boom Op, wrote scripts and made his own short films in his free time. After a few years, he started film school at USC. He made more shorts (including a music video for Yo-Yo Ma '76) and started editing independent feature films. In 2007, he competed on a reality show called On The Lot that Spielberg produced for Fox—a competition show for filmmakers to make short films every week. He didn't win the competition, but the shorts he made opened a lot of doors. He started directing commercials and got hired by Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2011 to direct comedy bits. Still trying to direct a feature, Adam got attached to multiple movies that never got made and wrote multiple scripts that also never got made. 

    astein.jpegIn 2015, he was hired by Disney Channel to direct episodes of Mech-X4, an action adventure series that is best described as "Pacific Rim for kids," and he was ultimately nominated for an Emmy for directing. This led to co-directing the live-action Kim Possible TV movie with his best friend from On The Lot, Zach Lipovsky. In the meantime, Zach and Adam had been working on their passion project, a feature called FREAKS that they were determined to get made no matter what. They raised the money from friends and family, invested blood and sweat and tears, and called in a lot of favors. The resulting film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018 and was one of the biggest sales at the festival. Freaks will be released in theaters across the country on September 13th. Adam's journey has been a long circuitous path full of uncertainty and frustration, but one that was also full of learning and fun times making things... ultimately, totally worth it!

  • Cost: FREE—but you must RSVP, and you MUST bring something to eat or drink to be admitted. 

    We have a special Priority Registration Period for dues-paying members (Full Members and Friends of Harvardwood) and their guests through Friday, September 6.  Parrot.jpg

    It sizzled, it steamed, it summered, but now, at last, the Autumnal Equinox is finally here!  And that means it's time for a PARTY!!  And this will be a great one, and a wonderful opportunity to meet more of our smart, sexy, scintillating, and, most of all, Equinoctal Harvardwood members!


    Major FUN alert! Admission is free, but you must bring something to eat or drink! Wine, beer, salad, chicken, cheese, pizza, pasta, brownies—everything will be welcome!  Things that are real FOOD (as opposed to chips and such) will be especially appreciated!  Harvardwood members are HUNGRY people! 

    See you there!



  • Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment's Emmys Viewing Party

    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 04:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Jalepeno Pete's in Culver City, CA

    It has been an epic year in television. Where will you be for the Emmy's? Join your friends and colleagues at IVY Entertainment for power networking at an exclusive viewing party. Play our winner prediction game for your chance to win free prizes. Our winner from this year's Oscars Viewing Party took home FREE prizes worth over $500.

    Dress up (optional): black tie for guys, cocktail dress for ladies. Drink specials. Network like crazy during the commercial breaks!

    Welcome to Jalapeño Pete's—a one-of a kind spot in Studio City. With plenty of your favorite tequilas and spirits, along with refreshing specialty cocktails and beer, there is everything you need behind the bar for an unforgettable night out. And while the food menu may be small, it packs a flavorful punch, with tacos and other homemade taqueria staples to snack on. Good drinks, good food, and good times.

  • It almost happened. Nobody knew it at the time, but recently unsealed archives and newly declassified documents show that Ronald Reagan and Mikhael Gorbachev, at their Reykjavik summit in 1986, almost reached an agreement to abolish nuclear weapons. In his new book, An Impossible Dream: Reagan, Gorbachev, and a World Without the Bomb, French journalist and historian Guillaume Serina reveals for the first time how close they came and why they failed. Beyond that, he discusses what they did accomplish, how they made the world a safer place, and how these gains are now threatened by today's social, political, and technological developments.

    Impossible_Dream_Cover.jpgVeteran journalist David A. Andelman AB '66, who translated Serina's book from French to English and added his own new Afterword (the book's Introduction is by Mikhael Gorbachev), will discuss the 1986 Reykjavik summit and its significance for now and for the future. Andelman was CBS News's Paris Correspondent at the time of the Reykjavik conference and helped produce CBS's coverage.

    One of our most distinguished journalists, Andelman was a correspondent for the New York Times in New York, in Washington, as Southeast Asia bureau chief in Bangkok, and as East European bureau chief in Belgrade. He was the Paris correspondent for CBS News for 7 years in the Dan Rather era. He has been a Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor of Bloomberg News, Business Editor of the New York Daily News, and Executive Editor of Forbes. For seven years, Andelman was Editor & Publisher of World Policy Journal. He has traveled in and reported from 86 countries. In 2017, he received the New York Press Club award for Best Political Commentary for his USA Today columns. In 2018, he received the Deadline Club Award for Best Opinion Writing for his CNN commentaries. This year, he received the same award a second time, this time for his Reuters International columns. Andelman is currently Executive Director of the Red Lines Project and is a "Voices" columnist for CNNOpinion.

    ANDELMAN.jpgAndelman is the author of three books, most recently A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. He has written for Harpers, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, and Foreign Affairs. 


    The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception. The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 pm.  Both An Impossible Dream and Andelman's A Shattered Peace will be available for purchase and a booksigning will follow the talk.

    Cost: $5 for dues-paying Harvardwood members (and their guests); $15 for all others.

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

    Special thanks to Haynes and Boone, LLP
    and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

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  • Black Movie Soundtrack by Reginald Hudlin AB '83 at the Hollywood Bowl

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 08:00 PM · $38.00 USD
    Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA

    Members of Harvardwood and the Harvard Black Alumni Society are excited to attend the Hollywood Bowl's Black Movie Soundtrack III, a celebration of black movie music, presented by Marcus Miller and Reginald Hudlin AB '83! Hosted by comedian/musician Craig Robinson, this year’s installment promises new clips, special guests, and some fan favorites.

    We've secured a group ticket rate of $38/attendee. Seats are limited, so RSVP below soon!

    The history of music in black film is so rich, it demands a third tribute at the Hollywood Bowl. Following the first two wildly popular installations in 2014 and 2016, Black Movie Soundtrack returns for another evening of music, movies, and more!

    Grammy-winning musical director Marcus Miller returns to run the show, and comedian Craig Robinson will reprise his role as host. They’ve got a stellar cast, too: El DeBarge, Dionne Farris, Raphael Saadiq, BeBe Winans, and more will be joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, with the whole ensemble able to turn from soul-stirring to funkified on a dime. Put them together with the themes, scores, and songs that have set the tone for eight decades of cinema,  and you’ve got another hit on your hands.

    Artists include:

  • Harvardwood's 20th Anniversary Celebration

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $65.00 USD
    The District by Hannah An in Los Angeles, CA


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    Now through Sept. 5th, get early-bird tickets to attend below!

    Regular-priced tickets will become available Sept. 6th - 28th.


    As an EMMY and WGA nominated writer and actor, producer, showrunner, and moonlighting DJ, Diallo Riddle has proven to be one of the most creative and multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2019 Riddle embarked on one of his busiest years yet, launching two critically acclaimed series to television: Comedy Central’s “South Side” and IFC’s “Sherman’s Showcase.” Both were met with critical acclaim and both scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes in the both the Tomatometer and Audience Score categories, a rare feat for two series premiering within one week of each other... [read Diallo's full bio].


    Photobooth to be provided by Justin Herbert ALB '20Justin Hebert is a published photographer who enjoys beauty, pageant and event photography. His passion for photography has led to photo shoots in Los Angeles, New York, and Thailand. He has photographed pageants for Miss USA and winners from Miss US, Miss India America and Miss Pakistan. Justin is also a technologist with years of experience at Microsoft, working as a systems engineer, application developer and user experience designer. Passions include music production and virtual reality, with plans to study at Harvard's AR/VR Studio in the i-Lab thru the Graduate Studio of Design.

    Members & Friends

    Purchase Tickets     $45.00 Early-Bird Tickets

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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.

  • Welcome to Your City: LA Edition

    Wednesday, October 02, 2019 at 06:30 PM

    Please join us in welcoming the Class of 2019 this fall! The College Classes of 2004-2019 will be coming together for Welcome to Your City on October 2nd. These events are a fun, informal way for recent graduates who may be new to town to connect with other local, recent Harvard alumni.

    Register with your LinkedIn profile and other social media accounts to see who's coming and connect with other attendees before, during, and after the event. This event is jointly co-hosted by Harvardwood, the Harvard Alumni Association, and the Harvard Club of Southern California.


    *Please note, this venue will have a cash bar. 

  • Harvardwood & PEN Present José Olivarez AB '10 & Jennine Capó Crucet

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    LACE Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

    Poet José Olivarez and author Jennine Capó Crucet discuss their work and the conundrum of finding oneself a stranger in one’s own country. In Citizen Illegal, Olivarez explores Mexican-American narratives with incendiary humor and emotion. And Crucet shares from her wry, fearless essay collection My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education, which examines the limits and contours of the American Dream through her experience as a first generation college student.

    This event is free to attend! Just RSVP below; friends are welcome!

    José OlivarezJosé Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, and author of Citizen Illegal, a finalist for the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. He is co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods. In 2018, he was awarded the first annual Author and Artist in Justice Award from the Phillips Brooks House Association, and named a Debut Poet of 2018 by Poets & Writers. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in BreakBeat Poets, The Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, and Hyperallergic, among other places. He lives in Chicago.

    Jennine Capó CrucetJennine Capó Crucet’s novel Make Your Home Among Strangers was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice book, won the 2016 International Latino Book Award, and was cited as a best book of the year by NBC Latino, The Guardian, and the Miami Herald. Her story collection How to Leave Hialeah won the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Book Award, and the Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. Her writing has appeared on PBS NewsHour and in The Los Angeles Review, and she is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Nebraska. Previously, she worked as a college counselor at One Voice, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit serving first-generation teens.


    PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

    Suzanne Nossel AB '91, JD '96 is Chief Executive Officer at PEN America. Prior to joining PEN America, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of Human Rights Watch and as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.

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