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  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times, in collaboration with Committee to Protect Journalists, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are sponsoring LA Press Freedom Week, a multi-day celebration of press freedom and the First Amendment that will engage the public and the journalistic community in and around Los Angeles.


    This panel discussion organized by PEN America and the Committee to Protect Journalists brings together journalists, legal experts, and press freedom advocates to discuss the privacy and human rights implications facing journalists who seek to cover news regarding immigration and the US-Mexico border. From large-scale surveillance and targeting of journalists to the denial of press access to detention centers around the country, the U.S. government’s attempts to quash press coverage of these stories and intimidate those reporting on them has larger implications for the public as a whole. This discussion will be a timely opportunity for media freedom advocates, First Amendment lawyers, national security and immigration experts to consider the chilling effect the government's actions pose to journalists trying to cover news around the border.


    Nora Benavidez

    Adela Navarro Bello | Ariana Drehsler | Tom Jones | Courtney Radsch


    Nora Benavidez

    Nora Benavidez is the director of U.S. Free Expression Programs, where she guides PEN America’s national advocacy agenda on First Amendment and free expression issues.

    Benavidez is a lawyer by training and, prior to joining PEN America, she worked in private practice as a civil and human rights litigator in Atlanta, Georgia. She has represented victims of unconstitutional police practices, First Amendment infringements, discrimination in public schools, and voting rights violations. In addition to her work as a litigator, Benavidez partnered with regional grassroots organizations and state and local legislative entities, advising and testifying on community-centered reforms in public safety, government transparency, criminal justice, and free speech.

    Benavidez previously worked as a staff attorney at the ACLU of Georgia, where she litigated significant constitutional issues and assisted in statewide advocacy. In all aspects of her work, she sought to defend the human dignity of her clients as well as overcome legal barriers to justice.

    Benavidez graduated from Emory University School of Law and received the Dean’s Public Service Award as well as the Pro Bono Service Medal. She received her BA from New York University’s Gallatin School, where she graduated magna cum laude.


    Adela Navarro Bello

    Adela Navarro Bello is the general director of the weekly magazine Zeta in the border city of Tijuana, Mexico. Created in 1980, Zeta is one of the only publications to regularly run investigations on organized crime, drug trafficking, and corruption in Mexico's northern states, where self-censorship is rampant. The cost of Zeta's coverage of crime along the U.S.-Mexico border has been high: Héctor Félix Miranda, co-founder of the magazine, was killed in 1988, and co-editor Francisco Ortiz Franco was murdered in 2004.

    In 1997, after an assassination attempt against J. Jesús Blancornelas, founder and then-director of Zeta, in which one of his bodyguards was killed, Mexican authorities provided Navarro with a bulletproof vest and two bodyguards. Before becoming general director, Navarro worked as a writer, columnist, and member of the editorial board. In 1994, she covered the Chiapas conflict for the magazine. Since then, she has interviewed presidents, ministers, governors, and leaders of Mexican political parties. Today, she writes the column "Sortilegioz."


    Ariana Drehsler

    Ariana is a Photojournalist and Portrait Photographer based in San Diego, California with a focus on social and political issues. During the last six years, Ariana has covered the Arab Spring, the rise and fall of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and the frontlines of Syria’s Civil War.

    She recently completed a series focusing on migrants and their issues at the U.S.-Mexican border, including migrants who have traveled through Central America and Mexico in hopes of seeking asylum in the United States.

    Ariana is a graduate of the Design Institute of San Diego with a BFA in Interior Design. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Agence France-Presse, The New Yorker, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, NZZ, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Time, VICE, Cosmopolitan, CNN, The Chronicle of Higher Education, BuzzFeed, McClatchy, STAT, KQED, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Berlingske and others.


    Tom Jones

    Tom Jones is an Emmy award-winning journalist and NBC’s Executive Investigative Producer. Tom began his career in his native Central Coast of California, and has been investigating stories that impact San Diegans for the past five years. Tom sits on the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists board and enjoys fighting for access to public information. He is always looking for a new way to tell a story, a fresh dataset to analyze, or to broadcast a community’s voice that is not being heard. You can follow Tom at @TomJonesNBC or, if you would prefer encrypted communication he’s available on Signal.


    Courtney Radsch

    Courtney C. Radsch, PhD, is advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists. She serves as chief spokesperson on global press freedom issues for the organization and oversees CPJ's engagement with the United Nations, the Internet Governance Forum, and other multilateral institutions as well as CPJ's campaigns on behalf of journalists killed and imprisoned for their work. As a veteran journalist, researcher, and free expression advocate, she frequently writes and speaks about the intersection of media, technology, and human rights. Her book Cyberactivism and Citizen Journalism in Egypt: Digital Dissidence and Political Change was published in 2016.

    Prior to joining CPJ, Radsch worked for UNESCO, where she edited their flagship publication World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development, and at Freedom House, where she managed the Global Freedom of Expression Campaign. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and Middle East with Al-Arabiya, the Daily Star, and The New York Times. Radsch holds a PhD in international relations from American University. She speaks Arabic, French, and Spanish.

  • Tickets for seniors and for students with I.D. are $6.00.

    This film has won several film festival awards, had a special screening for the NAACP's National Board, was screened at Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and was just nominated for a special award from the Congressional Black Caucus's Veterans Braintrust. Audiences are rating it an _average_ of 5 out of 5 and calling it "powerful," "rich on so many levels," and "inspiring." It's about 100 years of racism told through the spellbinding storyteller Isaac Pope's life. Isaac Pope was a 100-year-old grandson of enslaved people, son of sharecroppers, an unsung hero of the civil rights movement, of World War II's Battle of the Bulge, of labor organizing, of his church, and of his wider community. His wisdom, warm humor, penetrating political insights, love, and compassion permeate the film, which also shows interracial/interethnic friendships that serve as much-needed models for today.

  • 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!

    Special thanks to Anne Griffin!


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

    Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 04:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    The Woodman in Sherman Oaks, 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!

  • 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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  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's 2nd Annual Skybar Social

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    Skybar at Mondrian in Los Angeles, CA

    Fall is in the air and The 2nd Annual Skybar Social is here to fulfill all of your networking needs. Come rain, shine, or chill we’re taking you back to West Hollywood’s hot spot, Skybar at Mondrian. This indoor/outdoor poolside lounge is located on the Sunset Strip and is the perfect spot to socialize with LA’s finest and brightest achievers, professionals, and young alumni.

    • Attire: Business Casual
    • Must be 21+ with valid I.D.
    • 20% Off Promo Code: 2019ALUMNI
  • Black Movie Soundtrack by Reginald Hudlin AB '83 at the Hollywood Bowl

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    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.


    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 · $80.00 USD
    The District by Hannah An in Los Angeles, CA

    We're celebrating Harvardwood's twenty years in style! Join us at The District by Hannah An on the evening of Saturday, September 28th, for a special evening. Party with fellow Harvard alumni in the arts, media, and entertainment, as we say cheers to the past twenty years and raise a toast to the next twenty!

    Your ticket includes food catered by The District and an open bar. We are rapidly reaching capacity for the 20th Anniversary Celebration, so round up your crew and get your tickets ASAP!


    with a brief program to be emceed by
    writer-producer-actor DIALLO RIDDLE AB '97

    featuring stand-up comic DAN MINTZ AB '02
    and comedy writer-actor ALISON RICH AB '09


    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].

    Alison_Rich_Headshot.jpgAlison Rich is an actor, writer, and director. She currently acts and writes on ABC's The Goldbergs. Other acting credits include Drunk History, Angie Tribeca, The Lonely Island's Popstar, 2 Broke Girls, Life in Pieces, Other People, @Midnight, Comedy Bang! Bang! and more. She was a series regular on The Lonely Island's Fox sketch show Party Over Here and Hulu's Resident Advisors. She's written for Saturday Night Live, The MTV Movie Awards, Billy on the Street and various projects for Fox and Comedy Central. Alison recently wrote and directed a digital series called The MacMillan Genius Grant. Before that she wrote, produced, and starred in a late night pilot for TBS and won a development deal with IFC at The New York Television Festival. She's directed multiple stage shows at UCB including Ego Nwodim's "Great Black Women and Then There's Me". Most recently she directed Alana Johnston’s Self Esteem Party at the Lyric Hyperion. Alison appeared as a New Face for the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. These days, you can catch her every Tuesday at 7 PM at UCB Franklin performing improv with her group Tuesday Club

    headshot.jpgOriginally from Anchorage, AK, Dan Mintz started his stand-up career in Boston and went on to appear on shows such as “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Comedy Central Presents: Dan Mintz.” His stand-up album, “The Stranger,” was called one of the year’s best by New York magazine’s Vulture.com.

    Mintz has guest starred on "Silicon Valley," "The Goldbergs," and Speechless,” while writing for shows such as “Nathan for You” and the Emmy Award-winning series “Veep.”  He served as executive producer on “The Awesomes” and, in 2017, earned a WGA Award nomination for his script, “A Taste of Zephyria” on “Son of Zorn.”


    PHOTOBOOTH to be provided by Justin Hebert 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 explore Extended Reality at Harvard's AR/VR Studio in the i-Lab.

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    Purchase Tickets     $60.00 Early-Bird Tickets

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  • 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 DC Writers Meet-up

    Wednesday, October 09, 2019 at 05:30 PM
    Free State Bar in Washington, DC

    Join your fellow writers at the DC Screenwriters Happy Hour. It’s free and open to the public (cash bar), so spread the word. Come to discuss the craft of screenwriting and enjoy the drinks and the company. You never know who you might meet!

    When you arrive, please ask the host for the Harvardwood DC Screenwriters Group. The happy hour is usually 5:15pm to 8:00pm, as folks come and go throughout the evening.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

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