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  • Reactions of Harvardwood folks who attended the screening of this film at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School were gratifyingly wonderful, and a review in Counterpunch just called the film "powerful"! It had an LA premiere, a special screening for the NAACP National Board, is an Official Selection in five festivals and an award winner in one, and is being picked up by PBS stations. You can see the trailer and read more about it at isaacpopefilm.com, but here's a brief description:

    One hundred years of American history told through the life of one extraordinary ordinary man: centenarian Isaac Pope. Spellbinding storyteller, grandson of enslaved people, son of sharecroppers, and unsung hero, the lifelong resident of Kinston, NC was eyewitness to the devastation wrought by both the Nightriders and the Nazis. Sustained by faith, family, music, and friendships, he fought and overcame the 20th century’s stiffest challenges, including the Battle of the Bulge, institutionalized racism, and workers’ oppression, modeling the way forward through his humble but powerful example.

    And this is from the press kit: Toward the film’s end, Courtney Patterson, a Vice President of the North Carolina NAACP, says he knew Isaac Pope all his life, and Isaac's example and teaching are why Patterson does what he does today. He works on voter registration and against voter suppression and was instrumental in the recent election of African-American lawyer Anita Earls to the NC Supreme Court. In that role, she will be in a position to render fair decisions with regard to voter registration and suppression and gerrymandering. This reflects a direct, important line from Isaac Pope to changes today and in the future

  • Harvardwood Presents Prof. Linda Schlossberg: Dystopic Literature in the Age of Trump

    Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    RIdeback Ranch in Los Angeles, CA

    handmaidswestworld.jpgDystopic scenarios in film, television, and fiction are stunningly popular, with stories of technological control (Black Mirror), hellish playscapes (Westworld), and sexual enslavement (The Handmaid’s Tale), gripping our collective imaginations. How do we understand dystopia’s popularity in terms of our current political moment and cultural obsessions? How do these stories illuminate not only our fears of totalitarian regimes but also our own complicity in systems of power and oppression? Finally, what is pleasurable, exciting, and potentially liberatory about these stories? What are we hoping to see and why can’t we look away?

    We are fortunate to have Prof. Schlossberg travel from Cambridge to visit us, and we invite all alumni in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area to join us on the evening of Thursday, March 21st to meet her. For many Harvard alumni, this will be a unique opportunity to feel like you're stepping back into Sever Hall or Barker Center!

    This program is made possible by the Harvard Alumni Association's Speakers Bureau Program.

    Schlossberg.jpgProfessor Linda Schlossberg

    Linda Schlossberg serves as Assistant Director of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in literature and creative writing. She is the author of the novel Life in Miniature and the co-editor of Passing: Identity and Interpretation in Sexuality, Race, and Religion. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including McSweeney’s, Conduit, and Post Road. Schlossberg was the recipient of a 2019 Somerville Arts Council/Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, as well as the 2016 Emerging Writer Fellowship from the Writer's Center. She is currently completing a feminist dystopian novel.

    Additional Details

    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)

    Getting There

    LYFT_Logo.jpgThanks to Rideback, we are offering a special 25% discount off Lyft rides to and from Rideback Ranch. The discount will be valid from 5pm to 11pm. 

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    Street parking is available. Please allot time to find parking so we can begin Prof. Schlossberg's talk promptly at 7:30pm.

    Special thanks to

    Adrian Ashkenazy AB '96 and Petit Ermitage
    Dan Lin MBA '99 and Rideback

    Members & Friends

    Purchase tickets   $15.00 Members & Friends

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  • ROCIO is the true story of an undocumented Harvard student who self deported himself and his dying Mom to seek alternative treatment in her native Mexico. The story received national attention because he was not allowed to return to the United States, even with his DACA status. He filmed their experience and eventually returned to Harvard where he started the film as his thesis, which received top honorsThe documentary is a story of the American dream and the pursuit of putting everything on the line for the love of family.

    Thanks to your support we have made it to our first film festival! The San Diego Latino Film Festival is one of the longest-running Latino film festivals in America and is hosted at the AMC Fashion Valley 18. It's one and a half weeks of amazing panels, dances, banquets, and not to mention great films.
    We'd be lying if we said this wasn't the setting we always imagined for ROCIO.

    We'd be honored to have you.
    Here are our screening dates and times:

    Thursday, March 14th at 6:30PM TICKETS
    Tuesday, March 19th at 10:00AM (Free for students)
    Friday, March 22nd at 4:15PM TICKETS

  • The Harvard Yardbirds is an all-alumni, a cappella group featuring former members of the Kroks, Pitches, Dins, Opportunes, Glee Club, and Hasty Pudding. They will be performing their 10th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm at Westwood Presbyterian Churchon Wilshire. You won't want to miss this!

    Suggested donation of $10 (with a portion of the proceeds going to Project Angel Food). Tickets can also be purchased at the door.  Free parking on the premises, first come, first serve. 


  • Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian American vocalist, singer-songwriter and composer, making music that sways between cultures and continents. She will join Alicia Anstead NF '08, associate director for programming at the Office for the Arts and arts journalist, for a conversation about the role of music in civic leadership and activism. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.  

    Known for her electric stage presence, innovative take on Ethio-Jazz, and fiery, emotive live shows, Hadero has rocked stages from Addis Ababa (where she is a household name) to San Francisco (her beloved home-base) and beyond. Hadero will be in residency March 26-29 in a partnership with the Learning from Performers program at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Department of Music. To read more about her life and work, click here

    Harvard OFA event page here.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's March Mixer

    Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    Mr. C Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, CA

    The timeless glamour of Beverly Hills comes alive when you step inside Mr. C's stylish Lobby Lounge. Relax and socialize on lush sofas while enjoying Cipriani specialties like the Bellini and carpaccio. Mix and mingle with LA's finest and brightest achievers when you join The Ivy Plus Society at Mr. C's March Mixer.

    • 20% Off Promo Code: 2019ALUMNI
  • Let’s talk about the things that acting classes don’t usually talk about. Let’s talk about the strange intersection of art, commerce, passion and endurance that is life as a working actor. Actor Andrew Burlinson AB ’97 (Parks and Recreation, Just Add Magic) talks about his nearly twenty-year career as a character actor and the challenges of navigating between work in theater, film, television, new media and commercials. Whether you’re fresh out of acting school or fighting career burnout, this masterclass will help you keep your eye on the big picture while keeping your finger on your own artistic pulse.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members, and advance registration below is required. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Andrew Burlinson AB '97
    (Blue Man Group, Parks & RecJust Add Magic)

    Andrew_Burlinson.jpgAndrew Burlinson is a seasoned actor whose professional career spans nearly twenty years. He is currently a series regular on the Amazon Prime Original JUST ADD MAGIC. He had a recurring role on PARKS AND RECREATION (NBC) and has appeared on SILICON VALLEY (HBO), CASUAL (Hulu), BROOKLYN NINE-NINE (NBC) and CRIMINAL MINDS (CBS). He will appear next in the feature film FORD VS. FERRARI from director James Mangold (WALK THE LINE, LOGAN) which stars Christian Bale and Matt Damon.

    Originally from Larchmont, New York, Andrew graduated cum laude with a degree in English and American Literature from Harvard University where he was active in the theater and improv scene. At Harvard, Andrew was a four year member and President of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

    After college, Andrew studied acting in New York and eventually won a coveted spot as a Blue Man in the world famous BLUE MAN GROUP. He performed for thousands of theater goers in New York, Boston, Chicago and Brazil over the course of his nearly seven year tenure as a Blue Man.

    Andrew has also appeared in highly visible commercials for Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford, Tamiflu, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Avis, Vizio, and AT&T among many others. Andrew has appeared in so many commercials, he was once recognized at Dodgers Stadium as "that guy" from "that thing" on "my TV."

    For more info, head over to www.andrewburlinson.com.

    LATE POLICY: Those who arrive over 15 minutes past the event's listed starting time will not be admitted. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM.

  • Harvardwood and the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) are teaming up to co-host a networking breakfast with comic writer Amy Chu MBA '99! All are welcome to attend, but please RSVP below so that we have an accurate headcount for the restaurant reservation.

    Registration is $35 for Harvardwood or H4A members // $45 for all others. Registration covers the breakfast buffet for each attendee, plus tax and tip.

    Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you with Amy in Anaheim!

    Amy Chu MBA '99
    (Poison IvyRed SonjaWonder Woman)

    Amy Chu is a popular comics writer and graphic novelist. She has worked for Marvel and DC writing well-known characters such as Deadpool, Ant-Man, Wonder Woman, and Poison Ivy. Her runs on the classic titles Green Hornet, Red Sonja, and Dejah Thoris: Princess of Mars were critically acclaimed and well received by fans.  For rock and rap icons KISS and DMC, she created new universes and storylines inspired by their music. She has also written two children's graphic novels: Ana & the Cosmic Race, a space adventure published by Papercutz, and Sea Sirens, a mermaid tale from Viking Press available June, 2019.   She holds degrees from Wellesley College, MIT and Harvard University, and is a fan of coffee, whiskey, Lego, and women in STEM.

    20th.pngNow celebrating our 20th year, Harvardwood is a nonprofit organization for members of the Harvard University community who believe in the power and purpose of the arts, media and entertainment. By providing professional resources and service opportunities, Harvardwood strives to utilize the creativity and leadership of our diverse members as forces for positive social change.

    h4a.jpgHAAAA seeks to develop a network and a sense of community and support among Asian-American and Asian alumni globally, to provide an outlet for the expression of our shared culture and experience, to support the larger Harvard Asian community and to represent our concerns at the University and beyond. 

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $35.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    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.

  • Among the most versatile musicians and producers of his generation, Terrace Martin has worked extensively with  Snoop Dogg, Lalah Hathaway and Herbie Hancock. Martin is grounded in hip-hop but learned to appreciate jazz through his father, a drummer. After playing keyboards for several years as a teenager, Martin picked up the saxophone and within a few years landed a gig with P. Diddy. Shortly thereafter, he began a long-term association with Snoop Dogg and gained a college scholarship via Jay Leno after The Tonight Show Band's Kevin Eubanks heard his playing.

    As a producer, Martin has worked for 213, Shawnna and others, landing a track with Warren G and a production credit on Snoop Dogg's Neva Have 2 Worry in 2008. The credits go on and on. Which is why we are bringing him to Harvard to talk with students about creativity, career arcs, the industry and his uncut take on the world of music. 

    This event, which is free and open to the public, is a collaboration between the Office for the Arts at Harvard and No Label, a creative collective of college students whose broad mission is to create a community that sees beyond ascriptive labels. Read more about No Label here

    Harvard OFA event page here.

  • Harvardwood Presents Jim Jermanok on BEYOND THE CRAFT: What You Need to Make a Living Creatively

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Lambs in New York, NY

    25 million Americans have creative dreams. Whether you've been bitten by the creative bug or are an aspiring, working, or successful creative professional, Jim Jermanok will tell you how to make your dreams a reality and how to get to the next level of your creative career without relying solely on agents, managers, producers, and other gatekeepers.

    jim_portrait.pngJim Jermanok is an award-winning writer, director, producer, creative consultant, and speaker. He is currently directing a feature documentary about Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau.  He wrote and produced the highly acclaimed romantic comedy Passionada, and his recent film Em won the Grand Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival.  His web series LIFEADVICE.TV has been widely praised since going live globally. Mr Jermanok is a former ICM agent, who helped to represent Arthur Miller, Shirley MacLaine, John Chancellor, Ben Kingsley, Dudley Moore, Helen Hayes, and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, among others.

    Jermanok's books include the best-selling Beyond the Craft: What You Need to Know to Make a Living Creatively!, which will be available for purchase at the event ($20, cash or PayPal).

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    Special thanks to Jane Ranzman for arranging the speaker, and to Anne Griffin

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    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.

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