Issue 140 | September 2016


In This Issue:

  • Director's Notes
  • Message from Allison


  • Featured Member Posting: Women Filmmakers in Residence (Center for Investigative Reporting) - Emeryville, CA
  • Do community service? Apply now for a $500 unrestricted Harvardwood Heroes grant
  • The Boston Screenwriters' Group begins meeting this month - Deadline Sept. 15th
  • Students, want to learn about Hollywood over your J-term? Apply to Harvardwood 101


  • Where Are They Now? Q&A with Ava Tramer AB '09 (My Friend 50Angie Tribeca)
  • Industry Successes
  • New Members' Welcome
  • Alumni Profile: Kemper Donovan JD '04 (Author, The Decent Proposal)


  • Calendar
  • Kickstart your Kickstarter with Harvardwood friends!

Director's Notes

My favorite season is upon us—and not just because I love autumn, but this is the time of year I get to return to Cambridge and meet current Harvard students! If you're a Harvard undergrad interested in spending your 2017 J-term in Los Angeles, learning the ins and outs of Hollywood and how the entertainment industry works, sign up to attend our Sept. 15th Harvardwood 101 info session at the Harvard OCS. The application period for Harvardwood 101 will open later this month, and this year's deadline to apply is October 17th.

I get back to Los Angeles just in time to watch the Emmy Awards (Sunday, Sept. 18th) with our friends from Northwestern, Dartmouth, NYU, USC, and Columbia. I'm psyched to catch up with so many Harvardwood members from coast to coast this month!

Have a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend, everybody!

— Dona

Message from Allison

September's also all about community service! Do you regularly volunteer for a local community service program? Harvardwood Heroes annually awards four unrestricted grants of $500 each to Harvard-affiliated individuals who are dedicated to community service! We're accepting grant proposals now through the middle of October. Harvardwood Helps is also throwing our support behind two awesome events in Los Angeles this month—the 9.11 Blood Drive at Cedars-Sinai (Sept. 10th) and the National Public Lands trail clean-up (Sept. 24th)! Come lend a hand with fellow Harvardwood friends!

— Allison

P.S. School's in session, so get your act together! offers an online acting masterclass with Dustin Hoffman, start here and Harvardwood will get a portion of the proceeds.

Featured Member Posting: Women Filmmakers in Residence (Center for Investigative Reporting) - Emeryville, CA

As part of a new initiative to promote gender parity in documentary filmmaking and investigative journalism, The Center for Investigative Reporting is looking for three early-career video or multimedia female filmmakers for a new full-time filmmaker in residence position, based at our Emeryville, California, office.

This is an opportunity to work with our award-winning reporters and producers to hone your filmmaking and journalistic skills inside a dynamic and diverse newsroom. You will be producing short pieces leveraging our investigative projects and your own reporting. By the end of the residency, you also will produce a short documentary or multimedia project on the subject of your choice.

We seek a diverse group of filmmakers representing various points of view and filmmaking styles. Basic shooting and editing skills are required, along with a passion for storytelling and a willingness to collaborate and experiment.


Do community service? Apply now for a $500 unrestricted Harvardwood Heroes grant

We are now accepting applications to become a 2016 Harvardwood Hero and the recipient of a $500 grant! Apply by October 15, 2016.

Launched in 2013, the Harvardwood Heroes grant program awards $500 grants to applicants who have demonstrated a distinguished level of service to their organizations of choice. Every year, grant winners will be determined by the strength of their proposal. They will receive the first $250 upon announcement of the winners and the balance of the grant upon submission of a final essay six months later.

You do not need to be a Harvardwood member to receive a Harvardwood Heroes grant (applicants must be current students, alums, staff, or faculty), although Harvardwood members and/or applicants whose service project is arts-related will receive priority consideration. 

Read about the community service projects of past Harvardwood Heroes. (Pictured: Osh Ghanimah A.R.T. '13, a 2014 Harvardwood Hero, delivering a TedXBroadway talk about his non-profit, Broadway For All.)


The Boston Screenwriters' Group begins meeting this month - Deadline Sept. 15th

The Fall 2016 HWP-Features program in Boston will begin in late September! Applications will be accepted Sept. 1-15, 2016, and new participants will be asked to submit a short writing sample, a bio or resume, and a paragraph stating what you'd like to work on with the group this year. Previous participants, just email Boston Chapter Head Adam Pachter to let him know that you'd like to join again, and he'll send you the registration link.

The group will begin meeting Sept. 28th. Only Harvardwood members are eligible, so if you're not a current member, join Harvardwood or renew your membership before accessing the application. The participation fee is $80/writer.

If you're interested in joining the Boston Screenwriting Group, make sure you're a current Harvardwood member, log in to our website, and fill out this brief form.

Students, want to learn about Hollywood over your J-term? Apply to Harvardwood 101

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 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. Finally, an optional J-termship is available for students to apply their knowledge in a hands-on, short-term internship experience for the balance of the term.

The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. All current Harvard College students who are Full Members of Harvardwood can apply. Students do not have to demonstrate prior experience in the arts, media, and entertainment—just a genuine interest in pursuing a career in one (or more!) of those fields!

On Sept. 15th, there will be an info session about Harvardwood 101 (and the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program) at the OCS. You'll find out important details and tips about the application process and the program from Harvardwood's Executive Director, followed by Q&As with current students who have participated in these programs previously. Learn more about the info session and RSVP.

Check this page for updates, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see when the application period opens! The deadline will be October 17, 2016.

Where Are They Now? Q&A with Harvardwood Writers Program alum Ava Tramer AB '09 (My Friend 50Angie Tribeca)

by Nicole Torres AB '11

In the #HWire blog's "Where Are They Now?" series, we check in with Harvardwood program alums to find out what they've been up to and to showcase their accomplishments since participating with Harvardwood!

Ava Tramer AB '09 was a participant in the Harvardwood Writers Program - TV Modules, and her credits include TROPHY WIFE and ANGIE TRIBECA. Most recently, she developed her single-cam spec comedy MY FRIEND 50 at Fox with executive producers Will Packer (Truth Be ToldUncle Buck) and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power), and is currently staffed on an upcoming Netflix comedy.

Q. Can you tell us how you got started in writing? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do or was it something you gradually fell into?

A. The summer after my sophomore year of college, I didn’t have a job lined up.  I got Greg Daniels’ email address from a family friend and wrote him the most embarrassing email ever explaining why I’d be the perfect intern on The Office, listing every random skill I had that might possibly come in handy.  A highlight (and very desperate) sentence includes “I used to work at Angelina’s Frozen Yogurt, so if you need someone to serve you frozen yogurt in a beautifully swirled way, I’m your girl!”  Miraculously it worked, and I spent my summer there as an intern with the writers.  Everyone was so welcoming and I loved every single second of it.  I returned the following summer as a PA in the production office.

But, I still had it in my head that a career in Hollywood was a bad idea, so after graduation I worked at Wallaby Yogurt Company in Napa as the junior manager of purchasing.  I was responsible for ordering all the supplies, ranging from cups and fruit to the bacterial cultures that we kept in a -70 degree freezer.  I learned a lot about business and manufacturing, but my favorite day out of the year I spent there was when I got to write the 80 words of copy on the side of our new sour cream container.  That was a wake-up call for me: I loved writing, I missed the amazing people at The Office, and I knew it was time to finally take the leap towards a career writing in TV.  (And besides, by that time my parents were fully on board, ‘cause they loved The Office.)  I reached out to the people who had been kind to me at The Office, and soon I moved back to Los Angeles to work as a shared personal assistant to some of the writers.

Q. You were a participant in the Harvardwood Writers Program – TV modules, how did your involvement with Harvardwood help you in your writing career?

A. The Harvardwood Writers Program TV module helped me to stay on deadline and finish my first ever script.   Without those deadlines I would probably not be a writer today, because I never would have felt like I could actually finish a script.  And it was my first experience going through the stages of crafting a script, from conceptualizing a story, to expanding it into an outline, to writing a draft, and then revising and polishing it.

It also introduced me to a community of like-minded people, so that I didn’t feel alone in this pursuit.  It was great knowing I could turn to my peers for advice or to commiserate.  I’m still friends with some of the people from my module today!

Q. You’ve worked on some pretty amazing shows, what would you say was your first big “break”?

A. I would say my first big break was ABC’s Trophy Wife (RIP). Even though I was an assistant (script coordinator), the writing staff encouraged me to pitch jokes and contribute to story discussions in the room. I was even given an episode to write, which was an incredible experience. The showrunners treated me like any other writer and let me be the supervising writer on set (which became even more exciting when Bachelor host Chris Harrison stopped by for a cameo – and don’t worry, I made sure we had lots of red roses on set that day for photo ops).

Q. Congratulations on your pilot in development My Friend 50! How did that come together, from your initial inspiration to its ultimate development?

A. I’ve long been delusionally convinced that me and rappers would be the best of friends. They would add so much to my life, I would add so much to theirs – it’s just a match made in heaven. I initially planned to make a documentary of me trying to befriend one of my favorite rappers. But then I remembered I didn’t know how to make a documentary. So instead, I wrote a pilot imagining what it would be like if a character like me tried to befriend 50 Cent and join his entourage.

And lo and behold, my amazing agent worked magic and got 50 Cent and the wonderful Will Packer interested in the script, and before I knew it I was meeting 50 Cent in person to drop off the script at networks. (Though sadly I am still not in his entourage for some reason.) I had a great experience developing the script with UTV and FOX, but ultimately the show is more of a cable project so now we’re in the process of taking it to cable networks.

I think the bottom line is that 50 Cent should have better security, because I basically stalked him and got to live out a daydream by writing a script....


Industry Successes

Composer Roger Neill AM '90, PhD '94 scored the soundtrack to comedy feature Don't Think Twice, which is currently in theaters and has been received with much critical acclaim. Also recently, the soundtrack for Amazon's hit series Mozart in the Jungle featuring Roger's arrangement of main title "Lisztomania" was released on August 12th. Roger writes the original music and serves as music consultant and conducting coach on Mozart in the Jungle.

Sam Clark AB ‘15 and Gus Mayopoulos AB ‘15 have surpassed their initial Kickstarter fundraising goal for their upcoming documentary SAFE SPACE, which explores the recent phenomenon of college students demanding safe spaces from offensive speech, syllabi, and performers on college campuses. They are still seeking backers and creative team members, so learn more about the project and pledge here or shoot them an email to get involved! Filming will begin this month.

A documentary by Paula J. Caplan AB ’69, Is Anybody Listening?, won an Award of Exceptional Merit in the Depth of Field International Film Festival, and the series of “Listen to a Veteran!” PSAs she created with cameraman and editor Rock Grant recently won a Bronze Telly Award.

Gregg Hurwitz AB '95 is writing and executive producing the adaptation of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS. The miniseries is in development at HBO with executive producers Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips of Joint Effort. Gregg is a best-selling author whose first YA novel, THE RAINS, will be out next month.

Matthew Bohrer AB '10 just shot a guest star on the upcoming fourth season of Masters of Sex. He will appear opposite Lizzy Caplan in episode seven, titled "In To Me You See." The episode will air on Showtime in late fall.

THE COAT, a short film starring alums Sara Lynne Wright and Ryan Shrime will premiere this Saturday, 9/3/16, at 3:15pm in Program 11 at LA SHORTS FEST, first in the lineup at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 (1000 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles). Director Ora Yashar is nominated for Best Director and would love for you to show up in support! More information and tickets here.

Kimberlee Garris AB ’01 is co-producing The Prom, a new musical making its pre-Broadway debut at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre this month. Directed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, The Prom is about a high school student who becomes an instant outcast and a national headline when her school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. This uplifting musical proves that standing up for yourself and inspiring others to accept their differences can make you the star you were always meant to be. Check out the Sept. 21st Harvardwood night at The Prom in Atlanta in our calendar below for discounted tickets.

New Members' Welcome

Harvardwood warmly welcomes all members who joined the organization over the past month, including:

  • Stephen Bergman, Boston/On-Campus, HMS
  • Sarah Boyce Borzilleri, NY, KSG
  • Adam Breuer, LA, GSAS
  • Jasmine Cho, NY, College
  • Rex Dean, LA, College
  • Teri Gamble, LA, A.R.T.
  • Mary Hsu, LA, HSPH
  • Greg Kestin, Boston/On-Campus, GSAS
  • Mark Kon, NY, Faculty
  • Karyn Langhorne Folan, DC, HLS
  • Travis Morrow, Boston/On-Campus, College
  • I. M. Schroeder, LA, FOH
  • Audrey Todd, NY, College

*FOH = Friend of Harvardwood

Alumni Profile: Kemper Donovan JD '04 (Author, The Decent Proposal)

by Terence O'Toole Murnin

In a world where dating now often means swipe left or swipe right, Kemper Donovan creates an old-fashioned romantic comedy set in Los Angeles, one of the most unlikely places to find true love.

Kemper Donovan sounds like the name of an indie-rock band you may have seen at Coachella, and the actual guy—impossibly handsome—looks like the leading man in a Hollywood rom-com. Possessing a resume that includes an undergraduate degree from Stanford followed by Harvard Law School, he “retired” from law at the age of 25 to pursue a 10-year stint at Circle of Confusion in LA, where he represented screenwriters and comic books.  Donovan is currently sporting the hat of published author, and his debut novel, The Decent Proposalwas recently named the “#2 Summer Beach Read” by Cosmo.

“I’ve always been a late bloomer, and I didn’t start writing until I was 30,” demurs the 37-year-old Donovan, “but I was at the point in my life where I knew I had to start something. I thought, ‘I better keep churning because time is not on my side.’”

While Donovan readily admits that he has always struggled with dating (“I’ve never been on dates more than three times with the same person”), The Decent Proposal is not necessarily autobiographical.  It is actually the culmination of a variety of experiences among himself and friends that he has woven into a high-concept romantic comedy decidedly at odds with the online world of and apps like Tinder, where the illusion of dating is experienced as infinite choices in a sea of endless hook-ups and countless throw-away experiences.

“Dating used to be a more ritualistic experience,” laughs Donovan. “The Decent Proposal looks at what happens when two people are forced to stick together in an old-fashioned way. At its core, dating is hard, especially in our current plugged-in contemporary world where no one is ever offline. At times, perhaps being stuck with the right person may not be the worst thing.”

In a strange twist of fate only believable among the helpless romantics of this world, during the process of writing The Decent Proposal, Donovan actually met his future husband:

“He’s the first and only person I fell in love with,” beams Donovan.

It’s this type of yearning for the past coupled with a sense of ease in contemporary Los Angeles that makes Donovan – and his writing – superbly unique. On his Twitter account (@KemperDonovan) Donovan unabashedly states, “If I could go back in time to any year it would be 1848, hands down.”

“1848 was the start of the woman’s rights movement at Seneca Falls and the Spring of Nations and political upheavals throughout Europe,” notes an invigorated Donovan. “The Victorian literature that sprung from this epoch like The Woman in White  and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins continues to inspire my work to this day.”

Donovan’s own life has been like a Victorian fairy tale in which a combination of dreams, desires and persistence has brought him to this point as a working author, now writing his second book. A self-proclaimed “flailing 22-year-old,” Donovan went to law school because he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, but at Harvard Law he ended up meeting some of his best friends.

“Law school does not prepare you to be a lawyer, but it makes you career-focused, and I realized then that my career path was not one of being a lawyer,” explains Donovan.

Instead, Donovan wrote a query letter to Lawrence Mattis, himself a former lawyer and a partner at management-production company Circle of Confusion (made famous by The Matrix), explaining why Mattis should hire him. As fate would have it, Donovan landed the gig—but instead of his intended New York journey, the offer was for a manager position in the LA office. Donovan took the leap of faith, and his first script plucked off the slush pile ended up turning into the feature film Hanna with Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett.

“After initially balking at the idea of coming out to LA, I fell in love with Los Angeles, and it’s been an incredible 12 years,” reflects Donovan.

Donovan enjoyed the process of creative development, but he also felt that “the clock was ticking” in regard to becoming who he really wanted to be as an adult. As his work role transitioned into foreign licensing for comic books, he began to write on the side.

“I had dabbled in screenwriting,” reflects Donovan, “but I had never really considered myself a writer. Writing is so difficult, and you always have to be prepared to throw out everything you’ve done the previous day to honestly confront this sobering truth.”

To combat the brutal realities of encountering the blank page on a daily basis in his new role as a novelist, Donovan took on even more personal adventures – adding violin playing and running marathons to the mix. 

“Playing the violin and running put my brain in a different space,” relates Donovan. “Now, I have pursuits in my life that are very satisfying on a visceral level. If you run this far, or practice for this long, you can hit milestones that are a comforting counterbalance to the vagaries of writing on a daily basis.” 

Donovan would love to see The Decent Proposal turned into a movie, and he’s also eager to return to the solitary nature of writing after years of working on promotions and marketing (the novel sold in August 2014 and was released in April 2016). 

“I admire artists who are able to do it all, as the things you have to do outside of writing are impossibly distracting,” smiles a world-weary Donovan. 

And so it goes as the sun rises on another perfect day in LA that finds Donovan running next to the beach in Santa Monica, hard at work on his next novel, but tight-lipped as to the subject of the new work.

“I never knew what I wanted to do, but I passionately believe in following your instincts,” relates Donovan. “No one is really doing their dream job, especially in this town, but if you take small steps, and open yourself up – even bumble around for a time – the incremental steps can lead you to where you’re supposed to be,” informs Donovan, now sounding like the ultimate Hollywood life coach.

A decent proposal indeed, and like a proper romantic, Donovan fades into the distance, leaving traces of footprints in the sand.

Terence O'Toole Murnin is a raconteur and provocateur currently pitching his latest feature-film screenplay, LOVE YOU. MISS YOU. KISS YOU., as well as a TV Pilot, CLUB CASUALTIES. Coming Soon: Bhang Lassi.


FEATURED EVENT | Harvardwood Helps at the 9.11 Remembrance Blood Drive - Sat., Sept. 10

Join Harvardwood Helps on September 10th and give the gift of life to commemorate the 9.11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Appointment times will take place every quarter hour between 7:30am and 2:30pm. Tell us your top three desired appointment times (e.g., 8:45am, 9:00am, 9:15am) so that we can schedule you with Cedars-Sinai. Please review what you need to know before you donate.

Los Angeles

Harvardwood Heads To... Beach Back to School Cocktails with IVY Entertainment - Wed., Sept. 14

The leaves don't fall in Santa Monica, but that doesn't mean you can't sip a cocktail while reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. You are invited to access top entertainment industry professionals at this one of a kind exclusive mixer in Santa Monica. You will have exclusive access to the The Study to mingle with top entertainment industry professionals in this inviting respite from hectic city life. Cash bar. Tickets are $20/person.

C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Artist-Gallery Consignment & Public Art Contracts - Thurs., Sept. 15

In this workshop, attorney Jonathan Tobin, Esq. will discuss typical provisions in artist/gallery consignment agreements and public art contracts. The program will cover common contract clauses, while focusing on ways to avoid pitfalls and common mistakes. It will also include strategies for negotiating the best possible deal. You will learn how to review and analyze artist/gallery consignment agreements and public art contracts, how to make sense of any legalese, and how to make sure you do not sign something you will later regret.

Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's Fall Wine Event - Sat., Sept. 17

The Ivy Plus Society is going back to the hottest spot in Santa Monica, Bodega Wine Bar. Meet the finest and brightest young alumni over Bodega’s delicious happy hour, exclusive for our members. Specials include $4 beer, $6 wine and $6 appetizers. This fan favorite lounge is the perfect setting to beginning of your Fall.

Harvardwood Co-Hosts the 68th Emmy Awards Watch Party - Sun., Sept. 18

Harvardwood is teaming up with NUEA, DAEMA, NYU, USCTEN, and CUE to co-host this year's watch party for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards! Swing by St. Felix Hollywood (walking distance from the Pantages & the ArcLight) on Sunday, September 18th to watch the awards show and mix/mingle with fellow Harvardwood members, as well as our alumni friends from Northwestern, Dartmouth, New York University, USC, and Columbia. Please RSVP so that we have an accurate headcount!

The show starts at 5pm, and St. Felix Hollywood has a happy hour from 4pm - 8pm. Check out the happy hour menu! St. Felix is your home for spirits and fare all crafted from quality ingredients. All of our creations, sauces and marinades are made in house from scratch to offer a fine dining experience in a warm welcoming environment.

C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Photography and the Law - Wed., Sept. 21

The legal issues affecting photographs and the photographers who take them are different than for other types of original works. The growth of social media, paparazzi, and "entertainment news" sites, television shows, and magazines has raised additional issues about photos that people shoot and how they can be used. This workshop will provide a primer on the various legal issues involved with photos and how these issues differ based on how photos are used. Topics will include: the rights of copyright that apply to photos; who owns a photo - the photographer, the person or company that commissioned it, or the subject of the photo; when "fair use" can apply to how a photo is exploited; the types of contracts that generally cover the taking and use of photos; how California's rights of publicity laws affect photos of celebrities and public figures.

Harvardwood Helps on National Public Lands Day - Sat., Sept. 24

The National Park Service and California State Parks are collaborating this National Public Lands Day on creek cleanup, campground maintenance, native plant restoration and trail work—and Harvardwood Helps is pitching in too!

Please RSVP so that we know to expect you and can let you know the meeting point. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and bring water and a snack. Tools will be provided. Fun will be had by all! Parking will be validated for all volunteers, so you might want to plan to spend the day in this magnificent state park after the work is done.

Check out the fun movie history of Malibu Creek State Park!

Harvardwood Heads To... IDA Getting Real '16 Conference - Wed., Sept. 28

Special panel w/ Steve James, Jack Riccobono AB '03, Stanley Nelson, Deb Esquenazi:

As the field of impact extends the life and reach of documentary films, it also reshapes and complicates the relationship between filmmaker and film subject. Increasingly filmmakers and film subjects spend months traveling together speaking to issues related to the film, the filmmaking process, and the power dynamic between storyteller and subject. How do filmmakers and film subjects navigate the murky waters of race and class, access and commerce, representation and agency?

We will hear from three filmmaker / film subject teams who have faced these issues directly, engaged in difficult conversations and experimented with new models for filmmaker / subject dynamics and collaboration.

  • Jack Pettibone Riccobono AB '03 / Rob Brown (The Seventh Fire)
  • Stanley Nelson / Mohammad Mubarak (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution)
  • Deb Esquenazi / Anna Vasquez (Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four)
  • Steve James / Ameena Matthews (The Interrupters)

New York

Harvardwood Heads To... Sara Melson Record Release Show in NYC at Pianos - Fri., Sept. 9

Join Alum singer-songwriter Sara Melson and band at Pianos in NYC for her east coast Record Release on Sept. 9th. Early show - get there by 7:45pm! For more info, visit

Harvardwood Presents MoMA Chief Curator of Paintings & Sculpture Ann Temkin & David Joselit: THE FUTURE OF THE MUSEUM - Wed., Sept. 28

Few cultural institutions have changed as dramatically over the past decade as the contemporary art museum. New art forms, vastly increased attendance, the commercial market, architectural ambitions, and sociopolitical concerns are just a few of the issues informing this era of great change. Ann Temkin AB '81 and David Joselit AB '81, PhD '95 will discuss the ways contemporary art museums are evolving to meet these challenges and opportunities, with, of course, particular reference to MoMA and its planned expansion.

Ann Temkin is the Chief Curator of Paintings & Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. She's held that position since 2008, having joined MoMA's staff as a Curator in 2003. Before that, she spent 13 years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as their Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Her PhD is from Yale.

David Joselit is Distinguished Professor of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. and before that spent 2003 through 2013 as Professor of Art at Yale University, where he was Chair of the Art Department from 2006 to 2009.  Earlier, he was a Curator at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and he has written books and articles about all areas of the visual arts, including Feedback: Television Against Democracy (2007).


On-Campus Info Session: Harvardwood 101 & Summer Internship Program - Thurs., Sept. 15

Current Harvard students, planning to apply for Harvardwood 101 to spend your 2017 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. For the first half of the program, you'll learn about the application procedure, timeline, and logistics of both programs. Then, in the last 20 minutes, you can direct your questions about Harvardwood 101 and HSIP to a panel of current students who have participated in one or both programs in the last couple of years!


Harvardwood Night at the Prom - Wed., Sept. 21

THE PROM is a new musical comedy making its pre-Broadway debut at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre through September 25.  The musical is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, director of Broadway’s Aladdin, Something Rotten! and co-director of The Book of Mormon. On September 21, Harvard alumni can get discounted tickets to THE PROM.  The night will be hosted by Harvard alums Dori Berinstein HKS ‘85 (Four-time Tony Award-winning producer of THE PROM), Kimberlee Garris ’01 (Co-Producer of THE PROM), and Reade Fahs ‘82 (Chairman of the Board of the Alliance Theatre).


Harvardwood Chicago Mixer - Thurs., Sept. 15

Please join Harvardwood Chicago to meet and greet and build our network of Harvard graduates/affiliates working in the cultural and creative fields! You'll also be able to meet Chicago chapter heads Emily Simon & Barbara Sealock, who can answer questions you have about the organization and discuss your suggestions for future events and programs.

This is a casual meet-up, so friends are welcome. Just RSVP so we know you're coming!

Washington, DC

Harvardwood Meet-up at the Black List DC Happy Hour - Wed., Sept. 7

The Black List is creating social hubs for writers around the world where they can meet other screenwriters and discuss the craft and the reality of the screenwriter's life. So join your fellow writers at the DC happy hour! Come to enjoy the drinks and the company. You never know who you might meet! This event is free and open to the public (cash bar).

Harvardwood Heads To... The Best of DC Shorts Film Festival Showcase A - Sat., Sept. 17

Buy your ticket then e-mail us at [email protected] so we’ll know you’re coming. The U. S. Navy Memorial is located above the Archives/Penn Quarter Metro station. Exit the station, turn right and follow the curve of the sidewalk until you see the entrance. You must enter from the Plaza — there is no access from 7th Street.

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