Sponsored by the Office for the Arts at Harvard, these seminars with leading figures in the arts and entertainment industries are open to all Harvard affiliates and the public admission free, with registration required.
Wednesday, January 20, 4-5:30 pm, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard: Amy Brenneman ‘86: “Plugging Into Good Stuff and Letting Go of Noise: Some Tips for Staying Sane in a Show Business Life” The actor, writer and producer (“NYPD Blue,” “Judging Amy,” HBO's “The Leftovers”) will discuss balancing career and personal life, and managing the ups and downs of working in the entertainment industry.
Thursday, January 21, 1-2:30 pm, Holden Chapel, Harvard Yard: “A Conversation with Composer Jeanine Tesori” The 2015 Tony Award-winning composer of “Fun Home” (which also won a Tony for Best Musical), as well as the musicals “Thoroughly Modern Millie," “Caroline, or Change,” and “Violet,” will discuss her career and creative process.
Thursday, January 21, 4-5:30 pm, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard: Neal Baer EdM ’79, AM ’82, M ‘95: “Private and Public Storytelling: How to Use Digital and Traditional Technologies for Social Change” The pediatrician and television writer whose credits include the TV series “Under the Dome,” “ER” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” is the founder of Global Media Center for Social Impact, which uses new media to promote health initiatives around the world. He will discuss how compelling stories have the power to transform popular culture and catalyze social change.
Thursday, January 21, 7-8:30 pm, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard: Paris Barclay ’79: “The Men and Women in the Mirror: Reflections on How the Commercial Artist Can and Will Change the World” The President of the Directors Guild of America and two-time Emmy Award-winning television and film producer, writer and director (“ER,” “The West Wing,” “Glee,” “Lost,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Good Wife”) will discuss how the power of popular media and storytelling can change perceptions about race, gender, sexual orientation and other aspects of identity in society.
Friday, January 22, 4-5:30 pm, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard: Nell Scovell ‘82: “A Way with Words” A frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and The New York Times, with TV credits that include "The Simpsons," “Monk," “NCIS," "Late Night with David Letterman" and her own hit series "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” as well as co-authoring Cheryl Sandberg’s bestseller Lean In—Scovell will discuss how to jump between literary genres including journalism, book writing, screenplays, speech writing and television.