Volunteering for Global Networking Night in LA - Jan. 15th

Global Networking Night is a great opportunity to explore and expand your Harvard Network; the last event drew more than 8,000 alumni in over 100 cities!

Here in Los Angeles, Harvardwood is looking for volunteers to help out at the registration table alongside Harvard Club of SoCal volunteers for Global Networking Night on Wednesday, January 15th. We have two events in Los Angeles this year: a west-side GNN and an east-side GNN.

The LA West event runs from 6-9pm, and as always, we're expecting a HUGE crowd at The Parlor. All hands on deck, please!

There will also be a big turnout at the LA East GNN, which runs from 6-8pm at Pasadena City College. See instructions below on how to volunteer.

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Additional Film/TV memorabilia up for auction - through Jan. 8th

Now through January 8th, Harvardwood is auctioning off more film/TV memorabilia autographed by Taylor Swift, Martin Scorcese, Nicole Fosse, Sterling K. Brown, and more! View all the items on Charitybuzz; these lots close on January 8th, and individual countdown timers can be viewed on each item's page.

All auction proceeds will go toward Harvardwod's programming and events in 2020. Harvardwood is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the mission of which is to celebrate and support lives in the arts, media, and entertainment for the Harvard community and beyond. Thank you for your support by participating in the auction!

Happy New Year!



Screening your film at Sundance 2020? Share with Harvardwood

Calling all Harvard-affiliated films and filmmakers traveling to Sundance or Slamdance this month! The 2020 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 23 - February 2, 2020 in Park City, Salt Lake City, and at Sundance Mountain Resort.

Among the films that will be screened at Sundance are I Carry You With Me, produced by Mynette Louie AB '97 (SwallowThe invitation); Dinner in America, produced by Nicky Weinstock AB '91 (Red Hour Films); Minari, produced by Jeremy Kleiner AB '98 (If Beale Street Could Talk, MoonlightWorld War Z); and Four Good Days, co-written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia AB '82 (In TreatmentNine Lives).

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Harvardwood's 2019 Holiday Auction is NOW LIVE!

The 2019 Harvardwood Holiday Silent Auction IS NOW LIVE

BID TO WIN by Wednesday, December 18th, when the auction closes! Bidding is super easy! You can simply text your bid amount to (251) 254-8704 with the item's three letter code and bid amount ex. DJJ$125. You'll then be notified by when you're outbid, so you can keep track of the items you want and make sure you're the winning bidder when the auction ends at 3pm PT on Wednesday, Dec. 18th.


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Seeking a volunteer for the Dec. 12th LA party!

Greetings, LA members! We need volunteers at next Thursday's Harvardwood Holiday Hurrah at The Parlor on Melrose. Volunteers will be needed for 1.5-hour shifts (7-8:30pm or 8:30-10pm) and are asked to arrive at least 10 minutes before their "shift" starts. We need folks to cover the registration desk, the raffle, and the silent auction table. Of course, all volunteers will receive free admission to the party and two complimentary drink tickets.

Please email us with the subject line "VOLUNTEER - HOLIDAY PARTY" if interested. Thank you!


Begin bidding on Dec. 4th!

auction.pngGET READY TO BID: Our annual holiday silent auction goes live later this week on December 4th!

This year's auction items include exclusive, limited-edition memorabilia from:

  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Irishman
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Farewell
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Make a gift to Harvardwood this holiday season!

As we speed toward the end of the year, we hope you'll consider Harvardwood in your year-end giving! We've spent 2019 commemorating our past 20 years and connecting with our members—longtime supporters and new faces. Now, we're looking ahead to the fresh initiatives we have on tap, thanks to YOUR feedback and insight. Your gift of any amount will go a long way toward supporting Harvardwood in 2020 and beyond.

Make a 100% tax-deductible contribution to Harvardwood before the end of the year!


Participate in Harvard's Summer Community Service Fellowship Program

From the Harvard Alumni Association...

Help students thinking about working in the public interest field by funding a Summer Community Service Fellowship (SCSF).  Through this program, Clubs and SIGs have the opportunity to provide a fellowship to a Harvard undergraduate working with a nonprofit host organization in their local community or area.  Participating Clubs and SIGs find the program to be an exciting and creative way both to support Harvard’s students and contribute to their home communities. Club and SIG members particularly applaud the degree of “hands-on” engagement and interaction, as they directly speak with students about their experiences, receive student reflection reports at the end of the summer and make recommendations on fellowship award recipients to a selection committee representing Harvard University, the HAA, the Center for Public Interest Careers (CPIC), and hosting Clubs and SIGs.

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Looking for event hosts in Boston/Cambridge!

Harvardwood's Boston/Campus Chapter is looking for a member willing to open their home a couple times a year for Harvardwood Salons. These events are one of Harvardwood's most enjoyable and educational traditions: small group gatherings to hear from engaging speakers in a wide variety of entertainment industry positions. In the past, local salons have featured an entertainment lawyer, screenwriter for Hallmark, and the head of a TV festival.

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Donate an item or gift certificate to the 2019 Holiday Auction

Become a champion of the Harvard arts, media & entertainment community by donating an item from your business or service in support of Harvardwood's education events, professional programs, and service initiatives. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and auction proceeds will go to the Harvardwood Fund.

All Harvardwood donors are crucial to aiding Harvardwood in equipping a community of bright and talented artists and art enthusiasts to ultimately serve the world with their talents and resources. Harvardwood donors will receive special recognition on our website, as well as recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. They will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events.

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Harvard undergrads, apply to Harvardwood 101 now through 10/15

Harvard undergraduates, looking to learn more about careers in entertainment? Apply to the 2020 Harvardwood 101 program!

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 (see below for a list of companies that have participated in the past). 

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. Students can opt to stay only for the mandatory bootcamp week.

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The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program | Now accepting applications

Apply now to the Fall 2019 semester of the Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program in Los Angeles! The deadline to submit your application is September 15, 2019.

The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing. There is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week). Each module will have approximately eight participants, and will meet for approximately eleven sessions over a fourteen-week period beginning in late September 2019 or early October 2019. The program has a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit before applying. Participants are required to give constructive feedback to fellow writers in each session, so there is an expectation that you will have read applicable work prior to the meeting. The modules are successful because of this peer review, and you should expect a "writers room" format for your group.

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