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  • Our Astonishing Exhilarating Harvardwood Autumnal Equinox PARTY!

    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!


    September 20, 2019 at 7:30pm
    An apartment in the West 90s
    (You'll get the exact address in your registration confirmation email)
    New York, NY 10025
    United States
    Google map and directions

  • Harvardwood Presents David A. Andelman AB '66 on "An Impossible Dream"

    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

    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.

    September 24, 2019 at 6:30pm
    Haynes and Boone, LLP
    30 Rockefeller Plz
    26th Floor
    New York, NY 10112
    United States
    Google map and directions
    $15.00 USD · rsvp

  • published Writing the Half-Hour TV Comedy in Writers & Scripts 2017-05-30 10:56:03 -0700

    Writing the Half-Hour TV Comedy

    Greg DePaul (screenwriter, Bride Wars, Saving Silverman) is teaching a course at NYU's School of Professional Studies called Writing the Half-Hour TV Comedy. There are still two spots available and he'd love them to be filled by Harvardwood members. The 8-session class starts June 8 and meets Thursdays 6:30-9:30 in the Woolworth Building. You can register here at https://www.sps.nyu.edu/professional-pathways/courses/WRIT1-CE9601-writing-the-half-hour-tv-comedy.html. Course number is WRIT1-CE9601. Email Greg at gdp2005@nyu.edu with any questions. 

  • published Host a Harvardwood Party! in NYC News & Announcements 2017-05-28 13:55:03 -0700

    Host a Harvardwood Party!

    So far, we don't have a volunteer to host our wonderful Summer Party in July--so if you have a living room that's even slightly larger than the NYC average and would be willing to consider hosting, do get in touch with us at nyc@harvardwood.org

    In general we're always looking for new (donated) spaces not just for parties but for concerts, interviews, talks, dinners, and all the other fascinating events we're putting together.  If you have a space you can donate, do let us know!

  • published Harvard Students Seek Summer Rental in Real Estate - NY 2017-05-15 10:55:35 -0700

    Harvard Students Seek Summer Rental

    Hi! We are two soon-to-be graduates from Harvard and will be working around Midtown East beginning June 26. We are looking for a 2 bed, preferably on the east side of Manhattan (UES, Midtown, LES, East Village, etc.) with a preferred budget of $3000 or below. Please reach me at sallyhna@gmail.com if you know of any openings- thank you!

  • Jane Alexander and the National Endowment for the Arts

    As many of you know, there is an aggressive movement in Congress right now to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts.  The last time there was a comparable effort was in 1995-7, when Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House and Jane Alexander was Chair of the NEA.  Now our March 9 event with Jane Alexander has a different topic--but there will be a q&a, if anyone should want to ask her about this.  This is an unusual opportunity, and I hope to see lots of you there!  http://www.harvardwood.org/jane_alexander

  • published Giving Away a Piano - NYC in Special Offers 2016-07-07 14:09:06 -0700

    Giving Away a Piano - NYC

    I'll be replacing my old piano some time relatively soon. When I do, I'll be saying a tearful goodbye to the old one. It has zero resale value (it's a Hobart Cable from the late 1950s) and is not in good shape, but it does still hold a tuning and is still able to give a lot of pleasure. If you're thinking of actually buying a piano, you can do much better than this--but if you wish you had a piano but can't afford one you might be very happy to have it. Will give it away for free when I get the new one, but you have to do the moving yourself. If you're interested and near enough to NYC for the moving to be practical, let me know!  You can e-mail me at nyc@harvardwood.org

  • Beethoven & Brahms on the Upper East Side


    Hi, Everybody!  We have an amazing event coming up on Sunday, November 22: Pianist Sang Mi Chung, hailed by piano guru David Dubal as "a great pianist", and cellist Nathan Chan, who made his debut as a conductor at age 3, took up the cello at 5, and has been a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony and Royal Philharmonic, will be playing a program of Beethoven and Brahms.  See you there!  http://www.harvardwood.org/sang_mi_chung

  • published Patricia Herlihy on VODKA in NYC News & Announcements 2015-11-02 22:56:52 -0800

    Patricia Herlihy on VODKA

    Just a quick reminder that this Thursday evening, November 5, the eminent scholar of Russian and Eastern European history and culture (and former Mather House Co-Master) Patricia Herlihy will be talking about the history of VODKA and Vodka in history.  You might be surprised.  Registration at http://www.harvardwood.org/patricia_herlihy_on_vodka


  • Harrison Greenbaum '08 Joins LAUGHTER TIMES THREE

    Laughter returns to Harvardwood!  Our September 10 evening of food, wine, and STANDUP COMEDY just got even better--Harrison Greenbaum '08 has just agreed to join the cast!  Harrison's career in comedy has been taking off in a really great way--if you don't already know his work, you'll be glad to discover it.  It's been almost two years since we've done one of these comedy evenings, and a lot of you have been asking for another.  Here it is!  http://www.harvardwood.org/laughter_times_three  Looking forward to seeing you there!

  • published September - December Sublet Needed in Real Estate - NY 2015-09-02 12:40:38 -0700

    September - December Sublet Needed

    An out-of-town acquaintance is teaching a course at NYU this term and needs to sublet a room from now through December. Typically, he would be around Sundays through Tuesdays and away the rest of the week. If you have a suitable room, let me know and I'll put you in direct touch with him. You can e-mail me at nyc@harvardwood.org

  • published Adopt a Party! in NYC News & Announcements 2015-05-01 21:15:00 -0700

    Adopt a Party!

    Hi, Everybody!  As most of you know, Harvardwood NYC throws some of the friendliest parties in New York.  And the thing that makes the parties as great as they are is that they happen in a real person's living room (or rooftop or whatever)--this sort of space is always so much more welcoming than any bar or such.  We need MORE volunteers to host these parties!  If you'd be willing to consider doing this, do let us know at nyc@harvardwood.org -  our big summer party needs a home!

  • Special Harvardwood Discount for NIRBHAYA

    Harvardwood Full Member Cornelia Ravenal is a producer of the new Off-Broadway show NIRBHAYA and Cornelia has graciously offered the Harvardwood community a special discount for preview performances April 16-26. With the discount, tickets are from $25.50 to $73 (full price is $31.50 to $91). Performances are at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at 45 Bleecker Street, NYC 10012. There will be post-show talkbacks by, among others, Gabriel Byrne, Cynthia Nixon, Abigail Disney, Frieda Pinto and director Deepa, but who will be available when is not yet set.

    To purchase tickets, go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/943374/prm/PREVGROUP

    The discount code is PREVGROUP.

    You can see a 90 second video about the show at https://vimeo.com/124040251

  • Not the Standard Portrait of a Ballet Dancer

    You already know that on April 13 we're having an amazingly fun event--four brilliantly gifted dancers from ABT and NYCB talking about LIFE IN THE CORPS (and YES, you should sign up for it)!  Well I got some WONDERFUL photos there was just no space for in the original announcement.  (If you're not looking at the whole page, I really do suggest clicking on READ MORE!)

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  • Special Harvardwood Discount for ON THE TOWN

    The producers of the acclaimed new hit Broadway production of ON THE TOWN have graciously offered a discount to Harvardwood members and Friends of Harvardwood and their guests for all performances through April 30, 2015. With this code, prime orchestra seats are $79 on weekdays and $89 on weekends, and rear orchestra seats are as low as $69. To get this discount, go to


    The discount code is MAP and it can be used at the box office or by telephone as well. If ordering on the internet, choose your date and when the seating map appears, notice the box above it that says OFFER CODE. Put MAP in that box and hit enter and you'll get the special (and much reduced!) pricing.

    Come see why ON THE TOWN is on more Top 10 lists than any other musical this year. It's an “explosion of pure joy” (The Hollywood Reporter) with "the best dancing on Broadway" (Ben Brantley of The New York Times on NPR). Featuring eye popping sets and gorgeous costumes, ON THE TOWN has "a rapturous and red blooded score" (Daily News) by Leonard Bernstein, one of America's greatest composers, brilliantly played by a 28 piece orchestra -- the biggest on Broadway. This hit musical comedy is "everything a great show should be" (The Wall Street Journal)! Join three sailors with only 24 hour shore leave in New York as they are swept off their feet by three beautiful New York women for one amazing night ON THE TOWN!