12:00 PM12:00

Reflections on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

In January 2018, GlobalWE Board Member Tara Abrahams traveled to Jordan as part of a UNICEF USA delegation to visit refugee camps, including Za’atari, where as many as 80,000 refugees live and work—and long to return to their homeland.
Join Tara to learn more about the current refugee crisis and the particular challenges faced by girls and women in the camps, including lack of access to quality education, the prevalence of child marriage, and a shortage of economic opportunities.


Tara Abrahams (AB 1999, MBA 2004) is a passionate global advocate for girls and women and currently advises Girls Who Code and The Obama Foundation. Tara recently served as executive director of The Girl Project at Glamour, the brand’s philanthropic initiative to support girls’ secondary education around the world.
Tara began her work in women’s empowerment as the president and deputy director of Girl Rising, a global movement and innovative feature film that aim to raise awareness about the importance of educating girls in the developing world. She has also served as the founding director of the Maverick Capital Foundation, a strategy consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a managing director at Acelero Learning, and the founding New York director of Health Leads.
Tara graduated with honors from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm (Eastern Time) Click here to view in your time zone
Location: This is an online event. Registrants will be emailed login information prior to the event.
Cost: This is a FREE event hosted by Harvard GlobalWE, but we would very much appreciate a $5 voluntary donation to help defray event expenses. CLICK HERE to donate.
RSVP: Registration is required. Please register before 5pm (ET) on 24 July. Only registrants will receive login information prior to the event.
We hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please write to globalwe@post.harvard.edu.

Register here


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to May 27

Volunteer or Attend Escape Velocity 2018

Support a Unique Non-Profit Over Memorial Day Weekend


Escape Velocity partners with NASA to create a 3-day convention that combines real science with pop culture to engage and inspire learners of all ages.  This event also includes hands-on STEAM activities for kids. Last year, over 4,000 people came to the event! This year, the weekend includes over 100 speaker panels, tech and arts workshops, a film festival, museum gallery, cosplay, and a full size Millennium Falcon cockpit from Star Wars!


Escape Velocity will be held at the Gaylord Convention Center in Oxon Hill MD from May 25 to May 27. We have two great opportunities to get involved this year!


  • VOLUNTEER: Escape Velocity is 100% volunteer run! Choose a shift (or multiple shifts!) that work for your schedule. Simply fill out the volunteer form to indicate your availability: https://escapevelocity.events/staff-volunteers/. Volunteers must be 18 or older. All volunteers will receive a free weekend pass to enjoy the event when not on duty. This will be a joint community service activity with the Harvard Club of Washington!
  • ATTEND: Can't volunteer, but still want to attend? Get a day pass, or a weekend pass, and meet us for some excellent speaker panels, evening events, and family-friendly kids activities! ANHW Members can purchase discounted tickets with the code 'HARVARD20' at https://escapevelocity.events/registration-ticket. Feel free to bring family and friends! Kids 10 and under are free.

ANHW will have the following meet ups over the event:

  • Saturday, 11AM: Literature Panel Discussion: 

    Female Embodiment in the Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narrative

  • Saturday, 2PM:

    The 50th Anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey,

    Lecture, Film Screening, Book Signing, and Gallery Tour

  • Sunday 12pm to 3pm: 

    Families Meet Up in the Exhibit Hall Kids Zone (kids of all ages are welcome!)

Escape Velocity is a local, 100% volunteer-run nonprofit organization. 


For any questions, contact mandy.sweeney@museumofsciencefiction.org

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7:00 PM19:00

Women and Leadership - Current Challenges and Paths Forward

At the Emerald Library Theater, Leverett House, Harvard College

An Interactive Workshop for Harvard Women Facilitated by Joan Bragar ’76, EdD ‘90, a leadership development and coaching expert.

Doors open at 6 pm for informal networking and refreshments. 

Many barriers have fallen since women got the vote in America almost one hundred years ago. But sadly, we are still facing enormous challenges to full participation in public life.

Recent events have shown that many women have the principled and courageous leadership that is needed to face these challenges. Our voices and perspectives continue to be essential in both the private and public sectors.

We continue to face barriers to full participation as leaders. Though many of these barriers are subtle and unconscious, we are dismayed to see that recent political events have promoted the acceptance of explicit discrimination and sexism.

We need to support each other as we learn how to sustain our accomplishments, and move forward to balanced leadership in our organizations and in society.

Come to a dialogue to learn and share with Harvard women:

  • How do we build on and sustain the progress of the past century?
  • How can we have our voices heard in all spheres of public life?
  • How can we support each other to ensure that women can lead effectively in the current climate?

Refreshments: Refreshments and light savory and sweet snacks will be served 

Speaker: Joan Bragar ’76, EdD ‘90; Joan’s website: http://bostonleadership.com/

Reservation fee $5


Contact and Questions

Siri Uotila, Harvard AB, '10, MBA '16, MPP '16, ANHW Steering Committee Member, uotila@post.harvard.edu

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7:00 PM19:00

Fall Harvard Alumnae Dinner

at the Artistry on the Green at the Inn at Hastings Park, Lexington, MA

Fall is in the air! Join us for a small group dinner. Capped at 12 guests, this is the perfect opportunity to get to know fellow ANHW members better. 

We are asking members to reserve their spot with a $25 deposit. This payment will be applied to your dinner bill on the night of the meal, and you will be responsible for paying the remainder of your dinner bill. (You can view the menu here to get a sense of what food the restaurant offers.

Should the event be sold out, you can sign up for the waitlist to be notified if there is a cancellation.

We hope to see you there!
ANHW Steering Committee

Reserve your seat today


Contact and Questions

Alexa Ing Stern, Harvard AB '12, Cornell MBA '17, ANHW Secretary, alexa.ing.stern@post.harvard.edu

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6:30 PM18:30

Joint ANHW and ATA Social in Cambridge, MA

Join the women of the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women (ANHW) and the Association of Tufts Alumnae (ATA) for an evening of cocktails and conversation in Cambridge!

at the Nubar, Sheraton Commander Hotel, 

16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Light appetizers will be served. Registration $5, required.


ATA and ANHW are collaborating for the first time to connect women in the Boston area. Come by to meet Jumbo and Crimson friends new and old and kick off the "school year" once again. Help us build a relationship between these groups and network with other professional women. 

Contact and Questions: Jessica Pesce, Harvard Ed.M. '11, Tufts G08, ANHW President and ATA Board Member, jessica.pesce@gmail.com Cam Archibald, Tufts A10, ATA President, archibald.cameron@gmail.com


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5:30 PM17:30


In the Phillips Brooks House, Parlor Room, Harvard Yard

Sarah Hurwitz: The Power of Your Words: Finding Your Most Authentic, Influential Voice

Senior Speech Writer for President Obama and Chief Speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama

You and your spouse or partner are warmly invited to attend. No admission charge.

The lecture series was established by three of Peggy’s Radcliffe fellow alums in recognition of her leadership of the Committee for the Equality of Women at Harvard (CEWH), an organization she helped create and advance throughout its 30 year lifespan. Her tenacious spirit and unwavering vision and dedication to women’s advancement prompted her former CEWH colleagues and the Harvard College Women’s Center to partner in honoring her legacy of fearless leadership.


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5:30 PM17:30

Social Entrepreneurship—Creating Sustainable Solutions to Tackle Social, Environmental, and Health Challenges

ANHW and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program at Harvard sponsor a presentation by Dr. Teresa Chahine, Social Entrepreneurship Program Leader at the Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Harvard College Women's Center is a co-sponsor.

Dr. Chahine’s topic is “Building Social Ventures: 12 Steps Towards Creating Sustainable Change.”

Her recent book (2016) is entitled Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.

The talk, free of charge, is open to all alumnae/alumni, students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as the interested public, on

Wednesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m., Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard (location to be fully confirmed).

Dr. Chahine states that her “two passions are sustainable development and social entrepreneurship,” conducted under corporate, non-profit, or government auspices.

On the grassroots level, Teresa spends most of her time in her home country of Lebanon, where she launched Alfanar in 2012. Alfanar is a venture philanthropy organization supporting social entrepreneurs in Lebanon and Egypt since 2004. Today she serves as Alfanar's innovation advisor, working to build external partnerships and collaborations; and learning from best practices of other grassroots organizations around the world. To learn more about her work and how you can get involved, visit alfanar.org and chgeharvard.org. Connect @teresachahine




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7:30 PM19:30

ANHW Happy Hour and Dinner

Please join the Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women for an informal networking dinner during Women's Weekend. Dinner will be at Tasty Burger in Harvard Square (40 JFK Street) following the opening reception on Friday, November 4th. 

Attendees will purchase their own food and drink. We will have space reserved for our group in the downstairs dining room. We hope you can join us!

Space is limited -please register now.


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6:00 PM18:00

ANHW DC Chapter October Social Event

The DC chapter of the Alumnae-i Network of Harvard Women (ANHW) would like to invite you to the next in our ongoing series of networking/social happy hours, which will be held on October 17 at Teaism in Penn Quarter from 6 to 8:30 PM.  


Location: Teaism, 400 8th St NW, downstairs area-- Archives OR Gallery Place Metro Station

Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

Cost: Free - however, since Teaism is providing the space, we encourage everyone to purchase a drink and/or food.


Appetizers, alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, and other food are available for purchase in the upstairs cafe.  


Space is limited.  Please register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anhw-dc-october-social-tickets-28067609977  by Friday, October 14.  


We look forward to seeing you there!


Joan P. Schwartz, President, DC Chapter of ANHW


 PS. If you are interested in joining the ANHW-DC community and/or hearing about other events, please email anhwdcsecretary@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.



We all hope to see you there!

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"Stand Your Ground: a Feminist History of Self-Defense" with Professor Caroline Light
6:30 PM18:30

"Stand Your Ground: a Feminist History of Self-Defense" with Professor Caroline Light

Join us for the first-ever Harvard Alumni Association Virtual Speakers Bureau event on Thursday, May 19th at 6:30 pm EST. Connect with fellow alumnae/i around the world and have the chance to hear from Professor Caroline Light, lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Director of Undergraduate Studies, on her recent research and scholarship. 

Professor Light will be speaking on “Stand Your Ground: a Feminist History of Self-Defense.” In her talk, she will unpack contemporary associations of lethal self-defense with good or “law-abiding” citizenship and she will explore the intersection of gender and race in the American Armed Citizen ideal to better understand how contemporary “Stand Your Ground” laws (and culture) affect women and people of color. Professor Light’s newest book, Stand Your Ground: America’s Love Affair with Deadly Self-Defense, will be published in 2017.

Following her remarks, she will take questions from the virtual audience. The webinar will conclude at 8:00 pm.

Please register to attend the event by Friday, May 13th. Once you are registered, you will receive instructions on downloading WebEx, the online platform that the event will be utilizing.

In advance of the Harvard Women’s Weekend this fall, the HAA and partnering Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) are organizing several related “pre-reunion” events – and you can enjoy this webinar from the comfort of your own home or with a group of alums.

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 ​Women of Color Matter: A Conversation with Professor Gordon-Reed
6:30 PM18:30

​Women of Color Matter: A Conversation with Professor Gordon-Reed

Thank you for your interest in Women of Color Matter! We are currently at capacity, but if you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email Harvard Alumni Education at haa_alumnieducation@harvard.edu.

Join local alumnae and the Harvard Alumni Association for the inaugural Harvard Alumnae of Color Speaker Series event featuring Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer prize-winning author and the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, interviewed by  Jeannie Park AB ’83, former Executive Editor of People Magazine, for an inspiring and thought-provoking fireside chat exploring the unique and also universal issues we face as women of color.

The Harvard Alumnae of Color Speaker Series is a new alumnae-led event series meant to inspire connections among the University’s diverse community of minority women. Through these conversations, we hope not only to break down silos separating different racial and ethnic groups, but also to provide support and promote discussion around important issues for women of color.

A networking reception with light refreshments to follow the program.

Harvard Recent Graduates (Classes of 2010 – 2015): $20.00
Harvard Alumni and Friends of the Harvard community: $25.00
Harvard Club of New York Members: Complimentary—Please register here
Current Harvard Students: Complimentary

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and formerly the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the Queen’s College, University of Oxford (2014-2015). Dr. Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2009), a subject she had previously written about in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (University Press of Virginia, 1997). She is also the author of Andrew Johnson (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010). Her most recently published book (with Peter S. Onuf) is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Her honors include a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, and the Woman of Power & Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City. Dr. Gordon-Reed was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Jeannie Park AB '83 is the former executive editor of People Magazine and a leader in diversity efforts in the field of journalism. Ms. Park spent over 22 years at Time Inc., working atTimeInStyleEntertainment Weekly and People and co-founding the company's Asian-American affinity group. In 1987, she served as the founding president of the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association and is currently a facilitator for its Executive Leadership Program. For the last eight years, she has devoted her time to non-profit organizations. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Third Street Music School Settlement, the country's oldest community music school, andsits on the advisory councils of the Network for Korean American Leaders and the Korean American Community Foundation. Ms. Park is First VP of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance and co-chaired the organization’s successful inaugural Summit in 2010. She is also an organizer of the Coalition for a Diverse Harvard, formed to ensure that diversity remains a priority in the 2016 Harvard Overseers election.


Contact: HAA Alumni Education | haa_alumnieducation@harvard.edu| 617-495-1920

Attendance Policy: Open to students | Open to alumni | Registration required

Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible event

Sponsors: Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women | Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance | Harvard Black Alumni Society | Harvard Club of New York City

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