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How Harvard Changed Comedy. An evening with Deputy Editor of Harvard Magazine, Craig Lambert AB ’69, PhD ’78

November 6, 2014. Join the Harvard Alumni Association for an evening exploring Harvard’s illustrious—and hilarious—comedic history with the Deputy Editor of Harvard Magazine and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences alumnus, Craig Lambert AB ’69, PhD ’78. With many comic examples, Lambert explores how Harvard comedy writers revolutionized American humor, moving it from the slapstick Carol Burnett era to the sardonic, offbeat world of David Letterman and Jon Stewart.

Save the Date: Celebration of the Study of Religion at

April 10, 2015.  Join us to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the PhD in religion at Harvard University. We are planning exciting faculty symposia to will feature presentations both on the historical context of the study of religion at Harvard as well as discussions about the future of the discipline. The PhD program in religion at Harvard dates from 1934, when the Faculty of Arts and Sciences established a degree of PhD in "The History and Philosophy of Religion". Its purpose, as stated by the Faculty, was "to make possible a course of studies which shall enable the candidate both to lay a broad and sufficient foundation for teaching and study within the field of religion, and to do individual research at some point in that field". In accordance with that expressed intention, the Faculty voted in 1963 to name the program The Study of Religion.

Professor Terry Martin in New York

The Graduate School Alumni Association invites you to join us on October 2 for a lively and talk titled "The Current Russia-Ukraine Crisis: a Historian's Perspective" by Professor Terry Martin, George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies and Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Clear and Compelling Communication

For Stephen Blyth, PhD ’92, successful graduate work is not measured by how few people understand it. “It is so important to be able to communicate one’s ideas in a clear and compelling way,” says Blyth, a professor of the practice in statistics and managing director and head of public markets at Harvard Management Company (HMC). “You need to be able to distill key features of your research to a broader audience.”

Harvard FAS: Perspectives on Leadership and China

You are warmly invited to join a series of conversations with dean of FAS, Michael D. Smith, dean of GSAS, Xiao-Li Meng and Mark C. Elliott, director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. In Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.