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Welcome to Dudley House

Posted Wednesday, 08 August 2012

Dudley House, entering its 21st year as the graduate student center at GSAS, offers dozens of intellectual, social, and recreational events every year — planned by GSAS students for GSAS students. Dudley House is also a great place to eat, study, grab coffee, meet friends, or play pool. We invite you to get to know Dudley at the following early fall events. Please see the Dudley site for the latest details and event listings.

 

Welcome (Back) Party

Discover Dudley, The Graduate House Opening Party

Friday, August 31, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dudley House. The center for graduate life at Harvard, Dudley House hosts its famous opening party on Friday August 31. Early in the evening, from 7 - 9 p.m., tour the house, meet Dudley Fellows and staff, and enjoy snacks, drinks, and socializing with hundreds of other Harvard grad students. Later, enjoy a dance party in the main hall. Come and visit our own version of Adventureland, FantasyLand, Musicland, and you might even run into some Pirates of the Caribbean! Open to Dudley House members and their guests. Harvard ID required for entry; proper ID required for alcohol. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres free; alcoholic beverages $2 (cash only).

 

Arts

Fundamentals of Drawing

Saturday, September 22 - October 28.  5 weeks, on Saturday or Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. - exact times and dates to be determined soon).  This class is open to Dudley students with an array of drawing abilities. We will develop our technique of "seeing" in order to faithfully convey natural objects. Students will be exposed to a variety of different techniques and styles, beginning with more conventional techniques and ending with individual projects that are catered to students’ own interests and favorite media. Cost: $30, plus the cost of materials. Number of students: 15.  For more information please contact Tina Liu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Athletics

The Dudley Athletics program gives graduate students the chance to participate in athletic events, both as a participant and a spectator.  There are two main components to Dudley Athletics programming: intramural sports, in which Dudley House competes against the other Harvard houses in a variety of sports; and special events, including bike rides, hikes, and other activities, as well as spectator parties for major sports events.  In addition to scheduled athletics events, Dudley House offers a game room featuring a large-screen TV and tables for pool, table tennis, and air hockey.

 

Sports Pub  

Thursday, September 6, 7:30 - 9p.m. The Dudley House game room. Come to learn more about the athletics options through Dudley House, and to sign up for fall IM teams.  Food and drink will be provided.

 

Bike Ride to Walden Pond

Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. (Tentative, watch for confirmation by e-mail).  Join our annual ride along the Minuteman Trail to Walden Pond and back along the country roads northwest of Boston. 

 

 

 


Kayaking on the Charles River

Saturday, October 13, noon (tentative, watch for confirmation by e-mail).

 

Outdoor Game Day

Saturday, October 20, noon (tentative, watch for confirmation by e-mail).  Gather for a day of frisbee, cornhole, and other fun outdoor games on the lawns of Harvard Yard.

Details of upcoming events can always be found on our web site.

 

Intellectual and Cultural

Language Table Mixer

Wednesday, September 5, 7 p.m. Dudley House, Fireside Room. Come meet other people interested in joining our existing language tables, Dudley’s informal language conversation groups, or in starting new ones. Enjoy our multi-lingual mixer in relaxed atmosphere with light refreshments as we inaugurate a new exciting academic year! Language tables meet weekly or fortnightly on campus and they are free. In the past, we’ve had tables for some twenty languages, including French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Arabic, Italian, Polish, Farsi, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. We are always happy to add more! For further information about getting involved as a participant or a table leader, contact Elena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Senior Common Room Reception and Dinner

Monday, October 1, 2012 Reception at 5.30 p.m. Graduate Students' Lounge Dinner at 6 p.m., Senior Common Room.  Tickets available in the Dudley House Office in September.  Please join us for the October Senior Common Room Reception and Dinner, where we will hear a talk given by Prof. Richard Tarrant from the Department of the Classics. Richard Tarrant is the Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Harvard, and recently the interim dean of Harvard GSAS. Prof. Tarrant served as a Director of the American Philological Association, and he is presently a member of the editorial boards of Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, and Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici. His main areas of interest are Latin literature, Greek and Roman drama, and the transmission and editing of classical Latin texts. This event is open to Dudley House members only. Members may acquire tickets from the Dudley House office, 3rd Floor; students on the Longwood Campus may call 617-495-2255 to arrange for tickets. This promises to be a fascinating conversation, and we anticipate running out of tickets quickly, so please collect your tickets as soon as you can. Contact the Intellectual / Cultural Fellows, Elena and Iaroslava, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

Literary

Wine and Cheese Party

Thursday, September 6, 8-10 p.m. Dudley House, the Fireside Room. Come join the Literary Fellows and fellow literary-minded folk at our inaugural Wine and Cheese Party. Meet new people, find out about our events, contribute ideas, eat some cheese, and drink some wine. Everybody who is anybody will be there. You should be too.

Do you like to discuss books with smart people? Are you a closeted member of the literati? Dudley House’s Literary Fellows run creative writing workshops, discussion groups, study bootcamps, and other events at which linguistically inclined grad students from every field gather to read, write, and think about literature in an informal setting. We also publish the Dudley Review, an annual literary journal showcasing writing and artwork by grad students. Check out the literary program for 2012-2013 on our website and let us know if you have suggestions for literary activities you’d like to see hosted by Dudley House!

 

Writing Workshop

Saturday, September 15, 7p.m.-9p.m. Dudley House, the Fireside Room. Bring copies of whatever you're currently working on (poetry, essay, fiction, drama . . .) for the workshop to discuss, or feel free to simply join in the discussion and the in-session writing.


September Book Club

Thursday, September 27 -6:00 p.m. Dudley House, the Fireside Room. For the September book club we’ll be reading selections from Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Complete Sherlock Holmes. In early October, we’ll screen the BBC’s new TV adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries for those interested in seeing this devious detective on the silver screen.

 

Writing and Study Boot Camp

Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 9a.m.-4 p.m. In the café Gato Rojo. Procrastinating is for wimps! Gratuitous Facebook browsing is for sissies! Getting work done on the other hand, is for the hard cases who attend the Dudley Writing and Study Boot Camp. We provide a quiet setting, two days of breakfast and lunch, and plenty of caffeine. Come. You will get work done.  Open to all Dudley House students from all disciplines. The cost of the event is $20, strictly non-refundable, so attendance both days is strongly encouraged. Please sign up and pay in advance in the Graduate Office on the third floor of Dudley House no later than the Thursday before the bootcamp. Students at the Longwood Campus may register by contacting the House at 617-495-2255. September’s Bootcamp will take place on. Limited to 12 attendees, so sign up early! Questions? Email the Fellows at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Music

Music at Dudley

Dudley students direct four musical groups for GSAS students: the Dudley Orchestra (contact Aaron Kuan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); the Dudley Chorus (contact Elizabeth Craft, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); the Dudley World Music Ensemble (contact Rujing Huang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ); and the Dudley Jazz Band (contact Sarah Politz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Rehearsals will all begin the first week of classes in September. Contact any of us to find out more!



Dudley Jazz Band

Wednesday, August 29. Auditions will be held at 6 p.m. Dudley House, Common Room. Join the Dudley House Jazz Bands in another great year of swinging at Dudley! The two groups, the smaller Dudley Jazz Combo and the Dudley Jazz Orchestra, rehearse on Wednesday evenings when classes are in session, and perform a concert each semester, often featuring guest artists or specific composers. The Dudley Jazz Orchestra also plays for the Spring Swing dance during the second semester. It is possible to play in both groups, especially if your instrument is in high demand.  Please be prepared to play a jazz standard from the Real Book and improvise, if possible. Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, September 5. For more information on auditions or the Dudley jazz bands, please feel free to contact Sarah Politz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Outings

Boston Harbor Islands

Sunday, Aug 26, 2012, 10 a.m. Boston is not just an urban landscape! Take the ferry from Boston Harbor to the Harbor Islands for a refreshing escape to the oceanside. Explore the walking trails and beach on Spectacle Island; visit the historic Fort Warren on Georges Island; hop to other smaller islands and catch a breath of ocean air. Meet at Dudley at 10 a.m.; return time open. Cost: $14 for the ferry, plus T fare. You can get tickets at the pier or pre-buy tickets online to avoid the wait and get on an earlier ferry. More details at dudley.harvard.edu/outings, or contact Anna (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). Open to Dudley members and guests.

 

Beach Bus Trip

Sunday, Sept 2, 2012, 9:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Make the most of the end of summer: get on the beach bus! We’ll be shuttled straight from Dudley House to Crane’s Beach, one of the most scenic shoreline destinations on the Northeast coast. Enjoy a day out swimming in the ocean or strolling along 5.5 miles of trails and boardwalks through the sand dunes and salt marshes of the Crane Estate, or visit the splendid Great House and landscaped grounds of Castel Hill. Meet at Dudley at 9:45 a.m.; return by 5p.m.. Tickets $14, on sale August 28 in the Dudley Office or at DudleyFest (August 29).  Dudley members may bring a guest. More details at dudley.harvard.edu/outings or contact Edlyn Levine (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7:10 p.m. Don't miss your chance to take in a baseball game while reveling in the atmosphere of America's most beloved ballpark, Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. From the picturesque brick facade to the peaceful green within, flanked by the menacing Green Monster in left field, Fenway has been a center of baseball and American history since the Red Sox’ championship season of 1912, and it is still going strong 100 years later. The hometown team takes on AL East rival Toronto in a Friday night matchup.  Tickets will be sold and auctioned ($30, cash or check only) at DudleyFest, August 29, outside Dudley House. Dudley members only, Harvard ID required.

Whale Watch

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 2p.m. Thousands of tourists flock to Boston each fall to see these majestic animals. See what the fuss is about yourself! We will leave from Dudley House at 12:45p.m.. Cost: $25, plus T fare. Tickets go on sale during DudleyFest, August 29, outside Dudley House. Dudley members may bring a guest and please bring your Harvard ID.

 

Bike Ride to Walden Pond

Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m. (Tentative, watch for confirmation by e-mail).  Join our annual ride along the Minuteman Trail to Walden Pond and back along the country roads northwest of Boston. 

 

Outing to the New England Pirate Museum

Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. Join us on a rowdy trip to the New England Pirate Museum (Salem) in a slightly belated celebration of the International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19). We will meet up at 10A.M on the steps of the Dudley House to take the 11.30 ferry to Salem, visit the museum, rediscover our inner pirates, walk the picturesque historical streets of the town, and return to the safe haven of campus by train. Travel fares amount to approximately $20, and museum admission costs $8. RSVP to Iaroslava at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Moosilauke Lodge Retreat

Friday, September 28-30. Join our annual retreat to the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge for fall foliage, hearty lodge meals, and scenic hiking trails that range from challenging to leisurely in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Cost: $160 per person, or $140 if you volunteer to drive a rental car, or free if you bring 4 passengers in your own car. Includes transportation, meals, and lodging. Tickets available from Dudley House starting Thursday, September 13th at 9:00 a.m. Dudley members may bring one guest. More details at dudley.harvard.edu/outings, or contact Anna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Public Service

 

Public Service Fair

Thursday, September 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Dudley Common Room.  Come enjoy ice cream. sundaes and learn about volunteer options that suit your interests and schedule! Representatives from community organizations will be present with information about volunteer opportunities in tutoring, elderly visits, shelter volunteering, environmental awareness, and many other service arenas. This event is definitely for you if you want to get involved but don’t know where to start.

 

Blood Drive

Thursday, September 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dudley Graduate Student Lounge. Blood is always needed.  Your donation will go directly to Mount Auburn Hospital to save up to three lives!  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up for a blood donation. On donation day, bring your photo ID or you cannot donnate. Also, please drink plenty of water the day before, and eat a good breakfast. There will be plenty of juice and snacks as a thank-you for your generosity.

 

Senior Common Room Reception and Dinner

Monday, October 1, 2012 Reception at 5.30 p.m. Graduate Students' Lounge Dinner at 6 p.m., Senior Common Room.  Tickets available in the Dudley House Office in September.  Please join us for the October Senior Common Room Reception and Dinner, where we will hear a talk given by Prof. Richard Tarrant from the Department of the Classics. Richard Tarrant is the Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature at Harvard, and recently the interim dean of Harvard GSAS. Prof. Tarrant served as a Director of the American Philological Association, and he is presently a member of the editorial boards of Toronto Medieval Latin Texts, Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries, and Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici. His main areas of interest are Latin literature, Greek and Roman drama, and the transmission and editing of classical Latin texts. This event is open to Dudley House members only. Members may acquire tickets from the Dudley House office, 3rd Floor; students on the Longwood Campus may call 617-495-2255 to arrange for tickets. This promises to be a fascinating conversation, and we anticipate running out of tickets quickly, so please collect your tickets as soon as you can. Contact the Intellectual / Cultural Fellows, Elena and Iaroslava, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk


Sunday, October 14, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Meet on Dudley Front Steps.  The Making Strides Walk is an opportunity to raise awareness about breast cancer, honor breast cancer survivors, and raise money for the American Cancer Society's research, information services, and mammogram initiatives.  The event is a 5-mile non-competitive walk beginning in Boston.  Please consider joining the Dudley team or making a donation.  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

 

Halloween Game Day for Kids

Sunday, October 28, 3 - 5:30 pm Dudley Game Room. Join us for an afternoon of pumpkin-decorating, music, snacks, and games -- and wear a costume! This event is open to the entire Harvard community and is designed for families with children two to twelve years old. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before the event with questions or comments.