Join hundreds of alumni for stimulating discussions and fond remembrances. Alumni Day 2018 is hosted by the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council. Register today! 

Schedule of Events

9:15–10:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
, Emerson Hall Lobby 

10:00–11:45 AM
Plenary Session
, Emerson Hall 105

Welcoming Remarks and Dean's Report
Emma Dench
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Keynote Address: Religion and Politics Revisited 
Michael Puett
Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology; Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion

Recent events have thrown into question many of our narratives concerning the degree to which the political world is becoming more secular.  This talk will explore these issues in terms of the current resurgence of religion in China.  Puett will argue that the different definitions of religion and politics at play in China may open up some intriguing possibilities for re-thinking some of our assumptions concerning secularization.

Noon–1:15 PM
, Harvard Faculty Club Main Dining Room, First Floor

1:45–3:00 PM
Session IEmerson Hall 

Whose Islam Is It Anyway?
Ali Asani, AB '77, PhD '84, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures and Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program

Looking Towards Our Energy Future
Cynthia Friend
Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science

The Economics of Modern Latin America
Felipe Larrain, PhD '85 economics
Minister of Finance for Chile (2010–2014 and 2018–present): Former Director of the Center of Economic and Social Policies (CLAPES UC) and Professor of Economics, Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago


3:30–4:45 PM
Session II
, Emerson Hall

Perspectives on Putin's Russia
Timothy Colton, PhD '74, government
Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies

Soundscapes: Teaching the World of Music
Kay Kaufman Shelemay
G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies 
Panayotis F. "Paddy" League, PhD '17, music
James A. Notopoulos Fellow, Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, Harvard University

There and back again: a long road to axonal survival​
Rosalind "Roz" Segal

Professor of Neurobiology and co-director of Program in Neuroscience in the Division of Medical Sciences


4:45–5:30 PM
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge