Due to public health concerns relating to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) GSAS Alumni Day 2020 has been canceled.

Announcements regarding Alumni Day 2021 will be forthcoming. 


The Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council invites you back to campus for Alumni Day for stimulating discussions and fond remembrances. 

Schedule of Events

9:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Emerson Hall, Lobby


10:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.
Plenary Session
, Emerson Hall 105

Welcoming Remarks and Conversation with the Dean
Emma Dench
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

Keynote Address: How Algorithms Can Fail and How to Prevent That
Cathy O'Neil, PhD '99, mathematics
Author, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy; Founder, O'Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing


Noon–1:15 p.m.
Harvard Faculty Club Main Dining Room, First Floor
Join fellow alumni for a traditional Alumni Day sit-down meal, or select our exciting new "Networking Lunch" option to engage more interactively with alumni in a variety of fields and careers.​


1:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Afternoon Sessions with Harvard Faculty
Emerson Hall
Engage with the current scholarship of faculty from a wide range of disciplines and explore your curiosity in fields both familiar and unfamiliar. Presentations are structured to be accessible to all audiences.

Session I, 1:45 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Teddy Roosevelt, Leo Tolstoy, and Masculinity
Justin Weir
Curt Hugo Reisinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature

Tech Science to Save the World​
Latanya Sweeney

Professor of Government and Technology in Residence; Director of Data Privacy Lab at IQSS

Quantum Science and Engineering
Mikhail Lukin
George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics; Co-director Harvard Quantum Initiative in Science and Engineering 

Session II, 3:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.

A Matter of Life and Breath: Using Data Science to Stop Air Pollution and Climate Change
Francesca Dominici

Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science; Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative

The Care of Foreigners
Eram Alam

Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine

Empire of Cotton
Sven Beckert

Laird Bell Professor of History

4:45 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council.

Questions? Email gsaa@fas.harvard.edu