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On Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council held a virtual Alumni Day program featuring stimulating discussions with GSAS alumni, faculty, students, and staff. If you'd like to follow up on this event, please email GSAA.

Schedule of Events


5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. 
Extraterrestrial Life: Are We the Sharpest Cookies in the Jar?

Avi Loeb, Frank B. Baird, Jr., Professor of Science

6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Privileged Poor 
Anthony A. Jack, PhD ’16, assistant professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

a conversation moderated by
Matthew Clair, PhD ’18, assistant professor of sociology, Stanford University


10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Conversation with the Dean
Emma Dench, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics

in conversation with 
Marianne Steiner, SM and MEng ’78, chair, Graduate School Alumni Association Council; founder and principal of Larkspur Marketing and Larkspur Energy

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Embedded EthiCS – an interactive mini-module 
Alison Simmons, Samuel H. Wolcott Professor of Philosophy 
James Mickens, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science

Meica Magnani, post-doctoral fellow, philosophy 
Susan Kennedy, post-doctoral fellow, philosophy

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Museum Collections and Genomics: Complementary Tools to Understand the Evolution of Birds
Scott V. Edwards, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

Jonathan Schmitt, PhD candidate, organismic and evolutionary biology

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Using Museum Collections in Teaching Across Disciplines: An Interactive Workshop

Rebecca Miller Brown, PhD ’16, assistant director, graduate student programming, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning 

Jennifer Thum, assistant director of academic engagement and assistant research curator, Harvard Art Museums

Harvard Art Museums Resources

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
The Student Experience 

Current student panel with
Sebastian Brass, PhD candidate, Germanic languages and literatures
Destiny Crowley, PhD candidate, history of art and architecture
Kiwi Florido, PhD candidate, biological sciences in public health
Ghazi Ghazi, Master's candidate, regional studies—Middle East 
Osiris Rankin, PhD candidate, psychology

moderated by
Sam Bersola, dean of students, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Friday & Saturday, April 9-10

This event has ended.
All sessions were hosted via Zoom.

GSAS Merchandise

GSAS has partnered with the Harvard COOP to provide Graduate School of Arts and Sciences merchandise for sale. From April 1 to May 31, 2021, visit the GSAS online store and use discount code GSAS2021 for a 15% discount on all apparel and gifts. (Rings, textbooks, and regalia are excluded.)