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The Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council hosted Alumni Day on campus on April 9, 2022.

Schedule of Events

(All times in Eastern Time)

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Registration, Lobby, Emerson Hall

10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Plenary Session, Room 105, Emerson Hall 

Welcome 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


Marianne Steiner, SM and MEng ’78, chair, Graduate School Alumni Association Council; Founder and Principal of Larkspur Marketing and Larkspur Energy

Keynote Address: 

Partners in Democracy
Danielle Allen, PhD ’01, Government, James Bryant Conant University Professor

Noon to 1:15 p.m.

Lunch, Pick up in Main Dining Room, First Floor, Harvard Faculty Club
Boxed lunches may be enjoyed in the Main, East, and North dining rooms or taken away to enjoy outside or elsewhere on your own or with fellow alumni.

1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Faculty Presentations

Session I 

What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say about Climate Change Policy?
Emerson Hall
Robert Stavins, PhD ’88, Economics, A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development, Harvard Kennedy School; Director of Graduate Studies for Public Policy, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Programming Biology for a Sustainable Planet
Emerson Hall
Pamela Silver, Elliott T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School; Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Marika Ziesack, PhD ’18, Medical Sciences, Staff Scientist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering; Co-founder, Circe Bioscience

3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Session II

A Matter of Life and Breath: Using Data Science to Stop Air Pollution and Climate Change 
Emerson Hall
Francesca Dominici, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population, and Data Science, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative

The Rhetoric of Social Media
Emerson Hall
James Engell, AB '73, PhD '78, English and American Literatures and Languages, Gurney Professor of English Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature

4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Reception, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge


For the consideration of others, we ask that all guests wear masks while attending presentations in Emerson Hall. Opportunities for eating and drinking and unmasked socializing will be optional.

Parking will be available for attendees at the Broadway Garage located at 7 Felton Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Attendees should provide the event title “GSAS Alumni Day” to the parking services monitor when they arrive at the parking facility. 


Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School Alumni Association Council.

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