MA – _Z_ in Harvard

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Tunisian political cartoonist _Z_ appears at Harvard University on Thursday November 14, 2013 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Press Release:

The CMES Working Group on Film and Visual Arts in a Changing Middle East is pleased to present _Z_ in Harvard

Heavily involved in the opposition against Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s autocratic rule, _Z_’s satirical cartoons and articles made him one of the most wanted targets of Tunisia’s secret services. He has remained anonymous as he continues denouncing the government’s antidemocratic practices, and his influence on Tunisia’s public opinion remains significant.

In his first public appearance, _Z_ will give a “draw-as-you-speak”-style lecture while explaining the world of his cartoons. How does he draw Tunis? Islamists? Ben Ali’s family? What does this mean in the context of Tunisian politics?

While at Harvard, _Z_ will also be giving a master class on November 13th; for more information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: due to the sensitive nature of _Z_’s anonymity, photography and videography will be forbidden at this event. Anyone attempting to photograph or film this talk will be asked to leave immediately.

This event is open to the public; no registration required.

This event is off the record. The use of recording devices is strictly prohibited.

Date: November 14, 2013 – 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Room 124, Gund Hall,
48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

MA – Vericon Author Signings

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Vericon is a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention featuring many events and distinguished guest speakers. It has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The thirteenth Vericon will take place on Friday through Sunday, March 22 to 24.

Harvard Book Store will host author signings with Vericon writers on Saturday March 23, 2013. Stay tuned for updates!

Signing Schedule:

2:30-3:15pm: Shira Lipkin, Jennifer Pelland, Greer Gilman
3:30-4:15pm: Tamora Pierce and Jo Walton
4:30-5:15pm: N.K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, and Jeffrey Carver

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store 
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Family Guy Creator Receives Award from Harvard

Seth MacFarlane appears on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 8:00pm! Presented by the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.

Buy your tickets at the Harvard Box Office! ($25 ea)

Press Release:

We are honored to present the 2011 Harvard Humanist of the Year award to Seth MacFarlane: writer, director, and creator of hit TV shows Family Guy and American Dad! We are very excited MacFarlane was able to work this exclusive event, an award ceremony and fundraiser for our organization, into his schedule.

While it is rare for someone his age to receive this honor, his extensive body of work, his active, passionate commitment to Humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues compel us to recognize his contributions now.

For 20 years, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard has presented the Humanist of the Year award to an individual whose life’s work and personal commitment most exemplified the application of Humanist values in the public arena.  Past recipients have included the first openly nontheistic sitting U.S. congressman Pete Stark (2007); renowned scientists Steven Pinker and E.O. Wilson; and human rights hero General Romeo Dallaire.

MacFarlane will accept the award at the Memorial Church, in the heart of Harvard Yard, as part of the launch of a major Humanist initiative at Harvard.

Doors at 7:30pm.

Special Extras for Ticketholders!

As an expression of our Humanist values, we will begin the day with an environmental sustainability service project, coordinated in partnership with the Cambridge Energy Alliance and Home Energy Efficiency Team – Massachusetts. We will meet for this project at 12 Eliot St. at 10:00 am and travel off site. Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Lunch will be provided for a $10 donation.

In the afternoon and early evening preceding the award ceremony, we will host launch celebration and academic panel on “Community for Freethinkers” to celebrate the launch of our latest undertaking, the “Humanist Community Project.” In addition to Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein and the HCH staff, this gathering will feature Todd Stiefel of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation; Jessica Ahlquist, high school student and Humanist activist; and others TBA. 3pm Emerson 105, Harvard Yard.

While these special event extras are free for ticket holders, we need you to RSVP here.

Harvard’s Memorial Church
One Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

MA – Vericon Book Signings

Harvard Book Store is pleased to partner with the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association to host a series of book signings with featured authors on Saturday March 19, 2011.

12:00–12:45: Brandon Sanderson, Ellen Kushner, and Delia Sherman

1:00–1:45: Austin Grossman and Holly Black

2:00–2:45: Catherine Asaro and Sarah Smith

For more information about Vericon, visit their website at www.vericon.org

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Vericon Guest of Honor Announced

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Vericon takes place on March 19-21, 2010. We’ll be returning as usual, with an entire weekend of your favorite games and activities! Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that the Guest of Honor for Vericon X will be Timothy Zahn, author of Heir to the Empire, one of a number of excellent Star Wars novels, as well the Conquerors Trilogy and many other novels and stories. Alongside him will be returning webcomic favorite Randall Munroe. Be sure to keep an eye on http://www.vericon.org/ as others join this exciting guest list!  

Vericon is a science-fiction, fantasy, gaming, and anime convention featuring many events and distinguished guest speakers. It has been held annually at Harvard University since 2001. The tenth Vericon will take place on Friday-Sunday, March 19-21, 2010. The convention is sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association (HRSFA), an undergraduate student group.