Harvard Conversations is a student-run program that facilitates candid and informal student-faculty interaction through a series of catered dinner conversations.

These faculty facilitated dinners will unite an interdisciplinary array of students to discuss topics ranging from identity politics to neuro-lingualism to the undergraduate student experience. We hope that both students and faculty will bring their unique perspectives and multitude of experiences to the table, learning much from each other throughout these conversations.

The conversations will be hosted every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6-7:30 PM. Each dinner will typically accommodate 10-12 students and one faculty member in a house common room, ensuring the dinner is conversational and not lecture-like. These dinners will rotate neighborhoods, but stay at the same house within the neighborhood to limit confusion. This would mean that we would work with four houses, one in each neighborhood.  

The mission of Harvard Conversations is to create a dynamic community characterized by vigorous discussion of current educational and global issues. Using the inspiration and guidance provided by faculty members, Harvard Conversations seeks to catalyze meaningful dialogue and interdisciplinary learning among faculty and students alike.

Through a series of informal dinners, we hope these conversations will enhance intellectual and ethical awareness in its participants for taking principled action in this rapidly transforming, multicultural world.

Click on the name of the Harvard Conversations leader below to signup.

Manja Klemencic

Topic: Perspectives on Student Experience

Monday, February 12th — Quincy SCR

Hakim Walker

Topic: The Crimson Letter H: what it’s like to represent Harvard back home and away from Harvard

Wednesday, February 14 — Cabot Private Dining Room

Andrew Berry

Topic: Alfred Russel Wallace, the other discoverer of evolution by natural selection. Why, while lionizing Darwin, have we forgotten him

Monday, February 19 — Leverett Senior Common Room

Michael Bronski

Topic: Student Socializing

Monday, March 5 — Quincy SCR

Roanne Kantor

Topic: TBD

Monday, March 19th — Lev SCR

Jill Johnson

Topic: TBD

Monday, March 26th — Quincy SCR

Dudley Herschbach

Topic: “The Impossible Takes a Little Longer”

Monday, April 2nd — Lev SCR

Sindhu Revuluri

Topic: TBD

Monday, April 9th — Quincy SCR

Lauren Kaminsky

Topic: TBD

Monday, April 16th — Lev SCR

Jeffrey Alan Miron

Topic: Libertarianism

Monday, April 23rd — Quincy SCR

Gina Schouten

Topic: Imposter Syndrome Gone Wild

Wednesday, February 21 — Winthrop Senior Common Room

Willy Lensch

Topic: Role of scientists in public conversations

Monday, February 26 — Leverett Senior Common Room

Ahmed Ragab

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, February 28th — Cabot Private Dining Room

Jelani Nelson

Topic: Free Flowing Conversations

Monday, March 7 — Winthrop SCR

John Stauffer

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, March 21st — Cabot Private Dining Room

Larry Summers

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, March 28th — Kirkland Private Dining Hall

Dr. Johanna Damgaard Liander

Topic: Todo sobre mi madre: What Spanish Film and Food Really Mean

Wednesday, April 4th — Cabot Private Dining Room

Anya Bassett

Topic: Looking Forward to Balancing Work and Family

Wednesday, April 11 — Winthrop SCR

Anthony Jack

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, April 18th — Cabot Private Dining Room

Danielle Allen

Topic: TBD

Wednesday, April 25th — Winthrop SCR