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    • June 01, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
    • Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall

    This 75 minute symposium will feature a presentation by Harvard professor Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University, Director of Harvard’s Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics, and Co-Chair of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences initiative, which proposes specific recommendations and reforms to ensure our democracy. 

    The presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by E.J. Dionne '73, featuring Danielle Allen and panelists Roger Ferguson '73, Al Franken '73, Bill Kristol '73, and Patti Saris '73.

    Link to full report:

    Our Common Purpose | American Academy of Arts and Sciences (

    Summary of Key strategies and recommendations in the report:

    • June 01, 2023
    • 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall

    From the Charles River to Half-Earth: 50 Years to 50 Percent

    When: Thursday, June 1, 10:30-11:45 am (Science Center)

    Convenor: John Kress

    Participants: Jesse Ausubel, John Adams, Kimball Chen, Lindsay Clarkson, Robert Dreher, Henrietta Wigglesworth Lodge, Michael Mayer, Anne MacKinnon, Roger Myerson, Sharon Tisher

    As undergrads we associated the Charles River and Boston Harbor with tetanus and sewage. Jesse Ausubel will report on surprisingly diverse and abundant aquatic life discovered in a slurp of water with modern genomics near the Boat House and USS Constitution and look back nostalgically on the fear of falling off a shell, raft or dinghy.

    John Kress will then lead a conversation among classmates engaged in the ClassACT HR73 Environment AND CLIMATE CHANGE Working group. The late Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson, in his 2016 book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, proposed the designation of half of Earth’s surface, both terrestrial and marine, as a natural reserve to safeguard the remaining biodiversity of the planet. With participants’ backgrounds in environment, law, government, medicine, business, and academics, discussion will focus on action that can be taken through ratification of international biodiversity treaties and local to global land trusts as vehicles for species and ecosystem protection.

    • June 21, 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom


    • Ambassador Peter Galbraith '73
    • BBLP Fellow Laila Khondkar
    • Leigh Hafrey '73
    • Marion Dry '73

    More information coming soon!

Past events

May 20, 2023 ClassACT Conversation with the BBLP Fellows
May 11, 2023 ClassACT Bridges Forum
May 02, 2023 Meet and Greet with BBLP Fellow Laila Khondkar and Leigh Hafrey '73
April 25, 2023 Washington, D.C. Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
April 22, 2023 Charleston Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
April 17, 2023 Zoom Forum: Protecting Half-Earth: Opportunities and Obstacles
April 02, 2023 Los Angeles Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering (Tentative)
March 28, 2023 Minneapolis Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
March 01, 2023 Zoom Forum: Addressing Anxiety & Depression In Young Adults: Leveraging What Works
February 08, 2023 San Francisco Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
November 11, 2022 Boston Pre-Reunion Regional Gathering
November 02, 2022 NYC Pre Reunion Regional Gathering
October 20, 2022 Half-Earth: Conserving Biodiversity From the Deep Sea to Mt. Everest
September 12, 2022 Voter Suppression: A Cancer in our Body Politic
April 07, 2022 LGBTQ Youth Rights: Protecting the Queer Frontier
March 16, 2022 ClassACT HR73 Presents: A Conversation on Russia's War on Ukraine
December 16, 2021 Can 21st-Century Capitalism Reverse School Failure, Climate Change, and Income Inequality?
October 25, 2021 Climate Change and Water Crises: Drought, Flood, Contamination … and What We Can Do About It
October 19, 2021 JusticeAid Fall Concert: Mavis Staples and Amy Helm
October 19, 2021 JusticeAid Author Talk with Prof. Kris Henning at Busboys & Poets
June 10, 2021 Gerrymandering: Our Democracy At Risk
May 20, 2021 Health Disparities and the COVID-19 Vaccine
March 25, 2021 Racism and the Criminal System: Communities Fight for Justice
January 11, 2021 When the Stage Goes Dark: Performing Arts in COVID Time
November 17, 2020 Schools + COVID = Inequity Amplified
October 20, 2020 Fascism: Are We There Yet?
September 24, 2020 Call to ClassACTion: Turn Out the Vote
July 30, 2020 Health Disparities: Lessons from COVID-19
June 30, 2020 Social Justice and Race in America
June 18, 2020 Game Changer: Sports in the Pandemic Era
May 07, 2020 ClassACT Zoom Forum: Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
November 01, 2019 Reception for New BBLP Fellow Nadia Rehman
October 22, 2019 JusticeAid Baylor Project Concert
October 15, 2019 JusticeAID Matthew Whitaker Concert
September 28, 2019 Kids Care Everywhere Autumn Soiree
September 10, 2019 Sports Analytics Club: The Benefit of HBCUs Developing Data Science Programs
April 16, 2019 JusticeAid Concert for the Immigrant Defense Center
April 15, 2019 JusticeAid Public Forum on Indefensible: The Atrocity of Crimmigration
April 13, 2019 South Asia Symposium – Challenges Facing the Leaders of Tomorrow
April 12, 2019 Weatherhead Assembly
April 27, 2018 Dinner and Conversation
April 21, 2018 Chicago ClassACT Weekend 2018
May 24, 2017 JusticeAid Concert: Gotta Serve Somebody
May 23, 2017 JusticeAid Panel: Justice, Mental Health, and Incarceration
April 07, 2017 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Associate and HR '73 Classmate Dinner
December 05, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Assembly
September 29, 2016 ClassACT Board Retreat
May 14, 2016 ClassACT Weekend 2016
April 19, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program Boston Launch Event
February 19, 2016 Benazir Bhutto Leadership Program New York Launch Event
November 20, 2015 White Pony Express
October 15, 2015 ClassACT Weekend 2015
November 12, 2014 Washington D.C. Local-Connection Event: El Rincon

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