Activities & Events

Beyond the Classroom

At HILR, special events and numerous extracurricular activities complement our academic program.

From our lecture series featuring renowned academics and thought leaders, to poetry readings, musical performances, and informal weekend outings, there are many opportunities to engage in the community.

David Gergen, featured guest speaker, March 2015

Sponsored Events

HILR Programming Includes:

  • A Friday speaker series featuring Harvard faculty and public intellectuals, emphasizing issues of the day

  • Other occasional distinguished speaker events

  • Concerts, including our annual Matthew Ruggiero Memorial Concert, which has featured artists from the BSO and the BCMS, among others

Extracurricular Activities

At HILR, you may also join reading and writing groups, perform in theater productions, participate in a foreign language table, attend concerts, or join a special interest group.

In the process of exploring shared interests, you will cultivate new friendships and expand your personal network.


You are also welcome to attend public lectures hosted by various University institutions, including the:

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government

  • Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

  • Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

  • Fairbank Center for East Asian Research

  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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