Evening Events

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This page lists optional evening events. These events will offer unique opportunities to interact with Berkman Center and Harvard faculty, staff, fellows, and members of the community. Students and audience members are strongly encouraged to attend these events and learn more about the Berkman Center and it's diverse, enthusiastic community.

Drinks at John Harvard's

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Monday, 6:00 to 8:00

On Monday, all participants are invited to an informal gathering and cash bar at John Harvard's in Harvard Square. Mingle and chat with members of the Berkman Community and fellow participants!

Berkman Center Open House

Tuesday, 6:30 to 8:30
See this page for event details

All participants will be invited to share in an evening with the Berkman Center in the Ropes Gray Room in Pound Hall on the HLS campus. The evening will provide an introduction to projects, staff, fellows, and key research themes and activities.

metaLAB (at) Harvard Event


Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 metaLAB is an experimental research unit within the Berkman Center dedicated to innovation in arts, media and humanities. iLaw participants are invited to join the metaLAB team at their current residence, Arts @ 29 Garden, to share in an evening of surprises: thermal printers that respond to text message prompts, a cartographic surveillance system, large magenta cylinders that fabricate digital maps, live-mixed recordings of local pirate radio stations and an interactive LED jukebox. The event features recent hacks by the members of metaLAB and a special collaboration with Cambridge techno-musicologist Wayne Marshall. The evening will set the stage for the Digital Humanities pillar on Thursday morning.

metaLAB is found here.

Thursday Evening Events

Thursday, 7:00 to 9:00

A selection of activities led by Berkman Directors, fellows and other interested community members. iLaw attendees are also welcome to organize Food For Thought dinners in the area. See below for details on how to organize.

Poker with Charlie Nesson

A night of poker with Charlie. Players of all skill levels welcome: no prior experience necessary!

Sign-up List for Poker with Charlie Nesson

Food for Thought Dinners

These dinners allow conference attendees to engage in self-organized informal, themed conversation with other conference participants. Since these dinners are self-organized, there is no limit to the number of dinners that can occur on Thursday evening. We have not yet made reservations for dinners at restaurants; so if any conference attendees are looking to initiate/host a dinner, you are responsible for organizing and making reservations and communications. Also, please note that dinner attendees are expected to pay their own dinner costs.

You may organize and sign-up for Food For Thought dinners on the the discussion page. All iLaw attendees are welcome to add their ideas for interesting topics or propose dinner locations. If you would like to feature a dinner topic on this page for others to see, please email ilaw@cyber.law.harvard.edu.

Food For Thought dinners tend to work best when the group size is small enough to be intimate (around 8 people or so). For restaurants in Harvard Square, expect approximately a 10-minute walk from Austin. For restaurants in Porter Square, expect approximately a 15 to 20-minute walk from Austin.

Organize and Sign-up Here

Current Dinners (and sign-ups):