Celebrate 50 Years of The Harvard Independent

The first issue of The Harvard Independent appeared on October 9, 1969, turning a thoughtful, nonpartisan eye on the life of the Harvard community at a time of extreme political tumult. In the five decades since, the Independent has never shrunk from its mission to offer a critical alternative voice.

On October 4, 5, and 6, 2019, alumni and current students from each of the newspaper’s five decades will gather on the Harvard campus to look back on the Independent’s first half-century—and forward to the next. Come for the full weekend and enjoy a range of events focused on student journalism and the Indy’s legacy.

On this page you’ll learn what’s in store for the reunion weekend, how you can sign up to attend, and how you can help with the planning process. In the meantime, save the dates and make your travel reservations! As more details about the reunion weekend come together, we’ll add them to this page.

Photo © Nic Lehoux

Photo © Nic Lehoux

50th Anniversary gala

The centerpiece of the Harvard Independent 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend, on Saturday evening, October 5, will be a gala cocktail party and three-course dinner in the Calderwood Courtyard of the recently renovated Harvard Art Museums. The first-floor galleries will be open for viewing, and the program will feature keynote remarks by prominent Independent alumni. Attendance will be limited to approximately 200, so please RSVP here to save your spot.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6:30-10:30 pm

Location: 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Cost: $TBA


A Symposium on the state of journalism

The morning after the gala, we will reconvene for a symposium on the past, present, and future of student and professional journalism. Panelists drawn from every decade of the Indy’s history will share stories from their years running the newspaper and covering campus news, sports, arts, and opinion. The Graduate Board will share an update on the Campaign for Independence. And in a forward-looking panel, we’ll talk about opportunities to revitalize today’s Indy and imagine how students’ media needs will evolve in the future. The event will be free to all alumni and current students and no registration is required.

Date & Time: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 9:30am-12:30 pm

Location: The charles hotel, 1 bennett Street, Cambridge (Tentative)



Friday Cocktail reception

For alumni who’d like to make a full weekend of the Indy’s 50th anniversary, we’ll host an informal alumni reception in Harvard Square on Friday evening.

Date & Time: FRIday, October 4, 2019, 6:30pm-9:30 pm

Location: TBA


reserve a room

If you’re joining us from afar, consider reserving at room at The Charles Hotel in Harvard Square. We’ve secured a limited block of rooms for the nights of October 4, 5, and 6, 2019, at the group rate of $399 per night. Call the hotel at 1-800-882-1818 and ask for the “Harvard Independent room block.”

The charles hotel, 1 bennett Street, Cambridge

IDEAS? help us plan the reunion weekend

The planning committee for the Harvard Independent 50th Anniversary Reunion Weekend is chaired by Mark Pelofsky ’84 and includes Wade Roush ’89 and Sally Rinehart ’09. We’d love to get your help planning the program and recruiting speakers for the Saturday gala and the Sunday symposium! To join or assist the reunion commitee, please contact Mark directly, and we’ll invite you to our next planning call. If you have general questions about the reunion weekend, please write to reunion50@indyalumni.org.

contact: Mark Pelofsky, mark@markpelofsky.com