Dear Members and Alumni,

We are amazingly, surprisingly, even perhaps - fortunately? - at the end of 2020. Whether we celebrate Christmas, or are relaxing over school holidays, I am sure we are all looking forward to a new beginning in 2021.

This has been an odd twelve months, we have all had our coping mechanisms stretched with the issues that this covid-19 has brought upon us - but most of us here are lucky to be healthy and well and although we have had to experience some hardship and make changes to our lifestyles; our degree of suffering has been, by and large, mild, relative to many others.

I for one am sad that the planned reunion with my parents and brothers family has been scuttle-butted (the HK-Singapore bubble has been delayed) - needless to say, I was not so polite when the news first broke!! - but have decided now to adopt the spirit of season - of happiness, or being thankful, of giving, of looking forward.

The board and I hope that 2021 will bring fewer ZOOM events and more in-person gatherings, albeit in smaller numbers. Human beings are social creatures by nature!
Take good care of yourselves, and your family, and friends

Rebecca Woo (AB '89)
HUAAS President
Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore (1)
Life Members have paid $1,000 for membership. We are grateful for their generosity and want to acknowledge these special members.

Andreas BIRNIK



Eugene WONG

Rebecca WOO

YAN Xiankai

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11 Dec - Insights from a Synthesising Mind: Conversation with Dr Howard Gardner 10:00pm SGT

Prof. Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. An eminent scholar, psychologist, and educator, Professor Howard Gardner is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, which suggests that human intelligence should be differentiated into modalities, rather than be accepted as a general ability. He has received honorary degrees from thirty-one colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, and Spain. He has twice been selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of "100 most influential public intellectuals in the world." He’s also been named one of the most influential thinkers in U.S. education and a “global guru” of business management. In 2020, Prof. Gardner’s memoir, A Synthesizing Mind has been published by MIT Press.He is the author of several best-selling books and publications, including Multiple Intelligences, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, The Unschooled Mind, Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity, The Disciplined Mind, and most recently, his memoir, A Synthesizing Mind.

NOTE: In advance of the conversation, we encourage you to read his memoir, A Synthesizing Mind.

Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, which has served as a Laboratory to prototype “design processes” that enables “transformative” student learning experiences since 2001. She is also the founder of Design For Change, the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries — impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers. Prof. Gardner is retiring at the end of this academic year, so this is an especially exciting opportunity for all of us to hear from him. In addition to members of the Harvard Alumni Clubs in India, and the Design for Change network globally, we will also be opening up this special event to the Harvard Alumni Clubs in the entire Asia-Pacific region as part of a recent initiative by the Harvard Alumni Association.

17 Dec - HAA Speakers Bureau - Prof Martha Schwartz - 9am SGT

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Ms. Schwartz is a tenured Professor in Practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and is a participant of the GSD Climate Change Working Group. She is passionate about “climate ready” cities and is a world renowned architect, urbanism, and climate activist.

Join us for a chat and discussion with her!!

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The Executive Committee 2020/2021
Rebecca WOO, AB '89, President (Term Ending 2021)
Titus YONG, EdM '03, Vice President (Term Ending 2022)
Welly TANTANO AB '96 Treasurer (Term Ending 2022)
Allen CHU, AB ‘92, Secretary (Term Ending 2021)
Stephen JACOB, MPP '00 , Member (Term Ending 2021)
Arthur LANG AB '96, MBA '01 Member(Term Ending 2022)
Andrew NAI, GMP '14, Member(Term Ending 2022)
En-Ming ONG, AB '11, Member (Term Ending 2022)
Nadine YAP, AB '92, AM '95, Member (Term Ending 2021)

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