Spielberg is giving the 365th commencement speech in the history of the college, the oldest in the United States.
“Steven Spielberg is a genre-defying filmmaker whose unparalleled creativity has fueled countless imaginations,” said Harvard president Drew Faust. “An extraordinary storyteller, he has given voice to the silenced and brought history to life. Through his art, Mr. Spielberg has challenged us to dream and to see the world anew, and I am very much looking forward to welcoming him back to Harvard and to honoring him during our 365th commencement exercises.”
Aside from being a three-time Academy Award winner, Spielberg has devoted a lot of time and energy to philanthropy. He established the Righteous Persons Foundation using all his profits from the film “Schindler’s List,” and founded the Shoah Visual History Foundation — now USC Shoah Foundation: The Institute for Visual History and Education, which has recorded more than 53,000 interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses.
“Through both his art and his activism, Steven Spielberg has shared with millions his deeply humanistic view of the world,” said Paul L. Choi, president of the Harvard Alumni Association. “Harvard alumni, students and faculty will be excited at this opportunity to hear from the person behind the works that have entertained and inspired them for decades.”