First Founded in September 1795, the Hasty Pudding Club is recognized as not only Harvard’s most famous, but also America’s oldest collegial social club whose founding members pledged to maintain and cultivate social affections and patriotism. Named for the meal that its founding members first had, the Hasty Pudding Club has grown to become a predominate social club in American History with a distinguished membership roster which includes five US Presidents, several actors and multitudes of politicians and business leaders. As the Society’s membership grew, the Society began to absorb other groups including the Institute of 1770 and is now the only co-ed social club on campus.
Worthy of its historic past, the Hasty Pudding Club today has played many roles in society and its members have contributed to both society, generally, and theater, specifically. On occasion, the Hasty Pudding Club has awarded extraordinary individuals in the entertainment business with the Order of the Golden Sphinx Award for that individual’s contributions to entertainment. The individual that receives this prestigious award does so because he or she represents the Club’s mission to foster the performing arts at Harvard and in society generally. The Sphinx, widely recognized as a symbol of knowledge, can only be said to be an allegorical representation of what the Hasty Pudding Club has done for American entertainment.
The 2017 Order of the Golden Sphinx award will be awarded to Mr. Paris Barclay (see: Grand Sphinx Farkas to Honor Barclay at Gala), the President of the Director’s Guild of America, on April 3rd, 2017 at the Paramount Hotel in New York. Mr. Barclay will be the first recipient of the Golden Sphinx award that was also a member of the Hasty Pudding Club as an undergraduate. During his sophomore and senior years, Mr. Barclay composed two Hasty Pudding Club productions, Cardinal’s Knowledge (1977) and Overtures in Asia Minor (1979) as well as ten other plays and musicals and was an active member and director of the Harvard Krokodiloes, a cappella singing group.
Mr. Barclay’s entertainment career did not stop when he graduated Harvard. Besides being a the President of the Director’s Guild of America, Mr. Barclay has had great success with television shows such as ER, LOST, CSI, HOUSE, GLEE and EMPIRE. Mr. Barclay has also been awarded two (2) Emmy Awards for directing NYPD BLUE and half a dozen Emmy nominations for his work on other shows including GLEE. He has also directed music videos for Bob Dylan and Janet Jackson among others. His exploits do not end with just his entertainment work however. Mr. Barclay has on numerous occasions contributed to a variety of charities such as Project Angel Food and GLAAD. Mr. Barclay has a laundry list of awards and nominations for his work in both the Entertainment World and American Society. Mr. Barclay, a man who has taken his success to give to those who need it, has fulfilled the Hasty Pudding Club’s original goal of cultivating social affection through his actions and has shown that nothing is impossible when you try.