Events

    James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie of Surfacedesign, "Wet + Dry: Landscapes of Resilience and Material Exploration"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Surfacedesign is a landscape architecture and urban design firm based in San Francisco, California. This internationally award-winning practice focuses on creating dynamic parks, campuses, plazas, waterfronts, civic landscapes and private gardens. The firm’s approach emphasizes and celebrates the unique context and imaginative potential of each project. The studio’s design process is rooted in asking novel questions and listening to a site and its users – a process that has led to engaging and inspiring landscapes that are rugged,...

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    Margaret McCurry Lectureship in the Design Arts: James Wines

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    James Wines – born in Chicago, IL 1932 – is the founder and president of SITE, an environmental art and architecture organization, chartered in New York City in 1970. He is the former Chairman of Environmental Design at Parsons School of Design and a retired Professor of Architecture at Penn State University. His architecture, landscape, and public space projects are based on a site-specific response to surrounding contexts. Prof. Wines’ educational philosophy advocates ‘integrative thinking,’ as a means of including...

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    Marija Marić, "Architecture and The Real-Estate-Media Complex"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112 Stubbins (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    Marija Marić‘s research focuses on the production of built environment and urban imaginaries in the context of global capitalism and digital media. From tracing the shifting boundaries of expertise between architects and real estate media strategists, to reading real estate language as an alternative construction site for the making of buildings and cities, to unpacking the role of blockchain technologies and the newly emerging Metaverse in allowing for new modes of land and real estate speculation, her work is organised around the question—what are the relationships between architecture...

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    Screens for Teens: Train to Busan

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    Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    As Halloween gets closer, watch this popular zombie thriller set on a bullet train in South Korea: Train to Busan (2016; Korean with English subtitles; 118 min).

    This series of contemporary and classic films is specially curated for teenagers in and around Cambridge. The selection, including both short and feature-length films, is meant to provide teens with an opportunity to watch work focused explicitly on their experiences. Covering a range of topics, emotions, and nuances, these free films—depending on...

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    Day of the Dead Family Fiesta

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico shared with the world.

    The annual tradition of building ofrendas—altars with photos, favorite foods, and memorabilia of the departed—encourages visits by the souls, and is an occasion to honor and celebrate the lives of the departed. Enjoy three floors of activities for the young and young-at-heart including crafts, scent stations, traditional decorations, Nahuatl stories, decorating a sugar skull (extra $7 fee), painting demonstrations, folk dances and two live music performances. Outside the museum, visitors...

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    Mel Y. Chen, "Intoxication, Disability and the Question of Indistinction"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    This will be a two-part talk that hopes to be conversational in its invitation. The ensemble is meant to invoke modalities of feeling and thought that Mel Y. Chen aims to attach to questions of method. Rather than being centered firmly on a “we” that projects fantasied rational practitioners of thought, Chen will work questions of intoxication with and around art that engages/indicts colonial racial schemes of intoxication, as well as with disabled and trans/transspecies being that, for better and worse, becomes targeted in the perception of challenges to normative reproductive schemes...

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    Gallery Talk: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join curator Joachim Homann for an in-depth discussion about a rare, intact example of French inventor Louis Carrogis de Carmontelle’s multisheet drawings on translucent paper. The work, which appears in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment, was originally attached to rollers, lit from behind with candles, and unfurled for a captive audience. Homann will details the impressive technology of the piece.

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    Conversations around Funerary Portraits

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join curatorial fellow Caitlin Clerkin and Lissette Jiménez, assistant professor of museum studies from San Francisco State University, for a virtual conversation on how grief is expressed in ancient Egyptian portraits and teaching about loss.

    Funerary Portraits from Roman Egypt: Facing Forward is a collaborative effort drawing from the expertise of staff across the museums and other members of our community. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect upon...

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    Supporting People with Severe Disability or Late-stage AIDS to Live with Dignity at Home: Lessons from the Community Medical Alliance Demonstration, 1992–1996

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    A presentation from 2022–2023 Sally Starling Seaver Fellow Lisa I. Iezzoni.

    Iezzoni conducts health services research focusing on risk adjustment methods for predicting cost and clinical outcomes of care and on health care experiences and outcomes of persons with disabilities. At Radcliffe, she will use findings from interviews conducted with clinicians and patients in the early 1990s Massachusetts Medicaid program Community Medical Alliance to make recommendations for future efforts to support people with disabilities or complex health needs in their homes, with fidelity to...

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    Trauma to Transformation: A Set of Existential Opportunities to Address Environmental Justice and the Climate Crisis

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    Online or at Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    Mustafa Santiago Ali will discuss opportunities to address environmental justice and the climate crisis as part of the Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series and Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s focus area on climate change.

    A thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Mustafa Santiago Ali is the vice president of environmental justice, climate, and community revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the founder and CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining NWF, he was the senior vice president of...

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    Gallery Talk: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Houghton Library curator John Overholt for an in-depth discussion about one of the most important and consequential prints of the 18th century: Description of a Slave Ship, on display in the special exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment. Overholt will share insights about how the print argued effectively and urgently for social change.

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    Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk – How Teaching Happens: Seminal Works in Teaching and Teacher Effectiveness and What They Mean in Practice

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Building on their bestselling book How Learning Happens, Paul Kirschner and Carl Hendrick are joined by Jim Heal, Ed.L.D.'19, to explore how teaching happens. The book seeks to closely examine what makes for effective teaching in the classroom and how research on expert teaching can be used in practice.

    Introducing 30 seminal works from the field of education psychology research, the learning sciences, and teaching effectiveness studies, each chapter takes an important work and illustrates clearly and concisely what the research means and how it can be used in daily practice...

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    Exhibition Tour: Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join exhibition curator Elizabeth Rudy for an in-depth tour of Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment, on view through January 15, 2023. She will share insights about how works on paper played a critical role in the 18th century, wielding the power to visually articulate, reinforce, or contradict beliefs as well as biases.

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    A Pale Blue Dot under Pressure: Climate Change, Justice, and Resilience in Our Rapidly Warming World

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    Online or at Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    Climate change is one of the, if not the, most significant threats facing our planet today. It affects life on Earth in countless known, and many still unknown, ways—from atmospheric health to wellness; natural ecosystems to small businesses; global security to neighborhood food insecurity; and international policy to individual decision-making—while exacerbating underlying patterns of inequality.

    This conference will explore these interconnected issues through sessions investigating global climate systems and climate disasters, public policy, health, climate justice and...

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    Migration: The Path of the People

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Tsitsi Dangarembga is the 2022–2023 Joy Foundation Fellow at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a novelist, playwright, and filmmaker. In this lecture, she will discuss her latest project of writing a creative nonfiction account of the movement and encounters of the Bantu people, who populated Southern Africa and are the forebears of the people today called the Shona, that also examines more recent migrations and encounters within Southern Africa to illuminate and help remedy the crisis of citizen agency that Shona-speaking Zimbabweans currently experience.

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    Ana María Durán Calisto, "The Deep History of Amazonian Agroecological Urban Forests: Why Do They Matter Today?"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium (48 Quincy St., Cambridge)

    In this talk, Ana María Durán Calisto will discuss the design principles of ancient Amazonian agroecological urban constellations; the ways in which colonialism disrupted (and continues to disrupt) Amazonian patterns of inhabitation and habitat construction; and the visions Amazonian urban history offers to inform our ability to reimagine future urban ecologies.

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    The Quarantine Public Library with Tracy Honn and Katie Garth

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The unique comic format can chronicle—in ways that are succinct and easily comprehensible—how our physical and mental health are shaped by complex American systems, while also conveying inequities inherent throughout these systems. Join us for this workshop, associated with the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics.

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    Gutman Library Virtual Book Talk – Entry Planning for Equity-Focused Leaders: Empowering Schools and Communities

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    In this practitioner-focused and action-oriented work, Jennifer Perry Cheatham, Ed.D.'10, Rodney Thomas, and Adam Parrott-Sheffer, Ed.M.'09, Ed.L.D.'20, consolidate their extensive experience centering equity in leadership. They affirm that the entry of a new leader, or the pivot of an established one, affords an unparalleled opportunity to garner the insight, trust, and commitment that will establish a basis for positive, equitable transformation within a system.

    This essential work provides a flexible framework for leadership entry that is customized to fit the complex...

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