Events

    Community Football Day 2018

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    Harvard Stadium, 65 North Harvard St., Boston

    Harvard University is pleased to invite Allston-Brighton and Cambridge neighbors to the annual Community Football Day at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, November 3rd. Come cheer on the Crimson as they take on Columbia! All Allston-Brighton and Cambridge residents receive free admission to the game and a voucher for lunch, valid at any concession stand within the stadium. Proof of residence is required. The community welcome tent opens at 11:00 am; kick-off is at 12:00 pm.

    Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Miaki Ishii, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

    Recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala remind us of how devastating these geological eruptions can be. Popular culture depictions of volcanic disasters found in movies like Dante’s Peak and Volcano can strongly distort the public’s understanding of volcanic activity and its immediate effects. As with many science-fiction films, Hollywood depictions of natural phenomena don’t always align with the scientific facts. Seismologist Miaki...

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    Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Aaron Hartmann, 2017–2018 Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

    Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems. Corals form the foundation of this ecosystem. Substantial effort is being invested to help adult corals survive environmental degradation, but less attention is paid to their offspring and how they establish themselves on the seafloor. Unlike adult corals, baby corals move about in the water column, perhaps allowing them to...

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    Earth Stories: A Museum Mini-Festival

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Celebrate Earth Science Week at the Harvard Museum of Natural History!  Explore how minerals can be clues to Earth processes. Discover what earthquakes can teach us about the interior of the earth. Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and climate. Meet Harvard scientists and find out how their research is helping us understand Earth’s past and its place in our solar system. 

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    Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Thirty years after its release, N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of life in one of the last hunting and gathering communities. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Documentary Educational Resources, this program will explore the film’s importance to the preservation of intangible culture, and Marshall’s influence on...

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    Genes, Cognition, and Human Brain Evolution

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Christopher A. Walsh, Bullard Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Division of Genetics and Genomics, Boston Children’s Hospital; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

    Despite major scientific advances in sequencing the genomes of species through the animal kingdom, it has been remarkably difficult to identify the genes that enable the unique cultural, aesthetic, and reasoning capabilities of humans. Christopher Walsh will discuss how research on specific genes...

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    Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

    The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. In this special event, Patrick McGovern will venture back to the origins of brewing in the ancient world. Drawing on archaeology,...

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    Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Biodiversity is the sum total of life on Earth and a living legacy to future generations. Sadly, it is declining almost everywhere on the planet. Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—...

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    New Poets of Native Nations: Lecture, Reading & Book Signing

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, July 2018) gathers the work of 21 poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The publication features long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing today. Heid Erdrich, editor of the anthology, will discuss the poets’ literary...

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    Exhibition: Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

    Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful new anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Join this experiment to hear the...

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    2018 Dec 24

    Exhibition: Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Repeats every day until Sun Mar 31 2019 .
    (All day)

    In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.

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    Visual Storytelling, Visual Communication

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    We rely on our eyes like never before: to navigate not only the physical world, but also the narrative and information landscapes we increasingly inhabit. In a fast-moving cascade of images and ideas, the author and cartoonist Scott McCloud shares why there are no neutral visual decisions, why all pictures are words, and why an era of misinformation calls for a new approach to visual education.

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    Ranjani Mazumdar, “Slums in the Cultural Imaginary”

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    The slum has been a visual force in a number of city films from across the world. The use of certain geographical locations and popular discourses about crime and poverty have given shape to a diverse range of images that are at once powerful, mythic and disturbing. This event, which will kick off a two-day conference on “Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon,” will explore the perceptions that have fuelled the imagination of the cinematic slum.

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    Materials Lab Workshop: Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World

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    Materials Lab, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge MA 02138

    This two-part workshop series allows participants to experience firsthand the tradition of making ceramic drinking vessels similar to the ancient Greek vessels featured in our special exhibition Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.

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