Events

    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

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    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Join the Parker Quartet for an afternoon of music! On their set is Mozart Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 428; Zeynep Toraman things are made to fill voids (Blodgett composition winner); and Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 (with Parker Quartet Guest Artist Award winners).

    This event is free, but tickets required, available beginning March 17 at ...

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    Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard 2019

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

    Join Harvard archaeology students in the museum galleries as they share their experience from excavations around the world and across time. Examine artifacts and see what archaeologists do. Try launching a spear with a spear thrower (weather permitting), carve cuneiform writing on clay, and experience up-to-the-minute technologies such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Test your listening skills in the World Music Challenge game hosted by colleagues from the social anthropology department. Activities will be spread across both the Peabody and the Harvard Semitic Museums.

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    Conference: Unsettled Citizens

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

    Populism, global crisis, and modernity have rendered citizenship an ever-more fluid and troubled concept. This conference will explore all of these themes. In the first panel, we will debate the concept of economic citizenship, asking to what extent citizenship can be bought, constituted, or even lost by means of variation in wealth. In a second panel on citizenship and its gatekeepers, our discussion will explore how states, tribes, and other communities regulate belonging. And in the third panel, we will examine how migration and cross-border identity challenge the concept of...

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    Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems.

    Paul Turner (Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University) will discuss the “good, bad, and ugly” effects of viruses, from how they invade organisms and wreak havoc in biological systems to how they are used to control pests and develop cancer treatments, among other medical...

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    Lecture: Ancient Egyptian Gardens

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    The oldest documented gardens in the world are from ancient Egypt. Gardens were described in hieroglyphic texts and depicted in paintings, and many have been recovered through archaeology. From these sources we know that ancient Egyptians maintained gardens at temples and tombs, as well as at royal palaces and local residences.

    Drawing on comparisons among paintings of gardens from over fifty Egyptian tombs and archaeological garden sites, Christian Loeben (Egyptologist and Keeper of Egyptian and Islamic Arts, Museum August Kestner, Hanover, Germany) will highlight the...

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    Celebrate Nowruz (Persian New Year)

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    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

    Celebrate the Persian New Year and the beginning of spring with poetry, live music, traditional sweets, and an introduction to the traditional haft seen table. More than 3,000 years old, Nowruz (“new day”) originated in ancient Persia and became a popular celebration in communities influenced by Persian culture, including Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western China. Drop in for a presentation of Nowruz customs and activities and help build community for 1398, the new year in the Persian calendar.

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    Exhibition Opening: Beauties

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

    Beauties is a newly commissioned exhibition by noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist Willie Cole. He is known for using irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined with haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, allowing visitors to confront the contradictory energies running through them.

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    Dance Master Class with Belinda McGuire

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    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Belinda McGuire will teach a contemporary dance master class based in Limón technique. The class will explore phrase work excerpted from McGuire’s own repertoire and will include live accompaniment by musician Ryan Edwards. This is an intermediate/advanced level class. Observers are always welcome.

    Due to limited capacity, online pre-registration is required.

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    Exhibition Reception: Partition Perspectives

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a reception to celebrate the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition, Partition Perspectives. The 1947 Partition of British India displaced millions of people along religious lines and led to the creation of two new countries: Pakistan and India. In this exhibition, Mahbub Jokhio and Krupa Makhija, Spring 2019 Visiting Artist Fellows at Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, reflect on the impact of the partition. Their work explores the...

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    Genetics and Ethics in the Obama Administration

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

    Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University, will discuss the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and, in particular, the evolution of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

    If “health is politics by other means,” as Nelson has argued, how does the good biocitizen understand the PMI and endeavors like it, especially given the explicit efforts of its organizers and emissaries to better address racial and ethnic differences in the gathering of data and distribution of research...

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    A.R.T. New Year Celebration

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    The American Repertory Theater and the Harvard Ed Portal welcome you to A.R.T. New Year Celebration, a day of performances, workshops, and community. Inspired by A.R.T.'s upcoming productions of Endlings, Dragon Cycle, and Clairvoyance, which uplift the voices of Asian-Pacific Islander (API) artists, join A.R.T. and local artists to celebrate a new year of art in Boston. The event is free of charge and all are welcome. RSVP information to follow.

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    Wise and Young

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for the premiere of new music by violinist Jeffrey Young and percussionist Peter Wise. Inspired by jazz, electronic, and classical music, these collaborative creations were developed over two months through a process of improvisation, recording, and revision. Following the concert, the musicians will discuss their music and development process with the audience.

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council.

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    Harvard Careers in Construction Information Session

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    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

    Are you considering a career in the building trades but don't have any experience? The Harvard Careers in Construction Program (HCCP) provides training, resources, mentoring, work experience, and job search assistance in preparation for the Building Pathways Program and Building Trade Apprenticeships. HCCP aims to help participants secure gainful, long-term employment in the construction industry. Join us for an information session to learn more and apply!

    Note: You must be an Allston, Brighton or Cambridge resident or Ed Portal member to participate....

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    Lecture: Two-Color CPA Laser Development for Nonlinear Optics

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    Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

    There are a host of nonlinear optical experiments requiring two synchronized pulses having different frequencies. Professor Donna Strickland will discuss how University of Waterloo has developed two-color Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems to carry out some of these nonlinear optics experiments. Currently, they are studying Multi-frequency Raman generation...

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    Making the Earth and Moon

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a series of giant collisions between other planetary bodies, the last of which produced the Moon. The fingerprints of this process can be seen in the chemical compositions of Earth and the Moon, which are remarkably similar. Mathematical models of Earth’s growth, the Moon’s formation, and their evolution to form metallic cores with rocky mantles and crusts offer greater understanding of these observations.

    Rebecca Fischer (Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University) will look at...

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    Lecture: Investigation of Multi-frequency Raman Generated Spectra

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    Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

    Since the advent of lasers, many different nonlinear optical techniques have led to shorter, higher-intensity pulses. University of Waterloo is studying Multi-frequency Raman generation (MRG), which efficiently generates a large number of Raman orders spanning the spectral region from the infrared to the ultraviolet. The bandwidth of the Raman orders is sufficient to generate...

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    Voices in Leadership: Jack Markell

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    Livestreamed

    Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event, "Leading by Preparing for a Changing World," featuring Jack Markell, former Governor of Delaware. During his tenure, according to Gallup, Delaware progressed “from one of the lowest-ranking states (in terms of job creation) in 2008 and 2009 to one of the top-ranking in 2013 and 2014. Delaware holds the distinction of being the only state anywhere along the Eastern seaboard to be in the top 10.” Employment in Delaware increased by more than 60,000 during the same time period, best in the region and one of the best in the...

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