Events

    2022 Oct 29

    Day of the Dead Family Fiesta

    1:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Oct 20

    Rethinking Maya Heritage: Past and Present

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Online or at Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Previously unable to control the story of their own culture, Maya communities today are actively reframing their heritage and centering their most recent history—not the distant past—to regain power and self-determination. Richard Leventhal will discuss the importance and role that the nineteenth-century Caste War—one of the largest and most successful Indigenous rebellions—is...

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    2022 Oct 15

    International Archaeology Day: Meet an Archaeologist

    11:00am to 3:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Drop in to learn about archaeology with graduate students. Join archaeologist Jack Bishop and examine ancient stone tools for a glimpse into the early domestication of animals and the rise of agriculture in the Middle East (11:00 am–1:00 pm). See how the ancient Inka of Peru (c. 1400–1532 CE) wrote with string. Join archaeologist Mack FitzPatrick in deciphering a khipu—a knotted string record-keeping system–through close examination of a working replica. (1:00–3:00 pm). Handle examples and ask questions. Look for the archaeologists in the third-floor gallery.

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    2022 Oct 14

    Olmsted: Bicentennial Perspectives (Day 1)

    10:00am to 7:00pm

    Location: 

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

    The Harvard University Graduate School of Design, in partnership with the Arnold Arboretum, is hosting a two-day academic conference as part of the national Olmsted 200 celebration. While Olmsted was central to the conceptual formation of the degree program in landscape architecture at Harvard University and the design of the Arnold Arboretum, the interpretive ambitions of the conference are anything but parochial.

    Day 1 of the conference (Friday, October 14) will occur at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138.

    Attendees are...

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    2022 Oct 03

    Sascha Delz, "Co-op Urbanism – A Co-operative Response to Common Myths of Housing Production"

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

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

    This talk is an affirmative call for counteracting pervasive myths of housing provision and urban production through (limited equity) co-operative practice. It argues that many reasons for our chronic inability to provide affordable and adequate housing and urban environments derive from rather exclusionary forms of ownership, limited frameworks of private and public actors, setups of collaboration, constrained ways of fostering innovation, and a restrictive understanding of housing – and the city for that matter – as a financial resource.

    Based on recent research and examples...

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    2022 Sep 29

    Harvard Art Museums at Night

    5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join us for an evening of art, fun, food, and more! This event is free and open to everyone. This month’s gathering is extra special because we’ll be celebrating the opening of our exhibition Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment.

    The evening will feature exhibition-related activities. Tours will be available in the galleries throughout the night. Bring your friends to mingle in the Calderwood Courtyard, chat over a snack or...

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    2022 Sep 28

    Curator-Led Exhibition Tour: American Drag

    12:30pm to 1:15pm

    Location: 

    Edison and Newman Room, 1st Floor, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    Join exhibition curator, Houghton librarian Matthew Wittmann, for a special guided tour of American Drag. This 45-minute tour will include discussion of the themes of the exhibition, highlights from the portraits on display, and ample time for participant questions.

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    2022 Sep 28

    (In)Visible Agency: Ukrainian Women’s Experiences of the Russian War on Ukraine

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies—Online

    The myriad effects of Russia’s war on Ukrainian women and the women’s movement. Participation has ranged from military service to humanitarian and volunteering initiatives, including extraordinary actions by many women and girls. How have Ukrainian feminists and the transnational women’s movement responded? What was the effect of feminist anti-war manifestoes? As the war continues, how has its impact on women evolved?

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    2022 Sep 23

    Fall Reception: Khachapuri and Kharcho: The Georgian Feast and Its Meanings

    5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S010 and Concourse, Cambridge

    Join us for our first Fall Reception in three years. The Georgian supra, or feast, is more than just a meal. It embodies centuries of cultural traditions that reflect music, poetry, politics, gender roles, wine rituals, and more. Darra Goldstein's visual presentation will discuss the supra’s many meanings and explore the classic dishes that appear on the Georgian table.

    Following the lecture, we will enjoy a reception with Georgian food and wine.

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    2022 Sep 22

    Unprecedented Realism: Selections from the Rodolfo Machado and Jorge Silvetti Collection Panel Discussion and Reception

    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

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

    To mark Jorge Silvetti’s retirement from the GSD and the opening of the exhibition Unprecedented Realism: Selections from the Rodolpho Machado and Jorge Silvetti Collection, the School will host a discussion and celebration featuring voices from the GSD community past and present. The evening will unfold first with a conversation between the curators of the exhibition, Mark Lee and Remi McClain, and a group of historians and...

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    2022 Sep 22

    Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics Opening

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The global pandemic and recent movements for racial justice have tested public and private institutions in this country; our sense of collective wellbeing; and familial, social, and civic lives. “Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics” explores these challenges and the interconnectedness of contemporary public life and public health through the medium of comics. Cartoonists and scholars Hillary Chute, Joel Christian Gill, and James Sturm will discuss comics and their ability to tell stories across time, experience, and identity.

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    2022 Sep 22

    The History and Politics of Georgian Wine

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S354, Cambridge

    Georgia is the world's oldest wine producer, and the history of Georgian wine is woven together with the country's culture, politics, and economics. Join Mamuka Tsereteli for a lecture on the significance of Georgian wine, followed by a Q&A—and stick around for a tasting to find out for yourself why Georgian wine is so special!

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    2022 Sep 21

    Screening of Glory to the Queen

    6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S010, Cambridge

    During the Cold War, four legendary female chess players from Georgia revolutionized women’s chess across the globe, and became Soviet icons of female emancipation. Glory to the Queen (2020) reveals their interwoven biographies and is both a rare look into the present lives of chess stars Nona Gaprindashvili, Nana Alexandria, Maia Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani, as well as a chronicle of their lasting legacy.

    Georgian director Tatia Skhirtladze will present her film and participate in a discussion afterwards.

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    2022 Sep 20

    Introduction to the History of Georgian Cinema

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    1737 Cambridge St., Room K262, Cambridge or Zoom Webinar

    In recent years, Georgian cinema has been witnessing an astonishing period of revival, a new generation of filmmakers has emerged, and today a new wave of Georgian filmmakers has managed to find a new and strong language of cinema, in order to speak with international audience about contemporary issues of Georgian society. Levan Lomjaria will explore these and other aspects of the history of Georgian cinema in his lecture.

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    2022 Sep 19

    Screening of Taming the Garden

    6:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies, 1730 Cambridge St., Room S010, Cambridge

    Georgian director Salomé Jashi's 2021 film Taming the Garden tells the story of a powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, who has developed an exquisite hobby. He collects century old trees along Georgia’s coastline. He commissions his men to uproot them and bring them to his private garden. Some of these trees are as tall as 15-floor-buildings. And in order to transplant a tree of such dimensions some other trees are chopped down, electric cables are shifted and new roads are paved through mandarin plantations. The film moves the concept of uprooting...

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