Events

    2021 Oct 14

    Observatory Night: Cosmic Explosions, from Supernovae to Tidal Disruption Events

    7:00pm

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    Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian—Online, Livestream

    The biggest explosions in the universe dwarf any we see on Earth. In space, we regularly witness exploding stars that can shine brighter than the rest of a galaxy as a supernova, or a black hole ripping apart a star that's visible from billions of light years away in what's called a Tidal Disruption Event (TDE). In this talk, astrophysicist Yvette Cendes will discuss how we observe cosmic explosions from Earth and learn about them, from Chinese records thousands of years ago to her modern-day observations as a radio astronomer. This will include Yvette's research on supernovae, such as...

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    2021 Oct 14

    Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Jamaica Kincaid

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Jamaica Kincaid is a widely acclaimed and fiercely original writer known for her novels, short stories, and essays, including writings on her life as a gardener. She was also staff writer for the New Yorker from 1973 to 1996 and has been a contributor for the Village Voice.

    She is beloved by generations of readers who discovered her fiction, including Annie John and “Girl,” in high school and is admired by critics for her daring and unorthodox body of work. Answering claims that her fiction and essays are characterized by anger, Kincaid says, “The...

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    2021 Oct 14

    How Beer Made Kings in Early Egypt

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    The remains of a 5000-year-old brewery found in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos are providing insights into the relationship between large-scale beer production and the development of kingship in Egypt. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Abydos brewery produced beer on a truly industrial scale—something unparalleled in early Egypt. Matthew Adams will share findings from recent excavations at the brewery and will consider it in context as part of a broad pattern of royal activity at the site that served to define the very nature of kingship at the beginning of Egypt’s history...

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    2021 Oct 14

    Gutman Library Book Talk – Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Students, parents, and educators are increasingly frustrated, demoralized, burned out, and discontented with education and schooling today. At no time has it been more necessary to revitalize hope in the promise of education or to reestablish joy in teaching and learning. In this timely and inspirational volume, authors from diverse disciplines consider and affirm the many places across curriculum and context where hope and joy are or can be strong and vibrant.

    Grounded in the life-affirming ideals of renowned education philosopher and school founder Daisaku Ikeda, Hope...

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    2021 Oct 21

    Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait

    Repeats every week on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday until Sun Apr 17 2022 .
    10:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Modern and Contemporary Art, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Explore the state of democracy today through a commissioned artwork by internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, presented at the Harvard Art Museums in partnership with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Pre-recorded video interviews capturing voices and opinions from across the political spectrum will activate the Harvard Art Museums’ iconic portrait of George Washington (c. 1795) by Gilbert Stuart, fostering an exchange of views and responses at this time of heightened political division.

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    2021 Oct 13

    Did We Evolve to Exercise?

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Exercise is a paradox: everyone knows it is healthy, but most of us struggle to do it. Further, as technology and machines increasingly replace human labor, fewer people are getting enough exercise. In this talk, Daniel Lieberman will explain how an evolutionary and anthropological perspective on exercise can help. How much exercise did we evolve to do? Is exercise really a magic bullet? Why, how, and to what extent does exercise slow aging and promote health? Is there a best way to exercise? And, most importantly, how can we help each other exercise without nagging or coercing?

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    2021 Oct 13

    Novel Interfaces to Support Human Intent Formation and Communication to Humans and Computers Alike

    12:00pm

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Elena L. Glassman is the Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, where she specializes in human-computer interaction. Join Glassman as she discusses her work designing, building, and evaluating systems for comprehending and interacting with population-level structure and trends in large code and data corpora.

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    2021 Oct 13

    National Fossil Day

    9:30am to 10:30am

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a paleontologist? Celebrate National Fossil Day—an event organized by the National Park Service—with Harvard paleontologists! Take a close look at museum fossils and learn how they are used to help solve mysteries about ancient life. What amazing creatures lived together in ancient oceans? How do fossil tracks, traces, and burrows help us understand how extinct animals lived? How can we reconstruct an animal from just its bones? How did dinosaurs get so big? Bring your curiosity and questions to this online event for kids and families!

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    2021 Oct 12

    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Zoe Leonard with José Esparza Chong Cuy

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    The artist Zoe Leonard will present a work in progress titled Al Rio/To the River and will engage in conversation about the project with curator José Esparza Chong Cuy.

    Al Rio/To the River is a large-scale photographic project centered on the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, in particular the 1,200-mile section of the river that is used to demarcate the international boundary between Mexico and the United States. Begun in 2016 and currently still a work in progress, the work engages in a sustained observation of the water, surrounding landscape, and built environment,...

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    2021 Oct 08

    Bach Society Orchestra Presents: 2021-2022 Season Premiere

    8:00pm to 9:30pm

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    Paine Hall (Harvard Music Building), 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The Bach Society Orchestra, Harvard's premiere undergraduate chamber orchestra, kicks off its 2021-2022 Season with our first concert of the fall on Friday, October 8th, 2021. Reserve your free tickets now for this wonderful musical celebration!

    • Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F major
    • Manuel de Falla's El Sombrero de Tres Picos, Suite 1
    • Gabriel Faure's Pélleas et Mélisande Suite.

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    2021 Oct 08

    Black in Design 2021: “Black Matter”

    Fri Oct 8 (All day) to Sun Oct 10 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    The Black in Design conference, organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design African American Student Union, recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design professions to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities. The fourth biannual conference, Black Matter, will take place virtually on October 8-10, 2021.

    Black Matter celebrates the cultivation of...

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    2021 Oct 07

    American Women and the Ongoing Battle to Save Democracy

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Jennifer Rubin, the author of Resistance: How Women Saved Democracy from Donald Trump (William Morrow, 2021) and a Washington Post opinion writer, will join Michel Martin, weekend host of NPR’s All Things Considered, in a conversation about the persistent threat to American democracy and the central role women from across the political spectrum played in opposing and ultimately defeating Trump. Rubin will discuss how American women redefined US politics and, looking ahead, will examine women’s importance to defending the rule of law and multiracial democracy.

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    2021 Oct 07

    Gutman Library Book Talk – From Oops to Aha: Portraits of Learning from Mistakes in Kindergarten

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    From Oops to Aha pulls back the curtain on learning from mistakes in four public school Kindergarten classrooms: urban, charter, Montessori, and suburban. All Kindergarten classrooms are not the same; the nuanced way teachers respond to mistakes in the moment is impacted by access to resources and by policies enacted at a broader level.

    Maleka Donaldson will be introduced by Dr. Tina Grotzer, Ed.M.'85, Ed.D. '93, Principal Research Scientist in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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    2021 Oct 07

    Waymaking Women in Times of Crisis: Showing Up for Community Care

    12:00pm

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    Committee on the Concerns of Women at Harvard—Online

    Please join the Committee on the Concerns of Women (CCW) in a conversation about how to manage the burnout and grief from the multiple crises we find ourselves living through. What can we do from a distance to care for ourselves and each other? How we can foster a space for community care in moments that are fraught and exhausting?

    We will convene a panel of Harvard experts in international humanitarian crises to share their care strategies with us. Moderated by Dr. Natascha Saunders of the Harvard Kennedy School, the panel will include Dr. Jocelyn Kelly of the Harvard...

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    2021 Oct 06

    Tricia Rose, 'Trayvon Martin: No Chance Encounter'

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard—Online

    Join the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research for a virtual W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture, "Trayvon Martin: No Chance Encounter," with Tricia Rose, Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University.

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    2021 Oct 06

    Teaching and Leading with Compassion

    3:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Today's teaching challenges are multifaceted, calling on a range of leadership skills, instructional decisions, and—perhaps most important, empathy and compassion. At a time of continued anxiety, when students and educators alike are feeling the strains of pandemic losses of all kinds, how can we make classrooms spaces of welcome, inclusion, safety, and care? How can we teach, lead, mentor, and coach with compassion?

    Join us as we address some of the immense challenges that teachers are facing during the ongoing pandemic. We'll share insights on how to cultivate compassion and...

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    2021 Oct 06

    Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    A presentation from 2021–2022 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow Uri McMillan.

    Uri McMillan, an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies and Department of English at UCLA, is a cultural historian who researches and writes in the interstices between black cultural studies, performance studies, queer theory, and contemporary art. He is writing a book about the effervescent artistic practices and networks of affiliation of three artists living and working in 1970s New York City: the Jamaican American visual artist Grace Jones, the Nuyorican illustrator Antonio...

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    2021 Oct 05

    Loeb Lecture: Reginald Dwayne Betts, “Felon: A play; A discourse”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    From the speaker, Reginald Dwayne Betts:

    "Felon: An America Washi Tale is about re-imagining paper. A solo performance that begins with the pages of a book being slid into a cell, traverses stoves made of toilet paper, kites from a father, handwritten affidavits, legal complaints, handmade paper, certificates of pardon, and a 1,000 squares fashioned from the clothing of men serving life sentences, the variety of papers that reveals what is possible and burdened by prison. Here, I weave traditional theater, poetry, fine art, and Japanese paper making aesthetic...

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    2021 Oct 05

    After-School Animal Encounters: Radical Reptiles

    4:00pm to 4:45pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    What might your life be like if you spent half your day on land and the other half in the ocean? How would you hunt for food if you were only a few inches long? Is one type of snake really all that different from another? Get the answers to these questions and more as human museum staffers Javier and Ryan introduce you to several live animals. Each month we will discuss a different theme while feeding and interacting with some of the museum’s incredible animals!

    Reptiles have lived on Earth for millions of years and over that time have evolved some amazing characteristics and...

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