Events

    The Trouble with Tragedy: Imagining the Native American Past, Present, and Future

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and the Harvard Art Museums present a lecture by author David Treuer.

    David Treuer, an Ojibwe Indian, will offer a fresh and in-depth perspective on the current state of affairs for Native and Indigenous peoples in the Americas. Drawing from his experience growing up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and as an accomplished academic, Treuer’s work includes both nonfiction and fiction.

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    Joan Nogué, "A Journey through Landscape: From Theory to Practice"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Drawing from experience accumulated over 40 years of academic and professional trajectory on the question of landscape, as a university professor, director of the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia and ‘militant’ for landscape, Joan Nogué will reflect on the theory and practice of landscape today and into the future.

    Professor Nogué defends an integral conception of landscape that considers both the tangible and intangible elements. Such conception highlights the geohistorical singularity of landscape –every landscape belongs to a specific space and time– while acknowledging...

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    In-Person Gallery Talk: Art and Human Health—An Evolutionary Perspective

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Ben Sibson, a graduate student at Harvard in human evolutionary biology, for a conversation about how art can enhance our understanding of the evolution of human health. Looking at works of art installed in the University Study Gallery this semester for the undergraduate course Human Evolution and Human Health, Sibson will show how the objects provide useful information about the physical activities performed by people across time and space, as well as the foods they ate, the clothes they wore, and the spaces where they lived.

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    Manifest: Thirteen Colonies

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Manifest: Thirteen Colonies is a photographic project and journey through the repositories of African American material culture found in libraries, museums, and archives of the original thirteen English colonies. Conceived by photographer Wendel White, this project is a personal, selective reliquary of the remarkable evidence of Black agency and racial oppression stored in public and private collections.

    In this program, White will discuss his approach to finding, selecting, and photographing artifacts—from rare singular objects, to more quotidian materials—and highlight their...

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    Exploring Humanity's Technological Origins

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Human evolutionary scholars have long assumed that the earliest stone tools were made by members of the genus Homo, approximately 2.4–2.3 million years ago, and that this technological development was directly linked to climate change and the spread of savannah grasslands. In the last decade, fieldwork in West Turkana, Kenya, has revealed evidence of much earlier technological behavior.

    Sonia Harmand will discuss the discovery of stone tools in a 3.3-million-year-old archaeological site in Kenya known as Lomekwi 3. She will show how this discovery is reshaping our...

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    TERREMOTO – David Godshall and Jenny Jones, "Radical Gardens of Love and Interconnectedness"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    TERREMOTO is presently navigating a transitional period within its practice towards making omni-positive gardens and landscapes that are fair, just and generous in their relationships to labor, materials and ecology. We believe that we are at a cultural, environmental + civilizational fork in the road, and through deep internal self-interrogation of landscape history and practice (including our own), we are creating a constantly evolving set of metrics that will allow us (and you!) to create gardens that can lock horns with the BIGNESS of this moment. What a time to be alive! And what a...

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    Sandra Barclay & Jean Pierre Crousse, "Transversal Grounds"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In Transversal Grounds, Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse follow the traces of Alexander Von Humboldt, the scientist who realized that the section, and not the plan, is the only way to understand the Central Andes region. Their journey from the barren landscapes of the desert coast through the steep Mountain range into the Amazon jungle helped them rethink architecture challenges from geographical and cultural conditions. The projects done in the last years through this territorial section understand architecture as a sensitive way of adding meaning to the cultural construction...

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    Exploring Egypt’s Middle Kingdom at the Site of Ancient Thebes

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    One of ancient Egypt's high points of cultural, intellectual, and social life was the period referred to as the Middle Kingdom (2030–1650 BCE). The ancient city of Thebes (modern Luxor) was the Egyptian capital during the early stage of this period and the site of multiple funerary temples and tombs. In this lecture, Egyptologist Antonio Morales will discuss an international and multidisciplinary project that is conducting archaeological, historical, and cultural research, as well as conservation work, in Deir el-Bahari and Asasif—two funerary areas at Thebes—to better understand the...

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    Rachel Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lecture: Sam Olbekson, “Culture, Community, and Environmental Justice in Contemporary Indigenous Design”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Creating a strong sense of place is critical to cultural identity in Native American communities. New tribal building and planning projects provide significant opportunities for tribal communities to reinforce cultural revival efforts while advancing economic, educational, and healthcare initiatives. This session will encourage an open and interactive discussion of the central issues in tribal design and efforts to lead a fundamental shift toward culturally appropriate design solutions and self-determination. Plus, this session will highlight diverse Native American projects that have...

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    Field Studies: Hierarchy, Power Dynamics, and the Human Narrative

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Elizabeth A. Baker is a new renaissance artist who chiefly explores how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles, both tangible and intangible. In this lecture, she will discuss her new creation: Field Studies, which dismantles a human-centered narrative to foster dialogue and act as revolutionary resistance against systemic inequity.

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    Jaqueline Tyrwhitt Urban Design Lecture: Anne Lacaton

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    French architect Anne Lacaton will deliver the inaugural Jaqueline Tyrwhitt Urban Design Lecture. Lacaton and partner Jean-Philippe Vassal received the 2021 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor. 

    Anne Lacaton (1955, Saint-Pardoux, France) and Jean-Philippe Vassal met in the late 1970s during their formal architecture training at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture et de Paysage de Bordeaux. They established Lacaton & Vassal in Paris (1987), and have since demonstrated boldness...

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    Feeding the Nation: Michael W. Twitty on American Foodways and the History of Enslavement

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Michael W. Twitty—food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter—is the author of the Afroculinaria blog and The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. He will discuss his insights about the role of enslaved people in shaping American foodways, as well as the critical importance of including stories of the enslaved prominently in public history and historical interpretation.

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    Women on the Frontlines of Revolution

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Erica Chenoweth is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School. In this lecture, Chenoweth will present their ongoing research for their next book, written with Zoe Marks. Titled, “Rebel XX: Women on the Frontlines of Revolution,” the book is about the impact of women’s participation on revolutionary outcomes.

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    Women on the Frontlines of Revolution

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Erica Chenoweth is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School. In this lecture, Chenoweth will present their ongoing research for their next book, written with Zoe Marks. Titled, “Rebel XX: Women on the Frontlines of Revolution,” the book is about the impact of women’s participation on revolutionary outcomes.

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    Art Talk Live: Jozef Israëls—Drawing Toward Social Justice

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Figure drawing is often described by artists as a way of facilitating empathy and understanding another person’s vulnerability. A discussion of works by Jozef Israëls and his contemporaries, such as Vincent van Gogh, offers insights into the transformation of figure studies from an academic discipline into a vehicle for denouncing social injustice.

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Archive Matrix Assembly: Nana Last and Thomas Struth

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture with art and architecture theorist, Nana Last, and artist Thomas Struth. 

    Nana Last MArch ’86 is an art and architecture theorist. She is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where she founded the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in the Constructed Environment. Her writing considers relations between architecture, art, philosophy and science in modern and contemporary society. Her books include:...

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    Artists Surviving and Thriving in Recent Times

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The upheaval of the past two years has acutely impacted artists’ careers and changed the ways in which they approach their work. In the next installment of our Radcliffe on the Road series, featuring Min Jin Lee RI ’19 and Ifeoma Fafunwa RI ’18, we will consider how artists have navigated the struggles and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront.

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