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    Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World

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    Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World explores how the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas around the ancient Mediterranean transformed the lives and livelihoods of people at all levels of society, driving innovations that had lasting impacts—even on the modern world.

    Make an advance reservation to visit the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.

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    Muchos Méxicos: Crossroads of the Americas

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 1 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Muchos Méxicos explores Mexico’s rich history as a site of human innovation, creativity and cultural diversity. Featuring Mexican objects from the Peabody Museum collections, this bilingual exhibit tells the story of Mexico as a multicultural and geographic crossroads—one where the exchange of resources, products, and ideas among Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas before the Spanish invasion, and then with cultures around the globe—have all created a vibrant nation.

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    From the Hands of the Makers

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Over their fifty years creating the Glass Flowers, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son, continually experimented with materials and methods that pushed the boundaries of glassworking. Years later, their complex and varied practices presented unique challenges for the conservators preserving and protecting the models, which led to a suite of conservation processes nearly as varied as the Blaschka’s techniques. From the Hands of the Makers explores what it takes to both make and conserve a model and investigates the lingering mysteries surrounding the making of the glass...

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    Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    On View:
    January 22, 2022–May 8, 2022
    University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

    Drawn from the museums’ rich Asian art collections, this installation complements a Harvard undergraduate course that explores the art of the Himalayan region, focusing on the major cultural centers such as the Kathmandu Valley and Buddhist sites across the Tibetan plateau, while examining the history of reception and imagination of the Himalayas in the west. The course is taught by Jinah Kim, George P. Bickford Professor of Indian and South Asian Art. In...

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    Social Fabrics: Inscribed Textiles from Medieval Egyptian Tombs

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    On View:
    January 22, 2022–May 8, 2022
    University Research Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

    From swaddling newborns to enshrouding the deceased, woven fabrics touch nearly every aspect of human existence. The textiles in this exhibition are particularly meaningful, for they tell a bigger story about political and social power, class, trade, and concerns for the afterlife during a transformative period in Egyptian history. In the medieval era, control of the region shifted repeatedly, as Egypt was subsumed under a sequence of empires—Byzantine,...

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    Handel's Italy

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    Harvard Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    A selection of works celebrating Handel's time in Italy! We’re thrilled to return to the Memorial Church Sanctuary with this joyful program on the other side of the pandemic year. Featuring Benjamin P. Wenzelberg and Phoebe Carrai.

    Handel: Selections from Rodrigo
    Handel: Selected arias
    Porpora: Cello concerto
    Dall' Abaco: Concerto Grosso in D Major
    Porpora: Selected arias

    Free and open to the public. All attendees must be masked and will be asked to present either their Harvard ID at the door, or to show proof of vaccination, or to show a proof of...

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    Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Commemoration (at the Peabody Museum)

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 1 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Stop by the Peabody Museum for a short moment of personal reflection on the past year which brought losses to so many. The front steps of the museum will be set up as a simple outdoor altar and staff will distribute lighted candles to visitors in observance of those we have lost. Pause and remember as you place your candle in our community display. Post a Message of Love to our online Virtual Altar before attending. And join us next year when our annual fiesta returns to the Peabody galleries! Rain or...

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    Bach Society Orchestra Presents: 2021-2022 Season Premiere

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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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    Weekend Matinee: The Place Promised in Our Early Days

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

     

    Makoto Shinkai's remarkable feature film debut is set in a futuristic Japan on the verge of war. Takuya, a physicist, is drawn into a complex world of dreams, revolutionary fronts, government conspiracies and multiple realities. After many years, he reunites with his high school pal in their shared grief over their missing friend Sayuri, upon whose mysterious fate the whole world may depend.

    Admission: $5 Weekend Matinee Admission or Free with Cambridge Public Library Card or current Harvard Student ID

     

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    Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Harvard’s Early Endeavors in Oceanic Anthropology

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

    This exhibit explores how early Harvard scholars influenced the development of anthropology and archaeology in the Pacific region. Produced in collaboration with over thirty other museums around the world, Harvard’s contributing exhibit will feature historical images and objects from the Peabody collections, including intricately carved Fijian clubs, models of distinctive Pacific outriggers, and a striking example of Samoan bark cloth (siapo). Together they weave a compelling narrative about the ideas, people, and networks pivotal to both early understandings and ongoing studies...

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    The Khufu Boat

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    In 1954, Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh discovered a 144-foot ship buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Khufu boat—one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity—was interred in honor of Khufu, the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid. Bob Brier will discuss what is known about the design, propulsion, and function of this 4,600-year- old ship, based on recent tank tests conducted on a model. He will also highlight plans to build a full-scale replica of the vessel and to place it on the Nile.

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    International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Dr. Vandana Shiva is trained as a Physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most...

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    Lecture: Seed Sovereignty and ‘Our Living Relatives’ in Native American Community Farming and Gardening

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    Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Native heirloom seed varieties, many of which have been passed down through generations of Indigenous gardeners or re-acquired from seed banks or ally seed savers, are often discussed by Indigenous farmers as the foundation of the food sovereignty movement, and as helpful tools for education and reclaiming health. This presentation explores how Native American community-based farming and gardening projects are defining heirloom or heritage seeds; why maintaining and growing out these seeds is seen as so important, and how terms like seed sovereignty should be defined and enacted. Many of...

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    Concert: Parker Quartet

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    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    As part of the Blodgett Chamber Music Series, the Parker Quartet will perform the following: Esa-Pekka Salonen Homunculus for String Quartet (2007); Szymanowski String Quartet #2, Opus 56; Beethoven String Quartet in A minor, Opus 132.

    Please note: This event is free but tickets are required, available February 16 at Harvard Box Office, Smith Campus Center. Box Office is open Tuesday—Sunday, 12:00pm–6:00pm. Tickets are also available by phone 617-496-2222 or online. There is a small service charge for online and phone orders.

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