Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Harvard Professor Ali Asani ’77; Pakistani pop star and author Ali Sethi ’06; and Grammy-winning producer Noah Georgeson will share the poetic consciousness of legendary South Asian mystic poets through music and conversation. Central to the performance are the transformative powers of love, the primordial link that connects the divine to all of creation.
Join these thought leaders and artists as they invite audiences to understand the human and the divine through the all-encompassing lens of love.
Science Center Plaza Tent, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
Harvard Jazz Bands will take the stage with Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Yosvany Terry, Senior Lecturer on Music and director of Harvard Jazz Bands, and Mark Olson, director of the Harvard Wind Ensemble and Harvard University Band. Saxophonist and composer Don Braden '85, lauded by the New York Times as “brilliant and assured,” is the guest artist.
Join us for a free lecture and book signing by Mark W. Moffett. Based on his new book, The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall (Basic Books, April 2019), Moffett will discuss the social adaptations that bind societies and distinguish humans from other animal species. Drawing on findings in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, he explores how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity–and will address what is required to sustain them.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge
This lecture will feature Dr. Mu-ming Poo, the founding director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences. In his talk, Dr. Poo will discuss the use of gene-editing tools such as CRISPR in efforts to develop a macaque monkey behavioral model for studying self-consciousness. He will also address the relevant ethical issues associated with gene editing and the use of non-human primates in biomedical research.
Join a celebration of poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94, the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow.
The ceremony will include a short presentation by poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham, and a conversation between Smith and Boston-based journalist and speaker Callie Crossley—as well as poetry students at Harvard.
Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.
Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.
Edison and Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that remarkable achievement as the last step in a long series that stretches back through the centuries to the beginnings of the modern scientific understanding of our place in the universe.
On display are landmarks in the history of science from Houghton Library’s collections—such as first editions of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton—together with rarely exhibited highlights from a private spaceflight collection, including artifacts used during the Apollo 11 mission and on the moon itself by astronauts Neil Armstrong and...
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Caspian: The Elements is a new exhibit featuring the evocative imagery of Chloe Dewe Mathews, the 2014 recipient of the Peabody Museum’s Robert Gardner Fellowship in Photography. The exhibit documents her extraordinary five-year journey through the contested borderlands of the Caspian Sea, and reveals the essential role played by elemental materials like oil, rock, and uranium in the practical, artistic, spiritual, and therapeutic aspects of daily life. Caspian: The Elements is a powerful photographic narrative that explores the deep links between the peoples of the...
Join the Harvard Dance Center for an evening of new experiments with the methods of three visionary artists who have expanded the meaning of choreographic practice—and still do. See Harvard students perform and engage with work that spans 90 years of dance history. Evocative, idiosyncratic, distinctive, and infinitely expressive, each of the these works provides dancers and audiences alike the opportunity to encounter dance history and participate in it.
For five years British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled through the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. In images that range from stark and elemental to lush and mysterious, she recorded the vastly diverse peoples, politics, and geography of Central Asia, centering always on the great inland sea.
In this conversation with Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, Dewe Mathews will discuss her project and new book, Caspian: The Elements (2018, Aperture and...
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, and Sanders Theatre
“Vision and Justice” is a two-day creative convening that will consider the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice, with a particular focus on the African-American experience.
The program incorporates a range of dynamic speakers and events, including performances by Carrie Mae Weems and Wynton Marsalis, a screening of a film by Ava DuVernay and Bradford Young, and two exhibitions of work by Gordon Parks and Willie Cole. Additional speakers include Anna Deavere Smith, Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz), Claudia Rankine, and the program will conclude with...
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, the Harvard Graduate School of Design will host a night of screenings and performances that explore new bodily and spatial interfaces, including a movement-based performance by students developed in collaboration with a course taught by Krzysztof Wodiczko and Ani Liu.
Lobster War is an award-winning documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.
New approaches to studying evolutionary processes, from genomics to big data, have revolutionized the study of organisms across geological time and geographical space. Join us for a series of short “flash” lectures presented by Harvard graduate students and learn about the range of questions that scientists are asking today about evolution.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Romy Hecht.
Romy Hecht is a Professor at the School of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), where she gives courses and research seminars on historical narratives and design theories of nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscapes. As an author and recipient of National Grants and research fellowships, Hecht has developed a fundamental task in the studies of landscape architecture in Latin America. She has focused on constructing a comprehensive history of Chile’s landscape...