Events

    2021 Feb 13

    I Heart Science: Tiny Creatures

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Tiny Creatures” theme looks at bacteria, viruses, and other microbial creatures.

    During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet live tardigrades, also known as water bears. Watch recorded videos featuring Harvard scientists who study bacterial resistance, ways to test for viruses, and how bacteria grow.

    At home, try your hand at making a water-drop microscope, comparing...

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    2021 Feb 12

    I Heart Science: Incredible Evolution

    1:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. Today’s “Incredible Evolution” theme looks at ways that animals have adapted to their environments.

    During the live webinar, starting at 1pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how brains evolve and how stress can enhance performance.

    At home, watch recorded videos by Harvard scientists studying mice behavior or try your hand at comparing bone structures, collecting...

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    2021 Feb 12

    How Can a University Move from Good to Great?

    11:00am

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    America and various other countries have many ‘pretty good’ colleges and universities. Yet few of them can really be called great. At a time of much disruption and upheaval, what are four or five big ideas that can help leaders of colleges and universities push their institutions from ‘pretty good’ to become ‘genuinely outstanding.’ In this presentation and discussion, Richard Light will emphasize concrete suggestions that are either no-cost or very low cost for a campus to actually implement. He also will share two brief, case studies of universities that have successfully moved from ‘...

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    2021 Feb 11

    Black Voters Matter: A Post-Election Conversation

    4:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History—Online

    Join a post-election conversation with Latosha Brown, Black Voters Matter) and Warren Center American Democracy Fellow. 

    Moderated by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, HKS; Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe.

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    2021 Feb 11

    And So On: Reading and Conversation with Kiese Laymon

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Writer Kiese Laymon will explore whether the actual histories of American colleges and universities should be ripe sites for Black American horror and comedic narratives. Laymon will create a live novella and a live essay during this talk, while questioning the ethics of making art “for” an audience longing for both titillation and innocence from the horrific histories of Black Americans in and around American institutions of higher learning.

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    2021 Feb 11

    Painting "Playground of the Autocrats"

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies—Online

    Artist Anne Bobroff-Hajal, a PhD in Russian history, seeks to understand what underlies Russian autocracy across centuries, and to paint hundreds of individual people struggling to achieve their life goals within it: a comical yet deadly-serious human tapestry of raw ambition, pain, and joy. In conversation with Dr. Alexandra Vacroux, Bobroff-Hajal will discuss her large scale polyptychs, where viewers are led across...

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    2021 Feb 10

    Enduring Unethical Lessons from the Past: Learning from the USPHS Syphilis Study at Tuskegee

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Medical School—Online

    The United States Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee is used as a case study of the exploitation of communities of color at the hands of medical professionals. What are the lessons learned and how far has medical ethics really come in terms of the treatment of Black and other communities of color? Lillie Head, president of Voices for Our Fathers Legacy Foundation, and Riggins R. Earl, Jr...

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    2021 Feb 09

    Fellows' Presentation: "AHotB," Tonya M. Foster

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Tonya M. Foster’s writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement, on intersections between the visual and the written, and on mapping the 20th- and 21st-century African Americas. During her Radcliffe year, Foster is completing a book-length manuscript of poetry, “AHotB,” that takes up Fanny Lou Hamer’s idea that “a black women’s body is never hers alone.”

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    2021 Feb 05

    The FAS Division of Science Lecture in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences—Online

    The FAS Division of Science will host their 2nd annual lecture in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. via Zoom. Special guest speaker Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, President of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will share remarks.

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    2021 Feb 05

    Shaping the Future for Learners Around the World: The Opportunities, Innovations, and Challenges of Higher Education Now

    9:00am to 10:00am

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Join two of Harvard's most innovative higher education leaders to explore the decision-making, curricular changes, pedagogical opportunities, and digital reinventions prompted by the pandemic and the shift to remote learning over the past year. How will the mass experiment on Zoom alter the landscape of higher education in the future, for learners around the world? What are the opportunities for increased engagement, participation, and collaboration? What are the advantages and challenges, and what are the lessons learned, both at Harvard and at institutions around the world?

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    2021 Feb 04

    Changing Carceral Systems through Compassion, Practice, and Research

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Racial disparities in our carceral systems are profound and troubling. As a society, we appear to be at an inflection point where racial justice is a core priority for the incoming Biden administration and a majority of the public. This program will bring together the compassionate work of a practitioner on the front lines with the expertise of a world-renowned researcher in criminal justice policy. Together, they will discuss the key challenges of racial inequity in carceral systems along with potential solutions that could help realize justice.

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    2021 Feb 03

    Toxic Speech and Damaged Bodies

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    What does it matter if our speech practices abandon truth, license violence, instill fear? Toxic speech has the power not only to shape the social body—our very practices of being and interacting—but also to injure individual bodies. When a political or cult leader, for example, licenses his followers to commit violent crimes against those deemed Other, we see an overt case of speech engendering physical harm. More insidious and ubiquitous are the everyday speech practices that generate harms ranging from physical violence to social exclusion and damaged health. Using tools from both...

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    2021 Feb 03

    The Sisyphus Project

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    At Radcliffe, Héctor Tobar is at work on a nonfiction book about the profound shifts in American culture brought forth by the anti-immigrant movement. He will explore how a century of immigration policy and the evolving image of the “alien” in US culture have helped shape American notions of racial identity and “whiteness.” At the same time, Americans with Latin American roots are creating a collective identity formed from narratives of empire, migration, and inequality.

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    2021 Feb 02

    Protest as Politics: African American Young Adults, Reimagining Democracy

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    During these unprecedented times, we have watched young people—a great many of them African Americans—taking to the streets in all 50 states in support of justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, while also seeking to address the current failures of policing, criminal justice, and the economy; as well as the existence of white supremacy and anti-Blackness. How does the precarious position of African American young adults facilitate a reimagining of democracy? What does this reimagining mean for American politics?

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    2021 Feb 02

    Art Talk Live: The Abject Object—Decay and Irreverence in Dieter Roth’s Multiples

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Known for his iconoclastic use of nontraditional artistic materials, ranging from chocolate to playing cards to animal excrement, artist Dieter Roth (1930–1998) underscored processes of decomposition in his work. Curatorial fellow Lauren Hanson considers how Roth’s “decay objects” from the 1960s and ’70s harness self-deprecating humor to challenge notions of originality, artistic genius, and the museum as a site of preservation.

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    2021 Feb 02

    Fearing the Worst: How the Korean War Transformed the Cold War

    12:15pm to 1:45pm

    Location: 

    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies—Online

    After World War II, the escalating tensions of the Cold War shaped the international system. Fearing the Worst explains how the Korean War fundamentally changed postwar competition between the United States and the Soviet Union into a militarized confrontation that would last decades.

    Samuel F. Wells Jr. examines how military and political events interacted to escalate the conflict. Decisions made by the Truman administration in the first six months of the...

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    2021 Feb 02

    Building a Large-Scale SARS-CoV-2 Test Lab: Scientific and Leadership Lessons

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Medical School—Online

    Stacey Gabriel, PhD, senior director of the Genomics Platform at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, led the Broad’s COVID-era pivot to becoming one of the foremost SARS-CoV-2 testing centers in the country (now closing in on nine million tests performed). Realizing this vision in such a short time frame required strong leadership skills, as well as the ability to solve myriad technological, supply chain, IT and clinical workflow challenges. In this webinar, Stacey Gabriel will share her behind-the-scenes perspectives about the keys to her organization’s...

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    2021 Feb 02

    Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard—Online

    Book Panel on Ascent to Glory: How One Hundred Years of Solitude Was Written and Became a Global Classic by Álvaro Santana-Acuña

    Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude seemed destined for obscurity upon its publication in 1967. The little-known author, small publisher, magical style, and setting in a remote Caribbean village were hardly the usual ingredients for success in the literary marketplace. Yet today it ranks among the best-selling books of all time. Translated into dozens of languages, it continues to enter the lives...

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    2021 Feb 01

    What Does Public Service Mean To You?

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Center for Public Leadership—Online

    Public service comes in many forms. Whether through non-profits, government, or the military, our students have served in diverse ways all across the globe. Following a special introduction by CPL director Amb. Wendy R. Sherman, hear from three of the Kennedy School's own in a discussion over the different forms of public service as we kick off Public Service Week.

    PANELISTS:

    Hassaan Ebrahim MPP 2021, CEO, Hikma Health
    Charlene Han MC/MPA 2021, Former Policy Director, Singapore Ministry of Social and Family Development
    Bill Walker MC/MPA 2021, Former Marine...

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    2021 Feb 01

    Psychedelics: The Ancient Religion with No Name?

    5:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age? Join us for a discussion between CSWR Director Charles Stang and Brian Muraresku about his new book, The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name, a groundbreaking dive into the role of psychedelics...

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