Events

    2020 Jul 02

    Art Talk Live: Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In this talk, curator Lynette Roth takes a close look at Max Beckmann’s Self-Portrait in Tuxedo (1927), examining its institutional, art historical, and cultural-political significance in order to ask the question: what can this enigmatic, nearly century-old painting by a German artist tell us today? Led by: Lynette Roth, Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum and Head, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art.

    This free talk will take place online via Zoom. To join, follow this link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/98255230364...

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    2020 Jun 30

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Spirituality in Secular Art

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Adam Sella ’22 will consider different ideas of spirituality and how these are reflected in artwork we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 27

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Silent Dialogue

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Twyla Kantor ’22 will discuss storytelling in art and explore how the use of pose and body language can change an object’s narrative.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 23

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Make It New

    8:00pm to 8:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Tommy Mahon ’20 will focus on four artworks embodying aesthetic, political, and spiritual transformations.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 22

    Gutman Library Book Talk: The 60 Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The 60-Year Curriculum explores models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and reinvention. Over the next half-century, globalization, regional threats to sustainability, climate change, and technologies such as artificial intelligence and data mining will transform our education and workforce sectors. Speakers will include:


    • Jim Honan, Ph.D.'89, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
    • Chris Dede - Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE
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    2020 Jun 20

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Nostos and Nostalgia

    11:00am to 11:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Laura Murphy ’22 will delve into the ideas of home, memory, and longing in this journey through the collection, looking at works that evoke the natural beauty of a pre-industrial era.

    The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours, designed and led by Harvard undergraduates from a range of academic disciplines, focus on select objects chosen by each student guide and provide visitors a unique, thematic view into collections.

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    2020 Jun 19

    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Terracotta Figurines from Antiquity to Modernity

    11:00am to 11:45am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    In the 1870s, thousands of ancient terracotta figurines were discovered in cemeteries surrounding the small city of Tanagra in Greece. The figurines became a sensation with Victorian audiences. In this seminar, Frances Gallart Marques will discuss how the brightly colored figures of young women, at once lively and quiet, resonated with and inspired many works by 19th-century painters, musicians, and writers.

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    2020 Jun 18

    Music in the Moment

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Music has played a large social function during the coronavirus pandemic: from the daily balcony concerts in Italy to the virtual performances of countless orchestras, it has helped tie communities together where social distancing has atomized us.

    During this Radcliffe webinar, we will talk with musicians about their experience during the crisis—from the precarious position of performers without gigs to the healing role music can play.

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    2020 Jun 18

    Ahhhhh!: How to Negotiate the Nonnegotiable in an Era of Discontent

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Our world is awash in conflict and tension. The combusting mix of the pandemic, economic turmoil, political divisiveness, and emotional turbulence has turned negotiation on its head. What seemed easy to deal with in the old normal is no longer so. Why is this, and what can we do about it? Drawing on his global research in conflict resolution, Dr. Shapiro will explore a framework he has developed that illuminates underlying psychological complexities fueling present-day conflict—and will offer insight on how to move forward.

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    2020 Jun 17

    The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet empire, the West faces a new era of East-West tensions. Any vision of a modern Russia integrated into the world economy and aligned in peaceful partnership with a reunited Europe has abruptly vanished. Two opposing narratives vie to explain the strategic future of Europe, one geopolitical and one economic, and both center on the same resource: natural gas. In The Bridge, Thane Gustafson, an expert on Russian oil and gas, argues that the political rivalries that capture the lions share of media attention...

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    2020 Jun 12

    Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

    9:00am to 10:30am

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

    Bangladeshi local labor...

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    2020 Jun 08

    When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence During COVID-19

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Although communities have been asked to stay home to stay safe, for many domestic violence victims, home can be a dangerous place. Spikes in intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse have been noted across the country and around the world since the onset of the COVID-19 stay-at-home directives as victims and witnesses of IPV and child abuse find themselves isolated within their homes and confronted with difficult decisions about when and how to seek care or shelter. In this Radcliffe webinar, scholars, public officials, community activists, and...

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    2020 Jun 07

    OWN YOUR VOICE: Contributing to Culture with Musician Madame Gandhi (HBS '15)

    4:30pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    The HKS Women in Power Conference team invite you for a discussion and live performance with musician Madame Gandhi (HBS '15).

    Madame Gandhi is an artist and activist whose mission is to celebrate gender liberation. She has toured drumming for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation and most recently Oprah Winfrey on her 2020 Vision Stadium Tour with morning dance party Daybreaker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has been listed as Forbes Music 30 Under 30 and is a 2020 TED Fellow. Her uplifting music and mathy beats...

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    2020 Jun 05

    Art Study Center Seminar at Home--Mexico: Prints and Revolution, 1910–45

    11:00am to 11:45am

    Location: 

    Online Event

    In the early 20th century, Mexican artists embraced printmaking as a means of reaching a broader audience, creating works that expressed the sociopolitical concerns central to the nation’s 1910–20 revolution and its aftermath. In this seminar, curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will explore the topic through a range of works—from José-Guadalupe Posada’s broadsheets and the iconic, post-revolution images by muralists David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera, to the politically charged works of Leopoldo Méndez and the print collective Taller de Gráfica Popular.

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    2020 Jun 04

    Democracy, Pandemic, and How We Move Forward

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Join the Ash Center for a International Festival of Arts and Ideas event. Former Connecticut Secretary of State Miles Rapoport will moderate a conversation with political commentator and author Heather McGhee, political activist and CEO of Voto Latino María Teresa Kumar, and political scholar Archon Fung, all of whom have spent their lives working to strengthen our democracy. Together they will explore the question: Where do we go from here?

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    2020 Jun 01

    U.S. Foreign Policy and China

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Join the Ash Center and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a virtual event featuring:

    • Lucy Hornby, a fellow at the Nieman Center for Journalism and former Beijing deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times
    • Yasheng Huang, MIT professor of international management
    • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, HKS, Ash Center Director

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    2020 Mar 05

    The Khufu Boat

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2020 Mar 03

    International Womxn’s Day Lecture: Dr. Vandana Shiva

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2020 Mar 03

    Who Discovered Evolution?

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Charles Darwin is commonly cited as the person who “discovered” evolution. But, the historical record shows that roughly seventy different individuals published work on the topic of evolution between 1748 and 1859, the year that Darwin published On the Origin of Species. These early thinkers, now almost entirely forgotten, included biologists, geologists, horticulturists, physicians, clergymen, atheists, philosophers, teachers, and poets.

    William Friedman will discuss the ideas of these pre-Darwinian evolutionists, place Darwin in a broader historical context, and...

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    2020 Mar 02

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

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    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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