Events

    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Painting’s Punchlines, with Sophia Clark

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In this tour, Sophia Clark ’23 explores the varied means and ends of humor in three works of art that, at first glance, may not seem funny. They are Mervin Jules’s 1937 painting The Art Lover; Charles Bird King’s 1830 painting The Vanity of the Artist’s Dream; and the Archaic Greek Eye cup: Athena (c. 530 BCE), which gives drinkers a different face...

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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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    Black Music and the American University: Eileen Southern's Story

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Join us for the second of two one-hour webinars exploring the legacy of Eileen Southern, author of “The Music of Black Americans: A History” and founder and editor of “The Black Perspective in Music.” In 1976, Eileen Southern (1920–2002) became the first African American woman tenured in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). She was central in developing the Department of Afro-American Studies (now African and African American Studies), serving as an early chair, and was on the faculty of the Department of Music, where she taught courses on Black music and Renaissance musical...

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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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    Thursday Till Sunday

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Sotomayor's celebrated debut feature follows a young family on a road trip, of which the final destination remains ambiguous. Told largely from the point of view of ten-year-old Lucia as she observes the world unfolding before her and intuits her parents’ fraying relationship, Thursday Till Sunday avoids over-narrativization by focusing upon those in-between spaces and non-events noticed by the young girl.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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    Screening: The Blue Eyes of Yonta

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Gomes' second film is a bold follow-up to Mortu Nega that extends its critical scrutiny of post-liberation Guinea-Bissau through a poignantly nuanced story of ardent dreams fractured across different generations. The eponymous heroine of The Blue Eyes of Yonta is a spirited young woman smitten with an old family friend, a hero of the revolution falling on hard times as he struggles to keep his business afloat and stay true to his ideals despite the corrosive pressures of the black market.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors...

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    Screening: The Children's Republic

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    In a post-war civilization run by children, director Flora Gomes explores concepts of symbolism and magical realism to tell the tale of a utopian society and its young inhabitants. The Children’s Republic sheds light on an era of national liberation and harmony, where only children—aside from Dubem the advisor, played by Danny Glover—are left to seek peace and redemption from the death and destruction of their nation's lingering past.

    Cost: $10 for general public; $8 for non-Harvard students & seniors; free for Harvard ID holders

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    Hale County This Morning, This Evening with RaMell Ross in Person

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Evolving from his large-format photographs—the same medium of Walker Evans and William Christenberry who also famously focused their lenses on rural Hale County, Alabama—Ross walks a multi-dimensional path both alongside and away from these artistic predecessors. As suns set and moons rise and eclipse, Ross’ camera moves fluidly in and out of invisibility and interaction, capturing moments miniscule and monumental, quotidian and otherworldly, with the same curious, clear eye.

    Cost: $15 (free for Harvard ID holders)

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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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    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Printmaking and Womanhood, with Sinead Danagher, Calla Bai, and Alexis Boo

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Sinead Danagher '22, Calla Bai '22, and Alexis Boo '22, three Ho Family Student Guides who were classmates in Harvard's Critical Printing seminar last fall, will explore printmaking and how it relates to womanhood. They will examine a variety of works from the collections.

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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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    Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave. & Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Special In-Person Family Event! Free with Museum Admission; Admissions Reservation Required.

    Experience an epic day of archaeological events with the family! Activities are scattered across two museums so explore Native North American, Central American, Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Mediterranean archaeology. Throw a spear with a spear thrower. Talk to student archaeologists who excavate in locations around the world.

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    Virtual Student Guide Tour: Women and Health, with Eve Crompton

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In this tour, Eve Crompton ’23 will focus on works depicting women in poor health and what values were attributed to the figures. She will look at an Attic grave stele Woman Dying in Childbirth (c. 330 BCE); the painting Mother and Child (c. 1901) that Pablo Picasso was inspired to make after visiting a French prison hospital; and Erich Heckel’s painting ...

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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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    Bringing Digitalization Home: How Can Technology Address Housing Challenges?

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Digitalization—the use of automated digital technologies to collect, process, analyze, distribute, use, and sell information—is spurring fundamental change in the way housing is produced, marketed, sold, financed, managed, and lived in. This symposium, organized by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, will feature leading scholars and experts from academia, industry, government, and advocacy groups. Participants will examine the nature and extent of technologically-driven changes and assess whether these changes are likely to further (...

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