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    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: The Blues—Cobalt and Indigo in Asian Art

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In Asia, the mineral cobalt has long been used as a colorant in ceramic glazes, and indigo dye, derived from plants of the Indigofera genus, has been employed in textiles and paints. In this Art Study Center Seminar, a curator, conservators, and a conservation scientist consider the history of blue through the ceramics, textiles, and paintings now on view in the Picturing the Lives of Women installation in the Asian art galleries.

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    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: The Blues—Cobalt and Indigo in Asian Art

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    In Asia, the mineral cobalt has long been used as a colorant in ceramic glazes, and indigo dye, derived from plants of the Indigofera genus, has been employed in textiles and paints. In this Art Study Center Seminar, a curator, conservators, and a conservation scientist consider the history of blue through the ceramics, textiles, and paintings now on view in the Picturing the Lives of Women installation in the Asian art galleries.

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    Senior Loeb Scholar Lecture: Lesley Lokko

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    The Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent individuals whose expertise is outside the typical disciplines of the GSD or whose practice displays a unique focus. Scholars are welcomed for a short-term residency at the School, during which they present a public lecture and engage directly with GSD students, faculty, staff, researchers, Loeb Fellows, and others. Since its inception, the program has offered the GSD community opportunities to learn from and be in discourse with...

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    "A Blessing" and Little Black Library at Harvard Business School: Virtual Author Chat to Celebrate Black History Month

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    Harvard Business School—Online

    HBS's iconic Baker Library is the largest business library in the world—and its collection expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in its 95-year history, Baker brought in non-business books, over 170 titles (to date) organized by Cathy Chukwulebe (MBA 2021) as part of her new non-profit, Little Black Library (LBL).

    In response to the racial and social unrest of 2020, Cathy launched Little Black Library to promote Black authors and conversations about the Black experience through books and events at libraries and other partners around the U.S.

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    Poetry Reading and Discussion with Camille T. Dungy

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Dungy has also edited anthologies including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate...

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    On the Literacy and Education of Ancient Egyptian Artists

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    Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East—Online

    One of the salient characteristics of ancient Egypt undoubtedly is its hieroglyphic script. The "code" to decipher this writing system was cracked precisely two hundred years ago, in 1822, by the brilliant French linguist Jean-François Champollion—the founding father of Egyptology. The complexity of Egyptian hieroglyphs resulted in a low literacy rate among the Pharaonic population.

    In this lecture, Dimitri Laboury will address the level(s) of literacy and scholarly education among the makers of the countless hieroglyphic monuments that help make ancient Egypt so famous....

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    Lessons from Plants

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Plants are essential to humans and the environment: they provide food, absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, serve multiple ecosystem functions, and beautify landscapes. In Lessons from Plants (Harvard University Press, 2021) Beronda Montgomery invites us to appreciate our interdependence with plants and the many lessons that can be gained from a better understanding of the ways in which plants grow, adapt, and thrive.

    In this conversation with Brenda Tindal, she will address what plants can teach us about relating to one another, building diverse communities and...

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    John Hejduk Soundings Lecture: Anthony Titus, "Rupture and Reconciliations"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    The lecture will focus on the structure of Anthony Titus's transdisciplinary practice of art and architecture. Titus will speak about a selection of several exhibitions, installations, and projects that span the past decade. Emphasis will be placed upon the processes and procedures as well as the final product of the works. Looking to explore and discover new possibilities between the spaces of architecture, sculpture, and painting Titus will share drawings, diagrams, models, and photographs of the projects.

    The conversation and exchange between these disciplines serves as a...

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    Benin Bronzes in Context

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    In Benin Bronzes in Context, Sarah Clunis will look at objects currently in the care of Harvard and discuss the way that these objects represent an iconographic and contextual story of trade, contact, and crossroads between cultures. Diana Loren will moderate a discussion after the presentation.

    The bronze, ivory, and wooden artworks broadly known as the “Benin Bronzes” were taken from Benin City as part of the British Punitive Expedition of 1897 and dispersed to private collections and museums around the world. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology...

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    Why the Mississippi Delta Matters

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    W. Ralph Eubanks is a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, where he is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Join Eubanks as he discusses his upcoming book, which weaves together personal history, archival research, reporting, blues and popular culture, and interviews with current Delta residents to tell the region’s history and explore why many residents of this iconic region of Mississippi persist in trying to transform a place that has been deemed broken and beyond repair.

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    From Strength to Strength: Book Launch Event with Arthur Brooks

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    Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    Please join Professor Arthur Brooks for a conversation on his new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, featuring introductory remarks from Seth Klarman, (MBA '82), CEO of The Baupost Group of Boston. "Change in life is inevitable, but suffering from it is not," says Brooks. "We can succeed in life and work in new and spectacular ways, but we first have to understand our changing strengths." From Strength to Strength is a handbook to happiness in the second half of life.

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    One From Another

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    A presentation from 2021–2022 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow Roger Reeves.

    Roger Reeves is a poet and an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Austin. He plans to create a poem that "sings out of the largesse of black life, a song that sings of a future that is both ecstatic and defiant."

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    John T. Dunlop Lecture: The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, "Building the World We Want to See: What Do We Want Our Legacy to Be?"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Secretary Marcia L. Fudge believes the country’s housing issues do not fit into a one-size-fits-all approach. We need policies and programs that can adapt to meet a community’s unique housing challenges. She is committed to making the dream of homeownership - and the security and wealth creation that comes with it - a reality for more Americans.

    After the lecture, Secretary Fudge will be in conversation with Jerold Kayden, the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and...

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    The Psychochronology of Everyday Life: Time in Graphic Memoir

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    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    Alison Bechdel will discuss some of the strategies she has used to navigate time in her various graphic memoirs. From the simultaneity of events in the unconscious, to the time-stamped documents of evidence, to the search for patterns in random, unspooling life, to the ultimate problem of mortality, Bechdel shows her work in search of visual solutions to lost time.

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    Memento: Virtual Panel Discussion

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    Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard—Online

    Christopher Nolan's film Memento depicts a character (Leonard Shelby) who seeks to find the man he believes murdered his wife in a violent attack that also left Leonard with an inability to remember recent events - he cannot recall who he has met just a few minutes earlier, or what has just been said in a conversation with them. Yet Leonard can recall what happened before the attack and remembers how to perform learned skills such as driving a car or using a camera.

    Memento raises several important questions about memory: What different kinds of memory are...

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    Precipitation for an Arid Landscape Opening Discussion

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    In this opening discussion for Radcliffe’s contemporary art exhibition, Precipitation for an Arid Landscape, the artist Gala Porras-Kim will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with art historian Martha Buskirk. The exhibition grows out of Porras-Kim’s 2019–2020 fellowship at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her fellowship project centered on items dredged from the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itzá, a Maya site in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and how they arrived in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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    Patricia Sullivan, 'Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White'

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    Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard—Online

    Former Hutchins Center Fellows discuss their recent works in. the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Alumni Fellows Virtual Reading Series.

    Patricia Sullivan, Professor of History, University of South Carolina, in conversation with Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School.

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    Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Humanities with Midori

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The 2022 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Humanities will feature Midori—artist, activist, and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience, which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. She has performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others.

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    Katie Bosley Artist Lecture

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    Harvard Ceramics Program—Online

    Join the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard via Zoom for a talk with artist and Ceramics Program instructor Katie Bosley about her ceramic work. Katie Bosley is the 2021 Artist In Residence at Mudflat Studio in Somerville, Massachusetts.

    Katie Bosley is originally from Clearwater, Florida. She earned her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2021 and her BFA in Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2014. Katie has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana and Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota,...

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