Events

    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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    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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    Fossil Fuels, Health, and Frontline Indigenous Communities

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    Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health—Online

    Indigenous communities have a long history of living with and learning from the environment, but the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels near their communities, along with unjust policies, have put their health and the climate at risk and impacted tribal sovereignty. Join us for a discussion of how we can uplift Indigenous voices and curb the impacts of fossil fuel extraction on frontline communities.

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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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    Celebrating a Sesquicentennial: The Founding of the Arnold Arboretum

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    Livestreamed or at Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St., Boston

    The Arnold Arboretum was founded on Friday, March 29, 1872. Exactly 150 years later, we invite you to join Lisa Pearson, Head of the Arboretum Library and Archives, for a special sesquicentennial lecture! Pearson will discuss the earliest benefactors of the Arboretum, the events surrounding the founding of the institution, and the busy first two decades during which the infrastructure and living collections were installed on the grounds.

    This event will also be livestreamed to YouTube. To sign up for the virtual livestream instead,...

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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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    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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    Restoring Ecosystems in a Time of Ongoing Global Change

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    How long does it take for an ecosystem to recover after it is disturbed or destroyed by human activities? How do we know when an ecosystem has recovered? In this lecture, restoration ecologist David Moreno Mateos will discuss the traditional methods used to assess the recovery of terrestrial ecosystems—such as changes in biodiversity or soil carbon levels—and highlight their limitations. He will make a case for more comprehensive and long-term approaches to understanding and measuring ecosystem recovery and highlight their potential for enhancing environmental policies and large-scale...

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    The Transition from High School to College for the Pandemic Generation

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Education Now is an HGSE webinar series that responds to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our episodes provide insights and strategies to shape equitable new approaches to challenges across the education landscape.

    This session's speakers include:

    • Liya Escalera, Vice Provost for Academic Support Services and Undergraduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston
    • Mandy Savitz-Romer, Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Senior Lecturer in Human Development and...
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    Women on the Frontlines of Revolution

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Erica Chenoweth is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School. In this lecture, Chenoweth will present their ongoing research for their next book, written with Zoe Marks. Titled, “Rebel XX: Women on the Frontlines of Revolution,” the book is about the impact of women’s participation on revolutionary outcomes.

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    Women on the Frontlines of Revolution

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Erica Chenoweth is a Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment at Harvard Kennedy School. In this lecture, Chenoweth will present their ongoing research for their next book, written with Zoe Marks. Titled, “Rebel XX: Women on the Frontlines of Revolution,” the book is about the impact of women’s participation on revolutionary outcomes.

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    Art Talk Live: Jozef Israëls—Drawing Toward Social Justice

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Figure drawing is often described by artists as a way of facilitating empathy and understanding another person’s vulnerability. A discussion of works by Jozef Israëls and his contemporaries, such as Vincent van Gogh, offers insights into the transformation of figure studies from an academic discipline into a vehicle for denouncing social injustice.

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Archive Matrix Assembly: Nana Last and Thomas Struth

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture with art and architecture theorist, Nana Last, and artist Thomas Struth. 

    Nana Last MArch ’86 is an art and architecture theorist. She is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where she founded the interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in the Constructed Environment. Her writing considers relations between architecture, art, philosophy and science in modern and contemporary society. Her books include:...

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    The Art of Talking with Children: The Simple Keys to Nurturing Kindness, Creativity, and Confidence in Kids

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    From a Harvard faculty member and oral language specialist, an invaluable guide that gives readers evidence-based tools and techniques to communicate more effectively with children in ways that let them foster relationships with less conflict and more joy and kindness.

    Science has shown that the best way to help our kids become independent, confident, kind, empathetic, and happy is by talking with them. Yet, so often, parents, educators, and caregivers have trouble communicating with kids. Conversations can feel trivial or strained — or worse, are marked by constant conflict...

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    Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea

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    Online or at Weld Hill Research Building, 1300 Centre St., Boston

    Just in time for the Arboretum's sesquicentennial and the bicentennial of the birth of pioneering landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, authors Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr will speak on their recent book, "Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea." They'll offer a new interpretation of how the American park—urban and national—came to figure so prominently in our cultural identity, and why this more complex and inclusive story deserves to be told.

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    Artists Surviving and Thriving in Recent Times

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The upheaval of the past two years has acutely impacted artists’ careers and changed the ways in which they approach their work. In the next installment of our Radcliffe on the Road series, featuring Min Jin Lee RI ’19 and Ifeoma Fafunwa RI ’18, we will consider how artists have navigated the struggles and opportunities that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront.

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    U.S. Climate Change Policy in an Era of Political Polarization

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    U.S. Congressman Garret Graves represents the 6th congressional district of Louisiana, is the Ranking Member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, making him particularly qualified to speak on these issues from an informed lawmaker’s perspective. Professor Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project, will host this webinar.

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    Why Teachers Leave Teaching — and How to Support and Retain Them

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Amid the extraordinary challenges of the past two years, teachers have been innovative, flexible, and brave. But in many cases, they've also been pushed to their limits — leading to fears of a large-scale exodus. Join us to talk about whether and why teachers are leaving the profession, and how to fix the underlying causes.

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