Events

    #BreaktheBias: An International Women’s Day Conversation with Iris Bohnet, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Lori Ehrlich, and Deepa Purushothaman

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, the Women and Public Policy Program invites you to join in a discussion on how to #BreaktheBias. A panel of leaders and experts will discuss how to raise awareness against gender bias and discrimination and identify how to take action towards equality in politics, the workplace, and beyond.

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    A True Social Safety Net or Hanging On By A Thread?

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    M-RCBG Senior Fellow Aparna Mathur will moderate a discussion on the complexity and effectiveness of the US Social Safety Net and whether it provides strong protection against adverse life and market outcomes. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from the pandemic and propose ideas for fixing the broken parts of the system.

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    500 Years of Women Authors, Authorizing Themselves

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    Amy Lowell Room (2nd Floor), Houghton Library, Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    Let us introduce you to some of the most infamous female authors you’ve never heard of who carved out cultural spaces for themselves. Our challenge to you: Remember their names. Share their stories. Rewrite history.

    Highlights include:

    • A copy of Phillis Wheatley's collection of poems autographed by the author

    • A mysterious ownership inscription by a medieval woman named "Johanna" in a copy of Jerome's Vitas Patrum

    • Mary Wroth's copy of Xenophon's Cyropaedia, bearing her cryptic monogram...

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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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    36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Brunch

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    Cambridge NAACP—Online

    The 36th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch will be held virtually on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00am ET. This year's theme is: "Our Beloved Community in Action: What will it take to build an anti-racist city?"

    The Cambridge Branch NAACP was among the first to adopt the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, even before its declaration as a national holiday. For over three decades, our Annual MLK Brunch has honored the legacy of Dr. King and recognized community leaders committed to social justice and public service.

    This year, our two...

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    Book Talk - The Unimagined Community: Imperialism and Culture in South Vietnam

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    Harvard University Asia Center—Online

    The unimagined community proposes a reexamination of the Vietnam War from a perspective that has been largely excluded from historical accounts of the conflict, that of the South Vietnamese. Challenging the conventional view that the war was a struggle between the Vietnamese people and US imperialism, the study presents a wide-ranging investigation of South Vietnamese culture, from political philosophy and psychological warfare to popular culture and film. Beginning with a genealogy of the concept of a Vietnamese “culture,” as the latter emerged during the colonial...

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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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    Everything That Doctors Want to Know About Reproductive Rights Litigation, But Are Too Afraid to Ask

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School—Online

    Current and past abortion legislation and court rulings have profound effects on health care providers’ ability to care for their patients. However, media coverage of abortion in the U.S. typically is not geared toward an audience of health care professionals. Health care providers are thus left on their own to grapple with questions of what they can or cannot do within the scope of ever-changing law and policy.

    This event aims to address that gap, answering the questions health care providers might have about legal doctrine around abortion and what it means for their practice...

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    Book Talk: Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration

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    Immigration Initiative at Harvard—Online

    Dr. Angela M. Banks will discuss her recent book Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration: Implications for Theory and Practice.

    Angela M. Banks is a legal scholar specializing in membership and belonging in democratic societies. She is the Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of...

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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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    Shrinking Civic Space in Africa: Lessons from Uganda

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    Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy—Online

    In this talk, Nicholas Opiyo—Carr Center Fellow, Scholar at Risk, and Human Rights Lawyer in Uganda—will analyze and explore the state arguments that have been made for limitations on the civic space in Africa. Throughout the discussion, he will trace relevant trends and examine the role of the international community in Africa’s political spheres. Noting that there are possible ways to push back against the shrinking of civic space, Opiyo will suggest new ways for civil society to organize effectively.

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    Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    How did Chicago, a city known for commerce, come to have such a splendid public waterfront—its most treasured asset? The book’s authors study the lakefront’s evolution from the middle of the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Their findings have significance for understanding not only Chicago’s history but also the law’s part in determining the future of significant urban resources such as waterfronts.

    Join us for a discussion on Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago with authors Joseph Kearney and Thomas Merrill and panelists Henry Smith, Richard...

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    Afghanistan After the Collapse: Where Are We Now, and What Comes Next?

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    Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies—Online

    On the six-month anniversary of the Taliban’s swift takeover of Afghanistan, this Negotiation Task Force virtual event, moderated by NTF Fellow Fara Abbas, explores Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Together with our expert panel of speakers, we will address the political, economic, and security developments in Afghanistan and the way forward. The consequences of a Taliban failure to govern are far reaching.

    This event will address the following questions: What can be expected from the...

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    Great Zimbabwe: Reclaiming a 'Confiscated' Past

    Location: 

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

    This lecture is part of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Alumni Fellows Virtual Reading Series.

     

    Shadreck Chirikure, Professor of Archaeology, University of Cape Town and British Academy Global Professor, School of Archaeology, Oxford University in conversation with Chakanetsa Mavhunga, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, MIT.

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    Peril to Democracy: Racism and Nationalism in America

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    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    The after effects of the January 6 insurrection continue to reverberate across America. Since that fateful and disturbing day, pushbacks against the teaching of race in America, abortion rollbacks, and Covid denialism have swept across the country. What has been the role of evangelical Christianity in fueling these issues?

    Professor Anthea Butler's lecture will explore the historical antecedents of Evangelical beliefs and political action leading up to today’s troubling times, and the prospects for the future of religion, peace and political action in America.

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    Education Now: Navigating Tensions Over Teaching Race and Racism

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    How can schools, educators, and families navigate the continued politicization and tensions around teaching and talking about race, racism, diversity, and equity? As laws banning critical race theory are passed, and the rhetoric grows intense, we'll discuss what educators and families can do to make sure students are supported, learning, and prepared with the knowledge they need to understand their own histories and the diverse and global society they’ll enter.

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