Events

    2022 Apr 09

    In-Person Gallery Talk: Art and Human Health—An Evolutionary Perspective

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join Ben Sibson, a graduate student at Harvard in human evolutionary biology, for a conversation about how art can enhance our understanding of the evolution of human health. Looking at works of art installed in the University Study Gallery this semester for the undergraduate course Human Evolution and Human Health, Sibson will show how the objects provide useful information about the physical activities performed by people across time and space, as well as the foods they ate, the clothes they wore, and the spaces where they lived.

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    2022 Apr 07

    Manifest: Thirteen Colonies

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Apr 06

    Exploring Humanity's Technological Origins

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Apr 06

    The Impact of Gold Mining on the Feasibility of Malaria Elimination in the Amazon

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Caroline Buckee is a professor of epidemiology and the associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is writing a book focused on the impact of gold mining on the epidemiology and control of malaria in the Amazon rainforest while concurrently examining infectious disease epidemiology as a field of study, using malaria as an example. Join her to hear more about her current research.

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    2022 Apr 05

    TERREMOTO – David Godshall and Jenny Jones, "Radical Gardens of Love and Interconnectedness"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Apr 05

    2022 David M. Lee Historical Lecture in Physics: "A personal historical view of the theory of deterministic chaos"

    5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Department of Physics—Online

    Classical deterministic time evolutions exist with apparent random features, as is seen in hydrodynamic turbulence. Such phenomena have been called deterministic chaos, and are associated with sensitive dependence on initial conditions.

    We discuss chaos theory with emphasis on the multidisciplinary work concerning chaos in natural phenomena during the three decades 1970-2000. Work in that period has involved developments in pure mathematics, new experimental techniques, and the use of digital computers. The problems addressed include hydrodynamical turbulence, meteorology,...

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    2022 Apr 05

    The Consequences of Remote and Hybrid Learning for Achievement Gaps

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Center for Education Policy Research—Online

    Join this PIER Public Seminar about the consequences of remote and hybrid learning for achievement gaps, with speaker Thomas Kane (Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education).

    2022 Apr 05

    Art Talk Live: The Secret Life of Ptahshepses Impy

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join Egyptologist Jen Thum for an engaging look at the results of new research on the tomb relief of Ptahshepses Impy, an Egyptian official. Thum will explore the implications of this research, including possible changes to the display of the relief to indicate missing portions.

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    2022 Apr 04

    Gutman Library Book Talk - Leadership Through Mentoring: The Key to Improving the Confidence and Skill of Principals

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Leadership Through Mentoring: The Key to Improving the Principals Confidence and Skill lays out the case for the development of robust mentorship programs to support new school leaders. With principal turnover at an all-time high, it is urgent that schools and districts find ways to help newly appointed leaders grow into effective supervisors, managers, and strategic thinkers who can also find personal and professional satisfaction in their careers.

    Using examples from several established and successful state programs, Leadership Through Mentoring shows how...

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    2022 Apr 01

    Sandra Barclay & Jean Pierre Crousse, "Transversal Grounds"

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 31

    Exploring Egypt’s Middle Kingdom at the Site of Ancient Thebes

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 31

    Fossil Fuels, Health, and Frontline Indigenous Communities

    9:15am

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 30

    Rachel Dorothy Tanur Memorial Lecture: Sam Olbekson, “Culture, Community, and Environmental Justice in Contemporary Indigenous Design”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 30

    Field Studies: Hierarchy, Power Dynamics, and the Human Narrative

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 29

    Celebrating a Sesquicentennial: The Founding of the Arnold Arboretum

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 28

    Jaqueline Tyrwhitt Urban Design Lecture: Anne Lacaton

    12:30pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 24

    Feeding the Nation: Michael W. Twitty on American Foodways and the History of Enslavement

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 23

    Restoring Ecosystems in a Time of Ongoing Global Change

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    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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    2022 Mar 23

    The Transition from High School to College for the Pandemic Generation

    3:00pm

    Location: 

    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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