Events

    In-Person Gallery Talk: Ella Hurd’s Botanical Cyanotypes—Camera-less Photography and Scientific Discovery in the 19th Century

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The talk will highlight amateur botanist Ella Hurd and the process she used to make her cyanotypes. It will also explore the importance of camera-less photography to scientific research and documentation in the 19th century.

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    The Descendants (A Novel)

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Ladee Hubbard is a writer whose most recent novel is “The Rib King” (Amistad, 2021). In this lecture, she will discuss her current project, a novel that examines the implications of the ways in which Black people in the United States have historically been represented as an internal threat to both public health and safety, placing the 1980s War on Drugs in dialogue with the larger history of African Americans being used in drug trials and medical experiments.

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    In-Person Exhibition Tour: White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join curator Lynette Roth and conservator Penley Knipe for an in-depth tour of our special exhibition White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, on view through July 31, 2022.

    Anneliese Hager (1904–1997) made significant contributions to the medium of camera-less photography and to the wider surrealist movement in Europe. The camera-less photograph, or photogram, is an image made by placing objects directly on (or in close proximity to)...

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    John Portman Lecture: Bruther // Stéphanie Bru et Alexandre Thériot

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Stéphanie Bru and Alexandre Theriot founded Bruther in Paris in 2007. They belong to the generation of architects who started their careers at the beginning of the recession, a condition likely to be reflected in the way they define architecture: as a Swiss Army knife, a tool to be used in the most disparate circumstances, an aid that reconciles all fields of knowledge.

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    The Power of Antiquity in the Making of Modern Egypt

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Ancient Egypt conjures images of pharaonic temples, tombs, and pyramids, and perhaps, even the familiar illustrations from children’s books and magazines showing kilted workers on the Nile toiling away on their kings’ great monuments. But what is the relationship between these images—along with the deep history they evoke and the processes of discovery that made them visible—and the history of modern Egypt?

    In this talk, Wendy Doyon will discuss the relationship between state, archaeology, and labor in Mehmed (or Muhammad) Ali’s Egypt—an autonomous khedival, or viceregal,...

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    In-Person Gallery Talk: Washington and the Power of Clothes

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join curator Horace D. Ballard for fresh perspective on two of the museums’ iconic portraits of George Washington through the meaning of gesture and the materialities of fashion. Inspired by Ballard’s recent research on Washington and his rewriting of the portraits’ gallery labels, the talk will explore the important role artists played in shaping the nation’s sense of self after the partisan politics of the Revolutionary War.

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    Mexican Red: The Perfect Color that Changed the World

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    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) is a small insect that produces a brilliant red pigment. Found in textiles, paintings, cosmetics, and many other objects that span the globe, cochineal is an integral part of world history. Cochineal pigment was used by Mesoamerican peoples long before the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. After being introduced to Europe, it quickly became a precious commodity and control over its global trade was a source of conflict and competition for over three centuries. In this lecture, Gabriela Soto Laveaga will trace the fascinating history of cochineal...

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    Education Now – Navigating Trauma for Teachers and Learners

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the next episode of Education Now focused on navigating trauma for teachers and learners.

    Speakers:

    • Mark Tappan, Professor of Education, Colby College
    • Aysha Upchurch, Lecturer on Education and Artist in Residence, Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Host: Uche Amaechi, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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    Making Race: Policy, Sex, and Social Order in the French Atlantic and Indian Oceans, 1608–1756

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    Mélanie Lamotte is an assistant professor of French at Tulane University. After completing her first book, under contract with Harvard University Press, she is undertaking a research project that examines the material life of the enslaved across the early modern French empire, thereby reconstructing the cultural, social, economic, and political experiences of slave communities. Join her to learn more about her work.

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    The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children's Mental Health

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

    Public health responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have affected the daily lives of many of us, including children. The next Population Mental Health Forum will focus on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant public health restrictions on children’s mental health. Dr. Karestan Koenen will be joined by Dr. Tamsin Ford from the University of Cambridge who will discuss recent research findings related to children’s mental health during this time. The event will conclude with a Q&A session with attendees.

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    2023 Jan 29

    Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red

    (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Cochineal, a tiny insect found on certain species of Oaxacan cacti, was harvested for millennia by Indigenous peoples to dye fabrics a vibrant red color. But following the European invasion of the Americas in the sixteenth century, it became a widely coveted, globally traded commodity that transformed textiles and art, and made Mexico a center for technological innovation. Cochineal: How Mexico Made the World See Red explores how this Indigenous technology changed the world, becoming an international symbol of power, while simultaneously disenfranchising its discoverers.

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    Harvard Design Magazine #50 Issue Launch and Conversation

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    “Today is global” is a rather banal truism, but what really is today’s globalism? In a conversation with contributors from across the globe, Harvard Design Magazine introduces issue #50: Today’s Global, guest-edited by Sarah M. Whiting and Rahul Mehrotra.

    Today’s world has entered a phase of critical backlash against globalization, which is for some a critique of...

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    Art Talk Live: Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s Last Act

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi once proclaimed that “an artist’s drawings are his first words.” Having emigrated from Japan to the United States at the age of 16, Kuniyoshi relied upon drawing as his most expressive medium. Through drawing, he translated the anxiety, disillusionment, and alienation faced by Japanese émigrés in the aftermath of World War II into a uniquely personal and dynamic American modernist style.

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    Gutman Library Book Talk - Trauma-Responsive Schooling: Centering Student Voice and Healing

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Trauma-Responsive Schooling outlines a novel approach to transforming American schools through student-centered, trauma-informed practices. The book chronicles the use of an innovative educational model, Trauma-Responsive Equitable Education (TREE), as part of a multiyear research project in two elementary schools in rural Maine. In this model, Lyn Mikel Brown,Ed.D.'89, Catharine Biddle, and Mark Tappan, Ed.D.'87, endorse whole-school change, encouraging educators to upend traditional classroom power dynamics by listening foremost to student voices, validating student...

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    Yvonne Andersen and the Yellow Ball Workshop: Films By Kids

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    An influential and acclaimed animator, teacher and author, Yvonne Andersen started the pioneering Yellow Ball Workshop in her home, teaching children every aspect of film animation so they could make their own films from start to finish. Yellow Ball distributed compilations of short films and gained international fame. This program features many entertaining examples of the workshop's unique output.

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

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    Screening: Expedition Content

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Expedition Content is an exploration in “decolonizing the archive” through deep listening. The nearly imageless film is constructed from recordings made in 1961 in West Papua by Michael Rockefeller who was part of an expedition organized by filmmaker, professor and HFA co-founder Robert Gardner. Without dismissing the endeavors of their forebears, Karel and Kusumaryati open up the cinematic and ethnographic space to allow for more points of view, for questions and reconsiderations.

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

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    Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join us to hunt for mythical creatures across the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Can you find a genie, merfolk, or a centaur? What might have inspired a cyclops or a piranha plant? Travel through the galleries of four museums on your quest for these amazing creatures. Test your skills in the galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

    On April 15, let the adventure begin! Time is limited, so plan...

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    Mythical Creatures Scavenger Hunt Kick-Off

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join us to hunt for mythical creatures across the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Can you find a genie, merfolk, or a centaur? What might have inspired a cyclops or a piranha plant? Travel through the galleries of four museums on your quest for these amazing creatures. Test your skills in the galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

    On April 15, let the adventure begin! Time is limited, so plan...

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    The Trouble with Tragedy: Imagining the Native American Past, Present, and Future

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and the Harvard Art Museums present a lecture by author David Treuer.

    David Treuer, an Ojibwe Indian, will offer a fresh and in-depth perspective on the current state of affairs for Native and Indigenous peoples in the Americas. Drawing from his experience growing up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and as an accomplished academic, Treuer’s work includes both nonfiction and fiction.

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