Events

    Allston-Brighton Winter Market

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    The third annual Allston-Brighton Winter Market returns to the Harvard Ed Portal from December 12–15, 2019! As a hyper-local neighborhood holiday market, the Winter Market celebrates Allston-Brighton with a four-day event featuring vendors of crafts, artisanal goods, gifts, and fine art, as well as live music, food and drinks for purchase, a beer garden, and special interactive art programs.

    Offered annually, the market is a festive...

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    The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Chanan Tigay is an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer who has covered the Middle East, 9/11, and the United Nations for such outlets as AFP, the Atlantic, GQ, and the New Yorker. In this lecture, Tigay will talk about his first book, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible, which tells the story of the oldest Bible in the world, how its outing as a fraud led to a scandalous death, and why archaeologists now believe it was real—if only they could find it. In addition to the story of this controversial Bible, Tigay will speak about his own hunt for the...

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    The Call of Migratory Things

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    In this lecture, award-winning Nina McConigley, author of the short-story collection Cowboys and East Indians, will discuss her upcoming novel titled “The Call of Migratory Things.” With the landscape of the American West as the framework of this different kind of pioneer narrative, the novel considers how race, immigration, colonialism, post-frontier America, motherhood and fertility, and place intersect.

    This event is free and open to the public. 

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    Harvard Film Archive Screening: Back to the Future

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    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Film Archive for a screening of the cult-classic American film Back to the Future (1985)!

    Directed by Robert Zemeckis. With Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson
    US, 1985, 35mm, color, 116 min.

    Please note: Tickets for all regular screenings are available 45 minutes before show time at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center.

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    Dreaming the Sphinx in Augmented Reality

    Location: 

    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Between the paws of the great Sphinx is the Dream Stela, a monument which describes how a young prince fell asleep in the shadow of the Sphinx by the Giza Pyramids. Visitors to the Harvard Semitic Museum galleries will be able to experience the iconic Sphinx and its Dream Stela in 3D augmented reality.

    A gallery facilitator will use a tablet to allow the Sphinx to loom above and around a real life-size cast of the monumental stela. With a tap, the ancient hieroglyphs will be highlighted and translated into English. Another tap to adjust the timeline later, and a pyramid will...

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    Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Michelle Delk

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Michelle Delk is a passionate champion and designer of the urban public realm. Based in New York City, Michelle is a Partner and Landscape Architect with Snøhetta. Her work is trans-disciplinary, evocative, and representative of a simple foundational premise shared with Snøhetta: to create places that enhance the positive relationships between people and their environments. Both aspirational and pragmatic, her work reveals and complements the sublime qualities of embedded beauty and rational functionality within the...

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    The Remarkable Nature of Edward Lear

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Museum Natural History for a public lecture with Robert McCracken Peck, Curator of Art and Artifacts, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University.

    Edward Lear (1812–1888), best known for The Owl and the Pussycat and other nonsense poetry, was also an accomplished painter of birds, mammals, reptiles, and landscapes, and an adventurous world traveler. His paintings of parrots, macaws, toucans, owls, and other birds are among the finest ever published. Robert McCracken Peck will discuss the remarkable life and natural history paintings of this...

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    The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology for a public lecture and book signing with Anya Bernstein, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. 

    The international transhumanist movement believes that humans can harness science and technology to transcend their physical and mental limitations. Some of its practitioners support cryonics and the creation of robotic bodies for future “consciousness transfer.” Drawing from her ethnographic work among Russian transhumanists and her recent...

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Susie Ibarra, “Listening and Creating Spatially: How do we hear in real life?”

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Composer/Percussionist Susie Ibarra creates music which often navigates how we hear in our environment and how our interdependence with each other and our surroundings informs and shapes these experiences. Ibarra will share several of her music works for performance and sound installations which include Fragility, A Game of Polyrhythms, a conducted game piece for performance which invites the audience to conduct an ensemble through polyrhythms; Music and Water Routes of the Medina of Fez , a music and architecture mobile app in collaboration with architect Aziza Chaouni, mapping with...

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    Human Sacrifice and Power in the Kerma Kingdom

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Semitic Museum for a public lecture with Elizabeth Minor, Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Wellesley College. 

    The Kerma Kingdom was an ancient Nubian civilization located in present-day Sudan. Its capital, the city of Kerma, had monumental architecture and religious art depicting deities in the form of lions, scorpions, and hybrid figures such as winged giraffes and hippopotamus goddesses. During the Classic Kerma Period (1700–1550 BCE), funerary monuments of Kerman kings could be up to one hundred meters long and included hundreds of...

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    Pulsatility and the Search for Life

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Pulsation permeates the universe at every scale, from heartbeats to pulsars. Join the artist Dario Robleto and the astrophysicist Abraham (Avi) Loeb, both of whom engage deeply with pulsatility in their work, for a conversation on how the arts and sciences can explore a common set of understandings.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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    Blodgett Chamber Music Series: Parker Quartet

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join the Parker Quartet for an afternoon of music on Sunday, November 17. The program includes Mozart, String Quartet in D major, K499 "Hoffmeister"; Kirchner, String Quartet #1 (1949); Schubert, and Cello Quintet in C Major (with guest cellist Roman Borys).

    Free tickets will be available through the Harvard Box Office beginning November 3.

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    Exhibition: Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes explores food choices and eating habits in the United States, including the sometimes hidden, but always important, ways in which our tables are shaped by cultural, historical, political, and technological influences.

    One dinner served in 1910 will form the centerpiece—literally—of Resetting the Table. The historical and cultural roots of the foods on the menu, and the privileged context of their presentation, will be explored. Selections from ten University collections will reveal the long history...

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    Breaking My Silence: Amplifying Our Voices as “Others”

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

    In this lecture, Zimbabwean writer and educator Neal Hovelmeier shares publicly for the first time his lived experience as a gay man in a deeply homophobic environment. A year after his decision to come out made him a target of focused public outcry—including death threats—and forced him to resign from his job at a top Zimbabwean school, Hovelmeier will share his insights about how people living on the margins of society struggle to use their voices against the forces that seek to silence them.

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    After Migration: In Defense of Using Beauty to Illustrate the Journeys of Those Who Have Suffered

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Designer, filmmaker, and writer Walé Oyéjidé, Esq., will screen and discuss his short documentary After Migration: Calabria (2020), with Harvard professor Teju Cole. The film celebrates the lives of refugees through fashion design, filmmaking, and photography, and Oyéjidé and Cole will discuss the impacts that transcendent storytelling can have on the lives of those who are commonly shown as victims.

    Before the lecture, guests are invited to view the ...

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    Faculty Recital: Claire Chase

    Location: 

    ArtLab, 140 N. Harvard St., Allston

    The ArtLab presents Claire Chase's Density 2036, part vi. A recital of new music commissioned for flute featuring Constellation Chor, the New York City based vocal performance ensemble.

    2019 marks the is sixth year of Claire Chase's Density 2036, a 23-year project to commission an entirely new body of repertory for solo flute each year until the 100th anniversary of Edgard Varèse’s groundbreaking 1936 flute solo, Density 21.5.

    Claire Chase will perform new works by Olga Neuwirth, Phyllis Chen, Pamela Z, Nathan David, Marcos Balter and Sarah Hennies...

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    James Sloss Ackerman Memorial Lecture: Guido Beltramini

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, 485 Broadway Lecture Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    This lecture, in memorium of James Sloss Ackerman, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Art Emeritus, is sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    James Sloss Ackerman was born in 1919 in San Francisco. At Yale University his professor, Henri Focillon, wrote to him “Remain faithful to our studies for which you are so well suited.” Ackerman's graduate work focusing on Renaissance architecture was guided by Richard Krautheimer and Erwin Panofsky at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His...

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    Great Russian Jews: Solomon Mikhoels (1890–1948)

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    This panel discussion with two leading Jewish cultural historians examines the remarkable contributions and tragic death of the great actor, theater director, playwright, visionary of Yiddish culture, and Jewish activist Solomon (Shloyme) Mikhoels (1890–1948).

    Born Shloyme Vovsi in Dvinsk (now Daugavpils, Latvia), the genius actor Mikhoels became the chief director of the State Jewish Theater in Moscow. During World War II, he served as chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mikhoels’ assassination by Stalin’s secret police, although officially billed as an accident,...

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    Kiley Fellow Lecture: Paola Sturla

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Paola Sturla is a registered Architetto and Paesaggista in Italy, a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning, Design, and Policy at Politecnico di Milano, and the 2018-19 Daniel Urban Kiley teaching fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (Harvard GSD 2011, with distinction), as well as a Master of Architecture (PoliMi 2007).

    Her current research aims to critically investigate how AI-based tools and computer simulations could support landscape architecture in the context of infrastructure planning, taking advantage of the user’...

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