In Asia, the mineral cobalt has long been used as a colorant in ceramic glazes, and indigo dye, derived from plants of the Indigofera genus, has been employed in textiles and paints. In this Art Study Center Seminar, a curator, conservators, and a conservation scientist consider the history of blue through the ceramics, textiles, and paintings now on view in the Picturing the Lives of Women installation in the Asian art galleries.
The Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent individuals whose expertise is outside the typical disciplines of the GSD or whose practice displays a unique focus. Scholars are welcomed for a short-term residency at the School, during which they present a public lecture and engage directly with GSD students, faculty, staff, researchers, Loeb Fellows, and others. Since its inception, the program has offered the GSD community opportunities to learn from and be in discourse with...
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.
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...
Edited by Margarita Jiménez-Silva, Ed.M.'92, Ed.D.'02 and Janine Bempechat, Ed.M.'79, Ed.D.'86, this important volume brings together voices of Latinx students, teachers, teacher educators, and education allies in Latinx communities to reveal ways in which today's sociopolitical context has given rise to politically-sanctioned hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric. Contributors—key stakeholders in the education of immigrant Latinx children, youth, and college students—share how this rhetoric has exacerbated existing systemic injustices within K-Higher Education. Understanding that teaching and...
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....
Plants are essential to humans and the environment: they provide food, absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, serve multiple ecosystem functions, and beautify landscapes. In Lessons from Plants (Harvard University Press, 2021) Beronda Montgomery invites us to appreciate our interdependence with plants and the many lessons that can be gained from a better understanding of the ways in which plants grow, adapt, and thrive.
In this conversation with Brenda Tindal, she will address what plants can teach us about relating to one another, building diverse communities and...
The lecture will focus on the structure of Anthony Titus's transdisciplinary practice of art and architecture. Titus will speak about a selection of several exhibitions, installations, and projects that span the past decade. Emphasis will be placed upon the processes and procedures as well as the final product of the works. Looking to explore and discover new possibilities between the spaces of architecture, sculpture, and painting Titus will share drawings, diagrams, models, and photographs of the projects.
The conversation and exchange between these disciplines serves as a...
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...
When Nicola Thorp reported for a white-collar job at the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2016, she was told to switch from her flat footwear to two- to four-inch heels to comply with the company’s official dress-code policy for female employees. Thorp’s refusal to oblige sparked an international debate regarding whether it was appropriate to mandate female employees to wear heels as a part of their professional attire. Currently, in several countries, including the US, women in white-collar jobs are often expected to, or advised to, wear closed-toe heels in neutral colors to...
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...
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.
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.
Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard—Online
Heather R. White, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Gender and Queer Studies and 2021-22 Women's Studies in Religion Program Research Associate, will deliver the lecture, "Safe, Sacred, Free: Queer Movements and Religious Spaces."
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.
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.
This installment in the Radcliffe Institute’s winter series of book talks will feature Anita Hill, author of Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking, 2021). Professor Hill is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.
Harvard Business School & Harvard Kennedy School—Online
Please join Professor Arthur Brooks for a conversation on his new book, From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life, featuring introductory remarks from Seth Klarman, (MBA '82), CEO of The Baupost Group of Boston. "Change in life is inevitable, but suffering from it is not," says Brooks. "We can succeed in life and work in new and spectacular ways, but we first have to understand our changing strengths." From Strength to Strength is a handbook to happiness in the second half of life.
Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School—Online
During the first seventy-five years, the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania graduated eighteen African American women – more than any other predominantly white medical school. This talk will examine the lives and careers of these “sisters of a darker race” who encountered racial and sexual discrimination as they demonstrated that medicine was Black women’s work.
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.