Events

    Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Biodiversity is the sum total of life on Earth and a living legacy to future generations. Sadly, it is declining almost everywhere on the planet. Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—...

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    New Poets of Native Nations: Lecture, Reading & Book Signing

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, July 2018) gathers the work of 21 poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The publication features long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing today. Heid Erdrich, editor of the anthology, will discuss the poets’ literary...

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    Carla Juaçaba, “Empty Space”

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    The lecture will present recent projects, focusing on Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: the project “Vatican Chapels” for the Holy See Pavilion, and “Ballast” for the curators of the Biennale. The continuity of the “Humanidade Pavilion”, a few exhibition designs done in Rio de Janeiro and housing project will also be presented.

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    New Voices Lecture with Summer Chen

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston MA 02134

    Summer Chen recently completed a month-long residency program in Jingdezhen, the world’s porcelain capital, where she re-examined her culture through the eyes of a ceramic artist. During her talk, Summer will present images and videos of ceramic factories she visited, discuss the process of making work in Jingdezhen, talk about the work she made while she was there and share detailed information about all the residency opportunities in town. Free and open to the public; RSVP to reserve your seat.

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    How to Increase Bipartisan Leadership on Climate Change

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    Kresge Building, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA

    Join us for the next “Voices in Leadership” event of the fall semester, featuring Rep. Bob Inglis, former U.S. Representative for South Carolina. Rep. Inglis was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1992, having never run for office before. In 2011, Inglis went full-time into promoting free enterprise action on climate change and launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (“E&EI”) at George Mason University in July 2012. In the fall of 2014, E&EI rebranded to become republicEn.org. republicEn is a growing grassroots community of over 5,000 Americans educating the country about free...

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    Visual Storytelling, Visual Communication

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

    We rely on our eyes like never before: to navigate not only the physical world, but also the narrative and information landscapes we increasingly inhabit. In a fast-moving cascade of images and ideas, the author and cartoonist Scott McCloud shares why there are no neutral visual decisions, why all pictures are words, and why an era of misinformation calls for a new approach to visual education.

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    Ranjani Mazumdar, “Slums in the Cultural Imaginary”

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    The slum has been a visual force in a number of city films from across the world. The use of certain geographical locations and popular discourses about crime and poverty have given shape to a diverse range of images that are at once powerful, mythic and disturbing. This event, which will kick off a two-day conference on “Slums: New Visions for an Enduring Global Phenomenon,” will explore the perceptions that have fuelled the imagination of the cinematic slum.

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    Role of Clouds and Particles in Climate…with a Dash of Fog

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    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Particles in our atmosphere, whether from the natural environment or from human-built engines, affect climate in ways we don’t yet fully understand. MIT Professor Dan Cziczo will speak of particles and clouds in our atmosphere and how climate is influenced by them. The evening will begin outdoors at Fog x Hill, a Fujiko Nakaya fog exhibit at the Arboretum and then shift indoors for a lecture about clouds and climate. Arrive promptly at 6:30pm to view Fog x Hill, a timed-release landscape...

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    Saving Coral Reefs in the Florida Keys

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA

    James W. Porter, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia

    Coral reefs support more than a quarter of all marine life, yet many are critically endangered. In the Florida Keys, the once common elk horn coral (Acropora palmata) has experienced steep declines since the 1970s. Preliminary blame was attributed to global warming and coral bleaching, but in fact, a human bacterial pathogen associated with a wide range of serious infections was the culprit. James Porter will discuss how Key West residents are saving these reefs...

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    Feminisms Now!

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

    What do millennial feminists want? This panel invites rising artists, thinkers, and organizers to share their visions of gender equality for the 21st century. Panelists will reflect on their art and activism in the service of intersecting and sometimes competing feminisms. They’ll also discuss the ways they do—and don’t—engage the legacy of their 19th- and 20th-century foremothers as they work to move society forward.

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    Anna Puigjaner, “Kitchen Stories”

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    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Anna Puigjaner is an architect, editor and researcher. Co-founder of the architectural office MAIO, which works on spatial systems that allow theoretical and practical positions converge. MAIO’s works have been published in international magazines such as Domus, Monocle, Plot, Frame and Detail among others; exhibited at Biennale di Venezia,...

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