Events

    Nature vs. Fiction in Sci-Fi Movies

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Miaki Ishii, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

    Recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala remind us of how devastating these geological eruptions can be. Popular culture depictions of volcanic disasters found in movies like Dante’s Peak and Volcano can strongly distort the public’s understanding of volcanic activity and its immediate effects. As with many science-fiction films, Hollywood depictions of natural phenomena don’t always align with the scientific facts. Seismologist Miaki...

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    Dragonfly Eyes: What Counts as Art Today?

    Location: 

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

    Xu Bing is a world-renowned artist, professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), and an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. Working at the forefront of Chinese contemporary art, Xu has focused with particular intricacy on the challenges of translation between East and West. This discussion will delve into the range of Xu’s art and its multifaceted impact on the global contemporary art world.

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    Opening Reception: Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World

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    Harvard Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
    Join us to celebrate the opening of Raise a Glass—A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World, an exhibition at the Harvard Ceramics Program that is inspired by the Harvard Art Museums’ current special exhibition, Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.
     
    On view from October 13 through November 26, 2018, Raise a Glass features contemporary ceramic artists responding to the elaborate vessels featured in the Animal-Shaped Vessels exhibition. Fourteen internationally recognized...
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    PRACTICE: Outside In | Inside Out

    This symposium considers discourse on contemporary issues of design practice in two parts: the external pressures of economic, environmental, and political systems, and internal forces of tools, techniques, and strategies for design. Addressing the multifaceted nature of the profession, we will explore themes for the design of practice, such as work and labor, tools and technology, and ethics and agency. The symposium highlights potential avenues for the growth and constitution of...

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    Guest Speaker: Sou Fujimoto

    Location: 

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

    Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2018, he won two International Competitions for the Village Vertical in site of Rosny-sous-Bois and for the HSG Learning Center in Saint Gallen. In 2017, he was the winner of two International Competitions, for the Nice Meridia and the...

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    Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Thirty years after its release, N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of life in one of the last hunting and gathering communities. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Documentary Educational Resources, this program will explore the film’s importance to the preservation of intangible culture, and Marshall’s influence on...

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    (Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

    Location: 

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

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is an award-winning broadcaster and NPR’s Africa correspondent. An all-purpose Africa reporter, Quist-Arcton will share stories and insight from her experiences listening to African women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all. Following her remarks, Quist-Arcton will be joined in conversation by Marco Werman, host of Public Radio International’s The World.

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    Guest Speaker: Christopher Hawthorne

    Location: 

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

    Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is Professor of the Practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the ...

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    Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

    The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. In this special event, Patrick McGovern will venture back to the origins of brewing in the ancient world. Drawing on archaeology,...

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    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    Location: 

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

    Join the Parker Quartet for a night of music! On their set is Janáček String Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”; Kurtág Six moments musicaux, Op.44; Kurtág Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op.28; Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10.

    Free but tickets required, available beginning September 21 at Harvard Box Office.

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    Mohammad al-Asad, “The Center for the Study of the Built Environment: A Twenty-Year Journey”

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    This presentation tells the story of The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), an independent non-profit think / do tank. It focuses on exploring how fields connected to the built environment, including architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, heritage...

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Hannah Beachler with Jacqueline Stewart

    Location: 

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

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design in welcoming Hannah Beachler in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart. Hannah Beachler is a prolific production designer with an affinity for evocative designs and visuals. Beachler designed Marvel’s Black Panther for director Ryan Coogler, which just became the 9th-highest grossing film of all time. Her incredible work on the film...

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

    Location: 

    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”

    Location: 

    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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    2018 Oct 02

    Gallery Experience: Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

    Repeats every day until Fri Nov 30 2018 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

    Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful new anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Join this experiment to hear the...

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    2018 Sep 30

    Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

    Repeats every day until Sun Mar 31 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.

    Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm...

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    Visual Storytelling, Visual Communication

    Location: 

    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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