Events

    2022 Feb 17

    We Dance: An Exploration of Movement, Foodways, and Environments

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    From the world-renowned Wideman Davis Dance Company and award-winning filmmakers Ethan Payne and Brian Foster, We Dance is a love story, deconstructed and distilled into its most elemental ingredients. Dreams. Memories. Family. Environments. In this 12-minute film, Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis take us from Chicago, Montgomery, and New York to the point where their lives meet and become one. Along the way, they honor and signify on Black American art, poetry, and literature.

    In this conversation with Sarah Clunis,...

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    2022 Feb 17

    ECOLOGICAL TIME IN TIME-BASED MEDIA ART

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    Media and video art practice of the last twenty years coincided with the harrowing expansion of climate degradation. While the effects of climate change had been anticipated before 2000, they took shape ubiquitously and lethally post-2000, bringing new challenges about whether and how to imagine a future for shared life on the planet. These effects coincided also with a deeper historical understanding of how we got here, tracking the history of extractive economies and their imbrication with the forces of gender, race, colonialism, and a human-centered anthropocentricism.

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    2022 Feb 15

    Benin Bronzes in Context

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    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...

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    2022 Feb 15

    Why the Mississippi Delta Matters

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    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.

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    2022 Feb 15

    Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Law School—Online

    How did Chicago, a city known for commerce, come to have such a splendid public waterfront—its most treasured asset? The book’s authors study the lakefront’s evolution from the middle of the nineteenth century to the twenty-first. Their findings have significance for understanding not only Chicago’s history but also the law’s part in determining the future of significant urban resources such as waterfronts.

    Join us for a discussion on Lakefront: Public Trust and Private Rights in Chicago with authors Joseph Kearney and Thomas Merrill and panelists Henry Smith, Richard...

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    2022 Feb 09

    Joint Panel with Krzysztof Wodiczko: A Dialogue on Art, Technology, and Spectacle

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join us for two consecutive panels and a conversation with internationally renowned artist Krzysztof Wodiczko.

    In this joint panel, we will first explore how creative practices and institutions navigate audience participation and how they enter into spaces of co-production. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will discuss how his practice, use of technology, and processes of community participation are in dialogue with Krzysztof Wodiczko’s own practice. In her presentation, Jill Medvedow, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, will discuss the role of...

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    2022 Feb 09

    One From Another

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    A presentation from 2021–2022 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow Roger Reeves.

    Roger Reeves is a poet and an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Austin. He plans to create a poem that "sings out of the largesse of black life, a song that sings of a future that is both ecstatic and defiant."

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    2022 Feb 08

    John T. Dunlop Lecture: The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge, "Building the World We Want to See: What Do We Want Our Legacy to Be?"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Secretary Marcia L. Fudge believes the country’s housing issues do not fit into a one-size-fits-all approach. We need policies and programs that can adapt to meet a community’s unique housing challenges. She is committed to making the dream of homeownership - and the security and wealth creation that comes with it - a reality for more Americans.

    After the lecture, Secretary Fudge will be in conversation with Jerold Kayden, the Frank Backus Williams Professor of Urban Planning and...

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    2022 Feb 08

    The Psychochronology of Everyday Life: Time in Graphic Memoir

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    Alison Bechdel will discuss some of the strategies she has used to navigate time in her various graphic memoirs. From the simultaneity of events in the unconscious, to the time-stamped documents of evidence, to the search for patterns in random, unspooling life, to the ultimate problem of mortality, Bechdel shows her work in search of visual solutions to lost time.

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    2022 Feb 07

    Memento: Virtual Panel Discussion

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard—Online

    Christopher Nolan's film Memento depicts a character (Leonard Shelby) who seeks to find the man he believes murdered his wife in a violent attack that also left Leonard with an inability to remember recent events - he cannot recall who he has met just a few minutes earlier, or what has just been said in a conversation with them. Yet Leonard can recall what happened before the attack and remembers how to perform learned skills such as driving a car or using a camera.

    Memento raises several important questions about memory: What different kinds of memory are...

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    2022 Feb 07

    Precipitation for an Arid Landscape Opening Discussion

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    In this opening discussion for Radcliffe’s contemporary art exhibition, Precipitation for an Arid Landscape, the artist Gala Porras-Kim will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with art historian Martha Buskirk. The exhibition grows out of Porras-Kim’s 2019–2020 fellowship at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her fellowship project centered on items dredged from the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itzá, a Maya site in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and how they arrived in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

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    2022 Feb 04

    Patricia Sullivan, 'Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White'

    1:00pm

    Location: 

    Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard—Online

    Former Hutchins Center Fellows discuss their recent works in. the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Alumni Fellows Virtual Reading Series.

    Patricia Sullivan, Professor of History, University of South Carolina, in conversation with Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School.

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    2022 Feb 03

    Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Humanities with Midori

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    The 2022 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Humanities will feature Midori—artist, activist, and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience, which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. She has performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others.

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    2021 Nov 19

    Art and Thought in the Dutch Republic: Erasmus Lectures on the History and Civilization of the Netherlands and Flanders (Part 3)

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    The new genre of interior painting enjoyed great popularity among 17th-century Dutch citizens. Its indoor scenes featuring people involved in mundane activities resemble the domestic settings in which they were hung. Other art forms such as perspective boxes and dollhouses further reinforce the link connecting physical, pictorial, and mental space by relating home to the interiority of the individual.

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    2021 Nov 19

    Film Screening: The Airstrip

    Fri Nov 19 (All day) to Mon Nov 22 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard Film Archive—Online

    In collaboration with the Harvard Art Museums' current exhibit Devour the Land, the Harvard Film Archive presents a program of films that critically engage landscape as a site where deeper political, socio-cultural and historical forces are powerfully legible.

    The Airstrip is a profound study of the heavy legacy of modernist architecture that traces its deep roots in the fascist ideologies and militarist imperatives that rose to strength in the WWII era and continue to gain strength to this day.

    Cost: $10 / Free for Harvard affiliates....

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    2021 Nov 18

    Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments

    6:00pm to 7:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    Double reed pipes, known as auloi, were popular musical instruments in the ancient Mediterranean. In 1921, archaeologists exploring the necropolis of Meroë (northern Sudan)—as part of the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition—found a large collection of auloi in the pyramid of Nubian Queen Amanishakheto. Susanne Gänsicke will discuss the discovery’s importance and what it reveals about the connections between Nubia and the Mediterranean world as well as the significance of far-reaching musical traditions. She will also share recent efforts to conserve...

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    2021 Nov 18

    Jacqueline Woodson – Saving Our Stories: On Writing to Remember

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

    Houghton Library—Online

    As the pushback against stories that center on nonwhite characters continues to threaten the fabric of the American narrative, this lecture will serve as a reminder of why our stories truly matter.

    Jacqueline Woodson is an internationally-acclaimed children's and young adult author with over eight million books in print. She has received more than 300 awards, including the National Book Award, four Newbery Honors, three Coretta Scott King medals, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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    2021 Nov 17

    Useful Objects: Nineteenth-Century Museums and American Culture

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museums of Science & Culture—Online

    What can the history of museums tell us about their role in American culture today? What kinds of objects were considered worth collecting, and who decided their value? Join Reed Gochberg, author of Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, September 2021) to learn about the early history of American museums, including Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. In conversation with HMSC...

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