Events

    2019 Oct 21

    Voices of the Rainforest

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Voices of the Rainforest is an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. The film immerses viewers in the rainforest, making myriad connections between the everyday sounds of the rainforest biosphere and the creative practices of the Bosavi people who sing to, with, and about it.

    Following the screening, Steven Feld will discuss the film with Amahl Bishara, an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University.

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    2019 Oct 18

    Aging in [a] Place: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

    1:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins, Room 112, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Today, public discussion and policy focuses on “aging in place” as a way to improve quality of life and reduce costs. However, in part because of socioeconomic differences and structural inequalities, not all older adults can live in or move to age-supportive communities, neighborhoods, or homes that match their values and needs. Differences in access to places to age well can take the form of spatial inequalities, such as inadequate market rate housing for older adults on fixed incomes.

    'Co-sponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for...

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    2019 Oct 17

    Life and Death in Ancient Egypt: Biomedical Analysis of Mummies and Canopic Jars

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Egyptian mummies and the remains found in ancient canopic jars can now be studied in great detail using noninvasive medical imaging techniques such as X-rays and computerized tomography, and chemical analysis using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry.

    Drawing from interdisciplinary research conducted in the Valley of the Kings and Egyptian museum collections, Frank Rühli will discuss the value of using state-of-the-art technologies for understanding the life conditions, pathologies, death, and mummification procedures of ancient Egyptians. He will also address ethical...

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    2019 Oct 17

    Visiting Artist Lecture: Kelcy Chase Folsom

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Join the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard for a visiting artist lecture delivered by Kelcy Chase Folsom. Kelcy Chase Folsom received his MFA in Ceramics from University of Colorado Boulder and his BFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a resident artist at numerous residencies including the Center for Ceramics in Berlin, Germany, The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    2019 Oct 17

    Judy Chicago Research Portal Launch

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    This event is to celebrate the launch of a collaborative project, the Judy Chicago Research Portal, and to discuss the role of portals in providing access to feminist art archives.

    The Judy Chicago Portal will be presented, challenges in the technology of portal development will be discussed, and Christina Schlesinger and Judy Chicago will discuss the importance of preserving feminist art archives.

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    2019 Oct 16

    Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    What does it mean to be a maker, artist, or artisan in the twenty-first century? In her new book, Almost Lost Arts (Chronicle Books, 2019), Emily Freidenrich explores the work of twenty artisans from points worldwide who practice their craft using traditional techniques and analog technologies.

    Three Boston-based artists who specialize in calligraphy and handmade signs will engage in a conversation with Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the rewards and challenges of using slow, intentional processes in a fast-paced digital world, and to...

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    2019 Oct 11

    Writing Black Lives

    4:15pm

    Location: 

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

    Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr will join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.

    Perry will consider her recent book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018), while Reid-Pharr and Brown-Nagin will share perspectives from their own research, writing, and forthcoming books on, respectively, James Baldwin and Constance Baker Motley.

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    2019 Oct 10

    An Evolutionary Journey through Domestication

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    As the earliest farmers began to select wild plants and animals that had desirable traits, they initiated a series of genetic changes in these species that gradually made them more suitable for agriculture. Plants became easier to grow, had greater yields, and were of higher quality. Animal species exhibited favorable changes in behavior, coat color, and reproductive traits. Barbara Schaal will discuss how the artificial selection of these species—a pivotal technological achievement—has influenced their genetics, evolution, and capacity to flourish in the care of humans.

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    2019 Oct 10

    Visiting Artist Lecture: Kyle Johns

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Please join us in welcoming Kyle Johns to the Ceramics Program—Office for the Arts at Harvard, one of our incoming 2019-2020 Kyle Johns Artists-in-Residence. Johns will share his work, which is often made from multiple molds and cast in a myriad of colored slips. Johns will be an instructor in the Ceramics Program "Molds and Multiples" class this Fall as well as "Interdisciplinary Projects" and the Harvard Graduate School of Design course SCI-6317.

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    2019 Oct 05

    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Passages of Absence

    4:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Join us for a lecture with Natalia Arbelaez, 2018-19 Artist In Residence at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard as she discusses the work developed during her residency over the past year. Immediately following the lecture, join us in Gallery 224 from 5:00pm–7:00pm for the opening reception of Passages of Absence, Arbelaez's solo exhibition.

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    2019 Oct 04

    Black in Design 2019: Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future

    Fri - Sun, Oct 4 to Oct 6, 9:00am - 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The 2019 Black in Design conference, “Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future” explores pathways to liberation through a design lens, considering the historical past and present structural oppression of black and brown communities locally and internationally. The conference will demonstrate how designers, creatives, organizers, educators, and policymakers are imagining more sustainable and equitable futures for black and brown bodies. The conference will lead discussions and exhibitions on the intersection of black futurism and design, contending with the role of the radical...

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    2019 Sep 26

    Lecture: Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg (Senior Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at Brooklyn Museum) will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons. He will also highlight how close inspection of statue damage can...

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    2019 Sep 25

    Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Adolescence is dangerous, difficult, and destiny-shaping for humans and other animals. In Wildhood (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not? The authors apply the results of their five-year study of wild animal adolescence to our species, presenting a new understanding of the dangers, stresses, and challenges we face on our journeys to...

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    2019 Sep 23

    CANCELED—Louis C. Elson Lecture: Barbara Hannigan

    5:15pm

    Location: 

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

    Please note that this event has been canceled.

    Barbara Hannigan's lecture, "Equilibrium," is focused on her program of mentoring young professionals. Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation, with artistic colleagues such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, and John Zorn. As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time, and has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations.

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    2019 Sep 19

    Lecture: Hicham Khalidi

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Hicham Khalidi. 

    Hicham Khalidi (MA, 1972) is currently the director of the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Prior to this, he was an associate curator of Lafayette Anticipations (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette) in Paris. In this capacity, he was involved in commissioning work in the disciplines of fine art, design and fashion. 

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    2019 Sep 19

    Jeanne S. Hall Lecture and Reception: Language is Access

    5:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge

    For young African American children growing up in poverty, access to social and educational opportunities can be impeded by the interaction between educational assessments, poverty, and dialectal variation. Dr. Washington's research has demonstrated that the growth of literacy skills, both reading and writing, are impacted in major ways. Washington will discuss how current educational policy combined with the impact of these sociocultural variables has influenced both research and practice.

    Following the lecture will be an award presentation of the Jeanne S. Chall Doctoral Student...

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    2019 Sep 19

    All That Glitters Is Gold: Gravitational Waves, Light, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements

    4:15pm

    Location: 

    Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    Edo Berger, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss his efforts to explore the long-standing question of how gold and other heavy elements are created in the universe. In particular, his work aims to demonstrate the creation of these elements in neutron star collisions detected through their gravitational wave emission and the implications of the answer.

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    2019 Sep 18

    The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Ancient Maya civilization—known for its cities, monumental architecture, ceramics, hieroglyphic writing, and advanced understanding of mathematics and astronomy—suffered a major demise between the tenth and eleventh centuries. The causes continue to be investigated and debated. Paleoenvironmental research over the past twenty years has revealed that the demise coincided with a prolonged intensive drought that extended across the region, providing compelling evidence that climate change played a key role in the collapse of the Maya.

    In this lecture, Billie Turner will examine...

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    2019 Sep 18

    Visiting Artist Lecture: Crystal Morey

    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    Location: 

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

    Join us in welcoming Crystal Morey to the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard to talk about her work in porcelain. Morey’s porcelain sculptures narrate the interdependence between humans, plants, and animals while cultivating empathy for our changing world.

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