Events

    Breaking My Silence: Amplifying Our Voices as “Others”

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

    In this lecture, Zimbabwean writer and educator Neal Hovelmeier shares publicly for the first time his lived experience as a gay man in a deeply homophobic environment. A year after his decision to come out made him a target of focused public outcry—including death threats—and forced him to resign from his job at a top Zimbabwean school, Hovelmeier will share his insights about how people living on the margins of society struggle to use their voices against the forces that seek to silence them.

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    After Migration: In Defense of Using Beauty to Illustrate the Journeys of Those Who Have Suffered

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    Harvard Art Museums Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Designer, filmmaker, and writer Walé Oyéjidé, Esq., will screen and discuss his short documentary After Migration: Calabria (2020), with Harvard professor Teju Cole. The film celebrates the lives of refugees through fashion design, filmmaking, and photography, and Oyéjidé and Cole will discuss the impacts that transcendent storytelling can have on the lives of those who are commonly shown as victims.

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    James Sloss Ackerman Memorial Lecture: Guido Beltramini

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    Gund Hall, 485 Broadway Lecture Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    This lecture, in memorium of James Sloss Ackerman, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Art Emeritus, is sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    James Sloss Ackerman was born in 1919 in San Francisco. At Yale University his professor, Henri Focillon, wrote to him “Remain faithful to our studies for which you are so well suited.” Ackerman's graduate work focusing on Renaissance architecture was guided by Richard Krautheimer and Erwin Panofsky at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His...

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    Great Russian Jews: Solomon Mikhoels (1890–1948)

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    This panel discussion with two leading Jewish cultural historians examines the remarkable contributions and tragic death of the great actor, theater director, playwright, visionary of Yiddish culture, and Jewish activist Solomon (Shloyme) Mikhoels (1890–1948).

    Born Shloyme Vovsi in Dvinsk (now Daugavpils, Latvia), the genius actor Mikhoels became the chief director of the State Jewish Theater in Moscow. During World War II, he served as chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mikhoels’ assassination by Stalin’s secret police, although officially billed as an accident,...

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    Kiley Fellow Lecture: Paola Sturla

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

    Paola Sturla is a registered Architetto and Paesaggista in Italy, a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning, Design, and Policy at Politecnico di Milano, and the 2018-19 Daniel Urban Kiley teaching fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (Harvard GSD 2011, with distinction), as well as a Master of Architecture (PoliMi 2007).

    Her current research aims to critically investigate how AI-based tools and computer simulations could support landscape architecture in the context of infrastructure planning, taking advantage of the user’...

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    "Broken Nature" and Other Design Exhibitions for the Real World

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

    Join the Harvard Art Museums for a Curatorial Innovations Lecture with Paola Antonelli Senior Curator, Architecture and Design; Director, Research & Development at The Museum of Modern Art.

    The XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, highlighted the concept of restorative design, plotting its role in surveying our species’ bonds with the complex systems in the world, and in designing reparations when necessary, through objects, concepts, and new systems. Antonelli will take stock of the experience, casting the...

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    The Once and Future Heart

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

    For centuries, in both the arts and the sciences, the human heart has been a source of reverence and marvel. In this conversation, the artist Dario Robleto, whose exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute rethinks the deep history of cardiological recording, and Doris A. Taylor, a leading scientist in regenerative medicine, will discuss the surprising opportunities for both the arts and sciences to converge around new insights and questions of the human heart.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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    Mariabruna Fabrizi, Fosco Lucarelli (Microcities / Socks-studio), "Inner Space"

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

    “Inner Space” is part of an ongoing research project into the construction of the architectural imagination which the authors have pursued in the last decade through different media. Through a website and a visual atlas (socks-studio.com), an architectural practice (Microcities), teaching activity and the curating of an exhibition at Lisbon Triennale 2019, the authors have set out to investigate the space between inner and outer reality, looking for those moments in which the two realms interact most vividly. This event is free and open to the public. 

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    Open House Lecture: Frida Escobedo, "Split Subject"

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

    Please join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for an open house lecture, "Split Subject," with Frida Escobedo. 

    Frida Escobedo is principal and founder of an architecture and design studio based in Mexico City. The projects produced at the studio operate within a theoretical framework that addresses time not as a historical calibration, but rather a social operation. This expanded temporal reading stems directly from Henri Bergson’s notion of ‘social time,’ and is articulated in conceptual works such as the El Eco Pavilion (2010), Split Subject (2013) and Civic Stage...

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    Lecture: Yael Bartana

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

    Please join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture by Yael Bartana, marking the opening of the exhibition Love in a Mist (and the politics of Fertility), which will be on view in the Druker Design Gallery from October 28–December 20, 2019. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the gallery.

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    Lecture: Productive Resurgences: The Garden of the 21st Century

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

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a public lecture with Teresa Galí-Izard. Galí-Izard is a landscape architect that translates the hidden potential of places, exploring new languages that integrate living systems into design. She seeks to find a contemporary answer that includes non-humans and their life forms through exploring climate, geology, natural processes, dynamics and management.

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    Lecture: “The Challenge of Applying Theory to Planning Practice”

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

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a public lecture with Susan Fainstein, Sai Balakrishnan, and Cuz Potter. They will discuss the challenges of applying theory to urban planning practice.

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    Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen: “Readymades Belong to Everyone: Thoughts on Exhibiting Architecture”

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

    Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen are directors of exhibitions at the Institute of the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). Together they curated numerous international exhibitions on art and architecture including Readymades Belong to Everyone at the Swiss Institute in New York, Trix and Robert Haussmann at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and Nottingham Contemporary or Inside Outside / Petra Blaisse. A Retrospective at La Triennale di Milano (all 2018).

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    Virtual Reality Expedition to Ancient Israel

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    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    "Travel" in fifteen minutes to an archaeological site in Ashkelon, Israel to explore the first-ever excavation of a Philistine burial ground. For years archaeologists have searched for evidence of these Biblical people. Transport yourself to the center of 360° scenes of an archaeological expedition while your gallery facilitator explains what you are seeing. Borrow a device from the museum or download the virtual reality app on your smart phone and bring it to place in a 3D viewer at the museum for an immersive experience.

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    Behind the Broadway Baton

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    Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge

    How does the music of musical theater get made? What are the elements of a strong musical theater song? What does a music director do? Who better to ask than three recent alumni who are working professionals in the musical theater world of Broadway!

    Isaac Alter '16, Cynthia Meng '15 and Madeline Smith '14 will join Dana Knox, OFA production coordinator for college theater, for a conversation about the creativity behind the music and the process of putting together a show through the music.

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

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

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    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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    Judy Chicago Research Portal Launch

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    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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