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    Lecture: Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

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    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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    Wildhood: Coming of Age on Planet Earth

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    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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    CANCELED—Louis C. Elson Lecture: Barbara Hannigan

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    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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    Lecture: Hicham Khalidi

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    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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    Jeanne S. Hall Lecture and Reception: Language is Access

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

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    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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    The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale

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    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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    Visiting Artist Lecture: Crystal Morey

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    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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    Sarah Whiting and K. Michael Hays: A Conversation

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

    Sarah Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, is well-known in the academy and the design professions. This lecture will introduce her in a more informal and personal way, inviting the GSD community to sit in on a conversation with her long-time friend and colleague, Michael Hays. They will cover topics ranging from her own history to a broader discussion about contemporary design and design education.

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    Lecture and Book Signing: Assembling the Dinosaur

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for a free lecture and book signing by Lukas Rieppell, David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History at Brown University.

    Dinosaur fossils were first found in England, but a series of late-nineteenth-century discoveries in the American West turned the United States into a world center for vertebrate paleontology. Around the same time, the United States also emerged as an economic powerhouse of global proportions, and large, fierce, and spectacular creatures...

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    The End of the World as We Know It? Russia and Ukraine Confront and Challenge Change

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

    The year 2019 has not turned out as expected for the political elite in Russia and Ukraine. Local elections in Russia have triggered stubborn street protests set amidst falling living standards. In Ukraine, political neophyte and comedian Zelensky has been rapidly consolidating power—though whether he can resolve Ukraine’s numerous political, economic, and geopolitical problems remains to be seen.

    Join the Davis Center as Harvard’s top specialists on Russia and Ukraine discuss contemporary developments in Eurasia and their import for the rest of the world.

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    Lecture: Bauhaus Bashing: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

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

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Philip Ursprung, Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. 

    For the 100th birthday of Bauhaus, the German State supports two new museums, several exhibitions, and many celebrations. However, the current celebrations repress the fact that the Bauhaus in the late 20th century was criticized for its formalism and dogmatic design education. And while a...

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    Lecture: PROJECTLESS: On the Emergence of a Dwell

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

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a Wheelwright Prize Lecture presented by Samuel Bravo. 

    In this lecture, Bravo will propose an interpretation on how the emergence of a dwell comes to life out of nature and in front of us. Through different cases we will observe the persistence of this primeval emanation of the human environment as a contemporary everyday experience.

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    Into a Daybreak: Eve Ewing and Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on Thinking and Writing through Black Feminism

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    Longfellow Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge

    Writer and sociologist Eve L. Ewing creates work in multiple genres and forms: academic writing and scholarship, teaching, cultural organizing, poetry, comic books, and fiction. But one thing that unites all of her works is the underlying thread of black feminism.

    In this Askwith Forum, Ewing and her former doctoral advisor, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, discuss the influence of black feminist ideas on Ewing’s work in multiple arenas and consider the ways all of us might learn, grow, care for ourselves and each other, and challenge systems of power through the radical potential of...

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    Lecture & Exhibition Reception: Devitrified

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

    Join Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard for a lecture with Colby Charpentier, 2018–19 Artist In Residence, as he discusses the work he developed during his residency. Charpentier has created work that explores the question “What if we took clay out of the vessel and glaze was all that remained? And what does it mean to replicate a 3-D printing process by hand? The result is ceramic: glass, devitrified.”

    Immediately following the lecture will be the opening reception of Devitrified, Charpentier's solo exhibition.

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    The Marks Project: A Dictionary of American Ceramics, 1946–Present

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

    The Marks Project is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit creating the first online research hub for American studio ceramics. This is a searchable, online database of American studio ceramic makers working from 1945 onward and their marks, signatures, back stamps, and more.

    Learn about how you can contribute content to The Marks Project database or use it as a research tool. On September 6, join the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard for a presentation with Martha Vida, Executive Director of The Marks Project.

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    Lecture: Darkness in Distress

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    Weld Hill Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join the Arnold Arboretum for a lecture by science journalist Kelly Beatty. Light pollution, simply put, is any unnecessary or excessive outdoor illumination. Sadly, it’s become a pervasive and ugly consequence of modern 24/7 society. Light pollution robs us of the night sky’s beauty, negatively affects the ecosystem, and creates an in-your-face waste of energy. But a new mindset and new technology are poised to slow—and perhaps reverse—this bane of modern life.

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    Contemporary Drawing: A Conversation with Tony Lewis and Matt Saunders

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    In this lecture, Tony Lewis, a Chicago-based artist, and Matt Saunders, an artist and the Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard, will discuss various practices and techniques of drawing. Considering their own work, Lewis and Saunders will explore some of the unique questions that the fugitive medium of drawing poses to contemporary audiences.

    This event is free, but seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 5:30pm at the Broadway entrance. One ticket per person.

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