Events

    National Fossil Day

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Celebrate National Fossil Day—a celebration organized by the National Park Service—by taking a closer look at museum fossils with Harvard paleontologists. What can we see on ancient seafloors? How do modern animals help us understand extinct animals? What fossils still amaze scientists? What is it like to be a practicing paleontologist? Bring your curiosity and questions to this online event for all ages!

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    Science and Cooking Public Lecture: “Honorary Book Celebration Lecture”

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The lectures pair Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. The series is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but public lectures do not replicate course content.

    Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course. This week's topic is "Honorary Book Celebration Lecture."

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    Science and Cooking Public Lecture: “Honorary Book Celebration Lecture”

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The lectures pair Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. The series is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but public lectures do not replicate course content.

    Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course. This week's topic is "Honorary Book Celebration Lecture."

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    Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier

    Location: 

    Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian—Online

    The first person who will set foot on Mars is alive right now. We believe this, but even if we're wrong we know the first crew to arrive there will look nothing like the ones that landed on the Moon fifty years ago.

    Our world has changed for the better, and ASTRONAUTS tells the story of the women who built this better world. The main character and narrator is Mary Cleave, an astronaut you may not have heard of. It's not because so many people have been to space; only a few hundred have! It’s because this graphic novel isn’t about fame. No astronaut you'll ever meet took the...

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    Wonderful Cambrian Beasts

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Earth is home to a vast diversity of organisms that collectively define the modern biosphere. How did this diversity come to be? Javier Ortega-Hernández will discuss his approach to answering this question by studying organisms that lived more than half a billion years ago in the Cambrian Period (485–541 million years ago). By focusing on the earliest-known animals—some of the most versatile to ever exist—Ortega-Hernández aims to reconstruct the early evolutionary history of major animal groups and contribute to our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity.

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    Amazing Virtual Archaeology Fair at Harvard

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

    Celebrate the glamour, labor, humor, and discoveries of archaeology at Harvard. Join student archaeologists as they share their experience with an Irish castle, a shaft tomb in western Mexico, monuments on the Giza plateau in Egypt and drones used to study El-Kurru in ancient Nubia, among other locations. Place a friendly wager on an atlatl (spear throwing) demonstration, observe chew marks on bones from the Zooarchaeology Lab and experience a virtual-reality view of the Great Sphinx.

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    Portraits in Pajamas: Live Event for "Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina"

    Location: 

    Online via Instagram Live

    Join the Ed Portal online with two of Boston's most impactful artists, Chanel Thervil and Sabrina Dorsainvil, to celebrate the virtual unveiling of Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina.

    In an intimate conversation and Q&A on Instagram Live, these artists will explore ways they and other creatives of color are navigating the nuances of self-care, survival, and the new normals as a result of COVID-19.

    Get cozy and experience the newest piece in Thervil's Quarantine Self-Care Portrait series, a multi-media project that combines interviews, portrait...

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    Animal Snack Time: Meet the Arthropods

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Ever wonder what tarantula’s hair feels like? Curious about what vinegaroons smell like? Want to get up close and personal with the business end of a scorpion? If so, then grab a snack and join human museum staff Javier and Ryan as they spend thirty minutes feeding, interacting with, and discussing the museum’s many live arthropods!

    Register by 1:00pm on September 23. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom.

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    Observatory Night: What Stars Are Made Of

    Location: 

    Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian—Online

    Join the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian for a virtual Public Observatory Night with guest lecturer Donavan Moore, author of "What Stars Are Made Of: The Life of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin."

    It was not easy being a woman of ambition in early twentieth-century England, much less one who wished to be a scientist. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin overcame prodigious obstacles to become a woman of many firsts: the first to receive a PhD in astronomy from Radcliffe College, the first promoted to full professor at Harvard, the first to head a department there. And, in what...

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    Lecture: Apprenticeship in Ancient Egypt

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East

    Presenter: Willeke Wendrich, Joan Silsbee Chair of African Cultural Archaeology; Professor of Egyptian Archaeology and Digital Humanities, University of California, Los Angeles

    Archaeologists study stylistic and technological changes in excavated materials—especially pottery—to better understand developments in ancient Egyptian society. However, little attention has focused on using the archaeological record to understand the transfer of cultural knowledge. How did people learn the arts and crafts of potters, basket makers, metalworkers, and scribes?...

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    2020 Sep 18

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders

    Repeats every day until Fri Sep 18 2020 .
    2:00pm

    Location: 

    Online—Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

    For:
    Children entering grades 1–4

    When:
    September 14–18

    Grades 1–2 meet 2:00pm
    Grades 3–4 meet 3:00pm

    Cost:
    $80 members/$90 nonmembers

    Come explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates, virtually, at the museum! During the live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Complete your own investigations at home as you learn how to collect and study creepy crawlies. A small packet of special...

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    2020 Aug 21

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Ins & Outs of Skeletons (Session 2)

    Repeats every day until Fri Aug 21 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Investigate the ins and outs of skeletons through a virtual museum experience. Using observations of skulls, bones, and live animals, we will explore how animals use their skeletons for support, protection, and movement, and see how bones and fossils can help us solve ancient mysteries. Extend the fun at home with daily activities. A small packet of materials will be sent to your home upon registration.

    Additional supplies needed: Thin cardboard-like poster board about 11" x 11" or two cardboard paper towel rolls, kitchen string, strong tape 3/4" wide or narrower (electrical...

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    2020 Aug 14

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Space! (Session 2)

    Repeats every day until Fri Aug 14 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Look up! How do we explore beyond planet Earth? With live Zoom sessions, we’ll compare moon rocks to ones on Earth, explore how light helps us understand what stars are made of, discuss what signs of life we might see on Mars or Europa, and meet a scientist from Harvard who is studying space. At home, you’ll search out “secret” light, create your best Mars lander, safely observe the sun, map out astronomical distances, and chart constellations. A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your explorations.

    Additional supplies needed: Scissors,...

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    Animal Snack Time: Marine-Tank Edition

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Interested in what a spider crab eats? Want to see a sea star up close? Curious about what a horseshoe crab does with that long tail? Grab a snack and join human museum staff members Javier and Ryan as they spend thirty minutes feeding, interacting with, and discussing these amazing animals. This event is free and will be hosted on the Zoom webinar platform.

    Register by 1:00 pm on August 4. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate using Zoom.

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

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    2020 Aug 07

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Spineless Wonders (Session 2)

    Repeats every day until Fri Aug 07 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Come explore the amazing world of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates, virtually, at the museum! During the live Zoom sessions, see a tarantula up close, help find millipedes, and listen to the hiss of a giant cockroach. Complete your own investigations at home as you learn how to collect and study creepy crawlies. A small packet of special collecting materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.

    Additional supplies needed: An empty clear plastic jar with a lid and holes for insect collecting (for example, a cleaned peanut butter or mayonnaise jar);...

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    2020 Jul 31

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Ins & Outs of Skeletons (Session 1)

    Repeats every day until Fri Jul 31 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Investigate the ins and outs of skeletons through a virtual museum experience. Using observations of skulls, bones, and live animals, we will explore how animals use their skeletons for support, protection, and movement, and see how bones and fossils can help us solve ancient mysteries. Extend the fun at home with daily activities. A small packet of materials will be sent to your home upon registration.

    Additional supplies needed: Thin cardboard-like poster board about 11" x 11" or two cardboard paper towel rolls, kitchen string, strong tape 3/4" wide or narrower (electrical...

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    2020 Jul 24

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 2)

    Repeats every day until Fri Jul 24 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Dig into Earth Science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava,” solve a sandy mystery, and see real museum specimens. Continue your investigations at home as you grow crystals, collect rocks, and make your own fossils! A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.

    Additional supplies needed: An empty clear plastic jar with a lid (for example, a cleaned peanut butter or mayonnaise jar), a handful of small rocks (will be used for an activity...

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    2020 Jul 17

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Earth Explorers (Session 1)

    Repeats every day until Fri Jul 17 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Dig into Earth Science with this virtual museum experience. Explore volcanoes, crystals, and fossils! During the live Zoom sessions, experiment with “lava,” solve a sandy mystery, and see real museum specimens. Continue your investigations at home as you grow crystals, collect rocks, and make your own fossils! A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your discoveries.

    Additional supplies needed: An empty clear plastic jar with a lid (for example, a cleaned peanut butter or mayonnaise jar), a handful of small rocks (will be used for an activity...

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    2020 Jul 03

    Virtual Summer Science Week: Space! (Session 1)

    Repeats every day until Fri Jul 03 2020 .
    9:30am

    Location: 

    Online via Zoom

    Look up! How do we explore beyond planet Earth? With live Zoom sessions, we’ll compare moon rocks to ones on Earth, explore how light helps us understand what stars are made of, discuss what signs of life we might see on Mars or Europa, and meet a scientist from Harvard who is studying space. At home, you’ll search out “secret” light, create your best Mars lander, safely observe the sun, map out astronomical distances, and chart constellations. A small packet of special materials will be sent to your home to help with your explorations.

    Additional supplies needed: Scissors,...

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    2020 Jun 29

    Wonder Spots at the Arnold Arboretum

    Repeats every day until Thu Aug 27 2020 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Discover, Wonder, Have Fun!

    Wonder Spots give Arboretum families an opportunity to explore the landscape through weekly investigations about the natural world. Learn about plants and animals in locations throughout the Arboretum, getting to know our grounds while discovering and observing living things in new ways. Each week, the featured Wonder Spot will be identified by a sign in the landscape. You can also find a Wonder Spot by using the map provided ...

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