Events

    2019 Mar 01

    Budding Friendship: A Joint Concert ft. Harvard Wind Ensemble & Middlesex Concert Band

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

    Come see Harvard’s Wind Ensemble and the Middlesex Concert Band together in concert for the first time! The program includes pieces such as “Gandalf,” “Danzon no.2,” and “Pineapple Poll.” Join us in sharing the joy of music and celebrating the growth of our musical community. Admission is free!

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    2019 Feb 28

    Loreta Castro Reguera

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Born in Mexico City in 1979, she studied Architecture at the School of Architecture of UNAM, has a Master in Architecture form Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, and a Master in Urban Design with Distinction from the Harvard GSD. She has been awarded with several scholarships and prizes for both her trayectory and her independent work such as the FONCA Young Creators Program in Mexico, a Fulbright scholarship, and the CEMEX Marcelo Zambrano scholarship. As a result of focusing her research on water and design, she received...

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    2019 Feb 28

    Evolution Matters: David Quammen and Carl Zimmer

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Evolution Matters Lecture Series, two of the world’s best-known science writers will engage in a lively and wide-ranging conversation. From a discussion of their latest books on heredity and the history of life on Earth to the story of how two English majors became award-winning practitioners of scientific non-fiction, they will explore the most important idea in biology—evolution.

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    2019 Feb 28

    Film by Design: Bauhaus and the Moving Image, Part 1

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

    In conjunction with our special exhibition The Bauhaus and Harvard, this film series will reconstruct how Bauhäusler (students and faculty at the Bauhaus) actively engaged with moving images between 1919 and 1933. They created abstract animations, lightplays, architectural films, and short documentaries; they invited avant-garde filmmakers to present their work at the Bauhaus; they organized frequent film screenings at Bauhaus festivities; and they even made a series of material...

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    2019 Feb 26

    David Hartt, “Urban Futures of the Recent Past”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    This talk borrows the sub-title from Reyner Banham’s seminal book Megastructure, published in 1976.  As a reference, Banham’s text critiques the failure of translating the energy and optimism of 60’s era civic projects into lasting institutions; thus creating fertile conditions for the seeds of our own post-ideological crisis to germinate in the capitalist restructuration of the mid 70’s.  Hartt will focus on the relationship between the speculative and documentary aspects of his practice and, in particular,...

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    2019 Feb 22

    Book Discussion: Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

    Location: 

    CGIS South Building, Room S153, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Join us for a book discussion about Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter, with author Edythe Haber.

    Teffi was one of twentieth century Russia's most celebrated authors. In the first biography of her in any language, Edythe Haber here brings Teffi – who has recently been 'rediscovered' in the West to resounding acclaim – to life. Teffi...

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    2019 Feb 21

    HECTOR (Jae Shin & Damon Rich)

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Hector is an urban design, planning & civic arts practice led by Jae Shin and Damon Rich. We work on designs for public places, neighborhood plans, and development regulations, trying to learn from traditions of popular education and community organizing to build collective understanding and action.

    Jae Shin is a designer and partner at Hector. She recently served as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), where she...

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    2019 Feb 21

    Magic and Demonology in Ancient Egypt

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Ancient Egyptian texts and objects associated with funerary rituals often include references to “magic” and “demons.” Rita Lucarelli will look at how these concepts were defined and used in ancient Egypt, with a special focus on the roles that demons played in magical practices and spells. Through an examination of textual and material sources produced from the early Pharaonic to the Greco-Roman periods, she will also address how Egyptian beliefs about demons compare with those of other ancient cultures.

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    2019 Feb 20

    The Amazonian Travels of Richard Evans Schultes

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Richard Evans Schultes—ethnobotanist, taxonomist, writer, photographer, and Harvard professor—is regarded as one of the most important plant explorers of the twentieth century. In 1941, Schultes traveled to the Amazon rainforest on a mission to study how Indigenous peoples used plants for medicinal, ritual, and practical purposes. A new interactive online map, produced by the Amazon Conservation Team, traces the landscapes and cultures that Schultes explored in the Colombian Amazon. Plotkin and Hettler will share this map and discuss the relevance of Schultes’ travels and...

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    2019 Feb 19

    Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Dilip Da Cunha, “The Invention of Rivers”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

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

    Separating land and water is not just an act of division; it is also an act of creation. It creates land and water from ubiquitous wetness, defining them on either side of a line. It is one of the first acts of design, setting out a ground of habitation with a line that has largely been naturalized in features such as the coastline, the riverbank, and the water’s edge. These features are subjected to artistic representations, scientific inquiry, infrastructural engineering, and landscape design with little awareness of the act that brought them...

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    2019 Feb 17

    February Vacation Week Activities

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    Location: 

    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

    Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes--or 30--to see what is new every day.

    Activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy...

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    2019 Feb 15

    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    8:00pm

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Join the Parker Quartet for performances of Beethoven String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Xenakis Tetras for String Quartet; Schubert Quartet No. 13 "Rosamunde," D. 804.

    Free but tickets required, available beginning February 1 at Harvard Box Office. Tickets may be picked up in person or obtained by phone or ...

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    2019 Feb 14

    Designing Living Things

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Biology can be a design medium: scientists can now “write” DNA and manipulate microbial behavior. In the future, they could also reshape entire ecosystems. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist, writer, and artist who collaborates with engineers, designers, artists, and social scientists to explore the many unexpected connections between microbiology, technology, art, and popular culture. In this lecture, she will discuss current and potential uses of biotechnology in various fields from agriculture and medicine to consumer goods and renewable energy.

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    2019 Feb 13

    Traces and Tracks: Journeys with the San

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    For nearly three decades, Paul Weinberg has travelled to Namibia, Botswana and South Africa to document the lives of hunter-gatherer communities, the San (Africa’s first people) and their struggles to hang on to their land, culture, and values, as they faced serious threats by outside settlers. Weinberg will discuss his book Traces and Tracks (Jacana Media 2017), the culmination of his thirty-year journey, featuring essays and over 100 photographs that convey the modern-day San’s daily lives, their relationship to nature, game parks, and their ways of adjusting to a...

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    2019 Feb 13

    Countering Authoritarianism and Nationalism: Russia Needs Multiple Liberal Leaders

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Center for Government and International Studies South Building, Room S354, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Join us at the Center for Government and International Studies for a comparative politics seminar, "Countering Authoritarianism and Nationalism: Russia Needs Multiple Liberal Leaders," with speaker Zhanna Nemtsova.

    After studying economics at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Zhanna Nemtsova pursued a career in journalism at the Russian business news channel RBC TV, where she worked as a host and interviewed political and business figures. Following the assassination of her father, political opposition leader and Putin-critic Boris Nemtsov in...

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    2019 Feb 12

    Are Koreans Human? A Lecture with Best-Selling Author Min Jin Lee

    4:15pm

    Location: 

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

    Who are the modern Koreans, and what do they care about? Koreans have experienced colonialism, diaspora, war, national division, immigration, and a persistent nuclear threat—and yet, they have achieved extraordinary gains in their homelands and elsewhere. Min Jin Lee, the author of the novels Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko who is working on the third novel of The Koreans trilogy, will explore the will of Koreans to survive and flourish as global citizens, their enduring faith in education, and the costs of such a quest and what it may mean...

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    2019 Feb 07

    Opening Celebration: “The Bauhaus and Harvard”

    5:00pm to 9:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA

    Join us to celebrate the opening of our latest special exhibition, The Bauhaus and Harvard, on view February 8–July 28, 2019.
     
    Following an introduction to the exhibition by curator Laura Muir, Berlin-based artist Judith Raum will present a lecture-performance titled “Fabric in space, fabric out of space.”
     
    Raum’s installations and videos aim to both reconstruct and deconstruct the functional fabrics developed in the Bauhaus weaving workshop. Her...

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