Events

    2019 Mar 14

    Art and Science Converge in the Deep Sea

    6:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Lily Simonson and Peter Girguis exemplify the long tradition of artists and scientists working in tandem to explore new worlds—in their case, the magnificent deep sea. Simonson will discuss how the immersive, glowing canvases in her current exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, have been shaped by collaborations with scientists—whether exploring the depths of the ocean in a submersible or scuba diving beneath Antarctic sea ice. Girguis will reveal how working at sea with an artist has shaped his research and enabled him to see...

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    2019 Mar 13

    Exhibition Opening Reception: “Fighting Pencil” vs. the Bureaucrat

    7:00pm to 8:30pm

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    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    Join the Davis Center for a reception to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, "Fighting Pencil" vs. The Bureaucrat: Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union. 

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil...

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    2019 Mar 13

    Great Russian Jews: David Oistrakh

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

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

    This panel examines the remarkable achievements of the great violinist David Oistrakh (1908-1974). Born and raised in Odessa, Oistrakh became one of the 20th century’s preeminent musical virtuosi. He collaborated with leading musicians and composers of his time, among them Aram Khachatourian and Dmitri Shostakovich.

    Panelists will include: Oleh Krysa (Ukrainian-American Violinist; University of Rochester) and Harlow Robinson (Northeastern University).
    Moderated by Maxim D. Shrayer (Boston College; Davis Center).

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    2019 Mar 12

    Dance Master Class with Belinda McGuire

    7:00pm to 9:00pm

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    Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden Street, Cambridge

    Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer, and artistic director Belinda McGuire will teach a contemporary dance master class based in Limón technique. The class will explore phrase work excerpted from McGuire’s own repertoire and will include live accompaniment by musician Ryan Edwards. This is an intermediate/advanced level class. Observers are always welcome.

    Due to limited capacity, online pre-registration is required.

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    2019 Mar 12

    Lecture: Rosi Braidotti, “Posthuman Knowledge”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

    Join Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture by Rosi Braidotti, a Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and the founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University (2007-2016). She is also the founding professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities at Utrecht University (1988-2005) and the first scientific director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies.

    This lecture is built on the assumption that we are currently situated in a posthuman convergence between the Fourth Industrial Age and the Sixth Extinction,...

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    2019 Mar 12

    Genetics and Ethics in the Obama Administration

    4:15pm

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

    Alondra Nelson, president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University, will discuss the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and, in particular, the evolution of the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI).

    If “health is politics by other means,” as Nelson has argued, how does the good biocitizen understand the PMI and endeavors like it, especially given the explicit efforts of its organizers and emissaries to better address racial and ethnic differences in the gathering of data and distribution of research...

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    2019 Mar 12

    Materials Lab Workshop: Shadow/Substance—Paper Cutting and Kara Walker

    2:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    This workshop takes inspiration from the art of Kara Walker, whose U.S.A. Idioms will be on view at the Harvard Art Museums from March through October 2019. This monumental collage, made with Sumi ink on newsprint, sheds new light on the themes of race and history that Walker has explored throughout her long career, including in an extensive body of work featuring silhouettes and other forms of cut paper.

    Participants will experiment with paper silhouettes and botanical...

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    2019 Mar 11

    Lecture: Kenneth Helphand, “Lawrence Halprin”

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

    Join us for a lecture from Kenneth I. Helphand FASLA, a Philip H. Knight Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus at the University of Oregon where he has taught courses in landscape history, theory and design since 1974. He is a graduate of Brandeis University (1968) and Harvard's Graduate School of Design (MLA 1972). Helphand is the recipient of distinguished teaching awards from the University of Oregon and the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. He is also the author...

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    2019 Mar 11

    Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion: "Why We Cycle"

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, Room 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for the exclusive Boston-area premiere of “Why We Cycle,” exploring the hidden effects of cycling on our cities and ourselves. The one-hour film will be followed by a one-hour panel discussion with local cycling leaders on the health, sustainability, and equity benefits from cycling.

    The screening begins promptly at 6:30pm.

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    2019 Mar 07

    International Women’s Day Lecture: Demita Frazier

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

    A personal exploration of the impact the city landscape of the city of Chicago had on one precocious and observant African American midcentury woman’s aesthetic evolution. This talk, designed to raise questions without an expectation of finding answers, will hopefully provide the Harvard Graduate School of Design community with the opportunity to reflect on who architecture is designed for, toward what purpose, and the resulting impacts on communities & how they interact with the built environment.

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    2019 Mar 07

    Gallery Talk: Girls and Their Dolls

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    In honor of International Women’s Day, curatorial fellow Frances Gallart Marques will trace the origins of girls’ fondness for dolls.

    Free with museums admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

    Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk. Museums staff will be on hand to collect tickets.

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    2019 Mar 06

    Lecture: Two-Color CPA Laser Development for Nonlinear Optics

    4:15pm

    Location: 

    Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

    There are a host of nonlinear optical experiments requiring two synchronized pulses having different frequencies. Professor Donna Strickland will discuss how University of Waterloo has developed two-color Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA) laser systems to carry out some of these nonlinear optics experiments. Currently, they are studying Multi-frequency Raman generation...

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    2019 Mar 06

    Exhibition: "Fighting Pencil" vs. the Bureaucrat, Satirical Posters from the Soviet Union

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    Location: 

    Fisher Family Commons, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    By the 1960’s and 1970’s, outrageous practices in Soviet bureaucracy flourished. Poor planning, endless paper-pushing, redundancy and shirking, bribery, embezzlement, phony reporting, and cover-ups at all levels of the centralized economy had become the norm. The results included shoddy construction, inefficient farming methods, empty store shelves, environmental pollution, and a decidedly uncivil civil service.

    To combat these ills, the government enlisted the help of cartoonists and poets from the Fighting Pencil, a Leningrad-based artists’ collective. Borrowing from the...

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    2019 Mar 05

    Film Screening & Discussion: Women of the Gulag

    7:00pm

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    CGIS South, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

    The documentary film Women of the Gulag tells the compelling and tragic stories of six women as last survivors of the Gulag. Women of the Gulag features six women in their eighties and nineties as they tell their stories while going about their daily lives in remote villages in the Ural Mountains, in break-away Sukhumi, and in the Moscow suburbs. This film was short-listed for the Academy Award Documentary Short Subject nomination, 2019.

    Following the film, Professor Terry Martin will moderate a conversation with Marianna Yoravskaya, the...

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    2019 Mar 05

    Making the Earth and Moon

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago in a series of giant collisions between other planetary bodies, the last of which produced the Moon. The fingerprints of this process can be seen in the chemical compositions of Earth and the Moon, which are remarkably similar. Mathematical models of Earth’s growth, the Moon’s formation, and their evolution to form metallic cores with rocky mantles and crusts offer greater understanding of these observations.

    Rebecca Fischer (Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University) will look at...

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    2019 Mar 05

    Lecture: Investigation of Multi-frequency Raman Generated Spectra

    2:00pm

    Location: 

    Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

    Since the advent of lasers, many different nonlinear optical techniques have led to shorter, higher-intensity pulses. University of Waterloo is studying Multi-frequency Raman generation (MRG), which efficiently generates a large number of Raman orders spanning the spectral region from the infrared to the ultraviolet. The bandwidth of the Raman orders is sufficient to generate...

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    2019 Mar 05

    Voices in Leadership: Jack Markell

    12:00pm

    Location: 

    Livestreamed

    Join us for the next Voices in Leadership event, "Leading by Preparing for a Changing World," featuring Jack Markell, former Governor of Delaware. During his tenure, according to Gallup, Delaware progressed “from one of the lowest-ranking states (in terms of job creation) in 2008 and 2009 to one of the top-ranking in 2013 and 2014. Delaware holds the distinction of being the only state anywhere along the Eastern seaboard to be in the top 10.” Employment in Delaware increased by more than 60,000 during the same time period, best in the region and one of the best in the...

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    2019 Mar 04

    Lecture: From Nonlinear Optics to High-Intensity Laser Physics

    4:15pm

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    Physics Department, Jefferson 250, 17 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    This lecture is part of the 2019 Loeb Lectures in Physics, delivered by Donna Strickland, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Nobel Laureate, Physics 2018

    The laser increased the intensity of light that can be generated by orders of magnitude and thus brought about nonlinear optical interactions with matter.  Chirped pulse amplification, also known as CPA, changed the intensity level by a few more orders of magnitude and helped usher in a new type of laser-matter interaction that is referred to as high-intensity laser physics...

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