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    PRACTICE: Outside In | Inside Out

    This symposium considers discourse on contemporary issues of design practice in two parts: the external pressures of economic, environmental, and political systems, and internal forces of tools, techniques, and strategies for design. Addressing the multifaceted nature of the profession, we will explore themes for the design of practice, such as work and labor, tools and technology, and ethics and agency. The symposium highlights potential avenues for the growth and constitution of...

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    2018 Oct 25

    An Artist’s Perspective: The Arboretum and Botanical Artist Regina Gardner Milan

    Repeats every day until Sun Feb 03 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Regina Gardner Milan spent a year of discovery at the Arboretum. Botanical jewels of each season--early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves--are captured in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds a spellbinding allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The Arboretum's exhibition magnifies nature's productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seed pod. This show captures the wonder of the Arboretum in those...

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    2018 Oct 25

    An Artist's Perspective: The Arboretum and Botanical Artist Regina Gardner Milan

    Repeats every day until Sun Feb 03 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

    Regina Gardner Milan spent a year of discovery at the Arboretum. Botanical jewels of each season--early larches, spring blossoms, fall acorns, autumn leaves--are captured in her exquisite paintings. Nature holds a spellbinding allure to Milan, who finds that observing nature often produces scenes of larger-than-life beauty. The Arboretum's exhibition magnifies nature's productions, fully illuminating the elegance of plant life as small as a seed pod. This show captures the wonder of the Arboretum in those larger-than-life...

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    Guest Speaker: Sou Fujimoto

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido in 1971. Graduated from the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo University, he established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. In 2018, he won two International Competitions for the Village Vertical in site of Rosny-sous-Bois and for the HSG Learning Center in Saint Gallen. In 2017, he was the winner of two International Competitions, for the Nice Meridia and the...

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    Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Cinema of Patience: Reflecting on N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Thirty years after its release, N!ai, the Story of a !Kung Woman remains an exemplar of ethnographic filmmaking. Directed and edited by John Marshall and Adrienne Miesmer, the film documents the life of N!ai, a Ju/hoan woman and the harsh realities of apartheid in 1980s Namibia, and it presents an intimate portrait of life in one of the last hunting and gathering communities. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Documentary Educational Resources, this program will explore the film’s importance to the preservation of intangible culture, and Marshall’s influence on...

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    (Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

    Location: 

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

    Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is an award-winning broadcaster and NPR’s Africa correspondent. An all-purpose Africa reporter, Quist-Arcton will share stories and insight from her experiences listening to African women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all. Following her remarks, Quist-Arcton will be joined in conversation by Marco Werman, host of Public Radio International’s The World.

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    Guest Speaker: Christopher Hawthorne

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, Hawthorne was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. He is Professor of the Practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the ...

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    Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Patrick E. McGovern, Scientific Director, Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

    The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. In this special event, Patrick McGovern will venture back to the origins of brewing in the ancient world. Drawing on archaeology,...

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    Blodgett Quartet in Residence: Parker Quartet

    Location: 

    John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA

    Join the Parker Quartet for a night of music! On their set is Janáček String Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”; Kurtág Six moments musicaux, Op.44; Kurtág Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky, Op.28; Debussy String Quartet in G Minor, Op.10.

    Free but tickets required, available beginning September 21 at Harvard Box Office.

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    Mohammad al-Asad, “The Center for the Study of the Built Environment: A Twenty-Year Journey”

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    This presentation tells the story of The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), an independent non-profit think / do tank. It focuses on exploring how fields connected to the built environment, including architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, heritage...

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    Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Hannah Beachler with Jacqueline Stewart

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design in welcoming Hannah Beachler in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart. Hannah Beachler is a prolific production designer with an affinity for evocative designs and visuals. Beachler designed Marvel’s Black Panther for director Ryan Coogler, which just became the 9th-highest grossing film of all time. Her incredible work on the film...

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    Exhibition Reception: Matter of Intention

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

    Join the Harvard Ed Portal for a reception celebrating the latest Crossings Gallery exhibition, Matter of Intention. Allston-based sculptor Chloe DuBois and Providence-based painter Renée Silva depict everyday habits through recreation and abstraction. Matter of Intention focuses on materiality and pattern to explore personal tendencies. The work confronts ideas of intention and the familiar desire to compartmentalize our thoughts and environments.

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    New Poets of Native Nations: Lecture, Reading & Book Signing

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

    New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, July 2018) gathers the work of 21 poets of diverse ages, styles, languages, and tribal affiliations to present the extraordinary range of new Native poetry. The publication features long narratives, political outcries, experimental works, and traditional lyrics—and the result is an essential anthology of some of the best poets writing today. Heid Erdrich, editor of the anthology, will discuss the poets’ literary...

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    Carla Juaçaba, “Empty Space”

    Location: 

    Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium 105, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    The lecture will present recent projects, focusing on Venice Architecture Biennale 2018: the project “Vatican Chapels” for the Holy See Pavilion, and “Ballast” for the curators of the Biennale. The continuity of the “Humanidade Pavilion”, a few exhibition designs done in Rio de Janeiro and housing project will also be presented.

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    New Voices Lecture with Summer Chen

    Location: 

    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston MA 02134

    Summer Chen recently completed a month-long residency program in Jingdezhen, the world’s porcelain capital, where she re-examined her culture through the eyes of a ceramic artist. During her talk, Summer will present images and videos of ceramic factories she visited, discuss the process of making work in Jingdezhen, talk about the work she made while she was there and share detailed information about all the residency opportunities in town. Free and open to the public; RSVP to reserve your seat.

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    2018 Oct 14

    Gallery Experience: Native American Poets Playlist: Poems in the Gallery

    Repeats every day until Fri Nov 30 2018 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

    Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful new anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Join this experiment to hear the...

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    2018 Oct 12

    Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family

    Repeats every day until Sun Mar 31 2019 .
    (All day)

    Location: 

    Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

    In the 1950s, the Cambridge-based Marshall family launched a groundbreaking effort to document the rapidly changing lives of Kalahari hunter-gatherers in Southern Africa. Explore the complex photographic history and the power of images to create and break stereotypes.

    Free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00 pm...

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    Visual Storytelling, Visual Communication

    Location: 

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

    We rely on our eyes like never before: to navigate not only the physical world, but also the narrative and information landscapes we increasingly inhabit. In a fast-moving cascade of images and ideas, the author and cartoonist Scott McCloud shares why there are no neutral visual decisions, why all pictures are words, and why an era of misinformation calls for a new approach to visual education.

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    Flow Through

    Location: 

    Hunnewell Building and Lawn, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    Maria Finkelmeier and the Kadence Ensemble will perform Flow Through, Finkelmeier’s 15 minute composition for large ensemble to be played in an outdoor setting. Featuring thirty performers (brass players, singers, and percussionists), the work is inspired by the fluidity and importance of water to living organisms. The musicians will mingle their...

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