Events

    2019 Apr 13

    April School Vacation Week Activities at the Peabody Museum

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    During April school vacation week, drop in to the third-floor galleries to touch a Maya hieroglyph and create your own glyph rubbing to take home. In the Arts of War exhibit, hunt for animals hidden in designs on weapons and armor from around the world.

    Activities are free with regular museum admission. Self-guided activities change daily.

    Admission is free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00am-12:00pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to...

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    2019 Apr 11

    Film Screening: The Right to Memory

    6:30pm to 9:00pm

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

    "The Right to Memory," a documentary about Arseny Roginsky and the work of Memorial in Russia, presents excerpts from lengthy interviews with Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), who offers his thoughts about Russia and Memorial. Roginsky was one of the co-founders and the long-time director of Memorial, which was set up in Moscow in 1988 to document the egregious crimes of the Stalin era and to push for respect of human rights in the USSR (and later in the Russian Federation). Roginsky discusses how Memorial sought to overcome the obstacles posed by official whitewashing under Putin and...

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    2019 Apr 10

    Great Russian Jews: Mikhail Botvinnik

    4:30pm to 5:45pm

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

    This panel explores the life and legacy of the chess genius Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995).

    Born in Kuokkala, Grand Duchy of Finland (now Repino, Russian Federation), Botvinnik became Soviet Chess Champion in 1931 and World Chess Champion in 1948. One of the 20th century’s dominant chess players and teachers, Botvinnik trained generations of Soviet chess masters, among them world champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and Vladimir Kramnik.

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    2019 Apr 09

    Film Screening: The Barber of Siberia

    7:00pm to 10:00pm

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

    Join the Davis Center for a film screening for "The Barber of Siberia." This 1998 Russian film follows the story of Jane Callahan (Julia Ormond), a beautiful American woman, writes to her son, a cadet at a famous military academy, about a long kept secret. Twenty years ago she arrived in Russia to assist Douglas McCracken (Richard Harris), an obsessive engineer who needs the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich's patronage to sponsor his invention, a massive machine to harvest the forests. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life forever: a handsome young...

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    2019 Mar 31

    Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard 2019

    12:00pm to 4:00pm

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

    Join Harvard archaeology students in the museum galleries as they share their experience from excavations around the world and across time. Examine artifacts and see what archaeologists do. Try launching a spear with a spear thrower (weather permitting), carve cuneiform writing on clay, and experience up-to-the-minute technologies such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Test your listening skills in the World Music Challenge game hosted by colleagues from the social anthropology department. Activities will be spread across both the Peabody and the Harvard Semitic Museums.

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    2019 Mar 26

    Exhibition Opening: Beauties

    5:00pm

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

    Beauties is a newly commissioned exhibition by noted contemporary American sculptor, printer, and conceptual and visual artist Willie Cole. He is known for using irons and ironing as central motifs in his work for 30 years, evoking everything from African masks to slave ship diagrams to the routines of domestic servitude. In this special installation, the gallery will be lined with haunting, full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, allowing visitors to confront the contradictory energies running through them.

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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 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 06

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

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    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 Feb 21

    Magic and Demonology in Ancient Egypt

    6:00pm

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    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 17

    February Vacation Week Activities

    Repeats every day until Fri Feb 22 2019 . Also includes Sun Feb 24 2019.
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    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 12

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

    4:15pm

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    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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    2018 Dec 06

    Lecture and Book Signing: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    After World War II, evolutionary scientists began rethinking their views on humanity’s past. What if human history was not merely a cooperative struggle against a harsh environment? What if violence and war were normal states of existence, punctuated by brief moments of peace? These are the questions Erika Lorraine Milam explores in her new book, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America. She will discuss how anthropologists and zoologists during the Cold-War era struggled to reconcile humanity’s triumph as a species with the possibility that this...

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    2018 Dec 01

    Family Workshop: Meet the First People of the Kalahari

    10:30am to 12:00pm

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

    Parents and children engage in hands-on activities to learn about the Ju/‘hoansi, the original people of the Kalahari desert, who hunted animals and gathered plant foods as a way of life until they took up farming in 1960. 

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    2018 Nov 07

    Photographing Tutankhamun: How the Camera Helped Create “King Tut”

    6:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Christina Riggs, Professor of the History of Art and Archaeology, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

    When Howard Carter found the sealed entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922, he secured the services of archaeological photographer Harry Burton to document the site. Over the course of ten years, Burton produced more than 3,000 glass negatives of the tomb, its contents, and the many people—including Egyptian men, women, and children—who participated in the excavation. Christina Riggs will discuss how Burton’s photography helped create “King Tut” at a...

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    2018 Oct 29

    Schlesinger 75th Anniversary Celebration

    7:00pm

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

    In this performance and discussion, “The Suffragists” captures the power and passion of American women’s fight for the vote through song. Created by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, the musical tells the story of the last decade of the struggle through the rivalry between Carrie Chapman Catt and Alice Paul. Taub’s musical gives voice to these women in ways that powerfully resonate in today’s political landscape. The performance will be followed by a multidisciplinary panel discussion.

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    2018 Oct 24

    Origins of the Silk Roads

    6:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Approximately 4,000 years ago, the peoples of China and Eurasia gradually began to develop networks of interaction and exchange that radically transformed the cultures of both regions. These networks eventually gave rise to the Silk Road trade routes connecting the East and West. Rowan Flad will examine the archaeological evidence—from the Qijia Culture of Northwest China—that documents the agricultural, metallurgical, and technological innovations that resulted from the earliest trans-Eurasian exchanges, and how studies of the Silk Road origins are being reinvigorated by China’s One...

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    2018 Oct 18

    Memories of the Kings and Queens of Kush: Archaeology and Heritage at El Kurru

    6:00pm

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

    Geoff Emberling, Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology; Lecturer, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan

    Ancient Nubia was one of Africa’s earliest centers of political authority, wealth, and military power. After the Nubian kings and queens of Kush rose to power around 800 BCE, they controlled a vast empire along the Middle Nile (now Northern Sudan) and conquered Egypt to rule as its Twenty-fifth Dynasty. The kingdom’s political center, known as El Kurru, was first excavated by George Reisner in 1918–1919 on behalf of the...

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