What does it mean to be a maker, artist, or artisan in the twenty-first century? In her new book, Almost Lost Arts (Chronicle Books, 2019), Emily Freidenrich explores the work of twenty artisans from points worldwide who practice their craft using traditional techniques and analog technologies.
Three Boston-based artists who specialize in calligraphy and handmade signs will engage in a conversation with Freidenrich and museum curator Narayan Khandekar to discuss the rewards and challenges of using slow, intentional processes in a fast-paced digital world, and to...
Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
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 recent anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Hear the exhibits “come into voice” and experience the museum in a new way. Borrow a free audio player with regular museum admission.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr will join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.
Perry will consider her recent book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018), while Reid-Pharr and Brown-Nagin will share perspectives from their own research, writing, and forthcoming books on, respectively, James Baldwin and Constance Baker Motley.
As the earliest farmers began to select wild plants and animals that had desirable traits, they initiated a series of genetic changes in these species that gradually made them more suitable for agriculture. Plants became easier to grow, had greater yields, and were of higher quality. Animal species exhibited favorable changes in behavior, coat color, and reproductive traits. Barbara Schaal will discuss how the artificial selection of these species—a pivotal technological achievement—has influenced their genetics, evolution, and capacity to flourish in the care of humans.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The 2019 Black in Design conference, “Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future” explores pathways to liberation through a design lens, considering the historical past and present structural oppression of black and brown communities locally and internationally. The conference will demonstrate how designers, creatives, organizers, educators, and policymakers are imagining more sustainable and equitable futures for black and brown bodies. The conference will lead discussions and exhibitions on the intersection of black futurism and design, contending with the role of the radical...
Horner Room, Agassiz Theatre (Agassiz House), 5 James St., Cambridge
Tony Award-winning actor BD Wong, known for his portrayal of Special Agent George Huang, M.D. in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Dr. Henry Wu in Jurassic Park, will be in residence at Harvard to coach students on the creative team of M. Butterfly, produced by the Asian Student Arts Project. Wong will also offer a performance-based master class that is free and open to the public.
Join Harvard University Dining Services and Let’s Talk About Food for a fun-filled and inspiring day of cooking, demonstrations, hands-on skills and tastings, innovations and explorations. Join the Greater Boston community of experts and eaters in an all-day exploration of how we can work together to ”Save the Planet One Bite at a Time!” Bring your culinarians, your kids, your scientists, your adventurers and hear, taste and experience the next generation of dining!
Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that emerged following Egyptian conversion to Christianity, Edward Bleiberg (Senior Curator of Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art at Brooklyn Museum) will examine the patterns of damage inflicted on Egyptian images for personal, political, religious, and criminal reasons. He will also highlight how close inspection of statue damage can...
Adolescence is dangerous, difficult, and destiny-shaping for humans and other animals. In Wildhood (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers look across species and evolutionary time to find answers to a single, consequential question: Why do some adolescents safely, successfully, and independently enter the adult world, while so many others do not? The authors apply the results of their five-year study of wild animal adolescence to our species, presenting a new understanding of the dangers, stresses, and challenges we face on our journeys to...
From an exploration of musical memories to a work that draws from the intricate patterns of stuttered speech, excerpts of four new works for solo flute will be presented in a lecture-performance format featuring four flute students of Professor Claire Chase: Jessica Shand, Mai Nguyen, Jennifer Wang and Taiga Ultan. Chase and guest composer Liza Lim will moderate a discussion with...
In this performance-based lecture, the globe-trotting magician Joshua Jay will pull back the curtain on the way magicians think. He will explore how magicians achieve the seemingly impossible and how people can apply the same strategies to their own lives and work.
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, 3 Oxford St., Cambridge
Please note that this event has been canceled.
Barbara Hannigan's lecture, "Equilibrium," is focused on her program of mentoring young professionals. Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation, with artistic colleagues such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, and John Zorn. As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – the Canadian musician has shown a profound commitment to the music of our time, and has given the world première performances of over 85 new creations.
Concert for One will pair individual listeners with solo musicians for 60 seconds of focused live performance and concentrated listening, fostering intimate connections between performers and audience members. Performances will take place inside a temporary art installation on the Science Center Plaza featuring an interactive lobby and performance space that will have just enough room for two chairs, two people and an instrument.
Concert for One is free and open to the public, no reservations or tickets required.The performer’s name, instrument, and what...
The Special Exhibitions Gallery, Science Center 251, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
This exhibit features images and objects drawn from a variety of disciplines and time periods that show the importance of visual experiences in science. Images have played many roles in scientific research. Images can record fleeting observations, whether a painting of an animal glimpsed in the field or an interaction between sub-atomic particles that lasts a millisecond. They can also make unseen things visible.
Physical models can make abstract mathematical concepts into something that researchers can touch; properly arranged, sand, metal plates, and a violin bow can make...
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Hicham Khalidi.
Hicham Khalidi (MA, 1972) is currently the director of the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Prior to this, he was an associate curator of Lafayette Anticipations (Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette) in Paris. In this capacity, he was involved in commissioning work in the disciplines of fine art, design and fashion.
Gutman Conference Center, Gutman Library, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge
For young African American children growing up in poverty, access to social and educational opportunities can be impeded by the interaction between educational assessments, poverty, and dialectal variation. Dr. Washington's research has demonstrated that the growth of literacy skills, both reading and writing, are impacted in major ways. Washington will discuss how current educational policy combined with the impact of these sociocultural variables has influenced both research and practice.
Following the lecture will be an award presentation of the Jeanne S. Chall Doctoral Student...
Edo Berger, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, will discuss his efforts to explore the long-standing question of how gold and other heavy elements are created in the universe. In particular, his work aims to demonstrate the creation of these elements in neutron star collisions detected through their gravitational wave emission and the implications of the answer.
Ancient Maya civilization—known for its cities, monumental architecture, ceramics, hieroglyphic writing, and advanced understanding of mathematics and astronomy—suffered a major demise between the tenth and eleventh centuries. The causes continue to be investigated and debated. Paleoenvironmental research over the past twenty years has revealed that the demise coincided with a prolonged intensive drought that extended across the region, providing compelling evidence that climate change played a key role in the collapse of the Maya.