Events

    36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Virtual Brunch

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    Cambridge NAACP—Online

    The 36th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brunch will be held virtually on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 11:00am ET. This year's theme is: "Our Beloved Community in Action: What will it take to build an anti-racist city?"

    The Cambridge Branch NAACP was among the first to adopt the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, even before its declaration as a national holiday. For over three decades, our Annual MLK Brunch has honored the legacy of Dr. King and recognized community leaders committed to social justice and public service.

    This year, our two...

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    Book Talk - The Unimagined Community: Imperialism and Culture in South Vietnam

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    Harvard University Asia Center—Online

    The unimagined community proposes a reexamination of the Vietnam War from a perspective that has been largely excluded from historical accounts of the conflict, that of the South Vietnamese. Challenging the conventional view that the war was a struggle between the Vietnamese people and US imperialism, the study presents a wide-ranging investigation of South Vietnamese culture, from political philosophy and psychological warfare to popular culture and film. Beginning with a genealogy of the concept of a Vietnamese “culture,” as the latter emerged during the colonial...

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    On the Literacy and Education of Ancient Egyptian Artists

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    Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East—Online

    One of the salient characteristics of ancient Egypt undoubtedly is its hieroglyphic script. The "code" to decipher this writing system was cracked precisely two hundred years ago, in 1822, by the brilliant French linguist Jean-François Champollion—the founding father of Egyptology. The complexity of Egyptian hieroglyphs resulted in a low literacy rate among the Pharaonic population.

    In this lecture, Dimitri Laboury will address the level(s) of literacy and scholarly education among the makers of the countless hieroglyphic monuments that help make ancient Egypt so famous....

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    Drawing Trees

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Explore the variety and elegance of tree forms using pencil and paper. We will focus on capturing the shapes and volume of trunks and branches and techniques for drawing foliage in this online workshop. Groups will be limited to ten, allowing ample time for individual feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

    Cost: $30 for members; $35 for nonmembers.

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    Lessons from Plants

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    Harvard Museum of Natural History—Online

    Plants are essential to humans and the environment: they provide food, absorb carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, serve multiple ecosystem functions, and beautify landscapes. In Lessons from Plants (Harvard University Press, 2021) Beronda Montgomery invites us to appreciate our interdependence with plants and the many lessons that can be gained from a better understanding of the ways in which plants grow, adapt, and thrive.

    In this conversation with Brenda Tindal, she will address what plants can teach us about relating to one another, building diverse communities and...

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    Everything That Doctors Want to Know About Reproductive Rights Litigation, But Are Too Afraid to Ask

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    Current and past abortion legislation and court rulings have profound effects on health care providers’ ability to care for their patients. However, media coverage of abortion in the U.S. typically is not geared toward an audience of health care professionals. Health care providers are thus left on their own to grapple with questions of what they can or cannot do within the scope of ever-changing law and policy.

    This event aims to address that gap, answering the questions health care providers might have about legal doctrine around abortion and what it means for their practice...

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    Small Infrastructures

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Although accessible housing has been cast in many forms, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) have been a catalyst for including architects in direct policy development. For the first time, cities are directly contracting with architects to provide designs for private property through pre-approved ADU programs. These programs reflect a plurality of ideas, though without rigorous consideration for how the costs of site work, labor, materials, and energy make quality housing sustainable.

    Small Infrastructures is an exhibition of ADU designs that uses the economics of...

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    Witch-Hazel Walk

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    Arnold Arboretum (Hunnewell Building), 125 Arborway, Boston

    Join a docent tour through the Arboretum looking for the vibrant colors of the witch-hazel flowers. Learn about plants native to China and Japan, those from the Ozarks and Mississippi, and even one that was introduced right here at the Arnold Arboretum!

    The walk is geared toward adults, and starts from the kiosk in front of the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway. This tour is limited to 15 participants. We ask that you only register if you are sure you will attend, and only register one person per form submission. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated.

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    John Hejduk Soundings Lecture: Anthony Titus, "Rupture and Reconciliations"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    The lecture will focus on the structure of Anthony Titus's transdisciplinary practice of art and architecture. Titus will speak about a selection of several exhibitions, installations, and projects that span the past decade. Emphasis will be placed upon the processes and procedures as well as the final product of the works. Looking to explore and discover new possibilities between the spaces of architecture, sculpture, and painting Titus will share drawings, diagrams, models, and photographs of the projects.

    The conversation and exchange between these disciplines serves as a...

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    We Dance: An Exploration of Movement, Foodways, and Environments

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    From the world-renowned Wideman Davis Dance Company and award-winning filmmakers Ethan Payne and Brian Foster, We Dance is a love story, deconstructed and distilled into its most elemental ingredients. Dreams. Memories. Family. Environments. In this 12-minute film, Tanya Wideman-Davis and Thaddeus Davis take us from Chicago, Montgomery, and New York to the point where their lives meet and become one. Along the way, they honor and signify on Black American art, poetry, and literature.

    In this conversation with Sarah Clunis,...

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    ECOLOGICAL TIME IN TIME-BASED MEDIA ART

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    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    Media and video art practice of the last twenty years coincided with the harrowing expansion of climate degradation. While the effects of climate change had been anticipated before 2000, they took shape ubiquitously and lethally post-2000, bringing new challenges about whether and how to imagine a future for shared life on the planet. These effects coincided also with a deeper historical understanding of how we got here, tracking the history of extractive economies and their imbrication with the forces of gender, race, colonialism, and a human-centered anthropocentricism.

    This...

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    Askwith Education Forums: How K–12 Schools Can Take Action on Climate Change

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time—and schools have a sizable environmental impact. There are nearly 100,000 public K-12 schools in the United States occupying 2 million acres of land and producing 53,000 tons of food waste. Schools operate one of the largest mass transportation fleets in the country with 480,000 school buses, and they are one of the largest public energy consumers.

    We'll talk with national education leaders—members of an Aspen Institute bipartisan commission that recently released a...

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    Exporting Mayhem: Suing Gun Manufacturers in the US to Stop Violence in Mexico

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    For many in the US, the narrative of cartel violence in Mexico may point to lawlessness and ineffective oversight. But there is another story; over the last 15 years, homicides have tripled in Mexico and as many as 90% of the guns used in drug-related violence come from the United States. While gun laws in Mexico are extremely restrictive, cartels find it easy to purchase them in a border state, such as Texas or Arizona, and then smuggle those guns across the border. The suit makes a combination of novel arguments regarding the targeted marketing of guns to cartels, the lack of effective...

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    Towards Health Equity: Dismantling Racist Barriers for Black Healthcare Students

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    Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School—Online

    Black students have played a pivotal role in pioneering programs and in pushing their institutions to act in ways that move towards health equity. This student-led session will illuminate diverse perspectives, building from understanding history, about ways institutions can enact a clear “action agenda”, including concrete opportunities and responsibilities, through which everyone concerned about these issues can see ways to promote action to accelerate long-overdue progress.

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    Book Talk: Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration

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    Immigration Initiative at Harvard—Online

    Dr. Angela M. Banks will discuss her recent book Civic Education in the Age of Mass Migration: Implications for Theory and Practice.

    Angela M. Banks is a legal scholar specializing in membership and belonging in democratic societies. She is the Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of...

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    Heels at Work: Do Symbols of Professionalism Imbued with Femininity Offer Women a Leg Up or Create an Unequal Footing for Them in the Workplace?

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    Harvard Law School, Program on Negotiation—Online

    When Nicola Thorp reported for a white-collar job at the London office of PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2016, she was told to switch from her flat footwear to two- to four-inch heels to comply with the company’s official dress-code policy for female employees. Thorp’s refusal to oblige sparked an international debate regarding whether it was appropriate to mandate female employees to wear heels as a part of their professional attire. Currently, in several countries, including the US, women in white-collar jobs are often expected to, or advised to, wear closed-toe heels in neutral colors to...

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    Cohort Effects and Adolescent Mental Health Trends

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    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—Online

    Adolescent mental health in the United Stated has shown unprecedent changes over recent years. A key issue in attempting to understand trends over time in in adolescent’s mental health symptoms is the extent to which trends reflect age, period, or cohort effects. Dr. Katherine Keyes will join us in the next Population Mental Health forum to discuss whether mental health problems in adolescents are really on in the increase, drawing on her important research in this area.

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    Benin Bronzes in Context

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    In Benin Bronzes in Context, Sarah Clunis will look at objects currently in the care of Harvard and discuss the way that these objects represent an iconographic and contextual story of trade, contact, and crossroads between cultures. Diana Loren will moderate a discussion after the presentation.

    The bronze, ivory, and wooden artworks broadly known as the “Benin Bronzes” were taken from Benin City as part of the British Punitive Expedition of 1897 and dispersed to private collections and museums around the world. The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology...

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    Why the Mississippi Delta Matters

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    Harvard Radcliffe Institute—Online

    W. Ralph Eubanks is a visiting professor and writer-in-residence at the University of Mississippi, where he is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. Join Eubanks as he discusses his upcoming book, which weaves together personal history, archival research, reporting, blues and popular culture, and interviews with current Delta residents to tell the region’s history and explore why many residents of this iconic region of Mississippi persist in trying to transform a place that has been deemed broken and beyond repair.

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