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    2020 Visions

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    Online Event

    Too often, the story of women’s suffrage unfolds in a vacuum, seemingly unconnected from the general contours of American history. This panel discussion looks back from the present, asking experts working in a variety of disciplines and organizations to briefly unfold, TED-talk style, a single “big idea” that captures the significance of the 19th Amendment for voting rights, citizenship, and democracy today.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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    Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    During these unsettled times, art allows us to reflect on and confront sociopolitical uncertainties through close looking at objects. Doris Salcedo’s sculpture Untitled (2004–5), recalling a worn, simple chair, marks the absence of countless victims lost to political violence in Colombia’s civil war. Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will examine Salcedo’s work and will consider how an everyday object speaks to the power wielded by those whose victims remain silent.

    This talk is part of a series investigating power dynamics in artworks across the collections. Considering...

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    Design Impact: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics, Policy, Action

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Design Impact Vol. 2: Straight-Up Talk: Homelessness – Ethics / Policy / Action, sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council, will be a direct, real-talk dialogue on homelessness in the United States that explores the myriad causes of rising homelessness and innovative solutions to eradicate it. It will consist of 3 distinct panels followed by a summary dialogue. The panels will be prefaced by keynote remarks from Binyamin Appelbaum, lead writer on business and economics for the Editorial Board of The New York Times.

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    White Whales, White Males, Whitehead with Lisa Jarnot

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    Online Event

    This lecture, which is part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, explores the doctrine of discovery that haunts American poetry. Lisa Jarnot engages in an autobiographical interrogation of what it means to be a woman in a male-centered experimental tradition, and what it means to have white privilege and write poetry. Several questions arise: What do we keep and what do we reject as we acknowledge the systemic racism and American exceptionalism that pervade even the most benign of bohemian writing communities? Is there something transcendent and healing in the poet’s...

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    “Imperfectly Known”: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative

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    Online Event

    In this lecture, author Ira Dworkin will talk about his book in-progress “’Imperfectly Known’: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative,” which examines the ways that the intellectual and political culture of Borno, in northeast Nigeria, shaped Black literary culture in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. Focusing on the writings of Said, who came to the United States after his manumission in Europe and who soon thereafter fought in the Civil War, Dworkin’s book broadly considers the relationship of African and Islamic intellectual networks to Black...

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    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum is a collaboration between the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the Harvard Art Museums, inspired by the exhibition Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection. Observing artworks from the exhibition alongside the living collections of the Arnold Arboretum, we invite you to marvel at the remarkable accuracy and spirit with which artists of the Edo period (1615–1868) rendered their botanical...

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    Art Study Center Seminar: Finding Solace in Rituals

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Due to the pandemic, many communal rituals that commemorate, whether in joy or grief, major occasions in life have been disrupted, rerouted, and, at times, reinvented. We now feel the heightened poignancy of such rites.

    In this seminar, chief curator Soyoung Lee will contemplate the symbolisms and practices of rituals through a selection of objects in the Harvard Art Museums collections.

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    Co-Cities: Reimagining the City as a Commons

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In the U.S., and around the world, vacant and abandoned urban land and structures are more ubiquitous than most people realize. In this lecture, Professor Sheila Foster will argue why we should think about this urban infrastructure as a “commons” capable of meeting the social and economic needs of the most vulnerable urban populations.

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    Shrill: An Interactive Media Chamber Opera

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Tina Tallon RI ‘21 is a composer, interdisciplinary temporal media artist, and researcher who currently serves as an assistant professor of composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In this lecture, Tallon will talk about her new project called “Shrill,” an interactive multimedia chamber opera that will explore the social history of voice technology and how structural bias in its development continues to influence whose stories are told and how.

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    Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Black Reconstruction

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Ten Responses to One Question: What does it mean to imagine Black Reconstruction today?

    Join the Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) for this lecture. The BRC provides funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora. The BRC is committed to multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary work dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design, and academia. Founded by a group of Black architects, artists, designers, and scholars, the BRC aims to amplify knowledge...

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    Geo-Logics: Natural Resources as Necropolitics

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In this talk, lecturer Kathryn Yusoff addresses how natural resources are the dominant and normative modality of matter, one that is predicated on and institutionalizes racialized relations. Yusoff will address questions of material memory and redress, alongside the weaponization of geology through natural resources as an affectual architecture of racializing difference.

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    Lecture: Critical Access Studies

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In this talk, Aimi Hamraie (Associate Professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University) will discuss the emerging field of “Critical Access Studies,” which engages with the methodologies, epistemologies, and political commitments of accessibility from the perspectives of Disability Justice and disability culture. Using historical and contemporary examples, Aimi will illustrate the difference that critical perspectives on disability—including...

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    Growth and Grit: Cultivating a Life’s Work

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Sierra Bainbridge, senior principal and managing director at Mass Design Group, and Lisa Switkin, senior principal at James Corner Field Operations, know the challenges of living and working through the growth of a design practice from start-up to international renown.

    Moderated by Anita Berrizbeitia, together they will discuss both the constant struggle and deep satisfaction of cultivating vision and voice, at work and at home. This will be a candid conversation about their experiences being with a firm from its inception, and about remaining as key leaders in those firms for...

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    Music, Medicine, & Happiness

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    Harvard Business School—Online

    Fighting the coronavirus pandemic has brought Medical professionals across the country together in unexpected ways.

    At this event you will meet John Masko an HBS Case Researcher, Conductor and Founder of the National Virtual Medical Orchestra (NVMO) , who brought together over 50 medical professionals from across the country to build the first of its kind, a virtual orchestra.

    He will share a virtual performance which will be followed by a discussion around happiness as it relates to music with Arthur Brooks, a Harvard Professor, PHD Social Scientist, Best Selling...

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    Art Talk Live: The Arts of the Everyday

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    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Bits of fabric, metal scraps, trash—these are just some of the experimental materials artists have used to make political statements. From sculpture to the graphic arts, a vibrant tradition of found materials, assemblage, and collage exists in Brazil, where artists have deployed these techniques to illuminate economic, racial, and environmental issues. This talk will explore innovative works at the Harvard Art Museums and beyond, followed by a demonstration of how to make a collagraphic print at home using found materials.

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    Visit An Artist: En Iwamura

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    Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard—Online

    We are off to Japan to visit with the incredibly prolific sculptor En Iwamura! 

    En Iwamura's current research investigates how he can influence and alter the experience of viewers who occupy space with his installation artworks. When Iwamura describes the space and scale in his works, he references the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Ma implies meanings of distance, moment, space, relationship, and more. People constantly read and measure different Ma between themselves, and finding the proper or comfortable Ma between people or places can provide a specific relationship at a...

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    Open House Lecture: Nikil Saval, “A Rage in Harlem”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    This talk will consider the moment when June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller attempted to reimagine Harlem in the wake of the 1964 riots, considered against a larger context of experiments in social housing, environmental planning, urban rebellion, and Afro-futurism.

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    Education Justice: Why Prison Classrooms Matter

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    “What college does, it helps us learn about the nation,” said Rodney Spivey-Jones, a 2017 Bard College graduate currently incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, in the docuseries College behind Bars. “It helps us become civic beings. It helps us understand that we have an interest in our community, that our community is a part of us and we are a part of it.”

    The Bard Prison Initiative and programs at other institutions of higher learning across the country have brought together teachers and learners in incarcerated spaces for years. This panel will gather...

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    American Cultural Landscapes: Black Roots and Treasures

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    Everett L. Fly believes that African American legacies are embedded in the physical and cultural substance of many of America’s built and vernacular places. Formal education in architecture introduced him to the positive potential of planning and design in respecting and expressing the cultures of people wherever they live, work and play. He believes that American planning and design should be more deliberate in reflecting and respecting a broader cultural diversity, including Black and Indigenous people.

    Fly will discuss research, discovery, interpretation and applications of...

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