Events

    2020 Jul 20

    Lift Every Voice: The Urgency of Universal Civic Duty Voting

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Ash Center—Online

    In 26 countries across the world, there is some form of civic duty voting. What would this system look like in the United States? How could universal civic duty voting change the dynamic of our elections and campaigning? Does this proposal pass constitutional muster? What do Americans think of civic duty voting? These questions and more are addressed in a forthcoming report, "Lift Every Voice: The Urgency of Universal Civic Duty Voting."

    On July 20, Governance Studies at Brookings and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School will cohost...

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    2020 Jul 15

    Creative Coping for Older Adults during COVID-19: How to Stay Safe and Sane

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

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

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on everyone, especially "at-risk" groups, such as older adults. Sheltering in place orders and public health mandates have greatly limited the degree to which older adults can interact with their family or friends and reduced their involvement in activities within the community. These restrictions can lead to feelings of stress, sadness, and loneliness.

    The aim of this forum is to discuss the effects of the pandemic on older adults and to offer tips on how older adults can stay mentally and physically healthy during this unique time...

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    2020 Jun 22

    Gutman Library Book Talk: The 60 Year Curriculum: New Models for Lifelong Learning in the Digital Economy

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The 60-Year Curriculum explores models and strategies for lifelong learning in an era of profound economic disruption and reinvention. Over the next half-century, globalization, regional threats to sustainability, climate change, and technologies such as artificial intelligence and data mining will transform our education and workforce sectors. Speakers will include:


    • Jim Honan, Ph.D.'89, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSE
    • Chris Dede - Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, HGSE
    • ...
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    2020 Jun 17

    The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

    12:30pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of the Soviet empire, the West faces a new era of East-West tensions. Any vision of a modern Russia integrated into the world economy and aligned in peaceful partnership with a reunited Europe has abruptly vanished. Two opposing narratives vie to explain the strategic future of Europe, one geopolitical and one economic, and both center on the same resource: natural gas. In The Bridge, Thane Gustafson, an expert on Russian oil and gas, argues that the political rivalries that capture the lions share of media attention...

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    2020 Jun 12

    Webinar: The Labor of Fashion, the Global COVID-19 Crisis, and the Politics of Resistance in Bangladesh

    9:00am to 10:30am

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The global apparel industry is currently facing an unprecedented crisis resulting from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Major fashion retailers in the Global North are closing their stores and laying off workers. The same brands that demonstrated strong public commitment for protecting the safety and security of Bangladeshi garment workers after the Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 are not hesitating to cancel or suspend orders or delay payments. Thousands of workers are currently out of work and facing a unique livelihood, as well as a health threat. 

    Bangladeshi local labor...

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    2020 Jun 08

    When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence During COVID-19

    1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Although communities have been asked to stay home to stay safe, for many domestic violence victims, home can be a dangerous place. Spikes in intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse have been noted across the country and around the world since the onset of the COVID-19 stay-at-home directives as victims and witnesses of IPV and child abuse find themselves isolated within their homes and confronted with difficult decisions about when and how to seek care or shelter. In this Radcliffe webinar, scholars, public officials, community activists, and...

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    2020 Jun 04

    Democracy, Pandemic, and How We Move Forward

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Join the Ash Center for a International Festival of Arts and Ideas event. Former Connecticut Secretary of State Miles Rapoport will moderate a conversation with political commentator and author Heather McGhee, political activist and CEO of Voto Latino María Teresa Kumar, and political scholar Archon Fung, all of whom have spent their lives working to strengthen our democracy. Together they will explore the question: Where do we go from here?

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    2020 Jun 03

    Staying active to support mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    The forum will provide attendees with practical tips and strategies for staying active to support mental health during, and after, the COVID-19 pandemic. Led by international experts in exercise physiology, the forum will cover up-to-date evidence about the benefits of physical activity for mood and brain health, discuss current challenges and specific recommendations, and end with a Q&A session.

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    2020 Jun 01

    U.S. Foreign Policy and China

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event

    Join the Ash Center and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum for a virtual event featuring:

    • Lucy Hornby, a fellow at the Nieman Center for Journalism and former Beijing deputy bureau chief for the Financial Times
    • Yasheng Huang, MIT professor of international management
    • Anthony Saich, Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, HKS, Ash Center Director

    ...

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    2020 Feb 10

    Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

    5:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    From Botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more upgradable than ever. But how much can we alter and still be human? The award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement explores the social impact of human biotechnologies. Fixed rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. Join us for a discussion about the ethics of gene editing and disability.

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    2020 Feb 04

    Harvard in Allston: Perspective and Next Steps

    6:30pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 8 Quincy St., Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a conversation between Marika E. Reuling and Thomas Glynn, who will be joined by joined by Martin Zogran, Courtney Sharpe, and Rustom Cowasjee moderated by Stephen Gray, Assistant Professor of Urban Design.

    Reuling is the Managing Director for Allston Initiatives at Harvard University, where she oversees the team focused on planning, development and placemaking strategy in Allston.

    Glynn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Harvard Allston Land Company, overseeing Harvard University’s...

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    2019 Oct 25

    Making the Cut: Promises and Challenges of Gene Editing

    9:00am to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    Gene editing holds extraordinary promise but also raises serious legal and ethical issues. In this science symposium, leading scientists, clinicians, and ethicists will explore case studies of particular therapies and the legal and bioethical implications of gene editing.

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    2019 Oct 18

    Behind the Broadway Baton

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., Cambridge

    How does the music of musical theater get made? What are the elements of a strong musical theater song? What does a music director do? Who better to ask than three recent alumni who are working professionals in the musical theater world of Broadway!

    Isaac Alter '16, Cynthia Meng '15 and Madeline Smith '14 will join Dana Knox, OFA production coordinator for college theater, for a conversation about the creativity behind the music and the process of putting together a show through the music.

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    2019 Oct 17

    Judy Chicago Research Portal Launch

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

    This event is to celebrate the launch of a collaborative project, the Judy Chicago Research Portal, and to discuss the role of portals in providing access to feminist art archives.

    The Judy Chicago Portal will be presented, challenges in the technology of portal development will be discussed, and Christina Schlesinger and Judy Chicago will discuss the importance of preserving feminist art archives.

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    2019 Oct 16

    Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive

    6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    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...

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    2019 Sep 25

    Sydney Conservatorium Composing Women

    12:30pm to 2:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard ArtLab, 140 N. Harvard St., Allston

    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...

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    2019 Sep 12

    Maintaining Heritage Languages in Our Communities

    4:00pm to 6:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    How can we retain the strength of our identities when our language is attacked, denied, or just lost through lack of practice and resources? How can we ensure that culturally and linguistically sustainable practices are embedded in our teaching, parenting, and social activities? Join the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology for a free panel discussion, watch short animations, view children's books, and discuss ways to support multicultural communities using these tools.

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    2019 May 02

    Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony: Tracy K. Smith '94

    4:00pm to 5:30pm

    Location: 

    Agassiz Theatre, 5 James St., Cambridge

    Join a celebration of poet and U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith ’94, the 2019 Harvard Arts Medal recipient, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow. 

    The ceremony will include a short presentation by poet and Harvard professor Jorie Graham, and a conversation between Smith and Boston-based journalist and speaker Callie Crossley—as well as poetry students at Harvard.

    Free...

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    2019 May 02

    ARTS FIRST 2019

    Thu May 2 (All day) to Sun May 5 (All day)

    Location: 

    Harvard University

    Each ARTS FIRST festival is unique, but every year combines the exuberance of Harvard students, faculty and affiliates who are passionate about the many art forms presented in four rousing days of performances, exhibitions and community.

    Enjoy free, family-friendly performances, dance styles from around the world, public art walks, hands-on artmaking, and much more! We look forward to celebrating the artists of Harvard community with you during ARTS FIRST on May 2–5, 2019.

    Events include:

    • May 2,...
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    2019 Apr 23

    Film Screening: Lobster War: The Fight Over the World's Richest Fishing Grounds

    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Lobster War is an award-winning documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than nearly any other body of water on the planet, the area’s previously modest lobster population has surged. As a result, Canadians have begun to assert their sovereignty, warring with the Americans to claim the bounty.

    Directed...

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