Events

    2020 Dec 09

    The Future of Education

    3:00pm to 4:00pm

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    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    As we look ahead to a post-pandemic world, with educational disparities laid bare by COVID-19, the Harvard Graduate School of Education ends its Centennial year by asking: What will education look like five years from now? What about 25 years from now? What are the innovations — fueled by the pandemic’s necessities, or powered by the world’s push for racial justice and equal access — that will take us forward? What should we do now to work toward that future we want to build? And what factors, both positive and challenging, will help to determine that future?

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    2020 Dec 08

    The Future of COVID-19 Epidemiology

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Online Event

    To what extent is our future with COVID-19 knowable? As new information about the transmission, demographics, and treatment of COVID-19 emerge, epidemiologists continue to address complex data and generate new predictive models to better understand the dynamics of the virus. Join leading epidemiologists for a panel discussion as they assess the current and future state of the epidemic.

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

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    2020 Dec 05

    Student Guide Tour: Transcendence—A Guide on How to Escape Your Current Reality, with Franklin Hang

    11:00am to 11:30am

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    Online Event

    Join us live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

    Franklin Hang ’21 explores how artistic periods and traditions have had an impact on the world in ways that exceed bodily limitations. He will lead an interactive discussion of a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, Emperor Napoleon I by Jacques-Louis David, ...

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    2020 Dec 03

    Election 2020: Youth in Power

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    Join the Institute of Politics for a discussion on the unprecedented turnout and impact from young voters 18–29 years old.

    Ashley Allison, former National Coalitions Director for Biden for President, and Peter Hamby, host of Snapchat’s Good Luck America and contributing writer for Vanity Fair, will join in a conversation moderated by John Della Volpe, Director of Polling at the Institute of Politics who was on leave in the fall semester from the Harvard Youth Poll to advise the Biden-Harris campaign. They will examine Biden’s communications and organizing strategy from the end...

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    2020 Dec 03

    2020 Visions

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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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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    2020 Dec 03

    Art Talk Live: Sculpture as Witness (Doris Salcedo)

    2:00pm to 2:30pm

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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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    2020 Dec 03

    Violence After Victory: Explaining Human Rights Outcomes After Conflict Termination

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    What stops human rights abuse? Christopher Shay explores this question in the context of conflict terminations, moments when leaders can plausibly turn away from repressive tactics. Many leaders fail to seize this opportunity, however, even in cases of democratization. Drawing on cross-national quantitative findings and qualitative research conducted in Nepal, Shay argues that these leaders' options are often constrained by powerful security institutions—and that civil-military relations are critical to understanding human rights outcomes.

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    2020 Dec 03

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

    11:00am to 3:00pm

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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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    2020 Dec 01

    Painting Edo at the Arnold Arboretum: Japanese Black Pine

    2:00pm to 3:00pm

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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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    2020 Nov 19

    Co-Cities: Reimagining the City as a Commons

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

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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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    2020 Nov 19

    Make Us Great Again: The Causes and Consequences of Declinism in Great Powers

    12:15pm to 2:00pm

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    Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center—Online

    This seminar explores the causes and consequences of declinism in great powers. Why does the topic of the nation's international decline emerge in the political discourse of great powers? Why do leaders choose to focus on the nation's decline during some periods and not others? What are the foreign policy consequences of such declinist discourse?

    After outlining a theory of declinism's emergence and its consequences, this seminar focuses on 1970s Britain, the emergence of the New Right, and the declinist narratives of politicians like Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph....

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    2020 Nov 19

    Opportunities and Backlash: Reforms in Women’s Military Service in Israel

    12:00pm to 12:45pm

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    Harvard Kennedy School—Online

    Establishing mandatory service for women in Israel in 1948 could signify gender equality; however, the military has maintained a rigid hierarchic gender division of labor for several decades. In the mid-1990s’, following Supreme Court rulings, several combat roles (including pilot course) were opened to women; the Women’s Corps was dismantled; and many courses were gender integrated.

    Professor Orna Sasson-Levy argues that these reforms had a dual effect: they broadened military opportunities for women, but at the same time led to a backlash of resistance that threatens these...

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    2020 Nov 18

    Reimagining Museums: Disruption and Change

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology—Online

    As museums have acknowledged their legacy as colonial institutions, many have reimagined their mission as agents of decolonization and social justice. The pandemic disruption, the Black Lives Matter movement, and other community issues are driving still more rapid and drastic changes and providing opportunities for reflection and growth.

    How can American museums—especially those that have strong relationships with Indigenous communities—respond to current national conditions of social unrest and political turmoil? How have New England museums fared and what is likely to happen...

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    2020 Nov 18

    Shrill: An Interactive Media Chamber Opera

    12:00pm to 1:15pm

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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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    2020 Nov 17

    Carl M. Sapers Ethics in Practice Lecture: Black Reconstruction

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

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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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    2020 Nov 17

    Benefitting from the Human Genome

    4:00pm to 5:15pm

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    In 2006, Anne Wojcicki cofounded 23andMe to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome, and she now serves as the company’s CEO.

    In this conversation, Wojcicki will discuss the evolving benefits of genomic science, including the company’s crowdsourced research platform. This platform has played a role in creating one of the largest COVID-19 research studies, exploring whether genetics plays a role in the severity or susceptibility to the virus, and is helping to drive the discovery of novel, genetically validated therapeutic targets to bring new...

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    2020 Nov 16

    Geo-Logics: Natural Resources as Necropolitics

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

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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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    2020 Nov 12

    Lecture: Critical Access Studies

    7:30pm to 9:00pm

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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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    2020 Nov 12

    Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere

    3:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Divinity School—Online

    Nahid Siamdoust (Yale University), Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology of Religion, will give the lecture, “Women Singing: The Regulation of Solo Female Vocals in Iran’s Hypermediated Public Sphere."

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