Events

    2021 May 14

    Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Slavery’s Landscape

    11:00am to 12:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    This seminar will explore how photographers from the Civil War era constructed landscapes of slavery. What symbols and facts did they draw upon, and what narratives and interpretations were they in dialogue with and which did they promote?

    Join Makeda Best, photography curator and author of Elevate the Masses: Alexander Gardner, Photography, and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century America (2020), as she explores how Alexander Gardner and others presented the infamous Franklin and Armfield slave pen...

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    2021 May 13

    A Perpetual Crisis: Reflections on Renewed Public Health Failures at the U.S./Mexico Border

    12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    The Harvard Global Health Institute & FXB Center for Health and Human Rights—Online

    In March 2021, a record number of children arrived at the U.S./Mexico border, challenging capacity at US Customs and Border Protection facilities and placing newfound pressure on the Biden Administration to act promptly. However, this humanitarian crisis is not new, nor is it a direct result of a new U.S. government administration. For decades, the U.S. has failed to improve a system ill-equipped to handle the needs of vulnerable refugees and migrants. As children wait in overcrowded jail-like structures and COVID-19 remains a threat, concerns about who will continue to suffer at the...

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    2021 May 11

    Conserving the American Chestnut

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    The American Chestnut tree used to comprise approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States. Then in the early 1900's, chestnut blight decimated the nearly four billion American Chestnut trees. The wildlife value and economic value of these trees was unparalleled. Today, scientists and supporters are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to its former glory. Join us for a panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American Chestnut as well as current research to restore the trees.

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    2021 May 11

    Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the United States and the World

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    As efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines intensify throughout the United States and across the globe, how can we ensure that equity and access are prioritized? This panel seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of equitable public health strategies around COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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    2021 May 11

    A Season of Lilacs at the Arnold Arboretum

    1:00pm

    Location: 

    Arnold Arboretum—Online

    Lilacs come in a wide range of color, size, flower form, and leaf. Arnold Arboretum docent Chris McArdle will take you on a free, virtual tour of many of these varieties, by way of images from the actual plants in our landscape. From her long years of experience in the lilac collection, and as a docent, she will introduce you to many fascinating histories, anecdotes, as well as the people instrumental in bringing us these much-anticipated May bloomers. From their 17th century beginning in North America, up to some fabulous present-day cultivars, you will experience the breadth of our...

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    2021 May 11

    Using Your Voice: Speak Up and Speak Out at Meetings

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    Your voice needs to be heard at meetings. If you are invited to attend a meeting, you are expected to participate. However, it can be challenging to be recognized and engaged in an online meeting. In this workshop you will learn the attributes of a good participant and how to speak up and speak out.

    Specifically:

    • How to your use your voice and not feel intimidated;

    • Manage your nerves, shyness, and introversion;

    • Speak first to share your ideas, opinions, and information.

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    2021 May 06

    Beyond Brown: Leading for Racial Equity in a Southern Context

    3:30pm to 5:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    The Southern Black community catalyzed the movement for free public schools for all children. This community also led the efforts to desegregate schools. Despite these efforts, the South remains home to some of the largest educational inequities within our nation. Yet, many discussions about educational equity are devoid of Southern representation. This is problematic considering that Southern states have higher rates of poverty and are home to one-third of all K-12 students, 56% of all Black students, and one-third of our nation’s ELL and migrant student populations.

    This...

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    2021 May 06

    Carmen Reinhart – Lessons from History for the COVID Economic Recovery

    2:00pm to 3:15pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center—Online

    At a time when U.S. federal debt is at its highest level since World War II—and the post-COVID economic recovery around the world remains uncertain—join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Work Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

    For this session, the Applied History Working Group is delighted to welcome Carmen Reinhart, the Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank Group, for a discussion on economic...

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    2021 May 06

    Book Talk: Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Kennedy School, Belfer Center—Online

    A seminar with Michael Hoffman, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, on his new book Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy from Oxford University Press.

    Why does religion sometimes increase support for democracy and sometimes do just the opposite? Faith in Numbers presents a theory of religion, group interest, and democracy. Focusing on communal religion, it demonstrates that the effect of communal prayer on support for democracy depends on the interests of the religious group in question. For members of...

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    2021 May 05

    Medical Racism from 1619 to the Present: History Matters

    4:00pm

    Location: 

    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color in the United States. In addition, the uneven and unequal distribution of vaccines is raising the issue of mistrust and vaccine hesitancy in these same communities. Lack of trust in the US healthcare system among communities of color is inextricably linked to the history of systemic racism in this country. With fewer than half of Black American adults indicating that they will definitely or probably get vaccinated against COVID-19, understanding the roots of this hesitancy—which dates back centuries—is...

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    2021 May 05

    Education Now: Cultivating the Power of Resilience

    3:00pm to 3:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    As we emerge from the COVID-10 pandemic, many experts believe that the aftereffects of isolation, stress, fear, and sadness will linger. Trauma from mental health challenges of the past year will not quickly fade. Today, 18–25-year olds are suffering especially severely from the loneliness epidemic. While this loneliness epidemic preceded the onset of COVID-19, pandemic times have further heightened the isolation and mental and emotional duress experienced by many. Furthermore, a parallel and related epidemic of stress and anxiety in women and girls—from elementary school through college...

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    2021 May 04

    Art Talk Live: Reframing Japonisme

    12:30pm to 1:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    The fable of the 19th-century European “discovery” of Japanese prints and their catalytic effect on Impressionist painting is by now comfortably worn, threadbare even. But what were painters in Europe actually encountering? 

    In this talk, curator Rachel Saunders will take a close look at a major new acquisition that shines a distinctly different light on European interest in “Japanese art,” and the ways in which this new category was constructed in Japan itself. 

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    2021 May 03

    Gutman Library Book Talk: Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching

    7:00pm to 8:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Graduate School of Education—Online

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Education for a conversation between author Jarvis Givens, Assistant Professor at HGSE and the Suzanne Young Murray Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, and Joshua Bennett, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College.

    Black education was a subversive act from its inception. African Americans pursued education through clandestine means, often in defiance of law and custom, even under threat of violence. They developed what Jarvis Givens calls a tradition of “fugitive pedagogy”—a theory and practice...

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    2021 May 03

    Harvard Library Presents: Archival Stories of Indigenous and Asian Experiences at Harvard

    3:00pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard-Yenching Library & University Archives—Online

    Join us for a discussion on stories of navigating Harvard. Experts from the Harvard-Yenching Library and University Archives will share materials from Harvard's archival and library collections focused on Indigenous and Asian experiences throughout Harvard's past. The program will feature brief remarks from Martha Whitehead, Vice President for the Harvard Library and University...

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    2021 May 03

    Imagining Urban Futures / During, Despite, and Beyond the Pandemic

    12:00pm to 1:30pm

    Location: 

    Harvard University Center for African Studies—Online

    The event, moderated by Bruno Carvalho and Diane Davis, will bring together perspectives from different regions of the globe. AbdouMaliq Simone, Eric Klinenberg, and Hiba Bou Akar will present their views of the connections between the ongoing pandemic and urbanization. They will respond to questions from the moderators as well as attendees. Audience members will have a chance to present questions to the speakers during the event, and in advance at registration.

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    2021 May 01

    Guided Tree Meditation

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Outside at the Arnold Arboretum

    This guided tree meditation offers an opportunity to connect and ground the self with the environment around.

    Surrounded by the beauty and life of the Arnold Arboretum, this meditation will be benefitted by the ancient awareness and alchemy of trees and the subtle healing capacities of nature. Join us if you’re ready to root yourself into the energy of spring! 

    Attendance is limited to 10 people so please only register if you can attend. 

    This event will be held outside at the Arnold Arboretum, socially distanced with masks required. ...

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    2021 May 01

    Creature Feature: What Does the Fox Say?

    10:00am to 10:30am

    Location: 

    Harvard Art Museums—Online

    Join exhibition production specialist Steve Deane to discover an amazingly intricate silver cup in the shape of a fox head. We will explore how the cup was made, how its use was tied to hunting, and how our exhibition team made the cup “float” for display in an exhibition.

    We’ll also look at a series of prints of Reynard the Fox and a small fox sculpture from the fifth century. Families will learn how to make their own sculpture from Play-Doh!

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    2021 Apr 29

    This Space Holds a Story

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Ed Portal—Online

    *For high school students living or attending school in Allston, Brighton, or Cambridge!*

    Do you daydream about places you've loved or imagined? Are you curious about how writers turn ideas into stories? Join author Abdul-Razak Zachariah for a glimpse into the children’s book writing process. Write your own story idea for a new generation of readers based on your life and experiences. Abdul will read from his children’s book "...

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    2021 Apr 29

    Performance and Ritual in Ancient Egyptian Funerary Practice

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

    Location: 

    Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East—Online

    One of the best documented Egyptian rituals—occurring in both cultic and funerary contexts—is known as the Opening of the Mouth ritual. Performing this ritual was believed to animate statues and temples, while also restoring the senses of the deceased, thus ensuring that they could eat, drink, and breathe in the afterlife. Textual and iconographic references to the ritual are found in different time periods, from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period.

    In this lecture, Mariam Ayad uses the Opening of the Mouth ritual as a case study to illustrate the power of imagery and the...

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