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    Lecture: Romy Hecht, "The Green Ideal: Botanical Practices and the Creation of Santiago’s Civic Landscape"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Stubbins Room 112, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a lecture delivered by Romy Hecht.

    Romy Hecht is a Professor at the School of Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), where she gives courses and research seminars on historical narratives and design theories of nineteenth- and twentieth-century landscapes. As an author and recipient of National Grants and research fellowships, Hecht has developed a fundamental task in the studies of landscape architecture in Latin America. She has focused on constructing a comprehensive history of Chile’s landscape...

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    The American Land Museum: Places as Cultural Artifacts

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    Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

    The Center for Land Use Interpretation explores how land in the United States is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Through exhibitions and public programs, the Center interprets built landscapes—from landfills and urban waterfalls to artificial lakes—as cultural artifacts that help define contemporary American life and culture.

    Matthew Coolidge, Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, will discuss the Center’s approach to finding meaning in the...

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    The Mexican Revolution of 1910: A Sociohistorical Interpretation

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    The Mexican Revolution of 1910 began as a multilocal revolt against the 35-year regime of dictator Porfirio Díaz and evolved into a national revolution and civil war lasting nearly a decade. Javier Garciadiego—a leading historian of Mexico’s revolution—will discuss the precursors, armed struggles, political factions, U.S. manipulations, and triumphs of Mexico’s revolution, including the development of a landmark constitution—one of the first in the world to enshrine social rights.

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    April School Vacation Week Activities at the Harvard Semitic Museum

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    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes—or 30—to see what is new every day.

    Self-guided activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. Explore the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets...

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    April School Vacation Week Activities at the Peabody Museum

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    Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    During April school vacation week, drop in to the third-floor galleries to touch a Maya hieroglyph and create your own glyph rubbing to take home. In the Arts of War exhibit, hunt for animals hidden in designs on weapons and armor from around the world.

    Activities are free with regular museum admission. Self-guided activities change daily.

    Admission is free for Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00am-12:00pm and on Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm (September through May). Proof of residency required. This offer is not available to...

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    First Projects: An Unplugged Conversation

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join First Projects, a candid roundtable conversation with leading designers hosted by the Practice Platform. Unplugged and off-the-record, designers will share an inside glimpse into the origins of practice, revealing stories behind first projects and the seminal efforts that launch remarkable careers.

    This unique Beer & Dogs event, co-sponsored by the GSD Alumni Council and the Practice Platform, will not be broadcast or recorded.

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    Film Screening: The Right to Memory

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    "The Right to Memory," a documentary about Arseny Roginsky and the work of Memorial in Russia, presents excerpts from lengthy interviews with Arseny Roginsky (1946-2017), who offers his thoughts about Russia and Memorial. Roginsky was one of the co-founders and the long-time director of Memorial, which was set up in Moscow in 1988 to document the egregious crimes of the Stalin era and to push for respect of human rights in the USSR (and later in the Russian Federation). Roginsky discusses how Memorial sought to overcome the obstacles posed by official whitewashing under Putin and...

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    Lecture: “Designing Detroit: A Decade of Change and Transformation”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation, and urban planners and designers Maurice Cox and Toni L. Griffin in a discussion about the complex design, economic and political innovations required to create transformational change for the city that helped create the American Dream.

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    Great Russian Jews: Mikhail Botvinnik

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    This panel explores the life and legacy of the chess genius Mikhail Botvinnik (1911-1995).

    Born in Kuokkala, Grand Duchy of Finland (now Repino, Russian Federation), Botvinnik became Soviet Chess Champion in 1931 and World Chess Champion in 1948. One of the 20th century’s dominant chess players and teachers, Botvinnik trained generations of Soviet chess masters, among them world champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and Vladimir Kramnik.

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    Film Screening: The Barber of Siberia

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Join the Davis Center for a film screening for "The Barber of Siberia." This 1998 Russian film follows the story of Jane Callahan (Julia Ormond), a beautiful American woman, writes to her son, a cadet at a famous military academy, about a long kept secret. Twenty years ago she arrived in Russia to assist Douglas McCracken (Richard Harris), an obsessive engineer who needs the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich's patronage to sponsor his invention, a massive machine to harvest the forests. On her travels, she meets two men who would change her life forever: a handsome young...

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    Lecture: TEd’A arquitectes

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a public lecture delivered by TEd'A arquitectes, a tiny award-wining practice based in Mallorca, Spain. The work of TEd'A arquitectes was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 (winner of the Golden Lion), the Catalan-Balearic Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and the itinerant exhibition ‘Sensitive Matter: Young Catalan Architects, 2010-2012', among others.

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    Indigenous and Black Communities in Contemporary Brazil: Intolerance and Racism

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    Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Anthropologist João Pacheco de Oliveira will discuss Brazil government’s policy for indigenous and black communities known as “pacification.” Drawing from his award-winning book, O Nascimento do Brasil e outros ensaios (Contra Capa, 2016), he offers an alternative interpretation of Brazilian history from the viewpoint of its native peoples. Using ethnographic comparisons between indigenous groups and black communities living in Brazilian suburbs and favelas, he will highlight the persistence of colonial practices in the prevailing forms of prejudice, racism, and intolerance in...

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    Lecture: CHERMANY > A PERUVIAN GRAFIK XPERIENZ

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    Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Cherman (Germán Quino Ganoza) is a graphic artist known for his portraits of more than 300 Peruvian cultural, historical, and political icons. Influenced by comics, cartoons, TV series, urban life, and gastronomy, Cherman’s work aims to showcase and reflect the multifaceted dimensions of Peruvian society and identity—often with humor and incisive social commentary.

    Cherman will reflect on his art over the past 30 years, discuss the roots of his pop aesthetic, and share the philosophy behind his current work in Chermany, an imagined nation where graphic art exists in...

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    Ensemble Adilei

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    CGIS South Building, Room S010 (Tsai Auditorium), 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

    Ensemble Adilei performs traditional Georgian polyphonic songs and chants, although their main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia. Gurian music is sometimes compared to jazz, because of the emphasis on improvisation, and non-parallel movement in all the voice parts. Gurian song is also characterized by k'rimanch'uli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice.

    For the members of Adilei singing is the primary mode of communication with the world: it is more of a lifestyle than a performance practice and is not just relegated to...

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    Open House Lecture: Marc and Matthias Armengaud

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    AWP is now an office for territorial reconfiguration, with lush projects in magazines (and even in real places). But at first there was a punk band, translating off-grid experiences into click'n'cut jazz with a twist of slowed down Rumba. Join the Harvard Graduate School of Design for this semester's Open House lecture delivered by Marc and Matthias Armengaud, founders of AWP.

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    The Making of a Theban Tomb Chapel

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    Harvard Northwest Science Building, Room B101, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Thebes, one of Egypt’s largest archaeological sites, is famous for its numerous tombs and temples that offer an unparalleled window into ancient Egyptian culture and craftsmanship. Melinda Hartwig will discuss the painting and texts found in the unfinished Theban tomb chapel of Neferrenpet (known as Theban Tomb 43) dating to Egypt’s eighteenth dynasty. She will show what they reveal about the career and family of the tomb’s owner, the craftsmen who decorated the tomb, and more generally, the artistic approach to making and decorating tombs in ancient Egypt.

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    Cambridge Talks 2019: “Other Histories of the Digital”

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Piper Auditorium, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    The historical narrative of digital architecture that has developed in the past two decades has been narrow in scope. Accounts have often focused on North American and European architects using personal computers and modeling software in schools and offices. Other Histories of the Digital aims to expand the discussion. What stories and methods come to the fore as we look at computation as a phenomenon with global reach, and which implicates many media and diverse forms of labor?

    Michael Osman, author of Modernism's Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America...

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