Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
Enrich your museum visit by listening to an evocative playlist of contemporary poems by Native American authors. Wander freely across the first-floor galleries to see where the poems take you and expand your understanding of Native arts and cultures. The poems, drawn from a powerful recent anthology, New Poets of Native Nations (edited by Heid E. Erdrich; Graywolf Press) celebrate Native poets first published in the twenty-first century. Hear the exhibits “come into voice” and experience the museum in a new way. Borrow a free audio player with regular museum admission.
Harvard University Bands presents 2019 Montage Concert: Celebrating the Harvard Band’s 100th Anniversary. This concert will feature Harvard Monday Jazz Band, Harvard Wind Ensemble, and the Harvard Band. Guest Soloist, Boston Symphony Tubist, Mike Roylance.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr will join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.
Perry will consider her recent book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018), while Reid-Pharr and Brown-Nagin will share perspectives from their own research, writing, and forthcoming books on, respectively, James Baldwin and Constance Baker Motley.
Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston
As the first botanical history of World War II, Plants Go to War examines military history from the perspective of plant science. From victory gardens to drugs, timber, rubber, and fibers, plants supplied materials with key roles in victory. Author and botanist Judith Sumner will speak of the many plants that were incorporated into wartime safety materials, diet and rations, and even bombers.
As the earliest farmers began to select wild plants and animals that had desirable traits, they initiated a series of genetic changes in these species that gradually made them more suitable for agriculture. Plants became easier to grow, had greater yields, and were of higher quality. Animal species exhibited favorable changes in behavior, coat color, and reproductive traits. Barbara Schaal will discuss how the artificial selection of these species—a pivotal technological achievement—has influenced their genetics, evolution, and capacity to flourish in the care of humans.
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, 224 Western Ave., Allston
Please join us in welcoming Kyle Johns to the Ceramics Program—Office for the Arts at Harvard, one of our incoming 2019-2020 Kyle Johns Artists-in-Residence. Johns will share his work, which is often made from multiple molds and cast in a myriad of colored slips. Johns will be an instructor in the Ceramics Program "Molds and Multiples" class this Fall as well as "Interdisciplinary Projects" and the Harvard Graduate School of Design course SCI-6317.