Lifelong Learning

  • 2019 Oct 16

    National Fossil Day

    10:00am to 4:00pm


    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge

    Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this event for all ages!

    Note: Regular museum admission rates apply.

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  • 2019 Oct 18

    Aging in [a] Place: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

    1:00pm to 5:00pm


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

    Today, public discussion and policy focuses on “aging in place” as a way to improve quality of life and reduce costs. However, in part because of socioeconomic differences and structural inequalities, not all older adults can live in or move to age-supportive communities, neighborhoods, or homes that match their values and needs. Differences in access to places to age well can take the form of spatial inequalities, such as inadequate market rate housing for older adults on fixed incomes.

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  • 2019 Oct 19

    Peaceable, Friendly, and Fearless: The Benefits of Neuroplasticity

    9:30am to 5:00pm


    Harvard University Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge

    We need psychological resources like grit and gratitude for resilient well-being in a challenging world. How can we grow these inner strengths?
    Positive neuroplasticity shows us how to turn passing experiences into lasting changes in the brain - hardwiring an unshakable calm, compassion, and courage into the marrow of our being.

    In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore:

    • Why personal growth experiences don’t have enduring value for many people
    • The necessary two steps of lasting change in the nervous system
    • Growing the key...
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  • 2019 Oct 20

    Fall Forest Bathing

    Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Nov 03 2019 except Sun Oct 06 2019, Sun Oct 13 2019.
    9:00am to 11:00am


    Bussey St. Gate, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston

    This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other, we open ourselves up to the healing medicine of the forest. Forest Bathing is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.

    Cost: $25 for members; $35 for nonmembers


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  • 2019 Oct 20

    Augmented Reality: Maya Chocolate Plate

    12:00pm to 3:00pm


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

    "Shrink" yourself down to "walk" into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Maya women were often essential for uniting kingdoms. When a marriage was arranged between Maya royal families, kings would exchange gifts like this ceramic three-legged plate for serving chocolate. Use the museum’s iPad as a "magic window" to discover fine details on one such plate that cannot be seen on the actual artifact. A gallery facilitator will guide you through the experience and will share more about the Maya.

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  • 2019 Oct 20

    Virtual Reality Expedition to Ancient Israel

    12:00pm to 3:00pm


    Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

    "Travel" in fifteen minutes to an archaeological site in Ashkelon, Israel to explore the first-ever excavation of a Philistine burial ground. For years archaeologists have searched for evidence of these Biblical people. Transport yourself to the center of 360° scenes of an archaeological expedition while your gallery facilitator explains what you are seeing. Borrow a device from the museum or download the virtual reality app on your smart phone and bring it to place in a 3D viewer at the museum for an immersive experience.


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  • 2019 Oct 21

    Voices of the Rainforest



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

    Voices of the Rainforest is an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. The film immerses viewers in the rainforest, making myriad connections between the everyday sounds of the rainforest biosphere and the creative practices of the Bosavi people who sing to, with, and about it.

    Following the screening, Steven Feld will discuss the film with Amahl Bishara, an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University.


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  • 2019 Oct 21

    Screening of By the Grace of God with Filmmaker François Ozon

    7:00pm to 9:00pm


    Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

    Outraged by the still-unresolved sex crimes committed by prominent members of the French Catholic Church, Ozon first considered making a documentary before realizing he was better suited to craft a compelling multithreaded narrative that could do justice, in every sense of the term, to the point of view and life experience of long-suffering victims of sexual abuse.

    Cost: $12

    Tickets are available to purchase 45 minutes before showtime at the cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center. Cash or check only.


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  • 2019 Oct 25

    Making the Cut: Promises and Challenges of Gene Editing

    9:00am to 5:00pm


    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 25

    Zapotec-Style Painting Adult Workshop

    4:30pm to 7:00pm


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

    Learn to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team of Ventura and Norberto Fabian continues the tradition of creating hand-carved and painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. This folk art is rooted in traditional aspects of rural village daily life and is now one of Mexico’s largest-selling craft industries. After learning about techniques and styles, participants will select an original, small figure to paint and take home. Workshops will be taught in Spanish with translation to English.

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