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2020 Mar 07

Uncovering Pacific Pasts: Harvard’s Early Endeavors in Oceanic Anthropology

Sat Mar 7 (All day) to Sun Mar 7 (All day)

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

This exhibit explores how early Harvard scholars influenced the development of anthropology and archaeology in the Pacific region. Produced in collaboration with over thirty other museums around the world, Harvard’s contributing exhibit will feature historical images and objects from the Peabody collections, including intricately carved Fijian clubs, models of distinctive Pacific outriggers, and a striking example of Samoan bark cloth (siapo). Together they weave a compelling narrative about the ideas, people, and networks pivotal to both early understandings and ongoing studies...

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2020 Mar 05

The Khufu Boat

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

In 1954, Egyptian archaeologist Kamal el-Mallakh discovered a 144-foot ship buried next to the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Khufu boat—one of the oldest-known planked vessels from antiquity—was interred in honor of Khufu, the pharaoh who built the Great Pyramid. Bob Brier will discuss what is known about the design, propulsion, and function of this 4,600-year- old ship, based on recent tank tests conducted on a model. He will also highlight plans to build a full-scale replica of the vessel and to place it on the Nile.

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2020 Feb 27

The Ancient Maya Response to Climate Change: A Cautionary Tale

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge

Ancient Maya civilization suffered a major demise between the tenth and eleventh centuries. The causes continue to be investigated and debated. Paleoenvironmental research over the past twenty years has revealed that the demise coincided with a prolonged, intensive drought that extended across the region, providing compelling evidence that climate change played a key role in the collapse of the Maya. Billie Turner will examine this evidence and the complex social and environmental conditions that affected Maya societies.

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2020 Feb 13

Ancient Egyptian Culture and Its Continuity in Modern Egypt

6:00pm

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Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Egypt’s recorded history spans six thousand years and is therefore one of the longest and best known in the world. Today, Egyptians practice several religious, artistic, and social traditions that can be traced to ancient Egypt, demonstrating the power and longevity of cultural memory. Drawing on research in archaeology, Egyptian art, writing, and culture, Fayza Haikal will examine Egyptian society’s cultural expressions from antiquity to the present, focusing on language, spirituality, superstitions, funerary traditions, and folklore.

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2020 Feb 17

Film: Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project with Director in Person

7:00pm

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Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy St., Cambridge

Matt Wolf’s engaging documentary tells two stories: one, the life story of a remarkably prescient and stubbornly individualistic radical librarian who refused to fit neatly into the role of wife or mother, and a second that traces the emergence and arguably disastrous effects of the twenty-four-hour American news cycle that she secretly recorded in her Philadelphia home from 1979-2012.

Cost: $12 special event tickets.

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2020 Feb 27

Film Screening: Dovlatov

7:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Dovlatov follows a few days in the life of famed Soviet writer, Sergei Dovlatov, on the eve of his friend's, future Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky, emigration in 1971. Sergei is determined to stay and lead a normal life with his wife Elena and daughter Katya, however, his manuscripts are regularly rejected by the official media as his point of view is deemed undesirable.

Dovlatov premiered at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for costume and production design. Directed by...

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2020 Feb 19

Where It Used to Be Home: Writing Russia and Ukraine under the Trump Administration

5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Woolley Room, Mary Lyon Hall, Wheaton College 26 E. Main Street, Norton, MA

Olga Livshin will discuss how culture, translation, history, current events and her own biography intermingle in her 2019 book of poems, A Life Replaced, which reflects on the experience of living as an immigrant under the Trump administration and with Putin's war on Ukraine looming. Raised in Odessa and Moscow, Livshin writes witness poetry about xenophobia, war, and strongmen at the helm on both sides of the world. The book braids original poetry in English with translations from Anna Akhmatova, the great poet of 20th-century Russia, and Vladimir Gandelsman, fellow immigrant...

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2020 Feb 12

Lev Rubinstein: Readings, Conversations about Russia Today

5:00pm to 6:30pm

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Davis Center, Knafel Building, Room K262, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge

Moscow writer Lev Rubinstein will read from his work and engage in a wide-ranging conversation in a special Davis Center seminar.

Rubinstein exemplifies a striking aesthetic response to life in repressive times, one that emphasizes the artist’s freedom of expression and the power of humor in the face of lies. He has won multiple prizes at home and abroad and has a readiness to push at the boundaries of literary norms. Author of more than a dozen books in Russian, Rubinstein has been more active as an essayist since the start of the 2000s. He has also emerged as a public figure...

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2020 Feb 27

The New Geopolitical Order

4:15pm

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Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

The new geopolitical environment taking shape in many parts of the world tends toward increasing authoritarianism and nationalistic competition. In this lecture, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, an international human rights advocate and the former United Nations high commissioner for human rights, will argue that the world’s people deserve better. Despite the demagoguery and isolationism that some leaders are pursuing, he believes it is possible to pursue thoughtful diplomacy and a system of connectivity, coalitions, and partnerships to reform institutions and change polices.

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2020 Jan 23

Gallery Talk: Walk Like an Egyptian

12:30pm to 1:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Fellow Jen Thum explores the basics of ancient Egyptian representation, including why their bodies seem to "walk like an Egyptian."

Free with museum admission. Gallery talks are limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before each talk, tickets will become available at the admissions desk.

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2020 Feb 20

History Reconsidered: Poetry Reading and Discussion

4:15pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

Join the Radcliffe Institute for a poetry reading and discussion with Clint Smith.

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and an Emerson Fellow at New America. He has received fellowships from the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation, while his writing has been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published in 2016. It won the 2017...

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2020 Feb 12

Lecture: no noise disturbed the quiet of the morning

4:00pm

Location: 

Knafel Center, 10 Garden St., Cambridge

As a Radcliffe fellow, Anthony Romero (RI '20) is working on a multimedia research and visual art project that includes a collection of related but discrete works which attempt to articulate how indigenous populations, under European colonial rule in Australia, South Asia, and the United States, were controlled through the criminalization and legislating of native sound and music practices. Taken together, these histories reveal how carceral and criminalizing strategies sowed the seeds for the ongoing over-policing of black and brown communities.

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2020 Feb 13

Opening Celebration: Painting Edo

5:00pm to 9:00pm

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Join the Harvard Art Museums to celebrate the opening of Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, on view from February 14–July 26, 2020.

Be among the first to see over 120 works included in the Harvard Art Museums' latest show, which celebrates the rich visual culture of Japan's early modern era. The galleries are open late, and admission is free for...

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2020 Feb 14

Exhibition: Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

Fri Feb 14 (All day) to Sun Jul 26 (All day)

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Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge

Painting Edo—one of the largest exhibitions ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums—offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world. The dizzying array of artistic lineages and studios active during the Edo...

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2020 Jan 02

Animal Talk: A Dr. Dolittle Scavenger Hunt

Thu Jan 2 (All day) to Fri Jan 31 (All day)

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

Scavenger Hunt Dates:
December 21–December 23
December 26–December 31
January 2–January 31

Have you ever wished that you could talk with other animals? Doctor Dolittle, the imaginary character in the Hugh Lofting book The Story of Doctor Dolittle, could do just that! Doctor Dolittle learned animal languages and made animal friends all over the world. Use the clues to find six of his animal friends in the museum and learn how that animal really communicates. Then, like Doctor Dolittle, tell us what you think that animal is saying by drawing or writing...

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