History

2020 Feb 27

The New Geopolitical Order

4:15pm

Location: 

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

Location: 

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

Location: 

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)

Location: 

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)

Location: 

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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2019 Dec 29

Animal Talk: A Dr. Dolittle Scavenger Hunt

Sun Dec 29 (All day) to Tue Dec 31 (All day)

Location: 

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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2019 Dec 21

Animal Talk: A Dr. Dolittle Scavenger Hunt

Sat Dec 21 (All day) to Mon Dec 23 (All day)

Location: 

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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2019 Dec 11

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge

Chanan Tigay is an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer who has covered the Middle East, 9/11, and the United Nations for such outlets as AFP, the Atlantic, GQ, and the New Yorker. In this lecture, Tigay will talk about his first book, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible, which tells the story of the oldest Bible in the world, how its outing as a fraud led to a scandalous death, and why archaeologists now believe it was real—if only they could find it. In addition to the story of this controversial Bible, Tigay will speak about his own hunt for the...

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2019 Nov 29

Dreaming the Sphinx in Augmented Reality

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

Between the paws of the great Sphinx is the Dream Stela, a monument which describes how a young prince fell asleep in the shadow of the Sphinx by the Giza Pyramids. Visitors to the Harvard Semitic Museum galleries will be able to experience the iconic Sphinx and its Dream Stela in 3D augmented reality.

A gallery facilitator will use a tablet to allow the Sphinx to loom above and around a real life-size cast of the monumental stela. With a tap, the ancient hieroglyphs will be highlighted and translated into English. Another tap to adjust the timeline later, and a pyramid will...

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2019 Nov 07

James Sloss Ackerman Memorial Lecture: Guido Beltramini

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Gund Hall, 485 Broadway Lecture Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge

This lecture, in memorium of James Sloss Ackerman, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Art Emeritus, is sponsored by the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

James Sloss Ackerman was born in 1919 in San Francisco. At Yale University his professor, Henri Focillon, wrote to him “Remain faithful to our studies for which you are so well suited.” Ackerman's graduate work focusing on Renaissance architecture was guided by Richard Krautheimer and Erwin Panofsky at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. His...

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2019 Nov 15

Tour: The Architectural History of the Harvard Art Museums

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Facilities director Peter Atkinson will take visitors on a 60-minute architectural tour of the museums, highlighting the strategies and stories behind the evolution of the recently renovated building, with a special focus on its environmentally conscious, certified LEED Gold design.

Free with museums’ admission (Note: Cambridge residents, all students, youth under age 18, and Massachusetts K-12 teachers get in free to the Harvard Art Museums). This tour is limited to 15 people and tickets are required. Ten minutes before the tour, tickets...

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2019 Nov 06

Great Russian Jews: Solomon Mikhoels (1890–1948)

4:30pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

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

This panel discussion with two leading Jewish cultural historians examines the remarkable contributions and tragic death of the great actor, theater director, playwright, visionary of Yiddish culture, and Jewish activist Solomon (Shloyme) Mikhoels (1890–1948).

Born Shloyme Vovsi in Dvinsk (now Daugavpils, Latvia), the genius actor Mikhoels became the chief director of the State Jewish Theater in Moscow. During World War II, he served as chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mikhoels’ assassination by Stalin’s secret police, although officially billed as an accident,...

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2019 Nov 14

Film Screening: Going Vertical

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

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

Going Vertical is based on real events that occurred in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, focusing on a legendary final battle between the Soviet and US basketball teams. Directed by Anton Megerdichev (2017). Running time 2 hours 13 minutes. Russian language film with English subtitles.

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