Our conferences, symposia, and lectures take place throughout the academic year and bring together influential and original thinkers from Harvard University and around the world to showcase innovative scholarship and to share knowledge, research, policy, and practice.

These events are all free and open to the public, and are frequently videotaped and available online.


Our conferences and symposia are designed to bring together different approaches and viewpoints as a way of challenging assumptions and exploring emerging ideas across all disciplines from


Through the Radcliffe Institute lecture series, we bring artists, scholars, and scientists to campus to share their work with the Harvard community and the public. Speakers in this series have included:

  • Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the US House of Representatives

  • Lawrence M. Krauss, Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department and Director of the Origins Initiative, Arizona State University

  • Melissa Block, host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered