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
- gender in the developing world and
- climate change, to
- city-university partnerships, and
- the future of the book.
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:
- Malawi Vice President Joyce Banda, Rama S. Mehta Lecturer 2011
- Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman, the Julia S. Phelps Lecturer 2011
- Economist and Freakonomics author Steven Levitt, Dean’s Lecturer 2010
- Director of Flight Operations and Cassini Imaging Team Leader and Director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory (CICLOPS) at the Space Science Institute, Carolyn Porco, Dean’s Lecturer 2010