Michael Pollan | One Writer's Trip

April 26, 2016
Michael Pollan, One Writer's Trip

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Michael Pollan RI ’16, the Suzanne Young Murray Fellow, delivered an autobiographical talk—"One Writer’s Trip”—about his thinking and writing on nature as we find it closer to home: the garden, the farm, the table, and most recently, the altered states of consciousness that certain plants and fungi allow us to achieve. These excerpts are from that talk.

Alice Lyons | Dysfluency

April 25, 2016
Alice Lyons, Dysfluency

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the poet Alice Lyons RI ’16 recites a selection of her poems.

Alexander (Sasha) Wait Zaranek | Tiling the Genome

April 18, 2016
Alexander (Sasha) Wait Zaranek, Tiling the Genome

“Tiling the Genome: Naming the Parts of Your Genome That Make You You”

As part of the DNA Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Alexander (Sasha) Wait Zaranek suggests that, someday soon, doctors may use the information from individuals’ own DNA to realize precision medicine.

Zaranek is the chief scientist at Curoverse Inc. and the director of informatics at the Harvard Personal Genome Project.

Introduction by Jeantine E. Lunshof, visiting fellow in genetics at the Harvard Medical School.

Ways with Words | Public Discourse

April 12, 2016
Ways with Words, Public Discourse

PANEL 3: PUBLIC DISCOURSE
This panel will examine language used in the public domain and how it both reflects and shapes cultural attitudes toward gender. The question of who defines and controls language, and the role gender plays, is an important part of political campaigns, entertainment, and business marketing efforts.

Mary Mills (9:00), Worldwide Director of Strategic Intelligence, Saatchi & Saatchi

Christine Matthews (33:16), President, Bellweather Research, and Cofounder, Burning Glass Consulting

Liza Johnson, Director and Screenwriter 
(Presentation by director and screenwriter Liza Johnson is not available due to incorporation of unreleased footage)

Moderator: Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication; Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania

Q&A (49:37)

Maharaj K. Pandit | Let a Thousand Gentians Bloom

April 8, 2016
Maharaj K. Pandit, Let a Thousand Gentians Bloom

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Maharaj K. Pandit RI ’16 warns us that climate change and human activities are pushing the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas ever so closely to instability and explains why Himalayan change is a global problem. 

Pandit is the 2015–2016 Hrdy Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.

Luci Tapahonso | An Afternoon with the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation

April 8, 2016
Lucy Tapahonso, An Afternoon with the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation

Luci Tapahonso (6:23), inaugural poet laureate of the Navajo Nation and professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, reads an assortment of her poetry followed by a moderated discussion with the audience.

Introduction by Kristiana Kahakauwila, Lisa Goldberg Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; assistant professor of creative writing, Western Washington University; and an instructor in the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, Oregon State University-Cascades.

Discussion moderated by Shelly Lowe (54:00), Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program, will moderate the discussion with the audience.

Ways with Words | Big Data

April 6, 2016
Ways with Words, Big Data

PANEL 2: BIG DATA
The Internet, social media, and data mining have changed language and our ability to analyze usage, and increased sensitivities to the power of the words we use. This panel will explore how these new forms of discourse and analysis expand our understanding of the interplay of gender, personal narrative, and language, as well as data scraping that enables a statistical study of language usage by demographics.

Ben Hookway (7:43), Chief Executive Officer, Relative Insight

Lyle Ungar (20:53), Professor and Graduate Group Chair, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania

Alice E. Marwick (36:19), Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Media Studies, and Director, McGannon Center for Communication Research, Fordham University

Moderator: Rebecca Lemov, Associate Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Q&A (52:02)

Ways with Words | Janet Mock

April 6, 2016
Ways with Words, Janet Mock

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION

Janet Mock, Cultural Commentator, Advocate for Trans Women’s Rights, and New York Times Best-Selling Author

Discussant: Moya Bailey, Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University

Ways with Words | Beyond Binaries

April 6, 2016
Ways with Words, Beyond Binaries

WELCOMING REMARKS
Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

OVERVIEW (8:37)
John Huth, Codirector of the Science Program, Radcliffe Institute, and Donner Professor of Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL 1: BEYOND BINARIES (19:33)
For adults and children, gender identification is often tethered to language shaped by culture. This panel will explore how the use of language—particularly pronouns in different circumstances—childhood development, and social and gender stereotyping all affect the use and perception of language.

Rebecca Bigler (27:58), Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Wesley Thomas (42:49), Professor of Diné Cultural Studies, Chair of School of Diné Studies & Law Studies, and Dean of School of Graduate Studies & Research, Navajo Technical University

Bear Bergman (1:01:20), Author, poet, playwright, and theater artist

Moderator: Stephen (Stephanie) Burt, Professor of English, Harvard University

Ways with Words | Plays with Words

April 6, 2016
Ways with Words, Plays with Words

PLAYS WITH WORDS 
An evening about language and gender in comedy

WELCOMING REMARKS
Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

COMEDY, LANGUAGE, AND GENDER
Aparna Nancherla (12:09), Comedian 

ImprovBoston (51:06), featuring Sara Burns, Rosena Cornet, Deana Criess, Mike Descoteaux, Gregory Scott Hernandez, and Kelly MacFarland

Glenda Carpio (28:36 & 1:16:57), Professor of English and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Moderator: Robin Young (28:36 & 1:16:57), Cohost, Here & Now, WBUR and National Public Radio

Q&A (28:36 & 1:16:57)

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