Michael Pollan | One Writer's Trip

May 11, 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.

Kristiana Kahakauwila | To Weave with Water

May 10, 2016
Kristiana Kahakauwila, To Weave with Water

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Kristiana Kahakauwila RI ’16 presents her progress on a historical novel—“To Weave with Water”—a multigenerational family saga set against the fight for water and native rights on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Kahakauwila is the 2015–2016 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.

Reiko Yamada | Pieces of the Mask

May 10, 2016
Reiko Yamada, Pieces of the Mask

The Radcliffe fellow and composer Reiko Yamada presents excerpts from her upcoming experimental opera, Mask Your Sonic Story. Pieces of the Mask is an immersive and truly unique concertgoing experience in which audience members move freely around the set to follow certain characters during the performance.

Laurence Ralph | The Contradiction

May 2, 2016
Laurence Ralph, The Contradiction

As part of the 2015–2016 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Laurence Ralph examines a troubling contradiction: that police take an oath of honor—such as “protect and serve”—yet have contributed to an alarming number of violent deaths, inciting an investigation into what can and can’t be known about police violence.

Ralph is the 2015–2016 Joy Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.

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)

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, 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, Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program, will moderate the discussion with the audience.

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.

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)

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