Radcliffe Day 2014

May 30, 2014
Radcliffe Day 2014

On Radcliffe Day, we reflect on the past, savor the present, and imagine the future, by awarding Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust with the 2014 Radcliffe Medal and by presenting panel discussions that draw on the Institute's broad range of intellectual commitments and its diverse community.

Thomas W. Laqueur | Diogenes and His “Preposterous” Views on the Dead

April 29, 2014

When his friends asked Diogenes the Cynic what he wanted done with his body after he died, he told them that they should throw it over the wall to be eaten by the beasts and birds. And why not? It was no longer his; he would not notice. In this excerpt, Thomas W. Laqueur explains why Diogenes the Cynic's views on caring for the dead were considered “preposterous” and “derelict.”

Thomas W. Laqueur is a professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.

Thomas W. Laqueur | Why Do We Care for the Dead?

April 29, 2014
Thomas W. Laqueur lectures on why we care for the dead.

When his friends asked Diogenes the Cynic what he wanted done with his body after he died, he told them that they should throw it over the wall to be eaten by the beasts and birds. And why not? It was no longer his; he would not notice.

For more than 2,000 years, conversations in the West—and elsewhere—have acknowledged that Diogenes had a point. And yet we as a species care for our dead. This lecture by Thomas W. Laqueur offers an answer for why this should be the case from both a general anthropological perspective and from the vantage of particular historical cases.

Common Spaces: An Opportunity to Build Community (Audio)

April 24, 2014
Dean Lizabeth Cohen, photo by Stephanie Mitchell

Dean Lizabeth Cohen speaks on the meaning and significance of Harvard's Common Spaces initiative at Morning Prayers service in Memorial Church.

Who Decides? | Welcoming Remarks and Overview of the Topic

April 11, 2014
Janet Rich-Edwards offers an overview of the topic at "Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public’s Health"

Welcoming remarks by Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

Overview of the topic by Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University

Who Decides? | Defining Health: How Do Health and Disease Get Defined in Societies?

April 11, 2014
Who Decides? panle on "Defining Health: How Do Health and Disease Get Defined in Societies?"

In this panel moderated by Arthur Kleinman, Jane Ussher, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Nate Greenslit examine, largely through a social-science lens, the role of gender in conceptions of health and disease (including physical and mental health) in different societies, in determining who is responsible for health care through both formal and informal roles, and in developing understandings of risk factors and resilience.

Who Decides? | Research Priorities: The Impact of Gender on the Scope, Funding, and Analysis of Health Research

April 11, 2014
Peggy Orenstein discusses the impact of gender on health research

In this panel moderated by Daniel Carpenter, Peggy Orenstein, C. Noel Bairey Merz, and Barron Lerner consider whether gender drives commercial and public research in particular diseases, the politics of health campaigns, the formulation and analysis of clinical trials, and the role of the marketplace and private funding in addressing diseases that affect women and men differently.

Who Decides? | Policy and Access to Care: Gender Gaps and Opportunities in the United States

April 11, 2014
Who Decides? panel, Policy and Access to Care: Gender Gaps and Opportunities in the United States

Moderated by Paula Johnson, Ruth Katz, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Julie Rovner discuss the implications of the Affordable Care Act for women's and men's health, including gendered issues of health care access and policy and questions of insurance and coverage.

Janet Rich-Edwards provides closing remarks.

Eve Ensler | Introduction to In the Body of the World

April 10, 2014
Eve Ensler reads from the introduction of her book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection

Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler opens the Radcliffe Institute conference titled "Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public's Health." In this excerpt, she describes being diagnosed with cancer and reads from the introduction of her book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection (2013). Ensler is a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute.

Mary C. Brinton | Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

April 9, 2014
Mary C. Brinton explores why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others.

In this lecture, Mary C. Brinton explores why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others. Using original in-depth interviews of young men and women in Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, Brinton examines how the incomplete gender-role revolution hinders family formation in the postindustrial context.

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