Women Making Democracy | Rapporteur Discussion and Closing Remarks

March 30, 2012
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Two rapporteurs highlight the major themes of the conference, tying together issues raised across panels. They  compare different countries and moments of democratic change to help participants understand what is distinctive about "Arab Spring" and what is universal about women making democracy.

Women Making Democracy | Commedia Al-Ahzaan (Comedy of Sorrows)

March 29, 2012
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Written in direct response to the ongoing revolution in Egypt, Ibrahim El-Husseini's Commedia Al-Ahzaan (Comedy of Sorrows) follows a young university-educated Egyptian woman through a series of encounters with different members of society. Through these encounters, she comes to realize how little she understands her own country.

Approaching Midnight: Taking Midnight's Children from Book to Film

March 22, 2012
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Director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta discusses her recent work with Salman Rushdie to adapt his 1981 novel Midnight's Children for the screen—they collaborated closely as he wrote the screenplay—including the challenges of casting 30 principal actors in India and spending days and nights in intensive workshops inspired by the ancient Indian performing arts treatise, the Natya Shastra. Mehta shares her philosophy of filmmaking and how she walks the fine line between conventional storytelling and pure instinct. Following the lecture, she is joined by Bapsi Sidhwa, who wrote the novel on which Mehta's 1998 film Earth was based, to discuss the relationship between author and filmmaker and the evolution of story from print to film.

Constructing the Head and Brain of Vertebrates

March 5, 2012
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Nicole Le Douarin (Honorary Professor, Collège de France) explores the neural crest, an important embryonic structure that appeared in primitive vertebrates.

How Jesus Celebrated Passover: Early Modern Views of the Last Supper

February 13, 2012
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Anthony Grafton (Princeton University), a leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, speaks about important historical developments in the understanding of the Last Supper. He posits that the Christian discovery of a Jewish Jesus began not in the 19th century but in the Renaissance.

Reimagining the City-University Connection | Preventing and Responding to Violence

October 21, 2011
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With Anthony A. Braga, Daniel Linskey, Felton Earls, and Deborah Allen; moderated by Paula Johnson

Reimagining the City-University Connection | Welcoming Remarks

October 21, 2011
Lizabeth Cohen Interim Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences Harvard University  David T. Ellwood,  Dean, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School  Robert J. Sampson Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences  Director of the Social Sciences Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Harvard University  Peter Meade Director, Boston Redevelopment Authorit

With Lizabeth Cohen, David T. Ellwood, Robert J. Sampson, and Peter Meade

Reimagining the City University Connection | Governance and New Technologies

October 21, 2011
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With Alex "Sandy" Pentland, Jennifer Tour Chayes, and Nigel Jacob; moderated by David Lazer

Reimagining the City University Connection | Improving Urban Education

October 21, 2011
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With Stephen Raudenbush, Sarah Glover, Catherine Snow, and Carol R. Johnson; moderated by Nancy E. Hill

Reimagining the City-University Connection | Lessons and Challenges

October 21, 2011
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With Henry Webber, John Fantuzzo, Margaret Weir, and Mitchell Weiss; moderated by Edward L. Glaeser

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