Michael Kimmelman | Public Space and Civic Health

February 6, 2014
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of the New York Times, discusses the relationship between public space and civic health.

Michael Kimmelman discusses how public spaces relate to civic health in this excerpt from his recent lecture, “The Politics of Public Space.” Kimmelman is the architecture critic of the New York Times and the Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Center for the Humanities at Yale University. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.

I. Glenn Cohen | Patients with Passports

February 5, 2014

As one of the world's leading experts on the intersection of bioethics and the law, I. Glenn Cohen spent a year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University writing Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics (under contract with Oxford University Press), the first comprehensive analysis of the legal and ethical issues raised by medical tourism.

Cohen is a professor at Harvard Law School, where he is also a codirector of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Robert S. Langer | Repairing Spinal Cord Injuries

January 30, 2014
Robert S. Langer discusses how to repair spinal cord injuries

Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses tissue engineering and demonstrates how spinal cord injuries may be repaired in a lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Robert S. Langer | Tissue Engineering

January 30, 2014
Robert S. Langer discusses tissue engineering

Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, discusses tissue engineering and how new cartilage can be created in a lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Robert S. Langer | Biomaterials for the 21st Century and How They Will Change Our Lives

January 30, 2014
Robert S. Langer discusses biomaterials for the 21st century

In this lecture, Robert S. Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, examines the enormous impact of biomaterials and biomaterial-based drug delivery systems on human health and how these new technologies might develop and be applied in the future.

Lewis Hyde | A Primer for Forgetting (Audio)

January 28, 2014
Lewis Hyde, [Photo by Jessica Scranton]

The essayist, translator, poet, and cultural critic Lewis Hyde reads excerpts from his new book, A Primer for Forgetting, which is forthcoming in 2015 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In this book, he explores not only the limits of memory, but also instances in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory.

Public Policy Meets Brain Science

January 16, 2014
Public Policy and the Brain coorganizers, Cass Sustein and Tali Sharot

In a seminar coorganized by Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School and Tali Sharot of University College London, lawyers and economists met with psychologists and neuroscientists to discuss how brain science might help public policy.

The Radcliffe College Legacy

January 9, 2014
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Alumnae of Radcliffe College and Harvard-Radcliffe, whose own educational experiences were characterized by excellence and inquiry, share how the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study maintains these traditions within an innovative, multidisciplinary community.

Character Analysis: An Exit Interview by David Levine

December 19, 2013
Lelaina Vogel describes singing karaoke as Bruce Williams

Character Analysis, a project by David Levine, combines method acting, performance art, and psychology. An actor and a subject met three times a week for three months, during which time the actors tried to become the subject. In this exit interview, Lelaina Vogel '15 describes singing karaoke as Bruce Williams. The resulting transformation may appear to be superficial, but the portrait runs deeper than that.

Levine is organizing the documentation around Character Analysis, editing the 60 hours of footage from the sessions into a 40-minute documentary and collating a large number of photographs from the project.

To view a longer video of Vogel's exit interview, visit http://vimeo.com/82059941.

Pittsburgh Collective: Scherzo Grosso

December 11, 2013
The Pittsburgh Collective, directed by David Sanford, performs Scherzo Grosso

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloists: Matt Haimovitz, cello; John Carlson, trumpet; Dave Phillips, bass; Brad Hubbard, baritone saxophone

Scherzo Grosso is a concerto in four movements for cello and big band. While a simple reading of the concerto's pairing might suggest that the cello represents the more “sacred” and the big band the “profane,” in actuality each explores aspects of both idioms and the ground in between.

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