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: Fenwick

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

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloist: Jon Irabagon, tenor saxophone

Fenwick's title refers to a character from Barry Levinson's film Diner. The two musical quotations that the composer admits to using are the first eight bars of Buck Clayton’s solo on the Kansas City Seven's “Destination KC” and a brief figure from the Second Symphony of Howard Hanson (who'd likely be incensed that it was used in a jazz-oriented work). However, the central elements of the piece are the solo tenor saxophone inventions.

Founded and directed by David W. Sanford, the Pittsburgh Collective is a contemporary big band that explores the varying intersections between modern classical and jazz, otherwise known as the “third stream.”

Pittsburgh Collective: Alchemy

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

Composer: David W. Sanford
Soloist: Ted Levine, alto saxophone

Alchemy draws heavily on Dizzy Gillespie's bebop big band works, such as “Things to Come.” The motivic sequencing in the third chorus—somewhat resembling 18th- and 19th-century Viennese development sections—actually was inspired by a similarly monothematic piano solo by Kenny Drew Jr. with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995.

Founded and directed by David W. Sanford, the Pittsburgh Collective is a contemporary big band that explores the varying intersections between modern classical and jazz, otherwise known as the “third stream.”

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.

Why History Matters

December 5, 2013

To mark the Schlesinger Library’s 70th anniversary, historians Joyce Antler, Nancy F. CottThavolia Glymph, Linda Gordon, Linda K. Kerber, and Alice Kessler-Harris reflect on five decades of change in US women’s history during the career of the historian Gerda Lerner (1920–2013), who was a singular force in developing the field.

Why History Matters: A Panel Discussion

December 5, 2013
A panel of historians answer questions about US women's history and Gerda Lerner.

Historians Joyce Antler, Nancy F. Cott, Thavolia Glymph, Linda Gordon, Linda K. Kerber, and Alice Kessler-Harris take questions from the audience and each other during a panel discussion about US women’s history and Gerda Lerner (1920–2013), who was a singular force in developing the field.

Julie Orringer | Lies That Tell the Truth

December 3, 2013
Radcliffe Fellow and author Julie Orringer

Julie Orringer, author of The Invisible Bridge (Knopf, 2010) and How to Breathe Underwater (Knopf, 2003), discusses why we're compelled to be faithful to the past even as we transform it, and how those transformations can bring to light stories that might otherwise not be told.

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