David Montgomery | Noah’s Flood and the Development of Geology

April 10, 2015
David Montgomery, Noah’s Flood and the Development of Geology

The geologist David Montgomery explores the interface of science and religion through flood stories from cultures around the world.

Diana Taylor | Labyrinth of Things

April 10, 2015
Diana Taylor, Labyrinth of Things

Diana Taylor, scholar of Latin American and US theater and performance, speaks about the play Bom Retiro 958 metros and its broad societal statement about the accumulation and transformation of things.

Taylor is a University Professor, Performance Studies and Spanish, and Founding Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University.

Introduction by Martin Puchner, Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature and Chair of the Committee on Dramatics, Harvard University.

Henri Cole | Reading: New Poems

March 20, 2015
Henri Cole, Reading New Poems

The poet Henri Cole reads a collection of his poems, both old and new.

Nicholas Carr | The World Is Not the Screen

March 16, 2015
Nicholas Carr, The World Is Not the Screen

The writer Nicholas Carr discusses navigation and wayfinding in the digital age and the personal and social consequences of our reliance on automation.

Bruce Western | Leaving Prison and Entering Poverty

March 10, 2015
Bruce Western, Leaving Prison and Entering Poverty

Bruce Western RI ’15 discusses the scope and consequences of mass incarceration in America and its impact on the institutional landscape of American poverty.

Louise Knight | How Massachusetts Women Became Political

March 10, 2015
Louise Knight, How Massachusetts Women Became Political

The historian Louise W. Knight speaks about the women's antislavery petition campaign in Massachusetts during the summer of 1837 and the leaders of that campaign, Sarah and Angelina Grimké. This campaign marked the beginnings of the long and remarkable history of Massachusetts women's organized political activism. 

Introduction by Susan Ware, senior advisor to the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

ZZ Packer | The Thousands

February 11, 2015
The Thousands by ZZ Packer

The author ZZ Packer RI '15 reads an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, titled "The Thousands," which chronicles the lives of several families—black, white, and Native American—shortly after the Civil War, through Reconstruction and the "Indian Campaigns" in the Southwest.

Packer's reading and remarks are followed by a discussion with Walter Johnson RI '11, the Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.

This event at the Radcliffe Institute is part of the Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples.

Ben Miller | Cinema B.C.

January 8, 2015
Ben Miller, Cinema B.C.

The independent writer Ben Miller, a 2014–2015 Radcliffe Institute fellow, takes us to the drive-in with a reading from his essay “Cinema B.C.”

Ben Miller | El Rancho Villa

January 8, 2015
Ben Miller, El Rancho Villa

The independent writer Ben Miller, a 2014–2015 Radcliffe Institute fellow, tells us the story of his first date in an excerpt from his upcoming work "El Rancho Villa."

Improving Public Safety | Understanding and Improving Cities

December 28, 2014
Improving Public Safety from Understanding and Improving Cities


Jeffrey B. Liebman, Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy; Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director-Designate, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Harvard Kennedy School

Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University

Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President for Communications, Community Relations, and Public Affairs, Boston Foundation


Brenda Bond, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk University

Daniel Mulhern, Director of Public Safety Initiatives, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston

Cynthia Rudin, Associate Professor of Statistics, Sloan School of Management, and Director, Prediction Analysis Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moderated by Christopher Winship, Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and Codirector, Boston Area Research Initiative