Over the course of the academic year, the Radcliffe Institute partners with units across Harvard University to sponsor or highlight a series of programs related to the Institute’s Urbanism Initiative

The following is a list of events associated with the “Intersections: Understanding Urbanism in the Global Age” conference, taking place at Radcliffe on April 28, 2017.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Mobile Lecture: “Decode a City Block” 

Noel Michelle Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry and professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, Harvard University; Stephen Gray, assistant professor of urban design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Andy Graydon, independent artist and visiting professor, Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts; Valentino Robinson, director of community affairs, Cambridge Community Center, and lifelong resident, Cambridgeport

Organized by Adam Tanaka RIGF ’17, doctoral candidate in urban planning, Harvard University


2 p.m.
Boston Street Art and Graffiti Walking Tours
Northeastern University, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain

Led by artist and expert guide Rob Larsen of Art Walks Boston, spend two hours checking out some of the best street art and graffiti in Boston. The tour includes features such as a tour of Northeastern University’s growing number of street art installations, several large-scale murals by Boston’s big wall crews and visiting graffiti dignitaries, and even a mural used to announce the track listing for Justin Bieber’s last album. Free and open to the public.


1 p.m.
Masterclass with Edward Elwyn Jones
Pusey Room, Memorial Church

In conjunction with the spring recital, "Voicing the City: A Journey Through Song," Harvard College Opera and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study are excited to present a masterclass with Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard University Choir. The masterclass will feature undergraduate singers from the Harvard College Opera Society. Light refreshments will be served. See event page (including Jones’ full biography) here. Free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

7 p.m.
"Voicing the City: A Journey through Song"
Memorial Church, 1 Harvard Yard

What does the city mean to you? The Harvard College Opera (HCO) in partnership with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is excited to present the 2017 HCO spring recital, "Voicing the City: A Journey through Song." As part of Radcliffe's "Intersections: Understanding Urbanism in the Global Age" conference, this recital seeks to explore the urban through music. Whether it's dreaming of the city, coming to the city, being happy in the city, or being heartbroken, composers over the ages have written poignantly of the places in which they lived and worked. Bernstein's New York City, Puccini's Paris, and Britten's Venice—all come to life through the music they left behind.

Featuring an ensemble of undergraduate singers from Harvard's campus, this recital is not to be missed! Come and listen to some city magic through the voices of HCO's wonderful singers. Reception to follow. See event page here. Free and open to the public.