Our conferences, symposia, poetry readings, and public lectures take place throughout the academic year and bring together influential and original thinkers from Harvard University and around the world to showcase scholarship and creative expression in research, policy, and practice.

These events are all free and open to the public, and are frequently videotaped and available online.


Our conferences and symposia are public conversations on large topics in which academics, artists, practitioners, and the public challenge assumptions and grapple with different perspectives from across all disciplines. Here are some recent highlights:


Through the Radcliffe Institute lecture series, we bring artists, scholars, scientists, and policy makers to campus to share their work with the Harvard community and the wider public. Recent speakers in this series have included:

  • Rebecca Skloot, author of the award-winning book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Mamphela A. Ramphele, political leader and global public servant
  • Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
  • Karole Armitage, artistic director of the New York–based Armitage Gone! Dance company and 2015‒2016 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow, Radcliffe Institute