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27 Jul
2021

Book Talk with Daniel Carpenter

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

This installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Daniel Carpenter, author of Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790–1870 (Harvard University Press, 2021). Carpenter is the faculty director of the social sciences at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 27, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Jul
2021

Book Talk with Tiya Miles

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

This installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Tiya Miles, author of All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake (Random House, 2021). Miles is a Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and a professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 20, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

13 Jul
2021

Book Talk with Clint Smith

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

This installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Clint Smith, author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (Little, Brown and Company, 2021) and staff writer at the Atlantic.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 13, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

10 Jun
2021

How We Incarcerate Young People: A Conversation about Policy and Neuroscience

Lectures

Across the United States, children under the age of 18 can be tried as adults in criminal court. Although the practice is condemned by international law, we are the only country in the world that sentences young people to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Date & Time Thursday, June 10, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Jun
2021

Twenty Million Angry Men: A Conversation about the Importance of Including People with Felony Convictions in Our Jury System

Lectures

In the United States, 8 percent of the adult population—and 33 percent of the Black adult male population—has a felony conviction. Even after people have served time in prison, they are systematically excluded from civic participation, including serving on juries. Offered in collaboration with the Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School, this program will explore questions of jury service, civic participation in the criminal legal system, and the importance of such participation by people with prior convictions.

Date & Time Wednesday, June 2, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

28 May
2021

Radcliffe Day 2021

Radcliffe Day

On Radcliffe Day 2021—Friday, May 28—Harvard Radcliffe Institute will award the Radcliffe Medal to Melinda French Gates.

Date & Time Friday, May 28, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 May
2021

Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the United States and the World

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

This panel seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of equitable public health strategies around COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Date & Time Tuesday, May 11, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

05 May
2021

Medical Racism from 1619 to the Present: History Matters

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

Speakers on this panel will examine the roots in slavery of contemporary African American mistrust of the healthcare system, the lack of trust in medical providers fostered by experiences of everyday racism, and the African American community’s long dependence, born of necessity, on care from within the community.

Date & Time Wednesday, May 5, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

28 Apr
2021

Prosociality in Hybrid Societies of Humans, Agents, and Robots

Fellows' Presentation

In her research at Radcliffe, Ana Paiva is investigating the conditions and mechanisms that drive societies of agents and humans to be more pro-social.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Apr
2021

Racial Inequity and Housing Instability in Boston: Past, Present, and Future

Lectures

Millions of Americans have long struggled to pay for housing, with communities of color additionally burdened by housing discrimination and historical race-based policies, such as legalized segregation, redlining, and mortgage discrimination. Our panel of experts will explore these issues as they relate to Greater Boston.

Date & Time Tuesday, April 20, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

14 Apr
2021

Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition

Fellows' Presentation

Thea Riofrancos’s current project explores the politics of the transition to renewable energy through the lens of one of its key technologies: lithium batteries.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Apr
2021

Gender Rights in the Time of Pandemic

Lectures

This session will consider what it means to organize for gender rights in global contexts in the 21st century during a pandemic.

Date & Time Friday, April 9, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Apr
2021

Reading and Conversation with Ocean Vuong

Lectures

Ocean Vuong is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019), forthcoming in 30 languages. A 2019 MacArthur Fellow and 2014 Pushcart Prize recipient, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016).

Date & Time Thursday, April 8, 2021
7 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

07 Apr
2021

Guns and Public Health

Fellows' Presentation

While at Radcliffe, David Hemenway is continuing his work to find common ground between gun users and such groups as governors, faith leaders, and advocates to effectively address firearm injuries.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 7, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Apr
2021

AI and the Future of Health

Conferences & Symposia

This special Radcliffe science event will focus on how AI can accelerate research and development in general and drug discovery in particular. The health AI experts Regina Barzilay and Casandra Mangroo will each speak about their innovative work and then join Radcliffe’s Alyssa Goodman in a conversation on AI’s promise—and potential pitfalls—as we look toward the future of human health.

Date & Time Thursday, April 1, 2021
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

31 Mar
2021

MUTINY: poems

Fellows' Presentation

Phillip B. Williams's works explore Black folklore, African-diasporic mythologies and spiritual practices, and alternative ways of documenting Black selfhood outside of the human/nonhuman dichotomy.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 31, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Mar
2021

Aesthetics of Memory, Narratives of Repair, and Why Remorse Matters

Fellows' Presentation

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela returns to the archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to think through the horrific violence in contemporary South Africa.

Date & Time Monday, March 29, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

24 Mar
2021

The Intentional Museum

Lectures

In this program, Christy Coleman, an American historian, will discuss the power that museums have to genuinely engage with communities around what matters most to them.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 24, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

15 Mar
2021

Transients: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Douglas Ridloff

Lectures • Roosevelt Poetry Readings

Douglas Ridloff is the founder and executive director of ASL Slam, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language.

Date & Time Monday, March 15, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Mar
2021

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Reckoning with the Past to Understand the Present

Radcliffe on the Road

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community.

Date & Time Tuesday, March 9, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

05 Mar
2021

The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep: Asian American Women and the Archives

Conferences & Symposia

The stories of Asian American women extend far beyond the geographic borders of the United States. Inspired by tales and objects from family history, their narratives often reflect the transnational nature of Asian American women’s lives.

Date & Time Friday, March 5, 2021
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Mar
2021

Entry and Exit: How Membership in International Organizations Transforms International Cooperation

Fellows' Presentation

Christina L. Davis is writing a book about the politics of exit and entry into international organizations to highlight discriminatory practices over membership in multilateral institutions.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Mar
2021

MAKING IT MINE: Revealing/Imagining Slavery through Museum Collections

Lectures • Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Arts

Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work investigates museological, cultural, and historical issues that are largely overlooked or neglected by museums and cultural institutions.

Date & Time Tuesday, March 2, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

24 Feb
2021

Latinx Modernism and the Spirit of Latinoamericanismo

Fellows' Presentation

John Alba Cutler's new book will examine the literary archive of early-20th-century Spanish-language newspapers in the United States before the advent of “modern” Latinx literature.

Date & Time Wednesday, February 24, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Feb
2021

The Popularization of Doubt: Scientific Literacy and Alternative Forms of Knowledge in the Soviet Union after World War II

Fellows' Presentation

Alexey Golubev's upcoming book project will examine the mass Soviet scientific literacy campaigns after World War II, and why mistrust of science remains a persistent feature in modern societies.


Date & Time Wednesday, February 17, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 Feb
2021

And So On: Reading and Conversation with Kiese Laymon

Lectures • Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities

Kiese Laymon will talk with Courtney R. Baker about whether the actual histories of American colleges and universities should be ripe sites for Black American horror and comedic narratives. 

Date & Time Thursday, February 11, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Feb
2021

AHOTB

Fellows' Presentation

During her Radcliffe year, Tonya M. Foster is completing a book-length manuscript of poetry, “AHotB,” that takes up Fanny Lou Hamer’s idea that “a black women’s body is never hers alone.”

Date & Time Tuesday, February 9, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

04 Feb
2021

Changing Carceral Systems through Compassion, Practice, and Research

Lectures • Driving Progress in Social Policy: Education, Public Health, and Carceral Systems

Racial disparities in our carceral systems are profound and troubling. As a society, we appear to be at an inflection point where racial justice is a core priority for the incoming Biden administration and a majority of the public. This program will bring together the compassionate work of a practitioner on the front lines with the expertise of a world-renowned researcher in criminal justice policy.

Date & Time Thursday, February 4, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Feb
2021

The Sisyphus Project

Fellows' Presentation

Héctor Tobar is working on a nonfiction book about the profound shifts in American culture brought forth by the anti-immigrant movement.

Date & Time Wednesday, February 3, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Feb
2021

Protest as Politics: African American Young Adults, Reimagining Democracy

Lectures • Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Social Sciences

How does the precarious position of African American young adults facilitate a reimagining of democracy? What does this reimagining mean for American politics?

Date & Time Tuesday, February 2, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

28 Jan
2021

Critical Public Health Questions for 2021: Closing (and Reopening) Schools and Workplaces

Lectures • Driving Progress in Social Policy: Education, Public Health, and Carceral Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic—the greatest public health challenge in more than a century—has forced many hard decisions. The partial or full closures of schools nationwide have become a flashpoint with very strong opinions on both sides and have reinforced the critical role that schools play in supporting the health of our children.

Date & Time Thursday, January 28, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

27 Jan
2021

The Fugitive Life of Black Teaching: A History of Pedagogy and Power

Fellows' Presentation

As a Radcliffe fellow, Jarvis Givens completed his first book that explores the subversive history of Black education, focusing particularly on the concealed pedagogical practices of African American teachers. 

Date & Time Wednesday, January 27, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

21 Jan
2021

Addressing Inequalities in Education through Policy, Research, and Practice

Lectures • Driving Progress in Social Policy: Education, Public Health, and Carceral Systems

We are in the midst of an education crisis, greatly exacerbated by COVID-19, that is preventing many children from reaching their full potential. These gaps are most acutely felt by Black and brown children. The speakers in this program will discuss inequalities among social groups in schools and society, with a focus on racial, economic, social, and cultural differences, and the role of education in the lives of all youth, including African American men. 

Date & Time Thursday, January 21, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

15 Jan
2021

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Gallery Events

Harvard College Opera presents an acoustic exploration of friendship, feminism, and resilience inspired by the Radcliffe exhibition Accompanied: The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman.

Date & Time Friday, January 15, 2021
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Dec
2020

The Future of COVID-19 Epidemiology

Lectures

Join leading epidemiologists for a panel discussion as they assess the current and future state of the epidemic. 


Date & Time Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

03 Dec
2020

2020 Visions

Lectures • Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment

This concluding sessions asks a variety of experts to briefly unfold a single “big idea” that captures the significance of the 19th Amendment for voting rights, citizenship, and democracy today.

Date & Time Thursday, December 3, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Dec
2020

“Imperfectly Known”: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative

Fellows' Presentation

Ira Dworkin's book “’Imperfectly Known’: Nicholas Said and the Routes of African American Narrative,” will examine Borno's influence on Black literary culture in the US during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Date & Time Wednesday, December 2, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

19 Nov
2020

The Impact of 2020 on Higher Education: Colleges, COVID-19, and a Time of Racial Reckoning

Lectures

Speakers on this panel will discuss how higher education can and should rise to the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

Date & Time Thursday, November 19, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

18 Nov
2020

Shrill

Fellows' Presentation

Shrill, an upcoming book and multimedia chamber opera by Tina Tallon will explore the history of voice technology and how bias in its development continues to influence whose stories are told and how.


Date & Time Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

18 Nov
2020

Antiracism in Higher Education: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi

Lectures

Join us for a discussion about antiracism in higher education with award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi, joined by Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 18, 2020
4:30 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Nov
2020

Benefiting from the Human Genome

Lectures

Anne Wojcicki, cofounder and CEO of 23andMe, will discuss the next phase of consumer genetics: taking action.

Date & Time Tuesday, November 17, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

10 Nov
2020

Education Justice: Centering Student Voices

Lectures

“Education Justice: Centering Student Voices” is the second in a two-part series that explores education justice in carceral settings and through nontraditional paths.

Date & Time Tuesday, November 10, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

04 Nov
2020

Unraveling the Mystery of Cosmic Acceleration

Fellows' Presentation

Paul Martini is working on analysis tools and data from DESI (Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument) to address the mystery of cosmic acceleration.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 4, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Nov
2020

Architects of Peace: Redefining the Role of Women in Today’s Growing Security Agenda

Fellows' Presentation

At Radcliffe, Alaa Murabit is working on “Architects of Peace: Redefining the Role of Women in Today’s Growing Security Agenda,” focusing on the unique roles women have in conflict resolution and global peace-building.

Date & Time Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Oct
2020

Education Justice: Why Prison Classrooms Matter

Lectures

“What college does, it helps us learn about the nation,” said Rodney Spivey-Jones, a 2017 Bard College graduate currently incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, in the docuseries College behind Bars. “It helps us become civic beings. It helps us understand that we have an interest in our community, that our community is a part of us and we are a part of it.” 

Date & Time Thursday, October 29, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

28 Oct
2020

They Never Can Jail Us All

Fellows' Presentation

Michael K. Honey's upcoming work, “They Never Can Jail Us All: Repression, Resistance, and the Freedom Struggle, a Memoir and History (1960–1976)” considers what is past and what is present in the struggle to be free.

Date & Time Wednesday, October 28, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

27 Oct
2020

Obesity, COVID-19, and Systemic Racism

Lectures

This program will explore how uneven distribution of social support drives obesity; how framing affects policy; and how lack of research fuels speculation and reinforces racist stereotypes.

Date & Time Tuesday, October 27, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

23 Oct
2020

Next in Water

Lectures

The speakers in this program will discuss water’s vital role across four areas of modern inquiry: biology, earth science, public health, and the search for extraterrestrial life.

Date & Time Friday, October 23, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

22 Oct
2020

New Blocs, New Maps, New Power (ca. 1982)

Conferences & Symposia • Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment

This panel draws together the ideas and growing influence of conservative women, the political activism of gay communities, and the mobilization of Latinx constituencies in the ongoing struggle over votes.

Date & Time Thursday, October 22, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

21 Oct
2020

James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon

Fellows' Presentation

Robert F. Reid-Pharr's work “James Baldwin: The Making of an American Icon” is an attempt to understand how Baldwin achieved his fantastic celebrity status and why his image continues to be so compelling to the public.

Date & Time Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

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