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Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

Past Events
& Exhibitions

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All Events & Exhibitions

13 Oct
2021

Novel Interfaces to Support Human Intent Formation and Communication to Humans and Computers Alike

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor Elena L. Glassman

Date & Time Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

07 Oct
2021

American Women and the Ongoing Battle to Save Democracy

Lectures • Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture

Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post opinion writer, will discuss how American women transformed their own lives and redefined US politics in the last election. Looking ahead, she will examine women’s key role in defending the rule of law and multiracial democracy.

Date & Time Thursday, October 7, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

06 Oct
2021

Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop, and New York City’s Long 1970s

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow Uri McMillan

Date & Time Wednesday, October 6, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Sep
2021

Corporate Social Responsibility

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Jeffrey S. and Margaret Mais Padnos Fellow Oliver Hart

Date & Time Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Sep
2021

Opening Discussion for Brown II

Gallery Events

The artist Tomashi Jackson and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, will engage in a wide-ranging conversation to mark the opening of Jackson’s new Radcliffe exhibition, Brown II.

Date & Time Monday, September 20, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

14 Sep
2021

Gravitational Waves: A New Window to the Universe

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

The first-ever detections of gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars have launched a new era of gravitational wave astrophysics. Nergis Mavalvala, dean of and the Curtis (1963) and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics in the MIT School of Science, will describe the science, technology, and human story behind these discoveries.

Date & Time Tuesday, September 14, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Aug
2021

Our Bodies, Ourselves Book Talk

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

The final installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature a discussion of Our Bodies, Ourselves, first published in 1971. This event is organized in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the book’s first edition and in connection with the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective Records housed in our Schlesinger Library.

Date & Time Tuesday, August 17, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

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

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