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Past Events
& Exhibitions

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All Events & Exhibitions

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

15 Oct
2020

On Account of Race (1965)

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

This roundtable conversation looks at the relationships among the Reconstruction Amendments, the 19th Amendment, the Voting Rights Act (VRA), and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Date & Time Thursday, October 15, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Oct
2020

The Enduring Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the North

Lectures

This panel of experts will examine the role and impact of slavery in the North and discuss the influence of Agassiz and how Black abolitionists responded to scientific racism.

Date & Time Thursday, October 8, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

07 Oct
2020

Animals

Fellows' Presentation

During his fellowship, Will Mackin is working on “Animals,” a collection of short stories based on his experiences as a special operations soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Date & Time Wednesday, October 7, 2020
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Oct
2020

On Account of Sex (1920)

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

This “big ideas” session brings together diverse participants who will each illuminate one facet of women’s political history in relation to the passage of the 19th amendment. 

Date & Time Thursday, October 1, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

30 Sep
2020

The Geography of Lethal Force

Fellows' Presentation

Rajiv Sethi's project on the geography of lethal force investigates the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers in the United States.


Date & Time Wednesday, September 30, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

23 Sep
2020

Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History

Fellows' Presentation

Leslie M. Harris is completing “Leaving New Orleans: A Personal Urban History" which uses memoir and family, urban, and environmental histories to explore the multiple meanings of New Orleans in the nation.

Date & Time Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

21 Sep
2020

Opening Discussion for Accompanied

Gallery Events

Join the artists for a conversation marking the opening of the virtual exhibition Accompanied: The Artworks of Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman.

Date & Time Monday, September 21, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Sep
2020

Reconstructing the Polity (1870)

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

This panel will use gender as a lens to understand the cross-cutting trends of enfranchisement and disenfranchisement that came together in the wake of the Civil War.

Date & Time Thursday, September 17, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

15 Sep
2020

Perfecters of This Democracy: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Lectures

Nikole Hannah-Jones, will engage in conversation with Tomiko Brown-Nagin about pressing issues of race, civil rights, injustice, desegregation, and resegregation.

Date & Time Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

26 Aug
2020

Origin Stories: Keynote Address (1848)

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

Our series Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment begins with a keynote address by the historian Martha S. Jones who explores the intersection of gender and race in the battle for the ballot.

Date & Time Wednesday, August 26, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 Aug
2020

Book Talk: A’Lelia Bundles

Lectures

Join us this summer for a series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks exploring recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Date & Time Tuesday, August 11, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

04 Aug
2020

Book Talk: Gish Jen

Lectures

Join us this summer for a series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks exploring recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.


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

28 Jul
2020

Book Talk: Michael Pollan

Lectures

Join us this summer for a series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks exploring recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 28, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

14 Jul
2020

Book Talk: Maggie Doherty

Lectures

Join us this summer for a series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks exploring recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 14, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

13 Jul
2020

Is Now the Time to Build a Better System? K–12 Education and Systemic Racism in the Era of COVID-19

Lectures

This Radcliffe webinar, cosponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will bring together experts from public school systems, foundations, and academia to explore the present and future of US education.

Date & Time Monday, July 13, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

29 Jun
2020

American Policing and Protest

Lectures

Speakers discuss contemporary police violence against people of color along with ethical issues that we must consider as we reflect on the current turmoil and attempt to envision how our nation might be transformed. 

Date & Time Monday, June 29, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

26 Jun
2020

Amplifying Community Voices: LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

This Radcliffe webinar brings together historians, physicians, and organizers to discuss the disparate impact of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of sexual and gender minorities.

Date & Time Friday, June 26, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

23 Jun
2020

Decarceration and Community: COVID 19 and Beyond (Part II)

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

The Radcliffe Institute is offering a two-part series of virtual programs to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on incarcerated people.

Date & Time Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

18 Jun
2020

Music in the Moment

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

Music has played a large social function during the coronavirus pandemic: from the daily balcony concerts in Italy to the virtual performances of countless orchestras, it has helped tie communities together where social distancing has atomized us. During this Radcliffe webinar, we will talk with musicians about their experience during the crisis—from the precarious position of performers without gigs to the healing role music can play.

Date & Time Thursday, June 18, 2020
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 Jun
2020

Decarceration and Community: COVID-19 and Beyond (Part I)

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

Part I of this discussion series focuses on people who are incarcerated and their families, exploring how systemic racism and mass criminalization threaten both incarcerated individuals and their communities

Date & Time Thursday, June 11, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

08 Jun
2020

When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence during COVID-19

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

In this Radcliffe webinar, scholars, public officials, community activists, and medical professionals join to discuss domestic violence in the midst of this public health crisis and consider ways to aid those in need.

Date & Time Monday, June 8, 2020
Location Online on Zoom

04 Jun
2020

Naming Racism

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

Camara Phyllis Jones RI ’20 and David R. Williams will explore how we might overcome, “the somnolence of racism denial,” dismantle the system of racism, and put in its place a system in which all people can thrive.

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

29 May
2020

Radcliffe Day 2020

Radcliffe Day

Please join us for a conversation between Tomiko Brown-Nagin, current Institute dean, and Drew Gilpin Faust, Radcliffe’s founding dean and president emerita of Harvard University.

Date & Time Friday, May 29, 2020
12:30 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

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