Past Events
& Exhibitions

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All Events & Exhibitions

05 Oct
2022

Oklahoma and a Blacker America?

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2022–2023 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow Caleb Gayle

Date & Time Wednesday, October 5, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Sep
2022

Reckoning with Echoes of the Past: A South African Story

Lectures

The repercussions of violent histories extend far beyond these events to engender repetitions that echo for generations. In this lecture, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela will reflect on this problem and consider alternative ways of theorizing and making sense of the “transgenerational trauma” phenomenon, with the South African post-apartheid context as backdrop.

Date & Time Thursday, September 29, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Knafel Center OR Online on Zoom
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
28 Sep
2022

Machine Learning Emergence from Quantum Matter Data

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2022–2023 Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow Eun-Ah Kim

Date & Time Wednesday, September 28, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

22 Sep
2022

Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics Opening

Gallery Events

In this opening discussion for the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics, cartoonists and scholars Hillary Chute, Joel Christian Gill, and James Sturm will discuss comics and their ability to tell stories across time, experience, and identity.

Date & Time Thursday, September 22, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

21 Sep
2022

Prejudice and Power: Stratification Economics, a General Theory of Intergroup Inequality

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2022–2023 Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow William Darity Jr.

Date & Time Wednesday, September 21, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Aug
2022

Book Talk with Olivia Laing

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

Olivia Laing is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction and writer for the New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times, and other publications. Laing’s reading from her new book, Everybody: A Book About Freedom (‎W. W. Norton & Company (2021), will be followed by a discussion with Joey Soloway, Emmy Award-winning creator, writer, producer, and director.

Date & Time Tuesday, August 9, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

26 Jul
2022

Book Talk with Meghan O’Rourke

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

Meghan O’Rourke RI ’15 is an award-winning writer, poet, and editor. In this book talk, O’Rourke will be discussing The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness (Riverhead Books, 2022).

Date & Time Tuesday, July 26, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

19 Jul
2022

Book Talk with Miguel Syjuco

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

Miguel Syjuco RI ’14 is an author, journalist, civil society advocate, and assistant professor of practice, literature and creative writing at New York University Abu Dhabi. This book talk will feature Syjuco’s most recent work, I Was the President’s Mistress!! (‎Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022).

Date & Time Tuesday, July 19, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

12 Jul
2022

Book Talk with Gish Jen

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

Gish Jen RI ’02 is the award-winning author of Thank You, Mr. Nixon (Knopf, 2022), eight other books, and dozens of short stories and articles. Jen’s reading will be followed by a discussion with Alice Kessler-Harris RI ’02, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor Emerita of American History at Columbia University.

Date & Time Tuesday, July 12, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

23 Jun
2022

Title IX at 50: Progress Made and Challenges Ahead for Women’s Sports

Lectures

On the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, we will celebrate the significant strides made in women’s athletics and discuss the inequities that remain. Current and former competitive athletes will reflect on advancements since 1972, share their personal experiences, and consider the best ways to push forward.

Date & Time Thursday, June 23, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

27 May
2022

Radcliffe Day 2022

Radcliffe Day

On Radcliffe Day 2022—Friday, May 27—we will award the Radcliffe Medal to Sherrilyn Ifill.
Each year on Radcliffe Day, the Institute awards the Radcliffe Medal to an individual who embodies our commitment to excellence, inclusion, and social impact. First awarded to Lena Horne in 1987, recent honorees include Dolores Huerta, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Melinda French Gates.

Date & Time Friday, May 27, 2022
10:30 AM ET
Location Radcliffe Yard OR Online on Zoom
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
11 May
2022

The Social Costs of Pretrial Detention

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor Sandra Susan Smith

Date & Time Wednesday, May 11, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

10 May
2022

Charismatic Robots in Everyday Human Spaces

Lectures • HRI Science Lecture Series on AI

Heather Knight will present work from the Collaborative Humans and Robotics: Interaction, Sociability, Machine learning and Art (CHARISMA) robotics lab at Oregon State University. CHARISMA demonstrates the possibility of automated work and technology with everyday human communication and interactions.

Date & Time Tuesday, May 10, 2022
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

04 May
2022

The Time of Slavery: History, Memory, Politics, and the Constitution

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Joy Foundation Fellow Ariela Gross

Date & Time Wednesday, May 4, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Apr
2022

Telling the Truth about All This: Reckoning with Slavery and Its Legacies at Harvard and Beyond

Conferences & Symposia

Universities and other institutions around the world have begun to reckon with their ties to slavery and its enduring legacies. Such efforts have uncovered previously unknown or ignored histories of enslavement, financial ties to slavery, and support for racist ideologies. They have also called attention to the long history of Black leadership and resistance. Taking these histories as a starting point, this conference will consider how institutions can pursue sustained and meaningful repair.

Date & Time Friday, April 29, 2022
9:15 AM ET
Location Knafel Center OR Online on Zoom
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
27 Apr
2022

The Descendants (A Novel)

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe Fellow Ladee Hubbard

Date & Time Wednesday, April 27, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

21 Apr
2022

Who Is Policing the Police?

Lectures

This program will explore what real police accountability looks like and include the voices of current and former law enforcement officers, activists, and academics to ask the question: Who is policing the police?

Date & Time Thursday, April 21, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Apr
2022

Making Race: Policy, Sex, and Social Order in the Early Modern French Empire

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe Institute Fellow Mélanie Lamotte

Date & Time Wednesday, April 20, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

19 Apr
2022

Inclusions: Envisioning Justice on Harvard’s Campus

Lectures

Inclusions–a participatory, student-generated art installation–serves as the inspiration for this conversation about the intersection of art, visual culture, and representation at Harvard. The discussion will foreground the perspectives of the Harvard student organizers and focus on how we can use art to envision justice collectively and translate these ideas to the immediate context of our own campus.

Date & Time Tuesday, April 19, 2022
5 PM ET
Location Smith Campus Center OR Online on Zoom
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
13 Apr
2022

The Children Go (Novel in Progress)

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow Lysley Tenorio

Date & Time Wednesday, April 13, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 Apr
2022

Out for Blood: Feminine Hygiene to Menstrual Equity (Exhibition Opening)

Lectures

Join us for a discussion featuring leading activists and scholars working toward menstrual justice. The program will open the exhibition Out for Blood: Feminine Hygiene to Menstrual Equity.

Date & Time Monday, April 11, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Apr
2022

Lift Ev’ry Voice: Celebrating the Music of Black Americans

Performances

In honor of Eileen Southern, a pioneering scholar of Black music, the Aeolians of Oakwood University will join the Harvard Choruses and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College in concert to premiere new works and celebrate the rich legacy of Black music in the US.

Date & Time Friday, April 8, 2022
7 PM ET
Location Sanders Theatre
45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
07 Apr
2022

Black Music and the American University: Eileen Southern’s Story

Lectures

Join us for the second of two one-hour webinars exploring the legacy of Eileen Southern, author of The Music of Black Americans: A History and founder and editor of The Black Perspective in Music.

Date & Time Thursday, April 7, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

06 Apr
2022

The Impact of Gold Mining on the Feasibility of Malaria Elimination in the Amazon

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Joy Foundation Fellow Caroline Buckee

Date & Time Wednesday, April 6, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Apr
2022

To Laugh Is Human: Gender and Comedy

Conferences & Symposia

Are we entering a new age of comedy? As once marginalized voices take center stage, fresh comedic genres are challenging assumptions about who and what can be funny. Join us as comedians, academics, and activists share their surprising insights into gender and comedy and how laughter can deepen and transform our sense of humanity.

Date & Time Friday, April 1, 2022
9:30 AM ET
Location Knafel Center OR Online on Zoom
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138