Past Events
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15 Feb
2022

Why the Mississippi Delta Matters

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

This year’s Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities will feature W. Ralph Eubanks RI ’22, who seeks to tell the story of the struggle toward transformation in the Delta.

Date & Time Tuesday, February 15, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

10 Feb
2022

Book Talk with Anita Hill

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

This installment in our winter series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks will feature Anita Hill, author of Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence (Viking, 2021). Professor Hill is University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.

Date & Time Thursday, February 10, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Feb
2022

One From Another

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow Roger Reeves

Date & Time Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

07 Feb
2022

Precipitation for an Arid Landscape Opening Discussion

Gallery Events

In this opening discussion for Radcliffe’s contemporary art exhibition, Precipitation for an Arid Landscape, the artist Gala Porras-Kim will engage in a wide-ranging conversation with art historian Martha Buskirk. The exhibition grows out of Porras-Kim’s 2019–2020 fellowship at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. Her fellowship project centered on items dredged from the Sacred Cenote of Chichén Itzá, a Maya site in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, and how they arrived in the collections of Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Date & Time Monday, February 7, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Feb
2022

Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Humanities with Midori

Lectures • Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Humanities

The 2022 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Humanities will feature Midori—artist, activist, and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience, which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. She has performed with many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has collaborated with world-renowned musicians, including Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, and many others. 

Date & Time Thursday, February 3, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Feb
2022

Book Talk with Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Lectures • Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks

This installment in our winter series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks features Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, who will discuss Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality (Pantheon, 2022).

Date & Time Tuesday, February 1, 2022
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

15 Dec
2021

Measuring the Earth: C. S. Peirce, Uncertainty, and the Pragmatic Philosophy

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe fellow Alisa Bokulich

Date & Time Wednesday, December 15, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Dec
2021

Artificial Intelligence for Pathology

Lectures • HRI Science Lecture Series on AI

Pathology plays a critical role in the diagnosis of disease and the development and implementation of tissue-based prognostic and predictive biomarkers. In this talk, Andrew H. Beck will discuss the potential for recent advances in artificial intelligence to significantly advance the accuracy, reliability, and predictiveness of pathology with applications to both clinical research and practice.

Date & Time Thursday, December 9, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Dec
2021

A Postcolonial Ethnography of Subaltern Agency

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe fellow Chidi Ugwu

Date & Time Wednesday, December 8, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Dec
2021

Economic Rights in the 21st Century: An Agenda to Neuter White Supremacy and Forge a Moral Economy

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

In this lecture, economist Darrick Hamilton argues that throughout human history racism, sexism, and other “isms” have been used strategically to consolidate economic and political power for some at the expense of others. Economic systems have been grounded in values of self-interested accumulation without bounds. But we can make a different political choice: an economy grounded in values of inclusion, human dignity, sustainability, and shared prosperity. Hamilton will discuss how—without this potent policy alternative that neuters racist regimes—white supremacy and the despotic political appeal for divisive leadership will remain.

Date & Time Wednesday, December 8, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Dec
2021

The Mathematical Elephant

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Sally Starling Seaver Fellow Holly Krieger

Date & Time Wednesday, December 1, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Nov
2021

Indian Collectibles: Appropriations and Resistance in the Haudenosaunee Homelands

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe fellow Scott Manning Stevens

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

15 Nov
2021

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

Lectures

Join us for the first 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 Monday, November 15, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

10 Nov
2021

The Biology of Intimacy: A Synthesis

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe fellow Steven Phelps

Date & Time Wednesday, November 10, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Nov
2021

Diversity and Origins of Planetary Systems

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow Joan R. Najita

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

03 Nov
2021

To Lifted Voices: Harvard College Opera

Gallery Events • Brown II Gallery Series

This performance by the Harvard College Opera will engage with Tomashi Jackson’s exhibition, Brown II, in an evening of music–making to hail our idols of liberty and social justice in classical music. This recital strives to underscore the contributions of artists of color to the world of classical music.

Date & Time Wednesday, November 3, 2021
6:30 PM ET
Location Wallach Garden Tent

02 Nov
2021

Speaking with Whales: Listening to and Translating Their Communication

Radcliffe on the Road

2017–2018 Radcliffe fellows David Gruber, Michael Bronstein, and Shafi Goldwasser convened in 2019 an exploratory seminar at Harvard Radcliffe Institute titled “Novel Ways to Non-invasively Visualize/Characterize/ Decipher the Sonic Communication of Marine Mammals.” From this, the group formed Project CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative) with the mission to study communication among highly intelligent sperm whales to understand the species on a new level. Using state-of-the-art non-invasive robotics to capture sounds and apply advanced machine learning to decode recordings, researchers now have the tools to look for deep structure in whales’ communication systems.

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

27 Oct
2021

Between Worlds: China’s WWII Interpreters and Their Divergent Fates in China, Taiwan, and the United States

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Radcliffe-Harvard Yenching Institute Fellow David Cheng Chang

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

26 Oct
2021

Elect/Ability: Pride, Prejudice, and the Female Candidate (Exhibition Opening)

Gallery Events

Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s exhibition, Elect/Ability: Pride, Prejudice, and the Female Candidate, will open with a conversation between historian Susan Ware, curator of the exhibition, and Sumbul Siddiqui, mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts. They will discuss the hurdles facing women candidates in politics and public life, beginning before the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution through the present day. Although there is no typical female candidate, all share one thing in common: they continue to face prejudice and sexism in the press, on the campaign trail, and once in office.

Date & Time Tuesday, October 26, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

22 Oct
2021

Decoding AI: The Science, Policies, Applications, and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Conferences & Symposia

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute Science Symposium will examine artificial intelligence (AI), its impact, and its ethics by exploring current and potential applications of AI in a range of fields of inquiry, practice, and public policy as well as what AI is (and is not).

Date & Time Friday, October 22, 2021
10 AM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Oct
2021

Songs in Dark Times: Yiddish Poetry of Struggle from Scottsboro to Palestine

Fellows' Presentation

A presentation from 2021–2022 Rita E. Hauser Fellow Amelia M. Glaser

Date & Time Wednesday, October 20, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

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