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The 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute fellow Stephanie LeMenager explains the broad and burgeoning genre of climate fiction and how artists, filmmakers, and authors alike are using it to tell the story of climate change.
The 2016–2017 Radcliffe Institute fellow Stephanie LeMenager is interested in what it means to be human in the era of climate change. Understanding this challenging and often controversial topic is why the humanities are more important now than ever.
As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Jennifer Scheper Hughes ’17 presents “Contagion and the Sacred in Mexico: Epidemic Disease, Indigenous Death, and the Birth of New World Christianity,” in which she explores the religious dimensions of the collapse of the indigenous population in Mexico in the 16th century.
Hughes is the 2016–2017 Maury Green Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.
As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Gidon Eshel ’17 tells us that every dietary choice we make has a far greater impact than we might realize—and often in unexpected areas. Eshel, in collaboration with scientists from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has been developing multi-objective metrics of diet, to simultaneously optimize health outcomes and environmental impact.
(6:10) Jacob S. Hacker discusses the importance of an effective public sector to America’s health, wealth, and well-being and explores why so many of our economic and political leaders seem to have forgotten this perspective. He explains these concepts in the context of recent political events, the historic 2016 election, and changing ideas about government itself.
Hacker, the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and the director of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University, is the author, with Paul Pierson, of the recently published American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper (Simon & Schuster, 2016), an Editors’ Choice of the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Introduction by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
Audience Q&A (43:02)
Protecting People from the Ocean and the Ocean from People:
Search and Rescue and Marine Environmental Protection/Response
The Coast Guard, the fifth branch of the US Armed Forces, is a multi-mission maritime agency. This talk reviews how the Coast Guard in Boston and throughout the nation seeks to strike the balance between maritime safety, security, and environmental protection amidst changing climate conditions, all while facilitating the powerful economic engine of maritime commerce.
(3:08, 30:26) Claudia C. Gelzer, Captain, US Coast Guard
(9:37) Lee Titus, Commander, US Coast Guard
Introduction by John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Part of the 2016–2017 Oceans Lecture Series
The unique materials in special collections libraries invite novice and experienced researchers alike to build fresh interpretations of the past. In this video, Elisa New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature in the Department of English, brings Harvard College first-year students to the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute to explore the papers of the pioneering feminist poet and activist Adrienne Rich. The students immerse themselves in Rich’s childhood drawings, early poems, journals, correspondence, annotated manuscripts, and more. It is an experience one student describes as standing at the “epicenter” of the poet and her world—and it is just one example of what Harvard’s special collections libraries can reveal.
The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is a special collections library at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute that offers access to uniquely illuminating documentary resources representing the long span of American history, from the beginnings of the United States to the present day. When students connect directly with the library’s materials—such as letters, diaries, newspapers, manuscripts, and oral histories—they gain hands-on research skills, a deeper understanding of history, and a chance to create new knowledge of our shared past. In this video, Harvard students and faculty members convey the educational value of using archival materials for learning and teaching.
This video introduces the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute, which is the premier library on the history of women in America. The Schlesinger is one of Harvard’s special collections libraries, which means its holdings are largely unique and include such materials as diaries, letters, journals, manuscripts, photo albums, organizational records, and home videos. The Schlesinger Library holds the papers of remarkable individuals—pioneers and leaders in many fields—as well as ordinary women and families. These collections, open to the public, offer worlds of discovery for students, faculty members, and other researchers.
The writer Garth Risk Hallberg explores the affinities between the modern social novel and the modern city. From Dickens’s London to Richard Wright’s Chicago, from the Paris of Les Misérables to the Boston of The Bostonians, the two have developed in parallel. But for a novelist, the relationship goes deeper than content.
(50:05) Following his lecture, Hallberg participates in a conversation with the novelist Claire Messud RI '05, a senior lecturer on fiction at Harvard University. Messud’s books include The Woman Upstairs (Knopf, 2013), and The Emperor’s Children (Knopf, 2006).
Moderated by Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, a 20th-century urban historian whose book, Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919–1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1990), won the Bancroft Prize in American History.
This is a 2016–2017 Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture.