Learning from Nature: Advanced Biomimetic Materials | Panče Naumov

April 11, 2019
Learning from Nature: Advanced Biomimetic Materials by Panče Naumov

Over the course of millennia, plants and animals have developed and perfected mechanisms for motion, survival, and dispersal with astounding grace, speed, and versatility. As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Panče Naumov RI '19 investigates how do they do it and asks, What can we learn from them?

Willie Cole: Beauties | Opening Discussion

April 11, 2019
Willie Cole: Beauties, Opening Discussion

The artist Willie Cole (18:10) discusses Beauties, his haunting full-scale prints made from crushed and hammered ironing boards, each named after a woman from the artist's cultural and ancestral history.

Introduction by Jennifer L. Roberts, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute, and Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Joining in conversation is Cole Rogers, artistic director, master printer, and cofounder, Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Willie Cole: Beauties is on view March 27, 2019 through June 29, 2019 in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery of Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 5 PM.

Roosevelt Poetry Reading: Rootedness

April 10, 2019
Roosevelt Poetry Reading: Rootedness

Five poets read selected, multilingual works and participate in a moderated discussion about worlds reinvented and belonging reimagined.

Elisa Biagini, lecturer of writing, New York University Florence

Irène Gayraud, assistant professor of comparative literature, Sorbonne Université

Shara McCallum, liberal arts professor of English, Pennsylvania State University

Evie Shockley, 2018–2019 fellow, Radcliffe Institute, and associate professor of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Moderated by Elisa (Lisa) New, creator and host, Poetry in America; director, Verse Video Education; and Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Harvard University

Introductions by
Shigehisa Kuriyama, Faculty Director of the Humanities Program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Marta Gentilucci, composer; 2018–2019 Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

This event is part of the Roosevelt Poetry Readings at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Roosevelt Poetry Readings are made possible by a donation to help bring poets of recognized stature to the Institute.

The Shopping Game: Harvard Food Policy Expert Explains How Policies Shape Our Choice

March 29, 2019
The Shopping Game: Harvard Food Policy Expert Explains How Policies Shape Our Choice

Sara Bleich—a professor of public health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study—gets a little help from young shoppers in a game designed to show why good nutrition is not always our first choice and how food policy can actually influence our overall health.

The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff

March 29, 2019
The Vaster Wilds by Lauren Groff

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Lauren Groff RI ’19 reflects on her books coming to life as a sort of nuclear fusion and how, most recently, six ideas came crashing together to form what will be her new novel, “The Vaster Wilds.”

Genetics and Ethics in the Obama Administration | Alondra Nelson

March 28, 2019
Genetics and Ethics in the Obama Administration by Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson discusses the Obama administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy and, in particular, the evolution of the Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States.

Nelson is the president of the Social Science Research Council and a professor of sociology at Columbia University.

This is a 2018–2019 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Social Sciences.

State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World | Beth A. Simmons

March 22, 2019
State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World by Beth A. Simmons

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Beth A. Simmons RI '19 shares her work on a continuously evolving project that attempts to document and explain the paradox of hardening international borders between states in an era of globalization.

Beyond Words | Tattoos And Perfume

March 20, 2019
Beyond Words, Tattoos And Perfume

"Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication"

This conference, presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, explores the aesthetics of communication, focusing particularly on how we communicate through the body—how we make ourselves look and smell, move and sound. Spotlighting diverse topics to probe how bodily communication engages the senses in ways that are often profoundly gendered.

TATTOOS AND PERFUME
Chandler Burr (4:28), Author, The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession (Random House, 2002) and The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York (Picador, 2009); Former Perfume Critic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine

Dominique Holmes (18:51), Tattoo Artist; Author, The Painted Lady: The Art of Tattooing the Female Body (Ryland Peters & Small, 2013)

Moderator: Diana Sorensen RI '11, James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

PANEL DISCUSSION (33:19)
AUDIENCE Q&A (41:31)

Beyond Words | Animal Communication

March 20, 2019
Beyond Words, Animal Communication

"Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication"

This conference, presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, explores the aesthetics of communication, focusing particularly on how we communicate through the body—how we make ourselves look and smell, move and sound. Spotlighting diverse topics to probe how bodily communication engages the senses in ways that are often profoundly gendered.

ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
Richard O. Prum (3:33), William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

Zarin Machanda (18:34), Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Tufts University

Moderator: Aniruddh D. Patel, 2018–2019 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Professor of Psychology, Tufts University

PANEL DISCUSSION (35:13)
AUDIENCE Q&A (39:13)

Beyond Words | Social Robots

March 20, 2019
Beyond Words, Social Robots

"Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication"

This conference, presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, explores the aesthetics of communication, focusing particularly on how we communicate through the body—how we make ourselves look and smell, move and sound. Spotlighting diverse topics to probe how bodily communication engages the senses in ways that are often profoundly gendered.

SOCIAL ROBOTS
Susan C. Bennett (1:48), Original Voice, Apple's Siri; Voice Actor

Noelle LaCharite (11:57), Lead of Developer Experience for Applied AI, Microsoft

Cynthia Breazeal (26:53), Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences in the MIT Media Lab and Codirector of the Center for Future Storytelling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founder and Chief Scientist, Jibo, Inc.

Moderator: Elena Leah Glassman, Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

PANEL DISCUSSION (44:58)
AUDIENCE Q&A (50:50)

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