Video and Audio
"War and the Soundscapes of Memory"
2016–2017 Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities
As the generation with a living memory of the Second World War recedes, the critic and cultural historian Jeremy Eichler RI '17 (7:26) asks us to open our ears. By exploring how the wartime past has been inscribed in music, he makes the case for hearing history and for reclaiming the power of sound as a unique carrier of meaning about the past.
Introduction by Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the Department of History, Harvard University
The Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities was established to honor the late Julia S. Phelps, a longtime instructor in the Radcliffe Seminars, and is supported by the generous contributions of her family, friends, and colleagues.
The acclaimed photographer Keith Ellenbogen showcases his beautiful and compelling ocean-based wildlife images, including his recent exploratory work using high-speed photography and 360-degree immersive camera systems.
Introduction by John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
SLAVERY AND UNIVERSITIES GLOBALLY
Max Price (5:06), Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town
Christiane Taubira (17:31), Former Minister of Justice (France)
Hilary Beckles (36:55), Vice-Chancellor, University of the West Indies
Moderator: Alejandro de la Fuente (1:09), Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; Professor of African and African American Studies and of History; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard University
PANEL DISCUSSION (58:17)
CONCLUDING REMARKS (1:27:09)
Daniel Carpenter, Faculty Director of the Social Sciences Program, Radcliffe Institute; Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University
SLAVERY AND HARVARD
Sven Beckert (3:05), Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University
Alexandra Rahman ’12 (15:47), Student Contributor, Harvard and Slavery: Seeking a Forgotten History
Daniel R. Coquillette (25:19), J. Donald Monan, S.J. University Professor, Boston College Law School
Julian Bonder (38:54), Principal, Wodiczko + Bonder and Julian Bonder + Associates; Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University
Moderator: Annette Gordon-Reed RI '16, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School, and Professor of History, Harvard University
PANEL DISCUSSION (53:20)
Natasha Trethewey RI '01 (4:15), Former United States Poet Laureate; Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing, Emory University
Introduced by: Vincent Brown RI '06, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
SLAVERY AND UNIVERSITIES NATIONALLY
James T. Campbell (4:12), Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History, Stanford University
Adam Rothman (13:43), Professor of History, Georgetown University
Craig Steven Wilder (23:47), Barton L. Weller Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Moderator: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
PANEL DISCUSSION (32:50)
Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University
OPENING REMARKS (12:07)
Drew Gilpin Faust, President and Lincoln Professor of History, Harvard University
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Journalist; National Correspondent, the Atlantic: Author, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015) and The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood (Spiegel & Grau, 2008)
Conversation between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Drew Gilpin Faust (34:37)
As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Karin B. Michels ’17 explains that epigenetics changes as a result of the environment we live in and how we choose to live in it. Influences such as smoking, exercise, taking drugs, social interactions, air pollution, viruses, or the microbiome can all affect your epigenome. But what if your grandmother smoked? The question remains: Is epigenetics heritable?
"Gender, Politics, and Imagination: An Afternoon with Jennifer Finney Boylan," A Schlesinger Library Event
Jennifer Finney Boylan (16:27), the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College of Columbia University, speaks about privilege, politics, and poetics. The author of 15 books—including She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (Broadway Books, 2003), the first best-selling work by a transgender American—Boylan is also the chair of the board of GLAAD and a New York Times op-ed page contributing writer.
Introductions by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, History Department, Harvard University, and
Jane Kamensky (5:52), Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and professor of history, History Department, Harvard University
(54:17) After her remarks, Boylan engages the Harvard College students Schuyler Bailar ’19 and Jessica Fournier ’17 in a wide-ranging conversation about gender and sexuality issues on and beyond college campuses.
In 1975, when the Hōkūleʻa was built and launched from the shores of Hawaii and set course for the nearest landfall 2,500 miles away with no GPS, no compass, and no modern day navigational assistance, both Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian spectators were convinced the project would be a failure. But thanks to traditional navigation techniques, which use the stars along with ocean swells, the canoe was able to successfully traverse through the middle of the ocean from Hawaii to Tahiti.
Forty-one years later, Hōkūleʻa is in the midst of a three-year, worldwide voyage established to create global relationships and explore how to care for our oceans. Sailing in the wake of its ancestors, the Polynesian Voyaging Society carries a message of mālama honua, caring for Island Earth and each other. Using their canoes as a platform, its members hope to bridge cultural tradition and modern technology, timeless values and new visions—and to inspire the next generation of leaders to build sustainable solutions for Island Earth’s future.