Creating the Next Wave of Precision Biotherapeutics | Nicola L. B. Pohl

February 14, 2018
Creating the Next Wave of Precision Biotherapeutics by Nicola L. B. Pohl

As part of the 2017-2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Nicola L. B. Pohl RI '18 provides a sense of some of the key problems that chemists are currently trying to solve.

Pohl is a professor of chemistry at Indiana University in Bloomington, where she holds the Joan and Marvin Carmack Chair in Bioorganic Chemistry and leads a group of researchers in developing automated methods for carbohydrate synthesis and analysis. She is the 2017-2018 Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Acquiring the Angela Davis Papers

February 13, 2018
Acquiring the Angela Davis Papers

On February 13, 2018, the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, with support from the Hutchins Center, announced its acquisition of the papers of the political activist and pioneering feminist thinker Dr. Angela Y. Davis.

Archivists are processing the collection, which will be available for research by 2020.

Samantha Power | US Foreign Policy from the Inside Out

February 1, 2018
Samantha Power,As part of the 2017-2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Samantha Power RI '18 (8:12) reflects on a question that she increasingly gets, which is, what was it like, as a woman, doing foreign policy in the US government and at the United Nations?  Introduction by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Scienc US Foreign Policy from the Inside Out

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Samantha Power RI ’18 (8:12) reflects on a question that she increasingly gets, which is what was it like, as a woman, doing foreign policy in the US government and at the United Nations?

Introduction by
Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Samantha Power is a professor of practice at Harvard Law School and the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, where she was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She is a former US permanent representative to the United Nations and a former member of President Obama’s cabinet. 

The Evolution of Gene Expression | Thomas Lenormand

December 21, 2017
The Evolution of Gene Expression, Thomas Lenormand

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Thomas Lenormand RI '18 covers the broad and vast topic of gene regulation and gene expression.

Thomas Lenormand is CNRS research director at the Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, in Montpellier, France. He is the 2017–2018 Hrdy Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History

December 20, 2017
Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History

Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History
A Schlesinger Library Event

The theme of this discussion is the not-quite-secret histories of American families—stories hidden in plain sight that, once revealed, require us to rethink the broader outlines of American history.

How do we know what we know? What can't we know, ever? What should and shouldn't be preserved?

Featuring:
Gail Lumet Buckley '59 (18:19), author, The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016)

Alice Echols (31:44), author, Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking (The New Press, 2017)

Susan Faludi '81, RI '09 (41:59), author, In the Darkroom (Metropolitan Books, 2016)

Alex Wagner (53:10), author, Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, forthcoming)

Moderated by Annette Gordon-Reed JD '84, RI '16, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School, and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Introductions by
Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Jane Kamensky (4:53), Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

PANEL DISCUSSION (1:01:35)
AUDIENCE Q&A (1:11:13)

The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and the History of WWI | Chad L. Williams

November 30, 2017
The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and the History of WWI by Chad L. Williams

The Wounded World: W.E.B. Du Bois, African Americans, and the History of World War I

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Chad L. Williams RI '18 tells a story that spans almost two decades, from one world war to the next, and features as its central character arguably the most significant black intellectual in American history, W. E. B. Du Bois.

Should Law Foster Forgiveness? | Martha Minow

November 30, 2017
Should Law Foster Forgiveness? by Martha Minow

Should Law Foster Forgiveness? Child Soldiers, Sovereign Debt, and Alternatives to Punishment

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Martha Minow RI '18 considers whether and when legal systems and rules should promote forgiveness. Should law itself be used to encourage people to forgive each other? And should law itself forgive? Looking at issues within the United States and at international debates over sovereign debt and treatments of child soldiers, the talk encompasses legal, historical, religious, and cultural resources.

Does the Left Have a Future? | Michael Kazin

November 16, 2017
Does the Left Have a Future? by Michael Kazin

Does the Left Have a Future?
2017–2018 Dean's Lecture in the Social Sciences

Nearly everywhere in Europe and the United States, the left is mired in crisis: its intellectuals and activists strike defensive poses and debate how to revive the fortunes of a cause whose adherents once believed they could and would shape the future.

Michael Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University and expert in US politics and social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, discusses how this crisis occurred and reflects on how the left—both radical and liberal—might move forward again.

Introduced by Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

This is a 2017–2018 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture.

Obscure Achievements | Katarina Burin

November 15, 2017
Obscure Achievements, Katarina Burin

Obscure Achievements: From Petra Andrejova-Molnár to Fran Hosken

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Katarina Burin RI '18 transitions from the fabricated life and work of Petra Andrejova-Molnár, a conceptual creation who does not exist, to the life and work of the nonfictional Fran Hosken (1920–2006), a furniture designer, educator, and activist who was among the first women to graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible | Rana Dajani

November 15, 2017
Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible, Rana Dajani

Five Scarves: Doing the Impossible—If We Can Reverse Cell Fate, Why Can't We Redefine Success for Women?

As part of the 2017–2018 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Rana Dajani RI '18 describes the many hats—or scarves—that she wears with pride.

Dajani is an associate professor of biology and biotechnology at the Hashemite University in Jordan. She is the 2017–2018 Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

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