Voting Matters | Reconstructing the Polity (1870)

September 24, 2020
Voting Matters | Reconstructing the Polity (1870)

The reconstruction of the American polity after the Civil War—in particular, the adoption of the 15th Amendment in 1870—marked a key moment in the long history of the 19th Amendment, women's political mobilization, and the contested boundaries of United States citizenship.

During the campaign for the 15th Amendment, and the campaign of racial terror that accompanied its passage, Black women mobilized to defend themselves and their communities, innovating ideas and strategies that would reshape the women's suffrage movement. As federal troops moved from the South to the West, Native women faced new forms of violence and questions about whether to defend tribal sovereignty or seek rights within the American nation. Chinese American women, meanwhile, confronted efforts to exclude them from citizenship. This panel uses gender as a lens to understand the cross-cutting trends of enfranchisement and disenfranchisement that came together in the wake of the Civil War.

WELCOME
Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

SPEAKERS
(12:45) Amanda Cobb-Greetham (Chickasaw), professor of Native American studies and director of the Native Nations Center, University of Oklahoma

(5:45) Brittney Cooper, associate professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and cofounder, Crunk Feminist Collective

(21:15) Beth Lew-Williams, associate professor of history and Philip and Beulah Rollins Bicentennial Preceptor, Princeton University

Moderated by Manisha Sinha RI '20, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut

Perfecters of This Democracy: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

September 21, 2020
Perfecters of This Democracy: A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones

As part of the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery—a University-wide effort housed at the Radcliffe Institute—Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter and creator of the New York Times' 1619 Project, engages in conversation with Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, about pressing issues of race, civil rights, injustice, desegregation, and resegregation.

Voting Matters | Origin Stories: Keynote Address (1848)

September 2, 2020
Voting Matters | Origin Stories: Keynote Address (1848)

We begin our series Voting Matters: Gender, Citizenship, and the Long 19th Amendment with a keynote address by the historian Martha S. Jones, who roots the generations-long movement for women's suffrage in the activism of African American women from the 1830s. Jones explores the tangled intersections of gender and race in the battle for the ballot while considering the evolution of birthright citizenship, more broadly, as itself a gendered origins story about constituting the American people.

WELCOME
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and
chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, Harvard University

FRAMING REMARKS (3:06)
Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

KEYNOTE (9:13)
Martha S. Jones, Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and professor of history, Johns Hopkins University

DISCUSSION and Q&A (35:40)
Moderated by Lisa Tetrault, associate professor of history, Carnegie Mellon University

Book Talk: A’Lelia Bundles

August 18, 2020
Radcliffe book talk: A'Lelia Bundles

A'Lelia Bundles, author of Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker (originally titled On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker [Scribner, 2001]), joins us as part of our summer series Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks, in which we explore recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Following a brief reading, Bundles joins in discussion with Tomiko Brown-Nagin—dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery at Harvard University—and takes part in an audience Q and A.

Book Talk: Gish Jen

August 12, 2020
Radcliffe book talk: Gish Jen

Gish Jen '77, BI '87, RI '02, author of The Resisters (Knopf, 2020), joins us as part of our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks, in which we explore recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Following a brief reading, Jen is joined in conversation with Margot Livesey RI '13—a professor of fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of nine novels, including, most recently, The Boy in the Field (Harper, 2020)—and takes part in an audience Q and A.

Book Talk: Michael Pollan

July 30, 2020
Radcliffe Book Talk: Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, author of Caffeine: How Coffee and Tea Created the Modern World (Audible Originals, 2020), joins us as part of our summer series Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks, in which we explore recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Following a brief reading, Pollan joins in discussion with Tomiko Brown-Nagin—dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery at Harvard University—and takes part in an audience Q and A.

Book Talk: Maggie Doherty

July 20, 2020
Radcliffe Book Talk: Maggie Doherty. Artwork by Jordan Bushur

The first installment in our summer series of Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks features Maggie Doherty, author of The Equivalents: A Story of Art, Female Friendship, and Liberation in the 1960s, an exploration of fellowship and collaboration among five artists—Maxine Kumin, Tillie Olsen, Marianna Pineda, Anne Sexton, and Barbara Swan—who met in the 1960s at the then-Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study.

Doherty's reading is followed by a discussion with Tomiko Brown-Nagin—dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery at Harvard University—and concludes with an audience Q and A.

This event is part of the Virtual Radcliffe Book Talks which explores recent publications whose subjects or authors have a connection with the Radcliffe Institute.

Is Now the Time to Build a Better System? K–12 Education and Systemic Racism in the Era of COVID-19

July 20, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe. Is Now the Time to Build a Better System? K–12 Education and Systemic Racism in the Era of COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis and demonstrations about racial injustice have illuminated long-standing inequities in US education, conditions that have been well-documented for decades but remained unrecognized by many until now.

As public schools and districts plan for the 2020–2021 school year and beyond, should their primary aim be to recover what has been lost, returning to a pre-COVID and pre-protest baseline? Or is now the time to reinvent our public education systems to establish a new, more equitable baseline? Can and should we attempt such reform during the continuing political, health, and economic crises? If not now, when? This Radcliffe webinar, cosponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, brings together experts from public school systems, foundations, and academia to explore these questions.

SPEAKERS:
Kevin Godden, superintendent and CEO, Abbotsford School District, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Na'ilah Suad Nasir, president, Spencer Foundation

Justin Reich, assistant professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing department and director of the Teaching Systems Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MODERATED BY:
Meira Levinson, professor of education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Amplifying Community Voices: LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

July 6, 2020
virtual Radcliffe, Amplifying Community Voices: LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19

With Pride canceled and many other community and social supports suspended during the pandemic, COVID-19 presents particular challenges to the health and well-being of LGBTQ people, who already experience health disparities. Drawing from LGBTQ history and recent political events, this Radcliffe webinar brings together historians, physicians, and organizers to discuss the disparate impact of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of sexual and gender minorities, as they explore the resilience of queer communities in times of crisis.

SPEAKERS:
Katie Batza, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Kansas

Robert Goldstein, medical director, Transgender Health Program, Massachusetts General Hospital; instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School; candidate, US Congress (MA-08)

Jessica Halem, LGBTQ outreach and engagement director, Harvard Medical School

Cecil R. Webster, lecturer in psychiatry, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School; consultant for diversity health outreach programs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other area schools

American Policing and Protest

July 6, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, American Policing and Protest

The recent brutal police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the delayed criminal charges in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery have sparked outrage and protests across the United States. As the nation once again confronts police violence against people of color and communities while grappling with a long history of public indifference, the Radcliffe Institute brings together experts to examine the historical roots of policing and responses to state violence. Speakers discuss contemporary police violence against people of color along with ethical issues that we must consider as we reflect on the current turmoil and attempt to envision how our nation might be transformed.

This program is presented as part of the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, a University-wide effort anchored at the Radcliffe Institute.

PARTICIPANTS:
Monica C. Bell, associate professor of law, Yale Law School, and associate professor of sociology, Yale University

Laurence Ralph, professor of anthropology and director of the Center on Transnational Policing, Princeton University

Brandon Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and of social studies, Harvard University

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