Radical Commitments | Childhood, Case, and Social Contributions

November 27, 2019
Radical Commitments | Childhood, Case, and Social Contributions

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION ABOUT CHILDHOOD, CASE, AND SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Introduced by Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Featuring:
(
12:55) Fania E. Davis, consultant and founding director emerita, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

(
21:01) Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University School of Law

(
31:20) Bettina F. Aptheker, distinguished professor emerita and Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair in Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Moderator: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
40:15)

The Once and Future Heart | Dario Robleto

November 27, 2019
The Once and Future Heart | Dario Robleto

Join us for a conversation moderated by Jennifer L. Roberts between the artist Dario Robleto, whose exhibition Unknown and Solitary Seas: Dreams and Emotions of the 19th Century at the Radcliffe Institute rethinks the deep history of cardiological recording, and Doris A. Taylor, a scientist whose work toward regenerative transplantation is reshaping the metaphorical—as well as the medical—prospects of the human heart.

Featuring:
Dario Robleto Exhibiting Artist and Visiting Scholar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

Doris A. Taylor Director of Regenerative Medicine Research and Director of the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology, Texas Heart Institute

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

Unknown and Solitary Seas: Dreams and Emotions of the 19th Century is on view from November 4, 2019, through January 18, 2020, in the Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery of Byerly Hall at 8 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.

Crafty Crows | Christian Rutz

November 27, 2019
Crafty Crows, Tropical Islands, and the Mystery of Human Technological Evolution

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Christian Rutz RI ’20 reveals that you don't need a very large brain to be a good tool user. In fact, with a brain the size of a walnut and a completely different neurological architecture compared to what primates have, the New Caledonian crow has evolved to make incredibly complex tools.

Rutz is a professor of biology at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where he leads a research group studying animal tool behavior. He is the 2019–2020 Grass Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Making the Cut | Session 2: Cardiovascular Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 2: Cardiovascular Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 2: CASE STUDIES: HEART DISEASE; SICKLE CELL ANEMIA
Introduction by moderator Omar Abudayyeh, fellow, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

(
7:39) Vence L. Bonham Jr., senior advisor to the director on genomics and health disparities, National Human Genome Research Institute

(
30:07) Kiran Musunuru, associate professor of medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

PANEL DISCUSSION (
54:26)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:08:51)

Making the Cut | Session 3: Engineering and Disability Rights

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 3: Engineering and Disability Rights

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 3: CASE STUDIES: GENETIC ENGINEERING; DISABILITY RIGHTS

Introduction by moderator Pilar N. Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School; inaugural bioethics scholar in residence, Morgridge Institute for Research

(12:01) Matthew Porteus, professor of pediatrics (stem cell transplantation), Stanford University School of Medicine

(33:17) Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and bioethics in the Department of English and codirector of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative, Emory University

PANEL DISCUSSION (1:00:05)
AUDIENCE Q&A (1:12:29)

Making the Cut | Session 4: Concluding Discussion

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 4: Concluding Discussion

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 4: CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Concluding discussion with session moderators, moderated by Sharon Begley, senior writer, science and discovery, STAT

Omar Abudayyeh, fellow, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

Pilar N. Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School; inaugural bioethics scholar in residence, Morgridge Institute for Research

Charmaine DM Royal, associate professor of African & African American studies, biology, global health, and family medicine & community health, Duke University

AUDIENCE Q&A (
32:50)

CLOSING REMARKS (
43:44)
Immaculata De Vivo, life sciences advisor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Radical Commitments | Performances

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Performances

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

WELCOMING REMARKS
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

PERFORMANCES
(
5:03) “Ode to Angela” by Harold Land
(
15:59) “Sam Jones Blues” by Bessie Smith, composed by Andrew Bernard, J. Russel Robinson, and Roy Turk
(
20:10) “Pirate Jenny” by Nina Simone, composed by Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill
(
27:45) “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, composed by Lewis Allan
(
35:03) “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” by Herbie Hancock

Featuring:
Stefon Harris, jazz vibraphonist

Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Nicholas Payton, jazz trumpeter and instrumentalist

Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz vocalist

Esperanza Spalding, professor of the practice of music, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Musical director: Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Radical Commitments | Session 1: Revolution

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 1: Revolution

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

WELCOMING REMARKS
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School; and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

(
6:02) 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

FRAMING REMARKS
(
11:09) Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

SESSION 1: "REVOLUTION" (
25:37)
(
33:46) Trevor G. Fowler, visiting adjunct professor, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)

(
48:00) Robyn C. Spencer, associate professor of history, Lehman College

(
54:40) Robin D. G. Kelley, distinguished professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA

(
1:08:04) Ericka Huggins, activist and educator Moderator: Brandon M. Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and of social studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
1:24:27)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:42:57)

 

Radical Commitments | Session 2: Feminisms

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 2: Feminisms

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

SESSION 2: "FEMINISMS"
(
5:43) Julie Dash, distinguished professor in the arts, Spelman College

(
18:52) Gina Dent, associate professor of feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz

(
30:52) Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University

(
45:10) Barbara Ransby, distinguished professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
1:00:38)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:06:37)

Radical Commitments | Session 3: Abolition

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 3: Abolition

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

SESSION 3: "ABOLITION"
(
6:24) Kathy Boudin, codirector and cofounder, Center for Justice at Columbia University

(
20:28) Ruth Wilson Gilmore, professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

(
36:31) Beth E. Richie, professor and department head of criminology, law, and justice and professor of African American studies and gender and women’s studies, University of Illinois at Chicago Moderator: Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
53:37)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:13:29)

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