Originality and Invention | Vision & Justice

June 24, 2019

In this segment of “Vision & Justice,” Carrie Mae Weems and David Adjaye join Sarah Lewis to discuss the process of creating space and institutions and what it means to be an artist who challenges traditional narratives. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING
Carrie Mae Weems, artist

David Adjaye, architect and principal, Adjaye Associates

Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and African and African-American studies, Harvard University

Citizenship and Racial Narratives | Vision & Justice

June 19, 2019

In the first panel of “Vision & Justice,” Alexandra Bell, Jelani Cobb, Nicole Fleetwood, and Makeda Best discuss citizenship and racial narratives, focusing on material culture in the public sphere and what messages emerge that help promote racial understanding. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING
Alexandra Bell, multidisciplinary artist Jelani Cobb, Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism, Columbia University; staff writer, New Yorker

Nicole Fleetwood, associate professor of American studies and graduate faculty in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Harvard Art Museums, and lecturer on history of art and architecture, Harvard University

Radcliffe Day 2019 | Nourishing America: Exploring the Intersection of Food and Justice

June 12, 2019
Radcliffe Day 2019 |Nourishing America: Exploring the Intersection of Food and Justice

On Radcliffe Day 2019, we explore the shortcomings and challenges of the US food system through social, ecological, and health policy lenses. Leading activists and scholars with diverse and important perspectives on food, food production, and policy reflect on their own work at the intersection of food and justice, challenging and broadening our understanding of these critical issues.

FEATURING:
Sara Bleich PhD ’07, RI ’19, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and professor of public health policy, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (11:25)

Jennifer Gordon ’87, JD ’92, immigration and employment activist, lawyer, and professor of law, Fordham University School of Law (
18:01)

Frances Moore Lappé, writer, activist, and cofounder, Food First and Small Planet Institute (
25:57)

Daniel A. Sumner, expert in agricultural and economic policy and Frank H. Buck Jr. Distinguished Porfessor, University of California, Davis (
33:52)

Alice Waters, food activist; chef, Chez Panisse; and founder, Edible Schoolyard Project (
42:07)

Moderated by Soledad O’Brien ’88, award-winning journalist, author, philanthropist, and founder and CEO, Starfish Media Group (
7:27)

Introduced by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Radcliffe Day 2019 | Radcliffe Medalist Dolores Huerta

June 12, 2019
Radcliffe Day 2019 | Radcliffe Medalist Dolores Huerta

The activist Dolores Huerta is awarded the Radcliffe Medal, presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society. Huerta has spent the past 60 years fighting to secure the rights of marginalized people and communities. She is a living civil rights icon who, despite the obstacles she has faced, has held fast to her belief that political organizing and engagement can produce meaningful change.

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

CONVERSATION (20:46)
Soledad O’Brien—award-winning journalist, author, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group—interviews Dolores Huerta

MEDAL PRESENTATION (1:00:22)
Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin presents Dolores Huerta with the Radcliffe Medal

Health Policies for Obesity Prevention | Sara Bleich

June 11, 2019
Health Policies for Obesity Prevention | Sara Bleich

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Sara Bleich RI ’19 provides an overview of several ongoing projects—including evaluations of the Philadelphia beverage tax, the changing restaurant environment on obesity risk, and novel strategies to reduce sugary beverage consumption. She argues that the way to have a positive impact on obesity prevention and food policy is not to focus on a single thing that works but, rather, to identify multiple things that can be done in concert to maximize the results.

Bleich is the 2018–2019 Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and a professor of public health policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Race, Culture, and Civic Space | Vision & Justice

June 11, 2019

At “Vision & Justice: A Convening” on Friday, April 26, David Adjaye, Theaster Gates, and Sarah Lewis discussed how to create spaces that can inspire a new model of justice. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING
David Adjaye, architect and principal, Adjaye Associates

Theaster Gates, founder and executive director, Rebuild Foundation; inaugural distinguished artist in residence and director of artist initiatives, Lunder Institute for American Art; professor, Department of Visual Arts, the University of Chicago

Sarah Lewis, assistant professor of history of art and architecture and of African and African American studies, Harvard University

Vision & Justice | Friday | Part I

June 4, 2019
Vision & Justice | Friday | Part I

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
“Vision & Justice: A Convening” considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice. Wynton Marsalis opened the morning session on Friday, April 26, with a musical performance. Later that morning, discussions covered a range of topics: representation in civic spaces, the “adultification” of black girls, the Flint water crisis, and more.

MORNING SESSION: Sanders Theatre
Welcome Remarks: Alan M. Garber (0:01)
Darren Walker (6:53)
Sarah Lewis (13:29)
Video by Lance Oppenheim (19:40)

Musical Opening
Wynton Marsalis, Dan Nimmer, Taurien (TJ) Reddick, and Phillip Norris (30:30)

Cultural Citizenship
Wynton Marsalis, Diane Paulus, and President Emerita Drew Gilpin Faust (41:44)

Race, Culture, and Civic Space
Introduction: Mohsen Mostafavi (1:15:20)
David Adjaye, Theaster Gates, and Sarah Lewis (1:23:44)

Tribute to LaToya Ruby Frazier
Teju Cole (1:49:02)
Video by LaToya Ruby Frazier (1:56:53)

Race, Justice, and the Environment
Focus: Discovering the Flint crisis
Introduction: Sarah Lewis (2:00:59)
Chelsea Clinton and Mona Hanna-Attisha (2:03:50)

Race, Childhood, and Inequality in the Political Realm
Introduction: Claudine Gay (2:29:13)
Robin Bernstein, Yara Shahidi, and Naomi Wadler (2:36:18)

For detailed biographical information on the participants, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2019-vision-and-justice-convening/biographies.

Vision & Justice | Friday | Part II

June 4, 2019
Vision & Justice | Friday | Part II

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
The Friday afternoon session of “Vision & Justice: A Convening” featured conversations that ranged from the Obama-era initiative Turnaround Arts to the importance of narratives in the prison system. Joy Buolamwini also performed her spoken word piece “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?”—which preceded a further discussion on algorithmic bias. The two-day event considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

AFTERNOON SESSION: Sanders Theatre
Sarah Lewis (0:01)
Hank Willis Thomas Interviewed by Cheryl Finley (1:51)

Turnaround Arts (White House Program)
Introduction: Kimberly Drew (35:28)
Damian Woetzel and Melody Barnes (39:28)
Thank You: Inaara Shiraz (1:11:55)

Performance
Introduction: Sarah Lewis (1:12:51)
Joy Buolamwini (1:14:52)

Race, Technology, and Algorithmic Bias
Joy Buolamwini, Latanya Sweeney, and Darren Walker (1:18:22)

Mass Incarceration and Visual Narratives
Introduction: Tommie Shelby (1:45:19)
Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Hinton, and Danielle Allen (1:51:22)

Concluding Remarks
Vincent Brown (2:47:45)

For detailed biographical information on the participants, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2019-vision-and-justice-convening/biographies.

 

Why Brain Science Needs an Edit | Mu-ming Poo

May 29, 2019
 Why Brain Science Needs an Edit | Mu-ming Poo

Mu-ming Poo, founding director of the Institute of Neuroscience at the Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, discusses the use of gene-editing tools such as CRISPR in efforts to develop a macaque monkey behavioral model for studying self-consciousness. He also addresses the relevant ethical issues associated with gene editing and the use of nonhuman primates in biomedical research.

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

Vision & Justice | Thursday | Part II

May 29, 2019
Vision & Justice | Thursday | Part II

To close out the first day of “Vision & Justice: A Convening,” Carrie Mae Weems performed excerpts from Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which she created to commemorate the Emanuel Nine. Pianist Vijay Iyer accompanied her on stage. The two-day event considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

Welcome
Sarah Lewis (0:01)

Readings and Introductions
Elsa Hardy (1:38)
Liat Rubin (13:02)

Originality and Invention
Carrie Mae Weems, David Adjaye, and Sarah Lewis (18:21)
Audience Q&A (47:10)

Performance
Carrie Mae Weems, Vijay Iyer, Kee-Hyun Kim (59:31)

Concluding Remarks
Dean Lawrence D. Bobo (1:59:23)

For detailed biographical information on the participants, visit https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2019-vision-and-justice-convening/biographies

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