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 black and brown people 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

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

Decarceration and Community: COVID 19 and Beyond (Part II)

June 30, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, Decarceration and Community: COVID 19 and Beyond (Part II)

The Radcliffe Institute is offering a two-part series of virtual programs to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on incarcerated people.

Part II of this discussion series considers how public officials responsible for the operation of jails and prisons are responding to the current pandemic. What challenges and opportunities present themselves, given the reality of COVID-19 in carceral spaces? Responding to the issues raised by impacted people during the first session, how do we understand public health in and around carceral spaces, and how do we develop strategies to keep communities safe during the pandemic? Drawing on decades of collective experience running county jails and state prisons along with expertise in addressing health concerns within and outside such settings, the panelists will consider possible solutions, including justice reinvestment, decarceration, and early release.

SPEAKERS:
Patricia Caruso, former director, Michigan Department of Corrections

Harold Clarke, director, Virginia Department of Corrections; former director, Massachusetts Department of Correction and Nebraska Department of Correctional Services; former secretary, Washington State Department of Corrections

Homer Venters, president, Community Oriented Correctional Health Services; clinical instructor, NYU Langone Health; former chief medical officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services; former director of programs; Physicians for Human Rights

Moderated by Mary T. Bassett, director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and FXB Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; former commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Music in the Moment

June 29, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, Music in the Moment

Music has played a large social function during the coronavirus pandemic: from the daily balcony concerts in Italy to the virtual performances of countless orchestras, it has helped tie communities together where social distancing has atomized us. During this Radcliffe webinar, we talk with musicians about their experience during the crisis—from the precarious position of performers without gigs to the healing role music can play.

PARTICIPANTS:
Terri Lyne Carrington, drummer and producer; founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Ganavya, vocalist and composer; doctoral candidate, Department of Music, Harvard University

Vijay Iyer, composer and pianist; Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Harvard University

Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam artist and composer; doctoral candidate, Department of Music, Harvard University

Moderated by Alexander Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, Harvard University

VIDEO EXCERPTS:
Entrustment - ©2019 Vijay Iyer, Multiplicity Music (SESAC) All rights reserved
Recorded at ECAM, Festival Sons d'Hiver, Paris, France, January 17, 2020
Video produced by Oléo Productions/Samuel Thiebaut

Bells (Ring Loudly) by Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science
Courtesy of Berklee College of Music

 

Art Together Now | Gala Porras-Kim

June 24, 2020
Art Together Now, Gala Porras-Kim

As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all learning how to mitigate our isolation and collective uncertainty. In moments of crisis, we turn to art not only for distraction, but also for solace. Indeed, art seems like a crucial act of joy and affirmation in this time.

For our new series #ArtTogetherNow, we challenged members of our community to use their smartphones to create art-themed videos with the simple aim of uplifting, inspiring, or amusing our interdisciplinary audience through a brief encounter with the imagination.

Here, the artist Gala Porras-Kim installs a work by the late installation artist Félix González-Torres in her Los Angeles studio.

Félix González-Torres
"Untitled" (Fortune Cookie Corner), 1990
Fortune cookies, endless supply
Overall dimensions vary with installation
Original installation: Approximately 10,000 fortune cookies

In recognition of this globally significant moment and in reflection of the ever-relevant and flexible nature of the work of González-Torres—much of which consists of participatory installations that ask viewers to take a piece with them—the Andrea Rosen Gallery and David Zwirner gallery invited Porras-Kim and 999 others to become an archival part of the total "site" of an expansive physical exhibition.

Art Together Now | Anna Von Mertens, Paying Attention: The Remix

June 24, 2020

As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all learning how to mitigate our isolation and collective uncertainty. In moments of crisis, we turn to art not only for distraction, but also for solace. Indeed, art seems like a crucial act of joy and affirmation in this time.

For our new series #ArtTogetherNow, we challenged members of our community to use their smartphones to create art-themed videos with the simple aim of uplifting, inspiring, or amusing our interdisciplinary audience through a brief encounter with the imagination.

Here, the artist Anna Von Mertens shows work that would have been on view currently, were it not for the global pandemic. The drawing Von Mertens discusses in this video has a small connection to Radcliffe: it is based on a text received by Meg Rotzel, Radcliffe's arts program manager, from her young daughter. This body of work, says Von Mertens, "feels particularly relevant to this current time, as it touches on our constant negotiation between the spaces of the virtual and the real."

Decarceration and Community: COVID-19 and Beyond (Part I)

June 18, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, Decarceration and Community: COVID-19 and Beyond (Part I)

Part I of this discussion series, cosponsored with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, focuses on people who are incarcerated and their families, exploring how systemic racism and mass criminalization threaten both incarcerated individuals and their communities. The participants consider how recent events, including the COVID-19 crisis and the police murder of George Floyd, highlight and magnify historical inequities—with deadly results.

The panelists work directly with people affected by incarceration, including several who focus on the all-too-often neglected plight of incarcerated women and their families.

SPEAKERS:
Gina Clayton-Johnson, executive director and founder, Essie Justice Group

Soffiyah Elijah, executive director, Alliance of Families for Justice

Andrea James, founder, Families for Justice as Healing; executive director, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Zach Norris, executive director, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Moderated by Dehlia Umunna, clinical professor of law and faculty deputy director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School

When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence during COVID-19

June 15, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, When “Stay at Home” Isn’t Safe: Domestic Violence during COVID-19

Although communities have been asked to stay home to stay safe, home is a dangerous place when you face domestic abuse. Spikes in intimate partner violence (IPV) and child abuse have been noted across the country and around the world since the onset of the COVID-19 stay-at-home directives as victims and witnesses of IPV and child abuse find themselves isolated within their homes and confronted with difficult decisions about when and how to seek care or shelter. In this Radcliffe webinar, scholars, public officials, community activists, and medical professionals join to discuss domestic violence in the midst of this public health crisis and to consider different strategies for providing services and help to those in need.

SPEAKERS:
Jacquelyn Campbell, professor, Anna D. Wolf Chair, and national program director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Melissa DuBose, associate judge, District Court, Rhode Island Judiciary

Sharon Imperato, clinical innovation projects and training director, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

Neena McConnico, program director, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center

Moderated by Janet Rich-Edwards, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Reimagining the Role of the Public Sector in the Wake of COVID-19

June 10, 2020
Virtual Radcliffe, Reimagining the Role of the Public Sector in the Wake of COVID-19

What should the "new normal" look like? With the COVID-19 crisis highlighting long-standing social disparities and vast inequities, some argue that now is the time to imagine an adaptive public health infrastructure that can readily respond to this and future epidemics. In this Radcliffe webinar, leading scholars and practitioners engage in a conversation about how to leverage the policy opportunities the epidemic presents for bold changes that could support a sustained and equitable public health response.

SPEAKERS:
María Belén Power, associate executive director, GreenRoots, Inc., and representative, Green Justice Coalition

Daniel Carpenter, faculty director of the social sciences program, Radcliffe Institute, and Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sara Bleich, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor and social sciences advisor, Radcliffe Institute, and professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Moderated by Janet Rich-Edwards, codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute, associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, and associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Radcliffe Day 2020

June 9, 2020
Radcliffe Day 2020

In celebration of Radcliffe Day 2020 and the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, current Institute dean, and Drew Gilpin Faust, Radcliffe's founding dean and president emerita of Harvard University, join each other in conversation.

In August 2000, the late Mary Maples Dunn, then acting dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, wrote a thoughtful letter to Neil L. Rudenstine, then president of Harvard University, thanking him for the "most unusual opportunity" of overseeing the transition of Radcliffe College into the newly formed Institute. Some 20 years later, we mark this important milestone in Radcliffe's history by reflecting on the Institute's founding and growth, its current strategic direction, and the critical role of an engaged, interdisciplinary institute for advanced study in our University and our world.

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