I Want to Prepare to Learn Something I Don't Know | Gala Porras-Kim

October 10, 2019
Artist Talk by Gala Porras-Kim

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Gala Porras-Kim RI '20 shares some of her work, which considers how a lack of information in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation allow for other forms of understanding.

Examining the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Professional Work | Liz Chiarello

October 10, 2019
Examining the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Professional Work by Liz Chiarello

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Liz Chiarello RI '20 uses the opioid and pain crisis as a case for understanding how health care providers make decisions in prescribing and dispensing certain drugs and what the impact is on patient care.

A First Look at the Renovated Schlesinger Library

October 7, 2019
A First Look at the Renovated Schlesinger Library

A week before it reopened to the public, Jane Kamensky offered a tour of the renovated Schlesinger Library. The library is now home to the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery and to an updated seminar space where students can access digitized materials from the archive.

FEATURING
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

Jane Kamensky
Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Gravitational Waves, Light, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements | Edo Berger

October 7, 2019
Gravitational Waves, Light, and the Origin of the Heavy Elements by Edo Berger

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Edo Berger RI '20 shares the discovery of gold and other rare heavy elements being forged in a cataclysmic collision between neutron stars, which, through the emission of gravitational waves—a brand new way of sensing the universe—has recently been seen for the very first time.

Thinking Like a Magician | Joshua Jay

October 4, 2019
Thinking Like a Magician by Joshua Jay

In this performance-based lecture, the globe-trotting magician Joshua Jay pulls back the curtain on the way magicians think.

He explores how magicians create seemingly impossible feats and how to apply these same strategies to our lives and work. His demonstration and lecture explore how the techniques that undergird his effects—the guiding of attention, the framing of perception, and the staging of surprise—can give us fine-grained, practical insight into our own creative pursuits. And along the way, Jay mystifies us with some of his signature sleight-of-hand illusions.

0:01 Introduction by dean of the Radcliffe Institute, Tomiko Brown-Nagin
5:57 Reverse Logic
11:50 Misdirection (Hands)
16:47 Ring Revelation
18:43 Thinking Like a Magician
36:12 World Record Routine
41:41 Audience Q&A

This is a 2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Humanities.

Allegories on “Race,” Racism, and Antiracism | Camara Phyllis Jones

October 4, 2019
Allegories on “Race,” Racism, and Antiracism by Camara Phyllis Jones

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Camara Phyllis Jones RI ’20 shares some of the tools she has developed that will equip both children and adults to name racism, ask “How is racism operating here?” and organize and strategize to act.

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

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