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

Vision & Justice | Thursday | Part I

May 24, 2019
Vision & Justice | Thursday | Part I

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
At “Vision & Justice: A Convening,” participants considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice. The two-day event opened on Thursday, April 25, with a spoken word performance by 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and the presentation of the Gordan Parks Foundation Essay Prizes.

OPENING PROGRAM: Knafel Center, Radcliffe Institute
Welcome Remarks: Tomiko Brown-Nagin (0:01)
Introduction: Sarah Lewis (
4:10)
Video by Lance Oppenheim (
8:00)
Video of Amanda Gorman Performance (
20:16)

Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize Overview Robin Kelsey (
24:02)
Remarks about the The Gordon Parks Foundation Peter Kunhardt Jr. (26:36)

Gordon Parks Foundation Essay Prize Presentations Robin Kelsey (
31:06)
Martha Tedeschi (
35:59)
Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz) (
41:52)

Citizenship and Racial Narratives
Alexandra Bell, Jelani Cobb, Nicole Fleetwood, and Makeda Best (
49:21)

Tributes
Khalil Gibran Muhammad Tribute to Jamel Shabazz (
1:33:04)
Leigh Raiford Tribute to Dawoud Bey (
1:43:39)

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

Understanding the Progression of Neurodegenerative Diseases | Chiara Zurzolo

May 23, 2019
Understanding the Progression of Neurodegenerative Diseases | Chiara Zurzolo

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Chiara Zurzolo RI ’19 shares her research, which uses innovative imaging techniques to investigate the existence and relevance of tunneling nanotubes in vivo—all in an effort to understand whether therapeutic intervention is possible for incurable brain diseases.

Zurzolo is the chair of the Department of Cell Biology & Infection at Institut Pasteur, in Paris.

The Undiscovery of Cosmic Deceleration | Robert P. Kirshner

May 16, 2019
The Undiscovery of Cosmic Deceleration | Robert P. Kirshner

Robert P. Kirshner, the Clowes Research Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, set out to find the deceleration of the expansion of the universe, only to find something else: amazingly, the measurements showed the expansion of the universe to be speeding up. The astonishing (un)discovery of cosmic acceleration has now been confirmed from many directions—and attributed to a “dark energy” that dominates the universe, whose nature is a deep mystery at the heart of physics.

Next in Data Visualization | Panel Discussion

May 13, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Panel Discussion

Innovative data visualization reveals patterns and trends otherwise unseen. The four speakers in this program represent a range of visualization expertise, from human cognition to user interaction to tool design to the use of visualizations in journalism.

Featuring

Michelle Borkin, assistant professor, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University, and codirector of the Northeastern University Visualization Consortium

Arvind Satyanarayan, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Danielle Albers Szafir, assistant professor of information science and affiliate professor of computer and cognitive science, University of Colorado Boulder

Blacki Migliozzi, graphics editor, New York Times

Moderated by Alyssa Goodman RI ’17, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

The Next in Science series allows early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the Greater Boston area.

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