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.

Next in Data Visualization | Danielle Albers Szafir

May 10, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Danielle Albers Szafir

DRIVING EXPLORATORY VISUALIZATION THROUGH PERCEPTION AND COGNITION

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

Danielle Albers Szafir’s research sits at the intersection of information visualization, data science, computer graphics, and cognitive science. Along with a team of fantastic students and collaborators, she looks at the relationship between cognition and visualization design. Through this process, she develops interactive visualization systems, guidelines, and techniques for exploring large, complex data. This work has inspired collaborations across a variety of domains including genomics, bioinformatics, the humanities, biochemistry, and perceptual psychology.

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.

Next in Data Visualization | Blacki Migliozzi

May 8, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Blacki Migliozzi

VISUALIZING CLIMATE CHANGE

Blacki Migliozzi, graphics editor, New York Times Blacki Migliozzi is a cofounder of Brooklyn Bio, a for-hire synthetic biology research group in New York City, and a graphics editor at the New York Times, where he develops data-driven stories and interactive visualizations. Prior to this, he worked at Bloomberg’s R&D department and as a data journalist at Bloomberg News.

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.

Next in Data Visualization | Arvind Satyanarayan

May 7, 2019
Next in Data Visualization | Arvind Satyanarayan

VISUALIZATION: A PETRI DISH FOR INTELLIGENCE AUGMENTATION
Arvind Satyanarayan, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Arvind Satyanarayan’s research uses interactive data visualization as a petri dish to study questions in user interface toolkit design and human-computer interaction broadly. Systems he developed have won awards at premier academic venues and are used by the Wikipedia and the Jupyter/Python data science communities.

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.

Hank Willis Thomas Interview | Vision & Justice

May 7, 2019
Hank Willis Thomas Interview | Vision & Justice

In this segment from “Vision & Justice” on Friday, April 26, Cheryl Finley interviews Hank Willis Thomas—a wide-ranging conversation that covers his work with the civic-engagement artistic organization For Freedoms, which he cofounded, as well as past and future public art projects. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING

Cheryl Finley, associate professor of art history, Cornell University

Hank Willis Thomas, conceptual artist

Turnaround Arts [White House Program] | Vision & Justice

May 7, 2019

At “Vision and Justice” on Friday, April 26, Kimberly Drew moderated a discussion with Melody Barnes and Damian Woetzel on the Obama-era initiative Turnaround Arts, which integrates arts education in schools to strengthen reform efforts. The two-day creative convening considered the role of the arts in understanding the nexus of art, race, and justice.

FEATURING

Melody C. Barnes, distinguished fellow at the School of Law, Compton Visiting Professor in World Politics and senior fellow at the Miller Center, and codirector for policy and public affairs for the Democracy Initiative, University of Virginia 

Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist

Damian Woetzel, president, the Juilliard School

American Mountains | EJ Hill

May 7, 2019
American Mountains | EJ Hill

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, EJ Hill RI ’19 provides context for the project on which he’s currently working, a research and exhibition project inspired by the 17th-century Russian predecessor to the roller coaster (referred to as “Russian Mountains”).

Hill is an artist whose practice incorporates painting, writing, installation, and performance in ways that seek to elevate bodies and amplify voices that have long been rendered invisible and inaudible by oppressive social structures.

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