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Hailed by the legendary hoofer Gregory Hines as "one of the top young tap dancers in the world" and by the New York Times as "a tap dancer of unquestionable radiance," Ayodele Casel is an internationally sought-after artist and a powerful voice for the art form.
In residence at Radcliffe as the 2019–2020 Frances B. Cashin Fellow, Casel is working on Diary of a Tap Dancer, a theatrical work positioning tap dance as its driving narrative force. This project aims to create a richer and more accurate picture of the art form by centering the voices of its too-often unnamed women practitioners within a broader historical context.
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
DIARY OF A TAP DANCER (5:10)
Featuring Ayodele Casel, Andre Imanishi, and Andrea (Dre) Torres
Jeneé Osterheldt, culture writer, Boston Globe
AUDIENCE Q&A (1:13:54)
As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel M. Callahan RI '20 shares the progress on his forthcoming second book, "Conducting Oneself," which examines how the bodies, identities, and repertoire of orchestra conductors produce, legitimate, and limit their movements on the podium and off, from conservatories to coveted positions.
As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Esra Akcan RI '20 and Sawako Kaijima RI '20 collaborate with two research agendas, both showing the relevance of architectural studies for responding to today's global challenges.
(00:01) Esra Akcan, "Right to Heal: Architecture in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Societies"
(31:42) Sawako Kaijima, "Representation and Materialization of Interdisciplinary Matter"
In the past 30 years, genetics and genomics have exponentially expanded our understanding of human biology and disease. That understanding has the greatest potential benefit for society when it catalyzes the discovery and development of new medicines with the potential to transform the lives of patients in need.
David Altshuler discusses two recent examples of the combination of genetic insights into human biology and the invention of new treatment modalities. Specifically, he focuses on protein-folding correction for cystic fibrosis and investigative CRISPR-based gene-editing approaches for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia.
Part conversation, part poetry reading, Clint Smith weaves it all together with history—especially the idea that the history we tell ourselves was a long time ago wasn't actually all that long ago.
Introduction by Amanda Gorman, a Harvard College senior studying sociology and the inaugural National Youth Poet Laureate of the United States.
As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Anthony Romero RI '20 shares his work on a multimedia research and visual art project that includes a collection of related but discrete works that attempt to articulate how indigenous populations, under European colonial rule in Australia, South Asia, and the United States, were controlled through the criminalization and legislation of native sound and music practices. Taken together, these histories reveal how carceral and criminalization strategies sowed the seeds for the ongoing over-policing of black and brown communities.
Panelists discuss the award-winning documentary "Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement," exploring the social impact of human biotechnologies and carefully considering the ethics of gene editing and disability.
Lydia X. Z. Brown, Georgetown Law
Joseph A. Stramondo, San Diego State University
Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard Law School
As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Joan Naviyuk Kane RI '20 shares details of her Alaskan Inupiaq family history before transitioning into a poetry reading.
As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Bongani Ndodana-Breen RI '20 challenges entrenched notions about the value of indigenous African culture in the discourse on South African classical music and its historic lack of representation of black composers.
Contained in this presentation is a musical recording of Fela Sowande's "African Suite for Strings" and a video recording of a ritual dance by Mozambique's Nyanga Nyengwe community.
The internationally renowned pianist Gabriela Montero discusses her evolution as an improvisational artist and creative dissenter. Her growth as an artist and leader has been greatly informed by the human rights and political crises in her home country of Venezuela. Joining her in conversation is the baritone and music producer Sam McElroy.
This is a 2019–2020 Kim and Judy Davis Dean's Lecture in the Arts.