Ayodele Casel: Diary of a Tap Dancer

March 16, 2020
Diary of a Tap Dancer by Ayodele Casel

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.

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

DIARY OF A TAP DANCER (5:10)
Featuring Ayodele Casel, Andre Imanishi, and Andrea (Dre) Torres

DISCUSSION (54:01)
Jeneé Osterheldt, culture writer, Boston Globe

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:13:54)

Bodies, Identities, and Power on the Podium | Daniel M. Callahan

March 12, 2020
Bodies, Identities, and Power on the Podium by Daniel M. Callahan

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.

Esra Akcan and Sawako Kaijima

March 5, 2020
Esra Akcan and Sawako Kaijima

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"

Humanizing Drug Discovery | David Altshuler

March 5, 2020
Humanizing Drug Discovery by David Altshuler

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.

History Reconsidered: Poetry Reading with Clint Smith

February 27, 2020
History Reconsidered: Poetry Reading with Clint Smith

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.

. . . first in thought, then in action. | Anthony Romero

February 26, 2020
. . . first in thought, then in action. by Anthony Romero

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.

Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement | Panel Discussion

February 25, 2020
Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement panel discussion

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.

Featuring:
Lydia X. Z. Brown, Georgetown Law
Joseph A. Stramondo, San Diego State University
Michael Ashley Stein, Harvard Law School

New Poems | Joan Naviyuk Kane

February 18, 2020
New Poems by Joan Naviyuk Kane

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.

Mzansi's Other Voices | Bongani Ndodana-Breen

February 12, 2020
Mzansi's Other Voices by Bongani Ndodana-Breen

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.

Classical Improvisation, Composition, and Creative Dissent | Gabriela Montero

February 4, 2020
Classical Improvisation, Composition, and Creative Dissent by Gabriela Montero

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.

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