The Rise of the Milky Way | João Alves

January 7, 2020
The Rise of the Milky Way by João Alves

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the astrophysicist João Alves RI '19 explains how an exhibition by the artist Anna Von Mertens helped guide him to the "Radcliffe wave" findings published in Nature in January 2020.

Alves is a professor of stellar astrophysics at the University of Vienna, in Austria. He was the 2018–2019 Edward, Frances, and Shirley B. Daniels Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Civilizing the Internet of Things | Francine Berman

January 7, 2020
Civilizing the Internet of Things by Francine Berman

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a deeply interconnected ecosystem of billions of devices and systems that are transforming commerce, science, and society. As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Francine Berman RI '20 explores the larger social and environmental ecosystem needed to develop an IoT that maximizes benefits, minimizes risk, and promotes individual protections, the public good, and planetary responsibility.

Berman is the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor in Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is the 2019–2020 Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

The Call of Migratory Things | Nina McConigley

January 7, 2020
The Call of Migratory Things by Nina McConigley

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Nina McConigley RI '20 prepares the listener with some background for her upcoming novel before reading from the work in progress.

McConigley is a fiction writer and an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming. She is the 2019–2020 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Making Pig-to-Human Transplantation a Clinical Reality | Luhan Yang

January 7, 2020
Making Pig-to-Human Transplantation a Clinical Reality by Luhan Yang

Xenotransplantation is a promising strategy for addressing the shortage of organs for human transplantation. Using CRISPR-Cas9, Luhan Yang, the cofounder and CEO of QihanBio, has helped create a genome editing platform that addresses many of the concerns over pig-to-human immunological compatibility and the risk of cross-species transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs). Join Yang as she shares her mission to create a new world in which no patient has to die while waiting for an organ transplant.

This event is part of the Gene Editing Science Lecture Series and the Unknown and Solitary Seas Gallery Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible | Chanan Tigay

January 7, 2020
The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible by Chanan Tigay

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Chanan Tigay RI '20 shares some backstory before reading a passage from his first book, The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible (Ecco, 2016), about the oldest Bible in the world, how its outing as a fraud led to a scandalous death, and why archaeologists now believe it was real—if only they could find it.

Tigay is an award-winning journalist and nonfiction writer. He is a 2019–2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, where he is working on a new book.

Adoption of Effective Practices in Schools | Todd Rogers

December 16, 2019
Adoption of Effective Practices in Schools | Todd Rogers

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Todd Rogers RI ’20 illustrates a selection of randomized control trials that are designed to help determine what works and what doesn’t when developing scalable interventions that are intended to increase the adoption of welfare-enhancing innovations and practices. Rogers is a behavioral scientist who is a professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is the 2019–2020 Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Breaking My Silence: Amplifying Our Voices as “Others” | Neal Hovelmeier

December 16, 2019
Breaking My Silence: Amplifying Our Voices as “Others” | Neal Hovelmeier

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Neal Hovelmeier RI ’20 shares his insights about how people living on the margins of society struggle to use their voices against the forces that seek to silence them. The story of his coming out, a decision that made him a target of public outcry—including death threats—and forced him to resign from his job at a top Zimbabwean school, starts on a sweltering Thursday morning in September 2018. “The city was awash with the pale indigo of the jacaranda trees,” he says. “And there's an old proverb, which says that jacaranda time is madness time.”

Hovelmeier is a Zimbabwe-based writer, educator, and academic who writes fiction under the pseudonym Ian Holding. He is the 2019–2020 Robert G. James Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

The Sex Crimes Paradox | Corey Rayburn Yung

December 16, 2019
The Sex Crimes Paradox | Corey Rayburn Yung

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Corey Rayburn Yung RI ’20 argues that the failure to have healthy dialogues about sex, consent, and sexual violence has created and continues to create the cultural and legal dysfunction we see today.

Yung is the William R. Scott Research Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. He is the 2019–2020 Lisa Goldberg Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

To Serve Better—Speak, Memory

December 13, 2019
Joan Naviyuk Kane

At the Radcliffe Institute, Alaskan Inupiaq poet and Harvard alum Joan Naviyuk Kane keeps her language and culture alive through her art and her family.

Transcript. Video by Justin Saglio/Harvard Staff


Inspired by one of Harvard Yard’s famous gates, “To Serve Better” is a yearlong Harvard Gazette project exploring the connections between members of the Harvard community and neighborhoods across the United States and its territories.

Explore "To Serve Better" to see more stories from across the country: https://hrvd.me/serve9y

Radical Commitments | Childhood, Case, and Social Contributions

November 27, 2019
Radical Commitments | Childhood, Case, and Social Contributions

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2019

A cross-generational group of leading scholars, activists, musicians, and incarcerated women lead discussions on the rich tradition of activism and social theory in the late 20th century using the life and work of the political activist and pioneering philosopher Angela Davis.

ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATION ABOUT CHILDHOOD, CASE, AND SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS
Introduced by Elizabeth Hinton, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Departments of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Featuring:
(
12:55) Fania E. Davis, consultant and founding director emerita, Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

(
21:01) Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Northeastern University School of Law

(
31:20) Bettina F. Aptheker, distinguished professor emerita and Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair in Feminist Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Moderator: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
40:15)

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