Lydia R. Diamond | Smart People

April 3, 2014
Lydia Diamond

Smart People, by playwright Lydia R. Diamond, opens at the Huntington Theater in May 2014. Lydia completed Smart People while a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute—here, you can hear how spending a year with scientists and experts from a range of disciplines influenced her work.

Huda Zurayk | What Tomorrow? A Day in the Life of an Arab Woman

March 27, 2014

Building on her research experience, Huda Zurayk analyzes how Arab women are managing to cope with their lives, their health, and the survival of their families in the midst of uncertainty, conflict, and resilience. Her research—and its translation to policy and practice—contributes to interventions that use multiple strategies to reach women of varied experiences whose overwhelming daily question is: What tomorrow?

Huda Zurayk is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the American University of Beirut.

Mei Zhen | Decoding the Motor System

March 26, 2014
Mei Zhen explores how each neuron contribute to motor patterns.

How do animals generate distinct patterns of movement? Mei Zhen explores how each neuron—and its connection with other cells—contributes to each motor pattern through the reconstruction of a developing animal's nervous system.

Linda Gordon | Visual Democracy: The Photography of Dorothea Lange

March 12, 2014
Linda Gordon discusses the photography of Dorothea Lange

In 1935 Dorothea Lange was hired by the New Deal administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to document the impact of the depression on America's farms. But she soon went far beyond her assignment to challenge, visually, the limits of New Deal politics. In this lecture/presentation, Linda Gordon uses many of Lange's images to examine how she explored what documentary photography could do.

Rosalind W. Picard | Your Future Smart Wristband

March 11, 2014
MIT professor Rosalind W. Picard discusses the future of smart wristbands.

Wrist sensors can now collect some of the core physiological data that change with emotion and health. In this talk, Rosalind W. Picard presents examples of new things we can learn from a wristband, including interesting patterns related to sleep, stress, engagement, and epileptic seizures.

Rosalind W. Picard is a professor of media arts and sciences, the director of the Affective Computing Research Group, a codirector of the Autism & Communication Technology Initiative, and a codirector of the Things That Think Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Miguel Syjuco | I Was the President's Mistress!!—a Novel About Sex, Power, and Corruption in the Third World

March 5, 2014
Miguel Syjuco presents on his latest work, I Was the President's Mistress!!—a Novel  About Sex, Power, and Corruption in the Third World

Using a female protagonist's colorful rise to the top of a fictional society based on his home country of the Philippines, Miguel Syjuco examines different facets of power and how they comingle, conflict, and contradict.

Judy Chicago and Jane Gerhard | Art Education and Popular Feminism

March 4, 2014
Nancy Cott, Jane Gerhard, and Judy Chicago discuss art education and popular feminism

View a lively discussion between the pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago, the historian Jane Gerhard, and the Harvard historian and Schlesinger Library director Nancy F. Cott, on feminist space, The Dinner Party controversy, a critique of studio art education, and more.

A Valentine from Möbius

February 14, 2014
Tadashi Tokieda demonstrates a special Valentine's made from a Möbius strip.

In a simple demonstration, mathematician Tadashi Tokieda RI '14 uses paper, tape, and scissors to get some surprising results. Try it yourself and share with your loved ones on Valentine's Day.

I. Glenn Cohen | The Ethicist's and the Lawyer's New Clothes

February 11, 2014
I. Glenn Cohen discusses the legal and ethical issues pertaining to the future of smart clothes.

From enhanced exosuits for members of the armed services to clothing that spies on you, I. Glenn Cohen focuses on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the future of smart clothes.

Cohen is a professor at Harvard Law School, where he is also a codirector of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Michael Kimmelman | The Politics of Public Space

February 6, 2014
Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic of the New York Times, discusses how politics are played out in public spaces.

Michael Kimmelman discusses how politics are played out in public spaces: the fabric of the city is both the stage for social action and the object of civic debate.

Kimmelman is the architecture critic of the New York Times and the Franke Visiting Fellow at the Whitney Center for the Humanities at Yale University. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.