Radical Commitments | Keynote by Angela Davis

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Keynote by Angela Davis

Radical Commitments: The Life and Legacy of Angela Davis
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 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.

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION (
28:31)

Angela Davis, distinguished professor emerita, UC Santa Cruz Neferti X. M. Tadiar, professor and chair of women’s, gender & sexuality studies, Barnard College Introduction by Kaia Stern, Elsa Hardy, and Abbie Cohen, reading from the work of The Pathways Collective, a group of incarcerated women studying Angela Davis’s life and writings

(
8:18) Kaia Stern, practitioner-in-residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, cofounder and director of the Prison Studies Project, and visiting faculty member and lead of the Transformative Justice Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

(
2:27) Elsa Hardy, doctoral student in the Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

(
3:21) Abbie Cohen, community partnership lead at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE (
22:04)
Esperanza Spalding, professor of the practice of music, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Imani Uzuri, vocalist and composer; 2019–2020 fellow, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University

STUDENT Q&A (
1:21:35)

Making the Cut | Session 2: Cardiovascular Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 2: Cardiovascular Disease and Sickle Cell Anemia

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 2: CASE STUDIES: HEART DISEASE; SICKLE CELL ANEMIA
Introduction by moderator Omar Abudayyeh, fellow, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

(
7:39) Vence L. Bonham Jr., senior advisor to the director on genomics and health disparities, National Human Genome Research Institute

(
30:07) Kiran Musunuru, associate professor of medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

PANEL DISCUSSION (
54:26)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:08:51)

Making the Cut | Session 3: Engineering and Disability Rights

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 3: Engineering and Disability Rights

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 3: CASE STUDIES: GENETIC ENGINEERING; DISABILITY RIGHTS

Introduction by moderator Pilar N. Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School; inaugural bioethics scholar in residence, Morgridge Institute for Research

(12:01) Matthew Porteus, professor of pediatrics (stem cell transplantation), Stanford University School of Medicine

(33:17) Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, professor of English and bioethics in the Department of English and codirector of the Emory Disability Studies Initiative, Emory University

PANEL DISCUSSION (1:00:05)
AUDIENCE Q&A (1:12:29)

Making the Cut | Session 4: Concluding Discussion

November 26, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 4: Concluding Discussion

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

SESSION 4: CONCLUDING DISCUSSION

Concluding discussion with session moderators, moderated by Sharon Begley, senior writer, science and discovery, STAT

Omar Abudayyeh, fellow, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT

Pilar N. Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics, University of Wisconsin Law School; inaugural bioethics scholar in residence, Morgridge Institute for Research

Charmaine DM Royal, associate professor of African & African American studies, biology, global health, and family medicine & community health, Duke University

AUDIENCE Q&A (
32:50)

CLOSING REMARKS (
43:44)
Immaculata De Vivo, life sciences advisor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Radical Commitments | Performances

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Performances

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.

WELCOMING REMARKS
Jane Kamensky, Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

PERFORMANCES
(
5:03) “Ode to Angela” by Harold Land
(
15:59) “Sam Jones Blues” by Bessie Smith, composed by Andrew Bernard, J. Russel Robinson, and Roy Turk
(
20:10) “Pirate Jenny” by Nina Simone, composed by Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, and Kurt Weill
(
27:45) “Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday, composed by Lewis Allan
(
35:03) “Ostinato (Suite for Angela)” by Herbie Hancock

Featuring:
Stefon Harris, jazz vibraphonist

Vijay Iyer, Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Nicholas Payton, jazz trumpeter and instrumentalist

Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz vocalist

Esperanza Spalding, professor of the practice of music, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Musical director: Terri Lyne Carrington, founder and artistic director, Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice

Making the Cut | Session 1: Science and Society

November 18, 2019
Making the Cut | Session 1: Science and Society

The 2019 Radcliffe Institute science symposium is on gene editing, a technology that enables scientists to change an organism’s DNA. Leading international scientists, clinicians, and ethicists gather to explore case studies of particular gene therapies and consider the legal and bioethical implications of this research.

WELCOME
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

FRAMING REMARKS (
04:41)
Immaculata De Vivo, life sciences advisor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

SESSION 1: SCIENCE AND SOCIETY (
11:47)
Introduction by moderator: Charmaine DM Royal, associate professor of African & African American studies, biology, global health, and family medicine & community health, Duke University

SCIENCE KEYTNOTE (
17:22) Sylvain Moineau, Canada Research Chair in Bacteriophages, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Bio-informatics, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Université Laval (Canada)

SOCIETY KEYNOTE (
37:38) Jonathan Kimmelman, James McGill Professor and director of the Biomedical Ethics Unit, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University (Canada)

PANEL DISCUSSION (
53:32)

AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:14:33)

 

The Constitution, the Court, and Social Change | Tomiko Brown-Nagin

November 5, 2019
The Constitution, the Court, and Social Change | Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Since Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, the potential influence of the court on a range of critically important issues that could come before it in the coming years has been the subject of intense speculation and analysis. In her inaugural lecture series as dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Tomiko Brown-Nagin RI ’17 puts the present moment in context, exploring how the court has—or has not—driven social change and responded to popular movements for social change at crucial points in 20th-century US history.

Featuring:
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

Introduced by:
A'Lelia Bundles, author, journalist, and public speaker

Presented by:
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard Alumni Association
Harvard Club of Washington, DC

Recorded by:
PSAV at the Washington Court Hotel, Washington, DC

Writing Black Lives

November 4, 2019
Writing Black Lives

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Imani Perry, and Robert Reid-Pharr join in conversation to discuss how their work as biographers speaks to key contemporary discussions about black politics, community, identity, and life.

Featuring:

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

Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies and faculty associate in the program in law and public affairs and the program in gender and sexuality studies, Princeton University 

Robert Reid-Pharr, professor of studies of women, gender, and sexuality and of African and African American studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Introduced by Robin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History and professor of African and African American studies and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

I Want to Prepare to Learn Something I Don't Know | Gala Porras-Kim

October 10, 2019
Artist Talk by Gala Porras-Kim

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Gala Porras-Kim RI '20 shares some of her work, which considers how a lack of information in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation allow for other forms of understanding.

Examining the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Professional Work | Liz Chiarello

October 10, 2019
Examining the Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Professional Work by Liz Chiarello

As part of the 2019–2020 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Liz Chiarello RI '20 uses the opioid and pain crisis as a case for understanding how health care providers make decisions in prescribing and dispensing certain drugs and what the impact is on patient care.

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