Edward Ball | Life of a Klansman

May 25, 2017
Edward Ball, Life of a Klansman

As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Edward Ball RI ’17 investigates the life of a fighter in the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana—a member of Ball’s own family—and examines the role of this participant in the race terror that spread through the South during Reconstruction.

Ball is the 2016–2017 Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Intersections | 1 of 4 | Keynote

May 23, 2017
Intersections, 1 of 4, Keynote

Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard University

KEYNOTE (9:57)
Angela Flournoy, author of The Turner House; Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellow at the New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers

AUDIENCE Q&A (41:47)

Intersections | 2 of 4 | Ways of Knowing the City

May 23, 2017
Intersections, 2 of 4, Ways of Knowing the City

This panel explores how urban environments offer a dense and intense human experience, while also being a complex object of study generating vast quantities of data for analysis. 

Heidi Ewing (4:35), filmmaker; codirector of the Emmy Award–winning film Detropia

Mark Shepard (23:40), associate professor, Departments of Architecture and Media Study, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo

Sooni Taraporevala (43:13), photographer; award-winning screenwriter (Mississippi Masala, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake) and director (Little Zizou)

Moderator: Julie A. Buckler, faculty director of the Humanities Program at the Radcliffe Institute; co–principal investigator, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative; Samuel Hazzard Cross Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literatures in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:10:24)

Intersections | 3 of 4 | Beyond the Nature/Technology Divide

May 23, 2017
Intersections, 3 of 4, Beyond the Nature/Technology Divide

This panel looks at the intertwined workings of nature and technology in urban infrastructure, green spaces, public art, and landscape design. 

Dilip da Cunha (4:24), adjunct professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

Anna Schuleit Haber (18:33), visual artist

Matthias Schuler (33:25), founder, Transsolar KlimaEngineering, and Anja Thierfelder, architect (Germany)

Moderator: Erik Ghenoiu, research manager, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:08:48)

Intersections | 4 of 4 | Planned and Unplanned

May 23, 2017
Intersections, 4 of 4, Planned and Unplanned

Official city plans are often not realized in their proposed forms, but rather adapt to realities on the ground, including unexpected practices and patterns of human behavior. 

Edgar Pieterse (08:11), South African research chair in urban policy and director, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Ana Elvira Vélez Villa (26:58), architect (Colombia)

Ricky Burdett (43:15), professor of urban studies and director, LSE Cities, the London School of Economics and Political Science

Moderator: Eve Blau, co–principal investigator, Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative; adjunct professor of the history and theory of urban form and design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:22:19)

Julie A. Buckler

Xaviera Simmons | Overlay Exhibition: Opening Discussion

May 19, 2017
Xaviera Simmons, Overlay Exhibition Opening Discussion

The artist Xaviera Simmons participates in a discussion pertaining to the opening of Overlay, a multimedia exhibition based in part on stories and historical narratives found in the archives of the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. 


Dina Deitsch, curator, Common Exchange, City of Cambridge; Interim John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University

Yukio Lippit, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute; professor of history of art and architecture, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Xaviera Simmons, artist

Rediscovering Pauli Murray

May 19, 2017
Rediscovering Pauli Murray

Anna Pauline Murray (1910–1985), better known as Pauli, was a pioneering civil and human rights activist, feminist and legal theorist, preacher, and poet. The Schlesinger Library holds the Papers of Pauli Murray, a vast resource comprised of audiotapes, correspondence, legal briefs, photographs, sermons, speeches, and more.

This panel discussion focuses on Pauli Murray’s groundbreaking work, her tumultuous times, and today’s Murray moment, which includes Yale naming a new residential college in her honor and the publication of landmark books by panelists Patricia Bell-Scott and Rosalind Rosenberg, both of whom used the library’s materials.

Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Patricia Bell-Scott (8:30), professor emerita of women’s studies and human development, University of Georgia

Brittney Cooper (18:20), assistant professor of women’s and gender studies, Rutgers University

Rosalind Rosenberg (28:46), professor emerita of history, Barnard College

Kenneth W. Mack (39:11)—Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, and 2016–2017 Frances B. Cashin Fellow, Radcliffe Institute—offers a brief response to the presentations.

Alex Gourevitch | The Political Ethics of the Strike

May 19, 2017
Alex Gourevitch | The Political Ethics of the Strike

As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Alex Gourevitch RI ’17 uses social theory, history, and political philosophy to develop a defense of the right to strike. 

Gourevitch is the 2016–2017 William Bentinck-Smith Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Petros Koumoutsakos | Computing for the Benefit of Humankind

May 16, 2017
Petrol Koumoutsakos, Computing for the Benefit of Mankind

As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Petros Koumoutsakos RI ’17 discusses computing: is it or can it be structured for the benefit of mankind?

Koumoutsakos is the 2016–2017 William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

Anna Cummins | More Ocean, Less Plastic

May 16, 2017
Anna Cummins, More Ocean, Less Plastic

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. More complex, however, is coming up with solutions to this ubiquitous plague.

5 Gyres has spent the last seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal of their research is to use science to drive solutions to plastic pollution. This lecture describes the recent science on microplastics and shares some of the current solutions in policy, innovation, and citizen engagement.

Introduction by John Huth, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and the Donner Professor of Science in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Part of the 2016–2017 Oceans Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University