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

Radical Commitments | Session 1: Revolution

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 1: Revolution

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.

WELCOMING REMARKS
Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School; and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

(
6:02) 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

FRAMING REMARKS
(
11:09) 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

SESSION 1: "REVOLUTION" (
25:37)
(
33:46) Trevor G. Fowler, visiting adjunct professor, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa)

(
48:00) Robyn C. Spencer, associate professor of history, Lehman College

(
54:40) Robin D. G. Kelley, distinguished professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, UCLA

(
1:08:04) Ericka Huggins, activist and educator Moderator: Brandon M. Terry, assistant professor of African and African American studies and of social studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
1:24:27)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:42:57)

 

Radical Commitments | Session 2: Feminisms

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 2: Feminisms

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.

SESSION 2: "FEMINISMS"
(
5:43) Julie Dash, distinguished professor in the arts, Spelman College

(
18:52) Gina Dent, associate professor of feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz

(
30:52) Farah Jasmine Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies, Columbia University

(
45:10) Barbara Ransby, distinguished professor of African American studies, gender and women’s studies, and history, University of Illinois at Chicago

Moderator: Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
1:00:38)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:06:37)

Radical Commitments | Session 3: Abolition

November 26, 2019
Radical Commitments | Session 3: Abolition

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.

SESSION 3: "ABOLITION"
(
6:24) Kathy Boudin, codirector and cofounder, Center for Justice at Columbia University

(
20:28) Ruth Wilson Gilmore, professor of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York

(
36:31) Beth E. Richie, professor and department head of criminology, law, and justice and professor of African American studies and gender and women’s studies, University of Illinois at Chicago Moderator: Tommie Shelby, Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

PANEL DISCUSSION (
53:37)
AUDIENCE Q&A (
1:13:29)

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 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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