Why Would "We" Help "Them"? | Hernan del Valle

November 14, 2018
Why Would "We" Help "Them"? by Hernan del Valle

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Hernan del Valle RI '19 tells the story of how a bunch of doctors ended up rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea, how it's coming to an end, and what's happening in the background politically in Europe and elsewhere.

As head of humanitarian affairs and advocacy for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), del Valle bared witness to the difficult political challenges that emerged for MSF throughout this operation, not only in its relation with European governments but also engaging with a civil society bitterly divided by debates on migration.

Del Valle has led humanitarian aid operations for the past 15 years. His work has taken him across five continents assisting people affected by armed conflict and forced displacement. He is the 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.

Science Sounds Strange: Ether Waves, Espionage, and the Theremin’s Odyssey

November 9, 2018
Science Sounds Strange: Ether Waves, Espionage, and the Theremin’s Odyssey

The musicologist and composer Dorit Chrysler demonstrates the eerie, strange, and endless range of the theremin, a unique musical instrument created by the physicist-turned-electronic-music-pioneer Léon Theremin as a result of his Soviet-sponsored spy research into electromagnetic waves and proximity sensors.

Featuring additional commentary by John Huth, Donner Professor of Science, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Introduction by Immaculata De Vivo, interim faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Theremin Demonstrations:
1. "The Swan" by Camille Saint-Saëns (8:22)
2. "The Day the Earth Stood Still" by Bernhard Herrmann* (27:45)
3. "Rubies and Pearls" by Dorit Chrysler (32:30)

*Piano: Rob Schwimmer

This event is part of The Undiscovered Science Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

A Political Poetry: Reading and Conversation with Solmaz Sharif

November 8, 2018
A Political Poetry: Reading and Conversation with Solmaz Sharif

The award-winning poet and Radcliffe Institute visiting scholar Solmaz Sharif reads selected poems and participates in a discussion with Evie Shockley RI ’19.

The Undiscovered | 1 of 5 | Stuart Firestein

November 6, 2018
The Undiscovered, 1 of 5, Stuart Firestein

The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, "The Undiscovered," focuses on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.

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

OPENING REMARKS
(4:49) Alyssa Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

READING: "METHOD VS. MUSE"
(13:54) Ceili Magnus, senior, Barnstable High School

MORNING KEYNOTE
(17:53) Stuart Firestein, professor of biological sciences, Columbia University

AUDIENCE Q&A (50:24)

The Undiscovered | 2 of 5 | LIFE

November 6, 2018
The Undiscovered, 2 of 5, LIFE

The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, "The Undiscovered," focuses on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.

LIFE
(3:13) Robinson W. Fulweiler, associate professor in the Departments of Earth & Environment and of Biology and director of the Boston University Marine Program, Boston University

(23:14) Joel Dudley, associate professor of genetics and genomic sciences, associate professor of population health science and policy, associate professor of medicine, and director of the Next Generation Healthcare Institute, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai

Discussant: Immaculata De Vivo, interim faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School; and professor of epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

PANEL DISCUSSION (43:26)
AUDIENCE Q&A (52:46)

The Undiscovered | 3 of 5 | EARTH

November 6, 2018
The Undiscovered, 3 of 5, EARTH

The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, "The Undiscovered," focuses on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.

EARTH
(3:23) Nathan E. Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability and associate professor in the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Discussant: Conevery Bolton Valencius, professor of history, Boston College

DISCUSSION (27:38)
AUDIENCE Q&A (32:22)

The Undiscovered | 4 of 5 | SPACE

November 6, 2018
The Undiscovered, 4 of 5, SPACE

The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, "The Undiscovered," focuses on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.

SPACE
(5:22) Laura Kreidberg, junior fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, and ITC Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

(23:30) Lisa Kaltenegger, associate professor in astronomy and director of the Carl Sagan Institute, Cornell University

Discussant: David Charbonneau, professor of astronomy and Harvard College Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

DISCUSSION (47:01)
AUDIENCE Q&A (53:05)

The Undiscovered | 5 of 5 | Jill Tarter

November 6, 2018
The Undiscovered, 5 of 5, Jill Tarter

The 2018 Radcliffe Institute science symposium, "The Undiscovered," focuses on how scientists explore realities they cannot anticipate. Speakers from across the disciplines of modern science present personal experiences and discuss how to train scientists, educators, and funders to foster the expertise and open-mindedness needed to reveal undiscovered aspects of the world around us.

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE
(2:44) Jill Tarter, chair emeritus for SETI Research, SETI Institute

AUDIENCE Q&A (36:54)

CLOSING REMARKS
(51:40) Alyssa Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

READING: "METHOD VS. MUSE"
(59:43) Ceili Magnus, senior, Barnstable High School

(Why) Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

October 25, 2018
Why, Reporting the Voices of African Women and Girls Matters

The 2018–2019 Rama S. Mehta Lecture at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
A lecture by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

An all-purpose Africa reporter, National Public Radio's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton is often to be found—in open-air markets, on the front line, in the boardroom, in educational institutions, in urban and village settings, in creative spaces and sacred places—listening to women and girls talk about the continent, the world, and what matters to them. And to us all.

FEATURING
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Africa correspondent, NPR

Marco Werman, host, The World, Public Radio International

Introduced by Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean of the Radcliffe Institute, the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, and a professor of history in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Audiofuturism | andré m. carrington

October 24, 2018
Audio futurism by andré m. carrington

As part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, andré m. carrington RI '19 investigates the nexus of race and genre and the tradition of science fiction radio drama, showing how speculative fiction and literary adaptation are transatlantic world-making practices that both influence and respond to the modern sensorium.

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