Lectures Production Gallery

Mar 21, 2017 The Harvard Museums’ fourth annual Curatorial Innovation program will feature an evening with Okwui Enwezor and John Akomfrah, in which they will explore contemporary exhibition making and the future of museum display. Particular attention will be paid to exhibits that cross disciplines and link the worlds of art and science. more
Mar 20, 2017 Recently discovered correspondence from the early twentieth century has shed light on a disagreement between W. E. B. Du Bois and W. M. F. Petrie, the developer of Egyptian archaeology as a scientific discipline. Their letters focused on the education of people of African descent in America and of Egyptians in Egypt and highlighted the widely divergent views and educational backgrounds of the two... more
Mar 20, 2017 In 1912, British paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward and amateur antiquarian Charles Dawson announced the discovery of a hominin in Sussex, England, thought to be a possible “missing link” between apes and humans. Referred to as Piltdown Man, the find made headlines, but ultimately turned out to be one of the most infamous scientific frauds of all time. Christopher Dean will discuss the history... more
Mar 7, 2017 Studying complex deep-sea processes is a challenging task, but a new network of robotic sensors installed in some of the most remote ocean areas promises to revolutionize ocean science and education. John Delaney will discuss the development of this network and how it enables real-time interdisciplinary research on once-inaccessible natural phenomena in the world's oceans, such as migration... more
Mar 6, 2017 Frederic Ward Putnam, one of the Peabody Museum’s earliest directors, played a key role in establishing anthropology as a scholarly field. He was also a driving force behind the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where he aimed to present authentic exhibits about Indigenous cultures. His vision, however, was compromised by both the Exposition’s administration, which framed the... more
Mar 6, 2017 Phytoplankton–microscopic photosynthetic cells–form the base of ocean food webs. They are responsible for half the photosynthesis on Earth and thus play a central role in our planet’s metabolism. Discovered only three decades ago, Prochlorococcus is the smallest and most abundant member of the phytoplankton, manufacturing billions of tons of living biomass each year. Sallie Chisholm will discuss... more
Mar 2, 2017 Since the early-modern encounter between African and European merchants on the Guinea Coast, the term “fetish” has invoked African gods as a metaphor for what European social critics believe to be disorders in European thought. Yet African gods have a social logic of their own that is no less reasonable than the different, but equally socially positioned, theories of Marx and Freud. J. Lorand... more
Feb 27, 2017 Harmful bacteria have the capacity to kill humans, animals, and plants, while beneficial bacteria play a vital role in keeping them alive. How do these small organisms accomplish such big tasks? Working in groups, bacteria are able to communicate using a cell-to-cell chemical communication process called “quorum sensing,” enabling them to synchronize behavior on a population-wide scale. Bassler... more
Feb 22, 2017 There will be blood: Human genetic studies of blood production and disease Every second, without thinking, our bodies produce millions of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. If this process goes awry, devastating blood disorders can occur, including anemia and leukemia. Vijay Sankaran is interested in how this process happens normally and how it can be perturbed in disease. He will... more
Feb 21, 2017 How can personal narratives help most accurately contextualize the complex cultural histories, identity, and collective memory of the brutality of the British India Partition? It has been 70 years since the British India Partition, an event where it is estimated that over 12 million people were displaced and over 1 million people lost their lives during a 3-month period. According to the office... more
Feb 3, 2017 Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale discusses the Black Panther Party's pivotal movement during societal transgressions toward African-Americans. Mr. Seale is the author of "Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers," published in October 2016. The book tells the story of the Black Panther Party, founded 50 years ago in 1966 by Seale and Huey P. Newton. The words are Seale's ,... more
Jan 6, 2017 The New York Botanical Garden’s new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes “native” in... more
Jan 6, 2017 Initiatives to address pollinator decline are widespread and native plants are the preferred choice for pollinator habitat restoration. The growing demand for natives, coupled with a longstanding desire of horticulturalists for enhanced bloom, color, or other characteristics, has led to the increased selection and breeding of native cultivars. Although these cultivars are typically marketed for... more
Jan 6, 2017 As we incorporate more native plants into our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seed. But wild plants have evolved with a dizzying array of mechanisms, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions. These mechanisms are not... more
Jan 6, 2017 All too often we think of gardens and landscapes as static compositions of carefully placed and managed plants. But a more dynamic and rewarding approach takes advantage of the unique characteristics of plant species and communities, working with ecological processes, not against them. Learn how designer Larry Weaner utilizes the natural adaptations and reproductive abilities of plants to... more
Dec 9, 2016 Workshop: WHAT HOOKS ME? What makes a manuscript stand out from the crowd? Explore nine common features of successful picture books, using recent releases. Note what traps to avoid, how nonfiction fits into acquisitions, and find out what makes Charlesbridge editorial director Yolanda Scott run, not walk, to the contracts department. Workshop: CHILDREN, CHILDREN, WHAT DO YOU SEE? Introducing the... more
Nov 1, 2016 The Fall 2016 Strauch-Mosse artist lecture will be given by acclaimed fashion photographers and videographers Inez and Vinoodh. The lecture coincides with the Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Exhibition. Inez and Vinoodh’s meticulous and audacious imagery has challenged and inspired the field of fashion photography. Working together since 1986, the Dutch partnership rose to fame in the early 1990s.... more
Sep 30, 2016 Professor Randall Kennedy will be speaking about race in Marran Theater on Oct 13, 2016 at 5:45pm. He will give his account on the Ta-Nehisi Coates book “Between the World and Me”, the required reading for the first year freshman students. Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts and the regulation of race relations. He was born in... more
Sep 16, 2016 In the wake of violence around the country and the world, the public is invited to join Lesley University faculty experts for a panel discussion to explore how teachers, parents, and other service providers can talk about gun violence and the related trauma. Hear from Assistant Professor of Art Therapy Kelvin Ramirez; Associate Professor and social worker Joshua Baldwin; Professor of Photography... more
Jun 24, 2016 Join Lesley University and the College of Art and Design for a panel discussion focused on the life and work of renowned American photographer Irving Penn. The discussion will feature three industry experts celebrated in fashion and editorial photography, among others. Moderated by Charlotte Cotton, Curator-in-Residence at the International Center for Photography. Panelists include Fabien Baron... more
Jun 24, 2016 The Fall 2016 Strauch-Mosse artist lecture will be given by acclaimed fashion photographers and videographers Inez and Vinoodh. The lecture coincides with the Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Exhibition. For over two decades, the meticulous and audacious imagery created by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin has challenged and inspired the field of fashion photography. Working together since 1986,... more

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