Lectures Production Gallery

Jan 10, 2018 THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 - IMMIGRATION 6-7:30PM. SPIEGEL AUDITORIUM, 56 BRATTLE ST. CAMBRIDGE, MA. What do we mean when we say, “America is a nation of immigrants”? According to the Migration Policy Institute, immigrants make up over 13% of the United States population, with over one million immigrants migrating to the US each year. In this conversation, grassroots organizers and legal experts will... more
Jan 4, 2018 The High Line in Manhattan was born of a city that is constantly reinventing itself. Built on a mile-and-a-half long elevated railroad, this dynamic landscape was inspired by the tenacity of plants in its industrial setting, and it uses a matrix of perennial and woody plants to evoke a natural landscape. Wildly successful and overwhelmingly popular, caring for this garden in the sky poses unique... more
Jan 4, 2018 Seasonal New England is rich in its unique and dynamic ecological patterns. Join us, as Matthew explores how his observations of these natural systems have influenced his firm’s creation of contextual and native plant-centric projects that grasp the rhythms of everyday life. He will show us a variety of residential landscapes, large and small, that embrace our regional flora, utilize ecologically... more
Jan 4, 2018 Ecologically attuned designers are increasingly looking to nature for inspiration in the design of managed landscapes. But connecting field botany to horticulture is complex, and insights gained from observations in the wild don’t always translate directly into a cultivated garden. Uli will use the recently expanded native flora garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a cultivated pine barrens and... more
Jan 4, 2018 Native plants have evolved a broad array of adaptations in the wild, yielding not only the ornamental features embraced in horticulture but many fascinating mechanisms for survival. Dan will take us beyond 'pretty' plant features to explore the origins of these adaptive traits, and the critical importance of regional variation. This insight helps us to select plants that are genuinely suited to... more
Dec 19, 2017 Enjoy a series of evening readings by an eclectic lineup of talented poets, authors, playwrights and YA writers in our Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge, from Jan. 5 to 10. All readings are free and open to the public. Visiting poet Oliver de la Paz (pictured), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry for “Requiem for the Orchard” (2010), will be a special guest along with a selection of... more
Nov 27, 2017 ​ Mark your calendars for the first of a Ujima lecture series exploring the intersections of race and finance. We are excited to kick off the series with a talk from Phil Thompson, "Why Race and Money Are the Same Topic!" Actress, writer, and comedian Obehi Janice will open the talk with a reading of a scene from an original composition. The talk will take place, Wednesday, December 13th, 6:00pm... more
Oct 31, 2017 Learn how to overcome the rollercoaster of weight loss and gain. BREAK out of breaking even is the first course to address the phenomenon of "breaking even"! "Breaking even" is when you invest time in exercising and eating healthy but do not see results, especially long term. You will develop skills and self awareness for long term weight loss management. The program is designed to be... more
Oct 31, 2017 The Sankofa Lecture Series was established to create a forum for thought-provoking diversity and inclusion themed presentations on current hot topics led by guest scholars, authors and researchers within academia and in the greater society. The meaning of the word Sankofa asks that we embrace our past in order to achieve a rewarding future. The series creates a platform for diverse perspectives... more
Oct 30, 2017 LaToya Ruby Frazier is a photographer and video artist who uses visual autobiographies to capture social inequality and historical change in the postindustrial age. The College of Art and Design is pleased to have Ms. Frazier join us this Fall as part of the Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series. In 2014, Frazier was named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts. The following year, she... more
Sep 11, 2017 LEFT ON PEARL is a 55-minute documentary about a highly significant but little-known event in the history of the women's liberation movement, the 1971 takeover and occupation of a Harvard University-owned building by hundreds of Boston area women. The ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by women demanding a Women’s Center and low income housing for the community in which the building stood,... more
Jun 5, 2017 Lesley University welcomes the public to its annual summer reading series, featuring award-winning authors from the community as well as two visiting artists. Readings will span five genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for young people and writing for the stage and screen. All events will be held at Marran Theater, 34 Mellen St., Cambridge. Lolita Hernandez Saturday, June 24, 6:30 p.m.... more
Mar 30, 2017 Learn a bit about the women’s movement in journalism that brought about household names like Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Oprah Winfrey. Then deconstruct contemporary newscasts and the role women play in modern-day news. Register Today! contact Keaton Fox at 617-661-6900 or email keaton@cctvcambridge.org All regular classes have two rates: one for Access Members and one for non-members.... more
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