Lectures Production Gallery

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
Jun 23, 2016 Using big data to understand rare diseases More than one million humans have now had their DNA sequenced, providing tremendous amounts of information on the patterns of genetic variation across the human population. This talk will outline the Broad Institute’s efforts to create massive genetic databases and describe how these data can be used to understand human genes and the causes of rare,... more
Jun 23, 2016 How epigenetics controls our genes in health and disease The one genome we inherit at birth gives rise to the thousands of different cell types in our body — blood cells, skin cells, neurons, and so on. How can cells with the same genes and DNA be so different? The answer lies in epigenetics, the system of gene controls that turn on just the right genes in cells.Brad Bernstein will present an... more
Jun 23, 2016 Why Microbes Matter Microbes influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Though they have gotten a bad rap for causing disease, our bugs can protect us from disease, feed us, and they might even affect the way we think! We are also learning how human activity, including the use of antibiotics, has influenced our microbes with profound implications for human health. I will discuss some of the... more
Jun 22, 2016 Autism spectrum disorders: genetics of an evolving diagnosis Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are diagnosed far more frequently today than they were 20 years ago, and people with a diagnosis of ASD differ enormously in their behavior and abilities. Dr. Robinson will introduce recent findings from ASD genetics studies and discuss changes in the ASD diagnostic landscape. Elise Robinson Elise... more
Jun 17, 2016 What to the Slave is the 4th of July? A Joint Reading of the Words of Frederick Douglass Thursday, June 30, 2016, 12:00 PM Boston Common, Across from the State House Please join us for this annual communal reading of the fiery July 5, 1852, speech in which Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Co-sponsored by: Charles... more
Jun 6, 2016 From June 20 to 23, Lesley University’s College of Art and Design is hosting artists, historians and other visual arts experts for a series of free, public lectures in Porter Square. The Art Talks Lecture Series gives artists, aficionados and others the opportunity to hear from thought leaders about classic and contemporary art, and the series is part of Lesley’s Master of Fine Arts in Visual... more
May 23, 2016 Please join the City of Cambridge & the Citizens' Committee on Civic Unity for a presentation by Charles M. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission, and Clifford Cook, Planning Information Manager for the City, on the dynamic demographics of Cambridge and how the diverse community we love came to be. The presentation will examine the diversity of the City,... more
May 4, 2016 Are you concerned about changes you have noticed in a loved one’s memory? In this informative presentation Dr. Raia will provide guidance in how to have these difficult conversations. Many common challenges will be discussed including, -How should I begin the conversation with my loved one? -How can I get my Mom or Dad to accept help? -What options are available for support? -What if my family... more
May 3, 2016 Join Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman on her national speaking tour to celebrate 20 years of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and the release of her most recent book, Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America. Returning to the Cambridge Forum, Amy will give a lecture on the most pressing issues facing our democracy today, the 2016 election, and reflecting... more
Apr 21, 2016 What is S.T.E.A.M. education and why is it significant for Cambridge? Join a public forum on April 22 and find out. 8 The Forum, titled Stoking a 21st Century S.T.E.A.M. Engine: Rocket Fuel for the Innovation Economy, was conceived by a group of organizations that give an indication of just how wide a range of interests come together in the idea of S.T.E.A.M. The innovation economy is driven... more
Apr 13, 2016 On May 4, 1970, National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed antiwar protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding nine others, including the author of this book. The shootings shocked the American public and triggered a nationwide wave of campus strikes and protests. To many at the time, Kent State seemed an unlikely site for the bloodiest confrontation in a... more

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