For seven seasons, award-winning Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has uncovered the ancestral stories of celebrity guests on his hit-television series, Finding Your Roots. In this program, Gates Jr. will be joined by Dr. Gregg Hecimovich to discuss the process of unearthing the histories of formerly enslaved people.... Read more about Recovering the Histories of Seven Enslaved Americans
How do we confront the history and legacy of Louis Agassiz’s extensive archive of images of African and Indigenous Brazilians made in Manaus, Brazil in 1865 and housed at Harvard’s Peabody Museum?
On April 1 from 4-5:30 p.m., five distinguished panelists will reflect on the historical moment when these pictures were taken, discuss racist displays of Indigenous people in Brazil and elsewhere, and, by bringing to light respect for different epistemologies, explore ways to contend with them today.... Read more about Race, Representation, and Agassiz’s Brazilian Fantasy
The prominence of powerful goddesses and queens in the Nubian Kingdom of Kush (now Northern Sudan) highlights the unusually high status of women in this ancient African society and serves as a fitting focus for the study of female power in the ancient world.... Read more about Black Is Queen: The Divine Feminine in Kush
Nature has long inspired we humans to imagine and create art. Dancers, designers, musicians, painters, and sculptors – they are all found in the natural world. Embark on this journey through the exhibit galleries of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where we will reveal intriguing, and often surprising, sources of creativity and connection between the realms of nature and art.... Read more about Nature as Artist Virtual Tour