Learning & Development

2021 Apr 01

Race, Representation, and Agassiz’s Brazilian Fantasy

4:00pm to 5:30pm

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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?

Five distinguished panelists 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. Panelists will be writer and historian Christoph Irmscher (contributor to the recent Peabody Museum Press book about...

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2021 Mar 30

Members: Family Fun - Animal Problem Solvers

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Animals develop special characteristics that help them survive in their environments. From keeping warm to staying hidden, animals solve problems every day. Have you ever thought about how we humans do the same?

Get ready for a lively night of fun, games, and surprises when Javier Marin transports you back inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History. He will broadcast from the galleries pointing out some of the ways animals adapt to challenges they face in the wild. Then, you will look through your own homes in a problem-solving scavenger hunt. Your family will work together...

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2021 Mar 25

Black Is Queen: The Divine Feminine in Kush

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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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. Using temple inscriptions found in Egypt and Nubia, the rich funerary goods found in royal burials, and temple and tomb imagery, Solange Ashby will discuss how ancient Africans of the Nile Valley understood female power and presence. Songs from Beyoncé’s recent production “Black Is King” will be woven into this presentation on...

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2021 Mar 04

The Last Common Ancestor

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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The last common ancestor of chimpanzees and modern humans is believed to have evolved in Africa six to eight million years ago. Finding fossil apes and hominins—extinct members of the human lineage—from this period has been challenging. Ashley Hammond will discuss her approach to identifying key evolutionary adaptations of this last common ancestor using 3D technology, analyses of known fossils, and field research at six-million-year-old sites in Kenya. Hammond’s research aims to clarify the origins of bipedality, a key adaptation in human evolution.

Evolution Matters...

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2021 Mar 03

After-School Animal Encounters: Weird Eaters

3:00pm to 3:45pm

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Have you ever thought about the way you eat, or even how you chew? Now, imagine that you are a huge bullfrog, a sea star, or even a scorpion. How would you eat? As March is Nutrition Month in the U.S., it’s the perfect time to meet some of our live animals and explore our creatures’ diets and eating habits. Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan in this 45-minute program for families and get a close look at some weird eaters.

This webinar is free and will be hosted via Zoom.

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2021 Feb 15

I ❤️ Science: Faraway Worlds

1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Faraway Worlds” theme looks at exploration of places hard to get to such as space, deep oceans, and the distant past.

During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how we study the sun and what we hope to learn from missions to Mars.

At home, try your hand at investigating light, explore what we know about coelacanths and hear the story...

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2021 Feb 14

I ❤️ Science: Love the Earth

1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Love the Earth” theme looks at how we are taking care of our planet and the geology that makes it all possible.

During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how we can design batteries large enough to power a building and investigate what it takes to save endangered species.

At home, try your hand at growing crystals, modeling volcanos, and...

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2021 Feb 13

I ❤️ Science: Tiny Creatures

1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I Heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. This day’s “Tiny Creatures” theme looks at bacteria, viruses, and other microbial creatures.

During the live webinar, starting at 1:00 pm ET, meet live tardigrades, also known as water bears. Watch recorded videos featuring Harvard scientists who study bacterial resistance, ways to test for viruses, and how bacteria grow.

At home, try your hand at making a water-drop microscope, comparing...

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2021 Feb 12

I ❤️ Science: Incredible Evolution

1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Break out of the winter doldrums and welcome Harvard science into your home with the all-virtual I heart Science festival lasting from Friday, February 12 to Monday, February 15. Today’s “Incredible Evolution” theme looks at ways that animals have adapted to their environments. During the live webinar, starting at 1pm ET, meet Harvard researchers studying how brains evolve and how stress can enhance performance.

At home, watch recorded videos by Harvard scientists studying mice behavior or try your hand at comparing bone structures, collecting bugs, and investigating...

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2021 Feb 04

From Conquest to Colony: The Early Colonial Period in Peru

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Peru’s early colonial history is generally viewed from the perspective of the Europeans who invaded the region and documented their conquests. Recent archaeological studies, however, are revealing new insights into the experiences of Indigenous and other peoples who lived during this turbulent period. Archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter will discuss findings of the first in-depth archaeological and historical study of a colonial Peruvian town documented in his new book, Magdalena de Cao (Peabody Museum Press, 2021) highlighting how they are advancing our understanding of...

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2021 Feb 02

After-School Animal Encounters: Defense

3:00pm to 3:45pm

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Animals have many amazing and bizarre ways to defend themselves, from exoskeletons and shells, to losing limbs and spraying chemicals! Learn about what some of our animals do to protect themselves and even to avoid a fight altogether. Join human museum staffers Javier and Ryan as they lead you in a 45-minute-long program with live animals. This event will be fun for the whole family so bring your questions and sense of wonder.

This webinar is free and will be hosted via Zoom.

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2021 Jun 08

User Experience (UX) Foundations (IT) (IT Academy 2-Day Course)

9:00am to 11:00am

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This hands-on, Specialized Discipline course meets on June 8 & 9 and will provide you with a broader understanding of what UX is. You will learn the benefits of good UX, their methods and applicability, and the resources that are available to you. 

Light refreshments such as coffee, bottled water, fruit and granola bars, are included. 

If you’d like space to work before or after your IT Academy Class you can go to public areas and access Harvard WiFi: Lamont Library (Harvard Yard), Widener Library (Harvard Yard), Cabot Library (...

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