Learning & Development

2020 Oct 22

Diving with a Purpose: A Fifteen-Year Odyssey

6:00pm to 7:00pm



Diving with a Purpose is an organization dedicated to the documentation and protection of African slave trade shipwrecks and the maritime history and culture of African Americans. Jay Haigler and Albert José Jones will share a documentary on the organization’s work and recent discoveries. They will discuss the importance of submerged heritage resources in advancing the fields of maritime archaeology and ocean conservation and the need for a better understanding of the transatlantic slave trade and its global, cultural, and social-economic impact on society.


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2020 Oct 22

National Fossil Day

9:00am to 2:00pm



Celebrate National Fossil Day—a celebration organized by the National Park Service—by taking a closer look at museum fossils with Harvard paleontologists. What can we see on ancient seafloors? How do modern animals help us understand extinct animals? What fossils still amaze scientists? What is it like to be a practicing paleontologist? Bring your curiosity and questions to this online event for all ages!

Program Schedule

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Graduate Student RJ Knecht and Curatorial Assistant Mark Renczkowski share trace fossils...

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Email for Action

October 7, 2020
This 90-minute virtual workshop on Oct. 20 will focus on techniques for formatting emails when requesting action. You’ll learn concepts to help organize your thoughts in a way that will help your readers take the action you intend in the time you’re requesting. Learn more. Read more about Email for Action
2020 Oct 07

From the Hands of the Makers

6:00pm to 7:00pm



Free Virtual Lecture and Book Presentation

Jennifer Brown, Collection Manager, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

Natalja Kent, Photographer, Glass Flowers: Marvels of Art and Science at Harvard

Scott E. Fulton, Head Conservator, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants

Donald H. Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium of Cryptogamic Botany

From 1886 to 1936, Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka...

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2020 Sep 30

Tree Mob™: Paperbark Maple




With bark that exfoliates in cinnamon and gold curls, paperbark maple (Acer griseum) is a stunning Chinese temperate species. Over the past century it has become a prized garden specimen in many private and public North American gardens. Endangered in its native range, this species has been a collection target for conservation by the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium. Low seed viability, however, makes conservation a long-term challenge. Arboretum staff members will gather online to share their knowledge and expertise in collection, propagation, and cultivation of this...

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2020 Sep 23

Secure and Effective Remote Learning with Joseph Blatt & Harvard IT

12:00pm to 1:00pm



The shift to remote learning has led to new questions around digital safety for our families. What are the longer-term effects of extended screen-time on our families and students at home? How can we use technology tools as effectively as possible to keep our students safe? What are best practices to keep our family’s online information secure

To help ease your concerns in a friendly and approachable way, our expert panel including Faculty Director of the HGSE Technology, Innovation, and Education Program Joseph Blatt and Harvard University IT Program Manager for Training and...

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Planning During Uncertain Times

September 9, 2020
This 90-minute virtual workshop on Sept. 22 will focus on new considerations and an approach to planning, given we are currently faced with unexpected challenges that cause us to be flexible in a new way.  Participants will leave with a helpful approach to work during in these unprecedented times. Learn more. Read more about Planning During Uncertain Times
2020 Dec 01

Universal Manager Training (University-Wide, Managers Only)

9:00am to 12:00pm



This course meets on December 1, 8, and 15, 2020.

This program focuses on equipping managers with the core knowledge and skills required to successfully manage at Harvard.  Topics include important laws, policies, and skills necessary for successfully managing people and for creating an environment that is safe, productive and diverse.  In an effort to maximize managers’ participation in the program, content will be offered in a blended format (a mix of online modules and virtual, live sessions), with a focus on relatable case scenarios


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