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2020 Oct 21

Reducing Misperceptions Via Social Media

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the NULab at Northeastern University.

Social media platforms have struggled to address misinformation circulating on their platforms. It seems unlikely that they will be able to rid these digital spaces of misinformation altogether, which means that there is a need to provide corrective information. This talk will review research on reducing misperceptions via social media. In particular, the talk will emphasize the need to think about attention and identity. In a crowded social media environment, those wishing to...

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2020 Oct 20

Innovating in the Workplace: Supporting Mental Health of Young People of Color During COVID-19 and Beyond

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Online

Even prior to the coronavirus pandemic, young people of color in the United States faced daunting challenges, which are significantly highlighted when navigating the workplace. Along with the hope and pride of having achieved a higher education degree, young people of color are faced with increased professional stress, particularly now. At alarming rates, jobs and internships are disappearing and unemployment rates among people of color are increasing. It is no surprise that due to these factors, combined with the impacts of systemic racism, we are seeing higher rates of depression,...

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2020 Oct 19

FORUM - The Leadership Playbook: Insights from Great Leaders

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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No two leaders are the same. But through conversation with some of the world’s greatest CEOs and game changers, David M. Rubenstein has found commonalities among the motivations and challenges that shape the careers of leaders who thrive—how do they handle decision-making, risk, innovation, and crisis? Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow has helmed institutions of higher learning for almost two decades. Drawing on principles and stories from Rubenstein’s new book, How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers, the two will share stories of leaders they...

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2020 Oct 26

Harvard Neighbors Virtual Open House

7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Online

Join us to learn about Harvard Neighbors and the variety of activities that we will be organizing virtually for our community this year. Our membership is composed of Harvard
staff, visiting fellows and faculty, and their spouses and partners.

At the Open House, “meet” the volunteers that lead the various interest groups that range from discussing books, community service, conversation classes in a variety of
languages, outings, and crafts. We also have special events with guest speakers and cultural celebrations planned this year.

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2020 Nov 14

Fabulous Fungus Fair

2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Online

Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, labs—even in our own refrigerators. This popular annual event turns virtual this year, featuring videos created by Harvard students. Join the webinar to participate in live conversation in response to student projects. Be prepared to see fungi in a whole new way!

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2020 Nov 01

Día de los Muertos Day of the Dead Celebration

3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Online

Join us online for an afternoon of community and joyful remembrance. Write an online message of love, watch a master craftsman create papel picado in Mexico, listen to traditional verses in English and Spanish, craft a cempasúchil flower for the departed, ask questions about our ofrenda and learn a Mexican folk dance. At nightfall, walk to our illuminated front steps for an outdoor candle lighting for Covid-19 victims and other loved ones. Handheld candles will be available. Social distancing precautions will be in effect. Look for the...

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2020 Oct 22

Diving with a Purpose: A Fifteen-Year Odyssey

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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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

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Online

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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2020 Oct 15

The Obsidian Mirror: Literature and Archaeology in Mexico

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Mexican authors Octavio Paz, Carlos Fuentes, José Emilio Pacheco, Salvador Novo, Rubén Bonifaz Nuño, and Rosario Castellanos, among others, have sought to use language to explore and recover the links between Mexico’s Indigenous peoples and its contemporary society. Focusing on Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past, Juan Villoro will explore the intimate and evocative relationships among literature, archaeology, and culture.

Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series

This lecture series was created with the generosity of José Antonio Alonso Espinosa to honor the world-...

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2020 Oct 14

Wonderful Cambrian Beasts

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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Earth is home to a vast diversity of organisms that collectively define the modern biosphere. How did this diversity come to be? Javier Ortega-Hernández will discuss his approach to answering this question by studying organisms that lived more than half a billion years ago in the Cambrian Period (541–485 million years ago). By focusing on the earliest-known animals—some of the most versatile to ever exist—Ortega-Hernández aims to reconstruct the early evolutionary history of major animal groups and contribute to our understanding of Earth’s biodiversity.

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2020 Oct 16

2020 HILT Conference: Championing Equitable Instruction and Inclusive Classrooms

9:00am to 12:30pm

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Online

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with newly energized movements opposing inequality and oppression of Black communities and people of color, highlights the importance of effective pedagogy in diverse classrooms and about difficult subjects. The transition to remote teaching has only emphasized the wide variety of challenges and privileges that students carry into their learning, and there is an increased need to address issues around socioeconomic constraints, accessibility, and differentiated learning. These issues, among many others, directly impact students’ ability to navigate hidden...

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2020 Oct 15

On Account of Race (1965)

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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The passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 marked one culmination of a long civil rights movement that began in the wake of the American Civil War and gathered steam in the early 20th century, long before the Montgomery bus boycotts and the emergent leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. inaugurated the best-known phase of the movement. Designed to restore the intention of the 15th Amendment, the VRA invalidated poll taxes, literacy tests, and other prerequisites and practices that had been used to disfranchise African American women and men in the states of the former Confederacy...

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2020 Oct 14

HGSE’s Education Now: Teaching for Democracy: History, Civic Engagement, and Student Activism

3:00pm to 3:30pm

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Education Now: is an HGSE webinar series that responds to the dramatic changes in the field of education in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Each 30-minute episode is designed to prompt observations and insights that are thought-provoking and actionable.

In addition to Zoom, Education Now webinars are streamed to YouTube, Facebook, and other social platforms, as well as to the HGSE website, at hgse.me/ednow.

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2020 Oct 12

Culinary Ash in Contemporary Native American Cuisine

7:00pm to 9:00pm

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The lectures pair Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. The series, organized by Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is based on the Harvard course “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter,” but public lectures do not replicate course content.

Each presentation will begin with a 15-minute lecture about the scientific topics from that week’s class by a faculty member from the Harvard course

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