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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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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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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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2020 Dec 16

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

5:00pm to 5:30pm

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Led by:
Elizabeth Rudy, Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Associate Curator of Prints

Join us online to experience a special glimpse into the museums and access to the experts while we’re closed.

This tour will take place online via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. The day before the event, you will receive a Zoom link.

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2020 Nov 18

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

5:00pm to 5:30pm

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Led by:
Julie Wertz, Beal Family Postgraduate Fellow in Conservation Science, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies

Join us online to experience a special glimpse into the museums and access to the experts while we’re closed.

This tour will take place online via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. The day before the event, you will receive a Zoom link.

Register here....

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2020 Nov 05

Art Talk Live: The Arts of the Everyday—Found Materials in Brazilian Art & Printmaking at Home

2:00pm to 2:30pm

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Bits of fabric, metal scraps, trash—these are just some of the experimental materials artists have used to make political statements. From sculpture to the graphic arts, a vibrant tradition of found materials, assemblage, and collage exists in Brazil, where artists have deployed these techniques to illuminate economic, racial, and environmental issues. This talk will explore innovative works at the Harvard Art Museums and beyond, followed by a demonstration of how to make a collagraphic print at home using found materials.

This talk is part of a series investigating power...

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2020 Oct 21

Virtual Gallery Tour for Friends and Fellows of the Museums

5:00pm to 5:30pm

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Led by:
Katherine Mintie, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

Join us online to experience a special glimpse into the museums and access to the experts while we’re closed.

This tour will take place online via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. The day before the event, you will receive a Zoom link.

Register here...

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2020 Oct 10

Student Guide Tour: Spirituality in Secular Art, with Adam Sella

11:00am to 11:30am

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Join us live on Zoom for a Student Guide Tour!

Adam Sella ’22 considers different ideas of spirituality and how these appear in artworks we might not immediately consider to be spiritual.

This free tour will take place online via Zoom. To join, click the following link: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/92102879072 (no pre-registration required).

The Ho Family Student Guide Program at the Harvard Art Museums trains students to develop original, research-based tours of the collections. These tours,...

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2020 Oct 09

Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Obsession and Labor—Albert Moore’s Singular Painting Techniques

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in an online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

British artist Albert Moore’s painting process is believed to be among the most elaborate of the Victorian era. Join conservation fellow Ruby Awburn and curatorial fellow Sophie Lynford as they discuss the results of their recent research and examination of Moore’s painting Study for “Blossoms.” The conservation treatment revealed layers beneath the surface of his work, which allowed Awburn and Lynford...

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