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2019 Mar 26

Celebrate Nowruz

5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Special Event

Celebrate the Persian New Year and the beginning of spring with poetry, live music, traditional sweets, and an introduction to the traditional haft seen table. More than 3,000 years old, Nowruz (“new day”) originated in ancient Persia and became a popular celebration in communities influenced by Persian culture, including Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Western China. Drop in for a presentation of Nowruz customs and activities and help build community for 1398, the new year in the Persian calendar.

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2019 Feb 21

Magic and Demonology in Ancient Egypt

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies; Assistant Curator of Egyptology, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Ancient Egyptian texts and objects associated with funerary rituals often include references to “magic” and “demons.” Rita Lucarelli will look at how these concepts were defined and used in ancient Egypt, with a special focus on the roles that demons played in magical practices and spells. Through an...

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2019 Feb 17

Harvard Semitic Museum February Vacation Week Activities

Sun - Fri, Feb 17 to Feb 22, 11:00am - 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: make Egyptian accessories, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes--or 30--to see what is new every day.

Activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages. Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy...

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2019 Apr 17

The American Land Museum: Places as Cultural Artifacts

6:00pm

Location: 

Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Matthew Coolidge, Director, Center for Land Use Interpretation

The Center for Land Use Interpretation explores how land in the United States is apportioned, utilized, and perceived. Through exhibitions and public programs, the Center interprets built landscapes—from landfills and urban waterfalls to artificial lakes—as cultural artifacts that help define contemporary American life and culture. Coolidge will discuss the Center’s approach to finding meaning in the intentional and incidental forms we create and also talk about the Center’s efforts to develop the American Land...

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2019 Apr 16

The Mexican Revolution of 1910: A Sociohistorical Interpretation

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Javier Garciadiego Dantán, Historian and Author; Director, Academia Mexicana de la Historia; Former President of El Colegio de México

A rigged election and a political crisis among competing elites, middle classes, and rural workers: What could go wrong? The Mexican Revolution of 1910 began as a multilocal revolt against the 35-year regime of dictator Porfirio Díaz and evolved into a national revolution and civil war lasting nearly a decade. Javier Garciadiego—a leading historian of Mexico’s revolution—will discuss the precursors, armed struggles, political factions, U.S....

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2019 Apr 05

Chermany > A Peruvian Grafik Xperienz

6:00pm

Location: 

​Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Cherman, Graphic Artist

Cherman (Germán Quino Ganoza) is a graphic artist known for his portraits of more than 300 Peruvian cultural, historical, and political icons. Influenced by comics, cartoons, TV series, urban life, and gastronomy, Cherman’s work aims to showcase and reflect the multifaceted dimensions of Peruvian society and identity—often with humor and incisive social commentary. Cherman will reflect on his art over the past 30 years, discuss the roots of his pop aesthetic, and share the philosophy behind his current work in Chermany, an imagined...

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2019 Mar 31

Amazing Archaeology Fair at Harvard 2019

12:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Join Harvard archaeology students in the museum galleries as they share their experience from excavations around the world and across time. Examine artifacts and see what archaeologists do. Try launching a spear with a spear thrower (weather permitting), carve cuneiform writing on clay, and experience up-to-the-minute technologies such as 3D printing and augmented reality. Test your listening skills in the World Music Challenge game hosted by colleagues from the social anthropology department. Activities will be spread across both the Peabody and the Harvard Semitic Museums. ...

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2019 Jul 20

A Lunar Soirée

7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

TBD

Special Event

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 moon landing at this one-of-a-kind evening event exclusively for guests 21+. Enjoy cocktails, beer, light refreshments, and 60s music, as well as moon-inspired demonstrations and activities. Stay tuned for the full program!

Advance tickets required: $20 members/$25 nonmember

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2019 Jun 21

Summer Solstice Celebration 2019: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Repeats every day until Sat Jun 22 2019 .
6:30pm to 8:30pm

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, 11 Divinity Avenue

Free Special Event Open to the Public

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer season at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Enjoy free admission to four museums and access to special performances. Make flower crowns and other sun-inspired crafts, and learn about the astronomical significance of the solstice. Save the date for this very festive event. Learn more.

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2019 Apr 18

Frontiers in Evolution

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Special Event

Moderated by Andrew J. Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

New approaches to studying evolutionary processes, from genomics to big data, have revolutionized the study of organisms across geological time and geographical space. Join us for a series of short “flash” lectures presented by Harvard graduate students and learn about the range of questions that scientists are asking today about evolution.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

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2019 Apr 10

Chasing Ants (And Their Microbes) in the Rainforest

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Corrie Moreau, Moser Professor of Arthropod Biosystematics and Biodiversity, Cornell University

Microbes play critical roles in the biology and health of human beings, but we are not the only species that benefits from intimate relationships with microbes. Ants, for instance, rely on the microbial communities living in their guts to process food and make strong armor. Corrie Moreau will discuss this unique aspect of ant biology and what it tells us about the diversity and dominance of ants in...

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2019 Apr 09

Self-Domestication in Bonobos and Other Wild Animals

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Richard Wrangham, Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Domesticated animals such as dogs, pigs, and horses often sport floppy ears, patches of white hair, and other features that are unknown in their wild ancestors. These traits—collectively referred to by scientists as a “domestication syndrome”—are the result of breeding less aggressive individuals. Drawing from his new book, The Goodness Paradox (2019, Pantheon...

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2019 Apr 02

Living with White Sharks

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Gregory Skomal, Program Manager and Senior Scientist, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

The Cape Cod white shark population has increased in recent years in response to the dramatic increase in the seal population. Shark sightings—some close to popular swimming and surfing beaches—are becoming more frequent and negative interactions between sharks and humans have become a real concern. Gregory Skomal has studied and tracked white sharks in the Atlantic for more than 30 years. In this lecture,...

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2019 Mar 28

Viruses: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Paul Turner, Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Microbiology Program Faculty Member, Yale University

Viruses are the tiniest but most numerous inhabitants of Earth. Although notorious for causing deadly epidemics, not all viruses are bad. Many are beneficial to their hosts and several play key roles in maintaining the health of ecosystems. Paul Turner will discuss the “good, bad, and ugly” effects of viruses, from how they invade organisms and wreak havoc in biological systems...

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2019 Mar 14

Art and Science Converge in the Deep Sea

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Free Public Lecture

Lily Simonson, Painter

Peter R. Girguis, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Lily Simonson and Peter Girguis exemplify the long tradition of artists and scientists working in tandem to explore new worlds—in their case, the magnificent deep sea. Simonson will discuss how the immersive, glowing canvases in her current exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Lily Simonson: Painting the Deep, have been shaped by...

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