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2019 Jul 22

Summer Science Week: Survivor!

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

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

Survivor!

In this five-day Summer Science Week program starting July 22, students will experiment with the “primary technologies” used by the early peoples of North America to survive and thrive. In our hands-on lab, the museum galleries, and outside, students will learn skills such as leatherworking with stone and bone tools, paint making, feather work, grinding and winnowing, and more. For children entering grades 4 and 5.

Instructor: Andrew Majewski
Fee: $160 Members / $180 nonmembers
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2019 Jul 08

Summer Science Week: Time Travelers - Viajeros en el Tiempo 2019

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

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

In this five-day Summer Science Week program starting July 8, students will explore the daily life of the ancient Maya and Aztec people through hands-on activities and art. Learn about hieroglyphs, food, music, ancient games, and traditions like Day of the Dead, and learn a little Spanish. Activities take place in the Peabody Museum Education Room and Peabody Museum galleries. (For children entering grades 3 and 4.)

Instructor: Elizabeth Antonellis
Fee: $160 Members / $180 nonmembers
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2019 May 21

Preserving Zapotec Weaving Practices

6:00pm

Location: 

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

Porfirio Gutiérrez, Zapotec Master Dyer and Textile Artist

The town of Teotitlán Del Valle in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is renowned for its weaving traditions and its importance as a Zapotec cultural center. Porfirio Gutiérrez will examine the rich history of Zapotec weaving from the perspective of its practitioners. He will also discuss his studio’s role in preserving and promoting the use of natural dyes in his community, and abroad, using pigments derived from plants and insects.

Porfirio Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Zapotec...

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2019 May 01

New England in the South Seas: Two Centuries of Trade and Exploration

6:00pm

Location: 

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

Ingrid Ahlgren, Curator of Oceania, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology

As early as the 1700s, the fledgling United States actively explored and exchanged goods with the islands across the great wide Pacific Ocean. New England—and Massachusetts in particular—played an active, varied role in these explorations, which included the China Pacific trade, the whaling industry, the foreign Christian ministries, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Ingrid Ahlgren will illuminate some of these historical legacies and show how Peabody Museum objects can shed light...

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2019 Apr 03

The Making of a Theban Tomb Chapel

6:00pm

Location: 

TBD

Free Public Lecture

Melinda Hartwig, Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University

Thebes, one of Egypt’s largest archaeological sites, is famous for its numerous tombs and temples that offer an unparalleled window into ancient Egyptian culture and craftsmanship. Melinda Hartwig will discuss the painting and texts found in the unfinished Theban tomb chapel of Neferrenpet (known as Theban Tomb 43) dating to Egypt’s eighteenth dynasty. She will show what they reveal about...

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2019 Mar 27

Ancient Egyptian Gardens

6:00pm

Location: 

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

Free Public Lecture

Christian E. Loeben, Egyptologist and Keeper of Egyptian and Islamic Arts, Museum August Kestner, Hanover, Germany

The oldest documented gardens in the world are from ancient Egypt. Gardens were described in hieroglyphic texts and depicted in paintings, and many have been recovered through archaeology. From these sources we know that ancient Egyptians maintained gardens at temples and tombs, as well as at royal palaces and local residences. Drawing on comparisons among paintings of gardens from over fifty...

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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.

Free with...

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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

Free event...

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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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