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2018 Oct 15

Can Baby Corals Improve the Reefs of Tomorrow?

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Coral reefs are one of Earth’s most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems. Corals form the foundation of this ecosystem. Substantial effort is being invested to help adult corals survive environmental degradation, but less attention is paid to their offspring and how they establish themselves on the seafloor. Unlike adult corals, baby corals move about in the water column, perhaps allowing them to find better environments. Aaron Hartmann will highlight the importance of these juvenile corals for the long-term survival and conservation of coral reefs in a changing world.

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2018 Dec 03

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: The Kindness Cure

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central St., 2nd floor, Somerville

The Kindness Cure: Healing Your Heart and World through the Science of Compassion

Based on her new book, The Kindness Cure, psychologist Tara Cousineau shares some of the recent findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness for clients and organizations we work with, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for things we stand for in times of hardship and uncertainty. Most of all, you will learn how cultivating kindness brings us profound happiness and joy.

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2018 Nov 05

Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: Yogic Meditation to the Rescue for Struggling Meditators

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Smith Campus Center Mt Auburn Room (75 Mt. Auburn Street, 2nd floor)

Learning meditation and achieving mindfulness can seem as elusive as catching a unicorn for some new to the practice. Enter yogic meditation, a practice of directed breathing coordinated with simple body movements. This practice gives the restless mind more "doing" to latch onto, and tends to yield a focused, quieter, even peaceful state of mind, for many new students who previously found only squirrels in the attic. It can provide a useful entre to meditation, an important and satisfying "pre-mindfulness".

Douglas Baker, LICSW is a therapist in Cambridge, a Kripalu yoga...

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2018 Oct 01

Mindfulness Lecture Series: Wounds of the Colored Body: Exploring Racial Trauma through the Lens of Contemplative Practice

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness & Compassion, 26 Central St., 2nd floor, Somerville

With the emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement, our attention is being drawn to the damaging effects of systematic racism on the bodies and minds of people of color, particularly black people. Racial trauma is becoming embedded in the national conversation concerning the lasting effects of trauma both mentally and physical as well as on the genetic level. However, racial trauma is not limited to brown and black bodies, but any body that has undergone the process of racialization, including white bodies. In...

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2018 Sep 17

Monthly Mindfulness and Compassion Lecture Series: Overcoming Shame and Inadequacy

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

CHA Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, 26 Central St, 2nd floor, Somerville, MA 02143

This lecture will address practical ways to be less judgmental of ourselves, to navigate failure, rejection, and trauma, and to shift from competitive concerns toward activating the mammalian tend-and-befriend system instead—leading to greater psychological freedom and comfort with vulnerability.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

1. Specify how mindfulness-based insights into the nature of the “self” and causes of suffering can enrich and enliven any psychotherapy.

2. Describe ways to move beyond evolutionarily hard-...

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Museum Day Live!

September 12, 2018

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket on Sept. 22 at Harvard's Museum of Natural History. Where will your curiosity lead you on Museum Day Live!? To download a ticket, click here.

2018 Oct 14

Earth Stories: A Museum Mini-Festival

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Celebrate Earth Science Week at the Harvard Museum of Natural History!  Explore how minerals can be clues to Earth processes. Discover what earthquakes can teach us about the interior of the earth. Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and climate. Meet Harvard scientists and find out how their research is helping us understand Earth’s past and its place in our solar system. 

Special Event

Regular museum admission rates apply.

Free parking is available at the ...

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2018 Oct 10

Genes, Cognition, and Human Brain Evolution

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Despite major scientific advances in sequencing the genomes of species through the animal kingdom, it has been remarkably difficult to identify the genes that enable the unique cultural, aesthetic, and reasoning capabilities of humans. Christopher Walsh will discuss how research on specific genes associated with animal and human brain disorders is helping to clarify the genetic and evolutionary underpinnings of cognitive and social behavior.

Evolution Matters Lecture Series

Free and open to the public.

Free parking at the ...

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2018 Oct 09

Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-Created

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

The makers of the earliest fermented beverages must have marveled at the “magical” process by which mixtures of wild fruits, honey, and cereals produced mind-altering drinks. In this special event, Patrick McGovern will venture back to the origins of brewing in the ancient world. Drawing on archaeology, chemistry, and other sciences, he will explore the earliest known fermented beverages and discuss how his research and travels have informed the making of the Ancient Ales and Spirits of Dogfish Head Brewery. Following the lecture, enjoy a tasting of “ancient” beer paired with...

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2018 Oct 04

Conserving Biodiversity: A Global Priority

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Biodiversity is the sum total of life on Earth and a living legacy to future generations. Sadly, it is declining almost everywhere on the planet. Russell A. Mittermeier, recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Prize, is a biologist and lifelong conservationist who has traveled across 169 countries and discovered more than 20 species in his quest to save biodiversity hotspots. Focusing on nonhuman primates—our closest living relatives—Mittermeier will examine strategies for setting conservation priorities, highlight successful initiatives from around the world, and demonstrate why...

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2018 Oct 06

Drawing the Animals: A Four Week Course

9:30am to 11:30am

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Four Saturdays: October 6, 13, 20, and 27
9:30–11:30 am

Through observational drawing, students will learn basic drawing skills they can continue to improve on their own. Participants will practice techniques in the classroom followed by sketching animal specimens in the galleries, with support and feedback from the course instructor. 

Instructor: Erica Beade

Fees: $110 members/$130 nonmembers.

Advance registration required.

2018 Sep 22

Materials Lab Workshop: Animal-Shaped Vessels

10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

This two-part workshop series allows participants to experience firsthand the tradition of making ceramic drinking vessels similar to the ancient Greek vessels featured in our special exhibition Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.

The exhibition brings together nearly 60 elaborate vessels of animal shape and offers a glimpse into the rich symbolism and communal...

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2018 Sep 20

Teresita Fernández: Wayfinding

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

In connection with her public installation in Harvard Yard this fall, Autumn (. . . Nothing Personal), artist Teresita Fernández will discuss her practice and ongoing research for this major commission by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts.

On view August 27 through October 1, 2018, Autumn (. . . Nothing Personal) is a site-specific work built for Tercentenary Theatre in Harvard Yard. The title references James Baldwin’s 1964 text Nothing Personal, which was published as a...

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2018 Nov 03

Exploring Science Together: The Ice Age!

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Come investigate the Ice Age! Learn together with hands-on glacier demonstrations and activities, as well as real geologic clues about New England’s icy past. Examine the world of ice age animals by handling real fossils and exploring our collection of enormous Cenozoic Mammals. Step into the world of ice age man by creating your own Paleolithic cave art. All activities are designed to be a fun and interactive experience for elementary age students and their families to participate in together. 

Fees: $15 members/$25 nonmembers, per person includes admission to...

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