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Although we are excited to have our fellows back on campus and working in Byerly Hall, Harvard Radcliffe Institute programs remain primarily virtual as we continue to monitor the coronavirus pandemic. See Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Updates.

Past Events
& Exhibitions

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All Events & Exhibitions

10 Jun
2021

How We Incarcerate Young People: A Conversation about Policy and Neuroscience

Lectures

Across the United States, children under the age of 18 can be tried as adults in criminal court. Although the practice is condemned by international law, we are the only country in the world that sentences young people to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Date & Time Thursday, June 10, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Jun
2021

Twenty Million Angry Men: A Conversation about the Importance of Including People with Felony Convictions in Our Jury System

Lectures

In the United States, 8 percent of the adult population—and 33 percent of the Black adult male population—has a felony conviction. Even after people have served time in prison, they are systematically excluded from civic participation, including serving on juries. Offered in collaboration with the Institute to End Mass Incarceration at Harvard Law School, this program will explore questions of jury service, civic participation in the criminal legal system, and the importance of such participation by people with prior convictions.

Date & Time Wednesday, June 2, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

28 May
2021

Radcliffe Day 2021

Radcliffe Day

On Radcliffe Day 2021—Friday, May 28—Harvard Radcliffe Institute will award the Radcliffe Medal to Melinda French Gates.

Date & Time Friday, May 28, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 May
2021

Vaccine Equity and Efficacy in the United States and the World

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

This panel seeks to address the challenges and opportunities of equitable public health strategies around COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Date & Time Tuesday, May 11, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

05 May
2021

Medical Racism from 1619 to the Present: History Matters

Lectures • Health Inequity in the Age of COVID-19

Speakers on this panel will examine the roots in slavery of contemporary African American mistrust of the healthcare system, the lack of trust in medical providers fostered by experiences of everyday racism, and the African American community’s long dependence, born of necessity, on care from within the community.

Date & Time Wednesday, May 5, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

28 Apr
2021

Prosociality in Hybrid Societies of Humans, Agents, and Robots

Fellows' Presentation

In her research at Radcliffe, Ana Paiva is investigating the conditions and mechanisms that drive societies of agents and humans to be more pro-social.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 28, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

20 Apr
2021

Racial Inequity and Housing Instability in Boston: Past, Present, and Future

Lectures

Millions of Americans have long struggled to pay for housing, with communities of color additionally burdened by housing discrimination and historical race-based policies, such as legalized segregation, redlining, and mortgage discrimination. Our panel of experts will explore these issues as they relate to Greater Boston.

Date & Time Tuesday, April 20, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

14 Apr
2021

Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition

Fellows' Presentation

Thea Riofrancos’s current project explores the politics of the transition to renewable energy through the lens of one of its key technologies: lithium batteries.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 14, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Apr
2021

Gender Rights in the Time of Pandemic

Lectures

This session will consider what it means to organize for gender rights in global contexts in the 21st century during a pandemic.

Date & Time Friday, April 9, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

08 Apr
2021

Reading and Conversation with Ocean Vuong

Lectures

Ocean Vuong is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019), forthcoming in 30 languages. A 2019 MacArthur Fellow and 2014 Pushcart Prize recipient, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016).

Date & Time Thursday, April 8, 2021
7 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

07 Apr
2021

Guns and Public Health

Fellows' Presentation

While at Radcliffe, David Hemenway is continuing his work to find common ground between gun users and such groups as governors, faith leaders, and advocates to effectively address firearm injuries.

Date & Time Wednesday, April 7, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

01 Apr
2021

AI and the Future of Health

Conferences & Symposia

This special Radcliffe science event will focus on how AI can accelerate research and development in general and drug discovery in particular. The health AI experts Regina Barzilay and Casandra Mangroo will each speak about their innovative work and then join Radcliffe’s Alyssa Goodman in a conversation on AI’s promise—and potential pitfalls—as we look toward the future of human health.

Date & Time Thursday, April 1, 2021
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

31 Mar
2021

MUTINY: poems

Fellows' Presentation

Phillip B. Williams's works explore Black folklore, African-diasporic mythologies and spiritual practices, and alternative ways of documenting Black selfhood outside of the human/nonhuman dichotomy.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 31, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

29 Mar
2021

Aesthetics of Memory, Narratives of Repair, and Why Remorse Matters

Fellows' Presentation

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela returns to the archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to think through the horrific violence in contemporary South Africa.

Date & Time Monday, March 29, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

24 Mar
2021

The Intentional Museum

Lectures

In this program, Christy Coleman, an American historian, will discuss the power that museums have to genuinely engage with communities around what matters most to them.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 24, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

15 Mar
2021

Transients: A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Douglas Ridloff

Lectures • Roosevelt Poetry Readings

Douglas Ridloff is the founder and executive director of ASL Slam, a nonprofit organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language.

Date & Time Monday, March 15, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Mar
2021

Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery: Reckoning with the Past to Understand the Present

Radcliffe on the Road

The presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery, anchored at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, is an effort to understand and address the enduring legacy of slavery within our University community.

Date & Time Tuesday, March 9, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

05 Mar
2021

The Stories We Tell and the Objects We Keep: Asian American Women and the Archives

Conferences & Symposia

The stories of Asian American women extend far beyond the geographic borders of the United States. Inspired by tales and objects from family history, their narratives often reflect the transnational nature of Asian American women’s lives.

Date & Time Friday, March 5, 2021
1 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

03 Mar
2021

Entry and Exit: How Membership in International Organizations Transforms International Cooperation

Fellows' Presentation

Christina L. Davis is writing a book about the politics of exit and entry into international organizations to highlight discriminatory practices over membership in multilateral institutions.

Date & Time Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

02 Mar
2021

MAKING IT MINE: Revealing/Imagining Slavery through Museum Collections

Lectures • Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture in the Arts

Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose work investigates museological, cultural, and historical issues that are largely overlooked or neglected by museums and cultural institutions.

Date & Time Tuesday, March 2, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

24 Feb
2021

Latinx Modernism and the Spirit of Latinoamericanismo

Fellows' Presentation

John Alba Cutler's new book will examine the literary archive of early-20th-century Spanish-language newspapers in the United States before the advent of “modern” Latinx literature.

Date & Time Wednesday, February 24, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

17 Feb
2021

The Popularization of Doubt: Scientific Literacy and Alternative Forms of Knowledge in the Soviet Union after World War II

Fellows' Presentation

Alexey Golubev's upcoming book project will examine the mass Soviet scientific literacy campaigns after World War II, and why mistrust of science remains a persistent feature in modern societies.


Date & Time Wednesday, February 17, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

11 Feb
2021

And So On: Reading and Conversation with Kiese Laymon

Lectures • Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities

Kiese Laymon will talk with Courtney R. Baker about whether the actual histories of American colleges and universities should be ripe sites for Black American horror and comedic narratives. 

Date & Time Thursday, February 11, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

09 Feb
2021

AHOTB

Fellows' Presentation

During her Radcliffe year, Tonya M. Foster is completing a book-length manuscript of poetry, “AHotB,” that takes up Fanny Lou Hamer’s idea that “a black women’s body is never hers alone.”

Date & Time Tuesday, February 9, 2021
12 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

04 Feb
2021

Changing Carceral Systems through Compassion, Practice, and Research

Lectures • Driving Progress in Social Policy: Education, Public Health, and Carceral Systems

Racial disparities in our carceral systems are profound and troubling. As a society, we appear to be at an inflection point where racial justice is a core priority for the incoming Biden administration and a majority of the public. This program will bring together the compassionate work of a practitioner on the front lines with the expertise of a world-renowned researcher in criminal justice policy.

Date & Time Thursday, February 4, 2021
4 PM ET
Location Online on Zoom

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