Anya Bernstein John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University The international transhumanist movement believes that humans can harness science and technology to transcend their physical and mental limitations. Some of its practitioners support cryonics and the creation of robotic bodies for future “consciousness transfer.” Drawing from her ethnographic […]
Barbara Hannigan’s Elson lecture “Equilibrium” will explore the Canadian soprano and conductor’s philosophy of mentoring young professionals. Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of her field, with colleagues such as Christoph Marthaler, Simon Rattle, Sasha Waltz, Kent Nagano, Vladimir Jurowski, and John Zorn. As a singer, conductor – or both simultaneously – Hannigan has […]
Join gospel artist Richard Smallwood in conversation with Prof. Braxton Shelley and in song with the Kuumba Singers (Harvard), Inner Strength Gospel Choir (Boston University), and Third Day Gospel Choir (Tufts). The night culminates with a performance of Smallwood’s Total Praise.
Wine, beer, sake, coffee, kombucha, yogurt, cheese, chocolate. Discover how our favorite foods are created by tiny microbial “chefs.” Indulge in the edgy intersection of microbiology and cooking to learn how these microbes make their magic. Food and drink will be served at this 21+ event. Advance tickets required: $10 members/$15 nonmembers. https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=13
Pianist Samantha Carrasco, Harpist Kate Ham, and Soprano Helen Neeves, perform music taken directly from the archives of the Austen Family Music Books – a fascinating collection of printed and manuscript music from across the 18th and 19th Centuries. Six of these books belonged to Jane Austen herself, including music that she copied out by hand, occasionally […]
What impact are information and communication technologies such as the Internet and social media having on our health, politics, and culture? While there is considerable controversy about this topic, informed analysis and empirical evidence to address it are lacking. In this discussion, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across Harvard University will debate the impact […]
Nature abounds with instances of convergence: structures or adaptations that have evolved independently multiple times. But evolutionary biologists, most notably Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould, also point out examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change—a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze—caused evolution to take a different course. What role does each force play in […]
Charles Darwin, iconic evolutionary biologist, was a naturalist with a passion for experiments. Sometimes quirky, always illuminating, Darwin’s experiments were an ever-present part of his home life, taking over his house, garden, and greenhouse, as well as surrounding meadows and woodlands, while often involving family, friends, and neighbors as research assistants. James Costa will discuss […]
Harvard University—that old, stuffy, Ivy League institution—might not seem like the most hip-hop-friendly place. After all, hip-hop grew from Bronx block parties in the 1970s, where Black and Latino kids created a new culture in the shadows of abandoned buildings, rubble and project housing, not some quad full of old-money kids. But considering that recent […]
In designing the blobby bots and furry fibers that tackle today’s health and environmental issues, researchers at Harvard and MIT are finding inspiration in unexpected places—like octopuses and otters.
Jocelyn and Chris Arndt have a lot in common. They’re both musicians, they’re both Harvard undergrads—they even share some of the same DNA. Like Duane and Gregg Allman, Eddie and Alex Van Halen or Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson before them, their sibling bond extends beyond family game night and into their creative collaboration. With […]
On its surface, the tech industry is one that’s steeped in optimism and altruism. Thousands of the world’s smartest people are teaming up to find solutions to even the most minute problems. They’re building apps that aim to make customers’ lives healthier, easier, more organized, more peaceful—or even more meaningful (yes, there are apps for […]