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Elson Lecture: Barbara Hannigan at Harvard’s Paine Hall

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 […]

MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults

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

Austen Trio performing the Music Loved & Played by Jane Austen

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 […]

The Future of Happiness: How Communication Technologies Will Change Our World—Or Not

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 […]

Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

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 […]

Darwin’s Backyard How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

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 […]

From Kool Herc to Kendrick, Hip-Hop History Has a Home at Harvard

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 […]

There’s an App for That: Can For-Profit Companies Fix Social Ills?

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 […]

SCOUT OUT: More than Just Bananas

We live in the age of dairy alternatives. The days of fetishizing the bovine beverage are in the decline, and more people than ever are reaching for creamy substitutes. Our sweet tooths are satisfied by dark chocolate, and when we get to the frozen food aisle, we reach for something else: soy, almond, hemp, rice. […]