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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Race, Film And Culture (6:00 PM)

Race, Film and Culture

A panel discussion with:
Wesley Morris
Staff Writer, Grantland
Winner of 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
Brandon M. Terry
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University
Kellie Carter Jackson (moderator)
Harvard College Fellow,  Department of African & African American Studies, Harvard University
Assistant Professor of History, Hunter College, CUNY



Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Alexander G. Weheliye - "Habeas Viscus: Biopolitics And Black Feminist Theories Of The Human" (5:30 PM)

Alexander G. Weheliye is associate professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. He is the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005) and Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (forthcoming 2014, Duke UP). Currently, he is working on two projects. The first, Modernity Hesitant: The Civilizational Diagnostics of W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Benjamin, tracks the different ways in which these thinkers imagine the marginal as central to the workings of modern civilization. The second, Feenin: R&B's Technologies of Humanity, offers a critical history of the intimate relationship between R&B music and technology since the late 1970s.



Barus & Holley

184 Hope Street, Room 190

Reception to follow

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Communications Forum: "Science In Fiction" (5:00 PM)

Hanya Yanagihara’s first book, the widelyThe People In The Trees, is loosely based on the life and work of Nobel Prize-winner physician and researcher D. Carleton Gajdusek. She’ll join author and physicist Alan Lightman, who was the first professor at MIT to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and the humanities to discuss the unique challenges of respecting the exacting standards of science in fictional texts.

Communications Forum Co-Director Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus, will moderate.


MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155

32 Vassar St,Cambridge, MA

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A Critique Of EcoDesign Futures: Hacking, Speculating, Visioning, Transitioning. (6:00 PM)

Cameron Tonkinwise 


Director of Design Studies at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, former director of the EcoDesign Foundation, Sydney Australia.


with respondents by RISD Professors Nicole Merola (LAS), Peter Dean (Furniture) and Anne Tate (Architecture).  


Designers materialize futures, yet design education too rarely involves explicit instruction about ways of exploring futures. Unsustainability can be characterized as:


·       an incapacity to foresee the complex consequences of futures that we are materializing


·       an incapacity to imagine how to transition the present toward alternative futures


·       an incapacity to imagine alternative futures.


This symposium will explore these 'futuring' incapacities in four competing design contexts:


·       speculative design's claims to be prompting debate about futures


·       opposition to the precautionary principle


·       the just-build-it-and-see hacker-maker solutionism


·       social innovation's 'the future already exists dispersed in the present'.


RISD LIBRARY 15 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02903

Contact Info : Damian F. White Head of the Department of History, Philosophy and the Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Sociology, Coordinator of Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, The Rhode Island School of Design, 2 College Building, Providence, Rhode Island 02903-0480 USA tel: 434 202 9159 Url:
Elaine Scarry On Her New Book Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy And Doom (6:00 PM)

Elaine Scarry Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Harvard College Professor on her new book, Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom with responses by Philip C. Bobbitt Herbert Wechsler Professor of Federal Jurisprudence, Columbia Law School Charles Fried Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School Free and open to the public. Seating is limited. - See more at:

TSAI Auditorium, CGIS South, Room S010, 1730 Cambridge Street -

Architecture Lecture | Sylvia Lavin: Creative Space. (6:30 PM)

Architecture Lecture Series

Category: lectures/conferences
Speaker: Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD Programs, UCLA Architecture
Building: 7-429
Sponsored by: Department of Architecture.
Admission: Open to the public
For more information: Contact Anne Simunovic
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Jessica Stockholder Lecture (6:30 PM)


Please join us for the 2014 Cronin Lecture with artist Jessica Stockholder. Stockholder is considered one of the most significant sculptors to emerge in the late twentieth century. Whether a small scale installation in a gallery or a site-specific installation blanketing an urban intersection, her spatial interventions express an unrelenting interest in the bodily experience of color and materiality.

Stockholder was featured in the recent exhibition PAINT THINGS: beyond the stretcher at deCordova in the winter of 2013. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

This free lecture will take place at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's Tower Auditorium in Boston. The public is welcome to attend; ample seating available.


Location: Massachusetts College of Art and Design,
Tower Auditorium, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Free admission; open to the public.


Saturday, April 05, 2014
By Land Or By Sea: Hidden Histories (5:00 PM)

Exhibition Opening


April 5th to June 6th 2014




Reception: Saturday, April 5th 5 to 7pm


Gallery talk: Saturday, April 5th 7pm



By Land or By Sea- Hidden Histories is a group show that features the recent and/or new work by Huaiyu Chou, Michela Griffo, Meredith Morten, Matthew Nash, Dave Ortega, Annee Spileos Scott, and Jamal Thorne.


This exhibition was inspired by Medicine Wheel's project, The Tonnes, in Ireland that supports the post peace process dialog. This project "engages the residents of the area along the Foyle River on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland....Such experiences are one way to build lasting changes in attitude, laying the groundwork for peaceful coexistence and productive social relations."


More info on the Tonnes project:


All of the work in the By Land, By Sea investigates and/or is inspired by history. Some of the artists reference very specific points of history in their art work.  Several of  the art works in the show  highlight war or post war/conflict issues. It is important to note that some are declared /recognized wars, while others are unofficial wars and/or social change movements. All of the works underscore the often forgotten fact that all societies/civilizations are built on past ones. Many of the artists have a direct personal and/or family connection to the history they are referencing.  It is often these personal stories or connections that last in our hearts and minds and are passed down from generation to generation.


More info on the artists exhibiting:


Huaiyu Chou

Michela Griffo-

Meredith Morten

Matthew Nash

Dave Ortega

Annee Spileos Scott

Jamal Thorne 



Spoke Gallery @Medicine Wheel Productions


110 K Street - 2nd floor, South Boston, MA 02127


(617) 268-6700,, Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


MBTA: Redline Broadway Stop- no 9 Bus to K St.




Gallery Hours: Wednesdays- Fridays from 12 to 5pm and Saturdays by appointment


For a Saturday appointment- email please at least two days in advance:


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The gallery, performance, gallery talk reception and connected events are all free and open to the public.




Monday, April 07, 2014
NSA Secrecy And National Security (6:00 PM)

A panel discussion with
John Deutch
Emeritus Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of Central Intelligence (1995-96)
Jane Harman
Director, President and CEO, Woodrow Wilson Center
Member, House of Representatives (2001-2011)
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
University Distinguished Service Professor, Harvard University
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School (1995-2004)
David Sanger
Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Dina Temple-Raston
Neiman Fellow, Harvard University
National Public Radio, Counterterrorism Correspondent
Graham Allison (moderator)
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School (1977-1989)

An Evening With Grzegorz Wróblewski (7:00 PM)

Poetry, Art, Migration, Translation:
An Evening with Grzegorz Wróblewski

 Chace Center Auditorium


 “Grim, glancingly beautiful, always necessary.” —Joshua Clover

“Wróblewski is the true poetic chronicler of our 21st century diaspora in all its absurdities and anxieties.” —Marjorie Perloff


Join us for a bilingual reading by Grzegorz Wróblewski, a painter and one of Poland’s leading contemporary writers. Kopenhaga, his first comprehensive collection of prose poetry, combines two tropes: the emigrant’s double identity and the ethnographer’s search for patterns. In dispatches from the crossroads of politics and culture, technology and ethics, consumerism and spirituality, the book investigates alterity in the post-cold war era of ethnic strife and global capitalism. Whether he writes about refugees in Copenhagen, or the homeless, or the mentally ill, or any other marginalized group, Wróblewski points to the moral contradictions of a world supposedly without borders.


Grzegorz Wróblewski, born in 1962 in Gdańsk and raised in Warsaw, has been living in Copenhagen since 1985. He has published ten volumes of poetry and three collections of short prose pieces in Poland; three books of poetry, a book of poetic prose and an experimental novel in Denmark; a book of selected poems in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and a selection of plays. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. His poems in English translation appear in many journals, anthologies, and chapbooks, as well as in two collections Our Flying Objects (Equipage Press, 2007) and A Marzipan Factory (Otoliths, 2010).


Piotr Gwiazda has published two books of poetry, Messages (Pond Road Press, 2012) and Gagarin Street (Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2005). He is also the author of James Merrill and W.H. Auden: Homosexuality and Poetic Influence (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


 Chace Center Auditorium, RISD


DocYard: Hearts And Minds (7:00 PM)

A courageous and startling film, Peter Davis’s landmark documentary Hearts and Minds unflinchingly confronts the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. Using a wealth of sources—from interviews to newsreels to documentary footage of the conflict at home and abroad—Davis constructs a powerfully affecting portrait of the disastrous effects of war. Explosive, persuasive, and shocking, Hearts and Minds is an overwhelming emotional experience and the controversial winner of the 1974 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Filmmaker Peter Davis will attend in person for Q&A moderated by Erin Trahan, film journalist and editor of The Independent. 

Tickets available soon:

Individual screening tickets of $10 / $8 for students and seniors can be purchased at the Brattle Theatre box office at 617 876-6837

Contact Info : at the Brattle Theater, Cambridge Url:
Where's The Passion? Where's The Politics: Yvonne Rainer (7:00 PM)

Experiments in Thinking, Action, and Form:
Cinematic Migrations
Spring 2014 Lecture Series  



Yvonne Rainer's lecture explores issues around self-expression, spectatorship, and the politics of both. Rainer is a choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker who in 1962 co-founded the Judson Dance Theater group. Following a fifteen-year career as a choreographer and dancer, she made a transition to filmmaking. After making seven experimental feature films including Lives of Performers (1972), Privilege (1990), and MURDER and murder (1996), she returned to dance in 2000 to work on the collaborative project After Many a Summer Dies the Swan with the Baryshnikov Dance Foundation. Her dances and films have been shown worldwide, and her work has been recognized with museum exhibitions, fellowships, and grants, most notably two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Rockefeller grants, a Wexner Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, and retrospective exhibitions at Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Her memoir Feelings Are Facts: A Life was published by MIT Press in 2006 and in 2011 Badlands Unlimited published a selection of her poetry under the title Poems

Free and open to the public. 

No registration necessary.

ACT Cube E15 -001

20 Ames Street


Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Intelligence Gathering And The Unowned Internet (12:00 PM)

The long-term viability of an unowned, open Internet remains in question. Any analysis of where the Internet is headed as a protocol and a platform must take into account the activities of both public and private entities that see the Internet as a source of intelligence -- and a field of contention. The Berkman Center for Internet and Society is pleased to invite the community to continue the conversation on the future of the unowned Internet on April 8, 2014 with a discussion that aims to leverage perspectives from inside and outside the U.S. intelligence community to bring some clarity to a discussion often rife with confusion.

Participants will include: Yochai Benkler, Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School; John DeLong, Director of Compliance, National Security Agency; Anne Neuberger, Commercial Solutions Center Director, National Security Agency; Bruce Schneier, CTO of CO3 Systems and Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Jonathan Zittrain, Co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Terry Fisher, WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Harvard Law School and Faculty Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society will moderate the discussion. RSVP Required.

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein West A. Free and open to the public.


104th Archbishop of Canterbury




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Lecture 1



Tuesday, April 8, 4:00 pm

Paine Hall, Music Building



Drew G. Faust

President, Harvard University


Homi K. Bhabha

 Director, Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard


David W. Tracy

Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies, the University of Chicago Divinity School


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Lecture 2



Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 pm

Paine Hall, Music Building



David N. Hempton

Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School



Regina Schwartz

Professor of English, Northwestern University


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Tanner Seminar

Thursday, April 10, 4:00 pm

Thompson Room, Barker Center  110, 12 Quincy St. 



 Jonathan L. Walton

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard Divinity School 

and Pusey Minister, Memorial Church



Amy Hollywood

Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School


Richard Kearney

Charles B. Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College


Emma Rothschild

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University


Regina Schwartz


Nicholas Watson

Professor of English, Harvard University



Homi K. Bhabha

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Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

104th Archbishop of Canterbury




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Lecture 2



Wednesday, April 9, 4:00 pm

Paine Hall, Music Building



David N. Hempton

Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School



Regina Schwartz

Professor of English, Northwestern University


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 Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Email :
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Tanner Seminar (4:00 PM)

Thompson Room, Barker Center  110, 12 Quincy St. 



Jonathan L. Walton

Plummer Professor of Christian Morals, Harvard Divinity School 

and Pusey Minister, Memorial Church



Amy Hollywood

Elizabeth H. Monrad Professor of Christian Studies, Harvard Divinity School


Richard Kearney

Charles B. Seelig Professor in Philosophy, Boston College


Emma Rothschild

Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History, Harvard University


Regina Schwartz


Nicholas Watson

Professor of English, Harvard University



Homi K. Bhabha

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Giuliana Bruno: Surface: Matters Of Aesthetics, Materiality And Media (5:00 PM)

Giuliana Bruno delivers the opening lecture on the subject of her new book at the Harvard Film and Visual Studies Inaugural Graduate Conference: Process: In Medias Res


What is the place of materiality in our visual age of rapidly changing materials and media? How is it fashioned in the arts or manifested in virtual forms? 



Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Harvard University

 24 Quincy Street

 Cambridge, MA 02138





Learn More about the Conference



Scatter, Adapt, And Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction (7:00 PM)

Harvard Book Store welcomes science journalist and editor of Annalee Newitz and Associate Director of MIT's Graduate Program in Science Writing Seth Mnookin for a discussion of Newitz's new-to-paperback book Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction


As a species, Homo sapiens is at a crossroads. Study of our planet's turbulent past suggests that we are overdue for a catastrophic disaster, whether caused by nature or by human interference. It's a frightening prospect, as each of the Earth's past major disasters resulted in a mass extinction. But in Scatter, Adapt, and Remember, Newitz explains that although global disaster is all but inevitable, our chances of long-term species survival are better than ever.


Harvard Book Store


1256 Massachusetts Avenue


Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138





Sunday, April 13, 2014
RISD's First Black Graduate - Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: Performance Of Her Paris Diaries (2:00 PM)

Prominent actress Sylvia Ann Soares portrays Prophet sharing entries from her stunning 1920s Paris diaries. "Calm Assurance and Savage Pleasure" is a unique window into a Black female expatriate's life in France during the Roaring Twenties. Followed by a gallery talk by Horace Ballard on RISD Museum's three 

Prophet sculptures .  


The event is free and open to the public, funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and sponsored by Opera Providence.


Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) was born in Warwick, RI. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design as its first student of color in 1918. Moving to Paris in 1922, where she remained more than a decade, she studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts perfecting her artistry as a sculptress. During that time, she exhibited at the Newport Art Museum winning best in show in 1932. A participant in the Harlem Renaissance, she was an influential educator at the historically Black Spelman College in Atlanta. Few of her sculptures survive: three at  RISD Museum, two at RI Black Heritage Society, and one at Whitney Museum. According to project director Ray Rickman, "Prophet is one of those great Rhode Island icons that time and historians have mostly forgotten. This project reintroduces her to the public in new and exciting ways."


RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, Providence


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Monday, April 14, 2014
An Evening With Eloy Enciso Cachafeiro (7:00 PM)


Directed by Eloy Enciso Cachafeiro

Spain 2012, digital video, color, 69 min. Galician with English subtitles



Harvard Film Archive

24 Quincy Street

Cambridge, MA

$12 Special Event Tickets


Harvard’s Film Study Center recently announced a new award: the Robert Gardner Fellowship, named in honor of the FSC’s founder. The 2013-14 Gardner Fellows are Claire Denis and Spanish filmmaker Eloy Enciso Cachafeiro. Born in Galicia in 1975, Enciso studied filmmaking in Cuba before making his feature debut with Pic Nic in 2007. His second feature film, Arraianos, locates him in that vein of cinema, stemming from Robert Gardner's groundbreaking work, that seeks not so much to explain other cultures as to provide an immersive experience of them--be it the Benares of Gardner's Forest of Bliss (1986) or the Galician village in Arraianos.


Arraianos is a village in Galicia, the northwestern corner of Spain directly above Portugal. Enciso’s quietly evocative portrait of this place and its inhabitants echoes such recent cinematic descriptions of seemingly pre-modern ways of life as Frammentino’s Le Quattro volte (2010) or Sweetgrass (2009) by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash. But the episodes of the everyday—cutting wood and tending to livestock—are interspersed with excerpts from The Forest, a play from the 1960s by Galician dramatist Jenaro Marinhas del Valle, in which villagers recite snippets of existentialist dialogue. Mixing Flaherty with Straub and Huillet, this combination of documentary and ritual highlights the film’s roots in another strain of contemporary filmmaking often found in Spain and Portugal—the poetic intertwining of fact and fiction in the work of Pedro Costa, José Luis Guerín, and António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro. The film’s fiery climax leads to an epilogue bathed in autumnal light, which may be announcing nothing less than the end of Arraianos itself and, with it, a vestige of the archaic.

DocYard: Town Hall (7:00 PM)

TOWN HALL casts an unflinching eye at Katy and John, two Tea Party activists from the battleground state of Pennsylvania who believe America’s salvation lies in a return to true conservative values.In Katy, we see a political novice rocketed to media stardom after a sensational confrontation at a town hall meeting with her senator. A young stay-at-home mom turned Tea Party spokesperson, she is gifted a new identity, steeled by the voices of conservative media. For John, a retired former businessman and lifelong Republican living in one of the poorest cities in the country, the America he knows is slipping away. Heading up a local Tea Party group is his last, best chance at stanching the changes he is witnessing all around him, but unable to afford his aging mother’s health care, John has to make difficult decisions that reveal the complicated relationship between his principles and the demands of his life. More than a political treatise, TOWN HALL is a tone poem that immerses the viewer in Katy and John’s world, painting a portrait of the fears of those who believe they will be left behind by a nation’s transition.

Filmmakers Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot will attend in person  for Q&A moderated by Erin Trahan, film journalist and editor of The Independent. 

Filmmaker Bios:

Sierra Pettengillis a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. TOWN HALL is her directorial debut. She is the producer of CUTIE AND THE BOXER (U.S. Documentary Directing Award, Sundance ‘13) and the archival producer of Matt Wolf’s TEENAGE (Tribeca Film Festival ‘13). For PBS, she was the associate producer of the Emmy-nominated WALT WHITMAN, as well as the Peabody Award-winning TRIANGLE FIRE. She was also the associate producer of HBO’s WARTORN: 1861 – 2010, an in-depth look at PTSD in American veterans, and Nick Bentgen’s NORTHERN LIGHT (True/False ‘13).

Jamila Wignotis an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her 2008 film WALT WHITMAN, produced for American Experience, was nominated for an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking. She also produced THE REHNQUIST REVOLUTION, the fourth episode for WNET’s series THE SUPREME COURT, which won a 2007 Cine Golden Eagle Award and a 2008 NYf Silver Medal. The series was the 2007 IDA Limited Series winner. Her most recent film, TRIANGLE FIRE, broadcast on February 28, 2011 and received a Peabody Award.

“In…Town Hall, Sierra Pettengill and Jamila Wignot’s smart and candid bifurcated profile of two Tea Party advocates in Pennsylvania, liberal filmmakers strive to look with clear eyes at politically conservative subjects. Such commitment to inquisitiveness, to pursuing some measure of understanding, is a truly heroic impulse…”– Eric Hynes, Film Comment


Tickets Available soonIndividual screening tickets of $10 / $8 for students and seniors can be purchased at the Brattle Theatre box office at 617 876-6837

Contact Info : at the Brattle Theater, Cambridge, MA Url:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Shahzia Sikander At RISD (6:30 PM)

Shahzia Sikander,  MacArthur fellow and RISD alumnus will be speaking at the Metcalf Auditorium in the RISD Museum  Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm. This event is presented by  Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and co-sponsored by RISD South Asian Students Association (SASA)


Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center. 


Thursday, April 17, 2014
"Rorschach Test: X-Rays Of The Soul" With Peter Galison (7:00 PM)

Harvard Mahindra Humanities Center Seminar Series


Chairs: Anna Henchman, Alan Richardson, Elaine Scarry


Peter Galison (Harvard University), "Rorschach Test: X-Rays of the Soul"


Room 133, Barker Center


Unreal City: Las Vegas, Black Mesa, And The Fate Of The West (7:00 PM)

Journalist and historian Nies traces the struggle for land, water, and power in the deserts of the Southwest.

Porter Square Books

25 White Street

Cambridge MA

Contact Info : Url:
Friday, April 18, 2014
History Design Studio Exhibition (1:30 PM)

Exhibition of multimedia history projects, featuring documentary film, digital mapping, original music, and interactive pedagogical tools from:

// Amy Alemu // 

// Eric Cervini //

// Bradley Craig //

// Mark Duerksen //
// Nia Evans & Tomashi Jackson //



Panel Presentations from 1:30-3:00and 3:30-5:00
in the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute @ the Hutchins Center


Wine, Cheese, and Celebrationfrom 5:00-7:00
in the Rudenstine Gallery @ the Hutchins Center


Come explore new modes of historical storytelling!

Hutchins Center for African & African American Research
Harvard University
104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617.495.8508


Public Space? MIT Art, Culture And Technology Symposium (2:00 PM)

A symposium and exhibition that investigate the definitions of public space across disciplines and the tools, tactics, and consequences of reclaiming public space through art and architecture.

2PM Adele Naude Santos, Dean, School of Architecture and Planning

Private Public Spaces: Cultural Identity and Context panel discussion

5PM Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control, panel discussion

7PM Opening Reception

Capital In The Twenty-First Century (3:00 PM)

Harvard Book Store welcomes Paris School of Economics professor THOMASPIKETTYfor a discussion of his seminal new work Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, ThomasPiketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality.

  1. Pikettyshows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality—the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth—today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past,Pikettysays, and may do so again.
  2. This event is free; no tickets are required.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Public Space? MIT Art, Culture And Technology Symposium (10:00 AM)

A symposium and exhibition that investigate the definitions of public space across disciplines and the tools, tactics, and consequences of reclaiming public space through art and architecture.

10AM Otto Piene

Alternatives for contemporary public space:Interdisciplinary Praxis, panel discussion

2PM Speculations on the Future of Urban Space: Utopia, panel discussion

5PM Public Space: Resaerch, Projects, Production, panel discussion

7PM Nader Tehrani, Architecture, MIT

Monday, April 21, 2014
The Future Of MOOCs And Online Education (12:30 PM)

After months of hype and hope about MOOCs, or massive open online courses, one thing is clear: they aren’t very good at teaching those most in need of education. Instead, they’re serving the education “haves”: About 80 percent of people taking MOOCs already have a college degree. But free online courses may still spark an education revolution, in ways that their biggest proponents hadn’t guessed. This talk will take a closer look at who is taking MOOCs and why, and examine how free courses fit into broader Internet trends.

Jeffrey R. Young is an editor and writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he leads the paper's coverage of technology and its impact on teaching, research, and student life. He is also an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Maryland at College Park, teaching a course on multimedia storytelling. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Shared Voices: Together, Building The Sustainable New Economy (7:30 PM)

Robin Chase, founder and former CEO of Zipcar, is coming to RISD on Tuesday, April 22as the next guest in our Shared Voices presidential speaker series. Her talk is titled Together, Building the Sustainable New Economy.  Associate Professors Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino and Andy Law will act as co-hosts, helping Robin to engage with the campus community during her visit. The public conversation — the centerpiece of each speaker's visit — takes place in the evening and is open to the RISD and local communities.

Please mark your calendars for the next in our series of engaging talks on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30pm in the RISD Auditorium. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required via this link and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

RISD AuditoriumRhode Island School of Design 
2 College Street I Providence, RI 02903 I 401.277.6764

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OpenLAB Spring 2014 Hosted By MetaLAB (6:00 PM)

What’s an openLAB?

It’s a project fair and it’s a party with:

  • demos and presentations of Palladio and Curarium
  • student projects from the past few semesters of Mixed-Reality City, Cold Storage, and Homeless Paintings
  • an exhibition of designs and page layouts from the forthcoming metaLABprojects publication series with Harvard University Press, including The Library Beyond the Book card decks
  • clips and rushes from a couple of web documentary projects that are underway
  • fresh experimental dishes from the Library Test Kitchen
  • posters, installation pieces, hacks, visualizations, and performances

Come to think/hack/learn/play/enjoy/hang out!

at Arts @ 29 Garden Street (at the corner of Garden and Chauncy Streets, approximately 15-minutes by foot from Harvard Square)

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Presenting Senator Elizabeth Warren (7:00 PM)


Join us at the First Parish Church on Thursday, April 24th at 7pm, when Senator Elizabeth Warren presents her forthcoming book, A Fighting Chance. We are excited and honored to be the first stop of the Senator's book tour!  


$5 tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 1 at 9am in the bookstore, over the phone at 617-661-1515, and on  

Can't make it to the event? Order a signed book for in-store pickup or shipment throughout the United States. (Please note: we are not taking requests for personalized inscriptions, only signed copies.)

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Elizabeth Warren discusses A Fighting Chance  

Harvard Book Store and Boston Review welcome Senator Elizabeth Warren for a discussion of her memoir A Fighting Chance.

A Fighting Chance is Senator Warren's personal story of her rise from a working class family in Oklahoma to the United States Senate, where she is the senior senator from Massachusetts. The book is a rousing call for protecting the middle class -- the backbone of America -- and for building a stronger country. It includes her work in the Senate and her improbable campaign to get there; her fight to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; her effort to expose the truth behind the $700 billion bank bailout; and her battles with lobbyists over bankruptcy regulations. Through stories of hope and triumph, the book shows how Americans can wake up a government that has too often been consumed by special interests.

It is also a very personal story of the opportunities and access to education that enabled her, as a young wife and mother, to become first a teacher, then a lawyer. The main focus of the book, however, is the conflict America now faces between giant institutions and the needs of everyday citizens.


Please note: This event will not include a public signing. Pre-signed books will be available for purchase at the event.



Thursday, April 24 at 7pm

First Parish Church
1446 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138


$5 tickets go on sale April 1 at 9am

Friday, April 25, 2014

Collaboration: Revisiting the History of Photography is a second “draft” of a

timeline with close to 100 collaborative photographic projects assembled in eight

different clusters. It is the continuation of the Collaboration Photo Lab held at the

Aperture Foundation in New York City on December 07, 2013.

Each of these projects address a different aspect of collaboration: the intimate

“face to face” encounter between photographer and photographed person;

collaborations recognized over time; collaboration as the production of alternative

and common histories; as a means of creating new potentialities in given political

regimes of violence; as a framework for collecting, preserving and studying

existing images as a basis for establishing civil archives for unrecognized,

endangered or oppressed communities; as a vantage point to reflect on relations

of collaboring that are hidden, denied, compelled, imagined or fake.

These clusters are presented as a large modular desktop, susceptible to multiple

readings and changes. The different projects are “quoted” through small

reference prints in a laboratory mode, and juxtaposed with verbal quotations from

the participants in the event of photography, as well as other archival documentation



In this project we seek to reconstruct the material, practical and political conditions

of collaboration through photography and of photography through collaboration.

We seek ways to foreground – and create – the tension between the collaborative

process and the photographic product by reconstructing the participation of

others, usually the more “silent” participants. We try to do this through the

presentation of a large repertoire of types of collaborations, those which take place

at the moment when a photograph is taken, or others that are understood as

collaboration only later, when a photograph is reproduced and disseminated,

juxtaposed to another, read by others, investigated, explored, preserved, and

accumulated in an archive to create a new database.

In collaboration with Nathan Lee, Drew Ludwig, Nupur Mathur, Rijuta Mehta,

Francisco Monar, Tyler Theus, graduate students at Modern Culture and Media,

(Brown University) and RISD Photo & Digital + Media (Rhode Island School of




Friday, April 25, 2014

3:00 - 6:00 PM

Studio 1, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Reception to follow

Laszlo Krasznahorkai At Brown University (5:00 PM)

Hungarian novelist Laszlo Krasznahorkai will read from his work in Brown University’s Contemporary Writers Reading Series on Friday, April 25 at 5 pm in the McCormack Family Theater, 70 Brown St., Providence.

            Described by Jason Farago of NPR as “one of contemporary literature’s most daring and difficult figures,” Kraznahorkai is an award-winning author who is well-known in his native Hungary.  He is the author of five novels, including Seiobo There Below, Satantango (which received the 2013 Best Translated Book Award), The Melancholy of Resistance (recipient of the Best Book of the Year Award in Germany), War & War, and Animalinside.  According to Farago of NPR, Kraznahorkai’s work “allows us to grasp a vision of painstaking beauty if we can slow ourselves down to savor it.”

            Kraznahorkai currently lives in seclusion in the hill of Szentlaszlo, Hungary.

            His reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Literary Arts at Brown University.  Literary Arts annually sponsors numerous readings and performances by writers of national and international importance.  For more information about this and other Literary Arts events, please see our website,


Saturday, April 26, 2014

ONE DAY IN BOSTON to inspire hundreds of films on April 26.

The world’s largest media collaboration, ONE DAY ON EARTH, is

launching a new project to document the topic of ‘cities’ this April 26th. One-day filming events

will take place in 11 major US metro areas, including Boston. Working with hundreds of partner

organizations across the United States, including creative communities, nonprofits, and

municipal offices in Boston, the project will investigate 10 questions for a 24-hour filming

campaign called YOUR DAY. YOUR CITY. YOUR FUTURE. The goal is to inspire citizens to

document the issues and culture that will define their city for the next 20 years.

Questions, such as, “Who is your city not serving?” and “What are the solutions that your city

needs to implement?” are balanced with, “What do you love about your city?” and “What is the

best thing happening in your city today?”

While the project is launching in 11 US metro areas this month, there are plans to expand the

initiative to additional cities, both domestically and abroad later in the year. The social platform, serves as a gateway for all the cities and a space where participants

can get involved with fellow collaborators.

Participants in the project will connect with their fellow filmmakers and upload their films to where their submissions will create an accessible geo-tagged

archive showcasing all media created that day. The project producers are also working directly

with local PBS affiliates and public broadcasters to share a TV series, investigating the future of

American cities.

The project is supported by a coalition of national and local foundations, including the Ford

Foundation and the Surdna Foundation and is hosted in partnership with the video-sharing

platform Vimeo.


Working with a growing social network of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, academics and a vast

creative network of more than 35,000 media creators, the YOUR DAY. YOUR CITY. YOUR

FUTURE. campaign is part for a portfolio of media collaborations supported by the One Day on

Earth Foundation. Previous collaborations include three global filming events (on 10/10/10,

11/11/11, and 12/12/12). The first film was released in 2012. The 2011 and 2012 initiatives are in

post-production. The purpose of One Day on Earth’s collaborations is to build relationships and

conversations, while creating a valuable archive of media for continued use and education. The

goal is not only to inform, but also to unite. Visit for more information.

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