Language-Related Events

  • March

    Advising Fortnight--Lit Hopping

    Wednesday, March 29, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at 16 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    Come visit Comparative Literature, History & Literature, andEnglish in our joint open house to learn more about studying literature inthese concentrations! You will be entered to win a prize when you visit all three departments.

    Gasper Begus (Harvard University)

    Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Harvard Yard, Boylston 105, Cambridge,MA 02138
    "A Diachronic Model for Explaining Unnatural Sound Changes”

    Artemis Leontis (University of Michigan)»

    Wednesday, March 29, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Boylston Hall 335, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Link: "Literary Translation and Politics in Moments of Greek Crisis"

    Paolo Visonà (University of Kentucky)»

    Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm at HARVARD ART MUSEUMS, Menschel Hall, Lower Level, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
    Event Series: Mildenberg Lecture Link: "From Byrsa to the Tiber: Carthaginian Coins and History" New evidence from hoards, overstrikings, and excavation finds across the western Mediterranean in the last 50 years has significantly increased our knowledge of Carthaginian coins and their circulation patterns in the core regions of the Punic world, from North Africa to Spain. As mediums of payment, stores of value, and social artifacts, Carthaginian coins were used in diverse contexts and by different ethnicities. In this lecture, Paolo Visonà, associate professor at the Universityof Kentucky at Lexington, will discuss how these coins provide essential information on the history and the economy of Carthage, underscoringits connectivity with other Punic centers and its relations with its Mediterranean neighbors and rivals, particularly Cyrene, Syracuse, and Rome.   Following the lecture, select galleries related to the talk will remain open until 8pm. Free admission. Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge. To honor the memory of renowned numismatist and scholar Leo Mildenberg (1912–2001) and his years of friendship with Harvard University, a fundwas established by his friends and colleagues and endowed in 2005 by his wife, Ilse Mildenberg-Seehausen.
  • March

    Brazil Studies Program: Ecology, Art and Politics in the 1970's in Brazil»

    Thursday, March 30, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street
    Speaker:  *Claudia Mattos Avolese*, Associate Professor of History of Art, University of Campinas; DRCLAS Cisneros Visiting Scholar, Harvard University Moderator:  *Frances Hagopian*, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University This talk will discuss how artists working in Brazil in the 1970’s became interested in ecological issues as an attempt to build a critical position regarding the nationalistic and developmental projects and propaganda of the military regime. *Claudia Mattos-Avolese* is Professor of Art History at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and member of the Comité international d’histoire de l’art (CIHA). She holds a Ph.D. from the Freie UniversitätBerlin, was a post-doc at the Courtauld Institute in London (2001), and a Research Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2012). She publishes primarily on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian art and art theory. Mattos-Avolese is currently working on a projecton art and ecology in Brazil. Her recent essays include 'Geography, Art Theory, and New Perspectives for an Inclusive Art History', /Art Bulletin/ (October 2014), and “Existe-t-il un art brésilien?” /Perspective /(2/2013). She recently co-organized the conference “New Worlds: Frontiers, Inclusion, Utopias” which took place in Rio de Janeiro, August 25–29, 2015, soon to be published as a book.  

    Gochman Lecture: Andreas Schönle»

    Thursday, March 30, 4:15 pm - 4:15 pm
    Andreas Schönle [1] is a Professor of Russian at the Queen Mary University of London. He received his doctorate from the Department ofSlavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University in 1995. [1]

    Karen Foster (Yale University)

    Thursday, March 30, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at TRINITY COLLEGE, Rittenberg Lounge, Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106
    "Monkeys in Aegean Image and Imagination" Sponsored by the Departments of Classics and History

    Hebrew Bible Workshop: Bruce Beck

    Thursday, March 30, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm at Semitic Museum, 6 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • March

    Cuba Studies Program: The 'Liberal Moment' of the Revolution: Early Educational Reforms in Revolutionary Cuba»

    Friday, March 31, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at CGIS South, S-216 (Resource Room), 1730 Cambridge Street
    Speaker: *Rainer Schultz*, PhD, Director of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), Cuba Divisional Center in Havana  Moderators: *Alejandro de la Fuente*, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics, Professor of African and African American Studies and of History, and Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University *Jorge I. Domínguez*, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government; Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University The history of Cuba's revolution is usually associated with an authoritarian, Soviet-influenced model of Communism. The success of Cuba's educational system has often been praised as the revolution's most impressive achievement. Were these two notions necessarily tied together? In this talk I argue that the revolutionary government's early reforms were democratic, liberal and based on republican traditions but influenced by a revolutionary impetus. Unearthing educational policies characterized by public-private partnerships and heterogeneous pedagogical influences and formsof collaboration, including from the United States, helps revising a dominant teleological perspective on Cuban historiography, historicize the shift towards socialist policies and enrich contemporary debates on reforms in Cuba today. *Rainer Schultz* obtained his PhD in Latin American history from Harvard University in 2016. His research focuses on education, Communism and US influence in 20th century Cuba. Parts of his research and contemporary analysis of Cuba have been published in Cuba, Germany, and the United States. In 2015 Rainer has been named the director of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA), Cuba Divisional Center in Havana. In this capacity he facilitated and oversaw semester abroad programs for more than 100 US-American students in Cuba. A pastfellow of the Cuban Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center forLatin American Studies at Harvard University and the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African and Afro-American Studies he has worked on and in Cuba for more than a decade.  

    Translating the Disaster Writing: The Siege of Leningrad and its Tongues, with Polina Barskova (Hampshire College) and Catherine Ciepiela (Amherst College)»

    Friday, March 31, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm at Barker 133
      Co-sponsored by the Slavic Department, the Literature and Culture Seminar of the Davis Center, and the Mahindra Humanities Center Rethinking Translation Seminar.  

    Filled With Meaning: Manuscripts, Materia Medica, and the Contents of Religious Statuary in East Asia»

    Friday, March 31, 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm at S153, 1st Floor, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
    Asia Center Seminar Series Professor James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University Sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center       

    Pre-departure Event: Navigating Museums 101»

    Friday, March 31, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at The Fogg Museum, 32 Quincy St.
    Preparing to study or travel abroad? Attend this student-guided tour of the Fogg for tips on how to make the most of museum visits throughout your journey. Following the tour join recently returned study abroad students for coffee at the museum cafe. Space is limited. Please/*RSVP* to /**. 

    Bate-Papo (Portuguese conversation practice)»

    Friday, March 31, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm at CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street
    Practice your Portuguese and discuss Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries and cultures at this informal round table.  Everyone is welcome! *For more information:* Everton Vargas da Costa, [1]   [1]

    Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Conference: Keynote Address: Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century»

    Friday, March 31, 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm at Piper Auditorium, GSD 48 Quincy Street
    *Urban Challenges in an Era of Climate Change* Speaker: *Miguel Angel Mancera*, Mayor of Mexico City Introduction: *Jorge Domínguez*, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government; Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies *Miguel Angel Mancera*, Mayor of Mexico City, will discuss current challenges for Mexico’s capital city, recently named World Design Capital for 2018 by ICSID. The Mayor will share lessons learned so far and engage in dialogue about the built environmental future of CDMX going forward. Emerging from a complex history to take a role as a leading global metropolis, Mexico City is in flux. Renowned for its architecture and designaesthetics, the city also faces major infrastructural scarcities in transportation, water, and affordable housing. Its enormous scale poses environmental, energy, and public health problems associated with pollution, carbon emissions, and sprawl. Recent efforts to write a new urban constitution have amplified conflicts over how to build, govern, and finance the city’s future. This event, serving as a kick-off for a day-long conference on Harvard’s campus sponsored by the David RockefellerCenter For Latin American Studies that will include participation by governing officials, activists, as well as leading researchers on CDMX. The larger aims of the conference are to highlight on Mexico City’s tripartite identity as global leader, national powerhouse, and sovereign urban authority confronting the multi-scalar territorial and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. *Miguel Ángel Mancera *is a Mexican lawyer and politician who works with the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD). He us the current Mayor of Mexico City. Mancera graduated from the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1989, and he was awarded the Gabino Barreda Medal two years later for being the best student of his class. He has a master's degree from the University of Barcelona and the Metropolitan Autonomous University and a Juris Doctor from the UNAM. Mancera has been a professor at several universities, including the UNAM, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and University of the Valley of Mexico. In 2002, he began working as bureaucrat when Marcelo Ebrard, the Secretary of Public Security of Mexico City, invited him to be his adviser. In 2006, Mancera became Assistant Attorney General, and from 2008 to 2012, he worked as Attorney General of the city. According to official reports, from 2010 to 2011, crime in Mexico City decreased by up to 12%. Mancera received several awards during his management as Attorney General. Co-sponsoredby the Interdisciplinary Urbanism Initiative, Department of Urban Planning and Design, GSD. *SCHEDULE* *Friday, March 31, 2017, 6:30pm /Urban Challenges in an Era of Climate Change/* Keynote address Piper Auditorium, GSD 48 Quincy Street Speaker: *Miguel Angel Mancera*, Mayor of Mexico City Moderator: *Diane Davis*, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism; Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design *Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9:00am /Urban Challenges inan Age of Shifting Sovereignties [1]/* Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall 9:00 – 9:45am                    Arrival & Breakfast 10:00 – 11:45am               Panel I: Environment & Infrastructure 11:45 – 12:00pm               Coffee Break 12:00 – 1:45pm                  Panel II: Health & Violence 2:00 – 3:00pm                    Lunch 3:00 – 5:00pm                    Panel III: Governance               5:00 – 6:30pm                    Open Roundtable Discussion with Mayor Mancera 6:30 – 7:30pm                    Closing Reception [1]
  • April

    Application for Transfer Credit (no summer funding)»

    Saturday, April 1, 12:00 am - Sunday, April 2, 12:00 am

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