History Department Calendar

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Apr 1st, 2014 (Tue)
  "Mobilizing the Past: Three 19th Century Hungarian Rabbis and the Jewish Historical Imagination"

Michael Silber, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Perlow Jacob Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies, Yale University

The Center for Jewish Studies: Starr Seminars 2014

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Societies and Cultures Seminar at the Mahindra Center for Humanities at Harvard University

Contact: 617-495-4326 or cjs@fas.harvard.edu

Cabot Room, Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge
Tuesday, April 1
Apr 2nd, 2014 (Wed)
  "Adorno as Educator in Minima Moralia"

Ulrich Plass, Wesleyan University

Co-Sponsored by the Harvard Colloquium for Intellectual History and
The Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Wednesday, April 2
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Apr 2nd, 2014 (Wed)
  Frances Gouda "The Indies Lost, Disastrous Cost: The Netherlands and American Foreign Policy in Indonesia's Decolonization"

The 2014 Erasmus Lecture Series

Professor Frances Gouda

"The Indies Lost, Disastrous Cost: The Netherlands and American Foreign Policy in Indonesia's Decolonization"

Contact(s): Frances Gouda, fgouda@fas.harvard.edu; Ann Kaufman, kaufman5@fas.harvard.edu

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard
Busch Hall, Lower Level Conference Room, 27 Kirkland Street
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
4-6 pm
Apr 2nd, 2014 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Department Meeting
Apr 3rd, 2014 (Thu)
  "I have no mother tongue, only my adopted language is my home."

Esty G. Hayim, Author; Teacher of creative writing at Seminar Hakibutzim College, Israel

Presented by
The Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies
& The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Working Group on Middle East Literature in Transition: New Frontiers in the 21st Century

Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES)
38 Kirkland Street, Room 102
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Apr 3rd, 2014 (Thu) -- Apr 5th, 2014 (Sat)
  Religious Accommodation in the Age of Civil Rights

Co-sponsored by Harvard Law School, Williams Institute, ACLU, and USC Center for Law, History and Culture

Current controversies over marriage equality, antidiscrimination law, and the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate have raised conflicts between religious claims, on one hand, and LGBT equality and women’s rights, on the other. The conference seeks to deepen our understanding of the competing claims by bringing together nationally recognized scholars in the fields of sexuality, gender, and law and religion.

For more information, please see link below:

Thursday, April 3 - Saturday, April 5
Apr 4th, 2014 (Fri)
  "To the Land of Israel: Pioneer Popular Culture in Interwar Poland, Was Israeli Culture Created in Palestine or in the Diaspora?"

Rona Yona, Post-doctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University and Assistant Editor of Israel: Studies in Zionism and the State of Israel

Spring Israeli Events at Harvard:
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Societies and Cultures Seminar at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities
and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University

Free and open to the public.

Sever Hall, Room 308
Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Friday, April 4
Apr 4th, 2014 (Fri)
  "The Maternal Imprint"

Gender & Sexuality Symposium: An interdisciplinary symposium on the science of the maternal-fetal interface

Sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Free and open to the public. Registration required (click here).

For more information, visit the series website or email wgssymposia@fas.harvard.edu.

Thompson Room, Barker Center 110
12 Quincy St
Friday, April 4
Apr 4th, 2014 (Fri)
  "Colonial Violence in the French Revolution"

Jeremy Popkin, T. Marshall Hahn Jr. Professor of History, University of Kentucky

Presented by the CES Study Group on French Politics, Culture

Cabot Room, Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland Street
Friday, April 4th
Apr 4th, 2014 (Fri) -- Apr 5th, 2014 (Sat)
  "The Disciplined Past: Critical Reflections on the Study of the Middle East"

Volkswagen Fellowship Symposia
Organized by Postdoctoral Fellow Mirjam Brusius, 2013-14

The Symposium aims to reassess the study and the representation of the Middle East in scholarship and museums today.

Sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation and Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard.

Click here to download a program for this event.

Seating is limited. Please register here.

Barker Center, Room 133
12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Friday, April 4, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Apr 4th, 2014 (Fri)
  "Katrina's Roots: Slavery, Race and the Politics of Caribbean Hurricanes 1780-1840"

The Parry Lecture

Stuart B. Schwartz, George Burton Adams Professor of History, Yale University; Chair, Council on Latin American & Iberian Studies

Presented by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

CGIS South, Room S050
1730 Cambridge Street
Friday, April 4
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
  "On Memory and Autobiography"

Ronit Matalon, Writer, Professor of Literature and Head of the M.A. Program in Creative Writing at Haifa University

Spring Israeli Events at Harvard:
Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England
and the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University

Free and open to the public.

Sever Hall, Room 113
Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Monday, April 7
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
  Legal Obstacles to Islamic Banking and Finance in India

The Fifth Lecture of the 2013–2014 ILSP Lecture Series

by Shariq Nisar, ILSP Visiting Fellow, and Director, Research and Operations, Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions, India

This lecture will focus on the legal obstacles to Islamic banking and finance in India and how this challenge of financial exclusion can be addressed.

Monday, April 7, 3:30—5:00 pm
Wasserstein Hall 2004, Harvard Law School campus
Reception to follow

For more information, call ILSP at 617-496-3941 or email ilsp@law.harvard.edu
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
  Conversation with filmmakers Angela Ricci Lucchi and Yervant Gianikian on their latest film: Pays Barbare

This colloquium will feature a conversation (via Skype) between Prof. Giuliana Minghelli and filmmakers.

Monday, April 7th
Boylston Hall, Room 403

7th De Bosis Colloquium in Italian Studies, Harvard University, Spring Semester 2014. Organized by Giuliana Minghelli (Harvard University) - Sponsored by the Lauro De Bosis Lectureship in the History of Italian Civilization. A regularly scheduled course (Ita 201r) & lecture series.

Open to the public.
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon) -- Apr 9th, 2014 (Wed)
  The 12th Annual Brazil Week at Harvard

Monday, April 7th, 5:00-9:00PM
CGIS S-020 Belfer Case Study Room

Program Schedule:
5:00-5:20PM Nicolau Sevcenko (Harvard University)
Clemence Jouet-Pastre (Harvard University)
Josiah Blackmore (Harvard University)

5:20-6:00PM Introduction: Nicolau Sevcenko

6:00-7:30PM Interventions:
Chacal Rodrigo Lopes de Barros (Boston University)
Luca Prazeres (Brown University)
Max Seawright (Harvard University)
Guilherme Trielli Ribeiro (Harvard University)

7:30-9:00PM Cocktails<

Tuesday, April 8th
CGIS S-250

Program Schedule:
5:00-8:00PM Poetry Workshop - Chacal
(refreshments will be served)

Wednesday, April 9th
CGIS S-010 Tsai Auditorium

Program Schedule
6:00-6:20 Introduction: Rodrigo Lopes de Barros

6:20-6:35 Film screening: Assaltaram a gramatica [They Struck Grammar,with English subtitles]
(Directed by Ana Maria Magalhaes, 1984

6:35-8:00PM Film Screening: Pan-cinema permanente[Permanent Pan-cinema, with English subtitles]
(Directed by Carlos Nader, 2008)

8:00-9:00PM Discussion: Guilherme Trielli Ribeiro

Thursday, April 10th
CGIS S-010 Tsai Auditorium

Program Schedule:
6:00-7:00PM Cocktail
7:00-7:30PM Introduction: Nicolau Sevcenko
7:30-9:00PM Performance: Chacal (simultaneous translation)

All Activities Free and Open to the Public

Sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, the Nancy Clark Smith Fund for Portuguese Studies, the Brazil Studies Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), and ARTS@DRCLAS. Supoprt from the Braziliam Immigrant Center, the Brazilian Women's Group, Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS), and Fundacao do Movimento Educacionista dos EUA. Organized by Nicolau Sevcenko, Clemence Jouet-Pastre, Heloisa Galvao, Anna Borges, Max Seawrights, Luca Prazeres, and Guilherme Trielli Ribeiro.
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
  "Home made or shaped by globalization? The history of Switzerland in Word War I"

Lunchtime talk

Florian Weber, WIGH Visiting Scholar; University of Zurich, Switzerland

Sponsored by the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History

Lunch will be available. We appreciate but do not require sign-ups to jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu.

CGIS Knafel, K450
1737 Cambridge Street
Monday, April 7
12:00 - 1:00
Apr 7th, 2014 (Mon)
  "Projects for an Agrarian Regime, 1770-1890"

Charlies S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University; WIGH co-chair

This paper is a chapter from Professor Maier's current book project, Once within Borders: Transformations of Territory since 1500.

Commentator: Kiran Patel, Professor of European and Global History, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

The precirculated paper is available at http://bit.ly/wighseminar (Harvard ID required) or by request to jbarnard@fas.harvard.edu.

CGIS Knafel, Room K050
1737 Cambridge Street
Monday, April 7th
Apr 8th, 2014 (Tue)
  Book Panel Discussion: "Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era"

Please join us on Tuesday, April 8th, for a panel discussion (and informal book launch) on Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era, by Harvard Professors Michèle Lamont and Peter Hall.

Michèle Lamont, Acting Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies; Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University
Peter A. Hall, Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies; Faculty Associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University; Co-Director of the Program on Successful Societies for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Lisa Berkman, Thomas Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health; Director, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies
Diane Davis, Professor of Urbanism and Development at the Harvard Graduate School of Design

Panel chair:
Matthew Desmond (Harvard)

Co-sponsored by the Center for American Political Studies (CAPS) and the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy. (This event was rescheduled from Thursday, Feb. 13).

*Light lunch provided, please rsvp to caps@gov.harvard.edu

Room S030 - The Lee Gathering Room
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
Tuesday, Apr. 8
Apr 9th, 2014 (Wed)
  "The International History of the Yemeni Civil War (1962-70)"

Asher Orkaby, Harvard University

Comment: Timothy Nunan, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
Presented by Harvard's International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS)
Co-chairs: David Armitage and Erez Manela

CGIS-South, Room S-050
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Wednesday, April 9

Papers are circulated in advance by email.
Apr 9th, 2014 (Wed)
  Department Meeting @ noon
Apr 9th, 2014 (Wed)
  "Porfirio Díaz between Mexico and China: A Trans-Pacific Discourse about Rulership - from Justo Sierra to Kang Youwei"

Pablo Ariel Blitstein, Heidelberg University

Sponsored by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

For more information, see the ARTS@DRCLAS calendar.

A light lunch will be served!

CGIS South S-250
1730 Cambridge Street
Wednesday, April 9th
Apr 9th, 2014 (Wed)
  Frances Gouda "Anne Frank and Sukarno as Icons of Dutch Historical Memory of World War II"

The 2014 Erasmus Lecture Series

Professor Frances Gouda

"Anne Frank and Sukarno as Icons of Dutch Historical Memory of World War II""

Contact(s): Frances Gouda, fgouda@fas.harvard.edu; Ann Kaufman, kaufman5@fas.harvard.edu

The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard
Busch Hall, Lower Level Conference Room, 27 Kirkland Street
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
4-6 pm
Apr 10th, 2014 (Thu)
  "Was the Civil War a Health Disaster?"

Andrew Delbanco, PhD, Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

In this third lecture in the Medicine and the Civil War Series, Professor Delbanco will speak about the political and cultural situations leading up to the war between the states, and public health organizations that arose as a direct result of the need to care for the wounded and sick. The lecture series companion exhibit, "Battle-Scarred: Caring of the Sick and Wounded of the Civil War," is now on display in the Countway Library of Medicine (floor L2, only after March 30th).

Co-Sponsored by the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership; Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library of Medicine; Harvard Catalyst Program for Faculty Development and Diversity Inclusion; and Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

Reception to follow:
RSVP extended deadline, Friday, April 4, 2014
Questions? Contact: Terésa Carter via email or phone (617-432-4697).

Countway Library of Medicine, Minot Room
Harvard Medical School, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston
Thursday, April 10
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Apr 10th, 2014 (Thu)
  Law & History Workshop: "Imagining Gibbons v. Ogden without the Commerce Clause"

Professor Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University, Class of 1921; Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty

Contact: Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Harvard Law School, Hauser 101
Thursday, April 10th
5 pm
Apr 10th, 2014 (Thu)
  Workshop on The Environment and the American Past talk: TBA

Ann Whiston Spirn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; workshop guest
Title to be announced

Presented by the Workshop on The Environment and the American Past

Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room
35 Quincy Street
Thursday, April 10
Apr 10th, 2014 (Thu)
5:00 PM
  "Latin Graffiti from an Excavation in Roman Lusitania"
Wayne J. Redenbarger, The Ohio State University

5:00PM - A light Reception
5:30PM - Seminar begins
Boylston Hall 403

Presented by: the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
All are cordially invited.
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  "From Pompeii: The Afterlife of a Roman Town"

Ingrid Rowland, University of Notre Dame

Sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop

Friday April 11
Robinson Hall Lower Library
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Conference: "The Power of Peace: New Perspectives on the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815)"


Co-sponsored by HIGHS and the Center for European Studies. For full details see here.

Friday, April 11
2:00pm - 6:00pm Lower Level Conference Room
Busch Hall
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  "From Plutocracy To Progressivism? The Assassination of President McKinley as a Turning Point in American History"

Eric Hilt, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College

Economic History Workshop

Contact: Gia Petrakis, gpetrakis@fas.harvard.edu
(617) 496-5079

Friday, April 11
2:00-3:30pm Littauer Center M-16, North Yard
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  "Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940"

Nick Parrillo, Yale Law School

Presented by the Center for American Political Studies, with support from the Warren Center

Friday, April 11
3:00-5:00PM Room K262, CGIS Knafel Building
1737 Cambridge Street
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  "Against the Profit Motive: The Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940"
Nick Parrillo (Yale Law School)
Presented by the Center for American Political Studies, with support from the Warren Center

CGIS Knafel Building
Room K262
Apr 11th, 2014 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Spring Movie Night: "The Boxer" (1997)

Introduction by Mo Moulton

Popcorn, soda/pop, and other light refreshments served. All are welcome (historians and non-historians alike) - bring along friends and family!

Friday, April 11
Robinson Hall Lower Library
Apr 12th, 2014 (Sat)
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  "What was the 20th Century?" A roundtable event in honor of Charles S. Maier

This event brings together distinguished historians from across the USA to honor Charles S. Maier on his 75th birthday and to provide a venue for reflections about the state of the field of those historiographies to which Charles Maier has substantially contributed: European history, global and international history, and the history of political economy.

The event is open to the entire Harvard community.

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Weatherhead Initiative on Global History
Harvard History Department

For more information, including the Program, visit the Weatherhead Initiative event site.

Contact: Heidi Tworek, hevans@fas.harvard.edu

Saturday, April 12, 2014
11:00AM - 6:00PM
Center for European Studies
Lower Level Conference Room
27 Kirkland Street at Cabot Way
Apr 14th, 2014 (Mon)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  Bondage in Eurasia, from the Seventeenth to Twentieth Centuries
Allessandro Stanziani (Centre de Recherches Historiques, EHESS)
Presented by the Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism, with support from the Warren Center

Monday, April 14th
Harvard Law School, Lewis 214A
Apr 15th, 2014 (Tue)
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
  "Sovereignty and Empire in the Imperial Mediterranean: The Case of Tunisia"

Mary Dewhurst Lewis, Professor of History, Harvard University

Tuesday, April 15th
MIT Room E51-275

After invading Tunisia in 1881, the French installed a protectorate in which they shared power with the Tunisian ruling dynasty and, due to the dynasty's treaties with other European powers, with some of their imperial rivals. This "indirect" form of colonization was intended to prevent the violent clashes marking France's outright annexation of neighboring Algeria. But as Mary Dewhurst Lewis argues, France's method of governance in Tunisia actually created a whole new set of conflicts.

This event is sponsored by the MIT History Faculty, FL&L's Research Seminar in French and Francophone Studies, and the Borders Research Initiative in Women's & Gender Studies. For more information contact ravel@mit.edu.
Apr 15th, 2014 (Tue)
4:30 PM
  Crossing Paths: The Diversity in Mexico-US Migration
Filiz Garip
Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Tuesday, April 15 at 4:30PM
Belfer Case Study Room
CGIS South, S020
1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Mexicans in the United States are a diverse population. But this diversity often gets lost in scholarly work and in the popular press. This lecture will explore the sources of the diversity in the Mexican migrant stream, which, for more than a century now, has remained stable in its presence but changed remarkably not only in its composition and origins in Mexico, but also in its destinations and settlement patterns in the United States.

More information here.

Sponsored by the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, Instituto Cervantes en Harvard (Observatorio), David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Harvard Latina/o Student Alliance.
Apr 15th, 2014 (Tue)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  "What's the Public for Public Social Science?"
Craig Calhoun
Director, London School of Economics and Political Science

Tuesday, April 15
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Tsai Lecture Hall
CGIS South Building
1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University Cambridge, MA

With Panelists: David Armitage, Lloyd C. Blankfein (Professors of History), Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman (Professors of European Studies) Orlando Patterson (John Cowles Professor of Sociology).

Moderated by:
Sheila Jasanoff (Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies).

Science and Democracy, a lecture series aimed at exploring both the promised benefits or our era's most salient scientific and technological breakthroughs and the potentially harmful consequences of developments that are inadequately understood, debated, or managed by politicians, lay publics, and policy institutions.
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  The Present and Future of HarvardX
an informal lunch-time talk.
Lunch will be served.

The initiative has shifted significantly in recent months, and we will have a HarvardX representative on hand to discuss the current thinking and to field questions. In addition, several History faculty members who are currently in the process of designing HarvardX modules will speak about their experiences. 12:00-1:00PM
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
4:00 PM
  The Frye Memorial Lecture: "Afghanistan before Islam: The Bactrian documents as a historical source"
Nicholas Sims-Wiliams
Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies
SOAS, University of London

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
CGIS South Building S-010
1730 Cambridge Street

Brought to you by the Inner Asian and Altaic Studies at Harvard.
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
4:15 PM
  The Meritocrats: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste

Ajantha Subramanian, Harvard University

History and Economic Seminar

Wednesday, April 16
4:15PM Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS-S020
1730 Cambridge Street
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  Historians Working Behond Academia: Conversation with Graduate Students: featuring James O'Connell

An informal discussion with James O'Connell (Community Planner at the Boston Office of the National Park Service) about his experience as an historian and planner for the National Park Service. If you're interested in urban history, environmental history, public history, urban planning, work in the public sector/beyond academia, please join them!

Wednesday, April 16th
Robinson Hall, Lower Library

Sponsored by the Henry Adams Society.
Dinnner (from Spice) & Beverages will be served.
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
5:00 PM
  John Thornton: "The Kingdom of Kongo and the Thirty Years' War"

John Thornton, Boston University

Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop and the Center for African Studies

Wednesday, April 16
5:00PM CGIS S030, 1730 Cambridge St.
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Coolie Woman/Bengali Harlem: New Histories of the South Asian Diaspora

Reading and discussion with authors Gaiutra Bahadur (freelance journalist) and Vivek Bald (MIT), moderated by Walter Johnson (Harvard)

Wednesday, April 16
MIT, E51 Room 325
(corner of Amherst and Wadsworth streets) Vivek Bald is assistant professor of writing and digital media at MIT. He will be a Warren Fellow next year, part of a workshop on “Multimedia History and Literature” co-led by Vincent Brown (African and African American Studies; History) and Glenda Carpio (African and African American Studies; English).
Apr 16th, 2014 (Wed)
6:00 PM
  Book Talk: "The Temptation of Despair, Tales of the 1940s"

Werner Sollors, Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Professor of English Literature and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

On his new book, The Temptation of Despair, Tales of the 1940s, to be published by Harvard University Press

Janet Halley, Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Henry Rosovsky, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Sever Hall, Room 113
Apr 17th, 2014 (Thu)
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  "Emancipation and the Atlantic Vortex"

Adam Rothman (Georgetown University)
A continuation of last year’s Emancipation at 150 series

Thursday, April 17th
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room
Apr 17th, 2014 (Thu)
5:00 PM
  Surekha Davies, "What is a Werewolf? Genres, Practices and Cataloguing Monsters from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution"

Surekha Davies, Western Connecticut University

Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop, the Humanities Center Seminar in Book History and the Early Sciences Working Group

Thursday, April 17
Science Center 469
Apr 17th, 2014 (Thu)
6:00 PM
  Beneath The Killing Fields: In Pursuit of the Truth

Screening of Thet Sambath's "Enemies of the People" followed by a panel discussion

Moderated by Homi Bhabha, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center

Thet Sambath, 2013-14 Harvard Scholars at Risk Fellow
Christopher Decherd, Voice of America Khmer Service Chief
Gregory H. Stanton, Founder and President of Genocide Watch; Founder and Director of the Cambodian Genocide Project

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Carpenter Center Lecture Hall
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Apr 18th, 2014 (Fri)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
This bilingual event features two roundtable discussions and two main speakers:
Diana Perez (Buenos Aires) and Jorge Gracia (Buffalo).

Friday, April 18th, 2014
1:00 - 4:00PM
Observatorio, 2 Arrow Street, 4th Fl.
Cambridge, MA 02138

The roundtable discussions will focus on the life of analytic philosophy today in Spanish, including issues about translation, and sociological observations about the life of philosophy in Spanish-speaking locations, communities of philosophers who are Spanish speakers in the dominantly English-speaking parts, and a recent debate in the journal Crítica about whether analytic philosophy should be published only in English.

Participants: Diana Pérez (Universidad de Buenos Aires), Josefa Toribio (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona), Patricia Marechal (Harvard University), Diana Acosta (Harvard University), Jorge Gracia (SUNY - Buffalo), Laura Pérez (Universidad Autónoma de Mexico), Carla Merino (NYU/Arizona State). Coordinated by Susanna Siegel (Harvard University)
Apr 18th, 2014 (Fri)
1:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  History Design Studio: A Multimedia Exhibition
Friday, April 18th 2014
The Hutchins Center
104 Mount Auburn Street

Work presentations in the Hip Hop Archive on Floor 2R,
1:30-3:00 and 3:30-5:00 pm

followed by cheese & wine in the Rudenstine Gallery
on Floor 3R,

Amy Alemu
Eric Cervini
Bradley Craig
Mark Duerksen
Nia Evans & Tomashi Jackson
Balraj Gill
John Hulsey
Sandy Plácido
Aylin Tschoepe
Benjamin Weber
Apr 18th, 2014 (Fri)
7:00 PM
  Spring Movie Night: "Goodbye Lenin" (2003)

Introduction by Mary Lewis

Popcorn, soda/pop, and other light refreshments served. All are welcome (historians and non-historians alike) - bring along friends and family!

Friday, April 18
Robinson Hall Lower Library
Apr 21st, 2014 (Mon)
4:00 PM
  "Love and Treasure" A reading of the novel by author Ayelet Waldman
Ayelet Waldman reads from and discusses her new novel,Love and Treasure.

Monday, April 21
4:00 PM
Radcliffe Institute Byerly Hall Classroom (Ground Floor of Byerly Hall)
8 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

This novel confronts the fascinating history of the Hungarian Gold Train in World War II.

In 1945 on the outskirts of Salzburg, American soldiers capture a train filled with riches: gold watches, fur coats; crates filled with wedding rings, silver picture frames, family heirlooms, and Shabbat candlesticks passed down through generations. Jack, a tough, smart New York Jew, is the officer charged with guarding this treasure - a responsibility that grows more complicated when he meets Ilona, a young Hungarian woman who has lost everything in the Holocaust. Seventy years later, amid the shadowy world of art dealers who profit off the sins of previous generations, Jack gives a necklace to his granddaughter, Natalie, and charges her with searching for an unknown woman - a woman whose secret may help Natalie to understand the guilt her grandfather will take to his grave.

Ayelet Waldman is the author of "Love and Treasure", "Red Hook Road", and The New York Times bestseller "Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace". Her novel "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits" was adapted into a film called "The Other Woman", starring Natalie Portman. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her radio commentaries have appeared on "All Things Considered" and "The California Report."

This event is free and open to the public.
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Discussion of Moraga's new book "A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness Writings, 2000-2010
11:00AM - 12:00PM
William James Hall #1

"This political memoir in essays is a testimony to the awakening of an indigenous consciousness that has been disappeared in the memory of colonized Americas. The collection is blessed by the drawings of Celia Herrera Rodríguez. What a powerful offering in a time of reckoning." -Joy Harjo, Mvskoke Nation, poet, musician, performer, playwright
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
12:30 PM - 1:50 PM
  European Armaments, Dependence, and Austerity: the case of Greece and European arms contracts - A lunch talk by Kaija Schilde
Join Boston University's Center for the Study of Europe for a luncheon discussion with Kaija Schilde, Assistant Professor of International Relations.

Tuesday, Apr 22nd, 2014
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Boston University Department of International Relations,
154 Bay State Road, 2nd floor

Professor Schilde's teaching and research interests include the politics of the European Union, particularly the emerging foreign and security policies of the EU, the political economy of defense and security industries, the linkages between public and private actors in Brussels, the historical and comparative dynamics of federalism, and European public opinion on EU politics. She has a government policy background in defense acquisition reform and transatlantic defense policies. Open to BU faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Please register via email by Friday, April 18.
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  The Harvard Horizons Symposium

Celebrating the Impact of New Ideas and New Discoveries

Please join President Faust, Provost Alan Garber, FAS Dean Mike Smith, and GSAS Dean Xiao-Li Meng as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences celebrates the power of new ideas - and the talent and innovation of the scholars who are generating them.

This event will feature short talks by the 2014 Horizon Scholars, eight PhD students whose ideas represent the best new thinking in their disciplines.

Reception to follow in the Cambridge Queen's Head, Lower level, Memorial Hall.

There is no cost to attend, but tickets are required. They will be available starting April 9, 2014 at the Harvard Box Office and at Sanders Theatre after 2 p.m. on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit
The Harvard Horizons Symposium

April 22, 2014
4:15 - 6:00PM
Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall
Harvard University
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
5:15 PM
  "Goldilocks in Byzantium: The Paradox of East Roman Survival"
The Jackson Lectures 2014
featuring:John Haldon (Princeton University)

Lecture 1: "A time of crisis, five questions, and the way forward."
Tuesday, April 22, 5:15 p.m.
Emerson Hall, Room 210
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
6:00 PM
  Steven Spielberg in conversation with Homi K. Bhabha

The Rita E. Hauser Forum

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA

PDF Poster

Open to the public but tickets are required.
For tickets, see the website.
Apr 22nd, 2014 (Tue)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  New Fire: To Put Things Right Again
Interactive workshop with Cherríe Moraga & artist/designer
Celia Rodriguez on their play

6:30pm-8:00pm Harvard Divinity School, Sperry Room

Moraga is celebrated as "one of the most influential figures in Chicana/o, feminist, queer, and indigenous activism and scholarship." Moraga's plays and publications have received national recognition (United States Artist Rockefeller Felllowship for Literature-2007; a Creative Work Fund Award-2008; a Gerbode-Hewlett Foundation Grant for Playwriting-2009) for their critical and dramatic power to uncover the dynamics of concealment and potential in the lives of women of color. She was co-editor with Gloria Anzaldua of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (winner of the Before Columbus Book Award in 1986) and author of the now classic Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios (1983/2003).

Sponsored by: "Latin@s Remaking America: Immigration, Culture and Language" taught by David Carrasco and Maria Luisa Parra, Harvard Divinity School, Department of Anthropology, El Observatorio Cervantes, David Rockefeller center for Latin American Studies, Ethnicity, Migration and Rights, Committee on Degrees of Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Apr 23rd, 2014 (Wed)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Jewish Life in Poland Today
Anna Rataj
Presented by: Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies & Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11:00am - 12:00pm
Emerson Hall, Room 101,
Harvard Yard

Free and open to the public.

Anna Rataj, an LL.M. Candidate at Harvard Law School, holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and an M.A. in Law from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, as well as an LL.M. from Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg. She is a PhD in Law Candidate at Jagiellonian University, where she is preparing a dissertation about the Israeli Supreme Court. Her research interests include constitutional law of the State of Israel as well as legal aspects relevant to the Jewish community in contemporary Poland.
Apr 23rd, 2014 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  A Panel Discussion: "What is the Future of the History Ph.D.?"

A Panel Discussion featuring:

Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor & University Librarian, Harvard University

Robert Townsend,Director, Washington Office of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Caroline Winterer, Anthony P. Meier Family Professor in the Humanities & Director, Stanford Humanities Center

Things are changing everywhere as History Ph.D. programs respond to the brave new world of higher education in the United States. For what kinds of careers should students prepare themselves? Where does one pursue training in the digital humanities? Is it acceptable to publish research in online journals and blogs? Can Ph.D. programs foster collaborative work? What point is served by the general exam? In this panel discussion, some of the most rominent voices in the discussion come to Robinson Hall to share their wisdoem and to hear from you.

Wednesday, April 23rd
Robinson Hall Lower Library
(a luncheon will be served).
Apr 23rd, 2014 (Wed)
4:15 PM
  "Goldilocks in Byzantium: The Paradox of East Roman Survival"
The Jackson Lectures 2014
featuring:John Haldon (Princeton University)

Lecture 2: "Beliefs, narratives, and social identities."
Wednesday, April 23, 4:15 p.m.
Emerson Hall, Room 210
Apr 24th, 2014 (Thu)
4:15 PM
  "Goldilocks in Byzantium: The Paradox of East Roman Survival"
The Jackson Lectures 2014
featuring:John Haldon (Princeton University)

Lecture 3: "The environmental factor."
Thursday, April 24, 4:15 p.m.
Sever Hall, Room 113
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
  Harvard Committee on African Studies - Register Today for this Upcoming Conference!

The African Studies Workshop culminates each year with a conference event in the spring. The 2014 conference, entitled Chiefship and the Customary in Contemporary Africa, will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Knafel Center.

Registration deadline is April 21, 2014. Register Here.

Download the Schedule

Presenting African Chiefs at the Post-Cold War Moment – Millennial Capitalism and the Struggle over Moral Authority?

Presenting Oba ni olórí gbogbo èsìn (‘The ruler is the head of all religions’): Religious tolerance and its limits among Yoruba traditional rulers in southwest Nigeria.

Presenting Access v. justice. Malawi’s Local Courts Act, justice for the poor, and political oppression.

Presenting How to colonize a gold company: The story of a female king, a golden cow, an armed village, and a new artisanal city that refuses to go away.

Presenting Party politics, state-making and chiefs in Zimbabwe.

Presenting Chieftaincy, temporality and customary citizenship in Northern Mozambique.

Presenting Chiefs, Gold, and Sacred Violence in Ghana.
Presenting The Resurgence of Chiefs: Myth or Reality?

Presenting Corporate Branding and The Currency of Chieftaincy: Festivals, Corporate Sponsorship, and Emergent Spheres of Consumption in Ghana.

Presenting Chiefship and the ANC: power and basic legitimacy of ubukhosi in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Transparent Skin: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch
with Ilana Szobel
Israeli Law, Literature, and Society 2013-14 Seminar Series

Respondent: Daniel Behar, PhD candidate in Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature

Friday, April 25, 2014
12:00 - 2:00PM
Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Rm 102,
38 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Ilana Szobel is Assistant Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University.

Jointly sponsored by Harvard's Department of Comparative Literature, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Center for Jewish Studies.

Organized by Irit Aharony, Senior Preceptor of Modern Hebrew, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC) Department, and Susan M. Kahn, Associate Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Lecturer, NELC.

Made possible with funding from the William Landau Lecture and Publication Fund and U.S. Department of Education grant funds.

The content of this program does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
  The Gothic State: August Reichensperger and the Aesthetics of Particularism in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Carla Heelan,Graduate Student in History, Harvard University.

Friday, April 25, 2014
2:15 - 4:00 PM
Goldman Room, Busch Hall

Sponsored by: CES Dissertation Workshop
Contact: Joshua Ehrlich, jehrlich@fas.harvard.edu
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  The End(s) of Revolution
Part of the series "Rethinking the Age of Revolution: Rights, Representation, and the Global Imaginary."

Friday, Apr 25th, 2014
2:30 - 5:30PM
Auditorium, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University

Howard G. Brown Professor and Chair, History Department, Binghamton University (SUNY)
Laurent M. Dubois Marcello Lotti Professor of Romance Studies and History, Duke University
Jill Lepore, Chair, History and Literature Program, Harvard University David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History, Harvard University

Sponsors: Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Brandeis University
Contact: Dona DeLorenzo, delorenz@brandeis.edu
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
4:15 PM
  "Goldilocks in Byzantium: The Paradox of East Roman Survival"
The Jackson Lectures 2014
featuring:John Haldon (Princeton University)

Lecture 4: "Organisation, cohesion, and survival."
Friday, April 25, 4:15 p.m.
Emerson Hall, Room 210
Apr 25th, 2014 (Fri)
5:00 PM
  2014 Raimundo Lida Memorial Lecture: "Un discurso grandílocuo a la llana: el quijotismo de la escritura cervantina"
to be given by: Victor Garcia de la Concha of the Real Academia Españeola and Director of the Instituto Cervantes.

Friday April 25th
Fong Auditorium
Reception following in the 4th floor lounge of Boylston Hall

The Raimundo Lida Memorial Lecture, which honors the late Smith Professor or Romance Languages and Literatures, Raimundo Lida (1908-1979), is made possible by the generous gift of the late Denah Levy Lida. The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Instituto Cervantes at Harvard
Apr 29th, 2014 (Tue)
4:00 PM
  Why Do We Care for the Dead?

Thomas W. Laqueur
Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, April 29th
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

When his friends asked Diogenes the Cynic what he wanted done with his body after he died, he told them that they should throw it over the wall to be eaten by the beasts and birds. And why not? It was no longer his; he would not notice.

For more than 2,000 years, conversations in the West—and elsewhere—have acknowledged that Diogenes had a point. And yet we as a species care for our dead. This lecture offers an answer for why this should be the case from both a general anthropological perspective and from the vantage of particular historical cases.

The living need the dead more than the dead need the living.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Website.
Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Department Meeting
Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  "The Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule during Mexico's Long Twentieth Century"

Gilbert M. Joseph, Farnam Professor of History and International Studies, Yale University

Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Mexico and Central America Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Wednesday, April 30
CGIS-South, Room S250
1730 Cambridge Street
Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
4:30 PM
  "The History of Robinson Hall"

Joseph Connors, Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

This event will also feature a display of an architectural model of Robinson Hall by Rekha Auguste-Nelson ('13).

Wednesday, April 30
Robinson Hall, Lower Library
35 Quincy Street, Cambridge


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