Outside of Harvard

2018 Jun 30

MHS: Martin Luther King in Boston Walking Tour

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

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As a doctoral student at Boston University’s School of Theology, Martin Luther King, Jr., spent some of his formative years walking the streets of Boston and living in the South End. His life in Boston was King’s first immersive experience outside of the segregated South and while he experienced the de facto racism of the North...

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2018 Jun 26

MHS: William James on Democratic Individuality

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

There will be a pre-talk reception at 5:30

Stephen Bush, Brown University

There is a $10 per person fee (no charge for MHS Fellows and Members or EBT cardholders).

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William James advocated a philosophy of democracy and pluralism that emphasizes individual and collective responsibility for our social arrangements, our morality, and our religion. In James’s view, democracy resides first...

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2018 Jun 25

MHS: Dis-Union: Disability and the U.S. Civil War

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Jean Franzino, Beloit College

This talk will examine the emerging legal category of the “disabled” American at the end of the nineteenth century in relation to the construction of disability in Civil War literature, broadly conceived. In texts ranging from hospital newspaper poetry to mendicant narratives sold for veterans’ financial support, representations of Civil War injury engaged shifting understandings of disability: from individual condition to evolving social class.

   
2018 Jun 22

MHS: Cut from the Same Cloth: Salem, Zanzibar, and the Consolidation of the Indo-Atlantic World, 1820-1870

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Event is Free. No Registration Required.

Joshua Morrison, University of Virginia

This talk explores the economic and cultural exchange between New England and Zanzibar, the premier entrepôt of the Western Indian Ocean. This trade network linked the cotton magnates of Massachusetts with the Omani elite, Indian merchants, and Swahili slaves of Zanzibar. As the trade expanded, each close-knit community found themselves increasingly dependent on an incredibly foreign counterpart for survival. This project maps the many compromises, adaptations...

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2018 Jun 20

MHS: Picturing Modernism in the Work and Archive of Henry Adams

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Matthew Fernandez, Columbia University

This talk examines three interrelated elements of Henry Adams’s literary output: his transnational focus, his reconsideration of subject/object relations, and his interest in the visual arts. While travelling during the 1890s, Adams took a break from writing to immerse himself in painting and sketching—after which he produced acclaimed works like Chartres and The Education. His time abroad represents an important transitional moment between the Romanticism of the nineteenth century and the Modernism of...

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2018 May 16

Reischauer Inst: Akiyama Yo: Ceramic Sculpture and the Philosophy of Arche

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Barbara and Theodore Alfond Auditorium (Auditorium G36), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

YO AKIYAMA, ceramist; professor, Kyoto City University of Arts

Widely recognized as one of Japan’s preeminent sculptors, Akiyama Yo has devoted his career to exploring the dynamics of the ceramic process. Each of his powerful objects explores the tensions of binary relationships such as solid-void, gravity-antigravity, formation-destruction, and examines the compression of time. Akiyama discusses the encounter between the artist’s creative vision and the physical properties of the material with which he works.

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2018 May 16

Radcliffe: Seven Stories for Seven Decades: Tales from the Vault Spanning Schlesinger Library’s First 75 Years A Schlesinger Library 75th Anniversary Event

7:00pm

Location: 

SLS Hotel—Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048

In this illustrated lecture, Jane Kamensky, professor of history and the Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, uses seven jewels from the library’s collections to tell fresh stories of American history in the 20th century and look ahead to the 21st.

Topics will include women’s rights and civil rights, the sexual revolution and the remaking of the American family, and the actions and activism of American women abroad from...

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