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2015 Dec 04

Harvard Book Store: Serhii Plokhy Discusses "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine"

3:00pm

Location: 

1256 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard Book Store welcomes Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University Serhii Plokhy for a discusssion of his latest book, The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine.

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense fight with Russia to...

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2015 Nov 11

Film Studies: "CELESTIAL DATABASES: THE CASE OF JOSEPH SMITH’S MEDIA THEOLOGY"

4:30pm

Location: 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts 24 Quincy Street, Room B-04 Cambridge, MA 02138

JOHN DURHAM PETERS "CELESTIAL DATABASES: THE CASE OF JOSEPH SMITH’S MEDIA THEOLOGY"

Fantasies of omniscience and total records haunt the age of Big Data. Many data-processing corporations cloak themselves in the celestial rhetoric of “the cloud” and Google co-founder Sergey Brin once stated that “a perfect search engine would be the mind of God.”  Media historians interested in forerunners of digital computation have pointed to a number of book-keeping and data-gathering projects, both bureaucratic and religious, that point to our moment of superabundant documentation. ...

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2015 Nov 06

BU: “Googling Before Google: A Brief History of the Search” | Chad Wellmon

12:00pm

Location: 

History Department at Boston University, Room 504, 226 Bay State Road, Boston, MA

Chad Wellmon, Associate Professor of German Studies and faculty fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, will discuss “Googling Before Google:  A Brief History of the Search”.

 Drawing on histories of science, print, and the university, Wellmon’s 2015 Organizing Enlightenment: Information Overload and the Invention of the Modern Research University examined how the modern research university emerged as a response to the challenges posed by the eighteenth-century information revolution. His talk will...

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2015 Nov 12

Museum of Natural History: Rarest of the Rare: Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA 02138

James Hanken, Professor of Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Curator in Herpetology; Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology; and Director, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Nancy Pick, Science Writer and Editor 

Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and Curator of the Farlow Library and Herbarium, Harvard University

Raquel Alonso Perez, Curator, Harvard Mineralogical & Geological Museum

In the words of biologist Edward O. Wilson, the Harvard Museum of Natural History stands as both...

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2015 Nov 10

Peabody Museum: 2015 Tatiana Proskouriakoff Lecture and Reception: Ehecatl: The Mythic and Cultural Origins of a Mesoamerican Wind God

6:00pm

Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. Cambridge, MA 02138

Karl A. Taube, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Riverside  

One of the most striking and curious deities of the Aztec pantheon is Ehecatl, a duck-billed deity embodying ethereal concepts such as rain-bringing wind and the breath of life. In jarring contrast, Quetzalcoatl—a better-known Aztec deity who also embodies the same concepts of wind—is represented as a quetzal-plumed rattlesnake....

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2015 Nov 03

History of Science: Theodor M. Porter

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Science Center 469, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Theodore M. Porter, Distinguished Professor of History at UCLA

2015 Nov 06

Amer. Academy of Arts & Sci: "Lincoln and the Jews: A Surprising History" | Jonathan Sarna

12:30pm

Location: 

American Academy of Arts & Sciences © 2015 American Academy of Arts & Sciences | Web Policy American Academy of Arts & Sciences 136 Irving Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Featuring Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University.

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