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Events on and off campus during September and October


From left: “Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments,” HMSC; The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists, Peabody Essex Museum; “Li Hu + Huang Wenjing | OPEN, ‘Imagine,’” Harvard GSD

From Left: Jayme Kurland;Luc Boegly/courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum; courtesy of Li Hu and Huang Wenjing


Seasonal  | Lectures  |  Film  |  Exhibitions & Events 



Harvard Ceramics Program Winter Show and Sale
The annual event features unique jewelry, scultpure, vessels, tea sets, and dishware—all great holiday gifts—crafted by dozens of local artists. Proceeds benefit the Allston Harvard campus-based program. (December 9-12)



Harvard Graduate School of Design
In the online event “Li Hu + Huang Wenjing: OPEN, ‘Imagine,’” the architects discuss the role of designers in a transformative society. (November 10)

Radcliffe Institute
“Black Women and the American University: Eileen Southern’s Story.” Southern, author of the groundbreaking book, The Music of Black Americans: A History, was also the first African-American woman tenured at Harvard. This first of two webinars explores her legacy and the music department’s broader Eileen Southern Initiative. (November 15)



Harvard Film Archive
Robust programing, online and in person, includes the virtual screening of Corporate Responsibility (2020), through which Argentine filmmaker Jonathan Perel chronicles the relationship between business interests and human-rights violations during the repressive military dictatorship. (November 12-15)


Exhibitions & Events

Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Among the museums’ variety of fall and winter events are two online talks. Susan Gänsicke, the Getty Museum’s head of antiquities conservation, looks at “Reconstructing Queen Amanishakheto’s Musical Instruments” popular in the ancient Mediterranean. (November 18) Rus Hoelzel, Durham University (U.K.) molecular biology professor, dives into “Evolution and Conservation in the Deep Sea.” (December 2)

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Diedrick Brackens + Katherine Bradford. Large-scale, boldly colored paintings and woven textiles reflect on human intimacy and connection, especially during the pandemic. (Through December 23)

Peabody Essex Museum
The Great Animal Orchestra: Bernie Krause and United Visual Artists offers an immersive animated soundscape reflecting the diversity of creatures around the world. Opens November 20)

RISD Museum
Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities delves into the pioneering works of the Pakistani-American artist, who plays on classical Central and South-Asian miniature painting traditions to create new works exploring themes of imperialism, migration, acculturation, and feminism. (November 12-January 30)