Time Traveling In Winter Hill

When Leo Brown crawled under the porch of his Winter Hill home, he mostly found what he was expecting: cobwebs, discarded furniture, old rat poison. He was scoping out the crawl space to see if he could eventually install air conditioning on the all season porch above, and hoping to clear out some of the […]

The Future of Immortality: Remaking Life and Death in Contemporary Russia

Anya Bernstein John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University The international transhumanist movement believes that humans can harness science and technology to transcend their physical and mental limitations. Some of its practitioners support cryonics and the creation of robotic bodies for future “consciousness transfer.” Drawing from her ethnographic […]

Human Sacrifice and Power in the Kerma Kingdom

Elizabeth Minor Visiting Assistant Professor in Anthropology, Wellesley College The Kerma Kingdom was an ancient Nubian civilization located in present-day Sudan. Its capital, the city of Kerma, had monumental architecture and religious art depicting deities in the form of lions, scorpions, and hybrid figures such as winged giraffes and hippopotamus goddesses. During the Classic Kerma […]

The Venice of the North: 17th-century Music from the Netherlands

The new season of Early Music Afternoons begins on Sunday, November 3, 2019, with a concert of 17th-century chamber music from the Netherlands performed by Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lutes and theorbo).  The duo will play sonatas, suites and fantasies by Schenck, Fresnau, Schop, Vallet, Sweelinck and others.  The […]

Boston in the Golden Age of Spiritualism with Dee Morris: Somerville Reads 2019

‘You know perfectly well…that those who have passed beyond expect to see us happy and smiling; they want to know that we are thinking of them lovingly. The spirits dwelling in this house may be actually suffering because they are aware we are afraid of them.” The Victorians’ fervent desire to communicate with the departed […]

Breaking the Noses on Egyptian Statues

Public Lecture by Edward Bleiberg Senior Curator, Egyptian, Classical, and Ancient Near Eastern Art, Brooklyn Museum Why are the noses broken on Egyptian statues? Why were other sculpted body parts, including eyes, mouths, arms, and feet, purposely shattered in antiquity? Focusing on the ancient world of the pharaohs and on the Late Antique world that […]