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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 […]


Resetting the Table: Food and Our Changing Tastes

Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology On view November 16, 2019–November 28, 2021 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 This new exhibit will explore food choices and eating habits in the United States, including the sometimes hidden, but always important, ways in which our tables are shaped by cultural, historical, political, and technological influences. One […]


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration

Celebración Familiar/Family Celebration Live music, Oaxacan wood carving, and festive decorations help to make this a joyful event designed to remember and welcome back the spirits of loved ones. Decorate a sugar skull (additional $6 fee); sip spicy chocolate; make papel picado (cut paper banners), cempasúchil flowers, and other artwork; and write a message in […]


Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration

Celebración Nocturna/Evening Celebration Remember and celebrate your departed loved ones at this year’s Día de los Muertos altar, savor traditional Mexican hot chocolate and pan de muerto, and enjoy live music. Special Event. Free and open to the public. Reservations required; request a reservation.


Anthropology, Colonialism, and the Exploration of Indigenous Australia

Philip Jones Senior Curator in Anthropology, South Australian Museum, and Affiliate Lecturer, Department of History, University of Adelaide In 1938–1939, Harvard University funded an expedition to Australia aimed at understanding how colonization had affected Indigenous peoples and their physiology, and at informing government policy as it shifted from segregation to assimilation. Led by anthropologists Norman […]


Zapotec-Style Painting Family Workshop

Back by popular demand! Learn to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team of Ventura and Norberto Fabian continues the tradition of creating hand-carved and painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. Select an original, small figure to paint and take home. Instructors: Ventura and Norberto Fabian Taught in Spanish […]


Zapotec-Style Painting Adult Workshop

Back by popular demand! Learn to paint Zapotec design motifs with visiting artists from Oaxaca, Mexico. The father-son team of Ventura and Norberto Fabian continues the tradition of creating hand-carved and painted wooden figures known as alebrijes. Select an original, small figure to paint and take home. Instructors: Ventura and Norberto Fabian Taught in Spanish […]


Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Lonnie G. Bunch III Secretary, Smithsonian Institution Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University In A Fool’s Errand (Smithsonian, 2019), Lonnie Bunch shares the vision and leadership he brought to the realization of the National Museum of African American History and Culture—a […]


Voices of the Rainforest

STEVEN FELD, Director and Producer Voices of the Rainforest is an experiential documentary about the ecological and aesthetic coevolution of Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and its inhabitants. The film immerses viewers in the rainforest, making myriad connections between the everyday sounds of the rainforest biosphere and the creative practices of the Bosavi people […]


Special Activity for International Archaeology Day: A Mayan Vessel in AR

“Shrink” yourself down to “walk” into an ancient Maya vessel using augmented reality! Maya women were often essential for uniting kingdoms. When a marriage was arranged between Maya royal families, kings would exchange gifts like this ceramic three-legged plate for serving chocolate. Use the museum’s iPad as a “magic window” to discover fine details on […]


An Evolutionary Journey through Domestication

Barbara Schaal Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor of Biology and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis As the earliest farmers began to select wild plants and animals that had desirable traits, they initiated a series of genetic changes in these species that gradually made them more suitable for agriculture. […]