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Geological Lecture Hall

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24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
617-496-1027

October 2019

Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture

October 23 @ 6:00 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public, but tickets are required

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 dream shared by many generations of Americans. Bunch’s deeply personal story reveals the triumphs and challenges of bringing the museum to life and taps into…

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Anthropology, Colonialism, and the Exploration of Indigenous Australia

October 29 @ 6:00 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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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 B. Tindale and Joseph Birdsell, the expedition gathered more than 6,000 individual records from Indigenous people on missions and settlements—records that have since inspired community-based…

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The Peril and Promise of Solar Geoengineering

October 30 @ 6:00 pm
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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David Keith Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University Solar geoengineering research aims to reduce the impacts of global climate change. One possibility is to put aerosols into the stratosphere to alter Earth’s energy budget. This emerging technology entails risks and uncertainties, along with serious challenges to global governance. The greatest threat, perhaps, is that it will be used as a technical…

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