This course is designed for students interested in learning more about the intersection between science and public policy. Members of the GSAS Science Policy Group will be teaching and coordinating the class with the assistance of guest speaker Randy Salzman, journalist and communications professor specializing in policy issues. Students will have the opportunity to engage with current issues at the intersection between science and policy in multiple ways, including analyzing real-life case studies, creating a policy agenda, and brainstorming op-ed articles.
From tomb inscriptions in Ancient Egypt to the Kindle sitting in your hand, books have taken many forms over the history of humanity. In this course, learn how to books came to be: how language and writing evolved in our ancestors, how ancient human societies recorded information, how technology for the preservation of information developed (from papyrus to movable type), and how the meaning of “book” is changing before our eyes in the digital age. Conclude by learning how to make your own hand-bound book over a series of three workshops, using traditional materials and techniques.
January 19, 20, 21, 22, 23: 2:00-3:30 (with optional discussion 3:30-5:00)
The lectures and discussions are open to anyone (Jan 19, 20), but the book-making workshops (Jan 21, 22, 23) are limited enrollment due to material cost.
The course seeks to examine contemporary South Korean films that have presented interesting questions with regards to modern history, and/or sparked debate in contemporary politics. Participants will be able to learn about modern Korean history and politics all while watching some very good movies.
This course aims to give an introduction to improvisation as a foundation for a variety of presentational and communication skills. Giving a talk, teaching a course, and participating in a discussion all benefit from improved clarity, specificity, and accessibility, all of which are skills that spring directly from improvisational training. No experience necessary! This class is entirely based on participation, so come ready to perform (only for each other.) January 11-15 (MTWThF) 1-3pm, location TBD.
This course is open to everyone! However, due to the limitations of this format, the class will be capped 14. Enroll here.
Taking into account that collaborative governance is becoming omnipresent in public institutions, this course is focused on training people interested to lead intergovernmental collaboration processes, public-private partnerships and policy networks. We will put in practice the competences needed to properly initiate, implement and assess collaborative governance initiatives.
In the context of the current debate about public service design and delivery regimes, in this course we are going to review the institutional and organizational capabilities required to properly manage and increase the chances of success of a public-private partnership.
In light of new developments in communication technology that make direct democracy technically feasible in a mass society, it exists a crucial debate about the challenges of introducing E-democracy. In this course we will explore real experiences about how new technologies can better serve to democratic regeneration and innovation.
This course will look at four contemporary Romanian films. Following the fall of communism in 1989, Romanian cinema experienced a revival, consolidating in the 2000s an austere, realist and often-minimalist style to great international acclaim. The films covered by this course deal with: the revolution of 1989; communism in the 1980s; the collapse of public services during democracy; and everyday life in present day Romania. The course will pay equal attention to subject matter and aesthetics in order to explore how these films are representing the 21st century Romanian experience, and pushing the boundaries of international cinema.
Dates: 11 January – 22 January
Times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-12pm (plus four screenings)
This discussion-based course explores select themes in the cultural history of the computer through an examination of classic and not-so familiar cinematic representations of computers and selected readings from computer pioneers, philosophers, historians, and science fiction authors. Films offer a window into the wider cultural life of computer devices: as banal machines, imaginative technologies, and objects of criticism and philosophical contemplation.
The class alternates between discussions and in-class screenings, meeting January 11-22: MTWThF in Science Center 469 (with no meeting on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday).
Despite the high prevalence rates of psychological disorders in the United States, the topic of mental health is frequently misrepresented in the media and popular culture. This mini-course, offered by two advanced graduate students in the clinical psychology doctoral program, is designed to provide a practical perspective of abnormal psychology as informed by scientific research. Goals of this course will be (1) to introduce a range of mental health disorders, (2) to dispel common myths about psychopathology and psychotherapy, and (3) to provide an introduction to the leading evidence-based interventions for mental illness.
January 12-13, 19-21 from 3-5pm in William James Hall, Room TBD. This class is open to everyone.
What if the Harvard Art Museums had a musical accompaniment? If every instance of visual artistic expression had a sonic, a musical, analog? How would one go about realizing this project? In what ways to visual art and music in create, inform, make each other? What technology is required? What paratextual information? Is this a meaningful enterprise? What are the precedents? What are the downfalls? Join us as we explore possible answers to these questions in pursuit of a larger project: the curation of a playlist for the Harvard Art Museums.
January 15, 18, 20, 22, 3pm-5pm in Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Music Department, Paine Hall, Room 4. Optional field trips on January 16, 19 and 21.
This course is open to everyone but pre-registration is recommended as we will need to contact you about some logistics. Enroll here!
This course attempts a broad survey of animation in the global context of the avant-garde, with a particular emphasis on the former USSR and Japan, as well as former Czechoslovakia, the US, and the UK. In particular, the course looks at a fascinating range of animations that are often unknown to contemporary audiences, especially those which might seem a little strange, or a little “off”-modern: films such as Svankmajer's Alice (1988), Yuri Norstein's Hedgehog in the Fog (1975), or Yamamoto Eichii's Belladonna of Sadness (1973). The films shown in class are often surreal or bizarre, yet always visually mesmerizing and aesthetically revolutionary. After screening films, the class will discuss such questions as: why did these directors choose animation over live action as a mode of expression? How was the form of each film affected by its political climate? How can both the form and content of an animation be politicized, and what does it mean for an animation to be truly “avant-garde”? Such concepts will be considered in what aspires to be both a relaxing night watching films, accompanied by dinner (brought by one's self) and/or light snacks (provided), and an intriguing discussion about the revolutionary potential of animation. Jan 11-15, 18-19. 6-9 PM Location: Dana Palmer Seminar Room
Every passing second an American dies of cancer. Why is this disease so hard to cure? Evolution, ecology, and paleontology offer us new paradigms to tackle this complex problem. We will explore what geographical speciation of birds can teach us about metastasis, how studying species extinction can help us design more potent and less toxic cancer treatments, why new immunotherapies are successful despite tumor heterogeneity, and how post-apocalyptic TV shows like The Walking Dead parallel emergence of drug resistance.
January 11, 13, 15, 20, 22, 6.30-8 PM room TBD.
You have an interview. Now what? This workshop will discuss the different types of interviews, what hiring managers look for, and tips on how to answer tough questions. Please register through Crimson Careers: https://harvard-csm.symplicity.com/students/.
By 2020 the whole human population is expected to be connected to the Internet. For the first time in human history every person will have access to the greatest source of content ever thought. The course will have the participation of top business leaders from the digital business environment in the world (Google, Air Bnb, LinkedIn, Docomo, etc.) who will focus on a practical perspective for professionals and consumers as well as for future entrepreneurs looking forward to launching a startup. The course will reflect upon the following topics: - How are jobs being affected by the new digital environment - What are the new dynamics of relationship between consumers and producers (Digital Marketing) - What is the professional and business interest of social networks and search engines - How are smartphones changing the way we all live, work and relate with each other - What can every business, institution or organization learn from the world of start ups
This provides a brief ‘how-to’ for students with an interest in starting a medical company. Coverage ranges from the initial challenge of translating a technology idea into a working business case, through securing angel investment, business development, partnering, FDA approvals and regulatory requirements. Speakers will include senior business leaders, CEOs and VCs.
For doctoral students. Consider how to orient to the nature and scope of your inquiry; how to write when feeling overwhelmed, lost, daunted, or discouraged; and how to manage time, anxiety, energy, and tasks. Website: http://bsc.harvard.edu/event/dissertation-writing-workshop-2
The program is designed for Harvard graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty who want to learn spatial analysis and apply GIS methods in their research. No previous GIS training required, but you must have familiarity with MS Office and Internet usage. Through the nine days, participants are introduced to geographic information science and technology; spatial data development, management, and manipulation; spatial analysis concepts, tools, and procedures; hands-on use of ArcGIS and similar software; tours of GIS resources on campus, guest speakers from diverse disciplines introducing research with GIS in their fields; and one-on-one consultation and step-by-step guidance through the participants’ individual projects. The last day of the program is a conference format devoted to students' project presentations.
“Picasso's ‘Guernica’ Borrowed by Fogg Art Museum For Two Weeks. Picture One of Artist's Most Spectacular Works” (October 1, 1941). With this headline, the Harvard Crimson announced the arrival to campus of one of the most emblematic visual testimonies of the Spanish civil war. For two weeks, the Guernica was exhibited at the Fogg Museum alongside an extraordinary collection of artworks from Spain, dating back to the Middle Ages – a collection that had been assembled in the previous decades through the efforts of eminent Harvard professors such as A. Kingsley Porter and Chandler R. Post. The intellectual engagement of Harvard scholars with the art and culture of Spain – reflected not only in their scholarship but also in letters with Spanish colleagues and journalistic documents –, coincided with a crucial historical moment in the political, cultural, and artistic life of that country, which was at the forefront of central aspects in the development of avant-garde movements in Europe, and also became a battlefield in the fight against fascism. A unique educational institution in Madrid, known as the “Residencia de Estudiantes” (the Student’s Residence) embodied the vibrant cultural life of pre-civil war Spain. Its resident students, among whom were poet Federico García Lorca, painter Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and scientist and Nobel prize winner, Severo Ochoa, shared a rich intellectual life that fostered creativity, excellence and freedom, enjoying at the same time the recurrent presence of invited lecturers such as Albert Einstein, Paul Valéry, Marie Curie, Igor Stravinsky, John M. Keynes, Alexander Calder, Walter Gropius, Henri Bergson and Le Corbusier. In a series of two lectures, each followed by a seminar discussion, where a wealth of documentary and visual material from the Harvard archives and from archives in Spain will be analyzed, this course introduces students to this crucial historical moment of the Harvard-Spain connection, delving into the biography of its most prominent figures, stories, and artworks.
Come and learn how to “read” books as physical objects – more than just the words they contain. A brief introduction to the principles and practice of descriptive bibliography, its significance to textual analysis, and its importance to the study of the history of the book.
Learn how to identify and distinguish between woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, and other processes by which printed pictures have been produced. By looking at illustrations in books students will examine different kinds of prints and see examples of the material artifacts, such as book blocks and copperplates, used to make them.
The First Folio of Shakespeare has long been acknowledged as one of the greatest book of the Western canon. How did this come to be? This two-hour seminar will examine the cultural, theatrical, political, social, and bibliographic surroundings that influenced its creation. Come and celebrate Shakespeare at Houghton Library as the world marks the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.
This lecture combines a presentation of some outstanding results of 20th-century science with an in-depth reflection about philosophical questions that have direct bearing on scientific knowledge. It is of potential interest to science and humanities students alike. <br /> Abstract: <br /> “The 20th century has discovered two important limitations of scientific knowledge. On the one hand, the combination of Poincaré’s nonlinear dynamics and Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle leads to a world picture where physical reality is, in many respects, intrinsically undetermined. On the other hand, Gödel’s incompleteness theorems reveal us the existence of mathematical truths that cannot be demonstrated. More recently, Chaitin has proved that, from the incompleteness theorems, it follows that the random character of a given mathematical sequence cannot be proved in general (it is ‘undecidable’). I reflect here on the consequences derived from the indeterminacy of the future and the undecidability of randomness, concluding that the question of the presence or absence of finality in nature is fundamentally outside the scope of the scientific method.”
Curious about how a book is made? Join Harvard Library Preservation Services staff to make a book of your very own. Using a historic technique, you will complete a book to use for notes, journaling, or just to impress your friends! All tools and materials provided.
This course will help to strengthen an advanced study and analysis of the European Union constitutional law and government. The students will debate and discuss about fundamental documents of the EU, legal texts, and doctrinal publications. This course also gives a comparative vision of the US and EU decision-making processes.
This course will provide with elementary and advanced information about the EU fundamental rights system and how it works and interacts within the Member States in contrast with the US judicial review and the States judges and Supreme Court decision on fundamental rights and interpretations of the fundamental law.
This event puts the poetry of five young acclaimed poets from Spain in conversation with each other’s. They will uncover their life experience inside and outside poetry, read their own work, and recite and react to the poems of their peers. It is a wonderful occasion to see activism, interaction and development within a group of new Spanish talented artists.
This event will have Joanna Ebenstein, founder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York and J. W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium and Poe-Land and webmaster of O.T.I.S. explaining the experience of having a life dedicated to this lesser-explored, sometimes neglected, side of culture, oddities, and the bizarre—and why it is so appealing to a certain public.
Between the 1950s and 1980s many people claimed and fought for the cultural and political unity of the Catalan-speaking regions of Spain. This lecture focuses on the contribution of architecture to the ideological construction of the so-called Catalan Countries. A GSAS student should attend if she is interested in the intertwining of architectural and political debates, and in the territorial tensions Spain is experiencing today. A GSAS student should expect to gain knowledge of Spain, its rich cultural diversity, and its complex recent history.
Reading & Conserving the New England Landscape: an immersive week-long program for Harvard students (FAS undergrad, GSAS grad, all concentrations). Daily field trips offer a variety of perspectives on real-world ecological and conservation topics. Also includes art, writing, and design workshops. Program is cost-free, with support from the FAS Dean. Limited to 10 students. Learn more and apply at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/winter-break-week-harvard-forest.
Get out into the powder and catch some vertical motion this January! Head up to Sugarloaf Resort, Maine, on one of two 3-day trips during the last week of J-term:
- Trip 1: depart at 10:00 AM from Harvard Square on Jan 18 (Mon), return late on Jan 21 (Thurs). Cost: $390.
- Trip 2: depart at 11:00 AM from Harvard Square on Jan 21 (Thurs), return late on Jan 24 (Sun). Cost: $440.
Each package includes: coach transportation to and from Sugarloaf, 3 full days of skiing including lessons, 3 nights of condo accommodation, 2 restaurant dinners, a goodie bag (filled with handwarmers, snacks, and water), access to pool, saunas and hot tubs, fitness center and snowshoeing/x-country skiing. If you need to rent equipment, a full set (snowboard or skis+poles, and boots) is $72 extra (for the 3 days). Helmets are extra.
Tickets go on sale on MONDAY NOVEMBER 23 at 9:00 AM on the 3rd floor of Dudley House. Tickets sell very quickly so arrive early. We do not accept sign-ups by phone or email. You can sign up a friend if you have their forms and payment. Payment is by cash or check to Harvard University. Dudley House members may bring a guest. Please download, print and fill in the sign-up form and waiver ahead of time.
Tickets are not refundable. You can, however, sell your ticket to someone else if you can't go.