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23 May 16

Performing Social Status in Slavery and Freedom

Brenda E. Stevenson's lecture explores antebellum slave marriage rites/rights in contrast to some of the ways in which the first generation(s) of freedmen and women interpreted and experienced their emancipation in marital ritual, performance, and celebration during the last decades of the nineteenth century.

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19 May 16

Possibilities and Inequities

In her lecture "Possibilities and Inequities: The Ethical Imagination in the Unsuspecting Materials of Policy, Planning, and Radio Frequency as the Work of Art," conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll explains some of the aspects and details of her recent international projects.

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17 May 16

A Brief History of Women as Friends

Surveying history, literature, philosophy, religion, and pop culture, historian Marilyn Yalom illuminates the story of women as friends throughout the ages: in medieval convents, in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary salons, in nineteenth-century romantic relations, among early twentieth-century working girls, and on today's Internet.

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12 May 16

The Future of Work

In the United States, the sharing economy is accelerating toward a “freelance society,” explains journalist and spring 2016 Holtzbrinck Fellow Steven Hill, wherein tens of millions of workers will find themselves with no regular jobs or steady work, lower pay, and a weaker safety net.

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28 Apr 16

Building Bridges

In "Building Bridges - Two Decades of Collecting Central European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Met," Met curator Wolfram Koeppe speaks about building The Met's expansive compendium of central European sculpture

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20 Apr 16

The View from Water’s Edge

Historian Roxani Margariti’s lecture, "The View from Water’s Edge: Red Sea Islands and Indian Ocean History," focuses on the local, regional, and transregional history of this medieval and early modern island polity.

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13 Apr 16

The Lyric I

In this reading, Kunzru fictionalizes arriving at an institute of advanced study in Berlin, wherein his working space is a desk in the middle of an open-plan office, devoid of all solitude.

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07 Apr 16

The Quick and the Dead: Life, Latency, and the Limits of the Biological

In this lecture, “The Quick and the Dead,” Sophia Roosth asks: At what pace must life proceed in order to count as life? How do qualities such as speed, slowness, time, and temperature actually shape the ways in which we think about life as form, pattern, or process?

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17 Mar 16

Arabic Poetry and the Project of Modernity

Poetry editor of the Paris Review Robyn Creswell asks how modern Arab poets have reconciled the demands of innovation and cultural preservation—the demand to make it new with the demand to make it authentic--and reflect on the way debates about culture and modernity have been reflected in the recent uprisings.

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16 Mar 16

Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design

Harvard economist Alvin E. Roth illuminates the everyday world of matching markets in organ donation, public school choice programs, college admissions, and online dating. Unlike commodity and equity markets, where price alone determines allocation, in matching markets one is not free to choose but rather must also be chosen.

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