The Land Remains: A Century of Conservation in America's National Parks
The maps in this exhibition showcase units of the National Park Service in all stages of their history. Many date from before the idea of the government preserving areas of natural beauty or cultural significance had even formed. Many are from the first days of preservation of a site. Some show the process of creating a park and the struggle to protect and preserve hallowed ground while still allowing in the people for whom it is preserved. We hope that these maps will remind you of the beauty and importance of this country’s natural and cultural treasures, and inspire you to #FindYourPark. The exhibition is on display in Pusey Library through November 1.
Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections
Beyond Words is a collaborative project showcasing more than 260 manuscripts from Boston-area collections, dating from the 9th to the 17th centuries. In Houghton's portion of the exhibition, "Manuscripts from Church & Cloister," the emphasis is on the centrality of books to monastic life. Male and female monasticism revolved around religion, but at its heart was a cult of the book: not just the Bible, all books. Monastic scriptoria guaranteed the survival and transmission of classical literature and learning. Reverence felt for texts and their authors is manifest in the beauty of the books that were crafted in monasteries and convents. Manuscripts on display highlight the scriptorium as a space both for the production of manuscripts and for the human collective that produced them. The exhibition is on view in Houghton's Edison and Newman Room until December 10.
From Crayons to Calligraphy: An Exhibition of Japanese Student Artwork, 1949–1951
This exhibition showcases a small segment of the several hundred pieces of artwork Gutman Library received as part of the Francis J. Daly Japanese Student Artwork collection, donated in 2014. The pieces depict aspects of life in Japan ranging from local landscapes to festival celebrations. Japanese elementary, middle and high school students of varying genders and geographic locations contributed to this collection of artwork that includes embroidery, origami, batique, carved wood objects, drawings, and paintings. The exhibition will run in Gutman Library's Special Collections through December.
Corpus Delicti: The Doctor as the Detective
Although seemingly distinct disciplines, medicine and law—as medical jurisprudence, forensic medicine, or legal medicine—have been intertwined for centuries, and legal medicine itself encompasses a wide range of subjects, such as toxicology, psychiatry, chemistry, pathology, anatomy, autopsy, and suicide. Harvard Medical School’s involvement with legal medicine as both academic discipline and public service is the focus of a new display at the Countway Library. Corpus Delicti: The Doctor as the Detective is open through December, 2016 on the L2 level of the library.
The Bull Moose and the China Cabinet: Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Women’s Suffrage Movement
Following the Republican Party’s nomination of incumbent William Howard Taft for president in 1912, supporters of Theodore Roosevelt’s candidacy formed the Progressive Party, which centered upon returning power to the people and creating a more equitable country by the right treatment of its citizens. For nearly 100 years, women had been fighting for equal rights on every front—education; labor; and intellectual, moral, legal, and human rights. Roosevelt’s Progressive Party placed women’s suffrage in its official platform. It was the first major political party to do so. This exhibition examines Roosevelt’s evolving position on women’s suffrage, and includes a page from his Harvard senior paper on women’s rights, correspondence, contemporary newspaper accounts and political cartoons, and artifacts documenting the role and influence of the women in Roosevelt’s life. It is on display through January 31, 2017, in the Theodore Roosevelt Gallery in Pusey Library.
Michael Klarman on The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
A Harvard Law School Library Book Talk in celebration of the recently published book The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution (Oxford University Press), by Michael J. Klarman, the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Harvard Law School. Based on prodigious research and told largely through the voices of the participants, The Framers’ Coup narrates how the Framers’ clashing interests shaped the Constitution, and American history itself. Copies of The Framers’ Coup will be available for sale and Prof. Klarman will be available for signing books at the end of the talk.
Dancing in the Rain: Leading with Compassion, Vitality, and Mindfulness in Education
Dancing in the Rain offers a lively and accessible guide aimed at helping education leaders thrive under pressure by developing the inner strengths of mindfulness and self-compassion, expressing emotions wisely, and maintaining a clear focus on the values that matter most. Jerome T. Murphy, a scholar and former dean who has written and taught about the inner life of education leaders, argues that the main barrier to thriving as leaders is not the outside pressures we face, but how we respond to them inside our minds and hearts. Part of the Gutman Library Distinguished Authors series.
Hal Scott on Connectedness and Contagion: Protecting the Financial System From Panic
A Harvard Law School Library Book Talk in celebration of the recently published book Connectedness and Contagion: Protecting the Financial System From Panic (MIT Press), by Hal S. Scott, Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) at Harvard Law School. Copies of Connectedness and Contagion will be available for sale and Prof. Scott will be available for signing books at the end of the talk.
Tour of Widener Library
Widener Library tours are offered every Thursday at 3 pm, except University holidays and Commencement. Tours are open to current Harvard affiliates. The tours provide an introduction to Widener Library’s collections, an orientation to the building and an explanation of services available to library patrons. All tours begin in the main lobby of Widener, and will last approximately one hour. No registration is required.
William Ivins, Philip Hofer and the Art of the Book
William Ivins asserted at the beginning of his tenure as founding curator of prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “The print collection of a museum cannot be formed solely upon Yes and No answers to the question: Is it a work of art? Rather must it be, like the library of a professor of literature, composed of a corpus of prints in themselves distinctly works of art, filled out and illustrated by many prints which have only a technical historical importance.” This lecture by Freyda Spira, associate curator, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art, will explore how Ivins’s approach to books influenced the phenomenal and wide-ranging collecting practices of Philip Hofer.
Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine: Dr. Saul Hertz Discovers the Medical Uses of Radioiodine
The first in a series of three lectures given as the 2016 Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine. Dr. Saul Hertz (HMS’29) Discovers the Medical Uses of Radioiodine (RAI): Academic Politics and Prejudice in the Birth of Radionuclide Therapy. Lewis E. Braverman, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine; Frederick H. Fahey, Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School; M. Sara Rosenthal, Professor of Bioethics, University of Kentucky.
Tour of Houghton Library
Public tours of Houghton Library are offered every Friday at 2 pm. Attendees receive a general introduction to the library, followed by a tour of the Emily Dickinson, Amy Lowell and John Keats rooms, as well as the suite devoted to the Donald & Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Those wishing to take the tour should meet in the Houghton Library lobby. Reservations are not required.
The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools
Why do some leaders double their team’s effectiveness, while others seem to drain the energy right out of the room? Using insights gained from more than 100 interviews with school leaders, The Multiplier Effect pinpoints the five disciplines that define how Multipliers bring out the best across their schools. Part of the Gutman Library Distinguished Authors series.
Trash or Treasure: Guidance on Retaining Your Office Records
This workshop provides Harvard administrators tools and advice to help determine how long to keep office records and what to do when you no longer need them.
Spotlight on Collections: Illuminated Manuscripts
Harvard's extensive holdings of illuminated manuscripts from the 9th to the 17th centuries are being highlighted this fall in the collaborative exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. In preparation for this exhibition and future use, many of Harvard's most fragile manuscripts were conserved and digitized. Please join us for presentations on Harvard's illuminated manuscripts, the challenges of conservation and digitization, and the use of the manuscripts in teaching and learning. The presentations will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to view the manuscripts on display at Houghton Library.
Four-Dimensional Education: The Competencies Learners Need to Succeed
Much of current educational reform focuses on the "how" of education. While this is very important, the disciplines of the curriculum have stayed very similar since the industrial revolution. Four-Dimensional Education provides comprehensive and applicable framework that allows jurisdictions to deeply rethink the "what" of education—it synthesizes standards and curricula from around the world, insights from employers, feedback from teachers, findings from the learning sciences, and predictions from futures researchers into a coherent ensemble. Part of the Gutman Library Distinguished Authors series.
Less Medicine, More Health
Dr. H. Gilbert Welch brings a needed perspective to medical care. It’s not to deny that some people get too little medical care, rather that the conventional concern about “too little” needs to be balanced with a concern about “too much”: too many people being made to worry about diseases they don’t have—and are at only average risk to get; too many people being tested and exposed to the harmful effects of the testing process; too many people being subjected to treatments they don’t need—or can’t benefit from. The American public has been sold the idea that seeking medical care is one of the most important steps to maintain wellness. More medicine does not equal more health; in reality the opposite may be true. The 41st Annual Garland Lecture.
Collecting at the Edge of Publishing: Zines and Artists' Books
Looking beyond mainstream publishing and collecting at the margins can help us to represent a diverse range of voices in our collections. In this talk, we will take a closer look at the edges of publishing, including experiments with unusual formats, approaches, and distribution networks. Panelists will discuss zines and artists' books in libraries. From acquisitions to access, teaching to digitization, these materials present many challenges yet offer great potential for scholars and creators alike. Part of Harvard Library Strategic Conversations.