Go to m.harvard.edu for the Harvard Mobile web app.

 
My Account
 
Site Search
 
 

You are here

Exhibitions & Events

Highlights of ongoing and upcoming events from across Harvard's libraries. Find more events by visiting the Harvard Library calendar, or submit a library event.

 
 

Picturing Harvard's Past

An exhibition shows how class albums evolved, and photography along with them.

Picturing Harvard's Past
 
 

Exhibitions

 

Beacons of the Water World: The Evolution of the Sea Chart

Through Jun
10

For much of human history, the most efficient and least cumbersome way to cover long distances and transport goods was on water. Yet navigation—whether by canoe, galley, caravel, ketch, or schooner—was never without its hazards. Survival often depended upon detailed information gathered orally from seasoned mariners or from written instructions compiled from numerous logs of voyages into unfamiliar seas. By the late 16th century, the expansion of trade within Europe and the increasing pace of exploration abroad created an urgent need for reliable accounts and accurate surveys of new navigational routes. This exhibit investigates the evolution of sea charts—from pilot books with a focus on European waters to multi-volume atlases ranging the great seas of the world. It surveys the major chartmakers of northern Europe, with attention to the development of a common symbolic language for depicting navigational hazards and aids. The exhibition runs through June 10.

 

Ragged Claws: T.S. Eliot's Prufrock at 100

Through Jun
27

The publication in June 1915 of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was a pivotal event in modern poetry. While many critics dismissed it at the time as unskilled and obscure, Prufrock is now acknowledged as the first masterpiece of modernism in English, as well as Eliot’s first important publication. In both its themes and technique, Prufrock broke sharply with the conventions of Romantic and Georgian poetry. The exhibition explores the genesis of the poem by way of various manuscript and typescript reproductions, as well as “exploding” the poem by providing materials illustrating Eliot’s evocative imagery, such as an authentic magic lantern. It includes multiple printings of Prufrock, from its debut in 1915 in Poetry magazine to its first independent appearance in book form in 1917, along with books from Eliot’s library that provided source material. The exhibition runs through June 27.

 

"We Carry With Us Precious Memorials": Harvard Class Photograph Albums 1852-1865

Through Jun
29

“No friendships of after-life begin to equal in ardor and intensity those of college days,” Charles Carroll Tower, Harvard Class of 1855, mused. “[T]hanks to the aid of photography we are enabled, as we take leave of each other today, to carry with us precious memorials of college associations.” With the introduction of photography in the mid-19th century, Harvard graduates could remember their college years with a new fidelity. The earliest class pictures were daguerreotypes, unique images on a silver plate. From 1853 to 1864, class photographs took the form of salted paper prints, the first negative-to-positive technique. Year by year, photographers perfected the science and artistry of this pioneering process. Seniors assembled the collection of images into custom-made albums, which began as simple notebooks and by the 1860s had transformed into handsome, gilt-edged tomes. The poignant reminiscences and elaborate embellishments through the years reflect the evocative ways in which graduates commemorated this formative period of their lives for themselves and for posterity—at the moment when Harvard itself was transitioning from a provincial college into a major university. The exhibition runs through June 29.

 

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: 75 Years of Service

Through Jul
31

Andover-Harvard Theological Library is hosting an exhibit of historic documents and images chronicling 75 years of global human rights advocacy and humanitarian work by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. The display is drawn from the library's official archives of some 260 boxes of documents and images, starting with UUSC's heralded work rescuing European refugees during World War II. The exhibit, which spans three floors of the library, will be on display through July 31. 

 

Georges F. Doriot: Educating Leaders, Building Companies

Through Aug
3
Georges F. Doriot

This Baker Library Historical Collections exhibit examines the career of Harvard Business School professor Georges F. Doriot (1899–1987), a legendary educator, a founder of the modern venture capital industry and a US Army general during World War II. It features selections from the Georges F. Doriot Collection—on permanent loan to Baker Library from the French Library and Cultural Center in Boston—that reveal the ideas and ideals of a man who played an important role in the emergence of the postwar entrepreneurial economy. The exhibit runs through August 3.

 

It Was a Dark and Stormy Semester... Portrayals of Harvard Law School in Literature

Through Aug
14

This exhibition seeks to highlight the role of Harvard Law School in fiction, whether the Law School serves as the scene, the featured characters are Law School graduates, or even when the Law School has inspired its students to become novelists during their JD studies. It runs through August 14. 

 

Such a Curious Dream!: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at 150

Through Sep
5

This exhibition features unique, colorful and curious Carrolliana from the early 1860s to the present. Drawn largely from the fabulous collection compiled by Harvard alumnus Harcourt Amory, the exhibition will include original drawings by illustrator John Tenniel, foreign editions of the book, parodies, theatrical works and ephemera. Not to be missed: Alice Liddell’s own copy of the suppressed first edition. The exhibition runs through September 5.

 

Occupied Cuba, 1898-1902: Photographs from the Theodore Roosevelt Collection

Through Dec
31

The years between the end of the Cuban War of Independence in 1898, facilitated by United States involvement as part of the Spanish-American War, and the proclamation of the Cuban Republic in 1902 were a time of much change and transition in Cuba. After the last of the Spanish troops left Cuba in 1898, the United States took over the governance of Cuba. Occupied Cuba brings together some documentary photographs of this time gathered from Harvard’s Theodore Roosevelt Collection. The exhibition runs through December 31. 

 
 

Events

 

Open Meeting: Digital Futures Consortium

Jun
1

Regular general meetings for the Digital Futures Consortium will be held on the first Mondays in October, March and June. These are general meetings separate from any event planning or project working groups. They are open to anyone with interest in digital scholarship, its evolving tools, and tapping into potential working relationships.

 

Holistic UX: How to Make User-Focused Decisions with Library Data

Jun
2

The Harvard Library Research, Teaching, and Learning Standing Committee presents “Holistic UX: How to Make User-Focused Decisions with Library Data” with Matthew Reidsma. Matthew will present how to use library data that you may already be collecting to help inform the decision-making process in his keynote talk. Workshops will be held on the following day to explore methods for collecting and analyzing user research. The keynote talk and workshops are open to everyone in the Harvard Library community.

 

Library UX Workshop: Analyzing Survey and Usability Data

Jun
3
Matthew Reidsma

The Harvard Library Research, Teaching, and Learning Standing Committee presents “Holistic UX: How to Make User-Focused Decisions with Library Data” with Matthew Reidsma. On June 3, Matthew and Amy Deschenes, UX Specialist for Harvard Library, will offer a morning workshop on methods for analyzing survey and usability data. 

 

Library UX Workshop: Conducting Space Assessments

Jun
3
Matthew Reidsma

The Harvard Library Research, Teaching, and Learning Standing Committee presents “Holistic UX: How to Make User-Focused Decisions with Library Data” with Matthew Reidsma. On June 3, Matthew and Amy Deschenes, UX Specialist for Harvard Library, will offer an afternoon workshop about how to conduct physical space assessments. 

 

Tour of Widener Library

Jun
4

Tours of Widener Library are offered every Thursday for all currently affiliated Harvard faculty, staff, students and visiting scholars. Conducted by research and reference librarians, the tour includes an introduction to Widener's collections, orientation to the facilities, including the reading rooms and the stacks and an explanation of services available to researchers. All tours begin just beyond the Security Desk at the main (Yard) entrance of the building.

 

Tour of Houghton Library

Jun
5
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.

 

Student Information Competencies Discussion Session

Jun
10

Two presentations on student information competencies, “Staying Smart: Information Strategies Graduates Employ as Lifelong Learners” and “Critical Thinking Competencies Undergraduates Take from College.”