Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

5-9 October 2020

Worldwide Week at Harvard showcases the remarkable breadth of Harvard’s global engagement. During Worldwide Week, Harvard Schools, research centers, departments, and student organizations host academic and cultural events with global or international themes.

Featuring: 24 Hours of Harvard, 7-8 October

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) at Harvard University is pleased to announce a unique and unprecedented event, “24 Hours of Harvard,” during the 2020 Worldwide Week at Harvard. Broadcast on Wednesday 7 October and Thursday 8 October, “24hH” will feature 24 consecutive hours of Harvard programming-–an around-the-clock, around-the-world lineup of events and activities that underscores a striking point: that at any hour of the day or night, Harvard teaching, research, learning, and outreach is happening somewhere in the world. 

Link for viewing "24 Hours of Harvard" will be available here as the date approaches.

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Event hosted on the Future of Cities for Worldwide Week 2017
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Macbeth theatrical production at Arnold Arboretum during Worldwide Week 2018

Worldwide Week Events

Friday 2nd

Oct
2
Fri
Social, Information Session/Networking

Engaging the Word : Harvard College International Opportunities Fair

1:00PM to 4:00PM
Registration required; link below.

Join us for this KICK OFF event to our virtual week of programming!

This virtual fair will showcase opportunities for study, internship, research and service offered by Harvard international centers and offices. 

Please register here to receive the access information for the "Engaging the World" International Opportunities Fair, or to receive information regarding the international opportunities presented at the live event. 

Hosted by the Office of International Education, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Office of FAS International Affairs

Monday 5th

Oct
5
Mon
Lecture/Panel

Making dew in the Atacama: atmospheric water capture by desert plants. Launch Harvard - UAI Discoveries Chile Series

12:00PM to 1:30PM
DRCLAS Regional Office Webinar - registration required

The ecosystems of Chile are biodiversity hotspots with as much as 50% of their flora composed of species endemic to the country. A particularly high degree of endemism is found in the Atacama Desert where many plant species harbor unique adaptations to acquire water in this extremely arid environment. In this webinar, we will reveal some of the secrets behind the ecological success of these plants. On the sandy dunes north to Copiapó where the soil is completely dry, the airplant Tillandsia landbeckii forgoes making roots altogether and uses specialized, multicellular hairs to absorb the tiny fog droplets intercepted by its leaves. Further north in the valleys of Pan de Azúcar, the shrub Nolana mollis draws saline water from deep in the soil, preventing the toxic accumulation of salts by secreting it onto the surface of its leaves. These innovations, perfected over millions of years, have allowed these plants to dominate their respective ecosystems. We will conclude this webinar with a discussion of how water acquisition strategies inspired by these plants offer sustainable solutions for the growing water crisis faced by humanity.

Event Presenters:

Noel Michele Holbrook, Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Interim Director of the Harvard Forest, Faculty Fellow of the Arnold Arboretum.

Jacques Dumais, Professor Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

 

Registration required to attend this webinar. Co-Hosted by Chile Regional Office David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez

Oct
5
Mon
Lecture/Panel, Information Session/Networking

ReVista Launch: The Future of the Amazon, Lessons From the Past

4:00PM to 5:00PM

This event brings together authors from Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay who have researched and written on the future and history of the Amazon for the Spring-Summer issue of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. There is a closed session from 3-4 p.m. ET in which participants will discuss the Amazon in breakout groups. Please register in advance to participate in the event. 

Event Presenters:

Bruno Carvalho, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, moderator and organizer

Note: all participants will be in the private  breakout groups preceding the open session.

Manuel Lizzaralde, Professor, Connecticut College

Felipe Milanez, Assistant Professor, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil.

Isabelle Foster, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Paraguay

Bret Gustafson, Professor of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

Douglas Southgate, Professor Emeritus of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University.

Patricia Vieira, Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Georgetown University

Daniel Alejandro Martínez, graduate student, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Theodore Macdonald, Social Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Javier Uriarte, Associate Professor, Stonybrook University

Megan Monteleone, Associate, Human Rights Watch

Fabiano Maisonaive, reporter, Amazon bureau, Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil

Jamille Pinheiro Dias, Research Associate at the University of Manchester, England

Mary Jo McConahay, book author (San Francisco, CA)

Robin M. Wright, Associate Professor of Religion and Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at the University of Florida.

Wade Davis, book author, Canada

Ana Laura Malmaceda, Ph.D. student in Romance Languages at Harvard University

Sadie L. Weber, post-doctoral fellow in the Harvard Department of Anthropology

Felipe Martínez Pinzón, Assistant Professor, Department of Hispanic Studies, Brown University

Vinicius de Aguiar Furule, post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Amanda M. Smith, Assistant Professor of Latin American literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Marina Beldran, Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures,Johns Hopkins University

Luis Miguel Hoyos Rojas, Ph.D. student in Law at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain

Marcos Colón, Professor,  Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Florida State University

Andreia Duarte, Ph.D. student at University of São Paulo/ECA, Brazil 

Marília Librandi, Acting Director, Portuguese Language Program, Princeton University

 

Registration required for this webinar. Hosted by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

 

Tuesday 6th

Oct
6
Tue
Social, Performance

International Comedy Night (in the Afternoon) with Noam Shuster

4:00PM to 5:30PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

To kick off Harvard’s Worldwide Week this year, the Weatherhead Center presents our fourth annual International Comedy Night (in the afternoon) with stand-up comedian Noam Shuster. Adapting to our online existence, Noam will change up her normal stand-up routine and entertain “questions” from members of the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society to Harvard-affiliated audiences around the world.

This event requires registration in advance in order to secure your space and to receive the meeting link and password via email. 

About Noam Shuster
Born in the only community in Israel where Palestinians and Jews live together peacefully, Noam is an Iranian Jew who can joke in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Noam has been an activist since she was a young girl, working on peacebuilding programs with Israelis and Palestinians. She was awarded the Davis Peace Prize for developing programs for HIV-positive youth in Kigali, Rwanda. As an activist, she works to engage leaders from all ethnic groups in discussions about the geopolitical vision of Israel and the possibility of nonviolent solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Noam graduated from Brandeis University with a “degree in co-existence.” She spent the 2019–2020 academic year studying at Harvard Divinity School’s Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative and developing a one-woman act called, “Co-existence My Ass.” Her account of how she recovered from COVID-19 at the “Hotel Corona” in Jerusalem this past spring attracted wide media attention. In her own words, she uses comedy “to make mess (sic) in the Middle East and confuse everyone.”

About the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society
Founded in 2007, the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (“Harvard College SUCS”) has been entertaining audiences in Sanders Theatre, Queens Head Pub, the Science Center, Fong Auditorium, the Gotham Comedy Club, and one random Rotary Club ever since. During their time with the Society, members have been seen at Improv Boston, the Comedy Studio, the Laugh Factory, and Last Comic Standing, and alumni have gone on to appear on Late Night, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, the Boston Comedy Festival, and many other festivals and showcases. They've also been called a "ragtag band of misfits" by Cosmopolitan Magazine.

This event is cosponsored by the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative, a joint collaboration between the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Wednesday 7th

Oct
7
Wed
Lecture/Panel

Global Perspectives on COVID-19

8:00AM to 9:30AM
Zoom link not available yet/no in-person component

Scientists from Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) in Boston and international colleagues will explore the impact and response to COVID-19 in various regions of the world, in the context of initial and ongoing efforts in various countries, lessons learned and moving forward as a global community.

Event Presenters:

George Q. Daley, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School;

Megan Murray, Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School;

Paul Farmer, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School;

Zhong Nanshan, Guangzhou Institute for Respiratory Health, Chinese 2019n-CoV Expert Taskforce; 

Salim Abdool Karim, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of KwaZulu-Natal, Director of the Centre for the AIDS, Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Cornell University, New York;

Fabio Ciceri, Deputy Scientific Director Clinical Research, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele Head, Hematology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Unit, Professor, Università Vita Salute San Raffaele Hospital, Milan. 

Oct
7
Wed
Lecture/Panel, Social, Performance, Information Session/Networking, Reception

24 hours of Harvard

9:00AM to 11:45PM
Streaming on our 24 hours of Harvard YouTube channel

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) at Harvard University is pleased to announce a unique and unprecedented event, “24 Hours of Harvard,” during the 2020 Worldwide Week at Harvard.

Broadcast on Wednesday 7 October and Thursday 8 October, “24hH” will feature 24 consecutive hours of Harvard programming-–an around-the-clock, around-the-world lineup of events and activities that underscores a striking point: that at any hour of the day or night, Harvard teaching, research, learning, and outreach is happening somewhere in the world.

Oct
7
Wed
Lecture/Panel

Muslim Women Creating New Futures: The Campaign for Justice in Muslim Family Laws

11:00AM to 12:30PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

Please join us for a webinar that highlights the voices of Muslim women activists campaigning for egalitarian reform in Muslim family laws across Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. We will discuss discriminatory laws in their political and historical context, explore key issues and challenges that inform experiences and advocacy strategies in different Muslim countries, and draw inspiration from the collective mobilization of Muslim women working together to achieve equality under the law.

Featuring: 

Zainah Anwar, Executive Director, Musawah;

Marwa Sharafeddin, Middle East and North Africa Region Senior Expert at Musawah;

Hala Al-Karib, Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa);

Moderated by Salomé Gómez-Upegui, LLM ‘18, Womens Leadership Consultant.

Registration is required to attend the event. 

 

Hosted by the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World and co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School and Musawah.

Oct
7
Wed
Lecture/Panel

“Rethinking Resistance Politics in Troubling Times: Transnational Queer Solidarity During COVID-19.”

12:00PM to 2:00PM
Registration is required for this Zoom webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to human rights around the world and marked a period of significant backward steps concerning social justice and LGBTQ advocacy. Many right-wing authoritarian governments have utilized the pandemic as a pretext to demonize their perceived enemies, including immigrants, Black and other racialized communities, and LGBTQ people. Recently, Polish President Andrzej Duda accused the country’s LGBTQ community of being “even more destructive” than communism. Turkey’s most senior Muslim cleric accused homosexuality of “...bringing illnesses,” and warned the community to protect themselves from “such evil.” Hungary’s recently passed legislation banning legal recognition of transgender and intersex people and the Trump administration’s attempt to remove the nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in health care are two other worrying backward steps concerning LGBTQ rights and social justice.

Against this backdrop, political ethnography stands as a tool for intellectual inquiry on resistance actions and as a method to ask, "what is happening?" By bringing together a critical group of scholars who have contributed to the scholarship on LGBTQ rights and social movements, we are hoping to think together on the issues of activism, resistance actions, and transnational solidarity in “troubling times.”

Event Presenters:

Chairs:

• Michèle Lamont, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies;

Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies; Director,

Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

• Gökçe Yurdakul, Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social

Conflict; Director, Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of

Berlin.

Participants:

• Sa’ed Atshan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Visiting Scholar in Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College.

• Nicole Doerr, Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Copenhagen Centre on Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies, University of

Copenhagen.

• George Paul Meiu, John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Department of African and African

American Studies, Harvard University.

• Jason Ferguson, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

• Tunay Altay, PhD Candidate in Social Science, Humboldt University of Berlin.

Co-sponsors:

• Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

• Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin/Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Thursday 8th

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel, Social, Performance, Information Session/Networking, Reception

24 hours of Harvard (continues!)

12:00AM to 11:30AM
Streaming from our 24 hours of Harvard YouTube channel

Harvard never sleeps! Our day-long programming continues to showcase and highlight the university's global research centers and international engagement.

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel

10 Years On: Lessons from the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

2:00PM to 4:00PM
Zoom

October 2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of UN peacekeepers’ introduction of cholera to Haiti. The resulting epidemic has killed over 10,000 people and caused immeasurable losses in Haiti. The UN’s reluctance to accept responsibility and to remedy affected communities has also tested the organization’s commitment to human rights and spurred strong criticisms from inside and outside of the organization. This event brings together UN officials and Haiti advocates to examine what lessons the UN should draw from the cholera epidemic. Panelists will discuss how the cholera experience has changed the UN, and how the organization still needs to change, in order to prevent future harms and ensure that it is accountable to the people it serves.

Speakers include: 

Josette Sheeran, UN Special Envoy on Haiti;

Philip Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University;

Mario Joseph, Bureau des Avocats Internationaux.

Hosted by: Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, HLS Advocates for Human Rights, and Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. 

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel

WEBINAR | 30 Years of German Reunification

3:00PM to 4:00PM
Via Zoom; registration required.

Interview with expert in the history of international relations, Mary Elise Sarotte.

Professor Sarrotte is the inaugural holder of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Distinguished Professorship of Historical Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Most recently, she was the Dean’s Professor of History and Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC). She is also a research associate at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. Sarotte earned her AB in History and Science at Harvard and her PhD in History at Yale University. She is the author or editor of five books, including The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall and 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War Europe, both of which were selected as Financial Times Books of the Year, among other distinctions and awards. Following graduate school, Sarotte served as a White House Fellow, then joined the faculty of the University of Cambridge, where she received tenure before accepting an offer to return to the United States to teach at USC. Sarotte is a former Humboldt Scholar, a former member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of the Willy Brandt Foundation in Berlin.

Registration is required for this webinar event. 

Hosted by the German American Conference (GAC) as part of its 2020 Virtual German American Event Series; Co-Hosted by Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studides (CES). 
 

 

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel

"The Crash of Flight 3804: A Lost Spy, A Daughter’s Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil"

4:00PM to 5:30PM
Register for this webinar here: https://bit.ly/3j1dlp1

In 1947, Daniel Dennett, America’s sole master spy in the Middle East, was dispatched to Saudi Arabia to study the route of the proposed Trans-Arabian Pipeline. It would be his last assignment. A plane carrying him to Ethiopia went down, killing everyone on board. Today, Dennett is recognized by the CIA as a “Fallen Star” and an important figure in U.S. intelligence history. Yet the true cause of his death remains clouded in secrecy.

In "The Crash of Flight 3804" (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2020), investigative journalist Charlotte Dennett digs into her father’s postwar counterintelligence work, which pitted him against America’s wartime allies—the British, French, and Russians—in a covert battle for geopolitical and economic influence in the Middle East.

Registration is required for this webinar. 

Hosted by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies Director's Series. 

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel

The Enduring Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the North

4:00PM to 5:00PM
https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2020-enduring-legacy-slavery-virtual?utm_source=rias_worldwideweek&utm_medium=enews&utm_campaign=enduringlegacy_outreach&utm_term=SF_WWW_EnduringLegacy

Although Massachusetts formally abolished slavery in 1783, the visible and invisible presence of slavery continued in the Commonwealth and throughout New England well into the 19th century. Harvard professor Louis Agassiz’s theory about human origins is but one example of the continued presence and institutionalization of racism in the North. Taking as a starting point the new book “To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes,” experts will examine the role and impact of slavery in the North and discuss the influence of Agassiz and how Black abolitionists responded to scientific racism.

Event Presenters:

- Kyera Singleton, PhD candidate in American culture, University of Michigan, and executive director, Royall House and Slave Quarters

 

- Manisha Sinha, James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History, University of Connecticut

 

- John Stauffer, professor of English and American Literature, American Studies, and African American Studies, Harvard University

 

Hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies

Oct
8
Thu
Lecture/Panel, Performance

Música en la red, una nueva industria musical durante y tras el confinamiento global

5:00PM to 6:30PM
Zoom webinar; RSVP to info-observatory@fas.harvard.edu for registration.

This session will examine the music world's response to the recent global lockdown and how it, in turn, has changed and continues to change the music industry, for example expanding the role of online platforms in music.

Event Presenter: 

Javier Limón, composer and producer, and Artistic Director of the Mediterranean Music Institute at Berklee College of Music, Boston. 

Hosted by INSTITUTO CERVANTES AT HARVARD: Observatorio de la lengua española y las culturas hispánicas en los Estados Unidos.

 

Friday 9th

Oct
9
Fri
Lecture/Panel

A Conversation with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs

7:00AM to 8:00AM
Zoom (link TBD)

Harvard University Alumni from Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region are invited to join a discussion with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs. Attendees will hear remarks from the Vice Provost and have a chance to ask questions.

Hosted by Harvard Alumni Association. 

Oct
9
Fri
Lecture/Panel

A Conversation with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Zoom (link TBD)

Harvard University Alumni from Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region are invited to join a discussion with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs. Attendees will hear remarks from the Vice Provost and have a chance to ask questions. 
 

 

Oct
9
Fri
Lecture/Panel

Future of Education: Global Voices — to Create Welcoming Communities

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Zoom / https://hgse.me/future109

In a context of disruption and uncertainty, how can we fulfill our collective responsibility to ensure that all young people receive a high-quality and inclusive education? How can schools — and the communities around them — create welcoming spaces of belonging, even amid isolationism, both politically and pandemically? Join us for a discussion hosted by HGSE’s Sarah Dryden-Peterson, director of the Refugee REACH Initiative, about the interconnected challenges of listening, belonging, and collective responsibility when it comes to educating and nurturing young people today. Big ideas from all — not just educators — can inspire new thinking and directions for education around the world.

Event Presenters:

Sarah Dryden-Peterson, director of the Refugee REACH Initiative, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Panelists to be announced.

Hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education

Oct
9
Fri
Social, Information Session/Networking

WEBINAR | Crossing the Cultural Chasm: Comparing Veganism in the United States and France

12:30PM to 1:30PM
Webinar via Zoom; registration required.

The vegan lifestyle movement is a growing global phenomenon, with many inspired to adopt plant-based diets for ethical, environmental, and health reasons. Yet, the lifestyle is controversial, and is viewed differently around the world.

In this talk Nina Gheihman explores what it takes for societies to “cross the cultural chasm” between the early adopters and the mainstream, and the role of cultural entrepreneurship in translating global cultural practices into local societal contexts. Gheihman illustrates these dynamics in the contrasting cases of the United States, which has created cultural conditions for the rise of veganism, and France, which resists its popularization despite global spread due to deeply ingrained cultural attachments that currently prevent it from fully entering the mainstream.

Event Presenter

Nina Gheihman, Postdoctoral Researcher, Sustainable Food Initiative, University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; Past Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University

Please note: This event requires registration (click on event link to register).

 

Hosted by Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs is currently accepting event proposals for the Fall 2020 Worldwide Week program. Please contact Bailey Payne to begin a conversation about hosting an event or for more information.

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Archive of events from Worldwide Week 2019

Archive of events from Worldwide Week 2018

Archive of events from the 2017 inaugural Worldwide Week