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. This year, events focus on themes of:

Social Justice and Human Rights   |   Pandemics and Global Health   |   Governance and Democratic Leadership


Introducing: "24hH: 24 Hours of Harvard", 7-8 October 2020

The Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (OVPIA) at Harvard University is pleased to announce a unique and unprecedented event, “24hH: 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. 

Professor Uri McMillan presents "Airbrush, Instamatics, and Funk: Art, Pop and New York City's Long 1970s" Wednesday October 6th Noon hosted by Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies
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Worldwide Week Events

Friday 2nd

Social, Information Session/Networking

Engaging the World : 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


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


Panel: "Civil Society and Policy Advocacy in Contemporary East Asia"

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

"Effective Advocacy: Lessons from East Asia’s Environmentalists" 
Mary Alice Haddad,  John E. Andrus Professor of Government; Professor of Environmental Studies; Director, Office of Faculty and Career Development; Chair and Professor of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University

"Community Organizing and the Reform of Japan’s Sex Crime Law in 2017"
Kanoko Kamata, Co-founder and former Executive Director, Community Organizing Japan; Ph.D. student in Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Senior Advisor, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, Harvard University

Note: This event requires registration in advance. Please register to attend this zoom webinar. 
Additional information and resources, including reading material from the guests, is included on the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs calendar listing


Hosted by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Program on U.S. - Japan Relations

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


The Growth Lab’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery

10:00AM to 11:00AM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

This event features our COVID-19 Task Force members discussing the economic research we conducted around the epidemic and its potential impacts. Speakers include Ricardo Hausmann, Ulrich Schetter, Tim Cheston, and Ricardo Villasmil. We will also highlight how the Growth Lab has translated this research into country-specific projects, focusing on our work in developing government responses and economic recovery plans.

About The Growth Lab: 

Led by Ricardo Hausmann, the Growth Lab at Harvard's Center for International Development works to understand the dynamics of growth and to translate those insights into more effective policymaking in developing countries. The Growth Lab places increased economic diversity and complexity at the center of the development story.

This event will be held virtually via Zoom webinar. Please register in advance to attend. 


Hosted by The Growth Lab at Center for International Development at Harvard University. 


Discusion del libro | Preparar a los Maestros para Educar Integralmente a los Estudiantes

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

Presentacion del libro en espanol:
Profesora Rosabel Roig Vila, Directora del Instituto de Educacion Universidad de Alicante

Fernando M. Reimers, Universidad de Harvard; Sintesis del estudio.

Cristian Belle,  Universidad de Chile; Un estudio de caso de un programa educativo chileno para la enseñanza de ciencias basado en la indagación.

Sergio Cardenas, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Economico, Mexico. Desarrollo de competencias para el siglo XXI en México: cómo UNETE y las comunidades escolares amplían y fortalecen los objetivos de la educación mediante el uso de tecnología educativa. 

Silvia Diaz-Granados, International Rescue Committee, Un enfoque de escuela inclusiva, integral y sostenible para desarrollar capacidades docentes que promuevan habilidades del siglo XXI: Lecciones aprendidas de la asociación público-privada de la Escuela Activa Urbana en Manizales, Colombia. 

Comentado por

Maria Victoria Angulo, Ministra de Educaion, Colombia

Carmen Pomar, Diputada Parlamento de Galicia

Otto Granados, ex-Secretario de Educacion, Mexico

Rosabel Roig Vila, Directora del Instituto de Educacion Universidad de Alicante



Hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Education Global Education Innovation Initiative

Lecture/Panel, Information Session/Networking

European Union Seminar: WEBINAR | "Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy – A Book Discussion"

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

In this presentation, Vivien Schmidt will discuss her new book Europe's Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone (Oxford University Press, 2020), in which she argues that the European Union's crisis of legitimacy is a result of its management of the 2010 Eurozone crisis. Schmidt argues that the EU's approach to mitigate the crisis by 'governing by rules and ruling by numbers' not only caused havoc in the economy but fueled political discontent across the region.


Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University; CES Local Affiliate & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University

This event will be held virtually; please register to attend

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

Lecture/Panel, Seminar

HSPH The Forum | "Human Rights = Public Health"

1:00PM to 2:00PM
Multiple viewing options; see event description.

Michelle A. Williams, Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is pleased to present
Human Rights = Public Health
With Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Moderated by Guillermo Arduino, Anchor and Correspondent, CNN Networks

The coronavirus pandemic has made clear the disproportionate impact among women, minority groups and impoverished people around the world. Protecting human rights IS a matter of public health. Please join a conversation with Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Chile, to discuss human rights and public health as fundamental importance to us all during this time and beyond. Ms. Bachelet will answer questions from Harvard Chan faculty and others. You, too, can send your questions in advance to

or post them to Facebook.

Ways to Watch Live: 

Harvard Chan YouTube
Harvard Chan Facebook

The Forum Facebook
The Forum Website

Hosted by The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies


Leading Education through COVID-19: Upholding the Right to Education

1:00PM to 2:30PM
Zoom webinar; registration required.

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the planet, changes big and small are changing human lives and our future prospects. Among those changes, few other than the discovery and effective distribution of a vaccine will be as consequential as the changes taking place in our schools. 

In this panel, Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education will present his research examining the global impact of COVID-19. He will be joined by several alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education who contributed to his just-released book on the subject.


Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of International Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Faculty Director, International Education Policy  

Vinh Le Anh, Vietnam Institute of Education Sciences

Drew Edwards, Pangea Educational Development

Keya Lamba, Consultant

Sajida H. Shroff, Altamont Group UAE

Daniel Tapia, Genera Consulting Mexico


This will be a virtual event; registration is required to attend.  Book available in digital and paperback formats.


To celebrate its centennial year, the Harvard Graduate School of Education is celebrating 100 Years of Impact

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


Global Perspectives on COVID-19

8:00AM to 9:30AM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

Scientists from HMS-led Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR) in Boston and international colleagues in China, Italy, and South Africa will explore the impact and response to COVID-19 in various regions of the world. We will discuss initial and ongoing efforts in various countries, lessons learned and moving forward as a global community. A question-and-answer session will follow. 

Event Presenters:
Mark Elliott

Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University
Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History

George Q. Daley
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University
Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Megan Murray
Ronda Stryker and William Johnston Professor of Global Health, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Director of Research, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Global Health Equity and Partners In Health

Zhong Nanshan
Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Guangzhou Medical University
Director, National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease

Salim Abdool Karim
Director, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA)
Member, African Task Force on Coronavirus, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Professor of Global Health, Columbia University
Adjunct Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Fabio Ciceri
Scientific Director, San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Professor of Hematology, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy

Paul Farmer
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Co-founder and Chief Strategist, Partners In Health

This event will be presented virtually via Zoom webinar; please register to attend. Note this event will be recorded and some news reporters may be present.  

Hosted by the Massachusetts Consortium of Pathgoen Readiness


Lecture/Panel, Social, Performance, Information Session/Networking, Reception

24 hours of Harvard

Oct 7, 9:00AM to Oct 8, 12:30AM
Streaming for free; no registration required on

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. Scroll through our program (all showtimes are Eastern US) or watch our 24hH program preview!

09:00 - 09:30 Cambridge & Accra: "Harvard in the World: Conversation with President Bacow"

09:30 - 11:00 Johannesburg & Dar es Salaam: "Harvard Impact in South Africa" and "Harvard's Contribution in Starting Africa Academy of Public Health"

11:00 - 12:00 Nafplion: "Citizenship in the 21st Century: Insights Across Time and Space"

12:00 - 13:00 Tunis: "Sustaining a Democratic Transition during a Global Pandemic: Tunisia's Challenges and Achievements"

13:00 - 14:00 Nafplion, São Paulo and New Delhi: "Channels of Expression at Times of Change: Music and Dance Across Continents"

14:00 - 14:15 Gaborone: "The Botswana-Harvard Partnership for HIV Research and Education"

14:15 - 16:00 GLOBAL EVENT: "Destination: World – Student Tales from Beyond the Campus Comfort Zone"

16:00 - 17:00 São Paulo: "Amazon 4.0: Defining a Third Way for the Amazon"

17:00 - 17:30 Cambridge & Accra: "Harvard in the World: A Conversation with President Bacow"

17:30 - 18:30 Mexico City: "Changing the Game: Mexico and Global Agricultural Innovation in the 21st Century"

18:30-19:30 Santiago: "Are We Alone in the Universe?: The Giant Magellan Telescope in Las Campanas Chile"

19:30 - 20:30 Florence: "I Tatti: A Virtual Tour"

20:30 - 21:30 GLOBAL EVENT: " #After Lockdown: Very Short Stories about Enduring a Global Pandemic"

21:30 - 22:30 Istanbul and Dubai: "Being HBS-Affiliated During the Pandemic: Stories from Students and Alumni"

22:30 - 23:30 Shanghai, Mumbai and Boston: "COVID and Telemedicine: Experience from China, India and the United States"

23:30 - 00:30 Sardis: "Legacies of the Archeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey"


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.


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.


“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:


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.


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, Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles.

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


This virtual event requires registration to attend. 


Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University and Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin/Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. 

Thursday 8th

Lecture/Panel, Social, Performance, Information Session/Networking, Reception, Seminar

24 hours of Harvard (continues!)

12:00AM to 11:30AM
Streaming for free; no registration required on

Harvard never sleeps! Our world tour continues to showcase and highlight the university's global research centers and international engagement. Watch the 24hH program preview or view the continued schedule below, all showtimes listed as Eastern Time (US) : 

7 Oct 23:30 - 00:30 Sardis: "Legacies of the Archeological Exploration of Sardis in Turkey"

00:30 - 01:00 Cambridge & Accra: "Harvard in the World: A Conversation with President Bacow"

01:00 - 02:00 Mumbai: "Daastan - e - South Asia (Narratives from South Asia)"

02:00 - 03:00 Johannesburg: "Africa Research Center Introduction and Webinar of COVID-19: Reflections, Challenges, and Next Steps" 

03:00 - 04:00 Istanbul: "Conversation on managing during the pandemic"

04:00 - 05:00 Paris: "60 minutes: Sneak Peak into Recent Research Trends & Other Activities" 

05:00 - 05:30 GLOBAL EVENT: Smiles Around the Globe: Harvard School of Dental Medicine Integrates Research and Education for a Healthier World"

05:30 - 06:00 Tokyo: "Introduction of Japan through a Very Popular Course at Harvard Business School" 

06:00 - 07:00 Buenos Aires, Mexico City, São Paulo: "HBS Latin America Research Center: 20 Years Exploring a Vibrant Region"

07:00 - 07:30 Cambridge & Accra: "Harvard in the World: A Conversation with President Bacow"

07:30 - 09:00 New Delhi: "Khusrau’s River of Love: Cosmopolitanism and Inclusion in South Asian Traditions"

09:00 - 10:30 Kabul, Moscow, Reykjavik, Cambridge: "Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies Negotiation Task Force presents NTF Live: Episode 3"

10:30 - 11:30 Shanghai: "Harvard Center Shanghai - The First Decade"


10 Years On: Lessons from the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

2:00PM to 4:00PM

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. 


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). 



"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:

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. 


Resisting Police Violence in the Americas: Mothers on the Front Lines

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

Join us for the first event of the “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series: a conversation with mothers from across the Americas who, after losing children to police and state violence, have become powerful activists fighting for justice and institutional changes to end state violence affecting Black, indigenous, and low-income youth. 

Registration required to attend this event / É necessário registro para participar deste evento / Se requiere inscripción para asistir a este evento 

Speakers include:
Dorothy Holmes, Ronnieman Foundation and Justice for Families, Chicago, United States 
Débora Maria da Silva, Mothers of May, Brazil
Rute Fiuza, Mothers of May of the Northeast, Brazil
Jacqueline Castillo, Mothers of False Positives of Soacha and Bogotá, Colombia
Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mothers and Fathers of the 43 Disappeared Students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico

Yanilda Gonzalez (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.  


Resistindo a Violência do Estado nas Américas: Mães na Linha de Frente

Quinta-feira, 8 de outubro às 17h (hora São Paulo)

Um diálogo virtual com mães de jovens assasinados pela polícia e forças armadas, lutando pela justiça e reformas institucionais para combater a violência do estado que afeta a juventude negra, indígena e pobre nas Américas.


Dorothy Holmes, Fundação Ronnieman e Justiça para as Famílias, Chicago, EUA
Débora Maria da Silva, Mães de Maio, Brasil
Rute Fiuza, Mães de Maio do Nordeste, Brasil
Jacqueline Castillo, Mães dos Falsos Positivos de Soacha e Bogotá, Colômbia
Cristina Bautista Salvador, Mães e Pais dos 43 Estudantes Desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa, Mexico


Resistiendo la Violencia de Estado en las Americas: Madres en la Línea de Frente

Jueves 8 de octubre a las 3pm hora Bogotá/CDMX

Un diálogo virtual con madres de jóvenes asesinados por policías y fuerzas armadas, luchando por la justicia y reformas institucionales para combatir la violencia de estado impactando la juventud negra, indígena y pobre en las Américas.


Dorothy Holmes, Fundación Ronnieman y Justicia para las Familias, Chicago, EEUU
Débora Maria da Silva, Madres de Mayo, Brasil
Rute Fiuza, Madres de Mayo del Nordeste, Brasi


About the 'What Justice Looks Like' Series:

Recent uprisings in cities throughout the US against racialized police violence, along with mass protest movements from Chile to Colombia to Haiti against long-running structural inequality and exclusion, have demonstrated that policymakers and political leaders routinely remain disconnected from, or actively ignore and silence, the experiences of communities directly harmed by their policies. 

“What Justice Looks Like” takes a perspective of “public policy from below” by centering the voices of those on the ground level of struggles for justice, but traditionally excluded from the halls of power.  This year-long discussion series centers the voices and experiences of activists and communities directly affected by state violence and mass incarceration in trauma-informed conversations about (in)justice, power, resistance, and pathways to racial justice, equity and meaningful change. 

Convened by Assistant Professor Yanilda González. This series is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Weiner Center for Social Policy. 


This event is sponsored by Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Center for Public Leadership, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, DRCLAS Brazil Office, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Wiener Center for Social Policy.


The Enduring Legacy of Slavery and Racism in the North

4:00PM to 5:00PM
Zoom webinar; registration required.

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

Seminar, Social, Information Session/Networking

Diversity Inclusion & Belonging | Community Space for Affinity Groups: International

5:00PM to 6:00PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

Community Spaces for Affinity Groups: Drop-in sessions for self-care and wellness. 

Our Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DIB) Leadership Council members are collaborating with practitioners from Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to host Community Spaces for Affinity Groups starting the week of October 5th. Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm ET is the international community space. These spaces are part of a larger effort to support members of our community who are experiencing heightened anxiety in response to the current moment (Covid, racial injustice, the upcoming election, etc.). All Harvard members including students, staff, faculty, postdocs, research fellows, and academic personnel are welcome.

Spaces will be hosted by affinity group, allowing individuals with intersectional identities to attend multiple days. Register to attend Community Spaces for Affinity Groups. Open to members of the Harvard community. October sessions will be held on select Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays 500-6:00 pm EDT by Zoom. Future sessions will be offered through the academic semester: 

Monday, October 05 |  Non POC/ Allies for people with marginalized identities (past session) 
Tuesday, October 13 | LGBTQ
Thursday, October 15 | People with disabilities

Tuesday, October 20 | BIPOC/ Multiracial
Thursday, October 22 | Indigenous / Native American
Tuesday, October 27 | Latinx

Wednesday, October 28 | Black/ African American
Thursday, October 29 | Asian/ Asian American

We welcome individuals with disabilities to our programs. If you have any questions or require accommodations, please reach us at

in advance of your participation.

Hosted by the Office for Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging




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 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

Lecture/Panel, Social

A Conversation (with coffee) with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs

7:00AM to 8:00AM
Registration required; contact HAA for information.

Harvard University Alumni from Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region are invited to join a Cambrdige-morning discussion with Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Attendees will hear remarks from the Vice Provost and have a chance to ask questions. Registration for this event is required, and open to alumni only. For information about how to register, please email HAA Alumni Education with any questions. 

Hosted by Harvard Alumni Association

Lecture/Panel, Social

A Conversation (during lunch) with Mark Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Registration required; contact HAA for information.

Harvard University Alumni from Latin America, Canada, Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region are invited to join a Cambridge-lunch hour discussion with Mark C. Elliott, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History. Attendees will hear remarks from the Vice Provost and have a chance to ask questions. Registration for this event is required, and open to alumni only. For information about how to register, please email HAA Alumni Education.  

Hosted by the Harvard Alumni Association, with support from HAA Clubs of Africa, Asia-Pacific, Canada, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

Lecture/Panel, Performance

Film Discussion: #AfterLockdown: Very Short Stories About Enduring a Global Pandemic

12:00PM to 1:30PM
Zoom event; registration required.

# After Lockdown is a 50-minute animated film presenting individual stories about living through the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic in different places in the world. Students and professors, but also contributors from outside the academic community, recorded themselves narrating their personal experiences with lockdown, travel-restrictions, switch to new forms of education, displacement, isolation, job-loss, and more broadly, adapting their life to the new circumstances imposed on them, and on their communities. The oral testimonials featured in the film were collected and selected jointly by Harvard University’s Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, during the summer of 2020. Podcast curation and video animations are designed by Mr. Sebs, an animation studio co-directed by a Harvard CMES alum. # After Lockdown is a combination of narrations grouped together and illustrated, to form a collective scrapbook, made to document a moment of change, to be passed-on to future generations and to our future selves.

In this session, join the film directors:

Mohamad Saleh, Co-Director and Writer; and Daniel Salgado, Co-Director and Animator, Mr. Sebs

With participants, producers and crew:

Lauren Montague, Administrative Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies;

Sihem Lamine, Administrative and Program Manager, CMES Tunisia;

Elizabeth Flanagan, Program Coordinator for Events, CMES.

Christos Giannopoulos, Managing Director, Center for Hellenic Studies Greece;

Evangelos Katsarelis, Programs and Events Manager, Center for Hellenic Studies Greece;

Nicolas Prevelakis, Lecturer on Social Studies, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, and Assistant Director of Curricular Development, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.


Watch the premiere showing of #AfterLockdown during 24hH: 24 Hours of Harvard. The film will broadcoast Wednesday 7 October 20:30-21:30 ET. 

Co-hosted by the Tunisia Office of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, based in Tunis (est. 2017) and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Harvard University, based in Nafplion (est. 2008). 


Future of Education: Global Voices — to Create Welcoming Communities

12:00PM to 1:00PM
Zoom Webinar; registration required.

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 “Future of Education: Global Voices — to Create Welcoming Communities,” a discussion about the interconnected challenges of listening, belonging, and collective responsibility when it comes to educating and nurturing young people today. Hear from Suha Tutunji, Academic Director for the Jussor Refugee Education Program in Lebanon; Stephen Lebethe, a History Teacher at Alexander Sinton High School in Cape Town, South Africa; and Khymani James, a Senior at Boston Latin Academy and Student Representative on the Boston School Committee in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Big ideas from all — not just educators — can inspire new thinking and directions for education around the world.

This 60-minute conversation will be moderated by HGSE’s Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Director of the Refugee REACH Initiative which, through research, education, and action, fosters welcoming communities and quality education in settings of migration and displacement. This is a virtual webinar, registration is required to attend. 

Event Presenters:

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

Khymani James, Senior at Boston Latin Academy and Student Representative on the Boston School Committee, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Stephen Lebethe, History Teacher at Alexander Sinton High School, Cape Town, South Africa

Suha Tutunji, Academic Director at Jusoor Refugee Education Program, Lebanon


Hosted by Harvard Graduate School of Education celebrating its centennial year through its series 100 Years of Impact

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).