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Professor of History; Professor of African and African American Studies
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Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
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Aramont Professor of the History of Science
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Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature [Emeritus]
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Professor of English
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James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History
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Long Term Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures
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Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies; Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society
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Harvard Divinity School

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Gurney Professor of English Literature; Professor of Comparative Literature
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Joseph Pellegrino University Professor; Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments; Senior Fellow, Society of Fellows
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Professor of Visual Art, Visual and Environmental Studies
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Professor of History; Director of Graduate Studies
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Dean of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography
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Professor of History of Art and Architecture; Johnson-Kulukundis Family Faculty Director of the Arts; The Radcliffe Institute
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Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History; Chair, The Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity
Harvard Divinity School

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Professor of History [On Leave]
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Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature
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Professor, History of Science; Affiliated Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences
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Fanny Peabody Professor of Music; Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music
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Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History; Director, Center for History and Economics
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Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative Literature; Professor of English and American Literature and Language
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John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities
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Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African & African American Studies; Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish; Director, Cultural Agents Initiative
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Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Harvard University Council on Asian Studies; Director, Harvard Global Institute Environmental Humanities Initiative
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A profile on Professor of Early American History Joyce Chaplin
May 24, 2016
An interview with Diane Paulus, Ryan McKittrick, and Diane Borger of the American Repertory Theater
May 27, 2015
Harvard scholars explore the relationship between literature and the environment
May 27, 2015
Harvard faculty probe the nexus between environment, energy, and economic growth
June 9, 2014
Two decades later, pivotal Harvard School of Public Health Six Cities Study key in fight for clean air
June 9, 2014
HUCE welcomes new cohort of postdoctoral researchers, bids farewell to outgoing Fellows
June 17, 2013
Sachi Oshima '13 recalls her experience at last summer's Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil
June 17, 2013
An interview with professors Jennifer Leaning and Michael VanRooyen
June 17, 2013
Activists and scholars debate the role of social movements in confronting climate issues
June 17, 2013
July 24, 2012
November 18, 2011
November 15, 2011
A profile on the Graduate Consortium on Energy & Environment
May 13, 2011

What can writing tell us about nature and the relation of humans to it? Readings in William Wordsworth, Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, John Burroughs, Aldo Leopold, and Rachel Carson, who form a tradition blending poetry, ethics, and science.

Focuses on the effect of the environment in film. Reads films grouped according to environmental themes (humans, nature and animals, water, consumption, pollution, climate change) side by side with critical articles.

An intensive seminar that aims to improve each student’s ability to discover and reason about evidence through the medium of essays. Each section focuses on a particular theme or topic, described on the Expos Website.

Why do some human beings step forward to defend the non-human?

Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in litera

This course will explore the intersection between religious traditions and ecological activism, with special attention to current conversations about "ethical eating." We will consider both the resources that religious traditions provide to ecological activists and the ways these activists have c

This course will explore the intersection between religious traditions and ecological activism, with special attention to current conversations about "ethical eating." We will consider both the resources that religious traditions provide to ecological activists and the ways these activists have c

Focuses on how the environment is inscribed in works drawing on concepts from poststructuralist theories. Texts by Guattari, Latour, Nancy, Balibar, Ranciere, Stengers, Haraway, Heise, and others. Students are encouraged to pair their readings with fictional texts and other media.
 

North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.

Europeans "discovered'' America in search of foodstuffs, specifically spices. And food has been central to the American experience from the starving time in early Virginia to the problem of obesity in the United States today. But what is American about American food?

North America as an evolving visual environment is analyzed as a systems concatenation involving such constituent elements as farms, small towns, shopping malls, highways, suburbs, and as depicted in fiction, poetry, cartography, television, cinema, and advertising and cybernetic simulation.

Selected topics in the history of the North American coastal zone, including the seashore as wilderness, as industrial site, as area of recreation, and as artistic subject; the shape of coastal landscape for conflicting uses over time; and the perception of the seashore as marginal zone in litera

Introduces students to international history through the study of commodities ranging from oil, coal, and cotton to potatoes, rum, coffee, and sugar.

A reading seminar focused on literature relevant for a natural history of humankind from several million years ago to the present.

December 1, 2016
Gund Hall 123, GSD, 48 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Urban Theory Lab at the Graduate School of Design presents a lecture by photographer David Maisel, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Neil Brenner and featuring Pierre Bélanger, Rosetta Sarah Elkin, and Sharon Harper.
Thursday, December 1, 2016 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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November 15, 2016
Starr Auditorium, Belfer Bldg, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Imagine a society 10,000 years from now. Can we protect them from the deadliest, most long-lasting radioactive substances ever produced? The Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School invite you to a film screening of "Containment" followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Harvard Professors Peter Galison and Robb Moss.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -
4:15pm to 6:45pm
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October 29, 2016
Hunnewell Bldg, 25 Arborway, Boston
Artist Jennifer Weigel sheds light on the often overlooked details of trees in this new exhibition of photographs coming to the Hunnewell Building.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
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November 17, 2016
237 Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Lynne Huffer, Emory University, will give a talk that draws on the work of Michel Foucault and Sylvia Wynter to rethink the Anthropocene. Critically responding to the renaturalizing turn in recent feminist and queer thought, it seeks to articulate an ethics of living through a genealogical lens, engaging deep time and the fossil record as an archive of extinction.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
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October 20, 2016
Weld Hill Research Bldg, 1300 Centre St., Roslindale
Can nature—in all its unruly wildness—be an integral part of creative landscape design? With beautiful images, award-winning designer Margie Ruddick offers a set of principles for a more creative and intuitive approach that challenges the entrenched belief that natural processes cannot complement high-level landscape design. Hosted by the Arnold Arboretum.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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October 13, 2016
Emerson Hall 210, 19 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Harvard Extension Environmental Club (HEEC) invite you to a special screening of the film "Young Voices for the Planet."
Thursday, October 13, 2016 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm
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October 19, 2016
Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE and National Geographic invite you to a special pre-release screening and discussion of the documentary film, Before the Flood. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
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November 17, 2016
Hunnewell Bldg, 125 Arborway, Boston
The Arnold Arboretum welcomes author, journalist, and natural historian, Stephen Long for a special talk on the forests and the people of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont who were faced with acre after acre of blown down trees after the devastating 1938 hurricane.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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September 26, 2016
Room 133, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Mahindra Harvard Humanities Center invites you to attend a meeting of the Philosophy, Poetry and Religion Seminar with guest speaker Daniel McKanan, HDS.
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 5:30pm
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September 21, 2016
Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138
The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies hosts a screening of Death by a Thousand Cuts, followed by a discussion with Juan Mejía Botero, the film's director, and Jake Kheel, the film's co-director and producer. The talk will be moderated by Brian D. Farrell, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm
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September 19, 2016
Hunnewell Bldg, 125 Arborway, Boston
The Arnold Arboretum welcomes Judith D. Schwartz, journalist and author, who looked deeply into the challenges and solutions around Earth’s soil in her 2013 book, Cows Save the Planet, and has now turned her sights towards water and restoring ecological cycles in her new book, Water in Plain Sight: Hope for a Thirsty World.
Monday, September 19, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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September 22, 2016
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
The upcoming film, Saving Eden from the Sixth Extinction, tells the story of how animals such as northern white rhinos, polar bears, African elephants, and bonobos have been pushed to the brink of extinction and it highlights the critical work that scientists and activists are doing to save these species.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
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December 5, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room (440), MCZ, 29 Oxford St., 4th Floor, Cambridge
"Street Tree Stories: On the Politics of Nature in the City" with Sonja Duempelmann (GSD).
Monday, December 5, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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HUCE Seminar Room (440), MCZ, 29 Oxford St., 4th Floor, Cambridge
"The Political Ecology of China's First Empire" with Brian Lander (Harvard University Center for the Environment).
September 19, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room 440, MCZ, 26 Oxford St., 4th Floor, Cambridge
“The Materials of Imperialism: Engineering Arid Landscapes in Washington’s Columbia Basin and Afghanistan’s Helmand Valley” with Linda Nash (University of Washington).
Monday, September 19, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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September 15, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room 440, MCZ, 26 Oxford St., 4th Floor, Cambridge
"Bikini Atoll as 'the World in Miniature': Ecological Fieldwork and World War" with Laura Martin (Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment).
Thursday, September 15, 2016 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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September 14, 2016
Tsai Auditorium S010, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Terry Tempest Williams will discuss her book "The Hour of Land: Our National Parks As Breathing Spaces," which honors the centennial of the National Park Service.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
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June 12, 2016
Oak Collection, 125 Arborway, Boston
The Arnold Arboretum and Kadence Arts will host the Boston premiere of Inuksuit —a 75-minute work for percussion ensemble that is designed to heighten awareness of the sights and sounds that surround us every day
Sunday, June 12, 2016 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
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May 26, 2016
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
Playwright and activist Eve Ensler returns to the A.R.T. with a one-woman show, exploring how her work with women brutalized by sexual violence in the Congo helped her fight uterine cancer. HUCE Director Dan Schrag will be featured in May 26th's Act II conversation.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 7:30pm
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May 4, 2016
Room 2-135, 77 Massachusetts Ave., MIT, Cambridge
MIT's Literature Section hosts Courtney Fullilove, Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University, for this special lecture.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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February 11, 2016 to February 12, 2016
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture, Princeton University
"After the Spectacular Image: Art, Architecture, and the Media of Climate Change"
Thursday, February 11, 2016 (All day) to Friday, February 12, 2016 (All day)
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March 3, 2016
Hunnewell Building, 125 Arbor Way, Boston
Marianne E. Krasny, Cornell University, will share narratives of the emerging grassroots environmental stewardship, arguing that humans’ innate love of nature and attachment to place compels them to restore nature and places that are threatened, destroyed, or lost.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
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April 4, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Alden Young (Drexel University) presents "Sudanese Economics: Between an Environmental and a Political Imagination."
Monday, April 4, 2016 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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December 4, 2015
Emerson Hall Room 108, 19 Quincy St., Cambridge
Presented by the Harvard University Environmental Action Committee and PETA.
Friday, December 4, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
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November 20, 2015
59 Shepard St., Community Room 105 at the Student Organization Center at Hillies, Cambridge
A Green Exchange event.
Friday, November 20, 2015 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
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November 12, 2015
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Margaret Cohen, Andrew B. Hammond Professor of French and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Stanford University, will be delivering a talk on “Underwater Adventures: The Inspiration of Toxic Atmosphere.”
Thursday, November 12, 2015 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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October 8, 2015
First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church Street, Cambridge
Featuring a screening of the movie, “Off + On: The Climate Movement and the Road Through Paris.”
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm
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October 9, 2015
Harvard Community Garden, 27 Holyoke Street, Cambridge
A special movie screening presented by the Harvard Extension Environmental Club.
Friday, October 9, 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
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October 19, 2015
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB G12, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies, will speak about his new book, "Food Foolish"
Monday, October 19, 2015 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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October 2, 2015
The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Grand Ballroom, 10 Avery St., Boston
Know Tomorrow Boston is a free outdoor concert and environmental festival dedicated to turning up the volume on climate change. Our goal is to end the debate and band together to propose solutions that can help save our planet.
Friday, October 2, 2015 -
2:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 10, 2015
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge
Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History and NOVA Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham for a preview of the new NOVA-WGBH series, “Making North America”, an eye-opening adventure through our continent's three-billion-year geological history.
Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 2:00pm
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September 30, 2015
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
Screening of Michael Graziano’s Documentary, “Resistance”
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm
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September 18, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
David Buckley Borden, Artist & Landscape Architect, Cambridge, will discuss “Hybrid Vigor: Ecology x Art x Design.”
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 11:00am
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October 30, 2015
Harvard Forest Seminar Room, 324 N. Main Street, Petersham
Laura Martin, HUCE Environmental Fellow, Department of the History of Science, Harvard, will discuss “Why Do Restorationists Care About Community Ecology?”
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 11:00am
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November 23, 2015
Weld Hill Lecture Hall, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St., Boston
Elisabeth Forrestel, Arboretum post-doctoral fellow, Wolkovich Lab, Harvard, will discuss “Biogeographic Influences on Grassland Community Structure and Function.”
Monday, November 23, 2015 - 12:10pm
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September 25, 2015
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Program in Global American Studies, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, presents talks from postdoctoral fellows Megan Black, Samantha Iyers, Justin Leroy, and Stuart Schrader.
Friday, September 25, 2015 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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September 22, 2015
Science Center Room 469, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
Fiona Smyth, Fellow, Department of the History of Science, Harvard; and Laura Martin, HUCE Environmental Fellow, Department of the History of Science, Harvard, will discuss “The History of Ecological Restoration.”
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm
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November 23, 2015
Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Stu Marvel, Emory University, will discuss “The 'Nature' of Queer Families: Tracking the Socio-Technics of the Fertility Clinic.”
Monday, November 23, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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November 9, 2015
Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Joseph Rouse, Hedding Professor of Moral Science, Wesleyan University, will discuss “What is a Scientific Conception of the World?”
Monday, November 9, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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November 2, 2015
Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Andrew Jewett, Associate Professor of History and Social Studies, Harvard, will discuss “Of Science and Scientism: Framing Science in the Postwar American Humanities.”
Monday, November 2, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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September 21, 2015
Milstein East A, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Thorsten Trimpop, Fellow, MIT Open Documentary Lab, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, will discuss “Meanwhile in Japan – Filming in the Nuclear Exclusion Zone.”
Monday, September 21, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:30pm
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September 20, 2015
TBA
The Harvard Extension Environmental Club (HEEC) presents a roundtable discussion with mountaineer, environmental health scientist, and author Arlene Blum.
Sunday, September 20, 2015 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm
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September 29, 2015
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge
The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents a talk with Brian D. Farrell, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 6:00pm
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October 5, 2015
Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston
Andrea Wulf reveals in her new book the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and how he created the way we understand nature today.
Monday, October 5, 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
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October 22, 2015 to October 23, 2015
Harvard University, Cambridge
The History Project, in cooperation with the Joint Center for History and Economics and the Global History of Energy Project, will hold its fourth conference on October 22-23, 2015 at Harvard University.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:30am to Friday, October 23, 2015 - 3:30pm
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April 28, 2015
Tufts University, Sophia Gordon Multipurpose Room, 15 Talbot Ave, Medford
Why does knowing more about the facts of climate change mean believing-- and doing-- less? Join us for a lesson in the psychology of climate (in)action, an evening with Norwegian eco-psychologist Per Espen Stoknes discussing his new book "Why Climate Guilt Doesn't Help"
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 6:30pm
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April 8, 2015
Boston College, McGuinn Hall 121, Chestnut Hill
Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor in the department of Political Science at Texas Tech University and director of the university’s Climate Science Center
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
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April 8, 2015
Barker Center 133, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Paisley Rekdal, Professor, English, University of Utah
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 2:00pm
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April 6, 2015
Longfellow Hall, Room 429, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
Tina Grotzer, Associate Professor of Education, Harvard University
Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
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April 2, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School Wiener Auditorium, Taubman Bldg, Ground Fl. 79 JFK St. Cambridge
A panel discussion with Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism; Meg Urry, Yale astrophysicist & Pres. Amer. Astronomical Soc; Jennifer Bogo, Popular Science Exec. Ed. & VP Soc. of Environmental Journalists
Thursday, April 2, 2015 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
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February 27, 2015
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
The Symposium will feature 20 Harvard faculty members from 8 schools and a dozen departments giving 7 minute "speed presentations" on their current Food+ research
Friday, February 27, 2015 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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February 10, 2015
HKS Malkin Penthouse, Littauer 4th Floor, ​79 ​John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
Coral Davenport, New York Times Energy​/​Environment Correspondent, Washington ​DC​, on "Controversy! Covering Climate & Energy from the Nation's Capital"
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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February 4, 2015
Office of Career Services, Conference Room, 54 Dunster St, Cambridge
Come to this panel discussion to explore pathways into scientific careers beyond bench research. You'll hear from scientists who are using their scientific background in business, technology, and other fields.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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December 18, 2014
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
In exploration and celebration of the issues explored in O.P.C., the A.R.T. welcomes you to a series of free events, including skillshares, post-show discussions, and an interactive lobby experience featuring artists from our community. Open to those that have purchased a ticket to any O.P.C performance.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
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December 16, 2014
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge,
In exploration and celebration of the issues explored in O.P.C., the A.R.T. welcomes you to a series of free events, including skillshares, post-show discussions, and an interactive lobby experience featuring artists from our community. Open to those that have purchased a ticket to any O.P.C performance.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 7:30pm
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December 17, 2014
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St., Cambridge
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
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December 1, 2014
Brookline Booksmith, 27 Harvard Street, Boston
With author Williams Powers
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:30pm
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December 3, 2014
Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge
A new Harvard A.R.T. comedy from Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina Monologues, O.P.C. is an exploration of consumption and politics that asks, “How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?”
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 7:30pm
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November 14, 2014
CGIS S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Panel presentations and a roundtable discussion presented by the Joint Center for History and Economics
Friday, November 14, 2014 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
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November 12, 2014
Askwith Hall @ HGSE, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge
Panel discussion to follow with Edward Clapp and Erika Halverson
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
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November 13, 2014
Harvard Graduate School of Education (Larsen 203), 14 Appian Way, Cambridge
A screening of the Sundance documentary film about coal, extreme energy extraction and wind power, featuring a discussion with HGSE professor Tina A. Grotzer, PI for Causal Learning in a Complex World Lab, Project Zero, and Producer of "The Last Mountain" & cleantech entrepreneur, Eric Grunebaum
Thursday, November 13, 2014 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
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November 15, 2014
Haller Hall, enter at 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
In a program intended for artists, scientists, and bird lovers alike, artist and ornithologist Katrina van Grouw will explain her approach to preparing and drawing the specimens featured in her book and share her insights into bird anatomy and biomechanics.
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 1:00pm
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October 28, 2014
HKS Starr Auditorium, Belfer Bldg., 2nd floor, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
"A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet:" Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Environmental Activism with Chloe Maxmin, Harvard'15, co-founder Divest Harvard; Mick Power, HKS'15, Australian lawyer & activist; Cristine Russell, environment writer & HKS senior fellow.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
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October 2, 2014
Perkins Room, Rubenstein Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
A South Asia Institute Book Talk with Luke Patey, Senior Researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Studies; Discussants: Rohit Chandra, PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School; Ahmad Al-Mahi, MPA candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Thursday, October 2, 2014 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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October 2, 2014
Perkins Room, Rubenstein Building, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
A South Asia Institute Book Talk with Luke Patey, Senior Researcher at the Dan­ish Insti­tute for Inter­na­tional Studies; Discussants: Rohit Chandra, PhD candidate, Harvard Kennedy School; Ahmad Al-Mahi, MPA candidate, Harvard Kennedy School
Thursday, October 2, 2014 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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October 16, 2014
Boston University, Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington Street
"Shooting Science" with Graham Chedd, Producer, Visiting Professor, The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University
Thursday, October 16, 2014 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 9, 2014
Boston University, Life Science & Engineering Building, Room B-01, 24 Cummington Street, Boston
"Heroes, Villains, and Nerds: How Science is Portrayed in the Media, and How Portrayals Have Changed" with James Shanahan, Associate Dean, College of Communication, Boston University
Thursday, October 9, 2014 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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September 30, 2014
BU Photonics Center, Floor 9, 8 St. Mary's Street, Boston
A Mellon Sawyer Series Lecture by David Painter
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
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October 9, 2014
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hal, 5 Harvard Yard, Cambridge
Andrew Berry, Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University Ariel Mitnick, Luke Hsu, DJ Cheek, Rainer Crosett, and Alan Toda-Ambaras, Project LENS
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:00pm
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November 18, 2013
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington, "Securing the Islands of the Sea: Race, Radicalism, and the U.S. Empire Across the Pacific"
Monday, November 18, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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June 19, 2014
George Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Urban agriculture is rapidly joining the fabric of cities as an economically viable contributor to sustainable buildings, sites and neighborhoods. This course includes detailed case studies and technical information for planning and design professionals to help craft imaginative and sustainable dimensions to their projects.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
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October 26, 2013
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History to learn more about a brilliant scientist, a heroic naturalist, and a passionate social reformer.
Saturday, October 26, 2013 -
11:00am to 8:00pm
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November 14, 2013
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
A Harvard Museum of Natural History exhibition opening lecture with Scot Miller
Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm
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October 12, 2013
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
A Harvard Museum of Natural History author talk and book signing with Deni Béchard
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 2:00pm
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September 10, 2013
Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Participate in a day of events and activities highlighting the importance of honey bees and beekeeping to biodiversity, the food supply, and human health.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 -
1:00pm to 9:00pm
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September 15, 2013
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
A Harvard Museum of Natural History author talk and lecture with Dale Peterson
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 2:00pm
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November 25, 2013
Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Ed Baptist (Cornell University), “Towards a Theory of Slave Labor”
Monday, November 25, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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November 18, 2013
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Moon-Ho Jung (University of Washington)
Monday, November 18, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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November 13, 2013
CGIS-South, Room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Jennifer Burns (Stanford University), “On the Long History of Neoliberalism”
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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November 11, 2013
Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Shaun Nichols (Harvard University), “Making Class Work: Migrant Labor, mobile Capital, and the Creating of an Industrial Regime in Massachusetts”
Monday, November 11, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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November 7, 2013
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Neil Maher (N. J. Institute of Technology and Rutgers/Newark), Excerpt of “Ground Control: How the Space Race Scrubbed the Revolution” (in progress)
Thursday, November 7, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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November 4, 2013
CGIS North/Knafel, Room K-354, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Paul Kramer (Vanderbilt University)
Monday, November 4, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 28, 2013
Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), “The Economics of Unfree Labor in the Nineteenth Century”
Monday, October 28, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 17, 2013
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Sarah Luria (College of the Holy Cross), Excerpt of “Block Stories: A Field Guide to Where You Live” (in progress)
Thursday, October 17, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 16, 2013
CGIS-South, Room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Davide Rodogno (Graduate Institute, Geneva), “Beyond Relief in the Near East: The Near East Relief Humanitarian Practices and Visions during the 1920s”
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 4, 2013
Robinson Hall, Lower Library, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Albert Camarillo (Stanford University), “American Ethnic Studies: Reflections on a Generation of History”
Friday, October 4, 2013 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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October 3, 2013
Robinson Hall, Basement Conference Room, 35 Quincy Street, Cambridge
“Where Do We Begin? Problems and Prospects in Pre-Columbian North American Environmental History.” Presented by the Workshop on The Environment and the American Past
Thursday, October 3, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 2, 2013
CGIS-South, Room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Jessica Gienow-Hecht (University of Cologne), "‘Saving Women and Children’: Gender and the Rhetoric of Humanitarian Intervention”
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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September 18, 2013
CGIS-South, Room S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Serhii Plokhii (Harvard) and Mary Sarotte (USC), "The Collapse of Communism in Europe: New Perspectives"
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 1, 2013
The Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway Street, Lecture Hall B029, Cambridge
A Harvard Museum of Natural History lecture and panel discussion with Kamal Bawa and Sandesh Kadur
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 4:00pm
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Approaching the Anthropocene

May 13, 2016 - "Approaching the Anthropocene: Perspectives from the humanities and the sciences"

Climate Week: Poetry Reading with Paisley Rekdal

Wednesday, April 8 – Climate Week Poetry Reading
Paisley Rekdal, Professor, English, University of Utah

China 2035 with Kevin Rudd

Wednesday, April 30 "Imagining China's Future: Politics, the Economy, and Climate Change"
Kevin Rudd, Former Prime Minister of Australia

China 2035 with Michael Spence

Tuesday, March 11"Challenges to the Sustainability of China's Evolving Growth Model"
Michael Spence, former Dean of FAS; Nobel Laureate in Economics; currently Professor of Economics at New York University

Ken Burns - The Dust Bowl

November 14, 2012 "The Dust Bowl"
Ken Burns, Academy Award-winning documentarian

Green Conversations: Andrew Revkin

February 9, 2012 - “FINDING YES: Creating A Constructive Global Conversation about Our Planet's Future”
Andrew R. Revkin, New York Times Dot Earth columnist.

Confronting Climate

December 3, 2010 "Confronting Climate"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

From Science to Policy

December 3, 2010 "From Science to Policy"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

Global Problems, Local Solutions

December 3, 2010 "Global Problems, Local Solutions"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

Keynote Address

December 3, 2010Keynote Address
Lisa P. Jackson, EPA Administrator

A Legacy of Environmental Protection

December 3, 2010 "A Legacy of Environmental Protection"
The EPA @ 40: Protecting the Environment and Our Communities

Biodiversity: Richard Forman

September 9, 2011 - "How Could Nature Thrive in Urban Regions? Could the Future of Roads Have No Driving, No Emissions, and Nature Reconnected?”
Richard T. T. Forman, PAES Professor of Landscape Ecology, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Future of Energy - Maxine Savitz

November 17, 2009 "America’s Energy Future: Challenges and Opportunities"
Maxine Savitz, Vice President, National Academy of Engineering; retired general manager, Technology Partnerships, Honeywell, Inc.

Lester Brown

February 22, 2008 "Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization"
Lester Brown, President and Founder, The Earth Policy Institute

A principal purpose of the metadiscipline of environmental humanities is to promote the cultural transformations necessary for reducing ecological devastation and anticipating an increasingly uncertain and potentially traumatic future. The Harvard Global Institute Environmental Humanities Initiative (HGI EHI) is dedicated to developing a multifaceted interdisciplinary research program focused on how human communities from earliest times to the present, within and across national borders, grapple with ecological challenges.

The objective of the Center is to encourage fundamental research in history, economics, and related disciplines. It also encourages the participation of historians and economists in addressing issues of public importance. In conjunction with its counterpart Centre at King's College, Cambridge, the Harvard Center undertakes research projects and organizes workshops, seminars, and exchanges of faculty and graduate students.

Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. 

The Office for Sustainability at Harvard connects people across the University with information, tools, and inspiration for the challenge at hand: making Harvard sustainable for the long term.

From a center comprised of 3000 acres of land, research facilities, and the Fisher Museum the scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy.

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