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Exhibit Opening and Artist Lecture
Doris Salcedo:
The Materiality of Mourning

Wednesday, November 2
Open Galleries: 5-9pm
Lecture: 6-7:15pm
Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy St., Cambridge


To celebrate the opening of this special exhibition, on view November 4, 2016 through April 9, 2017, the Harvard Art Museums will present a discussion between Doris Salcedo and Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Lecture attendees are invited to return to the galleries after the discussion, as well as to enjoy a reception in the Calderwood Courtyard. This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-495-9400.

Museum Lecture and Book Signing
Sea Creatures in Glass
Wednesday, November 2, 6pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History
24 Oxford St., Cambridge


Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the famed Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals. In celebration of the publication of Sea Creatures in Glass: The Blaschka Marine Animals at Harvard, this program will highlight the history, artistry, conservation, and relevance of Harvard’s collection of 430 invertebrate models to marine science today. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-495-3045.

Science and Cooking Lecture
Delicious Decomposition:
Tales from the Cheese Caves of France

Monday, November 7, 7pm
Science Center Lecture Hall C
1 Oxford St., Cambridge


The final lecture in this year's series will feature Sister Noella Marcellino, Abbey of Regina Laudis, subject of PBS documentary “The Cheese Nun”. The Science & Cooking lecture series offers members of the public the opportunity to embark on a culinary tour, pairing Harvard professors with celebrated food experts and renowned chefs to showcase the science behind different culinary techniques. Email us for more information.

Community Games
Women's Hockey and Basketball
Saturday, November 12, 3pm;
Saturday, November 26, 6pm
Harvard Athletics Complex
65 N. Harvard St., Boston


November brings two Community Games at Athletics: Women's Hockey vs. Quinnipiac on November 12th and Women's Basketball vs. Fairfield on November 26th. Both games are free for Allston-Brighton and Cambridge residents. Show proof of residency on game day to claim your tickets. For more information, call 617-495-2211.

Exhibition and Reception
Made in Allston: The Sculptor's Workshop
Saturday, November 12, 6pm
Crossings Gallery at the Harvard Ed Portal
224 Western Ave., Allston


Made in Allston: The Sculptor’s Workshop is a celebration of ten artists currently working on Franklin Street in north Allston-Brighton. Join the Ed Portal’s Crossings Gallery and Gallery 224 at Harvard Ceramics as we celebrate these artists on in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Allston Open Studios! RSVP here. The exhibition will run November 7-28, 2016.

Organized Complexity
A Lecture with Author Garth Hallberg
Tuesday, November 15, 4:15 pm
Radcliffe Institute, Knafel Center
10 Garden St., Cambridge


Garth Risk Hallberg is author of the bestselling novel, City on Fire. In this event, Hallberg will explore the affinities between the modern social novel and the modern city. Following his lecture, Hallberg will participate in a conversation with novelist Claire Messud RI ’05, a senior lecturer on fiction at Harvard University. The discussion will be moderated by Lizabeth Cohen, Dean of the Radcliffe Institute and the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies. Register online for this free lecture.

Conversation with Conductor Andris Nelsons
Presented by Learning from Performers
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
1 Oxford St., Cambridge


Conductor Andris Nelsons, Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), will participate in a panel discussion featuring BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe and Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg, as well as Federico Cortese, Music Director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and moderator Anne Shreffler, Professor of Music at Harvard. The panelists will engage in a far-ranging discussion of the BSO’s history and legacy, while considering the future of the institution and its influence on the world’s musical stage. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 617-495-8690.

Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque
Italian Baroque Music from the Jewish Ghetto: Rossi
Thursday, November 17, 4pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall
1 Oxford St., Cambridge


Christoph Wolff Distinguished Visiting Scholar Nicholas McGegan, conducts Salamone Rossi with commentary by Francesco Spagnolo, Sherezade Panthaki, soprano, singers from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and instrumentalists from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets required. For more information, call 617-495-2791.

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