Special Events

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ImpulseImpulse, an interactive installation presented by the the Office for the Arts, is part of the ARTS FIRST 25th anniversary celebration in Harvard Yard.

By Samantha Neville '19 and Alicia Anstead NF '08

2017 Apr 29

22nd Annual Harvard Powwow

1:00pm to 5:30pm


Radcliffe Quad (Outside. Cross streets are Garden St. & Shepard St.)

Presented by: Harvard University Native American Program
Admission: Free and open to the public
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A powwow is a gathering of native people who come together to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Our powwow is open to the public and coincides with with Harvard's ARTS FIRST celebration.

2017 Apr 14

HLS Spring Entertainment Symposium



Wasserstein Hall (1585 Massachusetts Ave) and Pound Hall (1563 Massachusetts Ave), Cambridge, MA

Harvard Law's Committee for Sports and Entertainment Law and Recording Artists Project's entetainment law symposium. It will run from 9:15 to 3:30. There are 4 panels (TV/Film, Fine Arts, Music, Careers) and a free lunch scheduled.


2017 Apr 14

Feria de Abril



Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Presented by: Harvard College European Society
Tickets: Harvard Graduate Students: $15.00; Harvard Undergraduates: $10.00
How to get tickets: The Harvard Box Office 617-496-2222

Feria de Abril: A Garden Party

2017 Mar 31

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Series on Violence and Non-Violence: Claudia Rankine On "Whiteness"



Room 210, Emerson Hall, 25 Quincy St.

Presented by: Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard
Admission: Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.
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Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Series on Violence and Non-Violence

Claudia Rankine

On "Whiteness"


Claudia Rankine
Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, Yale University
Author of Citizen: An American Lyric

2017 Mar 09

Common Spaces presents "Cabin Fever:" stories told by Massmouth



The Plaza

Presented by: Harvard Common Spaces
Admission: Free 
Part of WinterFest, January 20-March 10, 2017

Toast the end of winter and welcome in spring! Gather around the campfire and listen to series of short stories told by Massmouth on the theme of “Cabin Fever.” Sip complimentary cocoa and munch on s’mores listen to tales told by some of the best tellers around.

2017 Apr 27

Harvard Arts Medal Ceremony Honoring Actor JOHN LITHGOW



Loeb Drama Center Main Stage, 64 Brattle St.

John Lithgow announced as 2017 Harvard Arts Medal Recipient
Presented by: Learning From Performers
ADMISSION: Free, tickets required.
How to get tickets: Available in person at the Harvard Box Office, Farkas Hall, 10 Holyoke St., Cambridge, online, or by calling 617.496.2222 (online and phone ticket orders subject to service fees). Ticket distribution for Harvard affiliates (2 per person, with valid ID) begins Tuesday, April 18; ticket distribution for the public (2 per person) begins Thursday, April 20. Some remaining tickets may be available at the door one hour prior to event start time.

Award-winning actor John Lithgow ’67 ArD ’05 is the recipient of the 2017 Harvard Arts Medal, which will be awarded by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust at a ceremony presented by the Office for the Arts at Harvard and the Harvard University Board of Overseers in association with the American Repertory Theater. It will include a discussion with Lithgow moderated by President Faust. This is the opening event for ARTS FIRST, Harvard University’s annual festival showcasing student and faculty creativity in the arts celebrating its 25th anniversary April 27-30.

2017 Apr 30

The Magic of Java



Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave.

Presented by: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Admission: Special Event (all ages). Free and open to the public. Small charge for coffee tasting. 
Hours: 9 AM-5 PM, every day
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Free Admission Day in Honor of the Peabody Museum’s 150th Anniversary  

Jody Diamond, Artist in Residence, Music Department, Harvard University, with Gamelan Si Betty

Shadow theater and live music, popular highlights of the Javanese village at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, come to the galleries of the Peabody Museum!

2017 Feb 24

Harvard Wind Ensemble: Dancing Winds



Lowell Lecture Hall

Presented by: Harvard University Wind Ensemble
Admission: Free. Doors open at 7:45; we will be starting with an instrument demonstration. Donations for the American Music Therapy Association appreciated!
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Come join the Harvard University Wind Ensemble for a sensory-friendly performance! In association with the Harvard Undergraduates Raising Autism Awareness.