2017 Apr 18

Learning about a DOE (Department of Energy) in Spain. A world-class institution to collaborate with?

5:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

RCC is pleased to announce this talk, a presentation of CIEMAT, a kind of Spanish DOE with a wide set of experimental facilities and top level researchers. CIEMAT ’s main research focus is energy, but its researchers also tackle other disciplines such as the environment, technology, high energy physics, and medicine, where there are strong relationships with American institutions and companies.

2017 Apr 25

Ancient allegories and etymologies of the Greek gods: the case of Dionysus

4:00pm to 5:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

A fascinating development in the transmission of ancient Greek poetry, especially of the poems attributed to Homer, was the interpretation of some embarrassing episodes as having been written in code and possessing a hidden sense very different to the apparent one.

2017 Apr 12

RCC Chemistry Panel: Advanced Computational Methods for the Discovery of High-Performance Organic Semiconductors

4:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

The recent development of new materials based on organic semiconductor compounds shows a great promise in a wide range of advanced applications. For instance, new organic photovoltaic (OPV) materials constitute a very promising alternative for the development of highly efficient solar cells. Another relevant application is the design of new organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) for optoelectronic devices, such as high-resolution flat panel displays and lighting sources.

2017 Apr 06

Harvard University Herbaria Special Seminar - Plant Life In Extreme Habitats : A Geobotanical Overview On California Ultramafic (Serpentine) Flora And Vegetation

12:00pm to 1:00pm


HUH Seminar Room, 22 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Ultramafic rocks are found worldwide, from Arctic to equatorial areas and extending into the southern hemisphere. Ultramafic areas are very well represented throughout the Pacific Northwest territories of North America. There is a great diversity of habitats found in ultramafic areas, and their soils support a highly valuable biodiversity.

2017 Apr 04

The United Kingdom and the EU: from awkward partner to awkward leaver?

12:00pm to 1:00pm


Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA. Room WCC 3012

The EU is entering into unchartered waters following the United Kingdom's unprecedented decision to issue a notice of withdrawal of its membership. Now that the formal process of Brexit has begun, this seminar will discuss what is at stake in the complex negotiations that will unfold over the next two years and how they should be conducted.

2017 Apr 07

New Perspectives on Al-Andalus: Agents and Objects in the Field of Cultural Production

3:00pm to 8:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

This symposium brings together a distinguished group of scholars working on signal aspects of the history, culture, and art of al-Andalus in order to offer an interdisciplinary forum of discussion that reflects on the current state of the field and helps trace new directions for future study. Speakers will present novel perspectives on significant historical figures such as Abd al-Rahman III, Al-Hakam II, Alfonso X, Ibn Hazm, and Al-Ghazali, as they engage with topics ranging from the political concept of restoration in the Caliphate of al-Andalus, the role of the intellectual in defining the exercise of power in the field of cultural production, to the operations of objects as agents in the context of the discourse of the gift from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.

2017 Mar 09

GIBB LECTURE SERIES: Scholars & Rulers In Al-Andalus: A Christian Emperor For The Muslims? Heraclius In Al-Andalus

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS South 020, Belfer Case Study Rm, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The Hamilton A.R. Gibb Lecture Series in Islamic history, social studies and culture was established at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies in 1964 with funds generously donated by Mr. John Goelet, himself a student of Professor Gibb. It stands as a memorial to Sir Gibb’s longstanding commitment to the expansion and deepening of teaching and research on the Middle East at Harvard and beyond. Professor Gibb was Harvard's Jewett Professor of Arabic. His distinguished publication record included Islamic Society and the West plus Mohammedanism, both considered classics in the study of the Middle East.

2017 Mar 22

War and Photography in the Castañé Collection

5:30pm to 6:30pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Distinguished speaker: Prof. John Stauffer

Introduction by Francisco Prado-Vilar (RCC)

The Castañé Collection, recently bequeathed to the Houghton Library, gathers together unique documents, photographs, and books that tell the story of the pivotal political and military events of the twentieth century. This lecture focuses on a selection of the unpublished treasures included in several albums containing photographs taken by soldiers in the long stretches of time when they were not involved in combat, which comprise more than 10,000 prints that provide a personal perspective on war, while sharing some common themes: landscapes, the civilian population, prisoners of war, soldier everyday life, military equipment, destruction, graves. 

2017 Mar 23

Fifth Annual IECO-RCC International Colloquium at Harvard University: Educating Millennials for Ethical Leadership and Trust

9:30am to 2:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Organized by the Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations (IECO) from the University of Valencia and the RCC at Harvard University, and supported by the Abigail Adams Institute, the purpose of the Colloquiums is to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to shed light on what it takes to promote a work place environment that brings out the best in people, creating not only trust, but also organizations that thrive. 

2017 Mar 10

Law Students Debate Competition



RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Students began to debate competitively in the 1890s, with ad hoc debates between Harvard and Yale. A more formal association of Ivy League debaters began in 1908, when Harvard, Princeton, and Yale agreed to hold three annual debates, known together as Triangulars. Debaters at each college fiercely competed before their faculty members for the coveted slots. These were high-caliber debates: overflowing audiences watched each debate, and judges and presiding officers included university presidents, mayors, U.S. Court of Appeals judges, and even the former U.S. president Grover Cleveland. The debates were avidly watched by the public, even reported on by widely circulating newspapers like The New York Times. One Times journalist remarked in 1896, "It is generally as important to win this debate [Harvard vs. Yale] as to win the football debate in the fall."

2017 Mar 06

The role of the Cities in a Changing World: How Barcelona and Madrid put citizens first



Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The aim of the panel is to present the two most important cities in Spain by tackling, from the perspective of the city, the most paramount issues on the current agenda of cities, including: measures to combat Social disconnection from politics and institutions; how cities are contributing and can contribute to current migration and refugee policy (in the context of President Trump's executive order); the housing problem; social inclusion policies, etc.

2017 Mar 31

Red Century Graduate Conference: What do we make of Revolution?

(All day)


Barker Center of Harvard University

2017 marks the centennial of the October Revolution. We face this event in a unique historical moment. Globalization has shown the failure of its totalizing project. The discourse of a harmonious multicultural world sustained in the idea of the “end of history” is now contested by the disruptive re-emergence of politics. The cosmopolitan foundations of the European Union tremble; we see a sudden resurgence of fundamentalist ideologies inside and outside Western capitalism; information technology companies contest state power in unprecedented ways. These exigencies will be our starting points in assessing the rhetoric of emancipation established by the October Revolution.

2017 Mar 30

Strengthening Modern Democracies Through International Electoral Observation Missions in Europe and the US

4:15pm to 6:00pm


CES, 27 Kirkland Street Cambridge, MA 02138, Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

Democratic elections are the cornerstone of a representative government and the best way to ensure the peaceful alternation of power. In order to be democratic, elections must be recurring, transparent, open and competitive. In this panel we are going to discuss how international electoral observation missions can strengthen not only transitioning democracies but also consolidated democracies like the EU member states or the US.