History and Culture

2017 May 03

Atrox facinus: Picasso, the Tragedy of Spain, and the Genealogy of Guernica

5:00pm to 6:00pm


RCC Conference Room, 26 Trowbridge St., Cambridge MA

Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Picasso’s Guernica

On May 1st, 1937, with the ruins of the city of Guernica still smoldering after being bombed by German and Italian planes aiding the Francoist insurgency, Picasso begun the sketches for what it would become the most iconic painting of the twentieth century. First exhibited in the pavilion of the Spanish Republic at the Paris World Fair just two months later, the painting eventually joined the fate of many Spaniards after the fall of the Republic, initiating a pilgrimage in exile across the ocean that brought it to Harvard in 1941. The RCC is proud to join the commemorations of the 80th anniversary of Picasso’s Guernica, with this especial lecture by Francisco Prado-Vilar presenting new research on its genesis and its meaning.

Speaker: Francisco Prado-Vilar

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 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 This lecture focuses on a selection of the unpublished treasures included in several albums containing photographs taken by soldiers in the long stretches of time when they were not involved in combat, which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. 

2016 Mar 03