Faculty Speaker Series

The Harvard Ed Portal’s Faculty Speaker Series began in spring 2009 as a way to bring the Harvard, Allston, and Greater Boston communities together to discuss timely and diverse topics and to extend the theory and discourse being taught in Harvard’s classrooms to the public.

All events are held in the evening at the Ed Portal and are free and open to the public. Sign up for the Ed Portal's email list to receive notifications about upcoming events.

Past Faculty Speaker Series Events:

JuryX: Deliberations for Social Change, Interactive Workshops in Active Citizenship
Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson
Part I: October 18, 2016
Part II: November 1, 2016 

From Trust to Promise to Contract
Professor Charles Fried
January 28, 2016
Watch the lecture online

Practical, Scientific Methods for Improving Health, Healthcare, and Your Life
Professor Don Goldmann
March 3, 2016
Watch the lecture online ›

Understanding Religions Through Their Scriptures
Professor Diane L. Moore
March 29, 2016
Watch the lecture online 

How Do Our Bodies Harness Energy To Do Work?
Professor Robert A. Lue
April 21, 2016

A Playbook for Innovation and Small Business Growth
Senior Fellow Karen G. Mills
June 23, 2016

Bioethics and the Law of Reproductive Technology and Genetics
Harvard Law School Professor Glenn Cohen
September 13, 2016
Watch online ›

Lessons of Ebola
Professor Ashish Jha

How Much Can You Learn for Free?: Open Online Learning Goes Big  
HarvardX fellow Jonathan Haber
Watch the lecture online > 

Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
Professors Michael Brenner, David Weitz, and Pia Sorensen
Watch the lecture online >

Composer Gustav Mahler in America
Federico Cortese, Senior Lecturer on Music & Director of Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra   

Tangible Things
Professor Laurel Thatcher

How Did You Get Here?: Students with Disabilities and Their Journeys to Harvard
Professors Thomas Hehir and Laura Schifter

Understanding Darwin
Professor Janet Browne and Professor Andrew Berry

Computational Creativity
Professor Karen Brennan

Culture & Belief: The Presence of the Past
Professor Julie A. Buckler

Finding Neuro: Insights from the Zebrafish on How the Brain Works
Professor Florian Engert

The WorldWide Telescope
Professor Alyssa Goodman

The Hemingses: Writing the life of an enslaved family
Professor Annette Gordon-Reed

Brain Science and Society: Thinking about the Future
Steven Hyman, MD
Watch his presentation on Harvard's channel on YouTube

First Nights: A Presentation on the Premiere of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Professor Thomas Kelly

Performing for the Camera: Some Thoughts on Photography
Professor Robin Kelsey

Animation at Harvard: Unlimited Possibilities
Professor Ruth Lingford

Using Science to Understand the World and Ourselves
Professor Robert A. Lue

Sijo: Discover the New Haiku
Professor David McCann
Watch the presentation on Harvard's channel on YouTube.

When to Blow the Whistle?
Professor Charles Nesson

What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets
Professor Michael Sandel

Poetry Without Borders
Professor Stephanie Sandler

Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Nuclear Power
Professor John Shaw

Cultural Agents All: How Art Promotes Education, Innovation, and Citizenship
Professor Doris Sommer

Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood
Professor Maria Tatar