Peabody, Consulate General of Mexico to fete Day of the Dead
The Peabody Museum and the Consulate General of Mexico in Boston will host a celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with live performances, refreshments, and music. The Nov. 2 celebration will begin with a bilingual performance by a troupe from Mexico City using dance, music, mime, and poetry.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include a traditional mojiganga (masquerade) performance at 5:30 p.m. in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St. (enter via the Peabody Museum or Oxford Street). The festivities will continue at the Peabody Museum at 6:30 p.m. with live music and performances, and traditional Day of the Dead refreshments.
Seating is limited for the 5:30 p.m. performance, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the museum for more information at (617) 496-1027.
Volunteer opportunities for Harvard students in Boston schools
Boston Partners in Education is looking for volunteers to tutor high school juniors and seniors in Dorchester, Brighton, and South Boston in preparation for the upcoming MCAS test. Boston Partners is the city’s premier leader in school volunteerism, providing math and literacy tutoring to Boston Public School students in grades K-12. Boston Partners will provide training and placement.
Apply online at http://www.bostonpartners.org, or contact Martha Redding at (617) 451-6145, ext. 621, for more information.
Oak Ridge to host lunar viewing
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is offering a lunar eclipse viewing at its Oak Ridge Observatory in Harvard, Mass., on Oct. 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight. The upcoming eclipse will be the last total lunar eclipse visible from any location until 2007. The observatory is located at 40 Pinnacle Road. Call (617) 495-7461 for more information.
Sixth annual Dunlop Lecture to be held next week
Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies will hold the sixth annual John T. Dunlop Lecture on Oct. 25 at the Graduate School of Design. The lecture, titled “The University and the World of Business: Creating Deep Knowledge with Power and Practice,” honors the late Lamont University Professor Emeritus John T. Dunlop for his distinguished career at the University, in government, and in the private sector. The lecture begins at 6 p.m.
Upcoming docent-led tour at the Semitic Museum
The Semitic Museum is offering a docent-led tour of “Nuzi and the Hurrians: Fragments of a Forgotten Past” on Oct. 26 starting at 12:15 p.m. The exhibit showcases artifacts recovered from the excavations of this Northern Mesopotamian town, which is located under the modern city of Kirkuk, Iraq. Objects displayed are from the Late Bronze Age (c. 1400 B.C.E.) and feature cuneiform tablets, cylinder seals, and temple votives.
The Semitic Museum is located at 6 Divinity Ave., and is free and open to the public. Visit http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic for more information.
– Compiled by Andrew Brooks