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The 2012 Robert and Maurine Rothschild Lecture


Scene with Luis Fernando Peña  from "Sleep Dealer," 2008.

Alex Rivera
Filmmaker & Media Artist

“Engineering the Border, Imagining America”

Thursday, April 19  •  5:00pm
Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
Carpenter Center • 24 Quincy Street

Alex Rivera is a New York based digital media artist and filmmaker.  His first feature film, SLEEP DEALER premiered at Sundance 2008, and won two awards, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.  Rivera is a Sundance Fellow and a Rockefeller Fellow. His work, which addresses concerns of the Latino community through a language of humor, satire, and metaphor, has also been screened at The Berlin International Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, The Guggenheim Museum, PBS, Telluride, and other international venues.

Reception to follow.

Special Screening>>>

Sleep Dealer (2008)

with Director Alex Rivera
in attendance

"Exuberantly entertaining -- a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure…. Mr. Rivera — a brilliant young director — takes his audience into a future of “aqua-terrorism” and cyberlabor that I wish I could dismiss as implausible."
    -  A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Thursday, April 19 • 2:00pm
Harvard Film Archive Cinematheque
Carpenter Center
24 Quincy Street





Department Calendar




April 4, 2012

What will you see? The Harvard Gazette saw "X-Rays of the Soul," and here's what they had to say about it.

Gallery Hours for

April 26 & 27
9:00AM - 8:00PM

March 6, 2012

This year's Dean's Distinction Award has been bestowed on forty-four worthy individuals, including Allie Belser, Manager of Student Programs in History of Science. Huzzah!

February 14, 2012

Have you nuked anyone today? Physics historian and recent History of Science PhD recipient Alex Wellerstein has created something of an online sensation with his "do-it-yourself" nuclear catastrophe model.

November 10, 2011

CHSI Curator Sara Schechner explains Harvard's vital role in standardizing timekeeping in 19th century America in a recent Harvard/Science article in the Harvard Gazette.

October 26, 2011

Dean Michael Smith touts Harvard's activities around the Mark I, the first programmable computer in the U.S., portions of which are in the CHSI.

September 13, 2011

David Jones, A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine (and new addition to the History of Science faculty!) profiled in the Harvard Gazzette.



Ivory Diptych Sundials 1570 - 1750 catalogues a portion of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments sundial collection, the largest such collection in North America.