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In this Issue

Raúl Castro is changing Cuba. Will the United States respond?

A brief profile of the pioneering comparative pathologist

Cutting-edge science helps historians push further and more fully into the past.

One patient’s struggle with chronic illness highlights the complexities of modern medicine and the healthcare challenge.


Letters from our readers

Right Now

Mathematician Lawren Smithline ’94 has decrypted an encoded message sent to Thomas Jefferson in 1801.

Modeling tumors may help scientists beat cancer.

After depression patients recover, their brains still process criticism differently.

New England Regional

Green travels around New England

By boat, hike, and mountain bike

By train, bike, bus, and boat

By train, boat, and bike

By boat, bus, bike and--a little more effort--train

Exploring Boston without a car

Suggestions for your summertime schedule

Warm-weather oases in and around Harvard Square

John Harvard's Journal

Commencement celebrants and celebrations faced up to real world problems.

The honorary-degree recipients, class of 2009

A sampling of the 2009 Commencement week addresses

The Senior English address

President Faust’s address to the alumni

The Harvard Medical School Class Day address

A poem for the 2009 Phi Beta Kappa Literary Exercises

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu’s address at the afternoon exercises

Notes and statistics, vital and otherwise

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences tackles a massive budget crisis.

With the endowment down sharply and employee compensation accounting for nearly half of University expenses recently, the administration plans to trim staff jobs.

Understanding the University's financial challenges--beyond the endowment's fall

Expert multitasker David Malan introduces students to computer science.

Honors, arrivals, and departures

A Harvard fixture bites the dust.

Harvard has released a report on the role of the Houses in undergraduate life, in preparation for a major renovation.

Short takes on recent news

Headlines from Harvard history

As senior year winds down, a look forward—and back.

Baseball catcher Tyler Albright ’11 explains how to play his position.


Pianist Malcolm Campbell ’10 is a jazz prodigy.

Enlisting the food industry in the fight against obesity

Bill Scheft ‘79 writes comedy for David Letterman, as well as novels.

"Journey to Mecca," co-produced by Taran Davies ’93, is a new IMAX film about the Hajj.

Paul M. Barrett reviews “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West,” by Christopher Caldwell ’83

In a new book, photographer Bruce Jackson presents old ID photo portraits from an Arkansas prison.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Recent books with Harvard connections


A crime novelist explores the deepest cracks in the human heart.

Results of the 2009 Overseer and Harvard Alumni Association elected director races

The elected leaders of the College class of 2009

Three alumni are honored for outstanding service to the University.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal honors alumni whose contributions to society emerged from their graduate study at Harvard.

Harvard’s most venerable alumni

Four new graduates are bound for the other Cambridge.

Reunioners and seniors of 2009 give the University a welcome assist.

Updates from Shared Interest Groups

The College Pump

Varieties of rejection experience


The most romantic tent in town