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Your independent source for Harvard news since 1898

July-August 2010


Letters from our readers

The College Pump

What Admiral Yamamoto learned at Harvard, and a new community garden


Corporate culture embraces photography.

In this Issue

Prospects for American economic recovery—and cautionary lessons from Japan

Forty-some years ago, three Sixties types dropped out. We drop in on them.

Andrew Wylie '70 runs a powerful literary agency that mixes hardball business and highbrow tastes. With audio from an interview with Wylie.

Brief life of an overlooked artist: c. 1829-1910. With images of Darden's masterpieces of river-cane basketry.

A scholar experiences the moral acts that come before—and go beyond—modern medicine.


Letters from our readers

Right Now

Should U.S. fashion designers enjoy the same copyright protection as fellow creative artists—and their European counterparts?

An interdisciplinary example of how simple models can enhance understanding of complex systems

A long night’s rest merely masks the effects of chronic sleep loss.

Physicists find a better way to visualize molecular behavior in glass as it cools.

New England Regional

A New Hampshire cohousing community models sustainability. View an image gallery.

The newest addition to a Berkshires yoga retreat melds with the landscape. View an image gallery.

Summer events at Harvard

A lively Brookline restaurant draws a crowd.

John Harvard's Journal

A recap of the University's 359th Commencement

The honorary degree recipients

Excerpts from President Faust's Baccalaureate address

In her speech to the alumni on Commencement afternoon, President Faust put the University’s interest in public service in context.

The Honorable David H. Souter, retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, began a conversation about constitutional interpretation.

Notes and statistics, vital and otherwise

The lighter side of Harvard's Commencement

William F. Lee ’72 has links to many parts of the University.

Meet Harvard’s head women’s tennis coach.

Social scientists aim to name—and solve—their fields’ biggest questions.

Headlines from Harvard history

A new vice president for campus services, and academic honors

Nitin Nohria, the new dean of Harvard Business School, on educating students with the competence and character to exercise business leadership

Are final examinations on the way out at Harvard?

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences faces a smaller, but still multimillion-dollar, deficit.

Short takes on recent Harvard news

Why college friendships are special

Nick Gates ’91 has founded Coaches Across Continents to use soccer as an educational technique in Africa.

An update on men's and women's crew results


Alfred Alcorn ’64 sets his Harvard-flavored murder mysteries in one of his favorite places: a museum. With audio from an interview with Alcorn.

Why democracy needs the humanities

Adam Kirsch reviews The Art of the Sonnet, by Stephen Burt and David Mikics

Charlie Allen makes period homes work for their owners. View images of his work.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Francie Randolph ’87 has combined Braille and J.K. Rowling's 2008 Harvard address to create a limited-edition book.


A Kennedy School graduate organizes the "free-agent economy."

Introducing the marshals of the class of 2010

In recognition of outstanding service to the University

New members for the Board of Overseers, new directors for the Harvard Alumni Association

Four members of the class of 2010 have won special scholarships to study at Cambridge University.

Reunioners and others come through with both time and money.

Rose Downes Arnold ’36 and George Barner ’29 led the alumni procession.

Scholars whose contributions to society emerged from their graduate study at Harvard

The College Pump

What Admiral Yamamoto learned at Harvard, and a new community garden


Corporate culture embraces photography.