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July-August 2011

Letters

The meaning of life, diabetes, Gandhi, burlesque

The College Pump

Undercover training during World War II, and more on varsity ties

Treasure

Dysfunctional sink with body parts

In this Issue

Dining out is surging—yet there are reservations.

Brief life of a Renaissance scholar: 1864-1945

The world's most fragile marine ecosystems are in decline.

Reducing our dependence on imported oil—while addressing the threat of climate change

Disruptive change comes to American higher education

Letters

The meaning of life, diabetes, Gandhi, burlesque

Right Now

Stephen Greenblatt traces the influence of Lucretius, through De Rerum Natura, on modern thought.

Studying the differences in addiction and recovery between men and women

Harvard scientists have discovered how to extinguish flames by pushing them off their fuel source with an electric field.

New England Regional

Forays within two hours’ drive of Boston

Summer happenings at and around Harvard

Conviviality, slow food, and the freshest herbs around

John Harvard's Journal

Highlights from Harvard's 360th Commencement

The honorary-degree recipients of 2011

A sampling of Commencement week speeches

An omnium-gatherum of notes and statistics, vital and otherwise

Human touches within Commencement's pomp

An experienced Stanford administrator, an expert on health policy and economics, returns to take a big job at his alma mater.

Meet Harvard's resident Egyptologist.

New members enlarge the Harvard Corporation

Faculty consulting for the Qaddafi government prompts a debate on academic principles.

Headlines from Harvard's history

The psychology professor returns to Harvard, but not to teaching.

Arrivals, appointments, awards

In two new books, E.O. Wilson and his coauthors introduce pioneer myrmecologist José Celestino Mutis, and the ants that are "the most complex socially of all animals, except for humans."

Radcliffe Institute's dean steps down, FAS's fitter fisc, renovation for Old Quincy, J-term update, and other Harvard news

A student's tribute to medical anthropologist Arthur Kleinman

A senior ponders cultural capital, socioeconomic realities, and career choices.

A stellar spring for men's crew

Montage

With sound, image, and word, Chris Cerf teaches the basics.

A con man, his son, and a fiction on two levels

Conductor Sarah Hicks spans Prokofiev and the Police.

Historian Sophia Rosenfeld examines the origins of politicians' appeals to "common sense."

Nancy Koehn reviews Louis Hyman's Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

Carl Schoonover ’06 merges science and aesthetics.

Marjorie Thomas '42 and Donald F. Brown '30 led the alumni parade on Commencement afternoon.

Four scholars whose contributions to society were fostered at Harvard

The newly elected members of the Board of Overseers and new directors of the Harvard Alumni Association

For outstanding service to the University, a Commencement afternoon thank-you

Four new graduates head back to school—in the other Cambridge

A record-breaking fiftieth-reunion total is one among many contributions.

Janny Scott '77 introduces Barack Obama's mother to a wider audience.

Summer events hosted by Shared Interest Groups

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.

The College Pump

Undercover training during World War II, and more on varsity ties

Treasure

Dysfunctional sink with body parts