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January-February 2012

Letters

Keynesian economics, solar costs, education excesses, and more

The College Pump

An Upstairs at the Pudding girlhood, and undergraduate impresario Peter Sellars at Adams House

Treasure

Miniature manuscript books by Charlotte Brontë

In this Issue

Supporting children by teaching the adults who shape their lives

Harvard playwrights, directors, producers, actors, and artistic directors speculate about theatrical prospects for the future.

Brief life of a maritime original: 1902-1982

John Briscoe tackles water insecurity around the world.

Adam Kirsch reads the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library—the latest stage in the “American conquest of the Middle Ages”

Letters

Keynesian economics, solar costs, education excesses, and more

Right Now

Theda Skocpol analyzes the politics and demographics of the Tea Party.

Eating even small amounts of red meat daily increases the risk of diabetes.

Brains scans reveal that In moral decision-making, people rely on emotion to guide choices in some situations and rationality in others.

New England Regional

New England retreat centers offer quietude and the promise of insight.

Catholic oceanside retreat center

Silent contemplation while living among Episcopal monks

Organic farming and spiritual retreats in a camp-like atmosphere

Sufism, body treatments, and spiritual workshops abound.

Sensuous Italian fare in Boston

January-February 2012 calendar of events at Harvard

John Harvard's Journal

The 375th anniversary celebration was wet and muddy, but full of youthful spirit.

A new University center for innovation and entrepreneurship

Profile of a Harvard government professor and political theory scholar

The University, still adjusting to the financial crisis, incurs a $130-million deficit and pursues both savings and new revenues.

Harvard's largest faculty narrows its deficit, but faces continuing financial challenges.

Headlines from Harvard's history

A $40-million gift jump-starts a University initiative to adapt learning and teaching to twenty-first-century opportunities and challenges.

A foreign-policy pundit at Commencement, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, stem-cell center, the Fogg under wraps, and more

Honoring an outstanding writer and artists who enliven the magazine's pages

The Undergraduate writes about "Reinventing Boston," a course that sends students out to learn about urban progress and problems through immersion in city life.

The Crimson football team won the Ivy trophy, and records fell.

Women's soccer and men's heavyweight crew have banner seasons.

Details of the ceremony

Montage

David Kwong has a trick that’s all his own.

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

Katrina Roberts’s poems suggest that life springs from stardust.

Popular works by evolutionary biologist and baseball fan Stephen Jay Gould back in print

Arthur Kleinman and colleagues explore the Chinese people's yearnings after a century of upheaval and disasters.

Actor Jonathan Epstein teaches “five-finger exercises for the soul.”

Sociologist Robert J. Sampson documents enduring neighborhood differences in Chicago.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Alumni

Paul O’Brien’s tough ministry in Lawrence, Massachusetts

News from Shared Interest Groups

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

The College Pump

An Upstairs at the Pudding girlhood, and undergraduate impresario Peter Sellars at Adams House

Treasure

Miniature manuscript books by Charlotte Brontë