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January-February 2015

Letters

A letter from President Faust

A letter from the editor: assessing Harvard Management Company

Ethics education, silhouettes, missing football fans, the Sixties, and more

The College Pump

See you. A much-admired pair of legs and shoes disappear into a window above the shops on Haight Street, San Francisco. The Reichardts have seen it all.

Baez, Dylan, and more vignettes from Harvard’s class of 1964

Treasure

Hornbills, including the Malaysian state bird, <i>Buceros rhinoceros</i> (right)

A new exhibition of birds of the world

In this Issue

Professor Sunstein in his Harvard milieu, teaching administrative law

Cass Sunstein and the modern regulatory state

Rallying against rape: a candlelight protest in Mumbai, December 2013

Addressing the root causes of violence against women in South Asia

A cabinet card portrait of Hale, circa 1870

Brief life of a science-minded writer and reformer: 1822-1909

William Sisler

The troubled present and promising future of scholarly communication

Letters

A letter from President Faust

A letter from the editor: assessing Harvard Management Company

Ethics education, silhouettes, missing football fans, the Sixties, and more

Right Now

Barbers, bartenders, and beauticians are as privy to our secrets as are family and friends.

Deborah Zaitchik and Susan Carey

Studying the role of “executive function” in learning, in minds young and old

Small companies innovate better, but in the energy field, large firms may lead.

Harvard Squared

The Gibson House Museum&rsquo;s lavish entrance hall illustrates how an upper-class family lived in the early days of the Back Bay&rsquo;s development.

Boston’s history glimpsed through one eccentric’s home

James Tissot’s painting, <i>Ladies of the Chariots</i>

RISD museum celebrates the circus.

Moroccan roast chicken with onions, tomatoes, and raisins

Moroccan Hospitality lives up to its name.

Shantala Shivalingappa performs at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art in February.

Dancer Shantala Shivalingappa embodies Hindu gods at Boston’s ICA.

Apples grown at Apex Orchards in Shelburne, Massachusetts

The Cambridge Winter Farmers’ Market opens for a fourth season.

From photographer Brandon Thibodeaux's <i>When Morning Comes</i> series

The Griffin Museum of Photography’s winter exhibits

John Harvard's Journal

The Cooper Gallery opened with its first exhibit on October 21, which will be on view until January 8.

Another art museum opens—this one, a gallery for African and African-American Art.

A University financial surplus, but tensions over reductions in employee health benefits

Peter Suber

The open-access proponent works to increase the flow of scholarly information.

A wood joint that Liesl Ulrich-Verderber &rsquo;15 and Mathew Murray &rsquo;16 designed during the first weeks of the construction lab.

Design becomes a hands-on “study of culture itself” in the undergraduate architecture studies track.

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

As debates continue over divestment, Harvard events highlight progress on campus sustainability and climate research.

Funding medical research and education, Steve Ballmer boosts computer-science expansion, and arts and teacher-training initiatives

Craig Lambert

A senior magazine colleague moves on, and new members of the editorial staff

Writers and artists who made special contributions to the magazine in 2014

Peter Bol

An experiment in monitoring students’ engagements with lectures runs afoul of faculty concerns about the sanctity of classrooms.

David T. Ellwood and Cherry A. Murray

Departing government and engineering deans, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, Crimson-Eli computer-science course, and more

Undergraduates perform in the fall 2013 production of Mark Twain&rsquo;s<em> Is He Dead?</em> in the Adams Pool Theater.

An insider’s take on a major extracurricular interest

The play that made &ldquo;slant and go&rdquo; part of Crimson lore: having put a double move on Yale&rsquo;s Dale Harris, Andrew Fischer &rsquo;16 capered into the end zone after catching the winning pass from Conner Hempel with 55 seconds left.

A thrilling end to The Game caps a championship season.

Todd Preston says a strong mental game has been his biggest asset in college wrestling.

Wrestler Todd Preston wins—from the bottom up.

Senior Wesley Saunders, easing in for a layup in the early- season loss to Holy Cross, led Harvard in scoring through the first six games, averaging 20.2 points per game.

Will Harvard men’s basketball live up to its pre-season billing?

Harvard sports stalwarts from 1963 to 2012 are celebrated in The Third H Book of Harvard Athletics

Montage

A seven-drawer desk (detail)

Anthony Giachetti’s furniture is both functional and timeless.

A critique of the neoliberal economy

Though A Far Cry tours nationally and abroad, the group still calls Boston home, renting a storefront in Jamaica Plain as rehearsal space.

A Far Cry plays con spirito—and without a baton.

Amy Wilentz

Amy Wilentz on her “touchstone and central obsession”

America&rsquo;s (and Harvard&rsquo;s) first Chinese-language teacher, Ge Kunhua, circa 1880

Recent books with Harvard connections

Shakespeare, as rendered in an eighteenth-century engraving

Neil Rudenstine guides readers through Shakespeare’s lyric masterpiece.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

A grinning Staropoli celebrates after winning the NAPA Auto Parts 150 in Irwindale, California, last year.

A Harvard summa aims for NASCAR.

Plan for the new rear entry&mdash;a key to rationalizing the club&rsquo;s interior spaces and use

The Harvard Club of Boston undergoes renovations.

Joan Kane on King Island

For Joan Naviyuk Kane ’00, an abandoned island is a potent creative source.

Martha McSally, M.P.P. ’90, Republican of Arizona, who won her House race on December 17, became the fifth alumna elected to the 114th Congress.

Harvard’s GOP contingent expands in the new Congress.

A researcher hopes to contact volunteer participants in “truth sera” experiments.

Harvard Latin American Alumni and Friends

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

The College Pump

See you. A much-admired pair of legs and shoes disappear into a window above the shops on Haight Street, San Francisco. The Reichardts have seen it all.

Baez, Dylan, and more vignettes from Harvard’s class of 1964

Treasure

Hornbills, including the Malaysian state bird, <i>Buceros rhinoceros</i> (right)

A new exhibition of birds of the world