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May-June 2017

Letters

Readers comment on Houghton Library, coddled campuses, labor law, and more.

President Faust on the value of Harvard’s non-degree programs

A state’s pension-plan problems highlight the endowment challenge to realizing Harvard’s goals. 

The College Pump

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Illustration by Michael Witte

Roger Angell tees off, David Halberstam survives the Charles, and more

Treasure

Image courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology/ © President and Fellows of Harvard College

The Peabody Museum 150th is a showcase for the origins and evolution of anthropology.

In this Issue

Illustration by Taylor Callery

The chasm between elite academia and working-class Americans—and how to bridge it

A portrait of Yellow Wolf circa 1909

Photograph from The Library of Congress

Brief life of a Native American witness to history: c. 1855-1935

Please see image galleries below for information about these objects and more

Recreating the Philosophy Chamber

Kathryn Davidson discusses her research

Photograph by Jim Harrison

How linguists use sign languages to understand universal grammar

Letters

Readers comment on Houghton Library, coddled campuses, labor law, and more.

President Faust on the value of Harvard’s non-degree programs

A state’s pension-plan problems highlight the endowment challenge to realizing Harvard’s goals. 

Right Now

Illustration by Whooli Chen

Distraction seems to be the aim of a massive government campaign of fake social media posts.

Illustration by Jude Buffum

Patterns of gene expression that appear to be inherited from one generation to the next are instead explained by in-utero exposures.

Illustration by Paul Lachine

Do workplace environments contribute to poor health for employees? 

Harvard Squared

The Asa Gray Garden honors the Harvard botanist

Courtesy of Mount Auburn Cemetery

Springtime at Mount Auburn Cemetery

Steampunk style merges “neo-Victorian fashion with retro-futuristic technology.”

Photograph by Bobbi Lane

Steampunk Festival celebrates art and history in Waltham, Massachusetts

Barry Van Dusen’s barn swallow (nesting at Stone Barn Farm)

Courtesy of Barry Van Dusen

A trip to Mass Audubon’s unique art museum

The Brookline birthplace of John F. Kennedy

Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service, John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

Centennial celebrations for John F. Kennedy in Brookline

Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/HPAC

Speakers, ceremonies, and celebrations

Flour’s baked treats

Photograph by Kristin Tieg/Flour

Harvard Square’s caffeine and calories—galore!

John Harvard's Journal

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Photograph by Jim Harrison

The Charles River, lit

The College’s social-club sanctions remain highly controversial.

Stephan Magro
Photograph by Jim Harrison

A miracle-working Commencement director

Still more construction projects on tap

Financial pressures force the faculty to trim doctoral admissions.

The Business School dean is bullish on engineering and data-science collaborations, and online learning.

Online learning, evolving at Harvard and beyond, attracts critical analysis.

David Parkes and Francesca Dominici, co-directors of Harvard’s new data-science initiative

Photograph by Kris Snibbe/HPAC

Harvard outlines steps toward a data-science institute in Allston.

Illustration by Mark Steele

An elephant race, and more from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Maya Jasanoff (see “Writers’ Rewards,” below)
Photography by Rose Lincoln/HPAC

 

 

Dunster departure, graduate-school deans, faculty writing-prize winners, and more

Mark Zuckerberg
Photograph courtesy of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg drops in, Justice Scalia’s papers, dental-school milestone, and more

Illustration by Daniel Baxter

The Undergraduate wrestles with The Advocate’s exclusive comp process. 

Far from Missouri: Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj on the choppy, cold Charles with skipper Nicholas Karnovsky ’19

Photograph by Jim Harrison

A Harvard sailor, a long way from landlocked Mongolia and Missouri

Katie Benzan ’20 was a first-team All-Ivy honoree and led the team in scoring (13.4 points per game) and assists (4.2 assists per game).

Photograph courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

Seesaw seasons for the basketball teams

In the momentum-building Beanpot victory: Crimson forward Alexander Kerfoot skates against Boston University.

Photograph by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Strong seasons in hockey, fencing, and swimming

Montage

Choreographer Claudia Schreier, in rehearsal

Photograph by Rosalie O’Connor

A choreographer's career, taking shape

Willa Cather, finance expert

Photograph courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society

A Business School professor ties finance and humanities together.

Justin Lee

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Justin Lee's essential, “invisible,” work at the Harvard Art Museums

The Vineyard’s south shore, from the Wequobsque Cliffs to Lucy Vincent Beach: inviting—and endangered

Photograph by David R. Foster

A natural history of Martha’s Vineyard, and other books with Harvard connections

A Conservative Party poster, circa 1900, the year the precursor of the Labour Party first participated in a general election

Poster from Getty Images

Scholarly lessons from Europe prove pertinent today.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

James Bundy, on the Assassins set

Photograph by Jim Harrison

A look at James Bundy ’81, dean of the Yale School of Drama

Overseers and HAA director candidates

Shared Interest Group gatherings in Cambridge

The College Pump

Click on illustration to see the full image

Illustration by Michael Witte

Roger Angell tees off, David Halberstam survives the Charles, and more

Treasure

Image courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology/ © President and Fellows of Harvard College

The Peabody Museum 150th is a showcase for the origins and evolution of anthropology.