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May-June 2006

Letters

Harvard continues to be an acute embarrassment to me, but unfortunately not to itself. It will take my beloved College 20 years to overcome the...

The College Pump

"Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by." Has Harvard staked out another new campus? On February 2...

Treasure

The legend on the engraving Gellt Zeucht die Weltt, below, sums up the message of the exhibition Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money...

In this Issue

Henry Rosovsky

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Harvard, founded in 1636, has by law been formally governed by a Board of Overseers since 1642, and by the Corporation since 1650. The last...

The Matterhorn, icon of the Alps, straddles the Swiss-Italian border. Washburn’s photograph, taken in August 1960, shows a thick mantle of snow and ice, largely melted by 2005

Photograph by Bradford Washburn

Photographs by David Arnold and H. Bradford Washburn The breathtaking aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers shot by H. Bradford...

Daniel Schrag

Photograph by Stu Rosner

Our demand for energy, on which we depend for health and prosperity, rises all the time: oil and natural gas to heat our homes; electricity for...

An undated engraving of Child, by Gustav Kruell. Note the rose at the upper right. The provenance of this portrait is unknown, but roses figure in a number of the Child ballads, and Child had a rose garden of his own.

Engraving courtesy of Harvard University Archives. Color added by Mark Felton

Francis James Child, A.B. 1846, was a model of nineteenth-century academic achievement. Named Harvard’s Boylston professor of rhetoric and...

In 1957, bachelor of divinity Emily Gage became the school's first woman graduate.

W.H. Tobey / Harvard News Office

Adapted by the author from the Convocation Address she delivered to the Divinity School community on September 19, 2005, at the opening of the...

Letters

Harvard continues to be an acute embarrassment to me, but unfortunately not to itself. It will take my beloved College 20 years to overcome the...

Right Now

Photograph by Brad Wilson/Getty Images

One day, mental exercise may join physical exercise on Americans’ to-do lists and among their doctors’ recommendations. So says a...

War is messy, and putting a price tag on a war that stretches over years, with consequences lasting decades longer, is a staggering task. Yet in...

"Computer use does not cause carpal tunnel syndrome.” Moreover, “no one has proven that the disease is made worse by work on a...

John Harvard's Journal

After a telephone news conference to discuss his resignation on February 21, President Lawrence H. Summers stepped outside Massachusetts Hall to face the broadcast media and meet with student supporters.

Photograph by Vilsa E. Curto/Harvard Crimson

After five years of frequent controversy on matters of fundamental academic and intellectual substance, and the style in which those issues were...

The resignation of President Lawrence H. Summers became grist for a torrent of commentary worldwide, much of it highly political, even...

Derek Bok, Harvard’s president from 1971 to 1991, resumes those duties on July 1 on an interim basis until a permanent successor to...

The search for a successor to President Lawrence H. Summers will involve expanded outreach to the Harvard community. In a March 30 news release...

What can Harvard learn from the administration of Lawrence H. Summers—cut short of its expected duration, and short of achieving many of...

The first Harvard Business School (HBS) capital campaign, launched publicly in the fall of 2002, ended on December 31, having raised at least 20...

To make attending the College more affordable for lower- and middle-income families, Harvard has extended the financial-aid initiative it...

Kevin Eggan Photograph by Justin Ide / Harvard News Office Last year Kevin Eggan was a Junior Fellow at Harvard. He met developmental...

In the wake of last year’s upheaval over appointing women to professorships in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and the challenges...

Commencement Speaker Jim Lehrer Courtesy of WSIU-TV Jim Lehrer, executive editor and anchor of PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer...

Illustration by Mark Steele

 1926 The annual picture-taking of freshmen and seniors in front of Widener breaks up when the former, ordered off the steps by the latter...

Noel Twagiramungu won’t speak about the assassination attempt—the event that drove him from Rwanda remains under investigation. Two...

The Supreme Court ruled on March 6 that the federal government can cut off funding to universities that limit or ban military recruiting on...

At the end of a year that has seen various plans for the College (including the curricular review) mark time or unravel, matters are quietly...

Harvard’s schools vary not only in their mission and in the composition of their faculties and student bodies, but also in financial...

Even as a first-year graduate student, I knew that Aldous Huxley’s novels would be my dissertation subject. Harvard didn’t share my...

Recent news from around campus

“Is there no one in this House who plays basketball?” the e-mail reads. I feel a twinge of guilt. I signed up to play intramural...

It’s one of the least understood, and most difficult, events in a track and field meet. Yet the essence of the triple jump is simple: jump...

Frank Haggerty ’68, head coach of men’s and women’s cross-country and track and field since 1982 and assistant coach for seven...

Alumni

Elinor Fuchs takes life lessons from the theater.

Photograph courtesy of the Connecticut Post

Some days it went like this: Lil: We're looking at a three-year-old. Things that people are doing for us. How do you feel about it? Elinor: I...

This spring, five new Harvard Overseers and six new elected directors for the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) board will be chosen by alumni...

The University’s on-line learning initiative has released two new segments. One highlights the fall 2005 conference on women and war, the...

University clubs offer a variety of stimulating gatherings. Here is a list of Harv-ard-affiliated speakers appearing at local clubs this spring...

Krokodiloes old and new celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of Harvard’s oldest a cappella group with a concert on March 17. Below...

Father-son parallels aren’t rare, but Rick Wolff ’73 and John Wolff ’06 have followed the same course into professional...

The College Pump

"Your wooden arm you hold outstretched to shake with passers-by." Has Harvard staked out another new campus? On February 2...

Treasure

The legend on the engraving Gellt Zeucht die Weltt, below, sums up the message of the exhibition Coin and Conscience: Popular Views of Money...