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  • Art historian Robin Kelsey examines photographs of all kinds to reveal what they say about human history, society, and culture.

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Imagining the Past

Sara Houghteling’s first novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, tells the story of a young man who searches post-war Paris for both his lost love and his father’s stolen art collection.


Alex MacLean with tools of his trade: a new fuel-efficient plane and his camera

Up in the Air

Aerial photographer Alex MacLean documents the effects of the American lifestyle on the American landscape.
Michelangelo’s studies for the vestibule stairs, Casa Buonarroti, Florence.

Before the Cocktail Napkin

In this excerpt from her new book, Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture, Cammy Brothers discusses how the artist demonstrated the possibility for architecture to be a vehicle for the imagination equal to painting or sculpture.
Sara Houghteling

Imagining the Past

Sara Houghteling’s first novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, tells the story of a young man who searches post-war Paris for both his lost love and his father’s stolen art collection.
<em>Real</em> barbecuing, the old- fashioned way, at Braswell Plantation, 1944

Off the Shelf

An editorial sampling of recent books with Harvard connections
Factory girls in their dormitory, Guangdong Province

"Working Sisters"

Pan Tianshu reviews Leslie Chang’s new book Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China


Right Now

This image shows small brown-fat cells&mdash;which burn energy as heat&mdash;interspersed among larger white-fat cells, which store energy. The former are stained brown here; their natural color, which results from the density of mitochondria, would not be visible in this thin cross-section of tissue. (The blue staining marks cell nuclei.)

The Fit Fat

Harvard Medical School’s Bruce Spiegelman studies brown fat, a little-known type of tissue with health-promoting potential.

Retirement Engine Rebuilt

Skeptical of both defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans, Harvard Business School professor Robert Merton proposes a hybrid, SmartNest, to overcome the shortcomings of each.

Does Thinking Make It So?

In The Cure Within, historian of science Anne Harrington explores the medical history of the mind-body connection.
Ralph Mitchell

Rx for the Books

McKay professor of applied biology Ralph Mitchell and postdoctoral fellow Nick Konkol work with preservation librarians to develop a test that can detect damaging mold in books before it becomes visible.

New England Regional

Highland Kitchen blends into the neighborhood, but stands out for its cooking.

Eclectic Eating

Highland Kitchen, a Southern-inspired restaurant-bar, satisfyingly fills a Somerville niche.

John Harvard's Journal

AL GORE &rsquo;69, LL.D. &rsquo;94, filled Tercentenary Theatre on October 22 when he spoke about sustainability. Noting that the impressive turnout on a raw fall day&mdash;free soup, cider, and apple crisp notwithstanding&mdash;indicated &ldquo;deep and broad commitment to addressing this issue,&rdquo; Gore said, &ldquo;There is an African proverb that says, &lsquo;If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.&rsquo; We have to go far, quickly.&rdquo;

Gore Boosts a Greener Harvard

With a public appearance and speech in Tercentenary Theatre, Nobel Prize-winning environmental activist Al Gore ’69, LL.D. ’94, helped launch Harvard’s commitment to sustainability.

Harder Times

An update on the University’s initial responses to the worsening economic climate
Emily Rauh Pulitzer

Advancing Art

Art historian and former museum curator Emily Rauh Pulitzer gives the Harvard Art Museum 31 important works of modern and contemporary art and $45 million, enhancing a tradition she shared with her late husband, Joseph Pulitzer Jr
As the Business School trains leaders, Drew Faust asked, how can Harvard best determine &ldquo;the sort of differences they will make?&rdquo;

Educating Professionals

In speeches at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, President Drew Faust outlines her vision of professional education, service, and responsibility.
Thomas Kane

Studying Schooling

Two new education centers, run by Roland Fryer and Thomas Kane, and an existing center, run by Paul Peterson, bring Harvard’s analytic resources to bear on public education issues: student achievement, teacher recruitment, and school choice.


News of the University and the Harvard community
Sophomore Meryl Federman and senior Adam N. Hallowell keep themselves busy during a break in the action at Brown University&rsquo;s early fall tournament.

Buzzing In

Quiz Bowl’s quirky intellectualism and hard-driving competitiveness energize a strong Harvard team.
HOT PURSUIT: Defenders Schultz (52), Curtis (91), and Barnes (25) closing in on Yale back Mike McLeod.

Big D

Defensive prowess helps the football team to a share of the Ivy crown.


Gross with street worker Dimky Edouard at an informal session with gang members

Taking It to the Streets

Through his work at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Teny Gross is keeping kids alive.
Anthony Woods

Anthony Woods: Taking a Stand

Anthony C. Woods has initiated his own dismissal from the U.S. Army under the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
Teresa Clarke

Educational Activist

Teresa Clarke helps talented but low-income South African children through the Student Sponsorship Programme.
Nora Schultz set out to create quick <em>and</em> wholesome desserts.

Natural Baker

With her Naturally Nora cake and frosting mixes, Nora Schultz aims to provide quick and wholesome desserts.
Historian and novelist Marie Rutkoski

Storytelling Scholar

Marie Rutkoski blends sixteenth-century history with fantasy in The Cabinet of Wonders, a new novel for young adults.


A Lover's Picnic

The late Stuart Cary Welch was a connoisseur of lovers’ picnics and the world of Persian and Indian art.

The College Pump

A restorer of lost landscapes works to replicate FDR&rsquo;s suite of rooms as it looked in 1900.

FDR's Digs

A restoration is in progress of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s undergraduate rooms at Harvard, and Ralph Nader sets a speech-making Guinness World Record.