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China Hands: Meet the Experts

Background on the faculty members and alumni who discuss contemporary China’s rising power—and persistent problems—in the magazine’s probing roundtable

Video Clips: Children of Invention

Despite winning multiple prizes, the film—produced by Mynette Louie ’97—has struggled to find an audience or turn a profit in an uncertain time for indie film.


For Molière’s <i>The Misanthrope</i> at Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Sprague’s sketch (shown) became a model later built as the play’s set.

Visual Conjurer

Carl Sprague ’84 designs sets for local theater companies and Hollywood movies.
A reserved Alexis de Tocqueville, portrayed when he was in his thirties—some years after his momentous American travels.

A Man in Motion

An excerpt from Tocqueville’s Discovery of America, by Leo Damrosch
McBean’s favorite model—and muse—was Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), here photographed for a 1951 production of  George Bernard Shaw’s <i>Caesar and Cleopatra.</i>

Theatrical Chiaroscuro

Fredric Wilson’s book The Theatrical World of Angus McBean collects British midcentury theater images.
Producer Mynette Louie on the set of her film <i>Children of Invention</i>

Indie Film Blues

Film producer Mynette Louie ’97 on films, audiences, and the quest to connect them.


Right Now

The Power of Torture

Inflicting pain changes the perceptions of torturers, not necessarily their knowledge.
Daniel Gilbert

Pleasure by Proxy

Other people’s experience is a more accurate guide than your own imagination to what you will like.
Wavelength scale grating (above) on the facet of a tiny semiconductor laser (below) creates multiple laser beams parallel to the original.

Many Lasers from One

Harvard researchers have developed multibeam, multiwavelength miniature lasers.

New England Regional

While cycling the East Coast Greenway, Linda Cabot Black and Elizabeth Brody pause for some Florida sunshine.

“Eisenhower 2.0”

Harvard alumni work to make a 3,000-mile greenway along the Eastern seaboard a reality.
A sampler of five, from more than a dozen, pâtés

Sweet and Savory Souk

Sofra Bakery and Café specializes in small items with an Eastern Mediterranean accent.

John Harvard's Journal

Construction of the Allston science complex will halt. The Charlesview housing site, across Western Avenue (to the right), will come under Harvard’s control—but development of a proposed arts and cultural hub at this key intersection with North Harvard Street remains a vision for the future.

Arrested Development

With construction on its huge science facility in Allston halted, Harvard reconsiders its planned expansion there.
Emma Dench

Emma Dench

Meet a scholar enthralled by the Romans.
James R. Houghton

The Corporation Changes

James R. Houghton, senior fellow of Harvard’s senior governing board, will step down on June 30.
Lino Pertile


Short takes on recent Harvard news

Sports Wrap

An update on the basketball and swim teams


Vote Now

This year’s candidates for Overseer and Harvard Alumni Association elected director have been chosen.

Harvard Serves

The Harvard Alumni Association sponsors a global public-service initiative.

Alumni Awards

The winners of the 2010 HAA Clubs and SIGs Committee honors

Return to Harvard Day

An April invitation for all College alumni and alumnae, their spouses, and their high-school-age children


Dancing School

A professor’s passion reveals how one learned to dance in Jane Austen’s day.

The College Pump