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September-October 2011

Letters

College crises, energy options, reefs at risk, home cooking, and more

The College Pump

Reunion reflections from David Souter, and a tribute to Carroll Wood

Treasure

A new Archives website offers today's undergraduates a useful perspective on Harvard homework, and life, in the old days.

In this Issue

Snapshots of Harvard’s past quarter-century
, with illustrations by Mark Steele

Looking south into Harvard Yard

Introduction to an anniversary

Harvard’s evolving faculties

Harvard students and their lives: 1986 versus today

March 27, 1999—The Harvard women's ice-hockey team win the national championship.

Athletic accomplishments, highlighted

A sampling of current undergraduate courses

Alumni on undergraduate education, then and now

Seamus Heaney introduces an anniversary album.

The Cambridge campus as seen from a vantage point above Oxford Street, looking toward the University's future in Allston  [<a href="http://harvardmagazine.com/sites/default/files/375_so11_002_web.jpg">VIEW LARGER PHOTOGRAPH</a>]

The recent boom—and the future in Allston

Pamela Silver

Leading professors on the future of their fields

Visions of the University in 2036

Peering into the future—in print

Letters

College crises, energy options, reefs at risk, home cooking, and more

Right Now

By reading Darwin, a business school professor has found a unifying way to think about human motivation.

Wearing hijab, Muslim women from the United States and around the world meet in Manhattan in 2006 during the Women’s Islamic Initiative: Spirituality and Equity conference to discuss the issues and problems they face.

Veils have seen a resurgence among young Muslim women worldwide. Is this a step backward, or a marker of progressive politics?

Conservators are using laser-assisted pigment analysis to identify and authenticate the work of modern artists.

New England Regional

The Square has always attracted those who want to shop, eat, gawk, and play.

An iconic space reflects history’s recent trends.

Charlies Kitchen

Harvard Square restaurants that have stood the test of time.

Detail of “Painting Faces of Beijing Opera,” by Christine Shen ’12, on display in lamont library

Events at Harvard

John Harvard's Journal

Using scale models of the galleries in the Harvard Art Museums’ new building, curators are already choosing the objects for permanent installation.

As a redesigned museum rises, curators choose works for display and plan to increase faculty involvement in the process.

Drew Faust

A president in her fifth year surveys the University on the eve of its 375th.

From a vantage point south of Western Avenue in Allston, looking northeast toward Harvard Square, the unfinished science complex dominates the foreground. Beyond it lie athletic fields that may yield to expansion by the School of Public Health, the Graduate School of Education, or other academic enterprises. A business “enterprise research campus” is envisioned south of Western Avenue, across from the high-rise graduate-student housing at One Western Avenue.

The University has issued a new set of recommendations for its landholdings there.

Sally Donahue

Meet the ardent rower—and College financial-aid officer.

From left to right: Lawrence S. Bacow, Susan L. Graham, and Joseph J. O'Donnell

The Harvard Corporation’s three new members

Headlines from Harvard's history

Marc Hauser resigns, Kennedy School celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary, new organ for Memorial Church, Fay House renovations, and other Harvard news

Reading at the College, and in ancient Rome

From left: Katherine Xue and Isabel Ruane

Introducing the 2011-2012 Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows

Defensive tackle Josue Ortiz with a blocking sled at Harvard Stadium

Defensive tackle Josue Ortiz explains his art.

Montage

Details from <i>Sunday Afternoon on the Charles River</i>

David Fichter paints outdoor murals that teem with life.

Suzie Brown onstage

Singer-songwriter Suzie Brown, a cardiologist by training, has just released her first CD.

An ode to transparency

Using pencils, science illustrator Jenny Keller drew this basilisk lizard from a captive specimen. From <i>Field Notes on Science and Nature</i>

Recent books with Harvard connections.

The Saratoga Avenue Community Center in Brooklyn

A much admired community center in Brooklyn, designed by George Ranalli.

Ezra Vogel’s monumental biography of Deng Xiaopeng, the doctrinaire pragmatist who modernized China.

Alumni

Chung To travels frequently in rural China, visiting the students supported by his Chi Heng Foundation and their families.

Chung To quit Wall Street to sponsor schooling for 
China’s "blood orphans."

Ellen Reeves

New HAA president Ellen Reeves promotes personal connections.

Fall events hosted by Shared Interest Groups

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

The College Pump

Reunion reflections from David Souter, and a tribute to Carroll Wood

Treasure

A new Archives website offers today's undergraduates a useful perspective on Harvard homework, and life, in the old days.