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September-October 2012


Letters on compromise, constitutional revision, voting fraud, American democracy, and students and cigarettes

Additional September-October issue letters to the editor

The College Pump

Marden in New Zealand on his way from the farm to Wellington to try to leave for America, 1942

How Bill Marden got into Harvard and fulfilled the language requirement.

The Classes

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Because of a printer’s error, some readers who should have received this section in the November-December 2015 issue did not. The missing section will be mailed to them shortly.


<i>Industrial Problems, Welfare Work: United States. Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh.H.J. Heinz Company: Bottling Department, </i> c. 1903. Gelatin silver print.

Harvard’s long-closed Social Museum promoted progressive values.

In this Issue

Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in Lenox, Massachusetts. The hall opened in 1994. With the &ldquo;barn door&rdquo; open, picnickers enjoy a concert.

William Rawn’s designs begin not with the eye, but the ear.

A discussion with Harvard Business School faculty members

Students at work (clockwise from left): Denver Ogaro, Naomi Wills, Jun Sup Lee, undergraduate course assistant Ben Adlam, and Raina Gandhi

Anatomy of a new course—and a new approach to teaching it

Ronald Reagan wrote in his presidential diary for September 12, 1988: &ldquo;Then a briefing for a pleasant interview which took place at 11:30 with Warren Brooks [sic] my favorite Ec. columnist.&rdquo;

Brief life of a “pneumatic” journalist: 1929-1991

Right Now

Robert O. Doyle proposes a two-stage, “Jamesian,” model of free will.

Rutin, a substance found in apples, could help prevent heart attacks and stroke.

Shawn Douglas of the Wyss Institute is developing drug-delivering machines that target designated cells.

New England Regional

A still from Michelangelo Antonioni&rsquo;s <i>La Notte,</i> to be screened at the Harvard Film Archive

Early fall events at and around Harvard

The Culinary Arts Museum

Six small New England museums worth the trek

West Bridge has an industrial-cum-farmhouse appeal.

West Bridge’s French-New England fare is fun.

John Harvard's Journal

This view of the Fogg Art Museum, taken in mid summer, shows the new structure being inserted in the original Quincy Street façade.

Summer construction—on the Fogg Art Museum, the Business School’s Tata Hall, Old Quincy, and more—renews the campus.

The once and future site of a science building in Allston

Harvard will build housing and resume construction of a science building, submitting a new Institutional Master Plan by October.

Tea production in China, c.1790-1800

An exhibition from Harvard Business School's historical library collections documents the first wave of U.S. trade with imperial China.

David Jones

David Jones, Ackerman professor of the culture of medicine, works in both history and medicine.

The solar array installed atop the Gordon Indoor Track offers 591.5 kilowatts of clean-energy capacity.

Harvard's largest solar installation, edX develops, Drew Faust’s research becomes a TV program, the <i>Gilgamesh</i> sculpture, and more

Dunster House

Dunster House will get the first makeover as part of a project to renovate Harvard's Houses. Students will take up temporary residence at the Inn at Harvard.

Headlines from Harvard history

The Undergraduate proctors high-schoolers and looks back on her own high-school days—and her discovery of American liberal-arts education.

Kathryn Reed and Cherone Duggan

Cherone Duggan ’14 and Kathryn Reed ’13 are the magazine’s new Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows.

In Harvard Stadium, David Mothander practices a kickoff, using the ubiquitous &ldquo;soccer-style&rdquo; kicking technique. Scroll down for a <a href="#placekick">video.</a></p>

Placekicker David Mothander explains how to split the uprights.

For many decades, placekickers weren’t specialists

Joe Walsh

He coached for the past 17 seasons and won five Ivy League championships.


Laurie Krasny Brown in her studio on Martha&rsquo;s Vineyard

Laurie Krasny Brown crafts colorful works from an “accessible, flexible, beautiful” material.

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on life's liberating exits

Thomas P. Wolf

A novel, <i>Sound,</i> notated like a musical score

The Murphy High School Marching Band before a game in Mobile, Alabama, captured in <i>Why We Are Here</i>

Interoperability, rebuilding New Orleans, the Brothers Grimm, and other books with Harvard connections

Pianist Steve Kuhn at Avatar Studios in New York City, during a 2011 recording session for his album <i>Wisteria</i>

For his new CD, <i> Wisteria,</i> jazz pianist Steve Kuhn proves good things come in trios.

Andrea Louise Campbell reviews <i>The Unheavenly Chorus,</i> by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady.

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words


A Shared Interest Group aims to support undergraduates whose parents didn't attend a four-year college.

A financial-aid initiative and other College programs help first- generation undergraduates feel at home.

Carl Muller

Meet Harvard Alumni Association president Carl Muller.

Top row from left: Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland, F. Gorham Brigham, and Deborah Gelin. Bottom row from left: Joseph K. Hurd Jr., John Paul Kennedy, and Michael G. Yamin

Six alumni are recognized for outstanding service to the University.

Top row from left: Stephen W. Baird , Deborah Kaufman Goldfine, and Stacie J. Kerrigan. Bottom row from left: Ralph A. Mariani, Daniel A. Medina, Paul E. Thornton, and Stephen C. Trivers

The College’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid honors seven alumni.

A letter from President Drew Faust

David Bisno in the Santa Barbara (California) Courthouse clock tower&rsquo;s Bisno-Schall Gallery

David Bisno ’61 has spearheaded the creation of a mini-museum of horology in the Santa Barbara Courthouse.

Bob Friedman (third in line) with SEED saver Jemel Jones, his mother, Patricia Jones, and Andrea Pardon, SEED program manager at Jemel&rsquo;s school

Bob Friedman ’71 looks for ladders to help people climb out of poverty.

Sue Minter displays the special license plate, &ldquo;I Am Vermont Strong,&rdquo; issued by the state in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene to raise money for the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund and the Vermont Food Bank.

Sue Minter ’83 is helping her state recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irene.

Shared Interest Group events in September and October

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