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July-August 2013

Letters

Letters on online gender equity, e-mail investigations, Dean John Monro, and more

A letter from the editor

The College Pump

Smarmy cad Rousseau sweeps Fairness off her feet with talk of the “general will.”

<i>A Theory of Justice</i> as musical comedy, and the class of ’44

Treasure

<i>Colossus monarchicus statua Danielis</i>, by Matthaeus Seutter (1730)

A personification of time

In this Issue

Hunger stalks southern Europe: A nationalist political party distributes food in Athens, September 14, 2012.

The political economy of a continent at cross-purposes

Antinuclear activist Albert Bigelow (second from left) with crew members William Huntington &rsquo;28, Orion Sherwood, and George Willoughby in Hawaii in 1958

Brief life of an ardent pacifist: 1906-1993

A work in progress on the carving bench

No one has carved wood like David Esterly since... well, about 1700.

David Keith and the question of climate engineering

Letters

Letters on online gender equity, e-mail investigations, Dean John Monro, and more

A letter from the editor

Right Now

A project to map the brain is "the biggest challenge of the century."

Daniel Schacter

The part of the brain that stores memories also actively predicts the future behavior of others.

How social innovation financing works

Creative partnerships between government, non-profits, and investors may lead to more effective social services spending.

New England Regional

The Robert Frost Farm

Regional house museums of prominent alumni

from <i>Stephen Dupont: Papua New Guinea Portraits and Diaries,</i> at the Peabody Museum

Harvard arts and cultural events

Puritan &amp; Company offers a country-style respite from city life.

Puritan & Company’s thoughtful food with local flavor

John Harvard's Journal

Brand-new doctors (from left) Sheena Chew, Sagar Anil Patel, Benedict Uchenna Nwachukwu (also M.B.A. &rsquo;13), Stephanie Marie Cant&uacute;, Emily Morell Balkin, Sidharth Venkata Puram (also Ph.D. &rsquo;11), and Kristine Marie Specht

Moments of reflection in a year when Harvard swung between low points and high.

Donald Roswell Hopkins

The University confers honorary degrees on six men and three women.

Drew Faust

Commencement addresses varied in tone and texture while serious rhetoric prevailed

Carl F. Mueller and Stephanie Wilson

Commencement moments and people—pleasing, surprising, and funny

From the pages of the <i>Harvard Alumni Bulletin</i> and <i>Harvard Magazine</i>

Bill Jaeger

He has led unionizing efforts full time since 1986.

Harvard Law School’s Wasserstein Caspersen Clinical center is a beautiful gathering space.

Highlights from the second University-wide Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching conference

A snapshot of new alliances in online education

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences considers “consultation, communication, and governance.”

President Faust responds to concerns about the University’s e-mail policies.

Peter Sorger

The new Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science seeks a better basis for drug development.

One among many: Harvard Business School pioneer Robin Wigger, suitably attired, in class among fellow M.B.A. students, circa 1970

A Baker Library | Bloomberg Center exhibit helps commemorate women’s history at the school.

Richard J. Murnane

Honors and appointments for faculty members

Kathryn Reed

The Undergraduate contemplates cassettes and semesters.

The New England Primate Research Center

Harvard news: the Marathon bombing, earnings update, galvanizing gifts, primate-center closure, and more

A bowler delivers.

The Crimson Cricket Club, bowling and batting

Montage

The &ldquo;hot border&rdquo; in summer

A Berkshire yard that recalls poetry, fiction, and drama

In his old haunts: novelist Andr&eacute; Aciman in the center of Harvard Square

A café-goers' view of Cambridge, a generation ago

Professor Brower, reader, 1957

An excerpt from Reuben Brower’s <i>The Fields of Light: An Experiment in Critical Reading</i>

Red Ribbon Park, along the naturally verdant Tanghe River in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China, 2007

Recent books with Harvard connections

John Huth navigating through a rock slot of Placentia Island in coastal Maine

Navigating the smartphone world

Screenwriter Danny Rubin at home

Danny Rubin teaches the “impossible” craft.

Jewish humor central: comedian Jackie Mason at the Frank Sinatra Theatre, Sunrise, Florida, in January 2008

Does in-group humor displace political action?

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

Andy Sharpless on Easter Island. He predicts that proposed restrictions on fishing will help regenerate marine life in the surrounding waters within a decade.

Oceana aims to restore the oceans’ health.

From left: David Otto, Bruce Johnson, Xandy Walsh, Alex Walsh, John Fryer, Tony Rossmann, and Paul Bamberg read letters buried in 1988.

Attending their fiftieth reunion, the "Thundering Herd" reads predictions made in 1988.

From Left: James V. Baker, William Thaddeus Coleman Jr., and Georgene Botyos Herschbach

Three people received the HAA’s 2013 Harvard Medal

Clockwise from top left: Everett Mendelsohn, Arnold Rampersad, Louise Richardson, and Sherry Turkle

The 2013 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medalists

From left: Lillian (Sher) Sugarman and Donald F. Brown

The senior members of Harvard and Radcliffe on Commencement day

New members of the Board of Overseers and new elected directors of the HAA

Four seniors have won scholarships to study at Cambridge University during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Class of 1988 raised an all-time-record Harvard-reunion gift of $115 million.

Shared Interest Group events in July and August

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

The College Pump

Smarmy cad Rousseau sweeps Fairness off her feet with talk of the &ldquo;general will.&rdquo;

<i>A Theory of Justice</i> as musical comedy, and the class of ’44

Treasure

<i>Colossus monarchicus statua Danielis</i>, by Matthaeus Seutter (1730)

A personification of time