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November-December 2013

Letters

On the humanities, the Internet, Alzheimer’s care, and more

An editor's guide to this issue’s perspectives on teaching and learning

The College Pump

Landon Richard, age 4, feeds Cosmo, a one-month-old goat. Cosmo is on the staff of Animal Craze, a local traveling farm.

Petting zoo on the Plaza, a Harvard/Yale man, and a late-blooming novelist

Treasure

Mallow, the work of Pierre Joseph Buc’hoz

A rare collection of blooms housed at Dumbarton Oaks

In this Issue

Rakesh and Stephanie Khurana of Cabot House, in front of their domain

The singular character of the College’s residences, now in renewal

On Pier 1: Brooklyn Bridge Park’s harbor-view lawn

Michael Van Valkenburgh helps lead a second great age of city-making.

Huge dump trucks lined up in 2012 to transport tar sand from a surface mine, Fort McMurray, Alberta

Should the president approve construction?

J.C. Buttre&rsquo;s portrait, probably drawn when Everett ran for vice president on the Constitutional Union Party ticket in 1860, links him to Harvard and George Washington, one of his favorite subjects. (His lectures raised more than $100,000 to help purchase Mount Vernon [see <a href="http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/05/granny-talk">“Granny Talk”</a>], and he wrote the entry on Washington for the 1860 <i>Encyclopaedia Britannica.</i>)

Brief life of a statesman-orator: 1794-1865

John Singleton Copley&rsquo;s <i>A Boy with a Flying Squirrel,</i> 1765

Teaching students the value of deceleration and immersive attention

Letters

On the humanities, the Internet, Alzheimer’s care, and more

An editor's guide to this issue’s perspectives on teaching and learning

Right Now

A book alleging &ldquo;collaboration&rdquo; between Hollywood studios and Hitler&rsquo;s government has generated controversy.

A new book documents censorship by Hollywood at the bidding of Hitler's Nazi government.

Apps are shaping teens' notions of identity, intimacy, and imagination.

Levi Garraway says having genetic information about many cancers can lead to targeted treatments for patients.

Genetic information about specific cancer can lead to better patient treatments

New England Regional

The trio Ensemble Evolution performs its eclectic compositions at the Arnold Arboretum

Harvard arts and cultural events

Robert Bradlee enjoys racing on trails at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.

Harvardians share their favorite Northeast Nordic skiing sites.

Back-country trails from the Appalachian Mountain Club&rsquo;s Little Lyford lodge in Maine have views of Baker Mountain.

Northeast Nordic skiing offers wide range of trails, scenic beauty, and vigorous exercise

Despite its large size, Catalyst&rsquo;s warm, modern environs lend intimacy to dining.

Catalyst’s hearty American-French food fares well on a winter’s night.

John Harvard's Journal

President Drew Faust, setting the campaign context

The Harvard Campaign's $6.5-billion goal and priorities

Bill Gates, LL.D. &rsquo;07

An unconventional undergraduate's College years, and the birth of the personal-computer software industry

Joseph J. O&rsquo;Donnell

A taste of the talk

President Drew Faust’s campaign address

Dean Michael D. Smith

Dean Michael D. Smith discusses the priorities of the $2.5-billion FAS campaign.

Efthimios Kaxiras (left) and Hanspeter Pfister in front of a portion of Howard Aiken&rsquo;s Mark I computing machine

A new master’s degree teaches computation and modeling in the age of big data.

Jennifer Lewis

The bioengineering professor does 3-D printing on a micron scale.

Investment gains and asset growth after a down year

Peter K. Bol

Further developments in online learning and improving teaching

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Coping with dashed hopes and seizing opportunities

Riptide, an oral history of video interviews with industry leaders and narrative on the evolution of the news, resides online at the Nieman Journalism Lab website.

Harvard news: Southeast Asian studies, biotech fellows, digital journalism, and more

Conner Hempel (14), making his first start at quarterback, threw four touchdown passes as Harvard opened the season with a victory over the University of San Diego. The pursuing defender is end Blake Oliaro.

Crimson football finds redemption in California.

Point-guard pair: Siyani Chambers (left) and Brandyn Curry

The art of playing point guard

Montage

<i>Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play</i>

Composer Michael Friedman’s “investigative theater”

Frontispiece (1772) for <i>Encyclop&eacute;die</i>, edited by Denis Diderot: Truth, bathed in light, is unveiled by Philosophy and Reason

James MacGregor Burns, Ph.D. ’47, on intellect, governance, and the Enlightenment

George Scialabba at Caf&eacute; Pamplona in Cambridge

“One of America’s best all-round intellects” scrutinizes books.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and his law clerk, the young Alan Dershowitz, in 1963&mdash;a pivotal intersection in the history of capital punishment

Recent books with Harvard connections

<i>Earth House Hold </i>

Bronze and granite come alive for Murray Dewart.

Derek Bok’s new book on higher education in America, reviewed by Richard Morrill

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want Morehouse to just survive,&rdquo; says its new president, John S. Wilson Jr., &ldquo;I want it to thrive.&rdquo;

John S. Wilson Jr. grabs the chance to realize his calling.

Top row (from left): Stephen Baird, Mary McGrath Carty, and Sylvia Chase Gerson. Second row (from left): Carl  Martignetti, Peter Weldon, and George Yeadon

Six win awards for their years of volunteering.

Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta at Pop Up Repair, their experimental effort to begin a national dialogue about consumption

Sandra Goldmark ’97 puts the focus on repair, not replace.

Shared Interest Group events in November and December

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

The College Pump

Landon Richard, age 4, feeds Cosmo, a one-month-old goat. Cosmo is on the staff of Animal Craze, a local traveling farm.

Petting zoo on the Plaza, a Harvard/Yale man, and a late-blooming novelist

Treasure

Mallow, the work of Pierre Joseph Buc’hoz

A rare collection of blooms housed at Dumbarton Oaks