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Nuclear War in Korea? Eggs and Taxes More Urgent

8.18.17

Back in April, shortly after I accepted an offer to teach English in South Korea for the academic year ahead, I started getting questions from concerned friends and family. “Are you worried?” They meant, Are you worried about North Korea? Every time tensions with the North flare up, American journalists are fond of spelling out the dire consequences that would result from open war on the Korean peninsula.

Harvard Presidential Search Advances

8.15.17

As the committee consisting of members from the Harvard Corporation and Board of Overseers pursues the search for the successor to President Drew Faust, faculty and staff advisory committees were unveiled today.

The members of the faculty advisory committee are:

A Life of Adventure and Delight

8.14.17

“‘Anita sometimes reads the newspapers,’ Ma said, and then became quiet at the absurdity of her words,” writes author Akhil Sharma, J.D. ’98, in “If You Sing Like That for Me,” one of eight pieces from his new short-story collection A Life of Adventure and Delight. Anita, a lost young Delhi woman, is participating half-willingly as her parents introduce her to a series of potential husbands over dinner.

An Asian Tour Reunion

8.9.17

Fifty years ago this week, they were just touching down in Bombay, having made their way through the southern islands of the Philippines after a flight from Hong Kong a couple of weeks earlier: 88 undergraduate singers, some as young as 17 and none older than 22, all of them halfway around the world from home for the longest time they’d ever been away. They were members of the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, on a summer concert expedition mostly in Asia.

The First-Generation Gap

8.3.17

On any given day in Harvard Yard, you can find students wearing shirts that say “Primus Pride.” They are members of the First Generation Student Union (FGSU), a student organization created in 2013 that exists, according to its president Andrew Pérez ’20, “to even the playing field” for first-generation students in the College. Their mission is three-fold: 

Recruiting for Economic Diversity

8.3.17

As the class of 2021 approaches Harvard Yard this Augustat a time when the Justice Department threatens to challenge race-based affirmative action at Harvard and elsewherethe admissions office is busy preparing for its next application cycle. Harvard Magazine recently met with seven admissions officers to understand the students who will make up the classes of 2022 and beyond.

Extreme-weather Evolution

8.3.17

The green anole lizard, a spectacularly bright reptile found throughout the American south, has difficulty handling temperatures below around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This doesn’t usually pose a problem in its subtropical habitats along the Gulf Coast and in southeastern states.

Harvard’s “HouseZero”

8.3.17

An unassuming wood house at 20 Sumner Road, built in 1924, is now the site of a renovation that may provide a blueprint for concrete steps to bring sustainability to home renovation. Harvard’s Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) is an initiative of the Graduate School of Design focusing on sustainable development.

An Uncertain Future for Harvard Square

7.28.17

SIX YEARS AGO, this magazine ran an article reflecting on the many changes Harvard Square had undergone in the past 25 years: the losses of The Tasty Sandwich Shop and the Wursthaus, as well as the significant decline in independently run bookstores with the closing of the Globe Corner Bookstore and Curious George Books and Toys. The latter closed in 2011 and reopened a year later as “The World’s Only Curious George Store,” and is now once again threatened.

Why Hack?

7.25.17

I attended my first hackathon, CodeDay Boston, at the end of my sophomore year of high school, gathering my nerdiest friends for a full 24 hours of coding. I built a Twitter bot—a program that automatically posts to Twitter—feeding it historical speeches that spanned centuries and continents. It mashed them together to create statements that a political leader might say.

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