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September-October 2009

Letters

Letters from our readers

The College Pump

Hollis professor of divinity Harvey Cox will lead a cow through Harvard Yard.

Treasure

Seaweed and seaside scenes of Martha’s Vineyard

In this Issue

Atul Gawande, surgeon and health-policy scholar, never expected to be a literary voice of medicine.

Financial regulation, moral hazard, and the end of “too big to fail”

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Mlle. Marie Gabrielle Capet [at right] and Mlle. Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond (1785)

Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource, NY

A brief profile of an enterprising French artist

The erosion of privacy in the Internet era

Letters

Letters from our readers

Right Now

Architects are beginning to employ biomimicry, studying nature as a model for building design.

“Super-recognizers” have an astonishing ability to identify faces.

Why a little self-indulgence makes sense.

A star more than 13 billion years old

New England Regional

Alumni take up community service

Suggestions for your autumn schedule

Who volunteers where

A French bistro in Boston’s South End

John Harvard's Journal

An update on the University's economic situation

President Faust on Harvard's finances, intellectual momentum, and future

Harvard Management Company president Jane Mendillo offers an update

A new history by its dean, Michael Shinagel, documents the school's emphasis on accessibility and continuing education.

Meet the new conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

A new book relates the history of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

The Harvard University Press display room closes its doors.

On the arrest of Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and its aftermath

Headlines from Harvard history

Arrests and indictments in a case linked to drugs

Social scientist Gary King and systems biologist Marc W. Kirschner are named University Professors.

Short takes on recent news

If courses aren't as exciting as extracurriculars, what’s a college for?

Harvard Magazine’s new Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows

Soccer’s Lizzy Nichols has a gift for penalty kicks.

Football preview, and Cleat’s blog

Montage

Baratunde Thurston ’99 of The Onion combines comedy, politics, and technology.

Socialism as family inconvenience

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Richard Peña ’75 is program director of the New York Film Festival.

Recent books with Harvard connections

A review of Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Alumni

Smile Train's Brian Mullaney ’81 aims to correct cleft-palate deformities around the world.

HAA president Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland knows what makes people happy.

Two Harvard seniors are honored for improving House life.

Seven alumni are honored for schools and scholarships work.

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association meets in Cairo.

Teresa Chen ’64 promotes healthy soup-making and -eating.

Amy Nathan ’67 aims to help kids over musical rough patches with <em>The Young Musician’s Survival Guide</em>.

Philip Wharton ’82 and daughter Sophie ’11 pedal 100 miles for Afghan and Pakistani children.

Forthcoming Shared Interest Group events

The College Pump

Hollis professor of divinity Harvey Cox will lead a cow through Harvard Yard.

Treasure

Seaweed and seaside scenes of Martha’s Vineyard