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November-December 2010

Letters

Mill girls, mushroom mirth, folklore myths

The College Pump

Delicacies from Rommel's chef at Stillman Infirmary, plus gastronomical lectures from Ferran Adrià and peers

Treasure

A sampler from the Harvard University Library's online collection <em>Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History.</em>

In this Issue

Amy Cuddy probes snap judgments, warm feelings, and how to become an “alpha dog.”

Brief life of a pioneering suffragist: 1885-1977

Photographer Susan Meiselas’s quest to understand via images. With audio from the interview.

Illustration by Greg Spalenka

Deliberative democracy, philosophical pragmatism, and Barack Obama's conception of American governance

Letters

Mill girls, mushroom mirth, folklore myths

Right Now

Caloric restriction and exercise boost mental acuity and motor ability by rejuvenating synapses.

An economist finds that good kindergarten teachers boost pupils' earnings later in life.

Stars escaping the Milky Way help Warren Brown and other astronomers map the distribution of matter in our galaxy.

Tactile sensations change perceptions, says psychologist Christopher Nocera.

New England Regional

A cookbook writer and anthropologist, apple ice wine makers, and a fermentation aficionado celebrate New England food.

Late fall happenings at and around Harvard

Vee Vee in Jamaica Plain turns out innovative food that is fresh, healthy, delicious, and modestly priced.

John Harvard's Journal

Harvard renews an older building to create new labs in Cambridge for stem-cell research.

Early in the fall term, Drew Faust reviews Harvard’s improved finances, University governance, scientific misconduct, and other issues.

The community organizer, who once worked with César Chávez, now teaches at the Kennedy School.

An investigation of psychology professor Marc Hauser's lab results in a misconduct finding—and questions for the field of animal cognition.

A year after declining $11 billion, investment returns on Harvard’s endowment turn positive.

Fundraising remains strong, and the financial report and faculty retirement decisions are pending.

Headlines from Harvard history

A conference and an exhibition at Houghton Library showcase the legacy of the pioneering psychologist and philosopher.

A groundbreaking undergraduate concentration celebrates half a century.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Michael D. Smith looks beyond financial constraints to academic priorities, from better teaching to renovated undergraduate Houses.

A new series from Harvard University Press reintroduces works that mattered in the Middle Ages. With excerpts from two of the works.

Larry Summers to return, Mahindra Humanities Center, Ph.D. programs, financial aid, appointments, and other University news

The Undergraduate comes to terms, on her own terms, with feminism.

Senior cross-country captain Daniel Chenoweth outruns the competition.

The new Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium hosts its first games.

Quarterback Andrew Hatch returns to the Harvard fold.

A former cross-country-man’s sonnet honors fellow runners.

Montage

Elizabeth Whittaker’s beautiful buildings look expensive, but aren’t.

In a new critical work, Helen Vendler assesses one of Emily Dickinson’s deceptively simple early poems.

Two San Francisco sisters add Asian and other original flavors to their gourmet confectionery.

Romanticism, a new collection by poet April Bernard, mixes disillusionment with emotion and playfulness.

Recent books with Harvard connections

Rick Meyerowitz’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead is a compendium of the best pieces from the National Lampoon.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Alumni

American James Snyder ’73 recreates an Israeli national landmark.

Seniors Michael Baskin and Ryan Schell are honored for contributing to the quality of life in their undergraduate Houses.

Six alumni are honored for their outstanding service to the University through alumni activities.

Late fall Shared Interest Group events

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries published in the print edition of this magazine.

The College Pump

Delicacies from Rommel's chef at Stillman Infirmary, plus gastronomical lectures from Ferran Adrià and peers

Treasure

A sampler from the Harvard University Library's online collection <em>Reading: Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History.</em>