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November-December 2011

Letters

Harvard @375, Mary Berenson, energy options, colleges in crisis, and more

The College Pump

Robert J. Kiely on gay rights at Adams House, plus the Harvard M.B.A. Indicator

Treasure

Is this a dagger which I see before me…? Not primarily.

In this Issue

Peter Del Tredici’s search for the wild ginkgo and the secret of its uniquely long survival

Two scholars of higher education buck the negative tide.

Brief life of a patriot and scoundrel: 1754-1819

An exhibition at the Sackler reveals the connections among Renaissance art, invention, and the evolution of science.

Former Hollywood filmmaker Michael Rich of HMS studies how media affect youth.

Letters

Harvard @375, Mary Berenson, energy options, colleges in crisis, and more

Right Now

Psychology professor Daniel Wegner has found that access to information online changes what people remember.

Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton finds Americans prefer a more equal distribution of wealth.

George Church has developed tools for large-scale editing of the genome as fast and easy as word processing.

Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics confirm the presence of a black hole in the constellation Cygnus.

New England Regional

New England offers numerous forms of dance for body, mind, and soul.

New England Dance Resources

Events at and around Harvard, November-December 2011

One of Cambridge’s locavore leaders thrives in Kendall Square.

John Harvard's Journal

The Mahindra Humanities Center erects eight “poetry posts” to prompt reflection about loss and recovery.

The Allston Work Team's development recommendations have been endorsed by the Harvard Corporation.

The College redistributes aid among lower- and higher-income undergraduates, and introduces a new family financial-planning tool.

Headlines from Harvard's history

Dean Michael D. Smith presents his draft annual report: budget, faculty growth, and more

The newly minted McArthur University Professor co-directs the Business and Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School.

Divinity School dean William A. Graham steps down, Nobel Prizes awarded to seven alumni, Dumbarton Oaks’ expansion, MacArthur Fellows announced, and other Harvard news.

An undergraduate travels to Namibia in the hope that, by flinging herself to a faraway place, she will figure things out.

An undergraduate wonders if the College could be more like camp.

This year's football team is tough, physical, and resourceful.

Two basketball co-captains with a nose for the hoop

Montage

The documentary film "Foreign Parts" explores Willets Point, a vanishing junkyard neighborhood in Queens.

Erin Wade's Vinaigrette salad bistro serves organic, home-grown greens in Santa Fe.

Menzie Chinn and Jeffry Frieden review recent U.S. economic woes in the context of the “capital flow cycle.”

Meredith James '04 creates surrealist videos and sculptures that challenge perceptions.

Gordon S. Wood on the birth of the United States, Steven Pinker on declining violence, Jack M. Balkin on "Living Originalism," and a dozen others whose recent books have Harvard connections

David Nathan reviews Brent R. Stockwell's "The Quest for the Cure"

Alumni

The class of 1971 reflects on the coeducational living experiment.

Anne Douglas ’12, of Adams House, and Marcel Moran ’11, of Eliot House, are the 2011 David and Mimi Aloian Memorial Scholars.

Seven alumni received Hunn Memorial Schools and Scholarships Awards in 2011.

The Harvard Alumni Association Awards recognize outstanding service to the University through alumni activities.

Alumni join in to help British filmmaker Elizabeth McKay with her forthcoming documentary, ”Harvard at Chanzeaux: A Tribute to Laurence Wylie.”

The Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café in Boulder, Colorado, sells beverages, pastries, and poetry—nothing else.

"No Look Pass," a documentary film about Harvard basketball player Emily Tay ’08, was written, produced, and directed by Melissa Johnson ’00.

Two alumnae travel across America to distribute socks and document the plight of homeless youths.

News from Shared Interest Groups

The Boxing Club aims to build an alumni network.

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

The College Pump

Robert J. Kiely on gay rights at Adams House, plus the Harvard M.B.A. Indicator

Treasure

Is this a dagger which I see before me…? Not primarily.