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November-December 2014

Letters

A letter from the editor: an MIT vision of its educational future

Taxing carbon, teaching writing, legacy admissions, the sly Slive, louts

A letter from President Faust

The College Pump

A World War I Harvard aviator, plus a Game-worthy car buff and his wheels

Treasure

All that’s needed are scissors and a steady hand.

In this Issue

Orlando Patterson may be the last of Harvard sociology’s big thinkers.

Brief life of a Scottish-American conservationist: 1838-1914

Scholars pursue sweeping new interpretations of the human past.

James Laughlin’s transit to Harvard and Europe—and pioneering literary publishing

Letters

A letter from the editor: an MIT vision of its educational future

Taxing carbon, teaching writing, legacy admissions, the sly Slive, louts

A letter from President Faust

Right Now

Max Bazerman wants leaders to take notice of ethical challenges.

Researchers at Mclean Hospital develop a magnet that treats depression and bipolar disorder

Harnessing civic data makes governments more responsive to citizens.

Harvard Squared

Events on and off campus during November and December

Gospel choir concert offers Christmas songs and other inspirational music at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Gilded icons, stark portraits, and a warm tea room

A new exhibit at Harvard’s Peabody Museum highlights decorative weaponry through the ages.

The greenhouses at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens offer greenery and blossoms in winter.

A neighborly pub on the Somerville-Cambridge border

John Harvard's Journal

Harvard’s Art Museums reopen, poised to fulfill their pedagogical purpose.

Beginning the semester with Freshman Convocation, Morning Prayers, a learning and teaching conference, and cuts in employee benefits

A specialist on immigration at Harvard Law School

Robust capital-campaign fundraising, plus Design and Education School launch events

A National Medal of Technology for SEAS dean, National Humanities Medalists, MacArthur Fellows, and more

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

A transformative endowment gift from Gerald L. Chan and family

Harvard's endowment nearly returns to its peak value—and welcomes new investment leadership.

Vice-presidential vacancies in finance and communications, sexual-assault legislation, grade inflation, and more

Further dialogue on campus, and climate-change actions elsewhere

A senior finds her own place at the College.

A roundup of Harvard’s football season so far

Wesley Saunders of basketball excels at anticipation, just as he did in chess.

Montage

Ross Miller’s public art in overlooked places captivates viewers.

In To Make Men Free, Heather Cox Richardson seeks to explain the back-and-forth history of Republican Party goals.

Recent Books with Harvard connections

Rejecting the “tyranny of competence,” John Payne helps musicians bloom.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

The recording of songs and sounds past—a history of musical notation in the West

Alumni

Post-9/11 veterans find new ways to serve at home.

Harvard’s World War I participants are honored in an updated volume edited by Douglass M. Carver ’59.

“Harvard-Hiring-Harvard” helps students find employment.

Filmmakers seek visual material from the early days of Partners In Health.

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

The College Pump

A World War I Harvard aviator, plus a Game-worthy car buff and his wheels

Treasure

All that’s needed are scissors and a steady hand.