A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber collaborated on a fall freshman seminar titled “Theater and Magic.”
At the Feb. 15 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members considered proposals for a Ph.D. program in education and to change the schedule of regular meetings of the Faculty in the rules of faculty procedure. They also met with President Drew Faust to ask and answer questions as representatives of the faculty.
Museum educators are using their collections to help members of the Harvard community explore salient issues like creativity and leadership in new ways.
At the Nov. 30 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members approved the Harvard Summer School “Courses of Instruction” for 2012. They also heard reports on advising in the College and on information technology.
A new Harvard Medical School topic helps to train future physicians in the expanding field of global health.
The first of a series of campuswide dialogues on teaching and learning called “Conversations@FAS: Redefining Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century," featured A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus; Christopher Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology; and David Malan, lecturer on computer science.
Harvard classes and a new journal embrace an emerging wave of doctoral learning beyond the written word that uses film, photo, audio, and other communication channels.
“Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads,” a book by two Harvard Business School faculty members, has been named one of the best business books of 2010 by Strategy + Business magazine.
A summary of the Faculty Council meeting held on Dec. 1.
As Harvard’s Gen Ed curriculum expands, it’s drawing ever-widening interest from students and faculty after its first year.
In her freshman seminar, lecturer Rowena He sheds light on the Chinese government’s 1989 crackdown on dissent by melding the personal with the academic.
Students in Giuliana Minghelli’s new course on cultural migrations between Italy and Africa get an up-close view of the colonial era, witnessing a performance by one of the assigned authors and developing their own creative responses.
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ deans of undergraduate education awarded an unprecedented 510 certificates of distinction and excellence on Oct. 26 at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies.
An undergraduate explains why she majors in psychology, even though she expects her career paths will take her to other fields.
A new language course offers students at Harvard Divinity School a chance to develop a nuanced cultural approach to their ministry work.
A group from the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement is taught Scratch, a basic programming tool, by teaching fellows and course assistants from CS50: “Introduction to Computer Science I,” a popular Harvard course taught by David Malan.
Noam T. Wasserman, associate professor at Harvard Business School (HBS), has won the Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award from the Academy of Management in recognition of his second-year M.B.A. elective course “Founders’ Dilemmas.”
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee on Mind/Brain/Behavior recognized seniors in a ceremony held at the Harvard Faculty Club on May 26.
The Harvard Extension School will host a general information session on Tuesday, June 15, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Hall and the Science Center. The session is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the School and its offerings, including more than 600 courses and liberal arts and professional degree programs.
HBS professors Forest L. Reinhardt and Michael W. Toffel share the 2009 D. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for sustainability issues in business curricula.
A panel explores the effects of high-stakes testing, and suggests new measurements of achievement are needed.
In this relevant release, Menand, an English professor, argues that most universities are out of touch and calls for their dire makeover. Menand touches on everything from problem solving to curriculum, to faculty and diversity, and more.
Harvard lecturer David Malan’s introductory computer-programming class spawns an array of imaginative new applications, reflected in the annual CS 50 Fair.
Julie Peters, the inaugural Byron and Anita Wien Professor, focuses on artistic cultural history, as well as the literary works themselves.
According to Harvard Law Record blogger Jessica Corsi, Cruise popped into celebrity attorney Bertram Fields’ guest lecture in professor Bruce Hay’s entertainment-law class. After announcing he had never heard his buddy lecture before, Cruise took a seat in the back of the class at Langdell South and even participated in the two-hour discussion.
In his Harvard University course on moral reasoning, Michael Sandel asks students to consider a wide variety of contentious issues, ranging from the financial bailouts to affirmative action.
At Harvard, a freshman seminar Greg Mankiw is teaching had 15 slots, and 200 applicants — getting into it, he notes, was about a hard as getting into Harvard all over again.
Is it ethical to torture a suspect to get information? Is it all right to steal a drug that your child needs to survive? Should we tax the rich to help the ...
Harvard University today announced the launch of a new, practice-based doctoral program to prepare graduates for senior leadership roles in school districts, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.
Citing what it calls a "leadership deficit" in the nation's schools, Harvard University is introducing a doctoral education program aimed at attracting top talent to transform the U.S. education system by shaking up the status quo.
The Harvard Graduate School of Education will announce today that it will offer a new, tuition-free doctoral degree in education leadership, its first new degree in 74 years.
Harvard University has teamed up with WGBH Boston to produce a new television series and interactive Web site that will take viewers inside one of the University’s most popular courses. “Justice” will premiere on public television stations nationwide in mid-September.
Lamont tells all in this behind-the-scenes work on the mysterious underpinnings of academia. Be in the room when the greatest thinkers meet behind closed doors and talk about how excellent excellence is.
New concentration is the latest example of the University’s commitment to and pre-eminence in the promising field of stem cell research.
As the newly arrived Class of 2013 settles into the brick dormitories of Harvard Yard, they are already distinguished as the first matriculating class to study exclusively under the new requirements of Harvard College’s Program in General Education.
The Kennedy School will offer a new course this fall on disaster recovery, largely focusing on New Orleans and the work the School has done there in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Harvard has received a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus (HGLC) to endow the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality. Harvard Overseer Mitchell L. Adams ’66, M.B.A. ’69, will inform participants at the annual HGLC Commencement dinner that a campaign spanning several years has reached its goal. Named after the distinguished gay Harvard faculty member F.O. Matthiessen (1902–50), the professorship represents the first endowed named chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies in the country.
Earlier this month, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) made official what scientists worldwide have known for years: Harvard is a hotbed of research and teaching in the field of human evolutionary biology — the study of why we’re the way we are.
The Harvard Extension School has announced four new concentrations in its Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.) Program beginning with the 2009-10 academic year. The new concentrations are international relations, legal studies, visual arts, and clinical psychology. The concentrations were selected upon careful consideration of Extension School course offerings, the number of Harvard instructors teaching these courses, and repeated requests from students to create the concentrations.
With this fall’s formal launch of the new Program in General Education (Gen Ed) just a few months away, undergraduates are sampling from eight courses being offered this spring under the Gen Ed rubric.
Every Monday a small group of students gathers in Andover Hall for a sacred musical journey.
Susan Leal intends to use her public sector expertise to address issues of water management and climate change. Former astronaut Charles F. Bolden Jr. is passionate about health care. Robert Whelan will likely turn his business acumen toward education.
Eleven undergraduate playwrights will present staged readings of their plays as part of the inaugural Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, held April 23-26 in New College Theatre. The plays will be performed with the collaboration of professional directors, graduate actors, and dramaturges from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training.
Thomas R. Jehn, an expert in writing pedagogy, has been appointed Sosland Director in the Harvard College Writing Program, effective immediately.
Clicking keyboards provide a soundtrack to the semester’s end, as students put finishing touches on term papers, theses, dissertations, and the like. But amid the flurry of traditional writing assignments, there are other projects afoot. Short stories, for example. Screenplays. Fiction manuscripts. Personal essays.
The writing of culture watcher and critic Louis Menand — Harvard’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English — has cast a wide net over the years.
The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) recently announced the top 50 programs of the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards competition. The programs, which represent the best in government innovation from local, county, city, tribal, state, and federal levels, were selected from more than 600 applicants, and include 21 cities and towns, seven counties, one school district, 11 states, eight federal agencies, one tribal government, and one regional authority.
Inviting a new generation of scientists into the study of human development, disease, and aging, Harvard University will offer a new undergraduate concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology (HDRB) starting this fall.
What is creativity? Does it depend on more than that red wheelbarrow that William Carlos Williams saw? Is creativity a creature of neuron bundles, brain size, daydreaming? Is it the capacity for metaphor or divergent thinking?
As schools around the country work to meet academic requirements in reading and math set by the No Child Left Behind Act, some educators worry the trend ignores a critical part of a child’s learning: civic and moral education.