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Concert to honor music faculty

A farewell concert featuring the music of Harvard Department of Music faculty Julian Anderson and Joshua Fineberg will be held May 21 at 8 p.m. in John Knowles Paine Concert Hall. Anderson, the Fanny P. Mason Professor of Music, and Fineberg, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, will be leaving the University at the end of the academic year.

Anderson is returning to the United Kingdom to be a freelance composer and to teach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Additionally, he is working on new pieces for the Asko Ensemble of Amsterdam, a ballet for the Rambert Dance Company, and an orchestral work for the Cleveland Orchestra, among other projects. Fineberg, meanwhile, will assume a composition professorship at Boston University and the directorship of the university’s electronic and computer music studio.

Assistant Professor of Music Elliott Gyger will conduct the send-off concert, which will feature Anderson’s composition “The Bearded Lady” and “Poetry Nearing Silence” and Fineberg’s “Broken Symmetries” and “Veils (Dominique My, piano).” The concert is free and open to the public.

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Harvard Design Magazine awarded honor by AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Harvard Design Magazine with the Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement on May 5 at the 2007 annual AIA conference held in San Antonio. William Saunders, editor of the magazine, was presented with the award.

The magazine was honored for “giving voice to reviews and columns by the world’s leading critical writers, inspiring insightful debate on the leading issues of the day on architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.”

Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement are given biennially by AIA to recognize and encourage distinguished achievements of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have had a beneficial influence on or advanced the architectural profession.

India Poetry Reading welcomes poets, readers, and listeners

The 11th annual India Poetry Reading at Harvard University will be held this Saturday (May 12) at 3 p.m. at the Science Center, Hall A. The reading serves to celebrate languages while offering a venue for poets and readers to present and recite original compositions or extracts from classics. The event is normally woven around a topic to focus selection and allow arrangement of material to a thought or a concept. This year’s theme is “My Language.”

Poems and compositions in any language are invited for recitation at the event (readers are asked to provide short translations of the compositions in English for the benefit of the audience). Poets interested in participating should e-mail Bijoy Misra ( or call (781) 259-0029. Original compositions from high school students and young adults are particularly welcome. Sponsored by the Outreach Committee of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

New fellowship established at Modern Greek Studies Program

The University recently endowed the Modern Greek Studies Program with a two-year fellowship for at least one Ph.D. student in Modern Greek studies per year. The fellowship, which covers tuition as well as living expenses, will be awarded to applicants on the basis of academic merit. Ph.D. students may be admitted (primarily to the departments of the Classics or of Comparative Literature, or to any other department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) after making arrangements with the director of the program, Professor of Modern Greek Studies Panagiotis Roilos.

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LINewsletter submissions wanted

The Landscape Institute of the Arnold Arboretum is currently accepting submissions for the June issue of its newsletter, LINewsletter. Articles, editorials, book reviews, and lecture and exhibition notices on topics of specific interest to the landscape industry, including architecture, design, history, preservation, sustainable design, and horticulture, are welcome.

Materials should be submitted (as a Word document) to Ann Greaney-Williams via e-mail ( or mailed to the Landscape Institute, 29 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138. The deadline for submissions is May 15.

PDK presents talk on publishing

Harvard’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) will present a publishing panel titled “Encouraging Educators Through the Printed Word” on May 16 at 6 p.m. in Ticknor Lounge (Boylston Hall) with Bruce Smith, the longtime editor of Phi Delta Kappan, PDK’s international journal. Joining Smith are Al Bursma, the award-winning educational publishing executive and entrepreneur in a curriculum and materials company, and Kerry Venegas, Harvard Educational Review editorial board member, former teacher, and National Science Foundation Einstein Distinguished Fellow.

Preceding the program, a new member ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Discussants will include Graduate School of Education students Helen Malone (on experience in alternative publishing opportunities) and Michelle Burford, writer and editor of Oprah’s O Magazine (on the power of popular journalism).