Year: 2010

  • Nation & World

    The ripples of Brown v. Board

    Panelists say Brown v. Board of Education is still a banner for racial equality, but its inspiration may not be matched by its actual legal impact.

    5 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    The EPA at 40

    EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that strong Republican gains in November’s election do not mean there is a public mandate to roll back EPA protections.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Governance Review Culminates in Changes to Harvard Corporation

    The Harvard Corporation, the governing board formally known as the President and Fellows of Harvard College, will undertake a number of changes to its composition, structure, and practices, it was announced today (December 6).

    6 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Q&A on Harvard’s changing Corporation

    The Harvard Corporation is embracing a number of significant changes, including its first expansion since its creation 360 years ago. President Drew Faust and Robert Reischauer, the Corporation’s senior fellow, discuss the changes that are designed to expand the capacity of the President and Fellows of Harvard College as it guides the University forward.

    11 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Heading for Congress

    Twenty-four incoming members of Congress visited the Harvard Kennedy School this week for a four-day conference to help prepare them for their new jobs.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Shopping in, and for, the Square

    Dozens of staff, faculty, and students — along with local business owners and Harvard President Drew Faust — turned out at Forbes Plaza on Dec. 2 to kick off Crimson Shops Local, an annual effort by the University and the Harvard Square Business Association to encourage shopping nearby for the holidays.

    4 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Channeling Carson McCullers

    Artists and performers Suzanne Vega and Duncan Sheik, along with Harvard graduate and director Kay Matschullat ’77, discussed their upcoming musical product at one of Harvard’s newest art spaces.

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    The hard way

    Four people who risked their careers and even their lives to stand on principle shared their stories in an event sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights.

    4 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Nuclear weapons, primal fears

    With 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world, analysts gathered at Harvard with a message: Just say none — but prepare for the worst.

    6 minutes
  • Health

    Tracking molecules at video rate

    A novel type of biomedical imaging, made possible by advances in microscopy from scientists at Harvard University, is so fast and sensitive it can capture “video” of blood cells squeezing through capillaries.

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Registration open for 14-day reading course

    Registration is open for the Bureau of Study Counsel’s 14-day Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies. The fee is $150.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Sampson named to Office of Justice advisory board

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder named Harvard Professor Robert Sampson, the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, to the newly created Office of Justice Programs Science Advisory Board on Nov. 23.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Faculty Council meeting held Dec. 1

    A summary of the Faculty Council meeting held on Dec. 1.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Generally, a happy anniversary

    As Harvard’s Gen Ed curriculum expands, it’s drawing ever-widening interest from students and faculty after its first year.

    5 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Echoes of Tiananmen Square

    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.

    5 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Making sense of the truth

    Harvard philosophy professor Mark Richard explores the philosophy of language — and loves a good live music show.

    4 minutes
  • Health

    Keeping HIV out of the cradle

    A Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative trial that gave HIV-positive mothers in Botswana antiretroviral drugs during the months after birth showed a dramatic reduction in the transmission of the virus from mothers to breast-fed babies.

    4 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Feeling the pinch

    Harvard Law School’s Noah Feldman’s gripping history of FDR’s most prominent — and turbulent — Supreme Court justices plays out in his book, “Scorpions: The Battles and Triumphs of FDR’s Great Supreme Court Justices.”

    3 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    A look inside: Kirkland House

    Within the dark-paneled Junior Common Room of Kirkland House, comedic duo Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the masterminds behind the teenage hilarity in the films “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary,” entertained a crowd recently as part of the popular series “Conversations with Kirkland.”

    2 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

    Beneficial Professor of Law Charles Fried and his son, Gregory, chair of Suffolk University’s Philosophy Department, co-author this critique of government-sanctioned torture and surveillance.

    1 minute
  • Health

    Life support for medical faculty

    Shore Fellowships provide important breathing room for junior faculty members pressed by the demands of work and home life.

    6 minutes
  • Arts & Culture

    Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

    Theda Skocpol, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Lawrence R. Jacobs parse the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama, and explain what comes next for this landmark legislation.

    1 minute
  • Arts & Culture

    Yalta: The Price of Peace

    Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History S.M. Plokhy uncovers the daily dynamics of the 1945 Yalta Conference and embroiders them with items behind subsequent recrimination about the conference results, such as FDR’s ill health and the presence of probable Soviet spy Alger Hiss.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Greening the Kennedy School

    Harvard Kennedy School makes quick progress in efforts to conserve energy use, promote recycling.

    5 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    In search of Captain Nemo

    In this Student Voice column, a senior talks about how he learned to chart his own course while at Harvard.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Choral director honors tradition

    Harvard’s Holden Choirs use one word to describe their new director, Andrew Clark: energy. Clark and Kevin Leong conduct a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 10.

    5 minutes
  • Nation & World

    Italy and Africa, entwined

    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.

    5 minutes
  • Science & Tech

    Ice sheet in peril? Gravity to the rescue

    Gravity’s surprising effects when the Earth’s ice sheets melt can help to stabilize ones, such as those found in West Antarctica, that are grounded below sea level.

    4 minutes
  • Campus & Community

    Star count of the universe may triple, new study suggests

    A study suggests the universe could have triple the number of stars scientists previously calculated.

    1 minute
  • Campus & Community

    Scholars venerable

    Retired Harvard faculty, some with astonishing personal stories, are windows onto a vanishing past, even as many continue to work in their fields.

    15 minutes
    Emeritus Professor Daniel Aaron