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Books that pop

From their centuries-old origins to today, pop-up books stand the test of time



“I like to play with words, and most people pick up on it,” said Harvard surgeon Per-Olof Hasselgren, a native of Sweden who became so transfixed with English slang involving body parts that he compiled a book of it.

Body of work

Émigré physician pens book about anatomy-based English expressions



Carol Oja, Harvard’s William Powell Mason Professor of Music, chair of the Music Department, and the Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic, was in the midst of researching another book on Bernstein’s work when “I realized there was this whole really fascinating racial history” connected with the first production of "On the Town."

In 1944, Broadway subversion

Young, gifted creators of ‘On the Town’ quietly stirred diversity into their groundbreaking musical, professor recounts



“The Monuments Men,” a film based on a true story, depicts an international team of middle-aged art experts during WWII who are racing to liberate priceless art from the Nazis. Many of the real-life team members were Harvard-trained. The book's author, Robert M. Edsel (center, photo 1),  joined Diane McWhorter (left) and Lucia Allais for the IOP panel discussion, which  included one of the film's actors, Matt Damon, via Skype (photo 2).

A monument to saved art

Harvard-trained conservators were key players in tracking, rescuing priceless works in World War II



In a new polemic, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Thomas Patterson calls for sweeping changes to the education of journalists and the practice of journalism. “In some ways, it amazes me some of the things that have fallen through the cracks in journalism,” said Patterson. “It’s an old problem, but I think there’s a new urgency.”


Why it’s time, author says, for journalism to raise its intellectual standards