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March-April 2017

Letters

Readers comment on privacy, gender agendas, the Horsehead Nebula, and more.

President Faust on Crimson creativity and “constructive imagination”

A comment on how institutions present, and understand, themselves

A longtime contributor hangs up his pencil.

The College Pump

The Harvard Business School student photographs of Roslyn Braeman Payne (left) and Ellen Marram

The Harvard Business School student photographs of Roslyn Braeman Payne (left) and Ellen Marram

Photographs courtesy of Harvard Business School Yearbook

Coeducating the Harvard Club of New York, Robert McNamara redux, and a professor at home on the range

Treasure

Image courtesy of Baker Library, Harvard Business School

Edwin H. Land and the shaping of entrepreneurship in Greater Boston

In this Issue

Susan Cain

Susan Cain

Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer

Susan Cain foments the “Quiet Revolution.”

Photograph by Jim Harrison

A humanistic “masterclass” for Houghton Library's seventy-fifth anniversary

Henry Knowles Beecher, 1950

Henry Knowles Beecher, 1950.

Photograph by Yale Joel/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Brief life of a late-blooming ethicist: 1904-1976

The flowers of Rafflesia arnoldii are the largest in the world.

Photograph by Jeremy Holden

Exploring the genetic mysteries of a gigantic parasite

Justice Stephen Breyer

Justice Stephen Breyer

Photograph by Jim Harrison

The optimistic project of Justice Stephen Breyer

Letters

Readers comment on privacy, gender agendas, the Horsehead Nebula, and more.

President Faust on Crimson creativity and “constructive imagination”

A comment on how institutions present, and understand, themselves

A longtime contributor hangs up his pencil.

Right Now

Illustration by Pete Ryan

Gidon Eshel explains the environmental, social, and political effects of food choices.

Illustration by Stuart Bradford

Scientists think they may have an answer.

Illustration by Davide Bonazzi

Traditional methods of preventing suicide have been ineffective, says psychologist Matthew Nock.

Harvard Squared

Restorative scenes: Most Star Island visitors stay at the historic Oceanic House, overlooking lawns and the harbor.

Photograph by Sean D. Elliot

Wild beauty and meaningful retreats on New Hampshires Star Island

American Dream, by Sarah Thomas

Courtesy of World of WearableArt Limited

Fashion collides with high art at the Peabody Essex Museum.

An iron lung, used to treat polio, that was manufactured by J.H. Emerson Co., in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Photograph by Harvard Magazine/NPB

Artifacts used to fight American epidemics, at the Public Health Museum in Massachusetts

Walnut Grille tends toward towering dishes and fanciful presentations.

Photograph courtesy of Walnut Grille

Expanding vegetarian dining options in Greater Boston

John Harvard's Journal

THE RIGHT STUFF: Freshman point guard Katie Benzan, shown shooting in the home opener against Maine, led the Harvard women’s basketball team in minutes played and points scored per game through January, helping to spark 16 consecutive wins (after an initial loss at Minnesota)—tying the longest such streak in Crimson basketball history and raising hopes for an Ivy League championship.

The right stuff: Freshman point guard Katie Benzan, shown shooting in the home opener against Maine, led the Harvard women’s basketball team in minutes played and points scored per game through January, helping to spark 16 consecutive wins—tying the longest such streak in Crimson basketball history and raising hopes for an Ivy League championship. 

Photographs courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

Basketball teams pursue Ivy League tournament titles. 

New leadership begins sweeping change, attempting to improve persistent underperformance.

On the agenda: challenges to endowments and philanthropy

Broadening the debate on Harvard’s single-gender social organizations

In the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, slow growth and changing demographics

Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton
Photograph by Jim Harrison

A scholar of race, justice, and public policy

Illustration by Mark Steele

A morgue for movies, and more from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

A change at Harvard University Press, and more

Illustration by Anthony Freda

The Undergraduate considers campus debate and action in a polarized era.

Martha Minow

Photograph by Ken Richardson

The Law School dean steps down, graduate-student union balloting, divestment, and more

Ted Minnis is Harvard’s winningest water polo coach—his path to Blodgett Pool included a few detours and sharp turns.

Ted Minnis is Harvard’s winningest water polo coach—his path to Blodgett Pool included a few detours and sharp turns.

Photograph by Stu Rosner

Ted Minnis makes Harvard an East Coast power in a West Coast sport.

Harvard’s Ryan Donato rushes toward the net in the November game that broke Boston College’s win streak.

Photograph by Gil Talbot/Harvard Athletic Communications

Hockey, squash, swimming and diving: winter sports in brief

Montage

Documentarian Kent Garrett ’63 returned to Harvard last fall for a screening of his work.

Documentarian Kent Garrett ’63 returned to Harvard last fall for a screening of his work.

Photograph by Jim Harrison

 

How Black Journal raised the country's consciousness, and opened Kent Garrett's eyes to television's potential

Archaic Paestum—the “beginning” of beauty

Archaic Paestum—the “beginning” of beauty
Photograph by iStock

Probing the primal drives of a landmark architect

Portrait of Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman

Photograph by Beowolf Sheehan

Elif Batuman’s novel The Idiot reflects on her Harvard freshman year.

Before writing anything down, Robert Kyr composes his works—music and text—“internally,” he says, from start to finish.

Photograph by Kelly James Photography

Composer Robert Kyr embraces love, peace, and nature.

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Windermere, 1821, by Joseph M.W. Turner, in the spirit of Wordsworth

Image from the Bridgeman Art Library

Wordsworth seen anew, and other recent books

Elizabeth Bishop: the poet at ease, in 1954

Elizabeth Bishop: the poet at ease, in 1954

Photograph ©The Rosalie Thorne McKenna Foundation Courtesy Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

Adam Kirsch reviews Megan Marshall’s biography of poet Elizabeth Bishop.

Alumni

Shannon Liss-Riordan

Shannon Liss-Riordan
Photograph by Stu Rosner

Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan takes on the app economy.

Harvard celebrates its volunteer alumni leaders.

The College Pump

The Harvard Business School student photographs of Roslyn Braeman Payne (left) and Ellen Marram

The Harvard Business School student photographs of Roslyn Braeman Payne (left) and Ellen Marram

Photographs courtesy of Harvard Business School Yearbook

Coeducating the Harvard Club of New York, Robert McNamara redux, and a professor at home on the range

Treasure

Image courtesy of Baker Library, Harvard Business School

Edwin H. Land and the shaping of entrepreneurship in Greater Boston