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Harvard at Home

January-February 2002

The University's on-line educational venture, Harvard at Home, offers a number of new vignettes on topics ranging from terrorism and Islamic politics to Yeats, African-American women, and the inauguration of University president Lawrence H. Summers. The program is designed to give alumni insight into the intellectual happenings around campus.

Newly available are highlights from "A World in Conflict," a forum held at the Harvard Club of New York City on November 6 (see page 45). President Summers presides over a discussion with panelists J. Bryan Hehir, then chair of the executive committee at the Divinity School; Joseph S. Nye Jr., dean of the Kennedy School of Government; and Armstrong professor of international, foreign, and comparative law Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Alumni may also see and hear segments of a lecture by Porter University Professor Helen Vendler on Yeats's poem "Among The Schoolchildren," and a talk by Columbia University professor Farah Jasmine Griffin entitled "Bluenotes and Butterflies: Thoughts on Black Women's Vocality" (part of the Dean's Lecture Series at the Radcliffe Institute).

The site provides extensive coverage of the October 12 inauguration of President Summers: his full address; edited video of the ceremony, including a speech by Yale's president; and clips from one of the special symposiums, "Science on The Edge," with Baird professor of science Dudley Herschbach.

"Islam and America" was the topic of the Alumni College held in November. A condensed version of the days's events is also available at the site.

Harvard at Home is accessible through, where one registers for the password-protected alumni website Post.Harvard. A menu on that site links users to Harvard at Home.