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March-April 2003

Your Vote Counts

Ballots for Overseer and for elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association will arrive in mid April and must be returned by 12 p.m. on May 30 to be counted. All Harvard degree holders are eligible to vote. The following list of nominees—all selected by the HAA's nominating committee—was up to date as of February 1, when this issue went to press. Results of the election are announced on Commencement Day, June 5.

For Overseer (six-year term, five to be elected):*

Michael Cronin '75, M.B.A. '77. Weston, Mass. Managing partner, Weston Presidio Capital.

Roger Ferguson '73, J.D. '77, Ph.D '81. Washington, D.C. Vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

Merrick Garland '74, J.D. '77. Washington, D.C. Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Carl Pforzheimer '58, M.B.A. '63. Scarsdale, N.Y. Investment banker, managing partner, Carl H. Pforzheimer & Co.

Earl "Rusty" Powell, Ph.D '74. Alexandria, Va. Director, National Gallery of Art.

Joan Steitz, Ph.D '67. Branford, Conn. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Sterling professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry, Yale.

Leah Zell Wanger '71, Ph.D '79. Chicago. Lead portfolio manager, Acorn International Fund; head of International Equities, Liberty Wanger Asset Fund.

Pauline Yu '70. Pacific Palisades, Calif. Dean of humanities and professor of East Asian languages and cultures, UCLA.

For HAA Director (three-year term, six to be elected)**:

Alexander Aldrich '80. Montpelier, Vt. Executive director, Vermont Arts Council.

Joseph Azelby '84. Cresskill, N.J. J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management (New York City).

Thomas Castro '76. Houston. President, El Dorado Communications Inc.

Mark Chandler '78. Palo Alto. Vice president of legal services and general counsel, Cisco Systems Inc.

Susan Fales-Hill '84. New York City. Writer, television producer.

Marilyn Holifield, J.D. '72. Miami. Attorney and partner, Holland & Knight LLP.

Alan Khazei '83, J.D. '87. Jamaica Plain, Mass. CEO, City Year Inc.

Quintin Primo, M.B.A. '79. Barrington Hills, Ill. Cochairman, Capri Capital.

Andrea Silbert '86, M.B.A.-M.P.A. '92. West Harwich, Mass. Executive director, Center for Women & Enterprise.

 

*Nominations of one or more Overseer candidates may be made each year by holders of Harvard degrees. Such nominations must be made on an official nomination form furnished by the Secretary of the Board upon request to qualified applicants. For 2003 the petition had to contain at least 252 valid signatures and had to have been filed by February 10.

**Additional nominations for HAA elected director may be made by certificate, signed by regular members of the association in number not less than three-quarters of one percent of the average number of votes cast in the previous three elections. For 2003, the number of signatures needed was 253 and the petition had to have been filed by February 10.

Visiting Campus

"Return to Harvard day," on April 9, offers alumni of all classes, their spouses, and high-school-age children the chance to visit the campus while the academic year is in full swing. Participants may join in undergraduate classes and meet faculty members. The HAA will send a brochure to reunion classes in the Greater Boston area. If you do not receive a copy, and would like to attend the event, contact Michele Carletti, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138, 617-495-2555, or e-mail [email protected].

 

A SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2003

Morning Exercises

To accommodate the increasing number of those wishing to attend Harvard's Commencement Exercises, the following guidelines are proposed to facilitate admission into Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement Morning:

* Degree candidates will receive a limited number of tickets to Commencement. Parents and guests of degree candidates must have tickets, which they will be required to show at the gates in order to enter Tercentenary Theatre. Seating capacity is limited; however, there is standing room on the Widener steps and at the rear and sides of the Theatre for viewing the exercises.

Note: A ticket allows admission into the Theatre, but does not guarantee a seat. The sale of Commencement tickets is prohibited.

* Alumni/ae attending their major reunions (25th, 35th, 50th) will receive tickets at their reunions. Alumni/ae in classes beyond the 50th may obtain tickets from the Classes and Reunions Office, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.

* Alumni/ae from non-major reunion years and their spouses are requested to view the Morning Exercises over large-screen televisions situated in the Science Center, Sanders Theatre, most of the undergraduate Houses, and professional schools. These locations provide ample seating, and tickets are not required.

* A limited supply of tickets will be made available to all other alumni/ae on a first-come, first-served basis through the Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.

Afternoon Exercises

The Harvard Alumni Association's Annual Meeting convenes in Tercentenary Theatre on Commencement afternoon. All alumni and alumnae, faculty, students, parents, and guests are invited to attend and hear President Summers and the Commencement Speaker deliver their addresses. Tickets for the afternoon ceremony will be available through the Harvard Alumni Association, 124 Mount Auburn Street, sixth floor, Cambridge 02138.

~ The Commencement Office, Harvard Alumni Association

 

Comings and Goings

Local Harvard clubs host numerous lectures and social gatherings throughout the year. A list of some of the events planned for this spring follows. For further details, contact the HAA's clubs and programs office at 617-495-3070 or visit www.haa.harvard.edu.

On March 5, the Harvard Club of Cincinnati hosts Ali Asani, professor of the practice of Indo-Muslim languages and cultures, for a lecture on "Pluralism, Intolerance, and the Quran: Challenges in Contemporary Islam." On March 6, Chinese history professor Peter Bol talks about "Rediscovering the Past in China Today" with members of the Harvard Club of New York City. "The Brothers Grimm and Medieval Fairy Tales" is the focus of an evening with Porter professor of Medieval Latin Jan Ziolkowski on March 8, sponsored by the Harvard Club of the West Coast of Florida. Ziolkowski also speaks at the Harvard Club of Cape Cod on April 18. The Harvard Club of Central Florida presents Theodore Stebbins, distinguished fellow and consultative curator of American art, for "American Art at Harvard, of All Places" on March 8. Doyle professor of cosmology John Huchra examines "Cosmic Questions, Cosmic Answers," at the Harvard Club of New York City on March 26. The Harvard Club of Long Island offers Gund professor of neuroscience John Dowling and Asian art specialist Judith Dowling, in a discussion of "The Art of Seeing" on March 30.

On April 11, Jewish studies professor Jay Harris gives a lecture entitled "Is It True: 'If There Is No God, Everything Is Permitted'?" at a Graduate School of Arts and Sciences event in Sarasota. Dean of admissions and financial aid William Fitzsimmons elucidates "Harvard Admissions" on April 23 for the Harvard Club of Western Pennsylvania. Government professor Kenneth Shepsle talks about "Bargaining in the Senate" at a GSAS event on April 29 at the Harvard Club of New York City.

 

Harvard at Home

Looking for another intellectual connection to the University? Harvard at Home, an on-line educational venture, offers compact versions of lectures, seminars, conferences, and other events happening on campus.

Among the newest segments available is "The College Experience: A Blueprint for Success" by education professor Richard J. Light. Drawing on information from hundreds of interviews with students, Light examines topics such as academic advising, collaborative learning, living arrangements, and diversity.

Alumni may also experience aspects of the Radcliffe Institute's "Women, Money, and Power Conference," held from October 24 to 25, 2002. The first of four on-line programs to be posted on the conference, this segment focuses on women and entrepreneurship in contemporary America, and includes highlights from panel discussions and the keynote address by Pamela Thomas-Graham '85, M.B.A.-J.D. '89, president and CEO of CNBC.

Also newly available is a one-hour program featuring Pellegrino University Research professor E.O. Wilson who gives a lecture "On the Relation of Science and the Humanities" (see page 36). Wilson postulates "...that genetic evolution and cultural evolution are somehow interwoven. We are only beginning to obtain a glimmer of the nature of this process." The vignette also features a glossary of terms, slide images, and background information.

To access Harvard at Home, visit http://athome.harvard.edu.

Education opportunities also abound through the Harvard Alumni Association's Alumni College series. The next one, entitled "What We Know About How We Know: Current Research on the Mind and Brain," is planned for May 17 in Cambridge. For further information on the event, call 617-495-1093, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.haa.harvard.edu and click on the heading "Alumni College."