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[email protected]: Four New Programs

March-April 2004

[email protected], the University-wide initiative for putting learning on-line, has introduced several new programs. They are:

"The Process of Curricular Review." Harvard College dean Benedict H. Gross describes the College's first comprehensive review of the undergraduate curriculum in nearly three decades, discussing general educational goals, expanded opportunities for international study, and other issues. The program also includes a guest lecture on "History, Structure, and Content of American Academic Culture" by Thomas Bender, professor of humanities and history at New York University.

"Arts First." This program features the sights and sounds of Arts First, the University's annual spring celebration of artistic creation and achievement. Highlights include interviews with participants and past student performances of music, theater, dance, and film.

"A Conversation with Filmmaker Mira Nair '79." In an interview with actor John Lithgow '67, Nair describes her years at Harvard, her early struggles as a documentary filmmaker, her transition to directing fiction, and the strategies of independent filmmaking. The director of Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay, and Mississippi Masala is the recipient of the ninth annual Harvard Arts Medal.

"Gender and Race: Together at Last?" This program, which marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, features discussions of African-American women's lives and history. Speakers include Radcliffe Institute dean Drew Gilpin Faust and Thomas professor of history and African-American studies Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, among others.

[email protected] provides desktop access to lectures, speeches, presentations, performances, and other events. The Web-based project offers more than 30 edited programs on topics in the arts, the sciences, current affairs, history, literature, and math. Programs, which range from 10 minutes to three hours long, are free and available to the public. For more information, visit