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Letters from our readers

September-October 2009


The Unlikely Writer

Atul Gawande, surgeon and health-policy scholar, never expected to be a literary voice of medicine.

by Elizabeth Gudrais

An Ounce of Prevention

Financial regulation, moral hazard, and the end of “too big to fail”

by David A. Moss

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

A brief profile of an enterprising French artist

by Laura Auricchio


The erosion of privacy in the Internet era

by Jonathan Shaw

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Architecture That Imitates Life

Architects are beginning to employ biomimicry, studying nature as a model for building design.

Facial Pheenoms

“Super-recognizers” have an astonishing ability to identify faces.

The Poor Payoff of Pleasure Postponed

Why a little self-indulgence makes sense.

The Oldest Object

A star more than 13 billion years old

John Harvard's Journal University news

Finding a New Footing

An update on the University's economic situation

President Drew Faust: "Still Harvard"

President Faust on Harvard's finances, intellectual momentum, and future

The Endowment Manager's Perspective

Harvard Management Company president Jane Mendillo offers an update

Extension School Centennial

A new history by its dean, Michael Shinagel, documents the school's emphasis on accessibility and continuing education.

Federico Cortese

Meet the new conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

For the Joy of It

A new book relates the history of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

Last Chapter

The Harvard University Press display room closes its doors.

The Incident on Ware Street

On the arrest of Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and its aftermath

Yesterday's News

Headlines from Harvard history

The Kirkland House Shooting

Arrests and indictments in a case linked to drugs

Systems Biological and Quantitative

Social scientist Gary King and systems biologist Marc W. Kirschner are named University Professors.


Short takes on recent news

Why Harvard Needs to Get Harder

If courses aren't as exciting as extracurriculars, what’s a college for?

Welcome, Fellows

Harvard Magazine’s new Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows

Ice Water and Rockets

Soccer’s Lizzy Nichols has a gift for penalty kicks.

Fall Preview—and Blog

Football preview, and Cleat’s blog

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Twitters, Titters, and The Onion

Baratunde Thurston ’99 of The Onion combines comedy, politics, and technology.

The Slovenliness of the Intellectual

Socialism as family inconvenience

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Cinéaste’s Orgy

Richard Peña ’75 is program director of the New York Film Festival.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Women in a Woeful World

A review of Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Scaling Up Charity

Smile Train's Brian Mullaney ’81 aims to correct cleft-palate deformities around the world.

A Call for Public Service

HAA president Teresita Alvarez-Bjelland knows what makes people happy.

Aloian Scholars

Two Harvard seniors are honored for improving House life.

Hiram Hunn Awards

Seven alumni are honored for schools and scholarships work.

Cairo Conference

The Harvard Arab Alumni Association meets in Cairo.

Soup Chef

Teresa Chen ’64 promotes healthy soup-making and -eating.

Musical Mentor

Amy Nathan ’67 aims to help kids over musical rough patches with The Young Musician’s Survival Guide.

Unicyclists in a Good Cause

Philip Wharton ’82 and daughter Sophie ’11 pedal 100 miles for Afghan and Pakistani children.

The SIGnboard

Forthcoming Shared Interest Group events