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Letters from our readers

July-August 2010


After Our Bubble

Prospects for American economic recovery—and cautionary lessons from Japan

by Jonathan Shaw


Forty-some years ago, three Sixties types dropped out. We drop in on them.

by Craig Lambert

Fifteen Percent of Immortality

Andrew Wylie '70 runs a powerful literary agency that mixes hardball business and highbrow tastes. With audio from an interview with Wylie.

by Craig Lambert

Clara Darden

Brief life of an overlooked artist: c. 1829-1910. With images of Darden's masterpieces of river-cane basketry.

by Ivan Gaskell

On Caregiving

A scholar experiences the moral acts that come before—and go beyond—modern medicine.

by Arthur Kleinman

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Real Fashion Police

Should U.S. fashion designers enjoy the same copyright protection as fellow creative artists—and their European counterparts?

Map of the Milky Way

An interdisciplinary example of how simple models can enhance understanding of complex systems

Lost Sleep Is Hard to Find

A long night’s rest merely masks the effects of chronic sleep loss.

The Solid Fluid

Physicists find a better way to visualize molecular behavior in glass as it cools.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Spring Spectacle

A recap of the University's 359th Commencement

Honoris Causa

The honorary degree recipients

"What makes learning possible"

Excerpts from President Faust's Baccalaureate address

"Tend to public good"

In her speech to the alumni on Commencement afternoon, President Faust put the University’s interest in public service in context.

Keeping "promises the Nation has made"

The Honorable David H. Souter, retired from the U.S. Supreme Court, began a conversation about constitutional interpretation.

Commencement Confetti

Notes and statistics, vital and otherwise

Laugh Lines

The lighter side of Harvard's Commencement

The Corporation's Crimson Newcomer

William F. Lee ’72 has links to many parts of the University.

Harvard Portrait: Traci Green

Meet Harvard’s head women’s tennis coach.

"Hard Problems" in the Social Sciences

Social scientists aim to name—and solve—their fields’ biggest questions.

Yesterday's News

Headlines from Harvard history

University People

A new vice president for campus services, and academic honors

An Innovator in Allston

Nitin Nohria, the new dean of Harvard Business School, on educating students with the competence and character to exercise business leadership

Bye-bye, Blue Books?

Are final examinations on the way out at Harvard?

The Deficit, Diminished

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences faces a smaller, but still multimillion-dollar, deficit.


Short takes on recent Harvard news

Crimson Ties

Why college friendships are special

Soccer and Survival

Nick Gates ’91 has founded Coaches Across Continents to use soccer as an educational technique in Africa.

Sports Wrap

An update on men's and women's crew results

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Curating Murders

Alfred Alcorn ’64 sets his Harvard-flavored murder mysteries in one of his favorite places: a museum. With audio from an interview with Alcorn.

Education for the Soul

Why democracy needs the humanities

Echo Chamber—and Amplifier

Adam Kirsch reviews The Art of the Sonnet, by Stephen Burt and David Mikics

The Art of Home Restoration

Charlie Allen makes period homes work for their owners. View images of his work.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Chapter and Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Inner Vision

Francie Randolph ’87 has combined Braille and J.K. Rowling's 2008 Harvard address to create a limited-edition book.

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Sticking to the Union

A Kennedy School graduate organizes the "free-agent economy."

Leading Their Class

Introducing the marshals of the class of 2010

Harvard Medalists

In recognition of outstanding service to the University

The Results Are In

New members for the Board of Overseers, new directors for the Harvard Alumni Association

Cambridge Scholars

Four members of the class of 2010 have won special scholarships to study at Cambridge University.

Alumni Gifts: Solid Support

Reunioners and others come through with both time and money.

The Senior Members

Rose Downes Arnold ’36 and George Barner ’29 led the alumni procession.

The GSAS Centennial Medalists

Scholars whose contributions to society emerged from their graduate study at Harvard