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Keynesian economics, solar costs, education excesses, and more

January-February 2012


Early Learning

Supporting children by teaching the adults who shape their lives

by Elizabeth Gudrais

The Future of Theater

Harvard playwrights, directors, producers, actors, and artistic directors speculate about theatrical prospects for the future.

by Craig Lambert

Vita: Edward Rowe Snow

Brief life of a maritime original: 1902-1982

by Sara Hoagland Hunter

The Water Tamer

John Briscoe tackles water insecurity around the world.

by Jonathan Shaw

Mysteries and Masterpieces

Adam Kirsch reads the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library—the latest stage in the “American conquest of the Middle Ages”

by Adam Kirsch

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Tea Party Passions

Theda Skocpol analyzes the politics and demographics of the Tea Party.

A Diabetes Link to Meat

Eating even small amounts of red meat daily increases the risk of diabetes.

The Biology of Right and Wrong

Brains scans reveal that In moral decision-making, people rely on emotion to guide choices in some situations and rationality in others.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Soaked, but Spirited

The 375th anniversary celebration was wet and muddy, but full of youthful spirit.

Introducing the i-Lab

A new University center for innovation and entrepreneurship

Eric Nelson

Profile of a Harvard government professor and political theory scholar

Deficit Days

The University, still adjusting to the financial crisis, incurs a $130-million deficit and pursues both savings and new revenues.

Arts and Sciences’ Fisc

Harvard's largest faculty narrows its deficit, but faces continuing financial challenges.

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard's history

Investing in Learning 
and Teaching

A $40-million gift jump-starts a University initiative to adapt learning and teaching to twenty-first-century opportunities and challenges.


A foreign-policy pundit at Commencement, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, stem-cell center, the Fogg under wraps, and more

Core Contributors

Honoring an outstanding writer and artists who enliven the magazine's pages

Out of Cambridge

The Undergraduate writes about "Reinventing Boston," a course that sends students out to learn about urban progress and problems through immersion in city life.

Scoring Spree

The Crimson football team won the Ivy trophy, and records fell.

Sports in Brief

Women's soccer and men's heavyweight crew have banner seasons.

Commencement Information 2012

Details of the ceremony

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Five-letter Word for Magic

David Kwong has a trick that’s all his own.

Chapter & Verse

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

Wanderers from Sirius

Katrina Roberts’s poems suggest that life springs from stardust.

Gould Goods

Popular works by evolutionary biologist and baseball fan Stephen Jay Gould back in print

The Chinese “Good Life”

Arthur Kleinman and colleagues explore the Chinese people's yearnings after a century of upheaval and disasters.

Sonnets and the Stage

Actor Jonathan Epstein teaches “five-finger exercises for the soul.”

The Persistence of Place

Sociologist Robert J. Sampson documents enduring neighborhood differences in Chicago.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

The “Father” Father

Paul O’Brien’s tough ministry in Lawrence, Massachusetts

The SIGnboard

News from Shared Interest Groups

The Classes

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.