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March-April 2012


Al Franken: You Can Call Me Senator

The satirist and comedian Al Franken has a new role: statesman.

by Jesse Kornbluth

Twilight of the Lecture

"Active learning" may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.

by Craig Lambert

Vita: Fanny Bullock Workman

Brief life of a feisty mountaineer: 1859-1925

The Traumatized Brain

From causes to clinical applications and treatment, Harvard researchers investigate traumatic brain injury.

by Courtney Humphries

Renewing Civic Education

Time to restore American higher education’s lost mission

by Ellen Condliffe Lagemann , Harry R. Lewis

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

The Art of the Dodge

How people successfully dodge questions and how to prevent them from getting away with it.

Light-Up Neurons

Harvard researchers create neurons that light up when they fire.

The Rise of the Wind Industry

Geoffrey Jones studies America's forgotten green entrepreneurs.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Into India

President Faust's first visit to the South Asian nation highlights research and curricular connections old and new.

Joseph Aldy

Profile of a scholar and adviser to presidents on energy policy and climate change policy

Lyonel Feininger, Photographer

Displaying a fascinating body of work

A Blossoming Centennial

Masterworks of Japanese painting on display for the Cherry Blossom Festival's centennial

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard's history

A Long Way from Longwood

Excerpt from Harvard Medical School Dean Joseph Martin's memoir


Competition for Allston development, College admissions, Old Leverett House renewal, primate care, and more

New Life Lessons

Discovering diverse concerns outside the bubble of campus life

Twice, with Alacrity

Lacrosse and soccer star Melanie Baskind scores with synergy.

Fenway Park’s First Pitch

Account of the first game at Fenway Park in 1912, Harvard vs. Red Sox

Lingua Branca

New book shows how baseball words apply to all of life.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Hot Canvases

A new book shatters myths about art theft.

The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang

A gritty Western depicts a brief, violent crusade.

Tweeter Titters

LA comedy writer Megan Amram has mastered the form of the Twitter joke.

Sweet Tweets

Some of Megan Amram's twitter gems.

India’s Sacred Geography

Diana Eck on Hindus' sacred geography

Chapter and Verse

A correspondence corner for not-so-famous lost words

Justice Falls Down

America’s flawed criminal justice system

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

A Green Empire

How Anthony Malkin ’84 engineered the largest “green” retrofit ever

Green Engineering

Reducing heating and cooling loads is the first step in the engineering design sequence of any energy efficient building retrofit

Vote Now

Nominations for Harvard Overseers and HAA Elected Directors

Alumni Awards

Honors for Harvard Club and Shared Interest Group stalwarts and innovators

Return to Harvard Day

A special invitation for reunion-year alumni and their families

Winter Service Session

Be The Change CEO Kevin Jennings ’85 speaks at Wintersession.

The SIGnboard

News from Shared Interest Groups

Father-Son Venture

Autism tightened the bond between Tom and Ezra Fields-Meyer and led to a moving book.

History Detectives

Utpal Sandesara and Tom Wooten uncover a dam-disaster cover-up.

The Classes

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