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Letters about Al Franken, the value of lectures, education and economics, justice, the Tea Party, primate care, and more

May-June 2012


Designs for a New India

Rahul Mehrotra's architecture spans eras and cultural divides.

by Elizabeth Gudrais

On the Origins of the Arts

Sociobiologist E.O. Wilson on the evolution of culture

Vita: Gertrude of Helfta

Brief life of a female visionary: 1256-c. 1302

by Caroline W. Bynum

The Humanities, Digitized

The Digital humanities at Harvard encompass a vast array of new tools and scholarly creations

by Jonathan Shaw

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Mysteries of Mate Choice

How personal preferences drive our choice of mates—as understood through an online dating site.

An Ancient Herbal Remedy

Malcolm Whitman reveals how the blue evergreen hydrangea stops autoimmune disease.

A (Protein) Social Network

A map of protein interactions in fruit flies provides new ways to study disease.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Taking Shape

An aerial view of the Fogg art Museum reconstruction.

Animal Research Reforms

Harvard Medical School's primate research center encounters repeated, serious lapses of proper procedure and safe animal care

Harvard Portrait: Amanda Claybaugh

Meet the expert on nineteenth-century novels and reformist writings.

Learning’s Leading Edges

The Harvard Initiative on Learning and Teaching launched its activities with a day-long symposium.

The Libraries’ Rocky Transition

The threat of library staff layoffs, absent details, leads to consternation and protests.

Focus on the Future

Faculty members predict what a Harvard education will look like in 2036.

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard history

Decanal Duo

Lizabeth Cohen named Radcliffe dean; David N. Hempton named Divinity School dean


Brandt steps down, ROTC on campus, admissions bill increase, education Ph.D., and more


The Nieman Journalism Lab tracks innovations in journalism, online, in print, and on the business side.

Looking Forward, Looking Back

The Undergraduate mines alumni class reports for real-world lessons about life.

Queen of the Hill

Rachel Brown of the softball team broke Ivy records for strikeouts last year.

One for the Books

The Harvard basketball team completed its best season with an appearance against Vanderbilt in the NCAA tournament.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

High Art under the Hammer

Brooke Lampley '02 heads modern and impressionist art at Christie's.

Vermont Folk Songs, Plugged In

A musical Vermont couple record local music collected decades ago.

Spaces for Art, People, and Light

GSD's Preston Scott Cohen designed a new wing on the Tel Aviv art museum.

The Art of the Possible

On the evolving system of international criminal justice

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

The Era of Inequality

Excerpt from The Great Divergence by Timothy Noah ’80

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Playing with Health

Keas—founded by computer programmer Adam Bosworth ’76—combines social media and gaming to make wellness fun.

Comings and Goings

Faculty speakers at local Harvard clubs

Vote Now

The 2012 nominees for Harvard overseers and HAA elected directors

The SIGnboard

Shared Interest Group happenings in May and June

The Classes

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