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Letters (expanded)

Additional November-December issue letters to the editor

November-December 2012


Reclaiming Childhood

Theresa Betancourt studies the world’s most neglected and traumatized youths.

by Elizabeth Gudrais

Labor, Interrupted

The rise in the use of C-sections

Writers and Artists at Harvard

Helen Vendler on how to welcome and nurture the poets and painters of the future

Vita: Alexandre Dumas

Brief life of the soldier who inspired The Count of Monte Cristo: 1762-1806

by Tom Reiss

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

An Arctic Mercury Meltdown

Arctic mercury pollution flows from rivers, not the atmosphere.

Soda and Violence

A Harvard School of Public Health study links soda to teen violence.

Mapping Cultural Change

The General Social Survey asks Americans about issues from race to free speech, confirming some trends and contradicting popular reports of others.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Studying the Stele

Preserving an historic Chinese monument, long neglected

Investigating Academic Misconduct

The College investigates more than 100 students in an exam-cheating case—and explores broader teaching and learning concerns

Harvard Portrait: Meg Rithmire

Young Chinese scholar at Harvard Business School

The Corporation, Complete

Harvard's senior governing board completes its expansion to 13 members, electing Jessica Tuchman Mathews '67 and Theodore V. Wells Jr., J.D.-M.B.A. '76

The Endowment Eases

In a year of flat investment returns, the endowment declines as distributions support Harvard University operations

Classroom in the Cloud

Harvard begins massive online courses through its edX venture with MIT and Berkeley, aiming to improve education on and beyond campus

Revitalizing Tozzer

Consolidating the anthropology department by raising the roof and renovating the library

A Victory—and a Campaign

In the dean's annual report for 2012, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences achieves a budget goal—and sketches its ambitions

Yesterday's News

Headlines from Harvard history

Unsettled Arrivals

The Undergraduate ponders her hometown, Harvard, and a village in Tanzania.


Harvard news: Graduate School dean Xiao-Li Meng, Marc Hauser, University Professor Eric Maskin, and more

Powering Through

Bite down. Grind it out. And score profusely.

Dunking from Olympian Heights

Basketball’s Temi Fagbenle—from London to Lavietes

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

The Queen of Versailles

A documentary film turns a lens on the “1 percenters.”


In Evan Thomas's new biography, President Eisenhower emerges as a canny nuclear strategist.

Arts Imbalance

Peter Agoos ’75 brightened Boston’s public art scene this summer.

Off the Shelf

Recent books by John Updike, Marjorie Garber, George Vaillant, Thomas McGraw, and others with Harvard connections

Vegan Hedonism

Plant-based pleasure with spirit and sizzle

“Absolutely Beautiful”

The geometric works of sculptor Morton C. Bradley

Chapter and Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

“The Busiest Man in Poker”

Bernard Lee calls, raises, deals, and explains the booming card game.

Slow Dancing

A letter from President Drew Faust

Aloian Scholars

Aloian Scholars improve living communities at Harvard

Press Women

Ellen Faran ’73 and Gita Manaktala ’87 advance knowledge through publishing.

The SIGnboard

Shared Interest Group events in November and December

The Classes

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