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January-February 2013

Photograph by Eliza Grinnell

Harry Lewis

Photograph courtesy of Pete Ryan

Pete Ryan

Photograph courtesy of Peter Pereira

Peter Periera

We warmly thank three outstanding contributors to Harvard Magazine during 2012, and happily award each a $1,000 honorarium for superb service to readers.

Gordon McKay professor of computer science Harry Lewis, former dean of Harvard College, is a devoted and innovative teacher. “Reinventing the Classroom” (September-October 2012), his first-person account of rethinking pedagogy as he created a new course, is a lively primer on learning and teaching at a time of rising University interest in the field. It is a pleasure to recognize his supple prose with the Smith-Weld Prize (in memory of A. Calvert Smith ’14, a former secretary to the Governing Boards and executive assistant to President James Bryant Conant, and of Philip S. Weld ’36, a former president of the magazine), which honors thought- provoking writing about Harvard.

Pete Ryan’s cover illustration for the July-August 2012 magazine (a fractured Capitol dome held together by bandages made from the Stars and Stripes) captured the essence of the issue, devoted to problems in American governance, in an especially thought-provoking, disquieting way—the hallmark of superb illustration. His work appears again in this issue; see “Immobile Labor.”

Photographer Peter Pereira accompanied then-associate editor Elizabeth Gudrais to India last winter, and captured the searing images of dispossessed children and homeless families that appeared on the November-December 2012 cover and with her feature, “Reclaiming Childhood”—humane artistry of a very high order.

~The Editors

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