Slow Learners

An editor's guide to this issue’s perspectives on teaching and learning

Letters from Readers

On the humanities, the Internet, Alzheimer’s care, and more

November-December 2013


Learning, and Life, in the Houses

The singular character of the College’s residences, now in renewal

by Craig Lambert

The Urban Landscaper

Michael Van Valkenburgh helps lead a second great age of city-making.

by William S. Saunders

The Keystone XL Pipeline

Should the president approve construction?

Vita: Edward Everett

Brief life of a statesman-orator: 1794-1865

The Power of Patience

Teaching students the value of deceleration and immersive attention

by Jennifer L. Roberts

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Markets and the Movie Industry

A new book documents censorship by Hollywood at the bidding of Hitler's Nazi government.

Is There an App for That?

Apps are shaping teens' notions of identity, intimacy, and imagination.

Cancer Treatment Gets Personal

Genetic information about specific cancer can lead to better patient treatments

John Harvard's Journal University news


The Harvard Campaign's $6.5-billion goal and priorities

Bill Gates at Harvard

An unconventional undergraduate's College years, and the birth of the personal-computer software industry

Campaign Cues

A taste of the talk

“At Harvard...”

President Drew Faust’s campaign address

Arts and Sciences’ Aims

Dean Michael D. Smith discusses the priorities of the $2.5-billion FAS campaign.

A Toolkit in 0s and 1s

A new master’s degree teaches computation and modeling in the age of big data.

Harvard Portrait: Jennifer Lewis

The bioengineering professor does 3-D printing on a micron scale.

The Endowment Rises

Investment gains and asset growth after a down year

Teaching Tech

Further developments in online learning and improving teaching

Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

The Undergraduate: “...On to Plan B”

Coping with dashed hopes and seizing opportunities


Harvard news: Southeast Asian studies, biotech fellows, digital journalism, and more

Winning the West

Crimson football finds redemption in California.

Roundball Quarterbacks

The art of playing point guard

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Songs with “Open Eyes”

Composer Michael Friedman’s “investigative theater”

The Flame of Enlightenment

James MacGregor Burns, Ph.D. ’47, on intellect, governance, and the Enlightenment

Radical Reviewing

“One of America’s best all-round intellects” scrutinizes books.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Sculpture That Breathes

Bronze and granite come alive for Murray Dewart.

Problems and Promise

Derek Bok’s new book on higher education in America, reviewed by Richard Morrill

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Morehouse Man, Redux

John S. Wilson Jr. grabs the chance to realize his calling.

Harvard Alumni Honored for Outstanding Service

Six win awards for their years of volunteering.

Pop Up Repair Impresaria

Sandra Goldmark ’97 puts the focus on repair, not replace.

The SIGnboard

Shared Interest Group events in November and December

The Classes

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