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  • Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:00
    Harvard's Houghton Library has acquired Henry David Thoreau’s notes from the scene of the shipwreck that killed social reformer and writer Margaret Fuller.
  • Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 09:00
    Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is returning to her musical-theater roots as the composer of “Waitress,” which opens at the American Repertory Theater this weekend.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 11:01
    Jesse Aron Green ’02 is the first Harvard alumnus to have an exhibition at the new Harvard Art Museums. A former Quincy House resident and a Needham native, Green spoke with the Art Museums about his Harvard education and the inspiration for his work.
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 09:31
    Written by Ariel Polokoff, ICFA Intern (Spring 2015), The George Washington University, Class of 2015 This past Spring semester, I had the privilege of interning in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C. This internship offered a two-fold benefit to my undergraduate education—it was both … Continue reading →
  • Friday, July 24, 2015 - 14:33
    In The Fissured Workplace: Why Work Became So Bad for So Many and What Can Be Done to Improve It, David Weil traced the cracks that have developed in the traditional worker-employer relationship, and presented some ideas for updating our employment laws to more adequately address an economy characterized by outsourcing, subcontracting, streamlining, and freelancing. Since taking over as Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor in mid-2014, Weil has worked...
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 14:04
    Collecting inherently involves choices— what to acquire or not acquire, preserve or not preserve, and what to exhibit or not to exhibit, whether that collecting occurs in the physical or virtual realm. We sift through what is available and sort … Continue reading →
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:17
    Summer Summits: Notes from further afield, a new initiative at the Carpenter Center, is bringing voices in contemporary art to Harvard for a live travelogue of stories, relics, musings, and photographs from escapades near and far.
  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 10:11
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, many have looked to the Roe v. Wade ruling in an effort to forecast the cultural and political impact of federally sanctioned same-sex marriage. But as Mary Ziegler shows in After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, the narrative that now surrounds that decision and its effects overly simplifies what was a very fluid situation, projecting today’s polarities further back in time than the history supports. Below,...
  • Monday, July 20, 2015 - 15:39
    Among the collections of the Isham Memorial Library, a special library adjunct to the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, may be found Ms. Coll. 131, a huge file of lively correspondence between Richard Aldrich, chief music critic of the New York Times from 1902 to 1923, and his friends, editors and fellow critics. Aldrich graduated […]
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 14:24
    C. Namwali Serpell’s Seven Modes of Uncertainty has roots in her observation that while she found great pleasure in the experience of not knowing what’s really happening in a book, she hated feeling uncertain in her life. Seven Modes is an attempt to draw the uncertainty we recognize in stories into relation with the familiar uncertainty of life, and to consider whether literary uncertainty could perhaps help us understand how to actually live with the anxiety of not knowing. Serpell argues...