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  • Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:03
    A commodity is introduced, global demand grows, legal access is restricted, a lawless black market thrives. This familiar cycle, a darker side of capitalism, is the subject of Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground, in which historian Michael Kwass locates the rise of the modern fiscal state and penal apparatus in 18th-century France. It’s a tale of smugglers, hedonism, and violence during an early stage of globalization but, as Kwass shows below, plus ça change...
  • Monday, July 28, 2014 - 09:15
    Reylon Yount ’16, a resident of Lowell House concentrating in Environmental Science & Public Policy and East Asian Studies, was awarded an Office for the Arts/Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Artist Development Fellowship to attend the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing to study yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) with master He Huang. Yount has performed on […]
  • Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:00
    A look back at Harvard’s role in World War I, from the men and women who entered as volunteers after the first shot was fired to the thousands of graduates and students who joined the fighting in the American phase of the conflict.
  • Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 12:00
    This summer at Cobalt Studios in Bethel, New York, Artist Development Fellow Christina Rodriguez '15 learns the fine art of scenic painting.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 10:30
    In a recent post at the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s “Scholarly Kitchen” blog, the always-astute Joseph Esposito considers the unwieldiness of “post-publication peer review” as both locution and concept. The term signals an inversion in the traditional model of scholarly publishing, which typically relies on the evaluation of materials prior to release as a critical node in the determination of a work’s suitability for publication. The post-publication peer review scheme, as Esposito...
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:51
    Harvard’s Houghton Library contains a lush Peter Pan portfolio, a collection of vivid drawings by noted illustrator Arthur Rackham. The images are from the children’s book “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens,” published by J.M. Barrie in 1906.
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:48
    The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) will stage the premiere of “Finding Neverland.” The new musical, about the real-life genesis of J.M. Barrie’s groundbreaking work “Peter Pan,” runs from July 23 through Sept. 28.
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:34
    Opening July 24, HRST's production of Ionesco's absurdist classic provides collaborative freedom for student actors and their director.
  • Friday, July 18, 2014 - 07:30
    Earlier this year, photograph conservators from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, visited Harvard and shared some treasures held by the Hermitage, many never before seen in the West. Recently, they shared several of these images in digital format.
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 15:02
    In the latter half of the 1960s, with the nation’s eyes on unrest in its cities, there arose a role for African American intellectuals in helping white America to understand black urban life. As Daniel Matlin details in On the Corner: African American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis, these “indigenous interpreters” were left to balance the opportunities afforded by their prominence with the dilemmas and demands of their perceived social obligations. Among them was psychologist Kenneth B....