The Scholarship of Things
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The Scholarship of Things

Addressing an audience at the Harvard Ed Portal, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for history, said that many objects in Harvard’s collections defy easy categorization. Consider, she said, the tortilla. “It’s one of my favorite objects in Harvard’s museums,” she said of the University’s 118-year-old tortilla, which … Continue reading

How it Really Happened
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How it Really Happened

Speaking to a crowd at the Harvard Allston Education Portal, Professor Annette Gordon-Reed smiled when an audience member asked: Did Thomas Jefferson love Sally Hemings? It’s a familiar question for Gordon-Reed, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and a history professor with … Continue reading

Sharp Work, in Substance and Delivery
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Sharp Work, in Substance and Delivery

Distance learning is typically thought of as a relatively modern innovation — accelerated through the Internet and online classes. But Hansun Hsiung, a Ph.D. student in East Asian languages and civilizations, isn’t convinced. As part of the Harvard Horizons symposium on May 6 at a packed Sanders Theatre, Hsiung argued that distance learning began significantly … Continue reading

Where the Research Takes You
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Where the Research Takes You

On any given day, informal conversations between public intellectuals are taking place on the Harvard campus — but often behind closed doors. Those doors were flung open Tuesday as Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the … Continue reading

The Dark Side of Chocolate
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The Dark Side of Chocolate

Back in January, as she headed to teach the first class of her new undergraduate course, “Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food,” Harvard College Fellow Carla D. Martin wondered whether it would resonate with students. Those fears proved unfounded. More than 170 students are now delving into the rich subject, enjoying in-class tastings of … Continue reading

The Quest for Common Ground
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The Quest for Common Ground

Asked to define the concept of “cultural citizenship” at a panel convened to explore that question, Yo-Yo Ma ’76, cellist and artistic director of the Silk Road Ensemble, pointed to an unexpected answer: guest pianist Tania Rivers-Moore ’15. Rivers-Moore had met with Ma and two other ensemble members for the first time that morning to … Continue reading