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The Power of Theater
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The Power of Theater

At Boston Green Academy (BGA) in Brighton, Brendan Shea, manager of education and community programs at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), wrote words on a whiteboard as the audience called them out. “Freedom,” one person said. “Worth. And oppression,” another volunteered. The crowd of advanced placement English students, who had seen the A.R.T.’s production of … Continue reading

Working Toward a Just World
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Working Toward a Just World

For Mathias Risse, a government and philosophy lecturer at Harvard Extension School, the question of global justice is one of the great challenges of our time. “I had been thinking about many questions in a global ethics context,” he says. “Questions of fairness in trade, the justifiability of states in an interconnected age, what human … Continue reading

A Spark for Young Minds
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A Spark for Young Minds

At the Harvard Allston Education Portal, China Cardriche ’16 was happily inspiring impressionable children — with explosions. “Nothing inspires first-graders more than blowing things up,” Cardriche said, picking up a balloon covered in small, dark marks. “A regular balloon explodes when you light it on fire. But if you fill a balloon with a little … Continue reading

Discovering ‘Detectives’ of Science
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Discovering ‘Detectives’ of Science

Walking through a sea of young students crowding the stage of Science Center B, Howard Stone neatly created order out of chaos, pairing children as he passed. “We need an A here,” called out the Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, who is also chair of the … Continue reading

The Power of Poetry
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The Power of Poetry

  For Elisa New, the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University, poetry is all around us. “I try to teach poetry both as an art form and a kind of historical documentation,” New says. “When I walk through midtown Manhattan, I have Frank O’Hara on my shoulder, reminding me to look … Continue reading

A Brief History of Cowardice
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A Brief History of Cowardice

Writing instructor Chris Walsh is fascinated by cowardice. “I’m a bit of a contrarian,” says Walsh, who also serves as the acting director of the College of Arts & Sciences Writing Program at Boston University. “I’m interested in bravery, like everyone is, but I was also curious about its opposite. Cowardice helps us negotiate when … Continue reading

The Power of ‘We’
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The Power of ‘We’

Bob Moses, A.M. ’57, the Civil Rights leader who conceived and shaped the effort in 1964 to connect black Mississippi citizens with more than 1,000 out-of-state volunteers in a grassroots voter-registration drive — Freedom Summer, as it would come to be known — returned to his alma mater to receive the eighth annual Robert Coles … Continue reading