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Listen up, says Marsalis

April 18, 2013

As many parents can attest, rousing a child from sleep to make it to the bus stop can be a difficult task. Doing so during a vacation week would seem near impossible. But on Thursday, a group of... Continue reading

Jazz as conversation

April 18, 2013

Great jazz requires a strange alchemy of instinct and expertise, of empathy and teamwork from its musicians — a fact few know better than famed artist and composer Wynton Marsalis. Jazz is a... Continue reading

The ‘mirror with a memory’

April 15, 2013

The Harvard University Archives resemble a time machine. Get behind a desk, fill out a form, dial back to the year you want, and there you are: transported by means of collected books, manuscripts,... Continue reading

Writing as discovery

April 15, 2013

When Jill Lepore receives an assignment, she rarely ever follows it. This may seem off for a Harvard professor who routinely doles out assignments to students. But Lepore, an accomplished author of... Continue reading

The power of dreams

April 12, 2013

After Trisha Coburn’s doctor told her she was in good health, Coburn said she had a dream in which a disembodied voice told her to “look deeper.” Fearful, the 46-year-old Coburn returned to her... Continue reading

Borders, books, and the Balkans

April 12, 2013

As a boy in sealed-tight Communist Albania, Gazmend Kapllani grew up in a house with two libraries. One was a “window library” for show, mostly containing works by political icons Karl Marx,... Continue reading

Science under the stage lights

April 11, 2013

Celebrated Harvard bacterial geneticist Jonathan Beckwith has always been keenly aware of his work’s social implications, and for 30 years he has made sure that his students have been aware of them... Continue reading

A master’s guide to singing

April 10, 2013

A renowned interpreter of the great American songbook and musical theater repertory, Barbara Cook surprised the audience during her opening remarks at a recent Harvard master class by quoting a... Continue reading

Jobs, Einstein, and Franklin

April 9, 2013

In the spring of 1974, Walter Isaacson sat in Harvard’s Memorial Church and listened to the Rev. Peter J. Gomes offer graduating seniors his parting words of wisdom. The address, recalled... Continue reading

Getting to 50

April 9, 2013

In May 2004, after 50 years at Harvard, architectural historian Eduard F. Sekler delivered his final lecture. Last week, the venerable scholar, now in his 90s and walking with the aid of a cane... Continue reading