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In the Navajo Nation

February 14, 2017

It’s the middle of winter break at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and eight Harvard students are hiking to a cabin through snow and sagebrush in Navajo, N.M., singing Kanye West songs to distract... Continue reading

Poetry unbound

February 14, 2017

For Elisa New, teaching poetry to the uninitiated has been as gratifying as teaching English concentrators and confirmed poetry lovers. Her Gen Ed course, “Poetry in America,” attracts students... Continue reading

A case against the drug war

February 13, 2017

Why would medical research on a relatively new psychoactive substance cease? Why would experimentation with a drug that had promising results be stopped? Speaking at Harvard Law School about... Continue reading

Hope and loss made vivid

February 13, 2017

Layered over a cloaked woman on a sandy background, dozens of brightly colored flowers twist and blossom, filling every available space from corner to corner. The woman is seen from behind, almost a... Continue reading

Cocoa for pleasure — and health?

February 13, 2017

Yes, we love cocoa in winter, particularly around Valentine’s Day. But does cocoa love us? While you may want to pass the mug, you also may also need to watch out for the saturated fat and... Continue reading

Jeff Koons: High king of middlebrow

February 10, 2017

Despite being perhaps the most famous and successful American artist since the late Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons is surprisingly egalitarian about his work and its impact. “What I try to do every... Continue reading

No cookie-cutter fixes on air pollution

February 9, 2017

A Nobel Prize-winning chemist who identified the cause of the atmospheric ozone hole has called for new studies into air pollution in the world’s megacities, arguing that differing local conditions... Continue reading