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Oh, the humanities!

May 2, 2013

In 1979, federal grants for science were worth five times those for the humanities. By 1998, 33 times more. In 2011, 200 times more. Meanwhile, the number of American bachelor’s degrees in... Continue reading

Digitizing a movement

May 1, 2013

In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of petitions were sent to the Massachusetts Legislature asking lawmakers to abolish slavery and end segregation, and urging them to refuse to cooperate with... Continue reading

‘Pippin’ meets Tony

May 1, 2013

When artistic director Diane Paulus gave the classic “Pippin” a facelift for 2013-13 lineup of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), people took notice. How could they not? The sold-out... Continue reading

Making poetry sing

May 1, 2013

Tsitsi Jaji, the Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe, is fascinated by what songs can teach literary specialists about how to read poetry. She calls art songs — vocal compositions... Continue reading

Music as fine medicine

April 29, 2013

When the future doctors picked up their instruments Thursday evening, they were the musical kind. The Joseph B. Martin Lounge in Vanderbilt Hall on the campus of Harvard Medical School (HMS)... Continue reading

Mapping blackness in creativity

April 26, 2013

As a child in suburban Boston, art historian Steven Nelson spent hours with his family’s 1969 edition of  “The World Book Atlas,” an outsized volume crammed with hundreds of color maps. “We never... Continue reading

Matt Damon, on his craft

April 25, 2013

Harvard’s 21st annual Arts First festival kicked off Thursday afternoon at Sanders Theatre with a spirited conversation between actor Matt Damon and regular master of ceremonies and fellow actor... Continue reading

‘Beowulf,’ as it was told

April 24, 2013

Looking for a little excitement? How about spending the afternoon with a couple of hungry monsters, one fuming dragon, and a fearless warrior ready to face all three? Members of the Harvard... Continue reading

Confronting evil, embracing life

April 23, 2013

The manhunt for a bombing suspect shut down the Boston area on Friday. With Harvard temporarily closed, a pair of two-day scholarly conferences had to be compressed into Saturday alone. But by... Continue reading

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