Failure "is the most exacting teacher and defines your path to success," said actress and activist Jane Alexander, receiving the Radcliffe Medal. Her talk followed a panel, "From Artist to Audience," moderated by the A.R.T.'s Diane Paulus on Radcliffe Day 2013.
"Creativity can be encouraged, and exploring the arts is a fabulous way to do it," Radcliffe Medalist Jane Alexander said to an audience of 600 at Radcliffe Day 2013, a day dedicated to celebrating the arts.
The Harvard Gazette takes a look at creativity across the disciplines at a Radcliffe Institute workshop. The day was devoted to looking closely at moments of creative breakthrough and to asking about the "commonalities, and also about revealing discrepancies between such moments in various fields," said co-organizer John Plotz, a former Radcliffe fellow.
The Radcliffe Institute awarded the Fay Prize to three graduating seniors whose theses set forth the most imaginative work and original research: mathematics concentrator Ashok Cutkosky, history and literature concentrator Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey, and history concentrator Laura Savarese.
Radcliffe fellow Tsitsi Jaji is fascinated by what songs can teach literary specialists about how to read poetry. She calls art songs—vocal compositions typically arranged for one voice with piano accompaniment—"the perfect texts to explore the dynamic relationship between music and poetry in my new Radcliffe project."
The Radcliffe Gymnasium was renamed the Knafel Center in honor of Sidney R. Knafel ’52, M.B.A. ’54, and in recognition of the center’s increasing role in promoting intellectual exchange across Harvard’s Schools and with the public.