It's the mark of a successful conference that "we have many more questions, perhaps than we had when we came in," said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at the conclusion of the institute's "Women Making Democracy" symposium last week.
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Tayari Jones, novelist, essayist, and short story writer, silenced the crowd with a reading from her forthcoming novel, "Dear History," in which she explores how the lives of a young married couple are devastated after the husband is wrongly convicted and sent to prison for 25 years.
The Radcliffe Institute hosted a reunion of sorts at filmmaker Deepa Mehta's lecture, with India the connecting thread that wove through longtime friendships, feature films, fact, fiction, and magical fantasy.
Separated by more than a century, these two voices inhabit the same space: the Radcliffe College Archives at Schlesinger Library. In paper soft with age and still crisp from the printer, in cursive loops and cartridge-ink, they tell their stories. These stories are bookends to the institution in which the library is housed, and that which they document: Radcliffe, first an annex, then a College, and now a center for advanced research. The century between them brought a radical rethinking of not only co-education at Harvard, but of a woman’s traditional place in the world.
Shilo traded his lab coat for a camera bag this year, which he is spending at the Radcliffe Institute. Shilo has been peering through a camera lens, working on a project that uses scientific images and photographs of everyday people to explain concepts in developmental biology to the public.
This year's Radcliffe Institute Medalist is Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M. '69, the twenty-fourth chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court (now retired). She is senior counsel at Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP, as well as a senior research fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School. (She is also an incorporator of Harvard Magazine Inc.) Marshall will give the keynote address during the Radcliffe Day luncheon on May 25 in Radcliffe Yard.
The nation's first institution of higher learning added another first to its list this week, showcasing its digital initiatives and innovation rock stars at the South by Southwest Interactive festival (SXSW). Radcliffe Fellow Kara Oehler showcased Zeega, a Harvard Library Lab-funded system that she co-founded and that facilitates the creation of participatory documentaries.
As a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, she is exploring how Taiwanese and Chinese immigrants negotiate cultural differences in child rearing and how they parent transnationally.
Lizabeth Cohen, interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since last July, has been appointed dean by President Drew Faust, who was RIAS's founding dean before becoming Harvard president.
Harvard President Drew Faust announces the appointment of Lizabeth Cohen as dean of the Radcliffe Institute.