The Library of Congress announced that the next poet laureate is Natasha Trethewey RI ’01, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of three collections and a professor of creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.
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The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has selected Prof. Renée Poznanski to be a Radcliffe Institute Fellow. While a Radcliffe fellow, Prof. Poznanski intends to write a book on Jewish Resistance in France during WWII.
The Walrus Blog published a written interview with David Bezmogzgis, one of this year's English-language contenders for the 2012 Trillium Book Award.
Susan Estrich commends Margaret Marshall's Radcliffe Day speech about the rule of law and relates it to her work around the world in countries lacking an unbiased and independent judiciary.
Harvard Law School reports: Margaret H. Marshall, senior research fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School, was recently awarded the Radcliffe Institute Medal.
American studies professor Jane Rhodes has been awarded a coveted year-long fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. The fellowship is so competitive—last year there was a six percent acceptance rate—because it is a scholar's dream come true—a year to focus on a project and research in the company of dedicated scholars. Rhodes will research someone whose life has fascinated her for many years, Marie Battle Singer.
Sullivan, a potential future nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, was reminiscing during a recent panel discussion at the Radcliffe Institute on what had changed between 1986, when the Supreme Court upheld a state law criminalizing "homosexual sodomy," and 2003, when the Supreme Court ruled that states could not ban private consensual sexual relations between adults.
Do laws drive social change, or, conversely, should laws merely respond to social change? Alumnae from the fields of journalism, academia, and, naturally, law took up this question at this year's Radcliffe Day panel discussion, titled "From Front Lines to High Courts: The Law and Social Change."
During her Radcliffe Day remarks, Margaret Marshall reflected on what may be the two most threatening shadows in the garden of 21st-century America. One is a faltering education system. The other, the main focus of her remarks, is a justice system "in danger of failure."
The former Massachusetts chief justice, Margaret Marshall, stressed the critical importance of fair and impartial courts in the American legal system during her Radcliffe Institute Medalist 2012 acceptance speech.