A Childhood Obsession Blossoms into a Life of Lives

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

I have always thought of myself as a writer. It’s hard to say where I got that notion — maybe from being naturally comfortable living in my own head. My mother’s memory: I am standing with my back against the crib’s railings, facing the wall instead of looking outward toward the room. “What a strange baby,” she probably thought, or as she more gently put it when telling me about my early habit, “I thought that was interesting.”

Native American Artist Focuses Lens on Women’s Rights

The Harvard Crimson
Friday, April 29, 2016
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Native American artist Matika Wilbur addressed issues of cultural marginalization and the violation of women's rights in indigenous populations through her photography exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute. 

What a Shrimp Can Teach a Submarine

Thursday, April 28, 2016
A female Odontodactylus Scyllarus mantis shrimp photographed by Roy L. Caldwell, University of California, BerkeleyA female Odontodactylus Scyllarus mantis shrimp photographed by Roy L. Caldwell, University of California, Berkeley

When I enter my lab, I'm greeted by the pops and crackles of mantis shrimp smashing snail shells with tiny hammers moving at bullet-like accelerations. Other days, I listen to their eerie, low-frequency rumbles, joined by the scratchy rasps of the violin- like mechanism that spiny lobsters use to scare away predators. For the past twenty years, I have probed the physics and evolution of these and other strange and wonderful creatures. Many have revealed unexpected insights into extraordinary capabilities that are unmatched by human- made systems.

TV Confessions: Gail Mazur

The Boston Globe
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mazur, a poet who lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, is the Senior Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, and a former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study speaks with the Boston Globe for its TV Confessions column. 

Toward a Path Less Riddled

The Harvard Gazette
Thursday, April 21, 2016
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Anthony Jack's findings on economic diversity at elite colleges have brought him national recognition and the understanding that his research could improve lives. It’s a mission he plans to continue as a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe.

Hours After Winning Pulitzer, Nguyen Reads in Cambridge

The Boston Globe
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen RI '09 wins the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Nguyen's winning debut novel is a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds"—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States. 

Radcliffe Fellow Labels Problems with Chicago Police Systemic

The Harvard Crimson
Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Harvard Crimson reports that Radcliffe fellow Laurence A. Ralph argues that treating cases of the police using extralegal force as isolated problems can lead to less accountability.

A Bleak, Troubling History

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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Laurence Ralph has used his time as a Radcliffe Fellow to study police violence and race in Chicago. "I wanted to examine the contradiction between the fact that the police are supposed to safeguard citizens and yet they're contributing to an alarming number of violent deaths," he says.

Chicago Organization Brings Oral Histories of African-Americans to Colleges

Chicago Tribune
Friday, April 8, 2016
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Says Schlesinger Library Executive Director Marilyn Dunn: "We want to make certain that we are documenting the widest possible swath of experiences of American women in the country," and The HistoryMakers subscription will enable students and professors to explore materials focusing on black women.

Michael Pollan’s Crooked Writing Path

Harvard Magazine
Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Harvard Magazine features Radcliffe Fellow Michale Pollan's talk on his evolution as an author and his latest project on hallucinogenic plants.