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In 1914, the Ford Motor Company announced its intention to implement the eight-hour workday, for which Ford employees would be paid $5.00 a day. One hundred years later, Lizabeth Cohen, professor of American Studies at Harvard University and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, reflects on Ford's intentions and the company's impact.
None of us will ever know what it's like to be another person, which is what makes a new performance art project at Harvard so fun to consider. Conceived by performance artist and Radcliffe Institute fellow David Levine, it's called "Character Analysis," and features actors who study ordinary people and go out into the world, behaving like the person they're trying to become.
Phyllis Rose '64, PhD '70 has designated her annuity to benefit the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which houses one of the finest collections of resources for research on the history of women in America. “I do not know of another project like the Schlesinger,” she says.
Julie Orringer, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, spoke on the ability of novels to convey truths through fiction in a lecture. Orringer discussed the ways in which writers blend history with their own speculation and inventions into a cohesive story.