Maybe you've seen it at a party or a family gathering: groups of people crowded around a TV screen—some wielding various toy instruments, vamping, jumping around. Players follow along with prerecorded songs, trying to match their respective parts as perfectly as possible, perhaps injecting a bit of style into the proceedings. They do it for points and the roar of a virtual crowd.
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"Why Books?" conference probes the rocky relationship between technology and literature.
Radcliffe fellow troubled by ties between government, charities. Erica Caple James, MTS '95, PhD '03 will use her year at the Radcliffe Institute to write an ethnographic account of how faith-based social service organizations become the sometimes uncomfortable agents of state governance.
The MacArthur Foundation announced yesterday morning that population geneticist Carlos D. Bustamante '97 and Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed have been named 2010 MacArthur Fellows.
Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and a professor at Harvard University, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Gordon-Reed, JD '84, holds several University appointments and the Harvard historian can use funds to assist her research that follows branches of the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings family tree into the 19th century.
Students debated whether Lady Gaga and Beyoncé have become feminist icons through their pop music at a discussion last night moderated by Radcliffe Institute Fellow and Princeton University professor Daphne A. Brooks.
Susan Landau, a Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study fellow and former Sun Microsystems engineer, argues that the proposal would raise costly impediments to innovation by small startups.
In today's overstimulated society, it's hard to imagine a time when reading—which we regard as solitary—was seen as a social activity. But for middle- and upper-class women of America's first Gilded Age (from about 1865 to 1901), reading was social and central. In her book Well-Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), Barbara Sicherman, B.I. '74, argues that these women read themselves into history.
Before the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, there was 9 to 5, National Association of Working Women. Founded in 1972 by Ellen Cassedy and Karen Nussbaum, then clerical workers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the organization dedicated itself to putting issues faced by working women on the public agenda.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has announced that Gloria Steinem, a pioneering feminist, award-winning journalist, and best-selling author, will be awarded the 2010 Radcliffe Institute Medal at the Radcliffe Day luncheon on Friday (May 28).
Radcliffe Institute Dean Barbara J. Grosz will give opening remarks and present the medal, and Steinem will deliver the luncheon address.