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The Boston Globe Ideas section explores the increased interest in the study of notes, which unlock conversations around great works. In examining the scribblings that were once dismissed, scholars are unlocking real insights into the way people in the past read, thought, worked, loved, and joked. “Take Note,” a Radcliffe Institute conference addresses the rise of these once-marginal jottings as a topic in their own right.
Blogger Christine Frost attended Radcliffe's lecture and 20 questions with Roger Chartier and writes, "The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has become an amazing place. It serves as a hub for collaborative projects that span Harvard University, and all disciplines, from humanities to the sciences, are explored in a variety of symposia and events."
The future of water symposium featured a variety of water-centric issues, from desalination to pollutants to the dangers of contamination from hydraulic fracturing. Radcliffe Dean Cohen said that water issues reach across disciplines, making them good subjects for the science symposium, which seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration.
Lizabeth Cohen, the recently inaugurated dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, brought a multi-faceted lens to the problem of integration in post-World War II urban America in a speech called "Place, People, and Power"—an aptly all-encompassing name for a wide-ranging talk.