The full text of remarks by Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, 2012 Radcliffe Institute medalist and luncheon speaker
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Radcliffe Day 2012 was dedicated to exploring the law and social change. Margaret H. Marshall received the Radcliffe Institute Medal.
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."
Harvard students team with the Radcliffe fellows to study such diverse topics as the history of the brownie, the search for new planets, the connection between language and cognition, the impact of Olympic stadiums on urban infrastructure, hip-hop culture, and more.
On Radcliffe Day, hundreds of alumnae, fellows, and friends, including many University leaders, faculty, and staff, celebrate excellence and innovation. This year, the Radcliffe Institute medal recipient and luncheon speaker is Margaret H. Marshall, Ed.M.'69, who has been a force for justice and equality throughout her life.
Radcliffe Institute Dean's Advisory Council Member Susan S. Wallach received the Harvard Alumni Association's Harvard Medal.
British theater director John Tiffany, who was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study last year, workshopped his musical Once, based on the low-budget hit film about a pair of aspiring musicians, at Harvard's American Repertory Theater. The show received 11 Tony nominations.
The prize for the very best thesis in the Harvard senior class went to two students this year, one who proposed ways to address cholera epidemics in Haiti for her thesis and another who wrote a collection of poems.
Harvard Law School Assistant Professor I. Glenn Cohen '03—co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics—will focus his fellowship on the legal and ethical issues related to travel of patients who are residents of one country to another country for medical treatment.