This essay is adapted from The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India, by Siddhartha Deb.
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Last month the US Supreme Court ruled that more than 1 million female workers couldn’t proceed with a gender bias suit against Wal-Mart because they were too numerous and diverse to constitute a class. The justices ought to have a look at the Self Employed Women’s Association, a trade union of 1.3 million women in India working in “the informal economy.’’ Ela Bhatt, the lawyer who founded SEWA in her native Ahmedadad, was in Cambridge recently to receive the Radcliffe Institute medal.
In north central Kansas, a group of nuns is fighting for the Earth. Schlesinger Library oral history grant winner Rachel Myslivy intends to tell their story before it's lost to the ages.
Venezuelan musician and composer Paul Desenne says coffee's rise in the world was operalike—full of conflict, tension, and romance. At Radcliffe, Desenne was hard at work on an opera about coffee.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced that Cambridge artist Wendy Jacob RI '05 is the recipient of the 2011 Maud Morgan Prize. Jacob's works explore human impulse, intimacy, and interaction through interventions with furniture, architecture, and open spaces.
In this densely packed work, Susan Landau, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University details the myriad layers around surveillance, national security, information security and privacy.
Victor Valle, who was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of reporters at the Los Angeles Times, has been named a fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and will dedicate his time at Radcliffe to researching and writing his next book, "The Poetics of Fire: On The Art of Chile Eating."
With the publication of her third novel, Silver Sparrow, things are happening to author and Radcliffe Institute fellow Tayari Jones that rarely happen to writers, especially writers who are women and almost never happen to writers who are African-American women.
Recent books with Harvard connections include Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System by Ray Jayawardhana RI '12 and Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution, by Serena Mayeri '97.
Two Harvard Professors to Lead New Academic Ventures Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has named Joanna Aizenberg and Leah Price as faculty program directors of Academic Ventures.