Harvard Magazine breaking news reports that the Radcliffe Institute announced that the Radcliffe Gymnasium has been renamed the Knafel Center in honor of venture capitalist Sidney R. Knafel '52, M.B.A. '54, whose most recent gift—the $10.5-million Knafel Fund—will support Radcliffe programs.
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Krauss, a noted theoretical physicist from Arizona State University, brought his brand of popular science to the Radcliffe Institute, addressing a crowd gathered for a talk that was often humorous despite dealing with subjects that can be dry and technical.
"Confronting Evil: Interdisciplinary Perspectives," sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard was about the rhetoric and psychology of evil, what it is like to witness it, and how society should respond to it. The conference featured panelist and Radcliffe Fellow Gazmend Kapllani, a novelist who grew up in the state-terror regime of Iron Curtain Albania.
Charles Curti, director of human resources at the Radcliffe Institute, shares a new University benefit provding $1,500 per year to employees who extend health care benefits to their same-sex spouses, to help offset the federal taxes that same-sex couples are required to pay under federal law.
The Harvard Gazette announces innovative international scholar Tamar Herzog has been appointed the Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). She also will become the Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Gazmend Kapllani, an Albanian novelist and Radcliffe fellow, draws inspiration from his nation's ink-dark past. Kapllani said his childhood gave him the gift of his three literary obsessions: borders, books, and the Balkans.
New research from Harvard University helps to explain how waterborne bacteria can colonize rough surfaces—even those that have been designed to resist water.
A new article on the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's musical setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem "A Corn Song" appears in the inaugural issue of J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists. Here, the author of the article, Tsitsi Jaji, discusses how she came to sing it as part of her scholarship.
Using a recording of actual voices of ATC staff members at work, Melissa Block '83 took the Radcliffe Institute audience through a day of producing All Things Considered, from the 10 A.M. "pitch meeting" to its 4 P.M. airtime, when 12 million listeners tune in.
Millions of Americans hear her voice on the radio each week, but members of the Harvard community had a chance to see National Public Radio reporter and "All Things Considered" host Melissa J. Block '83 speak in person at the Radcliffe Institute.