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Harvard Professor and former Radcliffe Institute fellow Maria Tatar led a group of teachers in a summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, “Golden Compasses as Moral Compasses: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Fairy Tales and Fantasy.”
Nottingham Trent University Professor Carole Perry will start a year-long fellowship to pursue work on the interaction between organisms and materials.
On 2012 Commencement, journalist and author Fareed Zakaria, Ph.D. '93, LL.D. '12, gave an upbeat assessment of world affairs. But Phi Beta Kappa orator Derek Bok and Radcliffe Medalist Margaret H. Marshall detailed serious concerns about American democracy. Medical and dental graduates heard a searing call to service. And there were lighter moments, too.
A novel coating that repels almost every type of liquid and solid, from blood and crude oil to ice and bacteria, has received a 2012 R&D 100 Award from R&D Magazine. Called SLIPS, the coating was developed by the Radcliffe Institute's Joanna Aizenberg and was inspired by the slippery surface of the carnivorous pitcher plant.
The depth of my alienation from home hit me last January, when Alabama shut out Louisiana State for the college football championship. Even in the familiar afterglow of 'Bama's second title in three years, I had to ask myself, what right did my state have to brag, about anything?
The Broadway musical ONCE took eight Tony Awards at the American Theatre Wing's annual ceremony, held on June 10. John Tiffany, director of ONCE, received the Tony for Best Director of a Musical; he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute during 2010-2011.
Two Broadway shows with origins at Harvard cleaned up at the Tony Awards on Sunday night. "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" and "Once" took home 10 awards in total, including the prizes for best musical revival and best musical, respectively.