In the News
At Radcliffe, Melissa Harris-Perry on elections: a democracy is valuable in a number of ways, but "the fundamental value is about being a loser." If, in a democracy, a group expects to lose as often as it wins—and, in the case of some marginalized groups, far more often—they can "lose without fearing that the winners take all."
Melissa Harris-Perry, host of the weekend MSNBC news show and a political science professor at Wake Forest University, discussed disenfranchised American voters, the role of minority groups in a democracy, and her life as a public intellectual with nearly 400 attendees crowded into the Radcliffe Institute's Knafel Center.
Harvard Magazine features the Schlesinger Library's new exhibit, organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the war, that showcases how personal documents like portraits, letters, diaries, and family account books serve as revealing sources for life during the Civil War, both in battle and on the home front.
Radcliffe fellow Tyrell Haberkorn analyzes the recent coup in Thailand and freedom of expression and thought during the first four months of life under the new prime minister and military junta.
President Drew Faust and Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute, are celebrating a $12.5 million fund to enhance the creative arts at Harvard, it was announced today. As part of the fund, Maryellie Kulukundis Johnson ’57 and Rupert H. Johnson Jr. contributed a $10 million gift on behalf of their family.