"American Cookery" is staging a comeback. Scholars in fields like culinary history and food studies are working alongside a thriving community of food professionals and amateurs, all of whom find cookbooks an invaluable window into daily life in yesterday's kitchens. They turn to the culinary collections at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library.
In November 1972, an improbable campaign to stop a juggernaut of highways from afflicting Greater Boston reached its culmination. Viewed from today, that victory, which was several years in the making, seems preordained. But consider the landscape of the time:
Harvard Medical School Professor and Radcliffe Institute science advisor Joan V. Ruderman will pioneer the next era of the Marine Biological Laboratory as its first female president.
Harvard English professor Leah Price, one of the co-organizers of TakeNote, a conference dedicated to the history, theory, practice and future of note-taking, opened her introductory remarks with a much-circulated picture of Biden holding up his notes after this year's vice-presidential debate.
The New York Times features Radcliffe's Take Note conference, during which 250 historians, literary scholars, psychologists and computer scientists played with the possibilities of paper and screen.
While many analysts focused on Superstorm Sandy’s intensity, Harvard's Daniel P. Schrag found Hurricane Sandy’s path rather than its power most intriguing. Water and its role in climate change was the subject of Schrag’s Radcliffe Institute lecture, “Wetter Weather: Water on a Changing Planet.”
The prospect of summarizing the Radcliffe Institute’s Take Note conference is daunting. Throughout the course of the day, I took more than 14 pages of notes about taking notes. Questions and comments from the audience produced lively conversations on Twitter. The hashtag (#radtakenote) was one of the most active I’ve ever seen at such an event.
Radcliffe fellow and Rutgers English professor Rebecca L. Walkowitz '92 identified a new genre of fiction, novels that are intended to transcend language barriers, in a lecture at the Radcliffe Institute.
The Harvard Gazette speaks to Radcliffe Institute graphic designer Jessica Brilli about her work in design and painting. "I love doing both — I love painting, and I love doing graphic design. So I feel very blessed to have a job that I like so much, and an outside hobby that ties into it. Both things really inspire each other."
The Boston Globe Ideas section explores the increased interest in the study of notes, which unlock conversations around great works. In examining the scribblings that were once dismissed, scholars are unlocking real insights into the way people in the past read, thought, worked, loved, and joked. “Take Note,” a Radcliffe Institute conference addresses the rise of these once-marginal jottings as a topic in their own right.