From V-2 Rocket to Moon Landing

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Photo by Kris SnibbePhoto by Kris Snibbe

Author Diane McWhorter's latest book project, "Moon of Alabama: From Nazi Germany to Tranquility Base, via the Segregated American South," explores how German scientists from Hitler's Third Reich helped to create the rocket that shot the Apollo 11 mission into space.

Job Retraining For the Unemployed: A Popular Fix that Might Not Work

Washington Post
Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fellow Amy Goldstein's Washington Post column on job retraining for the unemployed. 

The Last Supper as Passover

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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Anthony Grafton made a compelling case that the Christian discovery of a Jewish Jesus began in the Renaissance. A leading cultural and intellectual historian of Renaissance Europe, Grafton suggested that it was 16th-century scholar Joseph Scaliger, in particular, who helped transform the discourse around the sacred Christian meal.

Chicago as Urban Microcosm

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Photo by Rose LincolnPhoto by Rose Lincoln

Professor Robert Sampson studies Second City to paint detailed portrait of American cities. 

Painting on a New Canvas

The New York Times
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The New York Times features "Raising Renee" and discusses the upcoming premier on HBO with painter and Radcliffe fellow Beverly McIver. The documentary, created by Radcliffe fellow Jeanne Jordan, is based on the story of the painter and her sister.  

Filmmaker Meets Painter

Harvard Magazine
Friday, February 3, 2012
Artist Beverly McIver, Dean Lizabeth Cohen, Filmmaker Jeanne Jordan. Photo by JM HouleArtist Beverly McIver, Dean Lizabeth Cohen, Filmmaker Jeanne Jordan. Photo by JM Houle

The documentary Raising Renee resulted from a collaboration between two Radcliffe Institute fellows—filmmaker Jeanne Jordan and painter Beverly McIver—who visited the New York Harvard Club to introduce the film before its premiere on HBO. 

Academic E-Books: Innovation and Transition

Publishers Weekly
Friday, February 3, 2012

There is a growing crisis in the academic monograph marketplace. College and university libraries are experiencing budget cuts; there are too many presses publishing too many titles; there's growing pressure to figure out open access (OA) solutions, particularly in the face of the outrageous Research Works Act; and, aside from crossover or trade titles from the larger presses like Oxford, there is a sense that the barely adequate supply of funding will soon start to slide off a cliff.

Finding a Place in Research

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Photo by Jon ChasePhoto by Jon Chase

Three years ago, I knew nothing about Toni Stone or the Negro League. I didn't know a thing about baseball's racial history, with the exception being a vague familiarity with the legacy of Jackie Robinson, the African-American player who broke the major leagues' color barrier.

Planets, Planets Everywhere

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Photo by Rose LincolnPhoto by Rose Lincoln

Recent discoveries have transformed scientific understanding of the galaxy, showing a Milky Way teeming with planets. "I don't think we'll have a paucity of planets. We'll have more planets than we know what to do with," fellow Ray Jayawardhana said. "You're living through an incredibly exciting, revolutionary time."

What History Tells Us about the New Hampshire Primary Winner

WashingtonPost.com
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Washington Post chats with historian Ellen Fitzpatrick RI '09 about what history tells us about the New Hampshire primary winner, and how Mitt Romney falls into this group. 

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