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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Schlesinger Library is home to one of the world's most outstanding collections of historical cookbooks, including its most famous possession: the papers, recipes and cookbooks of Julia and Paul Child. The collection spans more than 500 years and almost as many cultures. Marylene Altieri, curator of printed material at the library, says the collection found its home at Radcliffe in the 1960s.
WGBH's Callie Crossley talks with novelist Tayari Jones.