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.
“Access to Reproductive Health Care: In 2012, It Shouldn’t Be This Hard!" featured Susan Yanow, founder of the Abortion Access Project (now known as Provide), and Judy Norsigian ’70, executive director and founder of Our Bodies Ourselves.
Literary scholar Roger Chartier took on the question of "When and Why Do Literary Manuscripts Matter?" at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Oct. 18, exploring the creation of literary archives and the appearance in the 1750s of authorial manuscripts.
Haiti had been cholera-free for 100 years before the 2010 earthquake. At a recent Radcliffe Water Lecture, Harvard's John Mekalanos said, “The most likely conclusion is cholera was introduced in Haiti by a human.”
Blogger Christine Frost attended Radcliffe's lecture and 20 questions with Roger Chartier and writes, "The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has become an amazing place. It serves as a hub for collaborative projects that span Harvard University, and all disciplines, from humanities to the sciences, are explored in a variety of symposia and events."
The Radcliffe Institute's Annette Gordon-Reed reviews Henry Wiencek's Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, a new examination of Thomas Jefferson and slavery.
The future of water symposium featured a variety of water-centric issues, from desalination to pollutants to the dangers of contamination from hydraulic fracturing. Radcliffe Dean Cohen said that water issues reach across disciplines, making them good subjects for the science symposium, which seeks to stimulate interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration.
Lizabeth Cohen, the recently inaugurated dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, brought a multi-faceted lens to the problem of integration in post-World War II urban America in a speech called "Place, People, and Power"—an aptly all-encompassing name for a wide-ranging talk.
While a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, I. Glenn Cohen is writing a book about the growing phenomenon of medical tourism, the practice of citizens of one country traveling to seek medical care in another country. He examines the emerging legal and ethical issues brought up by the many varieties of medical tourism.
Harvard President Faust introduced Dean Cohen for her inaugural lecture—Place, People, and Power: City Building in Postwar America—stating, “Liz Cohen has crossed traditional disciplinary boundaries in ways that have brought fresh insight to some of the most important issues of our time.”