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.
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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.
“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."