Professor Smail has spent this academic year at the Radcliffe Institute, where he studies what he terms the "medieval world of goods" by sifting through 14th and 15th century household inventories. This project is unique because of its collaborative nature: Smail is working with sophomores Mark S. Krass, Naomi M. Wills, and Matthew Wozny to collect and interpret his data.
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Lizabeth Cohen, interim dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since last July, has been appointed dean by President Drew Faust, who was RIAS's founding dean before becoming Harvard president.
Scientists trying to understand the evolutionary past have gained insight from studying embryonic development—a new area of science called evo-devo. Nicole Le Douarin, a pioneer of modern developmental biology, spoke at Radcliffe on how studying embryonic development sheds light on a key innovation in vertebrate evolution: the emergence of a head and brain.
In March 2010, a group of colleaguesgot together at the Radcliffe Institute for a colloquium on German manuscript illumination. The speakers visited Houghton Library, where librarians had spread out for examination virtually all of the German illuminated manuscripts the library has. These treasures knocked the socks off the assembled academics, who decided that each would choose one of the fragments before them as the subject of a short essay.
The Third Annual Boston Jewish Music Festival features pianist and former fellow Donald Berman who has put together a classical evening called "From the Lower East Side to Carnegie Hall.''
International Business Times spoke with two experts on China and Taiwan to discuss the Jeremy Lin phenomenon and how it relates to East Asian political issues.
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.
Fellow Amy Goldstein's Washington Post column on job retraining for the unemployed.
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.
Professor Robert Sampson studies Second City to paint detailed portrait of American cities.