"Women have always been at Harvard...not only as life's mainstay, but as intellectual collaborators," cultural historian Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz told a packed auditorium at the Radcliffe Institute.
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The Harvard community gathered to discuss the University's evolving relationship with female affiliates throughout the course of its history during the Dean's Lecture, delivered by Helen H. Horowitz. The lecture, one of many events this year to commemorate Harvard's 375th anniversary, included opening remarks from President Faust and Radcliffe Institute Dean Cohen.
Helen Horowitz explores Harvard University’s relationship with women—beginning with the University’s founding, and she contends that the fight for equity remains a work in progress today.
Shahira Amin, an anchor for Egypt's state-owned Nile TV, famously walked off the set in protest during the Tahrir Square uprising. Amin was in Boston to speak at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at a conference called "Women Making Democracy."
Kremer, Harvard's Gates Professor of Developing Societies, described his efforts and provided an overview of recent research on the topic of safe water during a talk Tuesday at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as part of the institute's water series.
It's the mark of a successful conference that "we have many more questions, perhaps than we had when we came in," said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, at the conclusion of the institute's "Women Making Democracy" symposium last week.
Tayari Jones, novelist, essayist, and short story writer, silenced the crowd with a reading from her forthcoming novel, "Dear History," in which she explores how the lives of a young married couple are devastated after the husband is wrongly convicted and sent to prison for 25 years.
The Radcliffe Institute hosted a reunion of sorts at filmmaker Deepa Mehta's lecture, with India the connecting thread that wove through longtime friendships, feature films, fact, fiction, and magical fantasy.
Separated by more than a century, these two voices inhabit the same space: the Radcliffe College Archives at Schlesinger Library. In paper soft with age and still crisp from the printer, in cursive loops and cartridge-ink, they tell their stories. These stories are bookends to the institution in which the library is housed, and that which they document: Radcliffe, first an annex, then a College, and now a center for advanced research. The century between them brought a radical rethinking of not only co-education at Harvard, but of a woman’s traditional place in the world.
Shilo traded his lab coat for a camera bag this year, which he is spending at the Radcliffe Institute. Shilo has been peering through a camera lens, working on a project that uses scientific images and photographs of everyday people to explain concepts in developmental biology to the public.