Photographing Native American Cultures

The Harvard Gazette
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Photo by Jon ChasePhoto by Jon Chase

Almost four years after beginning her journey, photographer Matika Wilbur has arrived at Harvard with 25 selections from her ongoing work, Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women. Wilbur visited close to 350 tribes and shot thousands of photographs. 

From Fresh Food to Magic Mushrooms

The Harvard Gazette
Monday, May 2, 2016
Photo by Stephanie MitchellPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell

Radcliffe fellow Michael Pollan is exploring a budding rebirth of psychedelic drugs, all but banned since the 1960s. “This has been a different kind of reporting for me. Interviewing people with cancer diagnoses—who are thinking about death—and talking about death with them,” Pollan said.

Native American Artist Focuses Lens on Women’s Rights

The Harvard Crimson
Friday, April 29, 2016
Photo by Helen YuPhoto by Helen Yu

Native American artist Matika Wilbur addressed issues of cultural marginalization and the violation of women's rights in indigenous populations through her photography exhibition at the Radcliffe Institute. 

What a Shrimp Can Teach a Submarine

Phys.org
Thursday, April 28, 2016
A female Odontodactylus Scyllarus mantis shrimp photographed by Roy L. Caldwell, University of California, BerkeleyA female Odontodactylus Scyllarus mantis shrimp photographed by Roy L. Caldwell, University of California, Berkeley

When I enter my lab, I'm greeted by the pops and crackles of mantis shrimp smashing snail shells with tiny hammers moving at bullet-like accelerations. Other days, I listen to their eerie, low-frequency rumbles, joined by the scratchy rasps of the violin- like mechanism that spiny lobsters use to scare away predators. For the past twenty years, I have probed the physics and evolution of these and other strange and wonderful creatures. Many have revealed unexpected insights into extraordinary capabilities that are unmatched by human- made systems.

TV Confessions: Gail Mazur

The Boston Globe
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mazur, a poet who lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, is the Senior Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, and a former fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study speaks with the Boston Globe for its TV Confessions column. 

Toward a Path Less Riddled

The Harvard Gazette
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Photo by Rose LincolnPhoto by Rose Lincoln

Anthony Jack's findings on economic diversity at elite colleges have brought him national recognition and the understanding that his research could improve lives. It’s a mission he plans to continue as a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe.

Hours After Winning Pulitzer, Nguyen Reads in Cambridge

The Boston Globe
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Photo by Webb ChappellPhoto by Webb Chappell

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen, a 2008–2009 Radcliffe fellow, wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Nguyen's winning debut novel is a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds"—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States. 

Radcliffe Fellow Labels Problems with Chicago Police Systemic

The Harvard Crimson
Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Harvard Crimson reports that Radcliffe fellow Laurence A. Ralph argues that treating cases of the police using extralegal force as isolated problems can lead to less accountability.

A Bleak, Troubling History

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Photo by Stephanie MitchellPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell

Laurence Ralph has used his time as a Radcliffe Fellow to study police violence and race in Chicago. "I wanted to examine the contradiction between the fact that the police are supposed to safeguard citizens and yet they're contributing to an alarming number of violent deaths," he says.

Chicago Organization Brings Oral Histories of African-Americans to Colleges

Chicago Tribune
Friday, April 8, 2016
Image source: HistoryMakers.comImage source: HistoryMakers.com

Says Schlesinger Library Executive Director Marilyn Dunn: "We want to make certain that we are documenting the widest possible swath of experiences of American women in the country," and The HistoryMakers subscription will enable students and professors to explore materials focusing on black women.

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