The papers of cultural critic Ellen Willis, 1941-2006, are now at the Schlesinger Library. In 1968, after Ellen Willis had published a single article about music—the story of Bob Dylan’s early career—the New Yorker hired her to be its first rock critic. Willis had worked on her Dylan piece, “Before the Flood,” published in the countercultural magazine Cheetah, for five months, and it showed. Her views were complicated, ambiguous, and illuminating. She was already writing as a cultural critic and not limiting herself to music.
A symposium looks at the gains women have made in the workplace and considers the challenges that lie ahead. It was a day Clara Goldberg Schiffer ’32 would have enjoyed. From start to finish, the message of speakers at the September 9 symposium titled “The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Workplace” was about the gains women have made by working together and the fight that still lies ahead to achieve equity with men. In her long career in the federal government, Schiffer dedicated herself to working in behalf of women and children.
If you haven’t slept in 24 hours, you’re just as impaired as if you were legally drunk. American drivers, medical researchers at Harvard have a message for you: Wake up. Drowsy driving, these researchers say, is an understudied, underappreciated, and underfunded public health and safety concern. Consider a few facts about the act of operating a motor vehicle while sleep-deprived: Every week, 2 million Americans nod off at the wheel; drowsy drivers get into 1.9 million crashes a year; and 20 percent of all serious motor vehicle accidents—one out of every five—involve sleepy drivers.
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