Photo by Bob O'ConnorPhoto by Bob O'Connor

Blank Slate Beckons Would-be Artists

More than 150 students preregistered for the Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition—a testament to the widespread student interest in the arts and their role at Harvard.

Photo by Heather LathamPhoto by Heather Latham

Boston Neighborhoods Talk

If a neighborhood could talk, what would it tell you about its citizens, its resources? A lot, it turns out, as the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) makes clear. The only initiative of its kind, BARI positions Boston at the forefront of city-university research and collaboration.

Leah Price, one of the conference organizers, referred to Sarah Palin's notes for her interview at a Tea Party convention in 2010. Palin's notes on her palm said Energy, Budget (Cut?), Tax, Lift American Spirits. The video of Palin consulting her palm went viral.Leah Price, one of the conference organizers, referred to Sarah Palin's notes for her interview at a Tea Party convention in 2010. Palin's notes on her palm said Energy, Budget (Cut?), Tax, Lift American Spirits. The video of Palin consulting her palm went viral.

Taking Notes

Institute conference brought together experts in book history and the digital humanities to look at notes as artifacts of creative thought. 

Tamar Diesendruck and Kurt Rohde. Photo by Joshi RadinTamar Diesendruck and Kurt Rohde. Photo by Joshi Radin

Listen Faster, Listen Different

Radcliffe fellows explore an array of musical subjects: art songs at the Schlesinger Library, trends in music detected by computer software, and interactions between voices and instruments. They're inspired by subjects from Disney to Queen Kristina to biological patterns.

Photo by Martha StewartPhoto by Martha Stewart

Keeping It New

Novelist Margot Livesey, the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, delivered a rich and engaging lecture to a full house at the Radcliffe Gym in December titled, "Neither a Borrower nor a Lender Be: Homage, Appropriation, and Influence."

Illustration by Kotryna ZukauskaiteIllustration by Kotryna Zukauskaite

What Drives the Electorate? The Answer May Surprise You

The political scientist Larry Bartels explained how droughts and shark attacks have affected the political fortunes of incumbents.

Bruce E. Rittman is exploring new ways to clean up pollution, treat water, and wastewater, and improve human health. Photo by Tony RinaldoBruce E. Rittman is exploring new ways to clean up pollution, treat water, and wastewater, and improve human health. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Clarifying Water’s Murky Fate

Symposium draws experts to discuss the state of our water resource and what to do about it.

Photo by Scott EisenPhoto by Scott Eisen

Beyond Mourning

Alma Guillermoprieto RI '07 spoke about the 2010 massacre of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the northern border. To honor their lives, Guillermoprieto established an online altar like those built for Dia de los Muertos, the Mexican day of remembrance for the dead.

Werner Sollors. Photo by Joshi RadinWerner Sollors. Photo by Joshi Radin

From Two Seminars, One Glorious Book

Go to any good bookstore and you will find A New Literary History of America. This ambitious anthology is an artful gathering of resonant personalities and dates—a celebration of American invention, from the Winchester rifle to the telephone.

Jane Rhodes described her subject, an African American expatriate who   became a renowned psychoanalyst. Photo by JM HouleJane Rhodes described her subject, an African American expatriate who became a renowned psychoanalyst. Photo by JM Houle

Telling Life Stories

Three Radcliffe Institute fellows—a novelist, a historian, and a biographer—gave alumnae/i and friends in New York City a taste of the cross-disciplinary discussions that occur at the Institute, about telling life stories from their differing perspectives.

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Geometry and Permafrost

One of theoretical physicist Paul Steinhardt's projects as a Radcliffe fellow is to explore a new form of matter known as a quasicrystal, discovered while panning for meteorite fragments in a remote region of far-eastern Russia.

Newsmakers Winter 2013

Radcliffe Affiliates Making their Mark