Karole Armitage presented this year's Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerKarole Armitage presented this year's Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer

Karole Armitage: Dancing In and Out of the Box

“I was born with this idea that I wanted to be an artist, because I wanted to understand what it means to be a human,” says Karole Armitage RI '16. “What it means to be alive.” She chose to write on the air with her body—and this is how she comes to know her place in the world.

The worst-ever Ebola epidemic claimed more than 4,000 lives, largely in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Above, a member of a Liberian Red Cross team in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 14, 2014. Photo by Marcus DiPaola/NurPhoto/CorbisThe worst-ever Ebola epidemic claimed more than 4,000 lives, largely in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. Above, a member of a Liberian Red Cross team in Monrovia, Liberia, on October 14, 2014. Photo by Marcus DiPaola/NurPhoto/Corbis

Vital Signs

Every year, the Academic Ventures program at the Institute convenes 35 private workshops and seminars to advance early-stage knowledge across disciplines and even continents. At this workshop, infectious disease experts connected on Africa-based initiatives.

Peter Behrens with his wife, Basha Burwell, and their son, Henry Behrens. Photo by Jason GrowPeter Behrens with his wife, Basha Burwell, and their son, Henry Behrens. Photo by Jason Grow

Fellowship and the Family Man

In his three novels and two collections of short stories, Peter Behrens RI ’16 plumbs his family’s history in Canada, England, Germany, and Ireland. What drives him, however, is not what he knows about his family but what he doesn’t know: “The only way I know to learn what I don’t know is through fiction.”

Maryanne Kowaleski. Photo by Daniela StallingerMaryanne Kowaleski. Photo by Daniela Stallinger

Living by the Sea

Maryanne Kowaleski’s challenge as a historian is to bring coastal England in the heart of the Middle Ages into focus so that it can be seen as brightly as the well-documented maritime 17th century and beyond. 

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff Photographer

Independent Mind

Claudia Escobar RI '16, a former justice in Guatemala and now a Scholar at Risk at Harvard, says that a lack of judicial independence creates fertile ground for corruption.

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Unbridled Enthusiasm

Using his background in computational biology, Robert Huber studies the neurochemicals behind complex behaviors associated with aggression and drug addiction.