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In 1961 President John F. Kennedy established a presidential commission to examine and report on the status of American women. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi reflects on the 50th anniversary of the presidential report on American women with former Radcliffe fellow, Ellen Fitzpatrick.
Sean Graney has created an epic 12-hour theatrical adaptation that combines all 32 surviving Greek tragedies, titled All Our Tragic. Hear how a single staging of the seven tragedies of Sophocles evolved into a massive project that generated more than 1,200 pages of drama.
Graney is the 2013–2014 Perrin Moorhead and Bruns Grayson Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.
The Radcliffe Campaign, Invest in Ideas, is part of The Harvard Campaign, a five-year, University-wide fundraising drive designed to fund important priorities that will position the Radcliffe Institute—and Harvard University—to meet the challenges of the future.
Dean Lizabeth Cohen spoke at the kick-off event about the goals of the campaign, and how a successful campaign will help the Institute generate and share new ideas that make a lasting difference in our world. To learn more about our aspirations, how you can get involved, and ways to give, please visit www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/campaign.
The Radcliffe Institute: Investing in Ideas explores how the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University invests in the future of ideas—and the ideas of the future.
Radcliffe generates new ideas by faculty, students, scholars, scientists, public intellectuals, and artists through its three programs: the Fellowship Program, the Schlesinger Library, and Academic Ventures.
The Institute shares ideas through dynamic public events that are created by all three programs. Our conferences, lectures, fellows' presentations, gallery shows, and library exhibitions are free, open to the public, and frequently shared online.
Tadashi Tokieda invents, collects, and studies toys—simple objects from daily life that can be found or made in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively, exhibit behaviors so surprising that they intrigue scientists for weeks.
What do a computer scientist, a playwright, and a biologist have in common? Collective intelligence, as Radhika Nagpal discovered during her year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. She worked with experimental biologists to develop a better understanding of collective intelligence in social insects through the application of computer science. The professor of computer science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering also found a surprising commonality with a playwright and other Radcliffe fellows.
Columnist Gail Collins of the New York Times answers questions from the audience about how and why the national view of American women changed so dramatically between 1960 and today.
Nancy E. Hill, the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes how a Radcliffe Professorship provides the opportunity to dig deeper into her research exploring cultural influences on parenting and adolescent achievement.
Tadashi Tokieda RI ’14 invents, collects, and studies toys—simple objects from daily life that can be found or made in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively, exhibit behaviors so surprising that they intrigue scientists for weeks. In this video, he explores toys and their relevance to applied mathematics.
Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), reads from her recent biography, which earned the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for biography.