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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.
Radcliffe Institute medal recipient Jane Alexander delivers the Radcliffe Day keynote address.
The Radcliffe Institute Medal is presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society. As the first working artist to chair the NEA, Jane Alexander fought to protect arts funding in the 1990s when it came under fire by Congress.
A year in the arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, featuring work by Radcliffe Day panelists Elizabeth Alexander RI '08, Beverly McIver RI '03, Diane Paulus '88, Mark Robbins RI '03, Augusta Read Thomas BI '91.
Moderated by Diane Paulus '88 and featuring Elizabeth Alexander RI '08, Beverly McIver RI '03, Mark Robbins RI '03, and Augusta Read Thomas BI '91, "From Artist to Audience" unites leaders across the visual arts, writing, music, and theater.