Willie Cole. Courtesy of New Jersey Public MediaWillie Cole. Courtesy of New Jersey Public Media

Willie Cole, Artist

Willie Cole calls himself a "perceptual engineer." He mines the visual layers of irons, ironing boards, gas hoses, high-heeled shoes, and even plastic water bottles. PBS's State of the Arts goes on location to an exhibit of his Beauties prints at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.

Clarissa Turner (left), Janet Connors, and Julie Mallozzi spoke at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in April, following a screening of the documentary "Circle Up." Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteClarissa Turner (left), Janet Connors, and Julie Mallozzi spoke at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in April, following a screening of the documentary "Circle Up." Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Mothers Bound by Grief and Forgiveness

In 2001, Janet Connors’ son, Joel James Turner, was stabbed to death in his Dorchester apartment. The grieving mother realized her path forward would be rooted in forgiveness, rather than retribution.

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Rethinking Inclusion

Radcliffe Professor Anthony Jack talks about his new book, The Privileged Poor, which addresses the struggles of low-income students at elite schools.

Pediatric oncologist Lisa Diller is studying the implications of genetic testing in newborns. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerPediatric oncologist Lisa Diller is studying the implications of genetic testing in newborns. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

DNA Testing Could Save Young Lives through Early Intervention

Pediatric oncologist Lisa Diller RI '19 is studying the implications of genetic testing in newborns.

Carmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, speaks at a Radcliffe conference about citizenship. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerCarmen Yulin Cruz, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, speaks at a Radcliffe conference about citizenship. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

Citizens Arrested

San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz spoke at Radcliffe's "Unsettled Citizens" conference about how Puerto Ricans are US citizens but are not treated equally.

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Picturing Vision and Justice

The Harvard Gazette spoke with Professor Sarah Lewis, whose course “Vision & Justice: The Art of Citizenship” is the creative inspiration behind the “Vision & Justice” convening.

Radcliffe Fellow Francisco Goldman is writing his latest novel based in New Bedford. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerRadcliffe Fellow Francisco Goldman is writing his latest novel based in New Bedford. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Fishing for Stories

Francisco Goldman RI '19 explores New Bedford, Massachusetts, for his latest novel.

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Author: If at First You Don’t Succeed, Fail, Fail Again

As any writer will tell you, the process of writing is riddled with anguish, angst, and the ever-popular procrastination. For Lauren Groff RI '19, it’s also filled with productive failure.

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The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo

Evidence of the #MeToo movement should be preserved, both because it matters and because it could disappear. But archivists face a battery of technical and ethical questions with few precedents.

The opening session of the Radcliffe Institute conference "Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication" included live drag acts. Photo by Nuriya SaifulinaThe opening session of the Radcliffe Institute conference "Beyond Words: Gender and the Aesthetics of Communication" included live drag acts. Photo by Nuriya Saifulina

The Kings and Queens of Radcliffe

“Communication Can Be a . . . Drag” provided a fitting and “playful” introduction to a conference meant to examine gender expression.

Susan Bennett is the voice of Siri. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteSusan Bennett is the voice of Siri. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

"Siri, Who Provided Your Voice?"

In a day of discussions devoted to how humans use their bodies to communicate, the original voice of Siri shared her experience as the sound of Apple iPhone’s virtual assistant.

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Researching and Writing History

“It didn’t occur to me that a person of my background could be a writer,” said Min Jin Lee RI '19. “I didn’t know anyone from my background who was one.”

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Why Are Teachers Protesting in "Blue" Cities?

Sarah Reckhow RI '19 and collaborators explain how deep-pocketed national donors are changing local school politics.

Mark (left) and Scott Kelly participated in the NASA Twins Study, which focused on the strain of spaceflight on the human body. Scott spent a year in space while Mark remained on Earth. Photo by Robert Markowoto/NASAMark (left) and Scott Kelly participated in the NASA Twins Study, which focused on the strain of spaceflight on the human body. Scott spent a year in space while Mark remained on Earth. Photo by Robert Markowoto/NASA

Twins in Space

Brinda Rana—member of a NASA-sponsored research team examining what happens to astronauts during prolonged space flights—shared how zero gravity affects the body.

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A Surprising Blend of Poetry, Sci-Fi, and "Bloom County"

Poet Evie Shockley RI '19 speaks to the Boston Globe about her favorite books and sources of literary inspiration.

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Dolores Huerta to Receive Radcliffe Medal for Her Impact on Society

“Every American should know her name and her decades-long work to secure the rights of farmworkers, women, and other disadvantaged people,” said Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin.

Daniel M. Kammen speaking at Radcliffe's Knafel Center. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDaniel M. Kammen speaking at Radcliffe's Knafel Center. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

To Tackle Climate Change, Share Burden—and Benefits

Even as climate change reaches new and terrifying levels, hope remains—but the time to act is now, says Daniel M. Kammen.

The artwork, "Love and Revolution,"  revolutionary graffiti at Saleh Selim Street on the island of Zamalek, Cairo, was photographed by Hossam el-Hamalawy on Oct. 23, 2011.The artwork, "Love and Revolution," revolutionary graffiti at Saleh Selim Street on the island of Zamalek, Cairo, was photographed by Hossam el-Hamalawy on Oct. 23, 2011.

Nonviolent Resistance Proves Potent Weapon

Radcliffe Professor Erica Chenoweth's research suggests that nonviolent civil resistance is far more successful in creating broad-based change than violent campaigns.

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Radcliffe Scholar Tracks Squirrels in Search of Memory Gains

Lucia Jacobs RI '19 is exploring squirrel brains, particularly how the animals cache and retrieve their food and what happens in the memory-associated hippocampus during that process.

Earth's night lights seen from the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASAEarth's night lights seen from the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASA

Is Anybody Out There?

SETI astronomer Jill Tarter—who was among the speakers at this year’s Radcliffe science symposium, “The Undiscovered”—on the search for intelligent life.

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Engaging Radcliffe with the World

Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin emphasizes Radcliffe’s role as a place for members of the Harvard community to convene and collaborate with one another. 

Reginald Dwayne Betts while he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2011-2012. Photo by Jessica ScrantonReginald Dwayne Betts while he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2011-2012. Photo by Jessica Scranton

Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out

Reginald Dwayne Betts RI '12 writes: "After serving time for a crime I committed at 16, I discovered how hard it is for a felon to get a second chance."

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Behind an Eerie Sound, Science, Espionage, and Dashed Dreams

Composer, musicologist, and theremin player Dorit Chrysler set history to sound, without the slightest touch, in a presentation with physicist John Huth.

Radcliffe Institute Panelists Discuss Contemporary Feminism

“Feminisms Now!” featured a panel of five millennial feminist activists, artists, and writers who discussed the "intersectional" nature of 21st century feminism.