In the News
Like no other time since World War II, foreign academics and students are being forcibly displaced due to violence and political persecution. Following are stories of one scholar —an Albanian writer living in Greece, Gazmend Kapllani, who was also a Radcliffe fellow in 2013. The stories demonstrate the growing threats to dissident intellectuals around the world.
At the Radcliffe Institute, ACLU's Carol Rose discussed women's rights, arguing that court case rulings have been unfavorable for women in recent years.
At Radcliffe, Melissa Harris-Perry on elections: a democracy is valuable in a number of ways, but "the fundamental value is about being a loser." If, in a democracy, a group expects to lose as often as it wins—and, in the case of some marginalized groups, far more often—they can "lose without fearing that the winners take all."
Melissa Harris-Perry, host of the weekend MSNBC news show and a political science professor at Wake Forest University, discussed disenfranchised American voters, the role of minority groups in a democracy, and her life as a public intellectual with nearly 400 attendees crowded into the Radcliffe Institute's Knafel Center.
Harvard Magazine features the Schlesinger Library's new exhibit, organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the war, that showcases how personal documents like portraits, letters, diaries, and family account books serve as revealing sources for life during the Civil War, both in battle and on the home front.