The Myth of the 8-Hour Workday

The Takeaway
Monday, January 6, 2014

In 1914, the Ford Motor Company announced its intention to implement the eight-hour workday, for which Ford employees would be paid $5.00 a day. One hundred years later, Lizabeth Cohen, professor of American Studies at Harvard University and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, reflects on Ford's intentions and the company's impact.

Notes on Queer Formalism

Big Red & Shiny
Monday, December 16, 2013
Elise Adibi, Aromatherapy Painting, 2013. Photo by Heather LathamElise Adibi, Aromatherapy Painting, 2013. Photo by Heather Latham

Radcliffe research partner William Simmons, who is working with Radcliffe fellow Elise Adibi this year, examines "Queer formalism" in painting. 

What if an Actor Tried Really Hard to be You?
Monday, December 16, 2013

None of us will ever know what it's like to be another person, which is what makes a new performance art project at Harvard so fun to consider. Conceived by performance artist and Radcliffe Institute fellow David Levine, it's called "Character Analysis," and features actors who study ordinary people and go out into the world, behaving like the person they're trying to become. 

[Extra] Ordinary Performances

@ The Radcliffe Institute
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Volunteer Bruce Williams and Actor Lelaina Vogel '15Volunteer Bruce Williams and Actor Lelaina Vogel '15

Radcliffe Institute fellow David Levine recruited trained actors to study—and become—ordinary people. Did they succeed?

Galleries: Adibi's Metabolic Paintings

The Boston Globe
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Photo by Heather LathamPhoto by Heather Latham

Boston Globe features Elise Adibi's work: "The suggestion that the paintings are not simply what you see, but what you otherwise sense, underlines the intimate, nuanced experience of engaging with any worthy work of art: Keep your senses open."

A Pragmatic Approach to Harvard Giving

Harvard Alumni website
Monday, December 9, 2013
Phyllis Rose

Phyllis Rose '64, PhD '70 has designated her annuity to benefit the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which houses one of the finest collections of resources for research on the history of women in America. “I do not know of another project like the Schlesinger,” she says.

Playwright Delighted to be Mired in Tragedy

Boston Globe
Friday, December 6, 2013
Photo by Ryan BourquePhoto by Ryan Bourque

Boston Globe interviews playwright and director Sean Graney RI '14 about his project to adapt all 32 Greek tragedies into a 12-hour theatrical event.

Neutrino Hunters: A Detective Story with Cosmic Implications

Big Think Blog
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fellow Ray Jayawardhana, hailed as "the new dean of popular science," will explain the implications of neutrino research. The quest to find the neutrino is the subject of Ray Jayawardhana's new book. 

Radcliffe Fellow Julie Orringer Blends History, Ficton

The Harvard Crimson
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Julie Orringer, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, spoke on the ability of novels to convey truths through fiction in a lecture. Orringer discussed the ways in which writers blend history with their own speculation and inventions into a cohesive story.

A Character Fit for a Novel

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff Photographer

Julie Orringer RI '14 is working on a novel about Varian Fry, a Harvard graduate who saved more than 2,000 artists and anti-Nazi activists in occupied France during WWII.