Disruptive Music

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Neba Solo—an innovator on a par with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, according to Professor Ingrid Monson—shared the music that has made him a cultural force in his native Mali.

Neba Solo: Mali’s Balafon Master

The World
Monday, November 26, 2012

For a country where music is so central to life and entertainment, the crisis in Mali has quieted many musicians in a big way. But not balafon player Neba Solo. Radcliffe fellow Ingrid Monson, an ethnomusicologist at Harvard Univesity, has been following Neba Solo’s career for years.

Neba Solo Carries Forth Musical Traditions of Mali

The Boston Globe
Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Boston Globe highlights balafonist Neba Solo who will give a rare concert at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute. Preceding it is a talk by Radcliffe fellow Monson, who has worked with Solo for many years. She studied balafon with him in Mali for six months in 2005 and accompanied the band as they played all over Mali. Her balafons are all his hand-crafted creations

Note Taking in a Clickable Age

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Radcliffe's "Take Note" conference explores the art and importance of effective note taking. The conference, the culmination of a four-year effort at Radcliffe to examine the tradition of books and their prospects in a digital age, brought together scholars from a range of disciplines.

After Election, South Boston Remains Swing Area

Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Harvard Crimson reports South Boston has become a political bellwether for statewide races. "Brown's fate in South Boston points to the problems that dogged his campaign statewide and ultimately led to his defeat," said David Luberoff, a senior project advisor for the Radcliffe Institute's Boston Area Research Initiative.

Vintage Cookbooks Reveal Secrets of America’s Past

Boston Globe
Sunday, November 18, 2012

"American Cookery" is staging a comeback. Scholars in fields like culinary history and food studies are working alongside a thriving community of food professionals and amateurs, all of whom find cookbooks an invaluable window into daily life in yesterday's kitchens. They turn to the culinary collections at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library.

The Roads Not Taken

Architecture Boston
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In November 1972, an improbable campaign to stop a juggernaut of highways from afflicting Greater Boston reached its culmination. Viewed from today, that victory, which was several years in the making, seems preordained. But consider the landscape of the time:

Female to Head Marine Lab

Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Harvard Medical School Professor and Radcliffe Institute science advisor Joan V. Ruderman will pioneer the next era of the Marine Biological Laboratory as its first female president.

Duly Noted

The Atlantic
Friday, November 9, 2012

The Atlantic reports, Harvard English professor Leah Price, one of the co-organizers of TakeNote, a conference dedicated to the history, theory, practice and future of note-taking, opened her introductory remarks with a much-circulated picture of Biden holding up his notes after this year's vice-presidential debate.

A Collection Unlike Others

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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Material from the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection at Harvard Library includes centuries of art, literature, and popular culture artifacts related to the chief avenues to altered states of mind: sex and drugs.