Retreating to the Kitchen

Monday, June 1, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, people are eating--and cooking--at home more than ever. Photo credit kool99As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, people are eating--and cooking--at home more than ever. Photo credit kool99

“For every home cook so enthused by their enhanced skills and expanded repertoire that they’ll never look back, there’s another desperate to regain the comfort, convenience, and social experience of a restaurant meal,” says cultural anthropologist Heather Paxson. 

Radcliffe Past and Present

Harvard Gazette
Monday, June 1, 2020
Byerly Hall detail. Photo by Thomas EarleByerly Hall detail. Photo by Thomas Earle

At Radcliffe Day 2020, current and former deans discuss the Institute’s past and future.

Filling Gaps in Our Understanding of How Cities Began to Rise

Harvard Gazette
Friday, May 29, 2020
A wall painting from the Arslantepe archaeological site in Eastern Anatolia (present-day Turkey) around 3,400 BC. Image courtesy of Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean and Missione Archeologica Italiana nell'Anatolia Orientale, Sapienza University of Rome. Photo by Roberto CeccaciA wall painting from the Arslantepe archaeological site in Eastern Anatolia (present-day Turkey) around 3,400 BC. Image courtesy of Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean and Missione Archeologica Italiana nell'Anatolia Orientale, Sapienza University of Rome. Photo by Roberto Ceccaci

Christina Warinner and an international team provide some of the earliest genetic glimpses of the movement and mingling of peoples in West Asia 8,500 years ago.

An Economic Emergency

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 era. Photo credit RyanKing999Millions of Americans have lost their jobs in the COVID-19 era. Photo credit RyanKing999

“A substantial share of those currently on temporary layoff are likely to become permanent job losers. We need to plan for this,” says Harvard economist Lawrence F. Katz.

Eclipsed by Virus, Addiction Still Shadows the Land

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
A single N95 face mask along with several prescription painkillers. Image credit skhowardA single N95 face mask along with several prescription painkillers. Image credit skhoward

"COVID-19 detrimentally impacts people with addiction and people in pain, making vulnerable people even more vulnerable," says sociologist Liz Chiarello.

New Book "The Equivalents" Follows Emergence Of Second Wave Feminism From Radcliffe Institute

WBUR The ARTery
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Maggie Doherty’s new book explores the significance of the institute’s mission and how it prefigured the women’s liberation movement that would become a defining hallmark of the 1960s.

Before the Feminist Revolution, This "Messy Experiment" Nurtured Female Talent

The New York Times
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin were friends and early fellows at the Radcliffe Institute, which supported ambitious creative women at a time when few institutions did.

Health of Democracy Faces Daunting Test

Thursday, May 14, 2020
Voters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash FileVoters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash File

Historian Liette Gidlow RI '20 speaks on the tension between in-person voting and public health as American states scramble to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracing an Institute of One’s Own in "The Equivalents"

The Boston Globe
Thursday, May 14, 2020

The poets Anne Sexton and Maxine Kumin were already best friends when they applied for fellowships in the inaugural year of the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study.

Ideas for Flattening the Hunger Curve

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
A sign at a retailer tells customers they accept SNAP. Image source: jetcityimageA sign at a retailer tells customers they accept SNAP. Image source: jetcityimage

“There is no question that COVID-19 will drive food insecurity into the mainstream,” says Harvard public health policy researcher Sara Bleich.

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