The “Messy Experiment”

Harvard Magazine
Monday, April 20, 2020
Bunting Fellows in conversation, circa 1964-1972; Tillie Olsen, holding a cup, is at right.  Photograph by Olive Pierce (circa 1964-1972). Copyright (C) the Pierce family. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard UniversityBunting Fellows in conversation, circa 1964-1972; Tillie Olsen, holding a cup, is at right. Photograph by Olive Pierce (circa 1964-1972). Copyright (C) the Pierce family. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

On November 20, 1960, scientist Mary Ingraham Bunting unveiled her vision for the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study. Newly appointed as Radcliffe’s president, she made her announcement just weeks after the country had elected John F. Kennedy its youngest president. 

So What Have You Been Up To?

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Image courtesy of Jessica BrilliImage courtesy of Jessica Brilli

Harvard faculty and staff talk about how they’re spending their time during social distancing when there’s nowhere to go and no one to see.

COVID-19 Targets Communities of Color

Harvard Gazette
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Photo credit Jonnica Hill/UnsplashPhoto credit Jonnica Hill/Unsplash

Camara Jones RI '20 and other Harvard specialists say the pandemic exacerbates longstanding inequities in American society.

Reporting on the World between the Wars

Harvard Gazette
Monday, April 13, 2020
Dorothy Thompson is one of four journalists written about in Nancy Cott's new book. Thompson is pictured circa 1940. The image is held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College ParkDorothy Thompson is one of four journalists written about in Nancy Cott's new book. Thompson is pictured circa 1940. The image is held by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration, College Park

Historian Nancy F. Cott tells the story of the period through the lives of four American foreign correspondents.

The Pandemic Isn't Distributed Evenly

Radio Open Source
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Illustration from Radio Open Source/Creative CommonsIllustration from Radio Open Source/Creative Commons

COVID-19 has an acute sensitivity to social standing in America—to our race and class lines, our work habits and age brackets.

African Americans Facing Higher Rates of Coronavirus

nbcboston.com
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Camara Jones. Photo by Tony RInaldoCamara Jones. Photo by Tony RInaldo

Camara Jones RI '20 says COVID-19 outbreak's devastating affect on the African American community is caused by increased exposure to the highly contagious virus.

The Collective Effort

Harvard Gazette
Friday, April 3, 2020
Joan Kane. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerJoan Kane. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Joan Naviyuk Kane RI '20 and other Harvard affiliates from the nationwide "To Serve Better" project reflect on how coronavirus is affecting their communities.

In Prisons, a Looming Coronavirus Crisis

Harvard Gazette
Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Harvard experts, including Radcliffe's Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kaia Stern, warn of rapid spread in prisons amid crowded conditions and large numbers of older individuals with chronic conditions.

A New Reality

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
One former fellow wrote from Oxford, in the United Kingdom, where life has "completely changed within just two weeks."One former fellow wrote from Oxford, in the United Kingdom, where life has "completely changed within just two weeks."

We asked Radcliffe fellows around the world to write about the life-altering effects of COVID-19.

The Quarantine Diaries

The New York Times
Monday, March 30, 2020
Jessica Brilli, Study: The Neighbor's House. Acrylic on panel, 2020. 9" x 12".Jessica Brilli, Study: The Neighbor's House. Acrylic on panel, 2020. 9" x 12".

The history of our present moment is taking shape in journals and drawings. “Diaries and correspondences are a gold standard,” says Jane Kamensky of the Schlesinger Library. “They’re among the best evidence we have of people’s inner worlds.”

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