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Sheena Iyengar, Radcliffe Institute Dean's Lecturer, is here to tell you that, when it comes to choice, more is not better.
Maybe you've seen it at a party or a family gathering: groups of people crowded around a TV screen—some wielding various toy instruments, vamping, jumping around. Players follow along with prerecorded songs, trying to match their respective parts as perfectly as possible, perhaps injecting a bit of style into the proceedings. They do it for points and the roar of a virtual crowd.
"Why Books?" conference probes the rocky relationship between technology and literature.
The MacArthur Foundation announced yesterday morning that population geneticist Carlos D. Bustamante '97 and Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed have been named 2010 MacArthur Fellows.
Annette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and a professor at Harvard University, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow. Gordon-Reed, JD '84, holds several University appointments and the Harvard historian can use funds to assist her research that follows branches of the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings family tree into the 19th century.
Susan Landau, a Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study fellow and former Sun Microsystems engineer, argues that the proposal would raise costly impediments to innovation by small startups.
In today's overstimulated society, it's hard to imagine a time when reading—which we regard as solitary—was seen as a social activity. But for middle- and upper-class women of America's first Gilded Age (from about 1865 to 1901), reading was social and central. In her book Well-Read Lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women (University of North Carolina Press, 2010), Barbara Sicherman, B.I. '74, argues that these women read themselves into history.