Cambridge, Mass.--The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2009-2010 academic year. On October 1, 1999, the Radcliffe College Board of Trustees and the Harvard Corporation created the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, launching a new phase of Radcliffe's history. Since then, the Institute--with its Fellowship Program, Academic Engagement Programs and Schlesinger Library--has served as an intellectual innovator at Harvard and evolved into one of the world's leading institutes for advanced study.
"It's an honor to be dean of a school as special as the Radcliffe Institute and to celebrate its extraordinary evolution. Our dedicated supporters, faculty associates and staff, and the scholars, scientists and artists who have energized our community and pursued groundbreaking work have together realized the dreams of the Institute's founders. With three synergistic core program areas that enrich the intellectual agenda at Harvard and make intellectual ventures possible, Radcliffe continues to advance the frontiers of knowledge," said Dean Grosz.
The Institute has also announced that it will kick off its 10th-anniversary year with a symposium titled "Celebrate 10 Years! Crossing Boundaries at the Radcliffe Institute" on October 8 and 9, 2009, at the Radcliffe Gymnasium at 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass. Admission is free, but registration is required.
The symposium will offer an intimate look at the interdisciplinary exchanges and accomplishments that exemplify the Institute: Former fellows will share their cutting-edge work-from advances in medical science to the art of fiction writing-and experts in digital information will discuss the future of scholarly research and collaboration. Harvard leaders who helped found the Institute will also reflect on Radcliffe's remarkable transformation. Participants include Neil L. Rudenstine, president emeritus of Harvard University and chair of ARTstor; Nancy F. Cott, Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard; and such former Radcliffe fellows as acclaimed installation artist Shimon Attie, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks and pathbreaking biologist Susan Lindquist.
Other celebratory public events to be held in 2009-2010 include a conference on gender and space, a symposium on patterning in nature and a high-profile lecture series featuring, among other distinguished speakers, Julio Frenk, dean of Harvard School of Public Health and former health minister for Mexico; Rosalie Abella, Canadian Supreme Court justice; Steven Levitt, coauthor of Freakonomics (William Morrow, 2005); and Carolyn Porco, director of flight operations and Cassini Imaging Team leader at the Space Science Institute.
From its inception, the Radcliffe Institute has been committed to advancing knowledge and fostering innovation. In 10 years, the Institute has hosted more than 450 distinguished fellows, including 89 creative artists, 146 humanists, 111 social scientists and 110 natural scientists and mathematicians; presented a host of public programs, including six major gender conferences, seven science symposia and more than 350 public lectures; sponsored 90 Exploratory and Advanced Seminars that have enabled Harvard faculty to convene scholars from different fields for short-term collaborations; acquired 1,800 manuscript collections and innumerable photographs for the holdings of its Schlesinger Library (a leader in "born digital" collections); and been at the vanguard of green efforts at Harvard with three sustainable building renovations and seven geothermal wells.
In 2009, Radcliffe launched Academic Engagement Programs (AEP) with the purpose of increasing the ways in which the Institute fosters new intellectual ventures at Harvard University and strengthening ties to faculty and students. Led by faculty from several of Harvard's schools, it engages Radcliffe fellows and Harvard faculty and students from different schools and disciplines in new scholarly and research endeavors. AEP complements Radcliffe's world-renowned fellowship program and Schlesinger Library, the preeminent archive of the history of American women and women's organizations.
About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions and creative arts. Within this broad purpose, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender and society.