As a girl growing up on Franklin Street in Worcester, Jill Lepore learned about Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father and the original jack-of-all-trades, but she certainly never suspected she’d someday be mired in the life of his nonfamous sibling, Jane. Jenny, he called her. Jenny called him Benny.
In 1996 Adrienne Rich wrote that “suffering is diagnosed relentlessly as personal” and that “we lack a vocabulary for thinking about pain as communal and public.” Rich’s work, however, is a good place to start looking for this vocabulary.
Andy Pforzheimer talks about his family’s strong tradition of philanthropy at Harvard and the passion his grandmother Carol K. Pforzheimer ’31, who died in 2010, felt for Radcliffe. “It makes sense that we stay involved with Radcliffe as a kind of ongoing memorial to my grandmother,” he says.