The stories in this Radcliffe Magazine—which cover such topics as the biological basis of animal bonds, the mysteries of vaginal ecology, and how current events have altered the creative output of artists in three disciplines—only hint at the deep interdisciplinarity of the work under way here at Radcliffe. With this issue, we are also pleased to introduce a series examining our country's failing carceral systems; the first article unpacks the bipartisan push for carceral reform and highlights some of the Institute's work through its Law, Education, and Justice program.
Our Failing Carceral Systems: Reimagining Safety and Justice
Incarceration in the United States has reached crisis levels. In this first installment of an ongoing series, an explainer on US incarceration trends, we explore how we got here and what we can do about it.
The Evolution of Brown
Brown II was conceived as a solo exhibition of new work inspired by the 1955 US Supreme Court case that followed the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision. The pandemic lockdown led the artist Tomashi Jackson and her team of student researchers to reimagine the project.
Who + Why
An Intimate Take on Bonding’s BiologySteven Phelps
“While I think that biology has shaped my body and my brain, and that defines the range of my experiences in some way, I also think that talking about my life and the lives of people I’ve known will provide a prompt for thinking about how such experiences might resonate with the scientific ideas.”
The Most Secret GardenLibusha Kelly
“Women’s health is terribly understudied, and this is an area where we can make a difference.”
A Visual Quilt
The independent filmmaker Faren Humes melds narrative and documentary conventions to illuminate the Black experience in and around Miami. We spoke with her about her filmmaking methods and the increasingly collaborative nature of her work in progress.
Education and the American Dream
Harvard-Radcliffe couple is inspired by family values to endow the Jeffrey S. and Margaret Mais Padnos Fellowship Fund.
In Newsmakers, read about the extraordinary achievements of Radcliffe alumnae, faculty, and fellows—including awards, publications, and other accomplishments.