From Social Insects to Radcliffe Fellows: Exploring a Collective Intelligence

October 23, 2013
Radcliffe Fellow, Radhika Nagpal

What do a computer scientist, a playwright, and a biologist have in common? Collective intelligence, as Radhika Nagpal discovered during her year as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute. She worked with experimental biologists to develop a better understanding of collective intelligence in social insects through the application of computer science. The professor of computer science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member of the Harvard Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering also found a surprising commonality with a playwright and other Radcliffe fellows. 

When Everything Changed

October 22, 2013
New York Times columnist Gail Collins

Columnist Gail Collins of the New York Times answers questions from the audience about how and why the national view of American women changed so dramatically between 1960 and today.

Appointing Radcliffe Professors, Investing in Ideas

October 16, 2013
Nancy Hill, Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute

Nancy E. Hill, the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, describes how a Radcliffe Professorship provides the opportunity to dig deeper into her research exploring cultural influences on parenting and adolescent achievement.

Toys in Applied Mathematics

October 9, 2013
Tadashi Tokieda, Radcliffe Institute fellow

Tadashi Tokieda RI ’14 invents, collects, and studies toys—simple objects from daily life that can be found or made in minutes, yet which, if played with imaginatively, exhibit behaviors so surprising that they intrigue scientists for weeks. In this video, he explores toys and their relevance to applied mathematics.

Jane Alexander | 2013 Radcliffe Day Medalist

May 31, 2013
Jane Alexander, 2013 Radcliffe Day Medalist

Radcliffe Institute medal recipient Jane Alexander delivers the Radcliffe Day keynote address.

The Radcliffe Institute Medal is presented annually to an individual who has had a transformative impact on society. As the first working artist to chair the NEA, Jane Alexander fought to protect arts funding in the 1990s when it came under fire by Congress.

A Year in the Arts | 2013 Radcliffe Day

May 31, 2013
A year in the arts at Radcliffe, Radcliffe Day 2013, painting by Bevil Conway

A year in the arts at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, featuring work by Radcliffe Day panelists Elizabeth Alexander RI '08, Beverly McIver RI '03, Diane Paulus '88, Mark Robbins RI '03, Augusta Read Thomas BI '91.

From Artist to Audience | 2013 Radcliffe Day

May 31, 2013
From Artist to Audience Radccliffe Day 2013 panelists, photo by Tony Rinaldo

Moderated by Diane Paulus '88 and featuring Elizabeth Alexander RI '08, Beverly McIver RI '03, Mark Robbins RI '03, and Augusta Read Thomas BI '91, "From Artist to Audience" unites leaders across the visual arts, writing, music, and theater.

Crossing Borders | Welcome Remarks and Opening Speaker

April 26, 2013
Video still of Sonia Nazario speaking at the Crossing Borders conference

Welcome Remarks by Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University and Mary C. Waters, Conference Chair, M. E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Harvard University

Opening talk by Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author of the national best seller, Enrique's Journey

Crossing Borders | Introductory Address and Discussion

April 26, 2013
Video still of Rubén Rumbaut speaking at the Crossing Borders conference

Introductory Address by Rubén Rumbaut, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences University of California, Irvine

Discussion and Q&A with Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Author of the national best seller, Enrique's Journey and Rubén Rumbaut, moderated by Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Crossing Borders | The Gendering of International Migration

April 26, 2013
Video still of Donna R. Gabaccia speaking

In this panel moderated by Margarita Alegria (Harvard Medical School), Donna R. Gabaccia (University of Minnesota), Carola Suárez-Orozco (UCLA), and Robert C. Smith (City University of New York, Baruch College) examine how the causes and consequences of international migration reflect the different experiences of women and men, and how they have changed over time.