Arts and Humanities

The old, made new

The old, made new

December 18, 2014

The Harvard Semitic Museum opened at its Divinity Avenue location in 1903 on land bought for a dollar from a benefactor.

The sturdy, granite-trimmed, brick building was at the edge of a Cambridge demi-wilderness called Norton Woods. It was next to a residence that has since been moved to Ware Street. Further down was a boardinghouse for immigrant Irishwomen, who cleaned and made beds in Harvard dormitories.

Restoring Blaschka Sea Creatures in Glass

Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the Glass Flowers, father and son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka meticulously shaped glass into lifelike models of marine and terrestrial animals.

Social Science

Sounding out speech

Sounding out speech

January 9, 2015

Just about all parents would agree — infants undergo a nearly magical transformation from 3 to 6 months. Seemingly overnight, they can smile and laugh, and they squeal with delight when tickled. They babble, have “conversations” with those around them, and start to respond to their own names.

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Science

Crafting ultrathin color coatings

Crafting ultrathin color coatings

January 13, 2015

Demonstrating the technique in the cleanroom at the Center for Nanoscale Systems, a National Science Foundation–supported research facility at Harvard, Kats uses a machine called an electron beam evaporator to apply the gold and germanium coating. He seals the paper sample inside the machine’s chamber, and a pump sucks out the air until the pressure drops to a staggering 10-6 Torr (a billionth of an atmosphere).

Reinforcement Theory

 Mahzarin R. Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, reflects on Reinforcement Theory.

The Power of Theater

Diane Paulus, Artistic Director A.R.T. and Professor of the Practice of Theater, reflects on the power of Theater. 

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