Harvard Bound offers an intimate look into the reading life of faculty members. For this segment, we asked Stephen Burt, Josh Bell, and Jane Rosenzweig — three avid readers, as well as writers — to divulge a book that influenced them in their work, and to read a passage from it. Read more about Between the lines
The Digital Evolution of Harvard University
Rob Lue, Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning; faculty director, HarvardX; director, Life Sciences Education, discusses the digital evolution of the university at Harvard Thinks Big 5.
For any student, the decision to pursue a Ph.D. represents a major academic challenge and a multiyear commitment.
For students from under-represented groups, however, the challenges don’t always end at the classroom door. From combatting racial and gender preconceptions to justifying to family and friends the decision to pursue a Ph.D. rather than a professional degree, many face hurdles that can dissuade them from even applying to graduate school in the first place. Read more about Opening academia widely
In the second installment in the Woodberry Poetry Room’s series, “Reinventing the Workshop,” Rowan Ricardo Phillips questions the teleology of “competency” in the workshop and explores ways to align the ethos of the workshop with the idea of the lyric as a choral structure. Video courtesy of the Woodberry Poetry Room
Arguably best known for her work with another parrot, Alex, whose intelligence was estimated as equal to that of a 6-year-old child, Irene Pepperberg in recent decades effectively rewrote concepts of animal intelligence and how those findings could shed light on the origins of human intellect. Earlier this year she relocated her lab from Brandeis University to Harvard, where she has continued her experiments with Griffin and a new bird, Athena, who is just 6 months old.