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arlene-goldbard's picture
Jul.25.2009
What is the extent of our capacity for imaginative empathy? When is it easy to put oneself in the place of other, and when is the stretch too far to manage? I don't have much trouble imagining how Henry Louis Gates felt earlier this week when he was arrested at the door of his own home. I was...
sam-barry's picture
Jul.24.2009
Here in America, it isn’t only the young people who attend Harvard who do well—those who go to Yale and Stanford do pretty good, too. Me, I went to public school. That’s why I write in this Brooklyn accent. I am a proud graduate of the State University of New York at Purchase, though admittedly...
christopher-meeks's picture
May.19.2009
  A number of years ago, looking for something in a rarely used cabinet at my mother's house, I came across drawings of a young child, around two years old with short, neatly parted hair. My name showed that I was the subject. I took them to my mother and asked, "Who drew these?" She said...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
Jan.17.2009
It was a true thrill to reunite with a college friend I had not seen for fifty years at her lecture/book signing in Los Angeles the other night. The college friend was Dr. Ruth Wisse, now a distinguished Harvard professor whose opinions about the Jewish people and Israel are quoted not only in...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
Jan.17.2009
It was a true thrill to reunite with a college friend I had not seen for fifty years at her lecture/book signing in Los Angeles the other night. The college friend was Dr. Ruth Wisse, now a distinguished Harvard professor whose opinions about the Jewish people and Israel are quoted not only in...
robert-grudin's picture
Oct.31.2008
What William Alfred Taught Me  by Peter Grudin**   William Alfred taught me a way to remember what the pathetic fallacy was. "There was one of those little italicized blurbs in The New Yorker," he said. "It was a little poem,  called 'To the Crocuses,' and went something like this: ...
dylan-foley's picture
Sep.20.2008
(Originally published in the Newark Star-Ledger in June 2008) The poet Sarah Manguso was attending Harvard University in 1995 when she was struck down by a rare autoimmune disease called CIDP, where the body produces antibodies that destroys the nervous system. Manguso went through 50 plasma...
heywood-gould's picture
Sep.04.2008
GREENPOINT, Brooklyn, Aug. 24...Wanna make a fast dollar? "Find a hacker and go to Harvard." That's what Efraim Durg, CEO of Durgometrics, a hedge fund that specializes in high risk investments, is advising his clients these days. Durg has just returned from the Federal Reserve Bank's...
corinne-heather-copnick's picture
May.22.2008
McLean's magazine (www.macleans.ca, May 14, 2008) recently featured an article by Kate Fillion about Jill Price, a woman with a memory that "walks right beside" her. She can unnervingly remember everything that ever happened to her, exactly what people said, and the date and day on which...