Points of View
A New Era of Big Citizenship
Now, as you prepare to head out into the real world to create extraordinary lives, I hope you will continue to nurture that spirit of service in assuming what former President Harry S. Truman called the “highest office” in the land: that of citizen.
Greetings from the Ad Board
In focusing on “low-hanging fruit” like The Crimson’s innocuous semesterly celebration, Deans David R. Friedrich and Suzy M. Nelson of the Office of Student Life squander time and money regulating celebratory, fun events highly unlikely to create any liability for the College.
The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Lamont
The library and the community it sustains emerge in response to the central anxiety of Harvard life: the failure to measure up. Under Lamont’s 24-hour fluorescent lighting, no one need bear this ponderous burden alone.
Lifting the ROTC Ban
Commencement and the coming weeks are a fitting time to join with President Obama, to speak and act to end the ban on ROTC, and to affirm the message to all students and to our country that Harvard will always stand with our military in serving the nation.
The Democratic Imagination
Participatory democracy offers us a solution that goes beyond the traditional dichotomy.
The Tip of the Iceberg
The responses of jurists to the government’s proposed legislation make it very clear: The “burka ban” does not uphold the principles of French republican law—it overtly violates them.
On the days when the work upon my back has weighed like the world upon Atlas, the façade of Widener Library, looming closer with each step, has often seemed to be opening its palatial, ravenous jaws to swallow me whole for untold hours.
The Importance of Educating Girls
Today, 18 years after Summers’ speech, the question is no longer whether girls’ education in the developing world is an economically valuable cause, but rather how to best affect change within this sector.
Perhaps the governor and superintendent don’t quite realize just how much damage their actions will cause; if these two pieces of legislation become a reality, they will have truly razed Arizona.
Empathy, Obama, and Adam Smith
My hope is that, when they attain positions of power, they remember what Smith had to teach them, not only about economics, but also about empathy.
Like I said, I’m no Wheeler. To be fair, though, neither is he.
Four Years Later
Last week a sophomore asked me to sum up my Harvard experience.
MIT Behind Harvard in Access to Medicines
Contributing patents to the GlaxoSmithKline patent pool is the least a university can do.
Undergraduate Research in the Sciences at Harvard
Indeed, as one of the foremost research institutions in the world, Harvard must meet the challenge of ensuring that all undergraduates at Harvard, and especially those in the sciences, have the opportunity to engage in research as part of their education.
The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire
Harvard, loosen up, so that your students can do the same. Get rid of GPA incentives, the Core or Gen Ed, and make it easier for students to use their imaginations for things besides financial models.