Recombinant DNA research helped lay the groundwork for modern medicine. But, before Harvard could build a laboratory to do it, University scientists had to overcome the staunch fears that the pioneering technique was safe.
Follow the life and legacy of photographer Elsa Dorfman, longtime Cambridge resident and former Mather House adviser. Understanding Dorfman means understanding both the brevity and the universality of the moments she captures.
When she was director of the Mather darkroom, Dorfman took portraits of the students. Scribbled in ink beneath five students clutching toy trucks and stuffed animals are the names of accomplished students and aspiring businesspeople, attorneys, writers, and doctors. Though, in their portrait, they are how Dorfman saw them: youthful, unsure, and a bit angsty.
The Tasty Sandwich Shop, a diner restaurant in Cambridge, open from 1916 to 1997 at 6 John F. Kennedy St. Behind the counter is chef Don Valcovic, on the right is Al Nidle, publisher of Street Magazine in the late 1980s. The restaurant’s customers ranged from long-time residents to students from Harvard University to bankers and businessmen, all mixing informally. Originally published on page 247 in "Dirty Old Boston," 2014.
Harvard alumni who frequented the burger joint carry a sort of oral history of Tasty stories. Almost every person we interviewed sent us the names of more friends, promising fresh fables.
Issue 14 of "Wimmin's Comix," titled "Disastrous Relationships." “It Ain’t Me Babe” newspaper was created by the organization Berkeley Women’s Liberation and led to the development of “Wimmen’s Comix,” which was run collectively by female artists from 1972 to 1992. Both are held in collections by the Harvard Schlesinger Library.
“It Ain’t Me Babe Comix” was the first entirely women-created comic book. Coupled with the revolutionary spirit of 1960s movements for Civil Rights and against the Vietnam War, second-wave feminism advocated for women’s reproductive rights, job opportunities, and freedom from sexual assault and harassment.