Harvard Struggles with Islamic and Middle Eastern Scholarship

Institutional centers and academic departments at the world’s richest university remain quiet.   With all its capital, intellectual and physical, Harvard is not just a university. It is an idea, potent and exciting; a force, sharp and unforgiving, that alters civilizations and shapes dialogue. Islam and the Middle East does not seem to be one of them. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), the premier research center on campus to support research and teaching on the Middle East, serves as an illustrative example. Established in 1954, the CMES was the first of its kind in the United States and …






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Q&A With Jimmy Vesey

The Indy talks to Harvard’s fourth Hobey Baker winner. Indy: It has been almost two weeks now since you won the Hobey Baker Award. What was that like in the moment, and how has it been in the time since? JV: It was a really cool moment to experience in person and with my eleven family members who were present.  My phone really blew up with congratulatory phone calls and text messages in the ensuing day or so.  Since then, it’s died down, and I’m trying to get back into my regular routine of being a student at Harvard.   …






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A Princess, a Humanist, and an Activist

Carrie Fisher receives Lifetime Achievement Award. On April 18, Carrie Fisher was presented with the 10th Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism. The award was given on behalf of the Humanist Hub, in partnership with the student group, The Harvard Community of Humanists, Atheists, and Agnostics (HCHAA). Individuals whose lives and contributions to popular culture and society exemplify the values of Humanism are awarded this honor in a ceremony, which this year took place in Harvard’s Memorial Church. The actress most famously known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher has also established …






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HUDS and You: Soups Edition, Part 2!

A review of some more of Harvard’s soupy offerings. Spring notionally should offer a respite from the tyranny of the harsh and uniquely Bostonian cold that normally drives so many Harvard students to the soups on offer from Harvard University Dining Services. Cold shocks, however, have proved a boon to the consumption of the various soups on offer at Harvard, a realm into which we shall plunge further in this week’s considered comments on five more of Harvard’s very own soups. Comparisons abound here in this week’s edition across countries and continents: Harvard in its soups offers an embrace of …






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By (User) Design

The Harvard Library presents newest research tool. The first thing I notice upon entering the room is a set of large posters on the wall. The next is a sheaf of pamphlets. Then, I notice the stack of business cards on the desk in front of me. I’m here to notice things, and to have people notice what I notice, which is harder to do than one might assume. How can user experience be quantified? This is the work of the Harvard Library User Research Center. I’m at the URC to participate in a study on the design of a …






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The Devolution of 2016

And why we all need to take a breather. The tumultuous nature of this 2016 Presidential election cycle has led to the dedication of massive news coverage. Political news has become the topic of popular discussion, even in circles that might normally be disinterested in the political realm. Politics has become a pop culture sensation, with constant references to the election appearing on nightly comedy shows and in social media memes. In essence, everyone is freaking out. This is likely because this election has been one of the most exciting and engaging in recent memory. With radical candidates on both …






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SHE Will Be…

A one-gender show. SHE at Oberon will take the stage April 14th and 15th to debut a full cast of women celebrating modern womanhood. Inspired by true stories, SHE was developed by Liz Kantor ‘18 and Rachel Talamo ‘18 over the course of the year in collaboration with a cast and crew of over twenty Harvard women. After doing a musical revue of songs that passed the Bechdel test (a set of criteria to determine if a production includes multiple women who discuss things other than men), Kantor was inspired to create an original project. After the Hasty Pudding Theatricals …






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Yes, No, Maybe

“Is this ok?” I have heard this question more times this year than perhaps in my entire life, asked tentatively, hands approaching with caution, whispered breathlessly into my ear. The prevailing attitude in most consent discourse is that, although consent is necessary, it is decidedly unsexy, and that questions like “Is this ok?” are inevitable mood killers. After spending this year having the best sex of my life, I am inclined to disagree wholeheartedly. Discussions of sexual communication are often made more difficult by the fact that we may confront questions to which we do not have answers. Many of …






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Finding Gold

The Indy converses with a past and present leader. This paper, The Harvard Independent, has a storied mission. Since the founding in 1969, the Indy has attracted students of all variety to join in our ranks. The common thread that weaves them all together is that of passion – passion for the art of critical thinking in an independent nature. At Harvard and beyond, that passion becomes a driving force to excel. Therefore it is not surprising to learn that Indy alumni become role models to whom we look for guidance and inspiration. Dr. David Finegold is one such man. …






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“Honor Thy Music”

Country that stays. Four years ago, just about the time I got my driver’s license, a country radio station reappeared in the New York tri-state area. While NASH 104.7 immediately became the number one preset on my Jeep’s old radio, this addition was largely unnoticed by my friends. Since then I have successfully converted a few people to Country fandom, but it was not very difficult. Often when I ask people about music preferences the response is “I like pretty much anything, except I’m not crazy about country.” I’ve become so used to this response that when I am the …






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The Arts Public

A look at some of the arts exhibits hanging around Harvard this week. Art Brut: “The Female Figure: Idols and Shame” at the Mather Three Columns Gallery    The student visual artist at Harvard is amply represented in the hallowed halls of Harvard’s various houses. Public art spaces for students abound within the campus, both in the form of selected works hung permanently within the houses as well as dedicated House galleries. Among the largest of these in-house galleries is Mather’s very own Sandra Naddaff and Leigh Haffrey Three Columns Gallery, a triumph of brutalist public art in the tradition of …






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