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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Magic is Real

BlackCAST’s daring success. From the minds of five Harvard students comes Black Magic, a bold new original play premiering on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater. The idea for Black Magic took seed following a year of campus protests across the nation concerning the inequalities students of color face at their respective universities. The Harvard Black Community and Student Theater group (BlackCAST) has long provided students of color with a greater opportunity to be involved in theater and seeks to showcase experiences to which black students can relate. Just as Harvard faculty came together with peer institutions to …






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Life Out Loud

Speak Out Loud’s inclusive environment draws many artistic talents. Curled up in a chair in Ticknor Lounge, I put the finishing touches on a poem meant to capture the ethos of a heartbreak just 24 hours old. With a black moleskin notebook on the table in front of me next to my camera, I smile and begin to type. “I am poet, photographer, ethnographer, journalist.” On Saturday night I played many roles, taking pictures, notes, quotes, and of course writing and performing my own poetry. Under other circumstances, this might have been a cause of stress, but I felt strangely …






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