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"R. Buckminster Fuller, Pattern Thinking", with Daniel Lopez-Perez and Hanif Kara

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Stubbin's Room, 48 Quincy Street, Gund Hall, Cambridge, MA, 02138 Tue., Mar. 3, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m. In celebration of R. Buckminster Fuller’s 120th anniversary (1895-2015), “Pattern Thinking” explores the relationship between artifacts and inventions in his work, and their legacy in contemporary practice. Daniel López-Pérez will present historical and contemporary documentation that traces Fuller’s trajectory of exploration spanning four decades, while Hanif Hanif will speak about their analysis (local and global, stick and surface, linear non-linear) and reflect upon Fuller’s legacy. Gazette Classification: Art/Design, Lecture Organization/Sponsor: Harvard University Graduate School of Design Speaker(s): Daniel Lopez-Perez and Hanif Kara Cost: Free and open to the public Contact Info: events@gsd.harvard.edu More info: www.gsd.harvard.edu/#/events/innovate-daniel-lopez-perez-and-hanif-kara-on-buckminster-fuller.html
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Harvard Gazette

Covering the Cyberwars: A New Weapon, a New Era of Conflict, and the Government Secrecy Around It

Harvard Kennedy School, Taubman Building, Room 275 Tue., Mar. 3, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m. Shorenstein Center Speaker Series with David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent at The New York Times. In over 30 years at the paper, he has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize, and has received many of journalism’s top awards for national security, foreign policy and White House reporting. He specializes in coverage of foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and international economics. Gazette Classification: Humanities, Lecture, Social Sciences, Special Events Organization/Sponsor: Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School Speaker(s): David Sanger, National Security correspondent, The New York Times Contact Info: Tim Bailey, tim_bailey@hks.harvard.edu, 617-495-8209 More info: shorensteincenter.org…
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Harvard Gazette

Latin American Tuesday Seminar Series: Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

1730 Cambridge Street, Room S250 Tue., Mar. 3, 2015, 12 – 2 p.m. Gazette Classification: Lecture Organization/Sponsor: David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Speaker(s): William LeoGrande, Professor, Department of Government, School of Public Affairs, American University Peter Kornbluh, Director of the National Security Archive's Chile Documentation Project and Cuba Documentation Project. Cost: Free
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The Equation for Success?

Harvard Hardwood, the Harvard Magazine basketball reportLast weekend, some of the sharpest minds in sports convened in Boston for the ninth-annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. After his team’s weekend split against Cornell and Columbia, Tommy Amaker, the Stemberg head coach for men’s basketball, might have wished that some of the attendees had stuck around to help him analyze why his team’s offense is so inconsistent. In a game that was reminiscent of Harvard’s losses to Holy Cross, Arizona State, and Dartmouth earlier this year, the Crimson put forth an abysmal offensive performance in a 57-49 loss at Cornell on Friday. Twenty-four hours later, four Crimson players scored in double figures in an 80-70 win over Columbia. Paired with Yale’s sweep of Penn and Princeton, Harvard’s split drops the Crimson (20-6) into a 10-2 ...
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Harvard Magazine

Consciousness, and a Cure?

Harvard Medical School (HMS) researchers have identified a specific class of neurons that help synchronize activity in the cortex, triggering brain waves characteristic of consciousness, perception, and attention. The findings, which appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, may help to identify therapies in disorders such as schizophrenia. “This is a move toward a unified theory of consciousness control,” co-senior author Robert McCarley, professor of psychiatry, said in a news release. “We’ve known that the basal forebrain is important in turning consciousness on and off in sleep and wake, but now we’ve found that these specific cells”—basal forebrain GABA parvalbumin neurons (PV neurons)—“also play a key role in triggering the synchronized rhythms that characterize conscious thought, perception and problem solving.”   “Our brains need a coherence of firing to ...
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A conversation with motion artist Reggie Wilson

Choreographer Reggie Wilson shares his thoughts about language, dance and teaching.
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New director for Villa I Tatti

Harvard art and architecture history professor Alina Payne has been named the director of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy.
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The Dog Days of Wintersession

Just a few days earlier, Yamen Abbas ’17 had been in Nazareth, Israel, enjoying his break at home in a city where even winter temperatures hovered in the 60s. But on that mid-January morning, Abbas stood bundled up in fleece on the back of a wooden sled, gliding across a frozen lake on the Maine-New Hampshire border, pulled along by a team of huskies. To put it plainly, he says, “It couldn’t be more different.” It is this contrast to the bustle of ordinary life—be it the crowds of Nazareth or the classes, extracurriculars, and social commitments dominating undergraduates’ waking hours at Harvard—that stands at the center of the dogsledding trip that has become a new tradition for Pforzheimer House. For the past five years (following a calendar change that ...
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Wendy Whelan: Restless and ready to dance

After 30 years with the New York City Ballet, dancer Wendy Whelan is ready to transform her career.
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Deval Patrick Will Return to His Alma Mater to Deliver the Commencement Speech

Imparting wisdom on the Harvard University class of 2015 will be the task of the Commonwealth's former governor, Deval Patrick. The prestigious higher-ed institution announced on Monday that it will be the two-time democratic governor who...
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Patrick named Commencement speaker

Deval L. Patrick, who recently concluded two terms as governor of Massachusetts, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises of Harvard’s 364th Commencement in May.
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Harvard Gazette

Buoyant welcome for Ed Portal reboot

The reimagined Harvard Ed Portal, a 12,000-square-foot space devoted to teaching and innovation, opened its doors Feb. 21 at Western Avenue and North Harvard Street in Allston.
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Escaping to India (with Ghungroo)

Ghungroo, one of the most popular events of the year, doesn't just teach dance moves; it shares India's vibrant culture.
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Natalie Portman and Other Harvard Alumni Push for Fossil Fuel Protests

  Harvard University has a host of high-profile alumni—and a few of them are now endorsing more demonstrations aimed at convincing the school to divest from fossil fuels. Among those participating in these efforts are actress Natalie...
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Getting (to talk to) the girl(s)

Ally Kiley '15 and Liz Kantor '18 talk about their mash-up girls-only "original" musical on Feb. 20.
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