Richard Rummell's iconic landscape watercolor view of Harvard University, 1906.

How Harvard Became Harvard

Older than the nation, Harvard has always been elite, but it was only in the 19th Century that it became the school of the Boston ruling class.
Dorothy Bennett in Peru

The Star-Studded Life of Ms. Dorothy Bennett

The wacky life story of the astronomer, author, children's book publisher, and anthropologist who restored an old barge on the Gowanus Canal in 1937.

Menstrual Literacy

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, Pagan Kennedy explored the history of menstrual products. JSTOR scholarship offers further insights.
introverted children

In Defense of Introverted Children

As the mother of an introverted child, I felt unnerved by the reactions of adults around me to my daughter’s quietness.
Playing go in the garden

Games of Artificial Intelligence

Chess and artificial intelligence have been matched almost since the beginning of AI research, but now there's a new game in town. 
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Everyone’s a Curator

Should the term curator be used broadly or narrowly? Can it cover professional museum curators as well as Pinterest boards?
Multilingual conversation.

Is Bilingual Education Returning?

The U.S. Department of Education now recognizes biliteracy as a mark of educational excellence, which may mean that bilingual education is coming back.
Children playing in the schoolyard during recess.

Recess Matters

As schools cut recess from the curriculum, more and more research suggests that it's a vital part of a child's day.
Hillary Clinton Speaking

On Men and Women’s Public Speech

What we call “eloquence” in public speech is, essentially, code for values associated with masculinity. 
Libby Adler with Julian Denver CO Jul 28, 1943 Libby and Julian Adler enjoying romantic times. Collection of The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford

The Urban-Rural Happiness Gradient

People with higher IQs may be happier in the city; they can adjust to the faster pace and more complex lifestyle there.