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Silenced on campus

As this list drawn from campuses around New England demonstrates, liberty — as defined by the American constitutional tradition — is under constant assault.
The college Muzzles
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  June 22, 2013

School for fools

If there's one Maine institution Governor Paul LePage hates more than the state's whiny newspapers, it's public schools. And for good reason.
Politics + Other Mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  February 15, 2013

Muzzles on campus

Sticks and stones might break your bones, but on college campuses in the Northeast, words can get you expelled.
The 15th Annual Muzzle Awards, student edition
By HARVEY SILVERGLATE  |  July 13, 2012

You gotta fight for your right

There are a lot of colleges in Boston, and they all have a lot of parties. I spent the semester trying to chronicle them for the purpose of science.
. . . to evaluate the quality of various college parties (and assign a grade accordingly)
By JOE DIFAZIO  |  January 27, 2012

Law & Disorder: The Best of Last Semester's Campus Crime Logs

Incident logs available online and/or at campus police stations display laundry lists of amateur-hour escapades and bike/backpack/wallet/gadget thefts. Here are some amusing, singular shenanigans and trends from last semester culled from public records
Best time of your life? Hardly. Behold these stunning antics, ripped straight from the campus crime blotters.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 27, 2012
Foam Master Flex: Ferran Àdria at Harvard tonight

Foam Master Flex: Ferran Àdria at Harvard tonight

Don't forget, food fans: Ferran Àdria's in town for Harvard's Food & Science Public Lecture Series, and his closing lecture (which is ticketed, mind you)...
By Cassandra Landry  |  December 04, 2011


He's all Dwight

Throughout the 1940s, 50s, and '60s, Dwight Macdonald was one of the nation's most provocative and original literary, political, and cultural critics.
Remembering Dwight Macdonald's work
By PETER KADZIS  |  October 21, 2011
VIDEO AND PODCAST "We Are the 99 Percent: From Frustration to Occupation" at Harvard Institute of Politics

VIDEO AND PODCAST "We Are the 99 Percent: From Frustration to Occupation" at Harvard Institute of Politics

 ED RENDELL, the former Pennsylvania Governor and current Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist, is a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics this semester, and...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 16, 2011

Autumn blossoms: Our 10 most anticipated art shows this fall

This fall is a season of celebrations and new beginnings as the Museum of Fine Arts opens its new contemporary art wing, the Institute of Contemporary Art turns 75, the Addison Gallery reopens after fixing its roof, and Brandeis's Rose Art Museum re
This season, the galleries are filled with light shows, monster rock and roll, and naked ladies
By GREG COOK  |  September 16, 2011

Is Rhode Island a paywall mecca?

Media analysts say Rhode Island could be especially fertile ground for a declining newspaper industry's primary survival strategy — charging readers for access to its heretofore free web sites.
As the ProJo Turns
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 19, 2011


At the Harvard Museum of Natural History, taxidermy takes on a new life

The fisher perches in his case, between a black bear and a porcupine. His spine is permanently kinked in an S-curve, his tail cocked, his body no bigger than two paper-towel tubes soldered end-to-end.
Dead in tooth and claw
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  May 13, 2011

Rethink Music: Where to watch, read, listen, and follow along at home

LIVE: Amanda Palmer and pals writing, recording #8in8 Fair warning: we haven't been keeping track since the beginning, but we think AMANDA PALMER, BEN FOLDS,...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 25, 2011

A new school encourages domestic study 'abroad'

Starting with a New England expedition this summer, three local young women are launching an independent school that will eventually have its home base in Maine, while finding roots all over the country.
In the field
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  April 08, 2011

Rewriting the history of capitalism

Brown University president Ruth Simmons has made it hard to ignore the school's ties to slavery — and by extension, the ties of well-known Providence families.
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 01, 2011

The Week in Geek, 2.21.11 - 2.28.11: Assassins, Stephen Fry, and The Googlization of Everything

Welcome back, humans, for another episode of THE WEEK IN GEEK! You may have thought this so-called "President's Day" would stop us, but oh no....
By Alec Ernest  |  February 21, 2011


An (almost) A-to-Z guide to Boston

Welcome to Boston, college kids.
From Ben Affleck to Yawkey Way
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Review: Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

The little Boston movie that could
The little Boston movie that could
By GERALD PEARY  |  December 17, 2010

The new black

When the Theater District's Cure Lounge ejected a group of black Harvard and Yale alums and grad students last month, many saw it as the latest confirmation of Boston's racist core.
Can a new group of leaders help Boston finally shed its reputation as hostile territory for the black professional middle class?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  December 17, 2010

Her Campus knows what girls want and isn't too shy to sell it to them

In her second vlog for Her Campus's New Balance "Fit for School" Campus Fitness Challenge, Emerson senior Cassidy Quinn Brettler sits on a gray couch against a plain white wall.
Brand aid
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 11, 2010

Weezer: The Early Years

When Rivers Cuomo, Weezer wunderkind and Harvard-educated overachiever, sets his mind to something, he is nothing if not meticulous.
Rivers Cuomo reflects on the making of 'Blue' and Pinkerton
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 04, 2010


Jeb Bush, savior of public education

Jeb Bush is a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.
Waiting for Kryptonite
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  November 26, 2010

Maddow to media: come out of the closet

By CARLY CARIOLI  |  November 19, 2010

Podcast: Rachel Maddow on politics, the press, and why people hate us so much right now

Here's a campaign shocker: RACHEL MADDOW is still not running for Scott Brown's seat. Apparently that full page Globe ad last year wasn't enough for...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 16, 2010
Ten minutes with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross

Ten minutes with The New Yorker’s Alex Ross

 The title of New Yorker critic Alex Ross’s new book, Listen to This (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), takes its name from an essay about the...
By Jon Garelick  |  November 10, 2010

PODCAST: 50th Anniversary “To Kill a Mockingbird” panel [MP3]

As our city girds itself for the tsunami of book boosterism that's about to sweep Copley Square this weekend (to refresh your memory on just...
By Steve Miller  |  October 14, 2010


Society's demands

Esperanza Spalding wants to prepare her listeners for something different with her new Chamber Music Society (Heads Up). She made that clear at Sanders Theatre Saturday night.
Esperanza Spalding | Sanders Theatre | October 2, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  October 08, 2010

Interview: Aaron Sorkin, screenplay writer of ''The Social Network''

Aaron Sorkin is one dapper guy.
Sorkin on hackers, Harvard, and getting even
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010

Interview: Jesse Eisenberg (''The Social Network'')

Eisenberg's performance suggests he's a genius, and a five-minute conversation does nothing to dispel that impression.
The actor on Harvard, anachronistic technology, and raging at the patriarchy
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 01, 2010

Weird Science: the Ig Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony 2010

The Ig Noble Awards Ceremony, Prize for Public Health 2009 Tonight, September 30th, at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre, the purveyors of parody at Improbable Research regale the...
By Michael Goetzman  |  September 30, 2010