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Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

New ideologies about aesthetics and an unprecedented appreciation of the past have emerged in tandem with modern technological methods to effectively recreate the grandiosity of the University’s historic look.

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The Creationists

The work produced by undergraduates who are awarded creative theses varies widely with regard to medium as well as subject matter. But these students are united by a belief that creative work is just as valid a way of demonstrating scholarly excellence as critical work.

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Knock 'Em Dead: At Harvard, Crafting Comedy Is No Laughing Matter

Stand-up comics often appear to be completely at ease, dishing out joke after joke in quick succession. While impressive, this seemingly effortless delivery belies the huge amount of work that goes into crafting a stand-up routine. Writing comedy takes not only talent, but also a willingness to devote oneself to the honing of skills that take years of experience to master.

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A Hard Sell: The Boundaries between Art and Ads

In an age where advertisements often seem to assault us at every turn (or rather, click) it is easy to develop a cynical attitude about the potential for advertisements to be works of art. But in fact, the history of advertising and the history of art are inextricably linked, and the advents of modern advertising continue to open up possibilities for artistic innovation within the field.

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Fighting Words

When the confessional, highly personal medium of spoken word poetry meets a slam competition, poets have to reconcile the strategizing required to do well in a tournament with staying true to themselves as artists.

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Taking Notes

Sampling has gained the approval of artists and critics alike. But while the artistic community sees it as an innovative device that should be continued, the law has lagged behind, creating a legal gray area that interferes with artistic innovation.

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Recovery of the Artist

For performing artists practicing their crafts at a high level, the threat of injury is ever looming. When a dancer, musician or singer is sidelined by a performance-related injury, the rehabilitation process can be a frightening and lengthy process that may or may not end in recovery. In the field of performance-related rehabilitation, the focus has shifted to prevention. Often performance-related injuries are avoidable, but many performers are unaware of what they are doing wrong.

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Cast and Crew Redeem Material in "Witness Uganda"

The ART's latest musical is a mixed bag, with winning performances but tepid lines and lyrics.

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CEO Builds His Palace In “Wonderland”

On “Wonderland,” Berglund cares less about meeting expectations than he does about eliminating them altogether. Like Lewis Carroll’s creation of the same name, the resulting landscape is simultaneously opulent and unsettling, both organic and artificial.

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The Monuments Men

During World War II, several Harvard affiliates served as Monuments Men: art professionals who fought against the Nazis’ attempts at destroying works of art, and strove to prevent cultural casualties from piling up alongside human ones. Who were these men? Why did they put their lives on the line? And how does their battle continue today?


Arts Year In Review

Crimson Arts takes stock of 2013.

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Crimson Arts's 2013 Year In Review

In the first Arts Year In Review special issue, the Crimson Arts board covers the best films and albums of the year and reports the results of the 2013 Arts Poll.



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Panel from the Mayan city of Cancuén, which includes an example of ancient Maya script.


War of the Words

This past April, language preservation activist Daniel Pedro Mateo was found dead near his home village in Guatemala. While the reasons are unknown, his story still speaks to the political potency minority languages can have as strongholds against assimilation.

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For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
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VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

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Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

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