Amazon.com packages - a common sight in building managers' offices and mail centers on campus - are easily recognizable by the company's familiar "smile" logo. University President Drew G. Faust wrote in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that she hopes the technology and retail giant will choose Boston as the home of its second headquarters.
In her letter, Faust wrote that universities like Harvard play a critical role in making the Boston area “a competitive place for Amazon’s next venture."
“Soon people won’t even identify digital history as something different, because it will be so ingrained as part of the way people study history,” Gabriel Pizzorno said.
“You wouldn’t have come if I’d just asked you to,” the chief shrugged. I lingered. “Come on, don’t be an asshole. I’ve got an assignment from the President themself.” I sat. The President? That was big. It had been a tumultuous and scandalous 10 years, after Faust had given the reins to—wait, you know the story. I’ll stop boring you. The chief poured us both a whiskey. “Son of one of our major donors, and I mean major, just failed a class.”
There is only one other customer in the store, who seems to be waiting for an Amazon staff member to appear behind the counter. He turns, we make eye contact, and he looks back at his phone. Neither of us went to an Amazon pick-up location to interact with other people.
As social media becomes increasingly integral to everyday life, four Harvard professors discussed its impact on individuals’ identities and relationships at a panel on Monday.