Sheila C. Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, discusses how to end the idea of "too big to fail" and speaks on the implications of the new financial reform law before taking questions from the audience at the JFK Jr. Forum yesterday. "Even as we deal with the aftermath of the current [economic] crisis," she said, "we know there are new problems on the horizon."
Students enjoyed free grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade pesto, and organic milk yesterday afternoon in the Lowell House Community Garden. "Generation Organic," a team of young organic farmers traveling to colleges across the country, stopped its vegetable oil-powered bus at Harvard to hold the event. The team discussed with students the benefits of organic food and the path to a more sustainable future.
Linguist Deborah Fallows '71, speaks at the Harvard Bookstore last night about her new book, "Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language." Fallows discussed the cultural and linguistic differences she encountered while living in Shanghai. "My first experience with the language [Chinese] was nothing less than overwhelming," she said. "I could not even open my mouth."
Over desert from Finale, Professor Nancy Cott spoke to students in the Quincy Junior Common Room last night about her experience in California's Proposition 8 trials. Cott, the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of Human History and Director of the Schlesinger Library at Harvard, testified on marriage in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger case. Moderated by the Radcliffe Union of Students and Tim McCarthy of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the conversation was part of the RUS Dessert Discussions.