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Victoria A. Baena

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Obama and Us

Today, near the end of an administration, doubts have appeared about Obama in his supporters, necessitating a new way of negotiating the divide between Obama and us.


What Our Miscommunications Tell Us

A moment’s mishearing made the national news last week.

375th Anniversary

Making Out a President's Character

Hopes were high for Abbot Lawrence Lowell in 1909, as he stood poised to replace Charles W. Eliot, class of 1853, as president of Harvard.


The Inspirational, the Intimate, and the Inane

We seem to take it for granted that graduation speeches should be personal, even intimate.

In The Meantime

Creaming the Competition: From Ice to Slice

To Toscanini’s founder Gus E. Rancatore, Cambridge was made for the ice cream shop. “College students eat enough ice cream to keep all these stores around,” he says.


'Ulysses' Speaks: Bloomsday and Oral Poetry

Bloomsday is an odd sort of holiday. Every June 16, people around the world gather to commemorate the single day—June 16, 1904—described in James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”


Speeches, Soundbites, and Shopping Week

The oratorical power of a professor, we believe, tell us much more than a mere syllabus or coursepack could.

City Politics

Harvard Square then and now

When Joseph S. Calautti, owner of Rizzo Tailors, gazes out of his second-floor window overlooking Church Street, he sees not ...

Summer Postcards 2011

A City Contrived

In Brasília, everything is perfect—and right from the start, I hate it.


New Course to Bridge Cultures

The Harvard Summer School is going global this June—even for students who will remain on this side of the Charles.

Summer Housing

Where To Find Summer Housing Around Harvard

Still scrambling to find summer housing in Cambridge? Not to fear—Craigslist isn't the only path to housing still available.

In The Meantime

Rediscovering Elocution

Excerpts from Keats, Tennyson, and Woolf lingered in the air of Boylston Hall’s Fong Auditorium last Tuesday, as a dozen ...

Sciences Division

Researchers Apply Plate Tectonic Theory To Tibet

Plate tectonic theory can be used to explain movement of the Earth’s crust in Tibet—a key discovery in advancing the understanding of long-term seismic action—according to a study published last month by two Harvard researchers.

In The Meantime

The Harvard Indian College

Affixed to Matthews Hall hangs an often unnoticed slate plaque, inscribed: “Here American Indian and English students lived and worked ...

Urban Iditerod Pub Crawl
For The Moment

Bar Hopping for the Boston Medical Center

Teams of four bedecked in tutus, pink onesies, and lab goggles hurtled down Mass. Ave. last Saturday afternoon, dragging shopping ...