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Joshua J. Florence

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Author Talks Scientific Realities Behind Mythology

Matthew Kaplan’s lecture on the “Science of the Magical" explored scientific realities of modern and ancient mythology and drew a crowd of more than 150 people.


Five Weird Facebook Events For a Harvard Student

In the past few weeks, Facebook users around the country have found themselves invited to dozens of weird events. Their popularity is clearly growing as approximately 4,000 people have already said they are going (not really of course) to “lying in bed and cryin to Adele and feeling bad 4 urself” on December 31st at the time of this post. I was already invited to “turn into the mitochondria and become the powerhouse of the cell” earlier this week. The trend has only gained strength as we head into reading period a nd finals. To aid in your procrastination efforts, here are some Harvard Facebook events that Harvard students could attend.

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Non-Advice For Reading Period and Finals

With reading period coming up, students have been subjected to a treasure trove of advice from friends, family, and administrators. The following are the five pieces of advice you’d rather not hear.

The Past, Present, and Future of Violence

Despite Terrorism, Violence Is on the Decline, Pinker Says

Violence, according to Psychology Professor Steven Pinker, has been declining continuously over the course of human history and will continue to fall in the future.

Student Life

‘Female Athletes of Boston’ Page Launches

Naomi K. Lang ’16, a rower for the Harvard women’s lightweight varsity crew team, said she decided to create the Facebook page after Googling “female athletes” and finding results that “sexualized” women in sports.


Public Service Recruiting Day Attracts Dozens

The event saw an increase in scope from its inaugural year, with more student applicants and 10 additional participating groups.

Harvard Kennedy School

Before UN Conference, HKS Panelists Talk Climate Policy

The panel discussion, which took place at the Kennedy School of Government, centered around both the short-term and long-term implications of the conference for national and international climate change policies.

OCS Funding Website

Students Weigh Job Options as Offer Deadline Approaches

For students who obtained summer internships through Harvard’s Campus Interview Program, the deadline marks a decision that has been months, if not years, in the making.

City Politics

Elections Approaching, Harvard Cantabrigians Consider Voting

Although some Harvard students from local areas are aware of the main issues of the Nov. 3 Cambridge City Council election, most are not intimately acquainted with the candidates and their positions.