Crimson staff writer
The evening event, sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, aimed to offer Harvard professors—from a range of disciplines and affiliations—the opportunity to explore an interest that does not demand a common academic background: dinner.
“We’re late because we were making pizzas,” explained Melanie Dunea, as she hustled into the Harvard Book Store on Wednesday evening. Dunea, together with Boston-based chefs Barbara Lynch and Lydia Shire, was quickly excused by the audience with murmurs of approval and scattered applause. After all, they had gathered to hear about food.
Some might argue that a Harvard education—Expos 20 and all—owes much of its conception of liberal arts to the Renaissance age. And while many have investigated the wealth of scholarship that the Renaissance produced, few have attempted to explain what sparked the period in the first place. Last week, The National Book Foundation recognized the product of John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities Stephen J. Greenblatt by naming his latest work, "The Swerve," a National Book Awards Finalist.