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Iris M. Lewis

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Visual Arts

‘Love Story,’ a Statement on Fame and the Refugee Experience, Comes to the MFA

“‘Love Story’ raises questions around how and where our attention is focused.” The exhibit follows the stories of six refugees, first as they are portrayed by Moore and Baldwin and then through their own voices. “What kind of stories are we willing to hear? What kind of stories move us?” Breitz’s website demands. “Why is it that the same audiences that are driven to tears by fictional blockbusters remain affectless in the face of actual human suffering?”

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City Politics

City Council Demands Schedule for Harvard Square Theater Development

Vice Mayor Jan Devereux and Cambridge City Councillor Dennis J. Carlone sponsored the legislation. The order is largely symbolic and has no power to force Chan’s hand.

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Theater

‘Out of Orbit’ is a Starry-Eyed, Dreamy Dance Through the Galaxy

“Out of Orbit,” a space-themed collaboration between the Harvard Ballet Company and the Harvard Pops Orchestra, has astronomical ambition and stellar (new)tunes.

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Votes to Support TPS

Mayor Marc C. McGovern, who sponsored the order, said the legislation was an important step towards supporting immigrants in Cambridge.

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Harvard Law School

Law School Professor Cass R. Sunstein Wins Holberg Prize

“It felt like squash had been made an Olympic sport, and I had been informed that I made the team,” Sunstein said.

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Harvard Law School

At Law Forum, Experts Discuss Worker Co-ops as Economic Model

​Worker co-ops are a viable alternative to corporate capitalism, yet they are rarely discussed, speakers argued at a Harvard Law Forum Wednesday.

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Arts

Music Video Breakdown: ‘Make Me Feel’ by Janelle Monáe

In “Make Me Feel,” Janelle Monáe has created something feel-good, and watchable, and incredibly fun to watch.

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Books

‘White Houses’: A Touching Romance With Some History on the Side

​The premise of Amy Bloom’s newest novel, “White Houses,” is inherently risqué: First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has a lesbian love affair with reporter Lorena Hickok.

Books

Portrait of an Artist: Alumna Adeyemi ‘15’s Own ‘Black Panther’ With Magic

Tomi J. Adeyemi ’15 is a Nigerian American YA fantasy author living in San Diego, California.

The White House
Arts

What (the Hell) Happened: Post-Trump Political Satire

Comedy has struggled hugely (or “yugely,” as the case may be) to speak to both aspects of the Trump phenomenon. Usually, modern Trump comedy errs on the side of easy humor with a touch of desperation.

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On Campus

Protest as Poetry at the “Migration and the Humanities” Conference

​The Feb. 8 and 9 “Migration and the Humanities” conference, organized by the Mahindra Humanities Center, set out to illustrate a point: that the humanities are a powerful way of understanding the modern migratory experience.

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Books

‘Heather, The Totality,’ a Gripping Noir Bildungsroman

Everyone in “Heather” is governed by the same primality; everyone pulsates with the same hunger. The only remaining question is which hunger will prove stronger—and, as Weiner concludes his strange and compelling debut, the ending feels exactly as it should be. Weiner’s answer is definitive. The result is “Heather, the Totality,” in its totality: a noir bildungsroman with a statement to make about class, objectification, and what it means to grow up.

George Abrams
Arts

Arts Spotlight: George Abrams ’57

It’s a good home for art because Harvard has been the center of interest in Old Master drawings since the early 20th century in the United States. There are great scholars and teachers and curators—it’s one of the major places in the world for Old Master drawings.

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Books

‘Uncommon Type’ Treads Familiar Ground

“Uncommon Type” is almost surreal in its total escapism. Hanks creates a world anyone would want to live in—and one that is a far cry from the real thing.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Theater

An Elementary School in Boston: Harvard Freshmen Perform ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’

The show was strategically placed during Freshman Family Weekend: The cast, all Harvard freshman, were singing to their parents.

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