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Aisha K. Down

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A Different Language for Improv Music

Conductor Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris directs his specialized form of improvisational music at the Institute of Contemporary Art.


Stereotypical but Stylish Identity Crisis in ‘The Healing’

Jonathan Odell’s coming-of-age story “The Healing” contains a breathtaking density of beautifully written dreams. He explores symbolic threads of identity, womanhood, and mysticism, and manages to tie together a narrative that transitions through the memory and imagination of one remarkable woman’s life.


Barrel-like Nanobots Target Cancer Cells

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a nanobot that may allow for the detection and destruction of cancer cells.


Exploring August Wilson in Winter

Talented high schoolers from Boston competed in the "August Wilson High school Monologue Competition" for the chance to win a trip to New York

On Campus

Capturing “Beautiful Resistance”

In a new photography exhibition, Alex W. Palmer ’12 displays his photos of daily life in the Palestinian refugee camp where he worked.


Disengaged Descriptions Mar Emotional “World We Found”

How strong are the bonds of college friendship after decades of separation? Armitai, the protagonist of Thrity Umrigar’s “The World We Found,” finds herself contemplating this question at the onset of the novel. Afflicted with an incurable brain tumor, Armitai realizes what she wants most from the world: the company of her three best friends from college.

375th Anniversary

Rebel With a Cause

In the night, 300 students gather in front of the Loeb House, home of then-University President Nathan M. Pusey ’28, and look on as Michael Kazin ’70 affixes a list of demands to the door.


In New Novel, Brilliant Satire is 'There but for the' Flaws

"There but for the" strikes a careful balance between witty, mild satire of the alienation of contemporary culture and serious inquiry into human thought and connection.

On Campus

Artistic Performance Brings Solidarity to Sept. 11 Mourners

A line of posts wreathed in red flowers cut across Harvard Yard last Sunday. On each was a poem reflecting ...


Breadth Both Bolsters and Burdens 'The Help'

To be fair, the point of “The Help” isn’t to delve exhaustively into any one particular character’s storyline—but by casting so wide a narrative net, the film skates a little bit too lightly over the issues it tries to portray.


Stephen Malkmus Continues to Slack Off

Stephen Malkmus is often associated with a ‘slacker’ aesthetic, and this album does its part to forward that image with both an understated emotional tone in its vocals and irony in its lyrics. Yet the album itself is inconsistent, and its overbearing, often self-deprecating irony is excessive.

On Campus

Portrait of an Artist: Christopher Eur ’15

The winner of Harvard’s 2011 Freshman Talent Show last Tuesday was Christopher Eur ’15 from Sacramento, Calif. For his act, ...


Arts Writers Nominate Their 2011 Summer Jams

There’s no shortage of hits, but with no clear frontrunner, some of our writers make a case for their personal Summer Jams—the tracks they've been tanning to for the past two months.

Ethnic or Cultural Groups

A Quirky Twist on Asian Tradition

‘Southeast Asia Night’ spreads awareness through performance, humor, and video.


Murdered Actor and Activist Recalled

“Arna’s Children”—shown in Sever last Monday as a memorial to its maker, Juliano Mer-Khamis, who was shot by Palestinian militants on April 4 in Jenin—is a documentary with few adornments. The film’s power comes instead from it being relentlessly true.