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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Announces 2021–2022 Fellows
The Institute will welcome the 2021–2022 class to Cambridge for a year of in-person research, writing, and interdisciplinary exchange. The class was drawn from a wide pool of international applicants, and the acceptance rate was 2.4 percent.
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Lauren Groff (photo 2) came to the Institute ready to complete a novel about early American captivity narratives—but after hearing Katie Bugyis’s (photo 3) fellowship talk about Benedictine nuns’ liturgical practices, her brain, she tweeted, “exploded into rainbows.” Last summer, Groff asked Bugyis, a historian of medieval religious women, to be a historical consultant for a different novel, out now: Matrix (photo 1) portrays the life of an abbess from the Middle Ages. Learn more about this true Radcliffe Moment in the Harvard Gazette. Link in profile.
Today, on Women’s Equality Day, we look back at US women’s fight for the vote. This copy of History of Woman Suffrage carries a Susan B. Anthony inscription from 1902. The Schlesinger Library already held two six-volume sets of History of Woman Suffrage when Mark H. Dall, the grandson of the suffragist Caroline Wells Healey Dall, donated his grandmother’s copy. The moving inscription discovered in volume four, to Caroline Healy Dall from the series editor Susan B. Anthony, ends “But you & I have done the best we knew—and so must rest content—leaving all to younger hands.” The fight for voting rights continues. 📷 Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute
Last week’s @ipcc climate report verified that human influence has warmed the planet at an unprecedented rate. Thea Riofrancos RI ’21 believes the debate about the existence of climate change is largely over. She says the most damaging misinformation today is the idea that half measures will be adequate to deal with the current crisis: “There’s been a concerted effort on the part of fossil fuel companies to deny and delay, but just as pernicious, I think, are policies that don’t deal with the scale of the problem.” Read more from Riofrancos and other Radcliffe fellows on the power of misinformation at the link in our bio. 📷 Rose Lincoln