Category Archives: Harvard-related

Nelson Mandela and the Invincibility Of Justice

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which … Continue reading

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Who Doesn’t Like Oprah?

I love Oprah! I do. I love her embrace of education and teachers. I love her books. I’m pretty sure I love her philanthropy, though I don’t know much about its effectiveness. I also have a subscription to her magazine. … Continue reading

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Race to Somewhere

An open letter to my students at Harvard: Some of you are upset with me for writing a piece at Cognoscenti in which I questioned the value of our punishing, sometimes brutalizing “race to the top” admissions process to elite … Continue reading

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Two Degrees of Separation From a Bomber

A TIME.com column I wrote today with my husband, Nicholas Christakis: We spent a tense hour last Monday checking Facebook and Twitter to account for all 400 of our students at Harvard College, several of whom had been running in the marathon … Continue reading

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Use Your Words

“Words are supposed to hurt. That’s considered a legitimate way of fighting things out. And what did it replace in the historical scene? It replaced actual violence. Words are supposed to be free so we CAN actually fight things out, … Continue reading

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The Music of a Free Society

“We live in a world in which people are beheaded, imprisoned, demoted, and censured simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips, and vibrated some air. Yes, those vibrations can make us feel sad or stupid or alienated. … Continue reading

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Harvard’s Thought Police: Whither Goes Free Speech?

Here’s my TIME.com column today, co-authored with my husband, Nicholas Christakis. There are few things I care more about than free speech and I think it’s fair to say that college campuses are currently one of the most restrictive speech … Continue reading

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The Unfathomable ‘Why’ of Suicide

I have been struggling all weekend to understand what unknowable forces compel a young person so full of vitality and joy – and I do believe it is a compulsion – to take his own life. I know about immature … Continue reading

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In Memory of a Young Friend

The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. -Thornton Wilder I am grateful for the life of Cote Laramie: kind and gentle friend, talented musician and scholar, an aspiring healer, all around beautiful soul. I wish he … Continue reading

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Being Honest About Lying (At Harvard and Everywhere Else)

My TIME.com column today on Harvard’s cheating investigation. Co-authored with my husband, Nicholas Christakis: Harvard‘s announcement last week of an investigation into a case of widespread cheating offered a little thrill of schadenfreude for some: confirmation, perhaps, that a venerable … Continue reading

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