Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Neighbors are Getting Old

How big a breath does it take to blow out 375 candles? We're not sure, but we're guessing that Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust is glad that she doesn't have to try it alone.  She will have plenty of help this year, as Harvard University celebrates its 375th anniversary.  Faust calls the year-long commemoration, which began this fall,  an opportunity to "glance back and leap forward."

We hope you were one of the lucky audience members on January 10 when  Faust spoke to a packed audience in the Lecture Hall of the Main Library on the topic “Telling War Stories: Reflections of a Civil War Historian.” The lecture was the first in the John Harvard Book Celebration, just one part of the diverse array of programs marking Harvard's birthday.  Or perhaps you were present on January 29 at the Central Square Branch to hear Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies discuss “Teaching About Values: Revisiting King’s Beloved Community.”

Members of the Harvard Community will continue to make appearances at public libraries across Cambridge and Boston as a part of the Book Celebration. If you missed Drew Gilpin Faust in January, she will present again in April at the Boston Public Library.  On May 8th Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater, will speak on "Theater in the 21st Century" at our Cambridge Main Library .  Watch the library's web site for more information on this upcoming event. Click here to read more about the John Harvard Book Celebration.

There are always great things happening at the library! For more information on how you can get involved with the Friends and help to support our Cambridge libraries click here.

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