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February 12, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
Drew Gilpin Faust, a Civil War historian and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, on Sunday was named the 28th president of Harvard University, becoming the first woman to hold the post. After a yearlong search, the seven-member Harvard Corp. agreed behind closed doors to select Faust, as had been expected.
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January 6, 2008 | Jon Wiener, Jon Wiener teaches U.S. history at UC Irvine and is a contributing editor of the Nation magazine. His most recent book is "Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower."
AMAZON.COM lists more than 36,000 books on the American Civil War, and my guess is that most of them depict battles and heroes, and describe wartime deaths as noble and tragic. Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering" does something different. It's a shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying -- how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it. Some 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War.
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February 10, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
Harvard University is set to name the first female president in its 371-year history to succeed Lawrence H. Summers, the former Harvard head who contributed to his own downfall by questioning the ability of women to master science. Drew Gilpin Faust, a Civil War historian and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, is expected to be named Sunday as Harvard's 28th president.
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February 12, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer
Drew Gilpin Faust, a Civil War historian and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, on Sunday was named the 28th president of Harvard University, becoming the first woman to hold the post. After a yearlong search, the seven-member Harvard Corp. agreed behind closed doors to select Faust, as had been expected.
BOOKS
January 6, 2008 | Jon Wiener, Jon Wiener teaches U.S. history at UC Irvine and is a contributing editor of the Nation magazine. His most recent book is "Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower."
AMAZON.COM lists more than 36,000 books on the American Civil War, and my guess is that most of them depict battles and heroes, and describe wartime deaths as noble and tragic. Drew Gilpin Faust's "This Republic of Suffering" does something different. It's a shattering history of the war, focusing exclusively on death and dying -- how Americans prepared for death, imagined it, risked it, endured it and worked to understand it. Some 620,000 soldiers died in the Civil War.
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March 11, 2009
Book prize: Historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust has won the fourth annual American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War."
NATIONAL
February 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Harvard University will raise undergraduate tuition 3.5%, to $33,696 a year, and reconsider its planned expansion into Boston's Allston neighborhood after record losses to its endowment. Construction of a science complex will slow this year and broader plans for developing the Allston campus are delayed, President Drew Gilpin Faust said in a letter posted on Harvard's website. The Cambridge, Mass., school said in December that its endowment, the richest in education, lost $8 billion, or 22%, in the four months that ended Oct. 31.
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March 3, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Robert Alter, a UC Berkeley professor and author of 22 works on the Bible, literary modernism and contemporary Hebrew literature, will be the 29th recipient of the Robert Kirsch Award when the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are presented April 24. The Kirsch is a lifetime achievement honor named for a past L.A. Times book critic. The Times Book Prizes honor 45 nominees in nine categories. Here is a complete list: Biography H.W.
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October 16, 2008 | Carolyn Kellogg, Special to The Times
The finalists for the National Book Award in fiction, announced Wednesday at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, offered an interesting mix of newcomers and veterans. Rachel Kushner, a Los Angeles writer, and Salvatore Scibona have both been nominated for their first novels: "Telex From Cuba" and "The End," respectively. Aleksandar Hemon received a 2004 MacArthur "Genius" Grant yet is also a relative newcomer; "The Lazarus Project" is his second novel (he's also published a collection of short fiction)
OPINION
December 30, 2010
With his signature last week, President Obama ended the military's distasteful policy of "don't ask, don't tell. " In doing away with this discriminatory practice, he also ushered the American armed forces back into the mainstream of American life. One salutary consequence is that some of the nation's most prestigious universities now are willing to host Reserve Officer Training Corps units on their campuses, ending a decades-long standoff between the country's educational elite and its military.
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February 10, 2007 | Richard C. Paddock and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
Harvard University is set to name the first female president in its 371-year history to succeed Lawrence H. Summers, the former Harvard head who contributed to his own downfall by questioning the ability of women to master science. Drew Gilpin Faust, a Civil War historian and dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, is expected to be named Sunday as Harvard's 28th president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008 | Larry Gordon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad announced Thursday that they are donating $400 million, their biggest gift ever, to a Massachusetts biomedical research institute that is a joint enterprise of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Broads already had given $200 million to the Cambridge-based Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT since its launch four years ago. Their cumulative $600 million was described by institute officials as the largest gift to support biomedical research at any university worldwide.
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