- Alumni Profile Literature And Culture Beyond our Borders With a lifelong interest in international issues, BU Overseer Robert Hildreth is enabling the Creative Writing Program to extend its reach around the world.
- Alumni Profile Minding Your Manners Savvy and witty, Robin Abrahams (GRS’02), The Boston Globe Magazine’s “Miss Conduct,” helps readers navigate the shoals of social interactions in the 21st century.
- Student Profile Computing Solutions David House (CAS’10) is developing a new computer tool with faculty researchers to track and model cell behavior.
- Faculty Profile He Speaks in Your Voice: American Associate Professor Gene Jarrett writes about the politics of racial representation in American literature from the Civil War era to today.
Also in this issue
Music of the Gods
Wooden instruments played on only by the wind, aeolian harps were a fashionable feature of genteel 19th-century homes, resting before open windows, where their strings, all tuned to the same key but of varying thicknesses, produced random, overlapping harmonics.
On his recent retirement from the English Department, much-admired Professor David Wagenknecht was presented with an aeolian harp by his colleagues. The handsome instrument was handmade by Toby Rzepka, son of English Professor Charles Rzepka.
Live and Kicking
Blues harmonica great James Montgomery (DGE’69, CAS’71) has jammed with and learned from the best—such names as John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, and Junior Wells. During his four decades in the business, he has toured with Bruce Springsteen and Bonnie Raitt and released several albums, one of which cracked the Billboard Top 10. Lately he’s written and recorded music for the blues film Delta Rising, narrated by Morgan Freeman.
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Scenes from Cuba Today
With cradle-to-grave benefits for its citizens, like free health care and education, Cuba has realized some “real social benefits” since its revolution in the mid-20th century, says Susan Eckstein, professor of sociology and international relations. But Cuban socialism “hasn’t been able to improve the standard of living sufficiently for its people,” she adds; “economic stagnation” continues.