Arts & Sciences - Fall 2009

It’s a “bonito día” in the neighborhood

Immersing residents of Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood in Spanish language and Hispanic culture

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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