Centerpiece: Fall 2015

Fall 2015, Volume 30 Number 1

Centerpiece coverThe fall 2015 issue of Centerpiece highlights the Center's recent activities, including a high-profile visit from His Highness the Aga Khan, who delivered the 2015 Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture on the topic of "The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World." Our annual feature Dispatches details the summer research experiences of four Undergraduate Associates who traveled to England, Mexico, Jordan, and Brazil. In Memoriam: Stanley Hoffmann pays tribute to our long-time Faculty Associate who left an indelible mark on both the Center and the Harvard community. Finally, we provide updates on several of our programs, including the Canada Program, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and student programs.... Read more about Fall 2015, Volume 30 Number 1

Message from the Director

Producing research within our walls and diffusing it beyond

As casual observers of the social science scene at Harvard have been quick to notice, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs has been bustling with activity this fall. Our events have ranged from the typical to the exceptional.


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Transcript: Jodidi Lecture by His Highness the Aga Khan

His Highness the Aga Khan

“The Cosmopolitan Ethic in a Fragmented World”

Delivered on November 12, 2015 at Memorial Church


Mark Elliott, Vice Provost
Michèle Lamont, Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Ali Asani, Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion
Members of the Harvard Community
Distinguished Guests

Thank you for your warm welcome.

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to...

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Dispatches: Undergraduate Researchers in the Field

Seventeen Harvard College students received summer 2015 travel grants from the Weatherhead Center to support their thesis research on topics related to international affairs. Since their return in August, the Weatherhead Center has encouraged these Undergraduate Associates to take advantage of the Center’s research environment. Early in the 2016 spring semester, February 4–5, 2016, the students will present their research in a conference that is open to the Harvard community. Four Undergraduate Associates write of their experiences in the field:

Neil Alacha...

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New Books

Economics Rules

by Dani Rodrik

Economic Rules by Dani RodrikIn the wake of the financial crisis and the Great Recession, economics seems anything but a science. In this sharp, masterfully argued book, Dani Rodrik, a leading critic from within, takes a close look at economics to examine when it falls short and...

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Of Note

WCFIA Faculty Associate Sven Beckert's Empire of Cotton is a Nominee for the Cundill Prize

Laird Bell Professor of History Sven Beckert was nominated for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature for his new book, Empire of Cotton: A Global History (Alfred A. Knopf, 2014). The Cundill Prize in Historical Literature at McGill is the world’s most important international nonfiction historical literature prize.

WCFIA Faculty Associate Maya Jasanoff Named Harvard College Professor

Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of...

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Canada Program

Iceberg Alley: Outports in Transition

Panorama of Newfoundland

Iceberg Alley’s outports—the small, isolated communities situated along the remote, rugged coast of Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province—have subsisted on local and ocean-based economies. But these outports, and their dependence on traditional methods of fishing,...

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Student Programs

2015–2016 Kenneth I. Juster Fellows

Portrait of Kenneth JusterThe Weatherhead Center is pleased to announce its 2015–2016 class of Juster Fellows. Now in its fifth year, this grant initiative is made possible by the generosity of the Center’s Advisory Committee Chair, the Honorable Kenneth I. Juster, who has devoted much...

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In Memoriam: Stanley Hoffmann, 1928–2015

September 15, 2015

Stanley Hoffmann, WCFIA Faculty Associate and Harvard scholar of international relations and French politics, dies at 86.

Photo of Stanley Hoffmann

The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs mourns the loss of Stanley Hoffmann, a Faculty Associate, who died in his sleep at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts on September 13, 2015. He was eighty-six and is survived by his wife, Inge Schneier Hoffmann.

Hoffmann, the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor emeritus at Harvard, inspired student learning in French and European politics and international relations for more than half a century.... Read more about In Memoriam: Stanley Hoffmann, 1928–2015