Centerpiece: Spring 2016

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

New Grant Award

The Program on U.S.-Japan Relations was awarded a multi-year grant from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) to investigate a series of topics relating to the general theme, "Japan's Global Leadership in the 21st Century: Challenges Ahead." The grant offers funds for international research travel for Harvard faculty and graduate students, for conferences at Harvard and an off-site abroad, and for other activities. In its current first year, the topic is "The Future of East Asia." On April 29, the Program sponsored a...

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Fellows Program

Current Fellows and staffFellows Program alumni have served in various capacities and in many places throughout the world since their days at Harvard. They have pursued distinguished careers in many professional areas including diplomatic service, military, politics, journalism,...

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Student Programs

Undergraduate Associates 2016–2017

The following students have been appointed Undergraduate Student Associates for the 2016–2017 academic year and have received grants to support travel in connection with their senior thesis research on international affairs.

Hana S. Connelly (History, Literature), Williams/Lodge International Government and Public Affairs Fellow. Imperial Russian representations of Georgia and Chechnya in the mid-nineteenth century. 

Jessica Margaret Dorfmann...

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New Faculty Associates

The following Harvard faculty accepted invitations to be WCFIA Faculty Associates during the 2015–2016 academic year:

Sunil Amrith, Director, Center for History and Economics; Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies; Professor of History, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University. Transregional movement of people, ideas, and institutions; history of public health and poverty; the history of migration; environmental history; and South and Southeast Asia.

Sai Balakrishnan...

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New Books

Progress and Confusion: The State of Macroeconomic Policy

Edited by Olivier Blanchard, Raghuram Rajan, Kenneth Rogoff, and Lawrence H. Summers

Progress and Confusion, edited by Kenneth Rogoff et al.What will economic policy look like once the global financial...

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Of Note

Robert D. Putnam Wins Lifetime of Service Award

Faculty Associate and Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy Robert D. Putnam was presented with the City Year New Hampshire Lifetime Achievement Award by Senator Kelly Ayotte and former Democratic Senator Harold Janeway. More than 300 civic and business leaders attended City Year’s 16th Annual Starry Starry Night Gala. 

Lisa McGirr Wins the SHFG Henry Adams Prize

Faculty Associate and History Professor Lisa McGirr wins the...

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Message from the Director

At the end of a busy year, looking forward to the fall

It is impossible to forget that the Weatherhead Center is first and foremost a research center. One of the ways it fosters research is through collaboration between faculty, students—graduate and undergraduate—visitors, and postdocs. This multigenerational engagement is about to get a big boost through four new projects coming up in the months ahead: two new Weatherhead Initiative Research Clusters to begin in the fall;...

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Spring 2016, Volume 30 Number 2

Image of Spring 2016 CoverThe spring 2016 issue of Centerpiece highlights the Center's recent activities, including updates on several of our programs, including student programs, the Fellows Program, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, and The Harvard Academy. The Message from the Director focuses on the multigenerational nature of the Center and four new projects for the upcoming academic year. The feature, “Multiculturalism in Canada's Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora” by Jennifer Hyndman, visiting scholar with the Canada Program, examines everyday multiculturalism in the first- and second-generation Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada. And finally, the feature “In Conversation with…,” is an interview with Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music Ingrid T. Monson, in which she discusses her forthcoming book, The Voice of Kenedougou, and her longstanding interest in the hybrid nature of music.... Read more about Spring 2016, Volume 30 Number 2