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In translation, he found his raison d’être

in Harvard Gazette on September 10, 2020

Surely there are more direct routes to becoming a respected French-language translator than going to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a Ph.D. in mathematics, getting caught up in the Vietnam draft, and then ditching a teaching career and moving to France. But for Arthur Goldhammer, it was a circuitous path that made perfect sense.

History Lessons: Can We Learn from the Past?

History Lessons: Can We Learn from the Past?

CES Affiliate Rosemary Taylor delves into comparisons of Covid-19 with other major diseases in world history, from the Spanish Flu to SARS. She notes that history often fails to teach leaders and experts the “lessons” we might expect. She notes that new popular understandings about diseases (such as animal-human transition) have led to complicated policy responses with mixed results. While history may not always clearly tell us what to do, it can warn us.

34 Students to Work and Research Europe Virtually

34 Students to Work and Research Europe Virtually

July 2, 2020

Nurturing interest in Europe among Harvard College students is central to the CES mission. Despite pandemic-related travel restrictions, CES is pleased to support 34 students to intellectually engage with Europe via virtual internships and senior thesis research this summer. CES congratulates these students and highlights their diverse interests and projects in the videos and links below.



Pandemic Deepens Social and Political Cleavages

Pandemic Deepens Social and Political Cleavages

in Social Europe on June 22, 2020

Peter Hall and Rosemary Taylor argue that the coronavirus crisis has inflamed cleavages in democratic societies which will be difficult to heal.


Peter A. Hall is Krupp Foundation professor of European studies at Harvard University and the editor with Michèle Lamont of Successful Societies and Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era. Rosemary CR Taylor is associate professor of sociology and community health at Tufts University and has written widely on epidemics, past and present.

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