With a series of simple experiments, Amanda
Woodward asks the questions that get inside babies’ minds.
Consider the scene: your mother grabs a
bowl, a cereal box, and a milk carton. Even before she pours, her
intentions are clear: she’s making breakfast. While adult
observers intuitively interpret such activity as goal-oriented,
infants under 12 months are just beginning to understand the link
between action and intention, and they learn to do so through their
own experiences, according to Amanda Woodward, associate professor
in Psychology, the Committee on Human Development, and the College.
Censored opera sees the
Governments have long weighed in on art’s
acceptability, suppressing morally or politically objectionable
material. In the opera world Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo
in Maschera has received perhaps the harshest treatment. Until
January Ballo had never played Naples’s Teatro San Carlo,
the venue for which it was written. Indeed, the original, titled
Gustavo III, had not reached any stage until musicologist
Philip Gossett reconstructed it. Nearly 150 years after Italian
censors forced Verdi to radically alter the work, Gossett, the Robert
W. Reneker distinguished service professor in Music, has produced
a version that tries to capture the author’s intentions.
A front-row seat to black
Well before the 2002 movie Barbershop
hit the big screen, a young scholar had staked out hair salons and
other black venues for investigation. As a graduate student in the
late ’90s Melissa Harris-Lacewell, assistant professor in
Political Science, began studying the casual conversations African
Americans have among themselves. While Hollywood did its thing,
Harris-Lacewell did hers, tapping into an academic gold mine of
rarely heard opinions and ideologies.