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Conversations with visionary scholars and thinkers from the Harvard PhD community
Tufts University Professor James Intriligator, PhD ’97, a human factors engineer, says that ChatGPT is not a search engine, although many of us use it that way. It's more like a glider that takes us through different domains of knowledge. And he's got step-by-step advice for charting a flight path to better answers.
The Princeton University economist Ellora Derenencourt, PhD '19, breaks down new research on how the racial wealth gap has evolved since emancipation, why it's been so stubbornly persistent over the past 160 years, and the role this country's original sin of slavery continues to play in its perpetuation.
Institutions of higher learning can forge a path to more sustainable democracy by modeling a fairer and more representative society, generating and sharing deep knowledge, and advocating for democratic systems, says Dame Louise Richardson, PhD '89.
Public health expert Sara Bleich, PhD ’07, says it’s time to deal with obesity as the urgent crisis that it is and that the disease is largely preventable but to make progress, the country must deal with persistent inequities in the healthcare system—and the structural racism that underlies them.
This month on Colloquy, we speak with PhD student Grant Jones about Healing Attempt, his collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist Esperanza Spalding and Buddhist leader Lama Rod Owens that combines mindfulness and music to improve the wellbeing of people of color.
The US economy is strong. Unemployment is close to a 50-year low, real wages are rising for those at the bottom of the income ladder, and inflation is down though still not entirely in the rearview mirror. How did we get here after the pandemic shocks? And what did the COVID economy teach us about how to deal with future downturns?
Robert Stavins, PhD ’88, says that reducing the amount of methane in the atmosphere is a critical and cost-effective way to slow climate change and its impacts.