Three dissimilar books cast new light on Franklin Delano Roosevelt


The question has haunted historians now for 70 years:

Was a fading President Franklin D. Roosevelt hoodwinked by a deviously clever Joseph Stalin into turning over Poland and much of Eastern Europe to the Soviets during the closing year of World War II?

Or was a dying, yet keenly engaged president focused on a much larger and more profound prize than simply how Europe might be carved up after the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany?


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Inextricably Bound: Prostitution and Sex Trafficking 11/30

Wherever there is prostitution, whether legal or illegal, sex trafficking exists.

The United States fights trafficking through the criminalization of all aspects of prostitution. Germany legalized prostitution in 2002, treating prostitution as any other occupation. Yet trafficking of all ages abounds.

Both approaches have failed miserably.

An alternative system seeing some success is the Nordic model, first instituted in Sweden. This makes it legal to sell one’s self for sex, but illegal to be the buyer or “John,” or to facilitate the prostitution of another.


The internet, which enables sex-for-pay delivery to the buyer, has revolutionized trafficking., the major offender and a multi-million dollar business, is in the news for the recent arrest of their CEO.  This promises to be a long legal battle, with First Amendment issues being raised.

Limited to 9, with preference given to undergraduates. On the record.


The Problem

Eleanor and Hick

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Close Relationship With the Journalist Lorena Hickok

By Amanda Vaill, OCT. 13, 2016

When Franklin Roosevelt was elected president of the United States in November 1932, his wife, Eleanor, made an extraordinary admission to the Associated Press reporter on the Roosevelt beat. “Being a Democrat, I believe this change is for the better,” she said, but she “never wanted to be a president’s wife. . . . Now I shall have to work out my own salvation.” A devotee of progressive causes and a veteran political helpmate (Franklin had been assistant secretary of the Navy and then governor of New York), Eleanor didn’t shrink from public service; but she was dismayed at the loss of privacy being a first lady would entail, and she worried that her position would keep her from the activism that gave meaning to her life.

Paradoxically, it was the A.P. journalist, Lorena Hickok, who helped her find her equilibrium…

In “Eleanor and Hick,” Susan Quinn, the author of several books including a biography of Marie Curie, is both circumspect and suggestive about the nature of their relationship…

Read More at the New York Times

The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady
By Susan Quinn
Illustrated. 404 pp. Penguin Press.

Saving a Nation: Restoring the Rule of Law In Guatemala

gomezJoin Iván Velásquez Gómez, Commissioner for the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), as he describes his battles against illegal security groups and clandestine security organizations in Guatemala – criminal groups believed to have infiltrated state institutions, fostering impunity and undermining democratic gains in Guatemala since the end of the country’s armed conflict in the 1990s. The CICIG  represents an innovative initiative by the United Nations together with a Member State to strengthen the rule of law in a post-conflict country. Before his post with CICIG, Commissioner Gómez was a prosecutor in Colombia, where he investigated the ties and relations of former President Uribe to paramilitary groups.

Co-sponsored by the Center for International Development, the Carr Center for Human Rights, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

4:00-5:30 PM in the Adams House LCR

Tickets to this event are free, with priority given to Harvard students, but you MUST register HERE

Reception with the Consul General of Canada to New England, David Alward 9/27

canflagHosted by Canadian student organizations at Harvard University (invitation only)

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Time: 5-7pm
Location: Coolidge Room (Randolph Hall, Adams House), 53 Bow St, Cambridge
The Consul General will give welcoming remarks on Canada-US relations, the Boston consulate’s activities, and engaging with the Canadian community in New England. We will have the rest of the time to meet fellow Canadians and our friends, undergraduate and graduate, across Harvard University.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.


Réception à Harvard avec le Consul général du Canada en Nouvelle-Angleterre, David Alward
Organisée par les groupes d’étudiants canadiens à l’Université Harvard
Date: mardi le 27 septembre 2016
Heure: 17 h à 19 h
Lieu: Coolidge Room (Randolph Hall, Adams House), 53 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Le Consul général adressera quelques mots de bienvenue sur les relations canado-américaines, les activités du consulat à Boston, et participer dans la communauté canadienne en Nouvelle-Angleterre. Le reste du temps est ouvert pour rencontrer des collègues canadiens, de premier cycle et des cycles supérieurs, de toute l’université. Des rafraîchissements et des amuse-gueules seront servis.