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Jennifer M. Shephard is Special Initiatives Program Manager, Division of Social Science, FAS, Harvard University.

Stephen M. Kosslyn is John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Emeritus, Harvard University, and Director, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Evelynn M. Hammonds is Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674059026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674059023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hmf22 on March 11, 2012
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The Harvard Sampler is a collection of a dozen essays by distinguished Harvard professors that allow the reader to sample the scope of Harvard's new general education curriculum. The concept is a fascinating one, and the essays, like short stories, are perfect for reading on the fly. I found some of them truly engaging and thought-provoking: Ali S. Asani on religious literacy and Islam is a favorite, and Steven Pinker on "The Human Mind" is eye-opening. Some of the other essays strike me as slender--the authors define their disciplines well but don't manage to tell a story or demonstrate a mode of investigation in the allotted 20-30 pages. I don't think I will be returning to this volume much in the future, but it was fun to dip into once.
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