Tag Archives: Commencement Address

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

22 Feb

Yesterday, we could listen to the first half of this famous address to Harvard students by Harry Potter’s famous author J.K. Rowlings on the occasion of the 2008 Commencement ceremony at this University. You may wish to have a watch at the whole speech, there it is, as posted by Harvard Magazine on its Youtube Channel:

In addition, Harvard Magazine published Rowling’s address in written form on its own website. So here is the ready-made transcript.

Harvard Magazine’s Youtube Channel may be worthy a watch in itself. However, I wish to use this opportunity to draw your attention to another Youtube Academic Channel set up by another University, one that is as famous as Harvard and is located close to it, I mean of course the MIT. For those of you who study maths and physics as well as those who miss their maths classes from high school, this a wonderful resource platform that I highly recommend.


The Versatile Blogger Award: Tell 7 interesting things about yourself…

19 Feb

… and nominate 15 other bloggers. Latest, Grammar Girl herself has been given the Award. And that’s how I came across this story. Here below ‘s to read how this famous author of books and Internet tips on good writing managed to provide an answer, in quite a funny way as usual. Just click on the link:


As additional material to this document, I wish to emphasize on what I consider as an interesting topic from a cultural point of view: living off the grid (one element listed by Grammar Girl in her post): this is a VERY American (=US) concept, even if we can refer here also to worldwide environmental movements and the way of life they may infer. Just have a read at both text and comments, – name of the post: What Does Living Off The Grid Mean to You?

Last, despite of its immense value in itself, this is now what came as an introductive video to this topic during the lesson – connecting the dots of one’s life… – in its full version this time :

If necessary, you’ll find plenty of subtitled versions, transcripts and translations of this speech on the Internet.