A.B. Guthrie Jr., NF '45
: "I didn't know then, though I surely learned later, that a teacher can only suggest, can at best reveal some of the tricks by which illusion is wrought. The rest is up to the student."
Robert A. Caro, NF '66
: "I had always been assuming as a reporter what I had assumed as a student: that in a democracy power comes from the ballot box, from being elected, that power resides in elected officials. But I had already realized as a reporter that this man Robert Moses, who had never been elected to anything, had more power than any mayor or governor. … That was quite a moment for me in my life. It happened in a little room at Leverett House, and I am grateful to Harvard for giving me the room and giving me the time to think about it."
Rosental Calmon Alves, NF '88
: "I left my heart in Latin America but found another passion, a surprising one, during my Nieman year. … When I returned to Rio as an editor in 1991, I launched the first Brazilian computer-based, real-time financial news service."
Jack Bass, NF '66
: "Jack Nelson, NF ’62, has written in his posthumously published memoir “Scoop” that professor Thomas Pettigrew’s course on race relations made him 'more aware of the injustice of segregation and racism.' I met Pettigrew only once, at a Nieman class event while he was on sabbatical leave. He later encouraged Jack and me to write 'The Orangeburg Massacre.'"
Janet Heard, NF '10
: "I feel privileged to have met [Margaret] Marshall and [Anthony] Lewis. These two unassuming human rights figures embody the values both my father and I associate with the Nieman year: the pursuit of journalistic excellence, freedom of speech, and justice."
Richard, NF '56, and John Harwood, NF '90
: "Harvard psychologist Jerome Kagan gave me a gift that I've kept opening ever since: a reminder from another discipline of the need to consider every angle in assessing truth. That is, remember not just the context in which an event takes place, but the nature of the evidence that's available or is not, and the nature of the inquiry yielding that evidence."