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The Great Barnum Fire: An Oral History

When a massive blaze tore through the biology building one night in 1975, it marked a new low for a university already teetering on bankruptcy. Lost forever were decades of irreplaceable research, as well as the stuffed hide of the world’s most famous elephant. Now, four decades later, the people who were there tell the story of the legendary fire…and how it helped turn everything around for Tufts. BY FRANCIS STORRS

Finding John Brown

Tufts’ art collection registrar Laura McDonald solved the mystery of the lost masterpiece. BY Geoff EdgErs, A92


A new computer system designed at Tufts makes it faster to learn to play the piano. Is it the future of education? BY Anna Nowogrodzki

The Little Magician Who Could

How former Tufts President Jean Mayer made the Friedman School appear out of thin air. BY SOL GITTLEMAN

Additional Features Thriller Whales, Playing in Black and White, O Pioneer!, The Climb, Artists in Our Midst, Fair Play

Departments President’s Page, From the Editor, Newswire, Letters, Take It From Me

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