Currier House
Currier House is one of twelve undergraduate residential Houses of Harvard College
Harvard College
Harvard College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of two schools within Harvard University granting undergraduate degrees...

, in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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, USA. Opened in September 1970, it is named after Audrey Bruce Currier, a member of the Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was the coordinate college for Harvard University. It was also one of the Seven Sisters colleges. Radcliffe College conferred joint Harvard-Radcliffe diplomas beginning in 1963 and a formal merger agreement with...

 Class of 1956 who, along with her husband, was killed in a plane crash in 1967. The area was formerly used as housing for Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College
Radcliffe College was a women's liberal arts college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was the coordinate college for Harvard University. It was also one of the Seven Sisters colleges. Radcliffe College conferred joint Harvard-Radcliffe diplomas beginning in 1963 and a formal merger agreement with...

, and as such the four towers of Currier House are named for distinguished alumnae of Radcliffe, including the author Barbara Tuchman
Barbara Tuchman
Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She became known for her best-selling book The Guns of August, a history of the prelude to and first month of World War I, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1963....

 and composer Mabel Daniels. Along with Cabot House
Cabot House
Cabot House is one of twelve undergraduate residential Houses at Harvard University. Cabot House derives from the merger in 1970 of South and East House, which took the name South House , until the name was changed and the House reincorporated in 1984 to honor Harvard benefactors Thomas Cabot and...

 and Pforzheimer House
Pforzheimer House
Pforzheimer House, nicknamed PfoHo , is one of twelve undergraduate residential Houses at Harvard University. It was named in 1995 for Carol K. and Carl H...

, Currier is part of the former Radcliffe Quadrangle
Quadrangle (Harvard)
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, known colloquially within the college as simply, "The Quad".

Housemasters and Resident Dean

Beginning in September 2008, Currier House will welcome new Housemasters Richard Wrangham
Richard Wrangham
Richard W. Wrangham is a British primatologist. He is the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and his research group is now part of the newly established Department of Human Evolutionary Biology....

 and Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth Ross
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. Wrangham and Ross first came to the United States after living in Great Britain. Wrangham has taught courses in human evolutionary biology and anthropology since 1989. Ross, whose academic background is in immunology, is the founder and executive director of the Kasiisi Project, a non-profit in western Uganda. The Allston Burr Resident Dean is Laura Johnson. Previous masters have included scholar of Islam
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 and current Dean of Harvard Divinity School
Harvard Divinity School
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 William A. Graham, chemist and Nobel
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 laureate Dudley R. Herschbach
Dudley R. Herschbach
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, and classicist
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 Gregory Nagy
Gregory Nagy
Gregory Nagy , born in Budapest Hungary in 1942, is an American professor of Classics at Harvard University, specializing in Homer and archaic Greek poetry. Nagy is known for extending Milman Parry and Albert Lord's theories about the oral composition-in-performance of the Iliad and Odyssey...


Social atmosphere

Because of its distance from most of the other residential houses, its physical layout (which places most of the house's social space near the entrance), and its small size (it has the smallest population of any house), many Currier residents consider the house to have one of the strongest and most cohesive house communities of Harvard's residential houses. Students routinely rank Currier's dining hall highest among Harvard dining halls in food quality. In 2005, Currier renovated a common space known as the "Fishbowl" to create an entertainment center complete with a big screen projector and surround sound system. In early 2006, Currier painted many of its interior walls to produce a more colorful atmosphere.

Most of Currier's bedrooms are single bedrooms connected by a sinkroom or full private bathroom, a rarity at Harvard (where most dormitories date to the 1920s and are now relatively crowded.) The house is also known for the "Ten-Man," a suite of ten single bedrooms surrounding the largest in-suite common room at Harvard College.

Athletic success

In 2004-2005, Currier House won the Straus Cup for the first time in over twenty years. The cup is given to the house that scores the most points in intramural athletic competition during the school year.

Student government

Student Government in Currier House consists of the Currier House Committee, of which all house residents are members. The committee operates separate from the Harvard Undergraduate Council
Harvard Undergraduate Council
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, to organize student events and manage funding. The Currier HoCo, as the other student government organizations in the Houses, are funded by the UC and maintained by an executive council run my students in leadership positions. Elections for the two Chair positions, as well as all other social organization positions, are held every January during the Super Bowl Halftime show, broadcast in the Fishbowl common space. The two HoCo co-chairs are James Sanghyun Yoon and Archana Vamanrao.

Famous alumni

Famous alumni include Paul Attanasio
Paul Attanasio
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, Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff
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, Bill Gates
Bill Gates
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author. Gates is the former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, the software company he founded with Paul Allen...

, Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
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, Caroline Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy
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, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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, Alan Khazei
Alan Khazei
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, and Yo-Yo Ma
Yo-Yo Ma
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Gates and Ballmer met in Currier House, where the two lived on the same floor, and formed a friendship that later led Gates to recruit his college friend to join his budding software company. Gates also described during his 2007 commencement address at Harvard how he initiated one of his first software deals while making a call from his room in Currier House.

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