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RFH Grad, Nieman Fellow, Pulitzer Winner Blair Kamin Co-Authors E-Book

Kamin grew up in Fair Haven and is an inductee in the RFH Alumni Hall of Fame.

Blair Kamin (Photo: Courtesy of Blair Kamin)
Blair Kamin (Photo: Courtesy of Blair Kamin)

Blair Kamin has ventured into a unique world of history etched in wrought iron, brick and stone in a new e-book he has had published — The Gates of Harvard Yard, a 158-page exploration of Harvard Yard's 25 access points.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune and  Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate recently completed a Nieman Foundation for Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University.  

The e-book is the first fully-designed project of its kind published by the Nieman Foundation. It was inspired by a Harvard winter session class on the gates that Kamin co-taught during his fellowship, according to an email circulated by Kamin.                 

Drawing upon archival research and in-depth visual analysis, the e-book uses "the latest digital technology to illuminate the historic portals that have become symbols of America's preeminent university, Kamin said in the email.

It "reveals afresh the art, architecture and history of these exquisite essays in brick, stone and wrought-iron," Kamin said. 

Proceeds from the book, Kamin said, are now available for purchase on iTunes and will go to a fund for journalism innovation at the Nieman Foundation.
Kamin, who grew up in Fair Haven, was among the 24  journalists from the United States and abroad who made up the 75th class of Nieman fellows at Harvard.                                                      

In addition to being an RFH graduate, he is also a graduate of Amherst College and the Yale School of Architecture and has been inducted into the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Alumni Hall of Fame. 

For more information, click here to see the story in the Harvard Gazette.


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