Harvard wordsmiths Jill Abramson and Steven Pinker answered questions from the Gazette to mark National Punctuation Day.
Two graduates and a student of the Divinity School have found an audience with their podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” about reading the famous series through a spiritual lens.
The 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes brought leading lights from journalism and the arts to Harvard to reflect on accountability and the abuse of power.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The rich legacy of Dumbarton Oaks exists as much in its spectacular gardens as in the pages of the rare books kept inside the historic ...
Venice marks the 500th anniversary of its Jewish ghetto with a staging of Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” and a mock trial involving Ruth Bader Ginsberg, appealing its famous verdict.
The Harvard Lampoon’s creative irreverence on full display in exhibit marking its 140th anniversary
Peruvian archaeologist Luis Castillo spoke at Harvard about how the discovery of several burial sites of female priestesses along the northern coast of Peru are changing notions about the roles of women in ancient civilizations.
A Harvard-backed expedition working in Israel has carried out the first-ever excavation of a Philistine cemetery.
A Q&A with Jill Lepore, Harvard professor of history and author of “Joe Gould’s Teeth.”
With more than 25 languages offered each semester, the African Language Program at Harvard is the world’s foremost.
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The Gazette visited the Weissman Preservation Center to see how conservators preserve Harvard’s rare and unique collections.
Harvard Business School (HBS) and BBC Radio 4 have worked together to produce the first episode of “The Global Philosopher,” a program hosted by Harvard political philosopher Michael J. Sandel.
Four lectures focusing on Hannah Arendt, the political theorist best known for coining the phrase “the banality of evil” when she wrote about the trial of Nazi architect Adolf Eichmann for The New Yorker in the early '60s, will be held March 9 and 30 and April 6 and 20 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.
Harvard sophomore finds support for his concentration in Ancient History (Greek and Roman), which allows him to pursue his passions “while maintaining marketability in an increasingly competitive world.”
The Radcliffe Institute will host “Ways with Words: Exploring Language and Gender,” a conference on March 3-4 that explores the interplay of gender, language, and why Facebook now offers three pronouns.
Harvard is behind the re-creation of a chair from a 4,500-year-old tomb.
Cartoonist, children’s book author, and songwriter Sandra Boynton will present a fast-paced audiovisual retrospective of her work on Feb. 23, part of the Askwith Forum series.
A selection of Mount Auburn Cemetery's evocative funerary sculptures and monuments is the subject of a new book by Meg Winslow and Harvard’s Melissa Banta.
For the English Department’s Gwen Urdang-Brown, crossword puzzles have always been a family affair. The first crossword puzzle appeared in the New York World newspaper on Dec. 21, 1913. (Dec. 21 is now recognized as Crossword Puzzle Day.)
Charles Follen (1796-1840), 10-year Harvard professor, is remembered for bringing holiday tradition from Germany
Scholars gathered at Harvard’s Observatory of the Spanish Language to ponder how Spanish can continue thriving as the second-most-common language in the United States.
While the daily news conveys a world beset by horrific acts of terrorism, brutal civil war, and frequent mass shootings, Professor Steven Pinker brought a hopeful message to a talk at Emerson Hall, saying global violence is actually in decline.
Delivering the second Provostial Lecture of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Menschel Hall on Tuesday, University Provost Alan Garber ’76 made a compelling case for the continuation of this tradition, in academia, careers, and beyond.
At the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Futurefarmers combines art with agriculture, work with whimsy.
Speaking at Duke University, Harvard President Drew Faust praised scholar John Hope Franklin, citing his dedication to helping create the field of African-American history, and to reminding the nation of its troubled past and present.
The website of the Colonial North American Project so far includes 150,000 images of diaries, journals, notebooks, and other rare documents from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground is the final resting place of Harvard presidents and paupers alike, and has centuries of tales to tell.
HarvardX’s MOOC “The Book” uses technology to mine ancient texts and bridge the modern and the medieval.
A growing Harvard collection documents life and propaganda in the controversial, short-lived Asian state of Manchukuo.
A new collection of materials donated to Harvard Library from the José María Castañé Foundation is keenly focused on major conflicts and transformative events of the 20th century, including the Russian Revolution, the two World Wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the Cold War.
A Harvard undergrad learns by doing, digging through a Roman historical site during a summer excavation program.
Summer Summits: Notes from further afield, a new initiative at the Carpenter Center, is bringing voices in contemporary art to Harvard for a live travelogue of stories, relics, musings, and photographs from escapades near and far.
Schlesinger Library receives letters from African-American servicewomen grateful for hair products that eased their lives while on assignment.
A Harvard Law School scholar reflects on the legacy of the 800-year-old Magna Carta.
A group of students from China, Japan, and the United States — including four from Harvard — grappled with ethical concerns in a discussion led by Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government Michael Sandel.
Nishin Nathwani ’15 spent a gap year backpacking in India; an advocate for outsiders, eventually he decided to give college a try.
A historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books, Robert Darnton will depart Harvard early this summer, giving up his post as University Librarian to resume a life of full-time scholarship.
With help from a Harvard grant and a class on the ancient Near East, Harvard students are re-creating casts of Mesopotamian masterpieces.
To mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Martha Hodes’ new book offers firsthand accounts from the days following the murder.
Scholars from across Harvard will convene at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study on Friday for a symposium called “University as Collector” that will explore the importance of universities as collecting institutions.
A historian’s new book outlines the little-known role of black Americans in international campaigns to ban nuclear weapons.
Two lectures launched a yearlong celebration of Widener Library, which turns 100 this June.
Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. took part in a question-and-answer session with Harvard President Drew Faust as part of the William Belden Noble Lectures.
Professor Carlo Ginzburg of UCLA will deliver Harvard’s Tanner Lectures starting April 15.
“Confronting Violence,” an April 9-10 conference at the Radcliffe Institute, will explore how activism and cultural change can affect public policy and reduce violence. It includes an exhibit, “Confronting Violence: Critical Approaches to American Comics and Video Games,” which can be viewed through April 17.
A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
A symposium will investigate what makes us human, and go beyond philosophy to do it.
Harvard course uses the game of soccer to explore the complexity of the humanities.
In an age of bits and bytes and pixels and text on screens, Harvard Design Magazine — relaunched in a new format last year ― fervently embraces the thingness of print, the quotidian actuality of paper and ink.
“Exiled by the sound of the lash” from the slaveholding state of South Carolina, the Grimké sisters came North before the Civil War with rule-breaking ideas on slavery’s wrongs and women’s rights. They represented an antebellum moment in which “women became political.”