History, Language & Culture
Scholars gathered at Harvard to discuss the Emancipation Proclamation and African-American service during the Civil War.
In this year’s Tanner Lectures, Yale Law School Dean Robert C. Post suggested common constitutional ground in the campaign finance reform debate.
Humanities programs are in trouble in universities across the world — but hope prevails.
A team of Harvard scholars is cataloging, and transcribing, and digitizing thousands of 18th- and 19th-century anti-slavery petitions held in the Massachusetts State Archives.
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“Mirror With a Memory” is a new Pusey Library exhibit of photographs and other artifacts from the years when Harvard and the nation were anticipating the Civil War, then fighting it, and, finally, remembering it.
Professor Kimberley C. Patton suggests dreams are “a language of enigmatic parable” that Western culture generally prefers to dismiss. “There’s a devaluation of dreams in the West,” said Patton, something the ancients would have found incomprehensible.
Biographer Walter Isaacson shared his insights into the minds and makeup of three of America’s greatest thinkers, who helped to change the world.
A panel of experts discussed the study of humanities in the digital age, and how humanists’ skill set is well-suited for careers in this advancing world of technology. The discussion was part of a series supported by the FAS Office of Career Services.
A pair of 19th-century photo albums, recataloged after more than 130 years at Harvard, reveals a vanishing world of North American Indians.
Exploring the sweet and dark sides of chocolate, a new course examines the history and food politics of the beloved treat.
Visionary architect and developer John C. Portman Jr., inventor of soaring atria in city hotels, stopped by the Harvard's Graduate School of Design to offer advice and wisdom.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other panelists probed the factors that can lead to “cultural citizenship,” including migration trends, exclusionism, and individual openness.
The idea of “The City as Canvas” is to bring art — what one might experience behind the doors of museums and cultural institutions — into public spaces. On Friday, a Loeb Fellow led a conversation on that topic as part of the series “The Power of Cultural Disruption” at the Graduate School of Design.
Why should cities support the arts, and how can they do so sustainably? Experts debated those questions at the public launch of a multiyear initiative of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations that will analyze the role of the arts in strengthening U.S. cities.
In the second of three lectures on founding father Thomas Jefferson, historian William J. Moses probed the stark contrasts that the third president showed in his writings and behavior, in his character and his intellect.
A new exhibit at the Harvard Law School Library explores the portrayal of crime in the American media, a relationship that began in the mid-1800s when a public fascination with true crime emerged.
A lecture series on medicine in the Civil War continues at Harvard Medical School with a look at Zabdiel Boylston Adams, a descendant of an iconic American founding family who served heroically as both a doctor and an infantry officer.
Ahead at Harvard is a semester of celebrating Marcel Proust, whose landmark “Swann’s Way” was published in 1913.
Starting in 2014 at the Mahindra Humanities Center, a three-year, interdisciplinary seminar and lecture series, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will investigate the interdependence of violence and nonviolence.
French Egyptologist Marc Gabolde offered a different interpretation of the DNA evidence on King Tut’s lineage in a talk at Harvard’s Science Center.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Harvard Gazette asked scholars from across the University to reflect on the historic order’s ongoing impact today.
A January Arts Intensive in journalism explored the facts, fun, and stories behind Harvard Yard’s 26 gates, including architectural features that are little noticed by those who pass through them.
Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds discussed her book “The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics” before 50 students as part of Wintersession activities.
Every year since 1935, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has awarded one of its graduates the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship, praised by generations of recipients for enriching careers in most cases already under way.