A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
Students in a new class on feminism learned about unsung leaders in the struggle for women’s rights.
Einstein’s response to the racism and segregation he found in Princeton was to cultivate relationships in the town’s African-American community. Jerome and Taylor interviewed members of that community who still remember the white-haired, disheveled figure of Einstein strolling through their streets, stopping to chat with the inhabitants, and handing out candy to local children.
When someone makes a racially charged comment or joke, how would you respond? Research led by Harvard sociologist Michèle Lamont says your answer may very well depend on the group to which you belong.
A visiting lecturer suggests that ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti wasn’t just the powerful independent woman people imagine she was, but something of a sex goddess, too.
As the bicentennial nears for the birth of Henry David Thoreau, it’s clear that Harvard College influenced the churlish naturalist far more than he would have admitted, author says.
A new exhibit marking JFK’s centennial includes an audio file believed to be the earliest voice recording of the future president.
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.
Most bumper sticker slogans do not originate in academic publications. However, in the 1970s, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich penned in a scholarly article about the funeral sermons of Christian women that “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase subsequently gained wide popularity, appearing on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and other items — and it’s now the title of Ulrich’s latest book
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, professor emerita of history and American studies at Smith College, examined the shifting gender landscape at Harvard during a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
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During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
A Harvard historian weighs in on a controversy about “black Confederates,” describing how many there were and what meaning they have in an ongoing debate over the causes of the Civil War.
The ship disaster a century ago led to the drowning of three men affiliated with Harvard. It also prompted a memorial gift that quickly led to construction of the University’s flagship book repository.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for Catherine Perlès, cave paintings provide a link to understanding thousands of years of human history and thought. In examining cave paintings in Western Europe and archaeological sites in the Near East, Perlès said that the similarities and differences between the artifacts shows that, contrary to a controversial theory by archaeologist Jacque Cauvin, human belief in gods pre-existed the birth of agriculture and the cultivation of animals.
In speaking frankly about the seemingly implacable problems in the inner cities, Harvard University Professor William Julius Wilson traveled a road that liberals fear to tread and that conservatives tend to take. Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and an award-winning author and researcher, dissected the twin influences of culture and social structure in the persistence of youth violence, unemployment, and fragmentation of families within poor African-American communities and concluded that both factors must be considered in determining how to end the cycle of poverty.
Tommie Shelby’s airy office in the Barker Center is piled with papers. His desk is a blanket of white. Books and academic journals litter the floor. The look is, in a word, chaotic. The scholar is anything but.
A team of archaeologists and paleobiologists has discovered flax fibers that are more than 34,000 years old, making them the oldest fibers known to have been used by humans.
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
On April 8, 1903 — Easter Sunday — a mild disturbance against local Jews rattled Kishinev, a sleepy city on the southwestern border of imperial Russia.
As Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology turns 150, a new exhibit highlights its pioneering efforts and the legacy of its cultural history.
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.
From 1993 to 1999, historian Frank Kidner traveled to Syria to document and study the the country's classical ruins, taking over 9,000 photographs of the architecture, topography, and people.
Radcliffe Fellow Robin Fleming peers into the history of early medieval Britain through the lens of material culture.
Commemorating February as Black History Month, this collection of historical and contemporary photographs offers glimpses into the dynamic lives of African Americans over time.
Harvard curator Edouard Kopp launched a workshop to illuminate the tricky terrain of the fine art market.
To honor Mexico’s renowned archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Harvard will launch the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series in the fall. In an interview, he discussed the Aztecs, a topic on which he’s among the foremost experts.
Ask a well-read individual to list the most dangerous books in history, and a few familiar titles would most likely make the cut: Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” Marx and Engels’ “The Communist Manifesto,” Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book.”
Most of us think of the Civil Rights movement as something that took place in the transitional 1950s and the tumultuous 1960s. It’s seen as a cultural artifact squeezed between the defiance of Rosa Parks (1955) and the demise of Martin Luther King Jr. (1968).
A discovery of the Declaration in the south of England set a pair of researchers on a two-year journey into American history.
Ever hear of Elugelab? Until Oct. 31, 1952, it was an island on Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Then it vanished, consumed in the fireball of the world’s first hydrogen bomb.
Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground is the final resting place of Harvard presidents and paupers alike, and has centuries of tales to tell.
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.
Harvard is part of planning for a long-term project to digitize documents related to Colonial North America, and has partners from a growing coalition of libraries in the United States and Canada.
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.
Author Steven Pinker told a packed audience what is wrong with so much academic writing: It’s filled with abstract language, clunky transitions, clichés, “zombie nouns,” and “compulsive hedging.”
A look back at Harvard’s role in World War I, from the men and women who entered as volunteers after the first shot was fired to the thousands of graduates and students who joined the fighting in the American phase of the conflict.
A new library exhibit will explore the 350-year-old relationship between the U.S. military and Harvard University.
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.
On Thursday (April 17), Lilia Moritz Schwarcz joined Zephyr Frank, assistant professor of Latin American history at Stanford University, for a lunchtime conversation about race in Brazil in both the era of the slave trade and today. The event, titled “Slavery, Abolition and Race in Brazil,” was part of an ongoing series in the Brazil Studies Program of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.
In a new book, Harvard professor Robin Bernstein says that the concept of childhood innocence only dates to the 19th century, and was only applied to whites.
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.
The Gazette visited the Weissman Preservation Center to see how conservators preserve Harvard’s rare and unique collections.
A Harvard-backed expedition working in Israel has carried out the first-ever excavation of a Philistine cemetery.
The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments’ Special Exhibition Gallery takes visitors back to the golden age of radio.
Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels visits Radcliffe, presenting a “mad dash” of fresh thinking on the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.
A groundbreaking speech by Ralph Waldo Emerson at Harvard Divinity School in 1838 helped to transform faith, spur the transcendentalist movement, and change the future of Harvard.
Before the Civil War, Harvard was a microcosm of the complex loyalties and opinions that marked the United States. During the war, it lost more than 200 of its sons.
Exploring the sweet and dark sides of chocolate, a new course examines the history and food politics of the beloved treat.
With the discovery of a poem missing for 300 years, two Harvard graduate students have filled in some missing blanks on Benjamin Larnell, the last student of the colonial era associated with Harvard’s Indian College.