Harvard Professor Emeritus Lawrence Buell reflects on the lasting importance of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” on the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth.
A new exhibit marking JFK’s centennial includes an audio file believed to be the earliest voice recording of the future president.
“Heard at Harvard” is a new podcast series from the Harvard Gazette featuring lively, timely conversations with leading scholars on topics in art, culture, science, politics, and more.
“Analogia I” by Victor Grippo is one of the Harvard Art Museums’ many works by artists who were redefining the global artistic landscape in the second half of the 20th century. The piece incorporates a series of potatoes connected to electrodes and a meter that registers the energy they produce.
Harvard Professor Elisa New's Gen Ed course, “Poetry in America,” attracts students from across disciplines.
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
Native American potters offer hands-on insights into centuries-year-old artistry.
The Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society premiered Paul Moravec’s composition at a holiday concert.
A sample of Vantablack, as dark as dark can get according to its maker, is now part of the pigments collection at Harvard Art Museums.
A profile of College student and pop-rocker Brynn Elliott, whose scholarship in philosophy informs her songwriting.
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Pianist and composer Randy Weston visits campus on the eve of Harvard acquiring his personal archive.
Harry Yeff, better known as beatboxer Reeps One, speaks to the Gazette about finding his voice, bringing it to the classroom, and leaving it on the stage.
Oberon’s presentation of “The Garden” is an intimate, inside-out theater experience for tiny audiences.
The words “Folding, Refraction, Touch” provided a useful framework for the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s exhibition of works by Wolfgang Tillmans and other modern and contemporary artists in dialogue with the German photographer.
As part of our humanities series, Charles Hyman ’19 talks about finding intellectual life in the study of dead languages.
The Harvard Summer Program in Freiburg, Germany, seeks to broaden the outlook of 20 Harvard students, each of whom is paired with a German student from the University of Freiburg, though a combination of classroom teaching, excursions to important sites in the region, and exposure to the town and its people.
The Bok Center Players specialize in thought-provoking theater examining race, gender, and identity.
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.
A Harvard-backed expedition working in Israel has carried out the first-ever excavation of a Philistine cemetery.
A dedicated group of students work hard to make WHRB, Harvard’s 24-hour radio station, run 365 days a year.
With more than 25 languages offered each semester, the African Language Program at Harvard is the world’s foremost.
The Gazette visited the Weissman Preservation Center to see how conservators preserve Harvard’s rare and unique collections.
Michael Meo, who will graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in May, led 22 people of all ages and abilities on a grueling 1,000-mile bicycle trek through the Mexican desert, which became the subject of his master's thesis.
A large-scale, audio-video installation uses the Fukushima nuclear disaster as a starting point to examine the fragility of humanity. “Ah humanity!” was created by Harvard artists Ernst Karel, Véréna Paravel, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor.
“The Art of Jazz: Form/Performance/Notes” explores the interaction between jazz and the visual arts.
Harvard is behind the re-creation of a chair from a 4,500-year-old tomb.
Radcliffe fellow, composer, and sound artist Reiko Yamada’s interactive sound installation “Reflective” invites visitors to interact with piano music composed by Harvard Professor Vijay Iyer. The music changes depending on the direction of the visitor’s steps.
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.)
Vince Guaraldi’s quintessential holiday soundtrack, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” made an indelible mark on many, including Harvard Law School faculty assistant Brad Conner.
In the yearly cycle of a Harvard student, before the comfort of the festive year-end season, comes the stress of finals season. This weekend, as the community braces to clear that last hurdle, the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College offer the perfect antidote: their annual Christmas Concerts.
Radcliffe Fellow Ross Gay is a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry.
Harvard’s Elisa New will introduce poet Alicia Jo Rabins, who will read from her book “Divinity School” and play with her band Girls in Trouble on Nov. 16 at Harvard Hillel.
Legendary fashion designer Calvin Klein spoke at the Harvard Graduate School of Design Monday evening about how the language of architecture has influenced his 40-year career and now, the rest of his life.
During an afternoon demonstration and evening concert and reception, “Ancient Near East 103: Ancient Lives” students assembled, tuned, and played replicas of the world’s oldest known instruments, and sampled food based on 4,000-year-old recipes.
A new installation at Radcliffe by a collaborative of engineers and artists transforms viewers into virtual artists.
Inspired by her love of science and her exploration of the universe’s mysteries, Sarah Howe wrote a poem dedicated to Stephen Hawking. A video has Hawking reading Howe’s poem, marking National Poetry Day, Oct. 8.
While volumes of poetry, sadly, may not sell the way, say, a Stephen King novel does, Ifeanyi Menkiti knows firsthand that poetry’s gifts are priceless. That’s why, in 2006, he purchased the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, a historic literary enclave down an unassuming Harvard Square side street.
Curious visitors who turn left off the Harvard Art Museums’ elevators on the building’s fourth floor are greeted by the Forbes Pigment Collection, a floor-to-ceiling wall of color compiled from about 1910 to 1944 by the former director of the Fogg Museum.
Professor Racha Kirakosian is using performance to help her students grasp gender issues in medieval German literature.
Gloria Hong ’15 won the Grand Jury Prize at the Girls Impact the World Film Festival for her short documentary, “Losing Sight, But Gaining a Vision” The film was made while Hong was enrolled in “African and African American Studies 109,” taught by Joanna Lipper.
This walking tour pairs classic Harvard landmarks with a sampling of the poets connected to the University — all in honor of National Poetry Month.
As part of a course on music composition, Harvard students created original works inspired by objects in the Harvard Art Museums collections. Those compositions were recently brought to life by cellist Neil Heyde of London’s Royal Academy of Music at a concert held in the Calderwood Courtyard.
Henri Cole is working on a new collection of poems while a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Film critic A.O. Scott spoke with the Gazette about the current crop of Oscar contenders, and Hollywood’s trends.
Drawn from a series of family correspondence, letters, diaries, and journals, a new exhibit at the Schlesinger Library offers firsthand accounts of men, women, soldiers, and slaves caught up in the Civil War.
Visual artist Kara Walker talks about “A Subtlety,” her provocative public art project staged at a defunct Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn last summer.
The renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums reopen on Nov. 16 with a new building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano that unites the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under one shining glass roof.
After six years, the Harvard Art Museums will reopen to the public on Nov. 16. The renovation and restoration has united the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under a spectacular glass roof. Get an inside look at the Harvard Art Museums' transformation in Monday’s daily Gazette, which will feature a special edition dedicated exclusively to the renovation and reopening.
Thomas W. Lentz, director of the Harvard Art Museums, led a panel discussion about the role of the university art museum as a laboratory for learning in an academic setting and in the broader cultural ecosystem.
Harvard scholars reflect on the lyricism, the language and the legacy of the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner” on its 200th anniversary.