A discovery of the Declaration in the south of England set a pair of researchers on a two-year journey into American history.
Maximum fuss is a matter of course for Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore.
Six writers at risk discussed their work during an event at Harvard.
Since 1992, Arts First has had a profound effect on more than just the students who go on to become professional artists.
In Carpenter Center discussion, musicians Amanda Palmer and Damon Krukowski talk about what's been lost in the transition from analog to digital recording.
Partnership between the University and the Allston-Brighton community has shaped a world of creativity and inspiration at the Harvard Ed Portal.
Performed entirely in silence, the modern dance piece "Catalogue (First Edition)" perfectly complemented the library and museum stages where noise is kept to a minimum.
A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
A cross-disciplinary exhibit at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture uses a wide array of artifacts to examine the role of “Scale.”
William Forsythe dance work will be the first live performance at Harvard’s Widener Library.
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In visit to Harvard, Ken Burns previews part of his film designed to "unpack" the Vietnam War.
Installation artist Helen Marriage, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, conversed with Professor Rahul Mehrotra about a modern conundrum: In an increasingly secular age, can public space be spiritual? "Streets of Gold" continues the series on April 5.
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.
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.
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.
The composer for “La La Land” met his Hollywood collaborator, Damien Chazelle, and charted his musical path while at Harvard.
A look at notable work by Harvard authors in 2015 wouldn’t be complete without their own best reads of the year.
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.
Tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children have been lovingly restored at the Harvard Library.
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.
Some inroads finally may be happening for women in jazz, which traditionally has been a man’s musical world.
Legendary Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas discusses the ideas and politics behind his latest projects during a presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Design
This season’s In-Sight Evenings begin at the Harvard Art Museums, mixing a freewheeling soiree with an inspired lecture.
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.
Molly Antopol, a Radcliffe Fellow and author of “The UnAmericans,” talks about the creative process behind her fiction.
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.
American artist Winslow Homer’s evocative oil painting “Summer Night,” depicting a scene along the Maine coast, is on loan to the Harvard Art Museums from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The local museums’ director Martha Tedeschi, a Homer scholar, discussed the artist and his work.
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).
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.
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
The Harvard Summer Pops Band celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in Sanders Theatre on July 26. They will perform at 3 p.m. July 29 at Boston’s Hatch Shell.
An interview with novelist Claire Messud launches a new series in which Harvard writers discuss how their stories take shape.
During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
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.
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.
A required course for classics concentrators at Harvard, “Regional Study of Sicily” student writer Matthew DeShaw says it is “unlike any other class I have taken.”
Actor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and winner of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."
Miguel Garcia '17 found meaning and salvation in his humanities studies after a bout with mental illness forced him to take a sabbatical in his Junior year.
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.
In his latest book, prolific Professor Howard Gardner insists that the enduring values of truth, beauty, and goodness remain humanity’s bedrock.
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.
As a young boy, Richard Wolf, professor of music, liked to sit at the piano in his grandparents’ home and invent short musical ditties. “My grandfather would listen and shout, ‘Oh! It’s Bach! Oh, just like Mozart!’” Wolf recalled recently, with a laugh. “He was wonderfully encouraging.”
Two Harvard experts moderate a gallery talk about Winslow Homer’s beginnings as a Civil War artist.
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
“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.
“Art is a coalescing, unifying force,” says Christine Dakin, addressing the students gathered for her weekly seminar at the Harvard Dance Center. A glance around the room confirms her statement — Dakin’s students represent a cross-section of Harvard that could not be more diverse. They are performance artists, neurobiologists, and economists. They come from several of Harvard’s Schools. They range in age, dance experience, and academic background. But all are bound together by a single work of art — Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” the famed ballet that has captivated and confounded listeners since it first premiered in 1913.
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.
Author ZZ Packer is spending her Radcliffe year working on her newest effort, a novel titled “The Thousands” that tracks the lives of several families following the Civil War through the American Indian campaigns in the Southwest.
A photo gallery examines the Harvard Theatre Collection , which was founded in 1901, making it one of the oldest collections of its kind in the world.
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.