The Gazette interviewed historian Caroline Light about her new book, “Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense.”
New pressures are expected on undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
To assess the ACA landscape the Gazette spoke with Katherine Baicker, professor of health economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
The athlete turned author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar muses on how America has changed for the better, and how it hasn’t.
As New York became a safer city, incarcerations dropped too, new study says.
Judge Robert Wilkins, a Harvard Law graduate and author, talks about the efforts to build the National Museum of African American History & Culture, which opens Sept. 24.
The Kennedy School’s Linda Bilmes took part in a centennial effort to identify goals and challenges for the national parks.
A divided Supreme Court ruled against President Obama’s executive actions that could have aided 5 million illegal immigrants, and Harvard analysts reacted.
After Orlando, Harvard experts offer ways to reduce what seems unstoppable: mass violence.
Laurence Ralph, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences in the Departments of Anthropology and African and African American Studies, will give a talk on the history of police violence in the United States.
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Vitriolic politics and terror strikes are fueling an increase in suspicion and mistrust of American Muslims, panelists say.
St. Louis planners and activists converge on Harvard to talk with one another and ponder the future of a troubled area.
At the fourth annual Anita Hill Lecture on Gender Justice, Wake Forest University Professor Melissa Harris-Perry said that while more women have entered into today’s knowledge economy, they still make only 77 cents to every dollar men earn — and black and Latino women earn even less.
While there is greater support for gender equality today, how it’s defined and how greatly it’s supported remains in flux, a panel of sociologists found.
The future of the President Obama’s Clean Power Plan hangs in the balance with the Supreme Court vote to freeze the plan in place, halting implementation while legal issues are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and, likely, by the Supreme Court itself.
A new project to digitize petitions from Native Americans to the Massachusetts legislature seeks to illuminate the history of the region’s native peoples, for scholars, students, and the tribes themselves.
With a showdown over privacy and national security issues underway between Apple and the FBI, the Gazette spoke with cyber security expert Michael Sulmeyer and Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, about the pivotal yet competing issues raised by the case.
Increasingly, economic and political inequality in America is interlaced, analysts say, leaving many more people poorer and voiceless. But there are policy changes that could help change that.
Inequality is rampant in American life and is a key topic in the presidential campaign, but Harvard faculty members have been exploring its many facets for decades, and suggesting some solutions.
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. may be most associated with his efforts to desegregate the South, but the minister also had a valuable and lasting relationship with New England, and with Harvard.
Harvard psychiatrist Ronald Schouten answers questions on the San Bernardino attack and the psychology behind both terrorism and the fear it spreads.
Through the prism of St. Louis and Ferguson, a panel on Civil Rights discussed how the movement has evolved, and where common ground remains.
Four Harvard professors speak about the historical background of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Celebrated author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates discussed how U.S. policy on criminal justice today is still deeply enmeshed with the nation’s fraught racial legacy.
During a conference in Atlanta, Harvard President Drew Faust, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and others discussed half a century of efforts to battle inequality in housing.
Secretary of State John Kerry discussed the array of foreign policy challenges facing the United States, speaking with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Graham Allison.
U.S. immigrants today are assimilating as quickly or quicker than past generations of immigrants, according to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Harvard experts discuss how institutional policing strategies, practices, and culture contribute to the distrust between law enforcement and black citizens in many American cities, including Baltimore.
Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson talks about leaving daily journalism to teach at Harvard, where her career began.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Professor John McDonough looks at the latest Supreme Court challenge to Obama’s signature health care reform law, being argued in court this week.
In a question-and-answer session, the leaders of a Radcliffe Institute seminar on America’s long “war on drugs” shared why they are looking back at history and ahead for fresh answers.
Harvard Divinity School Professor Harvey Cox was a longtime friend of Civil Rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The clergymen had similar interests and a desire for social justice and equality.
Andrew McCawley, president and CEO of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, describes the steps the organization is taking to combat homelessness among U.S. veterans and how likely it is that the nation will see the complete eradication of veteran homelessness by 2016.
Frank Fahrenkopf, the former head of the American Gaming Association and now an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the state of the industry as Massachusetts voters prepare to decide the fate of casino gambling.
A panel convened by HLS professor Charles Ogletree reflected on the broad social, legal, and political issues raised by the protests in Ferguson, Mo., last month.
America’s older population is experiencing unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation.
Crisis management expert Herman “Dutch” Leonard talks about how the confrontation in Ferguson, Mo., was mishandled.
In a new paper, Shorenstein Fellow Steve Oney details the radical vision of NPR’s earliest days.
In a question-and-answer session, Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, discusses how to fix serious shortcomings in the management of Veterans Affairs.
Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., a clinical law professor and director of the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, talks about U.S. crime and incarceration policies that have led to an unprecedented rate of mass imprisonment. He also discusses the reforms that might reverse that upward trend.
The “swarm intelligence” that guides flocks of birds was evident in the extraordinary response to last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, attendees were told at a Harvard-sponsored symposium.
Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader and former speaker, appeared at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study to discuss the progress that American women have — and have not — made since a milestone 1963 report initiated by President John F. Kennedy on their status.
Thousands will join President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and celebrate a powerful moment in the Civil Rights Movement. The commemoration stirs not only potent memories of that day, but for some with Harvard ties, mixed emotions about the march’s lasting legacy.
Joyce Klein Rosenthal of the Graduate School of Design spoke to the Gazette about lessons from past disasters and possible first steps toward rebuilding following the devastation of last Monday’s massive tornado in Moore, Okla.
Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni working in New York City outline a plan to revamp a 70-block area around Grand Central Station, where zoning restrictions have long restricted the height of buildings, to allow for structures twice as tall.
A panel at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum examined the interplay of law enforcement coordination, leadership, and social and traditional media during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation.
The information revolution seemed to hit another high gear last week in Boston, leaving authorities on information technology pondering the ramifications.
Harvard analysts in a range of fields discuss the many ways that the Boston Marathon bombings are likely to affect daily life in this area and beyond.
: The United States must do more to help its newest generation of veterans reintegrate by capitalizing on their desire to serve, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said at a panel event in honor of Harvard’s veterans.
Andrew Young — minister, activist, politician, and diplomat — reflected during a Harvard appearance on the battles of the American civil rights era, and on the economic problems that remain.