The annual “Giving Thanks” open house was an opportunity for members of the Harvard community to write notes of gratitude to fellow staff members and provide support for community programs.
Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister and President Drew Faust welcomed the families of first-year undergraduates to campus Nov. 1 for the start of Freshman Parents Weekend, the annual two-day program of lectures, tours, and open houses.
The Class of 2017 got creative for the annual freshman pumpkin-carving contest. Entries were on display at Annenberg Hall just in time for Halloween.
Winthrop House is expected to be the next undergraduate residence in Harvard College’s House system to be renewed.
William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, will become the Harvard Corporation’s senior fellow next summer, succeeding Robert D. Reischauer, A.B. ’63, the University announced today.
Approximately 60 percent of Harvard College students receive need-based scholarship aid, and 20 percent of families pay nothing. To keep Harvard College affordable for students from nearly every financial background, funding for this program is one of six top priorities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Capital Campaign.
Harvard College today announced a new initiative to encourage promising students from modest economic backgrounds to attend and complete college. It will use social media, video, and other Web-based communications, along with traditional forms of outreach, to connect high school students to Harvard and to other public and private colleges.
A panel of faculty led a discussion about academic integrity with an audience of undergraduates, staffers, administrators, and other faculty members. This session was the first in a series of community-wide discussions on the topic.
Kathryn Walsh ’14, of Adams House, and Roland Yang ’14, of Kirkland House, have been named this year’s David and Mimi Aloian Memorial Scholars.
In his final semester teaching, Professor Alan M. Dershowitz and his colleagues look back on his 50 years at Harvard Law School.
As part of a project by Professor Deirdre Barrett to resurrect a study started in 1940, a group of Harvard undergraduates probed the dreams of British officers captured early in World War II and held in a German prison camp.
Harvard College interim Dean Donald Pfister and Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde made themselves available to field questions from students in a “meet the deans” forum.
The start of a new semester signals many things, one of which is "shopping week," where undergraduates sit in on classes and check out syllabi before committing to a course.
Two Harvard undergrad spent the summer at Widener Library working with a newly acquired collection of zines, the self-published, self-distributed counterculture voices of the 1980s and early ’90s.
At the annual Freshman Convocation Monday, Harvard President Drew Faust and other University officials told the Class of ’17 to embrace challenges, reach out to fellow students and others, and keep open minds about what the future should hold.
After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy, the first test project in the House Renewal initiative, began welcoming students this week.
As freshmen move into dorms in and around the Yard, fellow students, faculty, and administrators offer their advice on how best to adjust to the Harvard experience. Their suggestions range from maintaining basic wellness to making sure to have fun.
After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy is ready to welcome back students for the academic year.
Harvard’s President’s Innovation Fund for International Experiences has provided a boost to four new programs, as well as providing renewal or extension funding to three other projects.
Donald Pfister, Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and dean of the Harvard Summer School, has been appointed interim dean of Harvard College. Pfister’s career at Harvard spans nearly 40 years.
Founding Father and patriot John Hancock, he of the famous signature, was also famed in his day as the Harvard treasurer who left town while managing the College funds — and returned them two years later.
Putting problem sets, papers, studying, and exams behind them, a small group of Harvard students brought together by Professor Melissa Franklin built their own boat, going from raw materials to finished product in just five days and then launching the vessel on the Charles River.
Patrick Harlan ’93 drifted into Japan on a Glee Club trip the summer after he graduated from Harvard and quickly found his way to the stage, becoming a well-known comedian and a regular face on Japanese television. Harlan talked to the Gazette about his offbeat journey.
To reverse a decades-long decline in arts and humanities concentrators at Harvard College, three reports from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences propose new courses, art spaces, a networked curriculum, and other steps to bolster the field on campus.
He grew up poor in Prague, but Jirka Jelinek '13 used his College years to learn, grow, and discover other parts of the world.
Suzie Verdin will graduate with a degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Arts in Education program, and hopes to use it to help people in immigrant communities connect with the arts.
As the new dean of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, Huntington D. Lambert is charged with continuing to blend technology with teaching and learning to serve highly motivated students who invest their time to advance their education through the Extension School, Summer School, Professional Development Programs, and the Institute for Learning in Retirement.
Selim Berker, an assistant professor of philosophy, and Joshua Greene, the John and Ruth Hazel Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, are this year’s winners of the Roslyn Abramson Award, given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Five faculty members have been awarded Harvard College Professorships: Joseph D. Harris, Steven R. Levitsky, Michael Puett, Jennifer L. Roberts, and Maryellen Ruvolo. The Harvard College Professorships are five-year appointments. They provide faculty with extra support for research or scholarly activities and a semester of paid leave or a summer salary.
Today President Drew Faust named Team Nucleik the grand prize winner of the Harvard University President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship, hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab).
Kate McFarlin, president of the Harvard Club of Shanghai, wears her dual enthusiasms for Harvard and China on her sleeve.
Professor Anne Harrington and her husband, MIT Museum Director John Durant, have been appointed master and co-master of Pforzheimer House.
A grandmother’s gift was the inspiration for this year’s winner of the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting. Catherine Katz ’13 ...
Shaw Chen, treasurer of the Harvard Club of Shanghai, learned a lot from the College’s East Asian studies classes, but got plenty of experience outside the classroom as well.
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.
Steven Rozensk and Matthew Sergi have collaborated with the American Repertory Theater for a public reading of the epic poem “Beowulf” in its original Old English. There is a free reading from noon to 5 p.m. at the A.R.T. on April 25.
As a region-wide lockdown closed Harvard, University officials struggled with the difficult decision to cancel Visitas, Harvard College’s program for newly admitted students. Members of the Harvard community used social media to reach out to those who had planned to attend the event.
As Greater Boston shut down during Friday’s manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, Harvard halted too — and found peace, togetherness, and hope.
Harvard College will increase its financial aid budget for the 2013–14 academic year by $10 million, or 5.8 percent, bringing the total to a record $182 million. Since 2007, Harvard’s investment in financial aid for undergraduates at the College has increased by 88 percent.
David W. Oxtoby has been elected president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for 2013-14. Lynn Chang will become vice chair of the board’s executive committee.
Harvard College and Graduate School of Design alumnus Paul Tange is changing skylines across Asia through the work of his Tokyo-based architecture firm, Tange Associates.
A Woodberry Poetry Room exhibition features the “Phone-a-Poem” archive, a Cambridge-based service that for 25 years allowed callers to dial in and listen to a famous poet recite his or her work as it was played back on an answering machine.
Twenty students who were chosen by lottery to join Professor Matthew Nock and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds at her house for a “fireside chat.” The event was the second in a new series meant to connect undergraduates with faculty members in an open, informal, and welcoming atmosphere.
Welcoming the parents of the Class of 2014 in Sanders Theatre during Junior Parents Weekend, President Drew Faust spoke of the importance of something that people may strive to avoid: the risk of failure.
Harvard freshman Christina Gao is also a top-ranked figure skater, and is doing so well in competitions that she’s taking a leaving from school to train for the Olympics.
Driven by historic levels of financial aid, the number of applications to Harvard College remained high this year. Applications reached a record 35,022, the third consecutive year with numbers near 35,000. Last year 34,303 applied, and two years ago 34,950 did.
A video documents how some Harvard students spent their free time during Wintersession, the period between academic terms that fosters creative learning.
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.
A group of Harvard computer science students traveled to Tanzania in January to lend their programming skills to the mission of improving health care there. The trip included founders and the first cohort of fellows for a new program begun by the student group Tech in the World.
Charles H.W. “Henry” Foster, a 20-year associate of the Harvard Forest, a Harvard College alumnus, and for decades one of the nation’s leading environmental policy experts, died of cancer on Oct. 4 at the age of 85 in Needham, Mass.