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.
The 11th annual Mather Lather brought excitement, and soap, to House life.
In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university, a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 362nd Commencement Exercises, for the 25th consecutive year.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Pforzheimer House dining services staff helped students and staff celebrate GreekFest by creating a delicious feast.
The Dudley Co-op is a collective of individuals. “Each semester a new crop of students introduces different habits, preferences, and policies to the co-op,” explains Amelia Kaplan ’97.
Pfoho Pfridays use the newly renovated Junior Common Room to celebrate the weekend’s arrival at 5 p.m.
At first glance, physics and basketball seem worlds apart, but at Harvard they’re connected in more ways than one.
The Dudley Co-op is Harvard’s sole on-campus alternative to the traditional House system. Thirty-two undergraduates live in a pair of Victorian houses nestled in a residential neighborhood just outside Harvard Square.
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard University has named Emmy Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland as its 2013 Man of the Year. He will be honored on Feb. 8.
Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals has announced Marion Cotillard as the recipient of its 2013 Woman of the Year award.
As Harvard Community Gifts comes to a close on Jan. 15, Program Manager Mary Ann O’Brien hopes Harvard employees are inspired to start the New Year in the spirit of giving.
Established in 1930, Leverett House is the largest residential House at Harvard. These photos explore a week in the life of Leverett House.
During the renovation of Old Quincy House, three swing spaces in Harvard Square have become residential extensions of the Quincy community: Ridgley Hall, Hampden Hall, and Fairfax Hall.
This year’s accomplished trio of Commencement orators draws inspiration from diverse sources, from the late Rev. Peter J. Gomes to Japanese haiku to the Latin inscription on Dexter Gate.
Cabot House is putting on a production of "The Wizard of Oz" on April 20-21 and 26-28.
Harvard's Housing Day came full force to Quincy House, as students colorfully welcomed new residents.
Freshmen, who spend their first year on campus in dormitories in Harvard Yard, were each sorted into one of Harvard’s 12 upperclass Houses today.
The Lowell House Speeches, initiated last year by resident tutor Sandy Alexander, are an opportunity for students to practice public discourse, while at the same time giving housemates a more personal glimpse into the lives of people they may recognize only in passing.
A search sheds light on the controversial turning point 40 years ago when men and women first shared housing Pforzheimer and Winthrop.
Currier, Pforzheimer, and Cabot Houses border the Quad, but mostly it belongs to Cabot House, which has residences on three of the four sides.
In Cabot House, a new café quickly becomes a familiar gathering place.
Named in honor of Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard from 1869 to 1909, Eliot House was opened in 1931. It was one of the original seven Houses at the College following the plan by Eliot’s successor, Abbot Lawrence Lowell, to “revitalize education and revive egalitarianism at Harvard College.”
Two Harvard College seniors and a Harvard Kennedy School student carry on the tradition of Commencement orations, given in English and in Latin.
At Adams House, a tradition thrives as students annually paint art in the passageways.
Mike Lichten, FAS associate dean for physical resources and planning, has shepherded graduating seniors through Commencement exercises for a quarter century.
For 23 years, they have rung out across Cambridge in Harvard's honor, marking the conclusion of Morning Exercises.
Of Dunster House’s three major yearly events, those being its “Messiah” sing, the Dunster House opera, and the spring goat roast, it is the tradition of the roast that sets it apart from the other Houses.
Ticketing and viewing information for alumni/ae, parents, and others regarding Harvard’s Commencement Exercises on May 26.
Holiday festivities are in high gear at Kirkland House.
Harvard football gets by Yale, 28-21, with three unanswered touchdowns. A photo gallery and video capture the day, the traditions.
This year, Winthrop House hopes to again claim victory by winning the Straus Cup, Harvard's House intramural sports championship.
CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour addresses graduating seniors during Class Day ceremonies the day before Commencement.
Beyond touring the campus, sampling public service programs, and attending courses and colloquiums, Return to Harvard Day was about reimmersion into the fabric of everyday life in the Harvard community for 250 alumni and alumnae.
With her spotlight purring like an old projector, Linda Yao ’10 used a steady hand to follow the cast of famed figure skaters as they shaved graceful ribbons into the ice during “An Evening with Champions.”
The Great Vigil of Easter at the Memorial Church, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, is a time for new beginnings in the Christian faith, including baptisms. Its spiritual meanings are illuminated through the window of experience that the participants have shared.
Qualification for the NCAA Championships has become something of a ritual for recent members of the Harvard women’s fencing team, a far cry from the sports origins on campus dating back to 1888, but not far removed from the year the team officially came into being in 1974.
Harvard students get fired up for Housing Day.
For almost three-quarters of a century, the Lowell House Opera has given the Harvard community, and the community at large, something to sing about.
The tradition of careful, individual review of applications to Harvard College goes back to its earliest days. Each application receives as many as four readings prior to selection meetings.
During Grand Elections, the annual ritual for incoming members of the Harvard Crimson’s editorial board, merry participants sang, danced, and paraded around Harvard Yard.
The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College celebrate the African-American aural tradition, and have done so for almost 40 years.
The oldest rivalry in college football dates to 1875, when Harvard and Yale played a bruising game that resembled rugby more than modern football. Back then, fans journeyed by train, horseback, and foot from around New England to view the rough-and-tumble spectacle.
It’s a Harvard tradition for a group of freshmen to be named to the First-Year Social Committee (FYSC). The FYSC plans special events throughout the year. This fall, the group hosted the annual Costume Catwalk Oct. 30. Described as an opportunity for freshmen to “schmooze with Dean Dingman,” the event elicited comments as varied as the costumes.
In October, Freshman Parents Weekend fills campus with mothers and fathers eager to and experience all aspects of Harvard life.
Annenberg Hall, arguably the most extraordinary 9,000 square feet on Harvard’s campus, has served since 1874 as a gathering place, dance hall, Commencement location, reception venue, exam hall, and, since 1994, as the dining hall reserved for freshmen in Harvard College.
Retiring Harvard professor Harvey Cox, who for 44 years has held the oldest endowed chair at a US university finally lay claim to the Hollis Professor of Divinity’s centuries-old right to graze his cow in Harvard Yard, which a colleague of his said was the equivalent of parking privileges in the 1700s.
Harvard Rituals, a view into traditions across the University.
“I’m reclaiming a tradition that almost got lost,’’ [Harvey Cox] said last week on the porch of his summer house in Woods Hole. “Why can’t we have cows grazing in Harvard Yard?"
In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university — and of our earlier history when bells of varying tones summoned us from sleep to prayer, work, or study — this ancient yet new sound will fill Harvard Square and the surrounding area with music when a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 357th Commencement Exercises, for the 20th consecutive year.
A feisty Charlize Theron proved a match for her kidders at this year’s Woman of the Year award ceremony as the tall, slender, striking blonde gave as good as she got during the annual roast by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals.