After eight years of service the founding faculty directors of Harvard University Housing’s Graduate Commons Program have transitioned out of their ...
Five Harvard doctoral students from across the University have been named 2014-15 recipients of the Julius B. Richmond Fellowships from the Center on the ...
Fifty years ago, FCC Chairman Newton Minow famously shocked the nascent television industry out of complacency, calling American television a “vast wasteland.” On Sept. 12, he joined an all-star lineup at Harvard Law School to discuss the problems and potential of the vaster wasteland that now includes elements of the Internet.
Two Harvard undergraduates have developed a website called Newsle that tracks news of Facebook and Linked In contacts.
A collection of scholars painted a complex, complicated, and rich picture of the nation’s 16th president during a two-day symposium at Harvard April 24-25.
With the debate on health care reform slowing after its passage, media outlets now turn to explaining how the massive legislation will be implemented.
Experts in print, television, and the social media look at the troubled present of news, and peer ahead at its future.
Harvard will conduct the semiannual test of its emergency notification system, MessageMe, Thursday (Oct. 22).
Harvard University’s treasurer, Jim Rothenberg, and its chief financial officer, Dan Shore, discuss the annual report and the lessons learned in a tough economic climate.
Five FAS faculty members have been named full professors with tenure.
This fall, Harvard’s traditional phone directories are going the way of the dinosaurs, with paper savings measured in tons.
In high-profile positions in New York and at the University of California, Harvard’s new executive vice president established a reputation as a collaborative leader with a knack for creative problem-solving.
Passersby will soon be able to access current cultural events at Harvard through the Mobile Information Unit, an innovative, cross-disciplinary research project designed and fabricated by Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) students.
This summer the Gazette will publish two online issues — on July 23 and Aug. 20. The deadline to get copy into the July 23 issue is July 16; the deadline for the Aug. 20 issue is Aug. 13. The first print issue of the academic year — in the Gazette’s new, redesigned format — will come out on Sept. 3. The deadline for that issue is Aug. 24. For the latest Harvard news, visit http://www.harvard.edu.
On June 4, administrators sighed with relief at the weather, speakers went over their notes, and graduates congregated in black-tasseled flocks alongside a rainbow of professors in their own caps and gowns. Meanwhile, the Harvard Gazette staff fanned out across the campus on Commencement day to pick a rainbow of their own — colorful accounts of the long, happy day. Read about the oldest graduates — and the youngest. Watch Divinity School angels take off, and see Medical School grads wearing surgical masks. Hear the bells peal and maestro Wynton Marsalis play “America the Beautiful.”
The president of the Harvard Alumni Association on June 4 announced the results of the annual election of new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers. The results were released at the annual meeting of the association following the University’s 358th Commencement. The six newly elected Overseers follow:
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, turns 80 years old next year. O’Connor — chipper, funny, and precise — spoke at a luncheon sponsored annually by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, which awarded the former justice its Radcliffe Medal.
Martha Minow, the Jeremiah Smith Jr., Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, will become the dean of the Faculty of Law on July 1, President Drew Faust announced today (June 11).
The Commencement of 1865 and the day of commemoration that followed it hold a unique spot in Harvard history. Though some military actions were still taking place, the Civil War had essentially ended in April of that year. John Langdon Sibley, head librarian at Harvard, wrote in his diary that there had already been a “Reception for the returned soldiers from Cambridge.
Last spring, as Walter Morris ’73, M.B.A. ’75, prepared to become president of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA), he was eagerly anticipating his 35th class reunion. For Morris, this reunion was another cherished opportunity to renew old friendships, and, in many instances, an occasion to build new ones. Class reunions are the HAA’s flagship alumni event, the heart of the HAA’s ambitious goal “to make your Harvard experience last a lifetime.” And Morris, whose personal involvement with the HAA board dates back 15 years, remained committed to making that happen.
Ernest May, a renowned historian of international relations and foreign policy and professor of history at Harvard University, died on June 1 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from complications following surgery, according to his family. He was 80.
Harvard has received a $1.5 million gift from the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus (HGLC) to endow the F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality. Harvard Overseer Mitchell L. Adams ’66, M.B.A. ’69, will inform participants at the annual HGLC Commencement dinner that a campaign spanning several years has reached its goal. Named after the distinguished gay Harvard faculty member F.O. Matthiessen (1902–50), the professorship represents the first endowed named chair in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies in the country.
Lukas Filler likes a challenge. One of the 6-foot-5-inch former competitive swimmer’s favorite pastimes is surfing … in the New England winter … before dawn.
Today the University awarded a total of 6,777 degrees and 81 certificates. A breakdown of the degrees by schools and programs follows. Harvard College granted a total of 1,562 degrees.
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has announced that Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, will be awarded the 2009 Radcliffe Institute Medal at the annual Radcliffe Day luncheon on Friday (June 5). Barbara J. Grosz, dean of the Radcliffe Institute, will give opening remarks and present the medal to O’Connor, who will deliver the keynote address.
Matt Lauer, co-anchor of NBC News’ “Today,” delivered the 2009 Senior Class Day speech in Tercentenary Theatre on Wednesday (June 3) under a canopy of green leaves and slightly overcast skies. With a joke-filled address that had the large crowd frequently in stitches, the accomplished journalist proved he is also an accomplished stand-up comedian.
A journalist, a landscape architect, and a Latin scholar are today’s Commencement orators. They fulfill a University tradition dating back to 1642. They also embark on three journeys that hint at the wide array of academic paths leading outward from Harvard.
Harvard’s Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapter first met in 1781, two years before the end of the Revolutionary War.
Barron, Bilotti, Bras, Chiappini, Doohovskoy, Kristol, Pellegrini, West. That’s roll call for eight 2009 Harvard graduates who were commissioned late Wednesday morning (June 3). Five are new officers in the U.S. Army and three in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Harvard President Drew Faust shared final words of wisdom with the Class of 2009 Tuesday (June 2), sending them into a newly uncertain world with assurances that their liberal arts education gives them the ability to improvise in changing times.
Harvard University has conferred today (June 4) honorary degrees on 10 outstanding individuals: Energy Secretary Steven Chu, filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, author Joan Didion, religious historian Wendy Doniger, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, immunologist Anthony S. Fauci, anthropologist Sarah Hrdy, engineer Robert Langer, musician Wynton Marsalis, and political scientist Sidney Verba.
Niall Kirkwood, chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and professor of landscape architecture and technology at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
James Maki, a 59-year-old who became the nation’s second face transplant recipient in April to repair injuries from a horrific subway accident, left Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday (May 21), thankful for what he called a “new chance to build my life.”
The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has announced the recipients of the 2009 Harvard Medal: John “Jack” F. Cogan Jr. A.B. ’49, J.D. ’52; Harvey V. Fineberg A.B. ’67, M.D. ’71, M.P.P. ’72, Ph.D. ’80; and Patti B. Saris A.B. ’73, J.D. ’76.
Deep in Civil War Mississippi, where manicured plantations gave way to wild swampland and thick pine forests, a young white man named Newton Knight led a ragtag band of guerilla fighters against the Confederate Army. His story is one of personal bravery and unwillingness to adhere to the secessionist movement that all but surrounded him.
The two men sit close, knees almost touching, in a mud-walled hut in the Congolese village of Katokota.
On Oct. 10, 2005 — he remembers the date exactly — Thrishantha Nanayakkara was driving down a country road, headed for a science workshop at Jaffna Central College, a high school in the far north of Sri Lanka. The event was designed to distract potential child soldiers from the allure of war.
Four professors in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have been named Harvard College Professors in recognition of their contributions to undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring.
Retired Marine Maj. Gen. and former astronaut Charles Bolden was nominated to be the head of NASA on Saturday (May 23), interrupting his stay at Harvard as anAdvanced Leadership Fellow.
Call it fate. Just as the world’s financial markets started tumbling, a woman with unique understanding of the Harvard endowment took over the helm of the Harvard Management Company (HMC).
Donald Rubin, Ph.D. ’70, John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, has been honored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn, Germany, with the 2009 Humboldt Research Award. The award will permit Rubin to travel to Germany to collaborate with colleagues, primarily at Universität Bamberg. As one of the most prestigious awards in Germany for a non-German researcher, the Humboldt Research Award has been a central pillar of the foundation’s sponsorship since 1972, honoring the academic achievements of internationally recognized scientists and scholars outside Germany.
The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recently awarded Liyun Jin ’12 and graduate student Maria Khotimsky its V.M. Setchkarev Memorial Prize for their essays on Russian literature. Prizes of $500 each went to Jin for her essay “The Unattainable Ideal of Motherhood in ‘War and Peace’” and to Khotimsky for her paper titled “Internatsional Dukha: World Literature in the Young Soviet State.”
Princess Anne of Britain presented a Whitley Award, one of the world’s top prizes for grassroots nature conservation, to Dino J. Martins of Kenya, for his work to improve local understanding of and win greater protection for the pollinators that underpin farming in and around the Great Rift Valley and Taita Hills.
J. Bryan Hehir, the Parker Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Elms College at its annual commencement exercises on May 17.
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard-affiliated public health care system, has recently presentedMarshall Forstein, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, with its second annual Art of Healing Award. The award recognizes an individual for exemplary leadership, advocacy, and innovation in healing.
The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will honor Alan M. Dershowitz, the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), on May 26 at its 84th annual benefit dinner. The ceremony will be held at the Center for Jewish History in New York City. Dershowitz will be honored alongside Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York.
Harvard’s Center for Jewish Studies is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Norman Podhoretz Prize in Jewish Studies and the 2009 Selma and Lewis Weinstein Prize in Jewish Studies.
Many Harvard College alumni cite their life in the Houses as one of the best aspects of their undergraduate years. Living with students from diverse backgrounds who hail from different parts of the country — and different parts of the globe — leads to broadened interests, a more capacious worldview, and lifelong friendships.
As President Obama calls for streamlining heath care by fully converting to electronic medical records, and as Congress prepares to debate issues of patient privacy, one question has largely gone unasked: What do patients want?
The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) has announced the finalists for the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards.