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Harvard College Bhangra performs.

‘This is our block’

Star, creator of hit show ‘Insecure’ Issa Rae honored as Artist of Year at annual Cultural Rhythms festival


Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Blueprints for a live event

A playwright and a cultural historian discuss the arts, race, and theatrical questioning


Margaret Atwood speaks to Scott Tong.

What set them off were the bodies on wall

Acclaimed author Margaret Atwood dishes on new story collection, trials of censorship, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ (and why they shouldn’t kill Aunt Lydia)


Christine Jacobson.

Rich history of DIY publishing

Creative people have bypassed gatekeepers for centuries to distribute ‘what they wanted to share so badly.’ They find common ground in Houghton Library exhibition.


Maxine Sullivan.

Finally, taking a bow

Many jazz greats knew names, music of these four women, but Radcliffe Fellow Maxine Gordon wants to make sure rest of us do too


Giuliana Bruno and book cover.

Seeing ourselves in different light

Giuliana Bruno’s new book reclaims concepts of ‘projection’ as positive force connecting us to one another, affirming possibility of change


"Dried Pond along the Rio Grande."

War-scarred land

Harvard curator reflects on photos she selected for award-winning book depicting collateral damage of U.S. military at home


W. David Marx and his book cover.

Keeping up with the Joneses 2.0

W. David Marx’s new book looks at our drive to seek, maintain status, how we signal our place in hierarchy to others, how social media is changing things


"Life of Pi" rehearsal with Bengal tiger puppet.

Scene-stealing puppets of ‘Pi’

Nick Barnes co-designed critically acclaimed beasts for stage version of novel, now at A.R.T. Yes, he has favorites — they might surprise you.


Louise Glück.

A singular poet

Nobel laureate Louise Glück, delivering Doft Lecture, recalls Judaism of her youth, shares details from her writing life


Irene Soto Marín.

What coin tells you about realm

New classics professor Irene Soto Marín mines answers to question about ancient Egyptian life, economy from everyday artifacts


The 160-foot-long substrate created of silk and gampi.

Book as tree, inside and out

Arboretum displays Diane Samuels’ handmade scroll of transcribed Pulitzer-winning, epic conservation saga ‘The Overstory’


Detail of replica of King Tut throne.

The boy king’s throne

On the 100th anniversary of discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb, an Egyptian jewel comes to Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East