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“The time is right,” said David Chambers, a visiting professor in Theater, Dance & Media. “We have to have a community consensus that we can’t physically hurt each other, but we can argue passionately, be controversial, and turn humor into a flamethrower.”

No rest for the witty

Writers and performers re-energize long tradition of mining D.C. for comedy gold


Composer Nicholas Britell ’03, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his score for "Moonlight," melded his love of music with his studies as a psychology concentrator.

‘Moonlight’ reflection

Oscar-nominated composer Britell ’03 found inspiration in film’s poetic depth


Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, is teaching a new Extension School course aimed at better equipping secondary school teachers to teach poetry using footage of national personalities such as Nas, Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan, and Bono reading a favorite poem.

Poetry unbound

Professor enlists Nas, Gehry, and others to increase teachers’ reach


"Arab Spring/Unfinished Journeys" is a new exhibit by Arab-American artist Helen Zughaib about the democratic uprisings in the Arab world between 2010 and 2013. Pictured is a selection from a series of portraits of a cloaked woman: "Veiled Secrets," 2013, "Arab Spring," 2011, and "Arab Spring Quilt," 2015.

Hope and loss made vivid

Arab-American artist reflects on Middle East unrest in new exhibition


Grammy-winning composer Craig Hella Johnson returns to Boston Symphony Hall to lead an innovative rendition of his piece "Remembering Matthew Shepard," in which  110 Harvard students interspersed throughout the audience will join in with the performers onstage during the show's finale.

A vocal stand

Harvard Choruses joins Symphony Hall performance of Grammy-winning composer’s ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’


David Odo (center), Harvard Art Museums’ director of student programs, and Elizabeth Rider (right), assistant professor of pediatrics, discuss the sculpture “Pieta.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Prescribing art in medicine

Wintersession course studies compassion and suffering through lenses of dance, music, and science


"Diago: The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present," an exhibit by Cuban mixed-media artist Juan Roberto Diago, opens Feb. 2 at the Cooper Gallery.

Shadows of Cuba’s past

Exhibit of works by mixed-media artist Juan Roberto Diago melds history with imagery


Ashley Fox (left) and Casey Lonabocker check out one of the four kiosks in the exhibit "What's in a Name?" at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The exhibit's purpose is to clear up visitors’ confusion of scientific names through images, information, stories, and games.

What’s in a (scientific) name

At Museum of Natural History, kiosks explain how animals, plants, and organisms are grouped and described


Building character

Attention to detail deepens Molly Antopol’s fiction


Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has found new life in the digital age, the subject of a work in progress by Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, which examines the deeper analyses and unique reinterpretations enabled by modern technology.

Forever bringing joy

Book project on Beethoven’s Ninth has been an ear opener for professor


Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec '79 discusses his new piece, which was commissioned by the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Group. Photo by Sarah Silbiger

A new holiday song cycle

Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Society premiere Paul Moravec’s composition at holiday concert