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Visitors at the Harvard Art Museums provide inspiration for Lily Calcagnini '18, who has added fashion to her concentration of history and literature.

Scholar’s eye for fashion

For Lily Calcagnini, Harvard ‘is a place where students with intellectual curiosity can study precisely whatever they want’


Marcus Briggs-Cloud, M.T.S. '10, speaks to the Gazette about his work to preserve the Maskoke language and culture on "Heard at Harvard."

We speak, therefore we are

Maskoke language preservationist and HDS alum discusses his work on Gazette podcast


"I’m drawn to people who don’t fit neatly into boxes," says Professor Maya Jasanoff about the subject of her new book, Joseph Conrad, pictured.

The world according to Conrad

Professor Maya Jasanoff embraced adventure to explore the mind behind ‘Heart of Darkness’ and other classics


Leonardo da Vinci, the ultimate Renaissance man, is the subject of Walter Isaacson's newest book. Pictured is Leonardo da Vinci's iconic "Vitruvian Man" c.1490.

The incomparable da Vinci

Uneducated and his own creation, he still rose to the top ranks in both science and art, author Walter Isaacson recounts


Professor of English Stephanie Burt talks about her recent transition and her new book of poetry, which includes "invented memories" of the girlhood she didn't get to have.

Stephanie Burt opens up

Professor discusses new book of poetry, life as trans woman ahead of Diversity Dialogues talk


In 2013, Professors Arthur Kleinman and Davíd Carrasco co-created “Quests for Wisdom: Religious, Moral, and Aesthetic Experiences in the Art of Living.” “Maybe the human predicament is not about survival or how do we survive, but it’s that we always survive — we endure anything and everything,” said Kleinman (pictured) in Harvard Hall.

Pain, joy, and wisdom

Interdisciplinary course goes deep to look for answers to difficult, fundamental questions


Eduardo Matos Moctezuma discusses discoveries at Templo Mayor in a lecture the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

Honoring Mexican discovery

Lecture series pays homage to noted archaeologist for work on understanding Aztec culture


Eleven months of the year, Lesley Bannatyne is a Harvard Music Department administrator. But come October, she's the favorite Halloween expert of major media outlets around the world.

The queen of Halloween

After writing 5 books on the subject, Harvard’s Lesley Bannatyne is a go-to source


Oula Alrifai, A.M. ’19, and her brother, Mouhanad Al-Rifay, are releasing “Tomorrow’s Children,” a documentary about Syrian child refugees trying to survive in Turkey.

The not lost generation

Syrian asylees release documentary to highlight struggles of child refugees