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Tommie Shelby, professor of philosophy and African and African-American studies, recently published “Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform,” which argues that ghettos are fundamentally unethical and must be abolished.

Urgent message on ghetto life

Harvard philosopher talks about his new book, 'Dark Ghettos: Injustice, Dissent, and Reform'


When someone makes a racially charged comment or joke, how would you respond? Research led by Harvard sociologist Michèle Lamont says your answer may very well depend on the group to which you belong.

The everyday response to racism

Sociologist Lamont and colleagues examined how minority group identities help sculpt how they handle discrimination


Vanta Black

Blackest black

New to pigments collection, a dark marvel of art and science


Jasper Johnston '20, creator of the Instagram photography project "100 Days of Harvard," snaps a photo from the steps of Longfellow Hall in Radcliffe Yard.

What a freshman sees

For College student Jasper Johnston ’20, discovering Harvard is a shared experience through Instagram


A photo from the exhibit "To Serve Better Thy Country," depicting ROTC cadets gathering for a photo in front of Crufts Laboratory, April 1944.

Centuries of honor and prestige

Library exhibit captures almost 250 years of interwoven history between Harvard and U.S. military


Harvard undergraduates perform in EXP, the competitive subgroup of Expressions Dance Company. The seniors describe the dance performances as "a good time to try new things."

Dancing because they can

Seniors opt to have fun, be themselves, and leave their comfort zones by performing


“When Randy Weston plays, a combination of strength and gentleness, virility and velvet, emerges from the keys in an ebb and flow of sound seemingly as natural as the waves of the sea,” Langston Hughes said.

The sweep of jazz history

Pianist and composer Randy Weston visits campus on the eve of Harvard acquiring his personal archive


Professor Evelynn Hammonds noticed IWD Radio Project media memorabilia in the “Radio Contact” exhibit at the Science Center. What she saw inspired her to organize a panel that brought together women who shared their personal experiences, including how the all-volunteer IWD project shaped their lives.

Now on air: The women

Reunion highlights work of diverse group to open radio airwaves


A sound all his own

Reeps One brings beatbox wizardry to campus residency


Visual and Environmental Studies Assistant Professor Nora Schultz is a German artist who creates sculptural installations involving unorthodox methods. "If someone writes a text or produces a sound piece in our sculpture course," she says, "I consider it a sculptural project."

Reshaping sculpture

German artist brings mixed perspective to VES faculty


Director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies Narayan Khandekar examines an unused swatch from “A Flor de Piel,” a giant tapestry of rose petals that will soon be on view as part of the Harvard Art Museums’ upcoming special exhibit “Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning.”

Rose petals for the lost

In new museums’ exhibit, Doris Salcedo’s fragile tapestry pays homage to war’s victims


Wolfgang Tillmans' "paper drop (sheet)," 2006, from the exhibit “Folding, Refraction, Touch: Modern and Contemporary Art in Dialogue with Wolfgang Tillmans” © Wolfgang Tillmans

Visual synesthesia

Harvard Art Museums’ new exhibit examines implied physicality with unique combination of original and inspired works


Harvard's Stephen Shoemaker said it is common for his students to be surprised by the significance of religion in the evolution of Harvard, and he believes part of his mission is to raise that awareness.

Harvard’s religious past

To understand where the University is, lecturer teaches, it’s important to see where it’s been


Charles Hyman '18 is an English and history double concentrator on track to become a scholar of the Old English classic "Beowulf," his obsession since childhood.

A monstrous passion

In ‘Beowulf’ and other dead-language texts, junior finds enduring inspiration


A film poster for "Friday Foster” starring Pam Grier is part of the Hutchins Center’s Celia and Henry W. McGee III Black Film Poster Collection.

Pam Grier’s presence

Gates recalls striking sense of control in Du Bois medalist’s screen performances