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The gothic Freiburg Minster cathedral is possibly the most famous landmark in the city.

In Germany, learning while seeing

Summer program allows Harvard students to learn history close up while immersing themselves in culture, language


Nathaniel Brodsky '18 (left), director, and Kyle McFadden '18, producer, rehearse "Calamus," an original play inspired by Walt Whitman's poetry to premiere at the Leverett House Library Theater. The play showcases the many faces of the LGBTQ+ community today and their relationships with queer history in America.

The play’s the thing

Students to premiere ‘Calamus’ at Leverett theater on Friday


“Random Heart” is a computer-simulated image that is part of “The Art of Discovery,” an interdisciplinary art show at the Radcliffe's Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery. The work is by Radcliffe Fellow and mathematician Alexei Borodin and Leonid Petrov.

Mixed messages

New Radcliffe exhibition pushes artistic boundaries


Opinions on punctuation in the 21st century are as varied and intense as feelings about neologisms.

Unhand that comma!

A love-hate punctuation guide from Abramson and Pinker


Inside the Dudley House library, Vanessa Zoltan, M.Div. '15 (left), proctor and member of the Board of Freshman Advisers, and Ariana Nedelman, M.Div. candidate '18, HDS staff member, discuss their new podcast "Harry Potter and the Sacred Text," which looks at the famous books as instructive and inspirational texts.

The sacred in Harry Potter

Divinity School alumni and student develop popular podcast that interprets the books through a spiritual lens


Filmmaker Oliver Stone discusses his new movie on Edward Snowden with author and journalist Ron Suskind at the JFK, Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The director and the whistle-blower

At Kennedy School, filmmaker Oliver Stone explains how he came to make a movie about fugitive cyber leaker Edward Snowden


Filmmaker Laura Poitras (left), Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, and New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet engaged in a debate about the quality of mainstream media coverage during the Pulitzer Centennial at Sanders Theatre.

A prize of a weekend

Pulitzer winners celebrate a century of leading awards in the press and the arts


Writer Terry Tempest Williams spoke to the Gazette about her lifelong love of nature and her recent conservation efforts.

Words aimed at action

Conservationist Williams to help launch environmental humanities initiative


Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “Campus Marius antiquae Urbis” features extraordinary cartography of ancient Rome.

Beauty inside and out

At Dumbarton Oaks, a new book spotlights ‘The Botany of Empire’


Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff discusses the memorabilia that tells the story of The Harvard Lampoon throughout its 140 years.

Smirk central

Lampoon’s creative irreverence animates exhibit marking its 140th anniversary


Luis Castillo, standing before ceramic pots depicting women on display at the Peabody Museum, discusses his research on high-status burials featuring female priestesses in ancient Peru and female power in the Andean culture.

Where women once ruled

Excavated tombs of Peru’s Moche priestesses provide archaeologists with troves of artifacts, data


Michael Puett, the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History, and local author Christine Gross-Loh have co-authored "The Path," a book that brings the ideas of ancient Chinese philosophy to a modern-day audience.

Unconventional wisdom

New book brings Michael Puett’s class on Chinese philosophy to a wider audience


Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, assistant professor of the history of art and architecture and African and African-American studies, guest edited the magazine Aperture, producing an issue called “Vision & Justice,” the first on African-Americans, race, and photography for the magazine.

Curating a visual record

Sarah Lewis guest edits Aperture magazine as she readies a new class on African-Americans, race, and photography


The drawing "Head of a Young Woman" by Odilon Redon is among the pieces included in "Flowers of Evil: Symbolist Drawings, 1870-1910," one of the new exhibits on display at the Harvard Art Museums.

Drawing power

Harvard Art Museums exhibit a showcase for masterworks in progress