Two collections of William Moulton Marston, a Harvard graduate, psychologist, and inventor of the lie detector machine whose Wonder Woman comics promoted the triumph of women in a male-dominated world, arrived at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library.
A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
Celebrated writer Michael Pollan talks to the Gazette about joining the Creative Writing Program as the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer.
Harvard Art Museums trip to Dighton Rock explored its connection to the exhibition “The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820.”
Most bumper sticker slogans do not originate in academic publications. However, in the 1970s, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich penned in a scholarly article about the funeral sermons of Christian women that “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase subsequently gained wide popularity, appearing on T-shirts, coffee mugs, and other items — and it’s now the title of Ulrich’s latest book
A visiting lecturer suggests that ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti wasn’t just the powerful independent woman people imagine she was, but something of a sex goddess, too.
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.
Commemorating February as Black History Month, this collection of historical and contemporary photographs offers glimpses into the dynamic lives of African Americans over time.
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, professor emerita of history and American studies at Smith College, examined the shifting gender landscape at Harvard during a talk at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Scholars gathered at Harvard’s Observatory of the Spanish Language to ponder how Spanish can continue thriving as the second-most-common language in the United States.
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A Harvard historian weighs in on a controversy about “black Confederates,” describing how many there were and what meaning they have in an ongoing debate over the causes of the Civil War.
As the bicentennial nears for the birth of Henry David Thoreau, it’s clear that Harvard College influenced the churlish naturalist far more than he would have admitted, author says.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but for Catherine Perlès, cave paintings provide a link to understanding thousands of years of human history and thought. In examining cave paintings in Western Europe and archaeological sites in the Near East, Perlès said that the similarities and differences between the artifacts shows that, contrary to a controversial theory by archaeologist Jacque Cauvin, human belief in gods pre-existed the birth of agriculture and the cultivation of animals.
Students in a new class on feminism learned about unsung leaders in the struggle for women’s rights.
Einstein’s response to the racism and segregation he found in Princeton was to cultivate relationships in the town’s African-American community. Jerome and Taylor interviewed members of that community who still remember the white-haired, disheveled figure of Einstein strolling through their streets, stopping to chat with the inhabitants, and handing out candy to local children.
A student research project and a resulting booklet and website bring to light some troubling connections to the College in the 18th and 19th centuries.
During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
Tommie Shelby’s airy office in the Barker Center is piled with papers. His desk is a blanket of white. Books and academic journals litter the floor. The look is, in a word, chaotic. The scholar is anything but.
Most of us think of the Civil Rights movement as something that took place in the transitional 1950s and the tumultuous 1960s. It’s seen as a cultural artifact squeezed between the defiance of Rosa Parks (1955) and the demise of Martin Luther King Jr. (1968).
In speaking frankly about the seemingly implacable problems in the inner cities, Harvard University Professor William Julius Wilson traveled a road that liberals fear to tread and that conservatives tend to take. Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and an award-winning author and researcher, dissected the twin influences of culture and social structure in the persistence of youth violence, unemployment, and fragmentation of families within poor African-American communities and concluded that both factors must be considered in determining how to end the cycle of poverty.
A team of archaeologists and paleobiologists has discovered flax fibers that are more than 34,000 years old, making them the oldest fibers known to have been used by humans.
To honor Mexico’s renowned archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Harvard will launch the Eduardo Matos Moctezuma Lecture Series in the fall. In an interview, he discussed the Aztecs, a topic on which he’s among the foremost experts.
On April 8, 1903 — Easter Sunday — a mild disturbance against local Jews rattled Kishinev, a sleepy city on the southwestern border of imperial Russia.
French Egyptologist Alain Zivie, a visiting scholar at the Semitic Museum, told a Harvard audience of his discovery of the tomb of Thutmose, who he believes is the artist who created the iconic bust of Queen Nefertiti.
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
A new exhibit marking JFK’s centennial includes an audio file believed to be the earliest voice recording of the future president.
English political philosopher John Locke died nearly a century before the American Revolution, and in his time parliamentary democracy was in its infancy. But his Enlightenment ideas — including the right to life, liberty, and property — went on to inspire American revolutionaries.
The ship disaster a century ago led to the drowning of three men affiliated with Harvard. It also prompted a memorial gift that quickly led to construction of the University’s flagship book repository.
Two graduates and a student of the Divinity School have found an audience with their podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” about reading the famous series through a spiritual lens.
Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground is the final resting place of Harvard presidents and paupers alike, and has centuries of tales to tell.
A growing Harvard collection documents life and propaganda in the controversial, short-lived Asian state of Manchukuo.
Exploring the sweet and dark sides of chocolate, a new course examines the history and food politics of the beloved treat.
While many of their peers were relaxing, a handful of Harvard students spent their summer immersing themselves in Viking history on a remote Danish island.
Ever hear of Elugelab? Until Oct. 31, 1952, it was an island on Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Then it vanished, consumed in the fireball of the world’s first hydrogen bomb.
Radcliffe Fellow Robin Fleming peers into the history of early medieval Britain through the lens of material culture.
With the discovery of a poem missing for 300 years, two Harvard graduate students have filled in some missing blanks on Benjamin Larnell, the last student of the colonial era associated with Harvard’s Indian College.
In a new book, Harvard professor Robin Bernstein says that the concept of childhood innocence only dates to the 19th century, and was only applied to whites.
Before the Civil War, Harvard was a microcosm of the complex loyalties and opinions that marked the United States. During the war, it lost more than 200 of its sons.
Professor Kimberley C. Patton suggests dreams are “a language of enigmatic parable” that Western culture generally prefers to dismiss. “There’s a devaluation of dreams in the West,” said Patton, something the ancients would have found incomprehensible.
A Harvard Divinity School lecturer says that to understand where the University is, it’s important to see where it’s been.
Ask a well-read individual to list the most dangerous books in history, and a few familiar titles would most likely make the cut: Hitler’s “Mein Kampf,” Marx and Engels’ “The Communist Manifesto,” Chairman Mao’s “Little Red Book.”
This November, Harvard University will mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Harvard, not the institution’s founder as he is sometimes credited, but rather its first major benefactor. Such a noteworthy anniversary warrants reflection, although, unfortunately, a great many details about both the history of John Harvard and the legacy of his library are lost to time.
As Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology turns 150, a new exhibit highlights its pioneering efforts and the legacy of its cultural history.
Harvard is part of planning for a long-term project to digitize documents related to Colonial North America, and has partners from a growing coalition of libraries in the United States and Canada.
At the Battle of Gettysburg, Harvard men faced Harvard men, as 11 Union soldiers and three Confederates were killed.
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed outlined disparities between “Hamilton” the sensation and Hamilton the man in a student-sponsored talk.
Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels visits Radcliffe, presenting a “mad dash” of fresh thinking on the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.
In winning Phi Beta Kappa’s 2016 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for “The Murder of William of Norwich,” E.M. Rose, a visiting scholar at Harvard, found recognition by illuminating the real history behind an imaginary event.
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a … humanist conference.
In a stately room in the Barker Center, flanked by portraits of famous men, Billie Jean King holds court. Not physically. She’s the topic of discussion, the name on everyone’s lips. One would think this were the after party of her notorious 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match with Bobby Riggs, the match she won and changed the face of women’s sports — and feminism — forever.