A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
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.
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.”
Celebrated writer Michael Pollan talks to the Gazette about joining the Creative Writing Program as the Lewis K. Chan Arts Lecturer.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Students in a new class on feminism learned about unsung leaders in the struggle for women’s rights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
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.
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.
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.
A new exhibit marking JFK’s centennial includes an audio file believed to be the earliest voice recording of the future president.
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.
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).
On April 8, 1903 — Easter Sunday — a mild disturbance against local Jews rattled Kishinev, a sleepy city on the southwestern border of imperial Russia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Harvard Gazette asked scholars from across the University to reflect on the historic order’s ongoing impact today.
A growing Harvard collection documents life and propaganda in the controversial, short-lived Asian state of Manchukuo.
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
Radcliffe Fellow Robin Fleming peers into the history of early medieval Britain through the lens of material culture.
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.”
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.
Exploring the sweet and dark sides of chocolate, a new course examines the history and food politics of the beloved treat.
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.
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.
A cross-disciplinary exhibit at the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture uses a wide array of artifacts to examine the role of “Scale.”
Cambridge’s Old Burying Ground is the final resting place of Harvard presidents and paupers alike, and has centuries of tales to tell.
Biblical scholar Elaine Pagels visits Radcliffe, presenting a “mad dash” of fresh thinking on the New Testament’s Book of Revelation.
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed outlined disparities between “Hamilton” the sensation and Hamilton the man in a student-sponsored talk.
As Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology turns 150, a new exhibit highlights its pioneering efforts and the legacy of its cultural history.
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.
Philosopher Paul Tillich once denied there was a gap between religion and culture. Today, he might reach for another convergent ideal: utopia.
A Harvard Divinity School lecturer says that to understand where the University is, it’s important to see where it’s been.
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.
A historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books, Robert Darnton will depart Harvard early this summer, giving up his post as University Librarian to resume a life of full-time scholarship.
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.
A priest, a rabbi, and a minister walk into a … humanist conference.