A Harvard professor’s new book probes the influence of the great ancient poets, such as Homer and Virgil, on Bob Dylan and his music.
Lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson delivered the Tanner Lecture on Human Values, announcing the opening of a memorial to victims of lynching and a museum on the legacy of slavery next April.
Playwright Kate Hamill’s adaptation of “Sense & Sensibility,” at the A.R.T. through Jan. 14, accentuates Jane Austen’s gift for comedy.
English Professor Martin Puchner talks to the Gazette about his new book "The Written World," about how literature shaped civilization.
Pianist-composer Matt Aucoin ’12 is now co-artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company, set for Harvard performances Dec. 15-18.
Harvard’s Houghton Library recently uncovered documents from 1767 that foreshadow the American Revolution: eight sheets of signatures — more than 650 in all — protesting Colonial taxation.
Deaf dancer Antoine Hunter leads a master class that provides lessons in movement and inclusion.
A Harvard professor’s sculpture translates real-time data into soundscapes.
Harvard senior Lily Calcagnini’s history and literature concentration places fashion front and center in cultural theory.
A historian’s photographs expose the sedimentary layers of Cuba, a country in flux.
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This winter, a dozen cultural organizations throughout Greater Boston — including three from Harvard — are partnering to present an ambitious, region-wide exploration of art and technology.
Installation artist Helen Marriage, a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, conversed with Professor Rahul Mehrotra about a modern conundrum: In an increasingly secular age, can public space be spiritual? "Streets of Gold" continues the series on April 5.
“Powerhouse of a work” by top contemporary artist Kara Walker is the largest piece in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums.
Houghton Library displays highlights from the 50,000 pieces inherited from a billionaire collector who was obsessed with the search for transcendence through sex, drugs, and rock ’n ’roll.
A look at notable work by Harvard authors in 2015 wouldn’t be complete without their own best reads of the year.
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.
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 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.
Visiting professor and Washington Post political columnist E.J. Dionne on how he started as a journalist, self-editing, and the art of persuasion.
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.
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.
This season’s In-Sight Evenings begin at the Harvard Art Museums, mixing a freewheeling soiree with an inspired lecture.
Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, is writing a book about lessons that can be drawn from the box-office phenomenon "Star Wars."
Actor Matt Damon, former Harvard College student and winner of the 2013 Harvard Arts Medal, talks of his time on campus, his lifelong desire to be an actor, and how a College playwriting course assignment later turned into the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."
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
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.
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.
Curious visitors who turn left off the Harvard Art Museums’ elevators on the building’s fourth floor are greeted by the Forbes Pigment Collection, a floor-to-ceiling wall of color compiled from about 1910 to 1944 by the former director of the Fogg Museum.
The Harvard Summer Pops Band celebrated its 40th anniversary with a performance in Sanders Theatre on July 26. They will perform at 3 p.m. July 29 at Boston’s Hatch Shell.
During a sometimes tongue-in-cheek lecture on Wednesday, Professor David Carrasco discussed the historical origins of humankind’s periodic preoccupations with the apocalypse.
“Maus” author Art Spiegelman discussed art, existence, and Jewish identity during a visit to Harvard.
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed outlined disparities between “Hamilton” the sensation and Hamilton the man in a student-sponsored talk.
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).
Author and Harvard alumnus Walter Isaacson takes on the ultimate Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci.
Insight from Cassandra Albinson of Harvard Art Museums on the $450.3 million sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi.”
A profile of Luke Kelly ’19, a history concentrator whose work at Houghton Library has nurtured his award-winning passion for books.
A new exhibit marking JFK’s centennial includes an audio file believed to be the earliest voice recording of the future president.
The Harvard poet discusses new book of poetry, life as a trans woman, and settling in as as co-poetry editor of The Nation.
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.
Commemorating February as Black History Month, this collection of historical and contemporary photographs offers glimpses into the dynamic lives of African Americans over time.
Growing up, Ana Tijoux didn’t know where to call home. As the France-born-and-bred daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile, she felt ...
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.
On April 8, 1903 — Easter Sunday — a mild disturbance against local Jews rattled Kishinev, a sleepy city on the southwestern border of imperial Russia.
In his latest book, prolific Professor Howard Gardner insists that the enduring values of truth, beauty, and goodness remain humanity’s bedrock.
Professor Maya Jasanoff talks about her new book, “The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World.”
A Wintersession course studied compassion and suffering through the lenses of dance, music, and science.
Six writers at risk discussed their work during an event at Harvard.
Harvard sophomore Ashley LaLonde auditioned for a role in “Hamilton” and landed one in the American Repertory Theater production “Burn All Night.”
Each year, the Memorial Church offers the gift of song to the Harvard and Cambridge communities, with two moving services of carols. The Dec. 17 service is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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.