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‘Defend Diversity’

Harvard students join others from around nation in Supreme Court rally supporting race-conscious admission policies


James Meredith graduates; President Johnson signs Civil Rights Act; Ruth Simmons is inaugurated as Brown University's president.

Unfinished business

Education has been a force for racial progress in the U.S., but we still have a long way to go


Luiz Elroy Terena.

Struggling to ‘hold up the sky’

Brazilian Indigenous lawyer talks about fight for Native rights, stewardship of land amid illegal mining, climate change in Amazon


Peter Baker and Susan Glasser.

No return to Camelot

Veteran Washington journalist Susan Glasser details Trump White House years in new history


Freeman A. Hrabowski III

‘We can be better than this’

Freeman A. Hrabowski III praises, pushes Harvard in inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture


Gerald J. Steinacher.

Gift given, one left behind

Holocaust lecture, funded by refugees saved by Harvard students, warns anew on bigotry, authoritarianism


Joan Donovan (left) and Gabriella Coleman.

How to save democracy

Events examine what can be done to address grinding problem of race, internet’s power to exploit political, cultural schisms to destructive ends



Does the world need COVID novels?

Too soon or an artistic imperative? Fiction writers reflect on the history, power, challenges of stories in which real life is a dominant character.


A Ukrainian soldier stands on a tank

Is war in Ukraine at turning point?

Much depends on whether Russian losing streak continues; even then negotiations will be tricky, fraught, Putin expert says


Sue Gordon

No, Jason Bourne is not the real CIA

Ex-directors, officers, scholars mark agency's 75th anniversary with discussion of truth, lies — especially of Hollywood kind


Electric cars charging.

California dreaming? Nope.

Expert welcomes aggressive move toward electric vehicles, but sees one ‘huge mistake’ policymakers need to avoid and a surefire way to anger drivers