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Taxing advanced degrees

At Harvard, deep concern over a plan before Congress to tax grad student tuition support


Robert and Grace Mugabe

Zimbabwe after Mugabe

Though longtime leader is departing, his political party will rule on, meaning few improvements for populace, analyst says


Julian SpearChief-Morris is the first indigenous president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the country’s oldest student-run organization providing free legal services, in its 104 years.

Native leader, legal beacon

Julian SpearChief-Morris is the first indigenous student to head Harvard Law School’s venerable Legal Aid Bureau


All Souls College provides one of the University of Oxford's more iconic views. Photo by Anthony Chiorazzi

The lives of Harvard’s Rhodes

Scholars studying and socializing in Oxford reflect on experiences at world’s oldest English-speaking university


Susan Faludi in her father’s car in New York City, early 1960s. Faludi, who wrote about her gender-transitioned father, is among the panelists at the Schlesinger Library's “Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History.”

For Faludi, a rare internal gaze

Journalist and feminist, used to chronicling others, writes about relationship with her gender-transitioned father


Face time with refugees

Shipping container at Divinity School provides ‘portal’ to teens half a world away


Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., far right, holds a proposed "postcard tax filing form" as they unveil the GOP's far-reaching tax overhaul, the first major revamp of the tax system in three decades, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

The lifeline of endowment aid

For many students, attending Harvard is tied to financial help; tax plan could undercut that and research too


"You don’t have to be born with this amount of charisma, or this amount of hard-charging energy, or this amount of decisiveness to be a great leader," says Nancy F. Koehn, HBS historian and author of “Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times.”

How leaders are shaped

They rise by responding effectively and thoughtfully to challenges, author Nancy Koehn says


Federal charges have been brought against two former Trump advisers, including Paul Manafort (center). If evidence links Trump to criminal activity, Congress may have to consider impeachment. But as Harvard Professor Cass Sunstein points out, the Constitution sharply limits the category of impeachable offenses.

Sunstein on impeachment

In new book, Harvard law professor explains the centrality of a cautious process that helps to ensure America thrives


From left, moderator David Gergen, Sens. Tom Cotton, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, and Jack Reed.

For politics, a ray of hope

At Law School, 5 U.S. senators say obstacles to progress are great, but not insurmountable


On the steps of Langdell Library, Harvard Law School faculty surround six Supreme Court justices. Back row, from left: Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy ’61; Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. ’79; Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer ’64; and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch ’91. Front row: Associate Justice (retired) David H. Souter ’66 and Associate Justice Elena Kagan ’86, the former dean of HLS.

A supremely jolly affair

Six high-court justices gather to mark Law School’s bicentennial, and the stories abound


MSNBC host Rachel Maddow (left) moderated a panel of former Obama cabinet members, including Ernest Moniz and Samantha Power, to discuss national security issues under Trump.

Fears of national insecurity

On several fronts, foreign policy flashpoints worry former Obama administration officials


Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) is likely to begin his second term as general secretary of the Communist Party as the nation prepares to solidify its status as a global leader.

China peers ahead

Its congress, gathering to outline policies for next five years, is likely to reaffirm Xi’s leadership


“The Truth about Crime,” a new book by Harvard Professors Jean and John Comaroff examines society’s obsession with crime.

Crime, fear, and loathing

Harvard professors turn a critical eye on safety, anxiety, and how they’re shaping society