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Campus & Community

Harvard through Drew Faust’s eyes

Outgoing president reflects on her favorite spaces on campus

3 min read

A particular sound or scent, the memory of a cherished event, or a moment of profound and absolute beauty can leave an indelible mark that we carry with us for the rest of our lives.

From Memorial Hall and the Lavietes Basketball Pavilion to the Smith Campus Center, Drew Faust reflects on the places, times, and ways Harvard marked her, sharing with us times of joy, laughter, sorrow, and poignancy during her 10 years as president of Harvard.

Come experience Harvard through her eyes.

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Memorial Hall transept

“It’s a space that mimics a cathedral and is intended to inspire and uplift.”

Director & Editor: Ned Brown; 360 Cinematography: Kai-Jae Wang & Justin Saglio/Harvard Staff

Lavietes Pavilion

“I remember very soon after I became president, attending a women’s basketball game and celebrating with them my ascension to female power.”

Calderwood Courtyard at the Harvard Art Museums

“It has become a kind of public square for Harvard.”

Annenberg Dining Hall

“It’s hard for me to believe that this wonderful building and that wonderful space was left almost to disuse.”

Harvard Yard

“In old Harvard Yard, people raced through, they always felt they ought to be going somewhere … rather than to linger or have a conversation.”

Sanders Theatre

“I can still see [Teddy Kennedy]. I left the stage, and he was supposed to follow me, and he didn’t want to leave. And I remember turning around and seeing his silhouette as he looked out at the cheering audience, and the cheers would not stop, and he would not leave.”

Harvard i Lab

“It’s a space that’s designed for invention, creativity, entrepreneurship.”

Knafel Center (Radcliffe Gym)

“Radcliffe alums not only used that balcony as a track, they had to learn how to lower themselves on a rope from the balcony onto the floor because it was believed that it would be important for women to know how to use a rope to get out of a burning building.”

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center

“A university-wide space, in which people could bump into each other, share ideas, find spaces in which to have meetings for their organizations and groups, and embody the sort of unity that I felt would strengthen the university.”