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Students visiting the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library.

100 years of Widener

The massive library rose after the Titanic sank and remains a linchpin of learning and conservation at Harvard

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Harvard University has veritas shields on display in every corner of the campus. A veritas shield is pictured on the exterior of Austin Hall at Harvard Law School. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Seal of approval

Harvard’s motto, Veritas, has a long, swirling history — including two centuries of invisibility

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Since visiting Hiroshima a decade ago, historian Vincent J. Intondi has been exploring a corollary American question: What had blacks thought of using the bomb in 1945? His findings are in his dramatic and readable new book “African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement.”

Unsettled by the bomb

African-Americans, no strangers to heavy-handed authority, were far less supportive of nuclear weapons, author says

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The first five volumes of the new Murty Classical Library of India (photo 1) were released in January from Harvard University Press. The hope is to publish 500 volumes over the next century, which will reveal to the world a “colossal Indian past” of multilanguage literary history from as far back as two millennia. A detail from Volume 4, "The Story of Manu" by Allasani Peddana (photo 2). This is the first time it has appeared in English.

A literary colossus

Scholars celebrate publishing first five volumes keyed to India’s cultural past, the first of 500 in the next century

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