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Sonia Gomez and Marla Ramirez.

Family fellows

Mahindra postdocs Sonia Gomez and Marla Ramírez discover a shared genealogical tree



Nobel Prize-winning Toni Morrison enjoyed a sustained standing ovation before beginning her first Charles Eliot Norton Lecture. Speaking from a wheelchair, she described her return to Harvard as “comforting,” then launched into the human tendency “to separate and judge those not in our pact.”

Slavery’s chilling shadow

In her first Norton Lecture, novelist Toni Morrison quotes standard historical passages to drive home the depths of evil



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



An American soldier on helicopter patrol over South Vietnam from the film “Hearts and Minds” (1974).

Vietnam, the ongoing memory

Though the war ended almost 40 years ago, it feels curiously current, and still draws scholars and interested students alike