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Let’s fix how we fix the Constitution: Sanford Levinson Many analysts and citizens believe that the Constitution, more than 230 years old, is out of touch with contemporary America. We asked the scholars Danielle Allen, Sanford Levinson, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Stephen Sachs, and Vicki Jackson to suggest changes for a ...
Legacy of Slavery scholars share facts, figures, documents, dates Harvard’s connections to slavery run wide and deep. Tracing those ties required close scrutiny of the evolution of a major American institution from its earliest years, according to scholars involved in the Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery Initiative who ...
Will anything come of the Jan. 6 hearings? The House Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has presented evidence in public hearings over a series of months about former President Donald Trump’s central role in a scheme to overturn results of the 2020 ...
Is there method to Musk’s madness on Twitter? Since Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, purchased Twitter for $44 billion last month, the company has undergone a series of abrupt shifts. Some changes, like Musk’s firing of 50 percent of the firm’s 7,000 employees, were deliberate. But others, like the walkout ...
Arboretum displays Diane Samuels’ handmade scroll of ‘The Overstory’ Diane Samuels was eager to get writing, so she took out a sheaf of old drawings, painted them with India ink, and tore them into strips.
Then she glued them to a 160-foot-long substrate created of silk and gampi — ...
Harvard analysts on midterm elections Several key congressional seats remain in play, but one thing most political reporters and pundits agree on is that the results from Tuesday’s midterm elections have been a surprise.
Many observers had been expecting inflation to be a singular issue, ...
Sara Bleich named vice provost for special projects Sara N. Bleich, a professor of public health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School, renowned expert on nutrition security, and advocate for health equity, has been named the University’s inaugural vice provost for special projects.
In her new role, ...
Six from Harvard named Rhodes Scholars Six Harvard College seniors will study at the University of Oxford next year as American Rhodes Scholars. The six were among 32 U.S. students named recipients of the prestigious scholarship on Saturday.
“This year’s Rhodes Scholars representing the United States ...
Enshrine an affirmative right to vote: Tomiko Brown-Nagin Many analysts and citizens believe that the Constitution, more than 230 years old, is out of touch with contemporary America. We asked the scholars Danielle Allen, Sanford Levinson, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Stephen Sachs, and Vicki Jackson to suggest changes in a ...
Harvard study looks at how cephalopods develop their big brains Cephalopods are capable of some truly impressive behaviors. They can quickly process information to transform shape, color, and even texture, blending in with their surroundings. They can also communicate with one another, show signs of spatial learning, and use tools ...
New Harvard Ph.D. program on quantum science Adrian Lopez keeps pretty busy.
He’s taking two highly advanced courses in quantum science and engineering, each of which assigns complex problem sets that take about five hours apiece to complete. In his free time Lopez can usually be found ...
The myth of the ‘math person’ In the 1970s, Sheila Tobias noticed something peculiar going on in mathematics. In one of her early studies, the graduate of Radcliffe College, self-described “scholar activist,” and author of 14 books, including the 1978 bestseller “Overcoming Math Anxiety,” gave elementary ...
Six Harvard seniors headed for Oxford Six Harvard seniors will head to the University of Oxford in October as part of the new cohort of U.S. Rhodes Scholars. Though they are planning to pursue varied degrees, all are eager to learn from each other and share ...
New CDC guidelines a ‘corrective’ for opioid prescriptions, specialist says In 2016, as the U.S. overdose epidemic raged, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued prescribing guidelines that aimed to reduce excess, unused, and misused opioids. Physicians, health care systems, insurance companies, even state legislatures seized on the guidelines ...
Halting rising violence against health care workers Elise Wilson felt pretty confident in her ability to spot red flags, having worked as an emergency room nurse at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for nearly two decades. And she had really only turned her back for a second ...
Divisive elections linked to sleep disruption, alcohol consumption A new study validates the impact major political events can have on sleep and how it affects the public’s collective mood, well-being, and alcohol consumption.
Led by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the findings were published in the National Sleep ...
Excerpt of ‘South to America’ by Imani Perry Excerpted from Imani Perry’s “South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation,” winner of a 2022 National Book Award. Perry, J.D.-Ph.D. ’00, will join Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in July. 
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New faculty: Irene Soto Marín As a child in Costa Rica, Irene Soto Marín was seemingly “always asking the wrong questions.”
Once a Sunday school teacher told the story of how a mourning Job scraped his skin with pottery shards. Soto Marín found it puzzling. ...
Mapping out a better society with focus on inclusion, environment In her forthcoming book “Who Matters: How to Redefine Worth in Our Divided World,” Michèle Lamont, professor of sociology and of African and African American studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, studies intergenerational values and tensions ...
Veterans re-up, this time for rugby Ben Allen was looking for ways to stay physically active under strict COVID restrictions when he first came to Harvard in fall 2020 after retiring early from the Navy due to a medical condition. Fellow Greenough Hall resident and Israeli ...
Glimmers of movement, hope at COP27 Climate negotiators from around the world recently wrapped up talks in Egypt that were by turns frustrating and hopeful: frustrating because they did little to accelerate the slow pace of action to reduce carbon emissions, and hopeful because of a ...
A Cup as complex as world The World Cup kicks off Sunday in a historic moment for Qatar, the first Arab country to host the quadrennial international soccer tournament. It will also mark the first time the event will not be held in the summer, due ...
Nobel Prize-winning poet Louise Glück delivers Doft Lecture Creative process and Jewish tradition were central to a lively conversation last Tuesday, as Nobel Prize-winning poet Louise Glück delivered the Center for Jewish Studies’ annual Doft Lecture. The poet was welcomed to Harvard by David Stern, director of the ...
Biggest loser in midterm election? The Supreme Court Even the biggest loser (at least to some) of last week’s midterm election was a surprise.
“The 2022 midterm election was expected to be a referendum on Joe Biden. It’s closer to say it was a referendum on the Supreme ...
How inflation act may help rescue greenhouse-gas goals of repealed Clean Power Plan The Supreme Court delivered a major blow to U.S. climate change efforts in June when it struck down the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, which had for the first time set limits on carbon pollution from U.S. energy plants. Today, even ...
Archive documents Russia-Ukraine war in real-time Olha Aleksic felt terrified and powerless when Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in February with missile and artillery attacks and tens of thousands of troops. She feared for the safety of her mother and sister in Lviv and dreaded ...
Can tech save us from worst of climate change effects? Doesn’t look good Can technology save us from the worst effects of climate change? Probably not, reports a new study, “Does Directed Innovation Mitigate Climate Damage? Evidence from US Agriculture,” published last month in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.
The study showed that ...
Knowing what the doctor knows Last month, federal rules enacting the 21st Century Cures Act mandated that health care providers give patients greater access to their records in digital format. The requirement has not been universally welcomed. Some health professionals worry that a patient facing a ...
Toward a more perfect Constitution: Danielle Allen Many analysts and citizens believe that the Constitution, more than 230 years old, is out of touch with contemporary America. We asked five scholars to isolate the problem they’d attack first in answers that will appear over the next several ...
New faculty Christina Maranci shares connection to Armenian culture Christina Maranci, the new Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, has big plans. The first person of Armenian descent to hold the position, which is shared jointly by the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and History of Art and ...
Michelle Williams to step down as Harvard Chan School dean Michelle A. Williams announced on Thursday that she will step down as dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at the end of the 2022-23 academic year.
Williams, a renowned epidemiologist who has published widely on maternal ...
Harvard and Amazon Web Services partner to transform impact computing Today, the Harvard University Data Science Initiative announced the AWS Impact Computing Project at the HDSI, a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) aimed at reimagining data science to identify potential solutions for society’s most complex challenges.
The alliance, enabled ...
Thomas Hollister to step down as University CFO Thomas J. Hollister, Harvard’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance, announced Thursday that he will step down and retire at the end of the academic year. Since his appointment as Harvard’s top financial officer in 2015, Hollister has ...
New report shows forests have big role to play in climate change fight A major new report suggests that with a handful of strategies New England’s 32 million acres of forests, which cover about three-quarters of the region, could eventually come close to absorbing 100 percent of all the carbon produced by the ...
Fighting for 9/11 families, first responders, vets Known for his acerbic wit and sharp commentary on the day’s political news, comedian Jon Stewart has also proven a remarkably effective and relentless advocate for Sept. 11 victims and veterans.
Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central ...
Henry Rosovsky, former acting University president, FAS dean, dead at 95 Henry Rosovsky, a leading economist and innovative administrator who twice served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and acting president of the University, died Nov. 11 at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was 95.
Rosovsky joined ...
Four students recount climate change’s impact on their lives For students taking part in Wednesday’s event “Our Climate Change Stories,” the fight against global warming is everybody’s business. To drive that point home, several student-led environmental groups joined forces to organize an event highlighting the personal stories of seven ...
New Harvard class on dog behavior Harper looked at Experimenter Two as if he were crazy. Alexander Junxiang Chen disregarded the look and started the sequence again: lightly banging a rubber mallet onto the floor around his outstretched hand before pretending to smash it on his ...
Harvard students put mental-health crisis in own words The well-documented mental health struggles of young people in America were made worse, but not created, by the pandemic. We asked College students why their generation has felt these problems so acutely, how their own lives fit into the narrative, ...
How demagogues wield social media One of the many factors contributing to increased polarization and the global weakening of democracies over the past decade is how effective populist demagogues are at using social media, according to a cognitive scientist who studies online misinformation.
“Both social ...

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