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Letters on geoengineering, energy divestiture, drug discovery, and more

By the Books

A letter from the editor on the humanities at Harvard

One Harvard

A letter from President Faust

September-October 2013


Life’s Beginnings

Studying how life bloomed on Earth—and might emerge elsewhere

by Courtney Humphries

A Nearly Perfect Book

The poetry critic, the publisher, and the art of bookmaking in a digital era

by Nathan Heller

Self-Fashioning in Society and Solitude

On crafting a liberal-arts education by reading the classics and shaping one's life course

by Nannerl O. Keohane

Vita: Henry Beston Sheahan

Brief life of a nature writer in a machine age: 1888-1968

by John Nelson

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Rise of the Little Guy

The Internet has led to cultural and economic changes that tilt power away from large organizations, argues Nicco Mele in a new book.

Sixteen-Acre Battlefield

Elizabeth Greenspan explores the rebuilding of the Twin Towers in her new book Battle for Ground Zero.

Geology Intersects Biology

A poster by Harvard scientists shows 4.6 billion years of evolutionary history.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Uncommon Space

The Science Center plaza, renovated, becomes a Harvard crossroads.

The Campaign Context

The president and provost put The Harvard Campaign in perspective.

Financial Focus

Putting The Harvard Campaign in fiscal context

The E-Mail Investigation

An outside review of Harvard's e-mail reviews finds further problems of policy and execution.

Harvard Portrait: Judith Grant Long

The associate professor of urban planning studies sports facilities and their impact.

Education and Opportunity

Lawyer James Ryan, new dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a scholar and champion of equal educational opportunity.

Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Invigorating the Humanities

Facing declining enrollments, the humanities seek to reinvent themselves.

Where the Women Aren’t

In the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, efforts are under way to attract more tenure-track women.

Harvard Files Institutional Master Plan in Allston

The University details its 10-year aspirations for development on the other side of the Charles River.

The Undergraduate: Dear Younger Self

A rising senior offers advice to the first-year she once was.

Fresh Fellows

New Ledecky fellows


Harvard news: College dean, HarvardX, socially responsive investing, library leaders, and more

Scrums, Rucks, Mauls

Varsity rugby for women begins a new era in Crimson sports.

Harry Parker

The head men's heavyweight crew coach at Harvard for 51 years died at age 77.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

A Fever for Chèvre

The brothers Sandvoss moved from glitter to goat cheese.

A Bloodbath, Averted

An alumna recounts a refugee crisis in South Africa.

Saxophonically Speaking

Joshua Redman's sonorous voice on tenor

Side Missions, Engines, Joysticks

Assassin’s Creed’s head writer Corey May explains how writers create video games that are immersive and participatory.

“Global Whitemanism”

The capitalist economy and dark dreams of the slaveholding South

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

An Artful Business

Where inspired artists meet aspiring collectors

Capital Connections

An energetic alumni leader emphasizes her “ability to listen.”

Hiram Hunn Awards

The College’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid honors eight outstanding alumni interviewers.

Reexamining History

Photographer Diana Mara Henry ’69 publishes her collection Women on the Move.

Racing Past Antarctica

Rich Wilson ’72 circled the globe—nonstop, solo, under sail—and has written the tale.

The SIGnboard

Shared Interest Group events in September and October

The Classes

Harvard alumni may sign in to view class notes and obituaries.