Is Harvard Cool?

A letter from the editor: the Harvard-Stanford competition grows more intense.

Cambridge 02138

Social science, diversity, harpsichords, divestment, hemlocks, and more

A Goodly Company

A letter from President Faust

September-October 2014


The Lowell Speeches Project

“Community-building magic” through public, personal reflections

by Michael Zuckerman

Synthetic Biology’s New Menagerie

Life, reengineered

by Katherine Xue

Vita: Francis Parkman

Brief life of America’s epic historian: 1823-1893

Time to Tax Carbon

A plan for controlling greenhouse gases while enhancing economic growth

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Can Pseudonyms Make Better Online Citizens?

Berkman Fellow Judith Donath says they can.

Unraveling “Racial Threat”

Ryan Enos probes how people react to those of a different race

Was the Human Brain Unleashed?

A new theory posits that as the brain grew, some regions were freed from necessary tasks

John Harvard's Journal University news

Steeple Sounds

Memorial Church’s cracked bell is replaced.

Dunster Deconstruction

House Renewal reaches a whole new scale.

Endowment Exit

Harvard Management Company’s president steps down, as the endowment faces new challenges.

Harvard Portrait: Tanya Smith

Tanya Smith is a biological anthropologist who uses scientific methods to study human and primate teeth.

Yesterday's News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

How the Faculty Feels

Professors’ contentments—and concerns about diversity and demands on their time for academic advances

Loeb Classical Library 1.0

A digital “rebirth” for the series of Greek and Roman classics

Tibetan Literature, Digitized

Harvard Library helps preserve Tibet’s literary heritage.

Citizen Scholars

The Scholars Strategy Network aims to integrate scholarship into public policy.

University People

Math and science honorands, and a new development dean


Honorand Seymour Slive’s passing, Presidents Faust and Summers together, sexual-assault reforms, and more

Online Evolution

Harvard evaluates “blended” courses that draw on MOOC material.

The Undergraduate: “Charlie Parker, Who Played the Saxophone”

On second-guessing and seeking one’s passion

New Fellows

The new Ledecky Fellows

Run Backward, on a Mission

Norman Hayes explains how he plays defense for the Harvard football team as a cornerback and nickel back.

“Cleat” Hands Off

Football scribe John T. Bethell hangs up his cleats after 43 seasons; Dick Friedman goes on duty.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Laughter and Lyrics—Legally

Musicals by Benjamin and O’Keefe excite Broadway.

The Brink of Revolution

In Uncertain Justice, Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz examine the current Supreme Court.

Bears, Oars, Metaphors

Novelist and outdoorsman John Casey’s two new books look at teaching writing and his athletic exploits.

Cinema with Gravitas

Bill Haney makes documentary films that probe social issues.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words


From personal catastrophe to enforced poverty

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

A Park of One’s Own

The last home and private garden of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of modern landscape architecture

Strings, Sax, and a Dash of Sass

Boston’s chamber orchestra A Far Cry merges genres at the Gardner Museum.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Fall travel to New England’s seacoast offers art, history, biking, and great restaurants

Staging Magic

The ART launches a sumptuous world premiere of Finding Neverland

Attention, Please

Boston’s Asta is a tasty adventure

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

“Global Charge”

A Harvard alumna starts her own project aimed at global gender justice.

Embodying Access

New Harvard Alumni Association president emphasizes access to education

Expanding the Mind

At Harvard, learning never has to end

An Expert on Sharing

Tara Altebrando ’92 is the coauthor of a timely book.

Hiram Hunn Awards 2014

Harvard alumni are awarded for volunteer service to the College admissions office.

HAA Awards 2014

The Harvard Alumni Association Awards honor six leaders

Aloian Award Winners 2014

Harvard seniors honored for improving House life

The SIGnboard

Shared Interest Group events during the fall semester

The Classes

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