A Faculty’s Vision

A letter from the editor: an MIT vision of its educational future

Cambridge 02138

Taxing carbon, teaching writing, legacy admissions, the sly Slive, louts

My Favorite Things

A letter from President Faust

November-December 2014


The Caribbean Zola

Orlando Patterson may be the last of Harvard sociology’s big thinkers.

by Craig Lambert

Vita: John Muir

Brief life of a Scottish-American conservationist: 1838-1914

by Steven Pavlos Holmes

The New Histories

Scholars pursue sweeping new interpretations of the human past.

by Jonathan Shaw

Yearning to Escape

James Laughlin’s transit to Harvard and Europe—and pioneering literary publishing

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Making Organizations Moral

Max Bazerman wants leaders to take notice of ethical challenges.

Mood and Magnetic Stimulation

Researchers at Mclean Hospital develop a magnet that treats depression and bipolar disorder

Governing in the Smartphone Era

Harnessing civic data makes governments more responsive to citizens.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Unleashing Harvard’s Art Museums

Harvard’s Art Museums reopen, poised to fulfill their pedagogical purpose.

Frenetic Fall

Beginning the semester with Freshman Convocation, Morning Prayers, a learning and teaching conference, and cuts in employee benefits

Harvard Portrait: Deborah Anker

A specialist on immigration at Harvard Law School


Robust capital-campaign fundraising, plus Design and Education School launch events

University People

A National Medal of Technology for SEAS dean, National Humanities Medalists, MacArthur Fellows, and more

Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Propelling Public Health

A transformative endowment gift from Gerald L. Chan and family

Close to Par

Harvard's endowment nearly returns to its peak value—and welcomes new investment leadership.


Vice-presidential vacancies in finance and communications, sexual-assault legislation, grade inflation, and more

Divestment Discussions

Further dialogue on campus, and climate-change actions elsewhere

The Undergraduate: Learning Space

A senior finds her own place at the College.

Next Man Up

A roundup of Harvard’s football season so far

Rooks and Reverse Layups

Wesley Saunders of basketball excels at anticipation, just as he did in chess.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Urban Surprises

Ross Miller’s public art in overlooked places captivates viewers.

Open Book: GOP Polarities

In To Make Men Free, Heather Cox Richardson seeks to explain the back-and-forth history of Republican Party goals.

Off the Shelf

Recent Books with Harvard connections

Iconoclastic Music Educator

Rejecting the “tyranny of competence,” John Payne helps musicians bloom.

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Music, Noted

The recording of songs and sounds past—a history of musical notation in the West

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond


Events on and off campus during November and December


Gospel choir concert offers Christmas songs and other inspirational music at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

A Slice of Russia

Gilded icons, stark portraits, and a warm tea room

Curiosities: Pretty Daggers

A new exhibit at Harvard’s Peabody Museum highlights decorative weaponry through the ages.

All in a Day: Growing Pains

The greenhouses at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens offer greenery and blossoms in winter.

Slinging Meat

A neighborly pub on the Somerville-Cambridge border

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Forward, March

Post-9/11 veterans find new ways to serve at home.

Lest We Forget

Harvard’s World War I participants are honored in an updated volume edited by Douglass M. Carver ’59.


“Harvard-Hiring-Harvard” helps students find employment.

Documentary Query

Filmmakers seek visual material from the early days of Partners In Health.

The Classes

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