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An Engine of Ingenuity

President Drew Faust on the rise, and significance, of engineering and the applied sciences at Harvard

It’s Academic

Making the faculty and research a high priority for the presidential search

September-October 2017


The Portraitist

Elsa Dorfman, BI ’73, looks back on her photography.

by Sophia Nguyen

Carl Thorne-Thomsen

Brief life of a man of principle: 1946-1967

by Bonnie Docherty

Life Beyond Sight

On Earth, microbes run the show.  

by Jonathan Shaw

Criminal Injustice

Alec Karakatsanis puts “human caging” and “wealth-based detention” in America on trial.

by Michael Zuckerman

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

A Better Way to Amputate

Improved surgical techniques enhance prosthetic function.

Anti-Aging Approaches

Can a single molecule extend lifespan?

Recipes for Thriving Cities

The combination of certain factors can determine whether a city is plagued with disease, or is a hub for innovation. 

John Harvard's Journal University news

Harvard’s Historic Building Boom

A campus construction program of unprecedented proportions

Transition Time

President Faust’s exit timetable, and the search for her successor

Making a MOOC

HarvardX transforms a popular course in epidemiology to serve a global audience.

Sunil Amrith

The Bay of Bengal is central for this South Asia scholar.

Social Club Ban?

A Harvard committee proposes eliminating unsanctioned student social organizations.

Back-to-School Bookshelf

Derek Bok and other scholars weigh in on improving universities and colleges—and why that’s hard to do.

Yesterday’s News

A Channel first, a voluntary U.S. history exam, and more from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Building Bridges in Allston

Harvard’s business and engineering faculties join forces on a new technology-design degree—before they co-locate in Allston.


New University Press director, new University Professor, changing Harvard Square, and more

College Friends

The Undergraduate contemplates cycles in college friendships.

New Fellows

The Ledecky Fellows provide an undergraduate perspective on life at Harvard.

Dutch Discipline, American Grit

Under coach Tjerk van Herwaarden, Harvard field hockey ascends.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

“Practicing My Purpose”

The Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dan Wilson reclaims his catalog.

Leaders Born in Darkness

The Business School’s Nancy Koehn analyzes the personal stakes that propel leaders.

Bards of America

Historical plays for a nation “stuck in the middle”

“Patchwork Futures”

Sci-fi meets the political thriller.

Off the Shelf

John Kenneth Galbraith’s letters, Linda Greenhouse, color in art, and more

Always Leaning Into Wrongdoing

Stephen Greenblatt explores the myths and meanings of Adam and Eve.

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Radical Living

The Canterbury Shakers’ enduring appeal

Fresh Views of Boston

Boat tours of architectural gems

World’s End

A day trip to Hingham

A Neighborly Bistro

Branch Line serves brasserie-style fare in an historic Watertown setting

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

The Call of the Creeks

Landscape and bird artist James Coe reflects the Hudson Valley

The HAA’s “Diverse Alumni Family”

Harvard’s new alumni leader touts its global reach.