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Measuring an Education

President Drew Faust describes Harvard’s efforts to evaluate how well—and what exactly—its students learn.

Strategically Speaking

Articulating a vision and refining a strategy for Harvard

November-December 2017


Medicine in the Middle of Nowhere

Stuart Harris and the austere practice of wilderness physicians

by Lydialyle Gibson

The College Chasm

How market forces have made American higher education radically unequal

by Charles T. Clot...

Guy Davenport

Brief life of a polymathic stylist: 1927-2005

by Eric Allen Been

The RoboBee Collective

The push to build flying, thinking, robot swarms

by Jonathan Shaw

The Justice Gap

America’s unfulfilled promise of “equal justice under law”

by Lincoln Caplan

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

A Rosetta Stone for Earthquakes

Machine learning may raise the potential for predicting where—and when—an earthquake might strike.

Climate Change and Crops

How global warming can change crop nutrition

Cashing Out For Happiness

Research from HBS shows that by buying themselves out of negative experiences, people gain time for happiness-inducing activities like learning a language, or socializing.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Winthrop House—Renewed

Undergraduates return to newly improved digs.

Mastering the “Hidden Curriculum”

How some colleges help first-generation and low-income students succeed

Nicco Mele

The director of the Shorenstein Center on how the Internet came to mean so much to him. 

Public Health’s Past and Future

Michelle Williams, a year into her role as Public Health School dean

Yesterday’s News

“Vagabonding,” Harvard Student Agencies, and more from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

“Disappointing” Endowment Returns-and a Protracted Restructuring

CEO N.V. Narvekar assesses Harvard Management Company’s most recent fiscal-year performance, and the road ahead.

Centered on Community

Harvard’s leaders stress community values at the start of the academic year.

Former Fellow Chelsea Manning

A “visiting fellow” invitation provokes an uproar.

Final Clubs, Continued

Unrecognized single-gender social organizations dominate another Faculty of Arts and Sciences monthly meeting.

A Classicist’s Dylan

In a new book, classicist Richard Thomas explores Bob Dylan’s literary ties to ancient Greece and Rome.


Deans departing, sexual-assault standards, and a Lowell House bell

Writing, Blocked

Reflections on the ups and downs of peer counseling

A Rugged Start

An Ivy win and a terrible injury mark Harvard football's early season.

“Too Normal” for a Goalie?

Merrick Madsen was the brick wall in net for last season’s Frozen Four team.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Up Close

Composer Ashley Fure wants people to listen to noise.

Oenophile Par Excellence

Anne Fadiman ’74 recalls her father, Clifton, in an excerpt from The Wine Lover’s Daughter

Found in Translation

Maureen Freely ’74, longtime translator of Orhan Pamuk, shares the nuances of bringing a text from one language to another.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

“Kingmaker” to Gatekeeper

Stephanie Burt ’94 is the kind of poetry critic who provokes anger in other poetry critics.

Believe It or Not!

From the Missouri Compromise to the 2016 election, Kevin Young's Bunk takes stock of American hoaxes, con men, and race fantasies.

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Making Global Local

Greater Boston’s cultural centers offer a lot more than language classes.

Antique Treasures

Rare books and ephemera at the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Historic-ish Holidays

Celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas at Old Sturbridge Village  

Getting High at Houghton

Harvard’s Houghton Library explores “Altered States: Sex, Drugs, and Transcendence.”

Bites from Eastern Europe

A Moldovan restaurant in Newton reflects rich culinary traditions.

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

This Land Was Made For…

A Utah activist reflects on 40 years of land conservation—and what’s coming next.

Aloian Scholars

Harvard seniors help Houses thrive.

Hiram S. Hunn Awards

Alumni are honored for undergraduate admissions work.

HAA Awards

Six alumni are recognized for long-time volunteer service to the University.