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Readers comment on unequal university resources, educational effectiveness, final clubs, and first-generation students

Education as a Civil Right

President Drew Faust on the enduring struggle to assure access to education.

Square Deals?

Thoughts on the coming reconstruction of Harvard Square—and the University’s front door

January-February 2018


Botanizing in the “Mother of Gardens”

The hunt for rare plants in China  

by Jonathan Shaw

Henry Chapman Mercer

Brief life of an innovative ceramicist: 1856-1930  

by Nancy Freudenthal

The Low End Theory

Fred Moten’s subversive black-studies scholarship

by Jesse McCarthy

Prodigies’ Progress

Parents and superkids, then and now  

by Ann Hulbert

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

A Geopolitical Windfall?

The United States is finally in a position of energy dominance, but its ability to harness this boom is fraught with challenges.  

The New Rub on Knee Pain

Neither increased obesity nor longevity explains the doubling of knee osteoarthritis since World War II.   

A New Challenge for Antitrust

An increasing consolidation of ownership in health care  

John Harvard's Journal University news

Kennedy School Reconstructed

A campus remade in the course of the capital campaign

Strengths—and Warning Signs

After another surplus, cautions about the University’s future financial constraints

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff

The University archivist on what it means to “document Harvard”

Taxing Matters

Congressional tax bills aim at universities’ endowment income.

“Cheaper, Faster, Better”

One year into his deanship, George Daley shares his vision for Harvard Medical School.

University People

The dean of freshmen departs, Rhodes and Marshall scholars, and more

News Briefs

Final-club regulations and preventing preprofessionalism

Samuel Huntington, Prophet

A memorial minute on the eminent political scientist

Yesterday’s News

“Reading period” debuts, the Maharishi visits, a blizzard shuts down the University, and more from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Teaching Hip-Hop in China

Teaching rap in a Chinese high school, and contemplating one’s blackness


The University Marshal retires, MacArthur fellows, diversifying freshman pre-orientation, and more

With Our Thanks

Recognizing outstanding authors and artists for serving our readers

Not Our Year

A humbling defeat in The Game caps Harvard’s dreariest season in 17 years.

“No Secrets about How to Get Faster”

No longer a “skinny kid,” swimmer Dean Farris ’20 builds on his breakout rookie season.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

A Composed Response

Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland on finding his musical voice  

Robotic Healthcare

A doctor’s take on the destruction of medicine

Sketch Artist

Comedian Colin Jost, from Shouts and Murmurs to Saturday Night Live

A Novel Take on Eternal Life

Dara Horn breathes life into classical Jewish sources.

America’s Little Giant

Lincoln Caplan reviews Noah Feldman’s The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Renegade Tastemakers

A Somerville museum highlights art “so bad, it’s good.”

Nigerian Women Speak Out

HEAR WORD! portrays the lives of Nigerian women.

A Wintry Jaunt to Newport, Rhode Island

Visiting Newport, Rhode Island, during the winter

Pork Bao and Bubble Waffles

Asian-fusion food with a Western twist at Chinatown's Shōjō restaurant

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

From Here to Timbuktu

A globe-trotting monk with the Benedictine “survival gene” seeks out treasured manuscripts.

Stories for Change

Nancy Churnin’s picture-book biographies for children span time and space.