On the cover: President Drew Gilpin Faust. Photograph by Jim Harrison


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Tax reform, shopping week, and enabling expertise

Unfinished Business

The urgency of getting Gen Ed right

July-August 2018

On the cover: President Drew Gilpin Faust. Photograph by Jim Harrison


The “Global Chemical Experiment”

Elsie Sunderland traces the flows of human pollutants in the oceans. They come back to bite us.

by Courtney Humphries

Moorfield Storey

Brief life of a patrician reformer: 1845-1929

by Geoffrey D. Austrian

Focus on Faust

Drew Faust’s presidency in perspective

by John S. Rosenberg

Writing Crime into Race

Historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad studies one of the most powerful ideas in the American imagination.

by Lydialyle Gibson

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

The Language of Emotion

Developmental psychologists find a surprising relationship between age and emotional understanding.

The Brain in the Basement

The Center for Green Buildings and Cities aims to reduce energy used to heat and cool buildings to nearly zero.

A Particulate Problem

Harvard researchers revisit and reaffirm a controversial environmental study.

John Harvard's Journal University news


A celebration of President Drew Faust, and wariness about the assault on “veritas”

Honoris Causa

The 2018 honorands, from acclaimed artists to celebrated statesman

Humor, Too

Phoebe Lakin ’18 invokes J.K. Rowling.

Women Leaders

Radcliffe hosts Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the Rhode Island Rhodes Scholar’s modest roots

Commencement Confetti

The 2018 rites in print and digital, M.D. on her toes, and more

“The Foundation of Learning”

President Faust’s Commencement afternoon valedictory address on hope and higher education


Harvard Law students address immigrants’ legal challenges.

Erika Bailey

Coaching voice and speech at the A.R.T.

Seasons at the Arboretum

A veteran photographer of people turns his lens to plants.

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard’s history

Changes at the Top

A business leader and a college president join the Corporation.

University People

S. Allen Counter, undergraduate-education dean, teaching prizes, and more

News Briefs

Two new deans, a graduate-student union, modest gains in faculty diversity, and a final-club update


Mass Hall makeover, Adams House renewal on deck, quantitative biology, and more

The Harvard Tour

What makes it “real”?

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Rage, Reborn

With his supergroup Prophets of Rage, the musician faces down a president.

We Would Have Known

A sweeping history of the idea of privacy in America

Next Steps

Madelyn Ho pursued two tracks: modern dance, and getting her M.D.

Not “Mickey Mousing”

Three pianists making silent film sing

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Cold Comforts

Keith Gessen’s second novel deftly interweaves politics and personal history.

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

From Flowers to Race Cars

Cape Cod’s Heritage Museums & Gardens

Kevin Beasley at the ICA/Boston

Sculptures that resonate with what’s not there


MASS MoCA’s summer smorgasbord

Pipe Up

Seasonal concerts at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

A Family Farm

Working a cattle ranch and tree nursery in Big Sky country

Centennial Medalists

Contributions to society from graduate research

The 2018 Harvard Medalists

For extraordinary service to the University

Cambridge Scholars

Harvard graduates are Britain-bound.

The Senior Alumni

Seventy-seventh reunioners Evelyn Richmond and Theodore R. Barnett led the 2018 alumni parade.

Reviving Neglected Space

Practicing architecture in Myanmar