On the cover: Globalization, made vivid: container terminal at the Port of Hong Kong. Photograph by Iain Masterton/Alamy Stock Photo


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Letters on Justice Holmes, another shoeless feat, athletic admissions, and more

Thinner Ice

An admissions scandal further damages the reputation of selective institutions of higher education.

July-August 2019

On the cover: Globalization, made vivid: container terminal at the Port of Hong Kong. Photograph by Iain Masterton/Alamy Stock Photo


How Life Began

Jack Szostak’s pursuit of the biggest questions on Earth

by Erin O'Donnell

Ellen Newbold La Motte

Brief life of a bold activist: 1873-1961

by Cynthia Wachtell

The Trilemma

Dani Rodrik’s views on trade, development, and democracy enter the mainstream.

by Marina N. Bolotnikova

Truth: A Love Story

A scientist discovers his own family’s secrets.

by Stuart L. Schreiber

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Long-Term Investing, Short-Term Thinking

Long-term investors fall to short-term thinking.

From One Animal to an Ecosystem

Ecologists aim to understand how deer form their home ranges.

Zip Code vs. Genetic Code

The largest-ever study of twins quantifies the respective influence of genes and environment on specific diseases.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Women of the Year

At the 368th Commencement, sober talk about the times—and life lessons from a cohort of powerful women

Honoris Causa

The honorands of 2019

They Said

Commencement remarks on character and conduct by President Lawrence S. Bacow, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Teju Cole, and more

The Personal President

President Bacow’s lighter, and personal, side during Commencement week

Commencement Confetti

Short takes from Commencement, from a stirring “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and powerful reunion moments to Mme. Caller and a neglected feline would-be honorand

Eating Greener

Dining…and learning

Alexander Rehding

The Peabody professor of music, in brief

Educating Educators

New HGSE dean Bridget Terry Long seeks to “expand, double down, and deepen our impact.”

News Briefs

Faculty Dean denouement, Domínguez disinvitation, fencing issues, and updates on undergraduate education and public service

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard’s history

University People

Teaching stars, new academicians, a memorable May Day, and more


A new Design dean, disruptive divestment activism, Radcliffe fellows, and more

Documentary Styles

The Undergraduate takes a chance with film.

Try, Try Again

Rugby’s freshman scorer Sofie Fella

Science Dean, Soccer Judge

On the weekends, SEAS dean Frank Doyle steps out of his office and onto the pitch.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Dance in Translation

Choreographer Wendy Jehlen’s “dance diplomacy”

Picasso Reinterpreted

A Harvard scholar presents the “untold origins of a modern masterpiece.”

Cabaret and Cooperation

Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale is at his best bringing people together.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

A Fragile Relationship

The parallel, perilous, histories of China and Japan

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

A Bridge to the Past

Historic New England’s Eustis Estate

Live Jazz in the Seaport

The Boston Jazz Fest offers local and international artists.

Painting with Flashlights

Photographer Kay Kenny’s work illuminates the night.

Japanese Elegance

Kamakura offers gem-like small plates in Boston.

Outdoor Adventures

Your guide to the best summertime activities

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Are Mushrooms the New Meat?

The farmers at MV Mycological hope so.

The 2019 Harvard Medalists

For extraordinary service to the University

Centennial Medalists

Contributions to society from graduate research

Cambridge Scholars


The Senior Alumni

Evelyn Richmond ’41 and Arsen Charles ’42 led the 2019 alumni parade.