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Beautiful math, guns, sexual harassment, and more

Closed Doors

The perils of noncommunication

March-April 2020

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Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet

Frank Hu confronts the triple threats of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change.

by Jacob Sweet

The Authoritarian Reflex

Harvard political scientist Pippa Norris chronicles the rise of populist authoritarians in Western democracies.

by Lydialyle Gibson

Karl May

Brief life of a myth-making writer: 1842-1912

by Eugene Stelzig

History from Below

Vincent Brown writes war, empire, and slaves’ agency into the history of Atlantic slavery.

by Marina N. Bolotnikova

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Air Pollution’s Systemic Effects

Researchers studying 95 million Medicare records find new fine-particle impacts in the blood, gut, skin, kidneys, and other organs.

Passive Corporate Governance

Index funds cast a large proportion of proxy votes in U.S. companies, but take a hands-off approach with management.

Legitimate Leadership?

The right to rule depends not only on the way power is gained, but how it is wielded.


A common plasticizer causes infertility, and fructose affects fat metabolism.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Puck Stop

The many saves of a six-foot goalie

Reworking the Workplace

A Harvard Law School initiative calls for a revitalized labor law “to shift power from corporations to workers.”

Alan Jenkins

A brief look at a Harvard Law School professor's long journey

Harvard Credit for High-Schoolers

Literature professor Elisa New spearheads an online poetry course for talented students in underserved high schools.

Upending U.S. Politics

Undergraduates contribute to a new book on grass-roots organizing at the center of American politics.

News Briefs

A professor arrested, gift-giving guidelines, and an update on the graduate-student union

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard’s history


The Law School launches a “Shield Working Group,” Allston update, keeping tabs on “fake news,” and more

Women at Work

The Undergraduate writes about the Harvard Women’s Center.

“The Perfect Sheet”

Harvard’s Zamboni operators’ quest for the perfect sheet of ice

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Deep Roots

Playwright Antoinette Nwandu confronts race, religion, and her personal history.

Personal History

An addiction to reading

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Hot Pursuit

Avocational bassist Matthew Berlin

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Court-Ordered Inequity

A thumb on the scales

“Wild Dreams”

Malaysian-born Yangsze Choo writes novels infused with the tropical mysteries of her childhood.

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

A Mind of One’s Own

Delving into the world of Emily Dickinson

Danish Realism, and the Reality of the Flesh

Images that help unveil the truth of what we can see

Atwood’s Tavern

Boosting bluegrass in Cambridge

The New England Folk Festival

Contra dancing, Balkan music, sea chanteys—and more!

A Night at Gustazo

Modern delights of Cuban cuisine, in Cambridge 

Home Sweeter Home

Increasing your property’s value

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Rallying Cries

Steven Choi, J.D. ’04, works—and fights—at the vitriolic epicenter of immigration politics.

Harvard University's 369th Commencement Excercises

Guidelines for this year’s May gala

Honoring Alumni Leaders

The HAA recognizes those who bolster Harvard clubs and SIGs.

Overseer and HAA Director Elections

The official 2020 slates

Seeking a Flag-Bearer!

Are you eligible to carry the (replica) Little Red Flag?

Documentarian Sought

A possible film about cardiologist Paul Dudley White