Magazine cover for July - August 2020 issue.

On the cover: Tercentenary Theatre, May 28, 2020. Photograph by Kristina DeMichele/Harvard Magazine


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Health care, St. Louis, pioneering astronomer


President Bacow on Harvard’s history of confronting—and helping conquer—pandemics

Lessons Learned

What Harvard has already learned from the pandemic—and strategic challenges to come

July-August 2020

Magazine cover for July - August 2020 issue.

On the cover: Tercentenary Theatre, May 28, 2020. Photograph by Kristina DeMichele/Harvard Magazine


“From Neither Here Nor There”

Sociologist Roberto Gonzales on the predicament of undocumented young people

by Lydialyle Gibson


Brief life of a multifaceted poet: c. 310 B.C.E. - c. 240 B.C.E.

by Stephanie Burt , Mark Payne

The Indispensable Power

On restoring American leadership through diplomacy

by Nicholas Burns

One Small Step for Music

A professor’s interstellar reach

by Jacob Sweet

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

The Brain-Behavior Link

Researchers hope to tease out the effects of breeding and training on dog brain structure.

The Extinction of the Press?

If the press is essential to democracy, what can be done to save news organizations?

Cornering COVID-19

A serological test may reveal the COVID-19 virus’s weaknesses—and expose its strategic decoys.

John Harvard's Journal University news


Harvard’s oldest building at 300

Graduation, Socially Distanced

Details of the virtual degree-conferral ceremonies

Ending an Epidemic

The when and how of vaccines

Melissa Dell

“In the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, people in academic institutions like Harvard predominantly studied the U.S. and Europe,” says the development economist.

The Coronavirus Campus

The factors influencing the fall semester—and beyond

Yesterday's News

Headlines from Harvard’s history

Addressing Climate Change

The University adopts a new goal for managing the endowment.


Leadership changes, new sexual-misconduct rules, and more

Jeffrey Epstein’s Extensive Harvard Reach

The general counsel’s report recommended—and prompted—action.

Point of No Return

The Undergraduate faces up to a postgraduate life without handrails.

All In Her Head

Diver Georgina Milne pictures a post-pandemic return.

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

“Theater Is Church”

Playwright Katori Hall on the joy—and trauma—of black life

What’s Become of “Character”?

Marjorie Garber explores the word’s complexity and history.

Electoral Eccentricity

Problematic features of the Electoral College

The Power of Unreason

Paul Moravec’s soulful music

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Seriously Goofy

Comedian Karen Chee finds her voice.

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Greater Boston’s Season of “Social Trust”

Getting away and outside safely this summer

A COVID-19 Day at the Beach

Strict lines in the sand

A Living Treasure in Boston

Summertime at the Arnold Arboretum

Turkish-inspired Delights

Cambridge’s Sofra Bakery & Café feeds sheltering crowds.

Virtually Perfect

How to plan your staycation summer

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

The Arts as Essential Goods

A prescient novelist is hopeful that “after great change, amazing things can happen.”

Harvard Cambridge Scholars

Headed to the other Cambridge  

Harvard Medalists

For extraordinary service to the University

Centennial Medalists

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ honorands

Overseer and HAA Director Elections

The official 2020 slates