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Acupuncture, climate change, renaming


President Bacow on speech on campus

A Tale of Two Universities

What Ivy institutions’ diverging paths reveal

March-April 2021

On the cover: Stephen Gray/Photograph by Aaron Conway/aaconn studio


Shaping Cities

Stephen Gray pioneers equitable urban design.

by Jacob Sweet

Due Process

Jeannie Suk Gersen on the law, trauma, and “the rhetoric of believing”

by Lydialyle Gibson

Elizabeth Bangs Bryant

Brief life of an underappreciated arachnologist

by Reed Gochberg

Seeing Life

Re-engaging with nature alongside the director of the Arnold Arboretum

by William Friedman

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Culture in the Cold War

In a new book, Louis Menand probes the cultural currents of postwar America.

The Great Red Enigma

The gas giant’s storms could be driven by processes thousands of kilometers below the surface.

A New Light on DNA Storage

Compact and persistent, DNA could one day compress all human knowledge into a 15-gallon drum.

John Harvard's Journal University news

A Gate of Whimsy

At Houghton and Lamont libraries, a creative new entry into the Yard

Online Takes Off

Pandemic-driven virtual learning booms—and perhaps promises improved residential education, too.

Roxanne Guenette

Seeking answers to science’s biggest questions

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard’s history

The Overseers’ Higher Profile

Prospective candidates and their diverse views of Harvard’s future and the Board’s role

Unconventional Venture Capital

The Xfund helps young entrepreneurs launch companies and careers.


Adams House changing of rhe guard, Institute of Politics controversy, an avalanche of applications, and more

News Briefs

Reports on the pandemic spring semester, policing reform, Allston enlargement, and cell-manufacturing

Adulting, Interrupted

The Undergraduate balances childhood and maturity.

The 1,200 Loop

A legendary route’s disputed distance

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Attention to Detail

Nicholas Callaway publishes the Sistine Chapel in closeup.

“Shoddy”: The Noun

“From Devil’s Dust to the Renaissance of Rags”—a surprising account of scrap

Rather Psychologically Peculiar

Reinterpreting the distinctive psychology of the human West

A Lone Star Saga

Fiction about “the power that comes to us when we uncloset ourselves”

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

When Fantasy Isn’t Enough

Documentarian Lance Oppenheim explores life in The Villages.

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Returning to the Big Screen

Greater Boston’s small cinemas strive to engage film-goers during the pandemic.

Painterly Dances, Danceable Paintings

“Shen Wei: Painting in Motion,” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Our Masked Selves

Richard Nielsen: “This is Not a Gag,” at MASS MoCA

Write It!

This Boston conference offers a virtual writing retreat.

The (Truly) Great Outdoors

Turning your al fresco space into a springtime oasis

Almuni Harvardians far and wide

Curator of American Culture

Radhika Jones at the helm of Vanity Fair

Honoring Alumni Leaders

Highlighting leaders at clubs and SIGs