On the cover: Lawrence S. Bacow at Elmwood, April 25, 2023. Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications


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Climate change, philanthropy, the GSAS naming gift

Not Sporting?

Crimson athletics meets the transfer portal, compensation for student names and images, different demographics, and other looming threats

In Service

Editing obituaries and class notes

July-August 2023

On the cover: Lawrence S. Bacow at Elmwood, April 25, 2023. Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications


Short and Sweet

Larry Bacow’s Harvard presidency, beyond the pandemic

by John S. Rosenberg

Ursula B. Marvin

Brief life of a pioneering planetary geologist: 1921-2018

by David A. Kring

“This Beautiful Machine”

Paola Arlotta’s organoids provide a window into the human brain.

by Lydialyle Gibson

Sound as Ever

Gram Parsons and Harvard’s hand in country rock

by Nancy Walecki

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

Nepotism’s Impact in the Job Market

How connections in blue-collar work disadvantage women and blacks

Engineering Virus-free Cells… and Organs?

Harvard researchers have built bacteria resistant to viral infections. 

Spotting Pollutants from Space

A satellite-mounted instrument developed at the Center for Astrophysics will track air pollution hourly across North America.

John Harvard's Journal University news

Sunlight and Shadow

The 372nd Commencement was perfect, as the University prepares for a leadership transition.

Honoris Causa

Harvard’s 2023 honorary-degree recipients

Commencement Confetti

This and that from Harvard’s annual graduation extravaganza

The Talk, 2023

Commencement 2023 speeches, including President Bacow’s valedictory baccalaureate and Tom Hanks’s address

Easing the College Transition

Rising Scholars brings incoming first-years from under-funded high schools to campus early.

Kari Nadeau

Multi-allergy immunotherapy pioneer Kari Nadeau returns to Harvard

News in Brief

Corporation changes, Overseers’ leaders, the Mass. Hall chief of staff, Graduate School naming gift, and more

Yesterday’s News

Headlines from Harvard’s history

Who’s News

Honored academicians, Radcliffe Institute fellows, and more

Centennial Medalists

Six alumni of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are honored.

Harvard Medalists

Five honored for service to the University 

Harvard Cambridge Scholars

Four moving on to further studies abroad 

Election Results 2023

New Harvard Overseers and HAA elected directors

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Something from Nothing

Painter, animator, illustrator, and silhouettist Susan Bin

“You Need to Move”

A vivid account of climate change and resilience

For the Homies

In José Olivarez’s poetry, the political is personal.

Off the Shelf

Recent books with Harvard connections

Impatience Is a Virtue

Violinist-multitasker Sumire Hirotsuru

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Happenings in Hartford

Literary legacies, parks, festivals—and more

Master Watercolorists

Works by Sargent, Homer, and others at the Worcester Art Museum

Films by a Japanese Master

The Harvard Film Archive’s “Complete Ozu Yasujirō”

Get Out

Where to enjoy a classic New England summer on land, sea, and sky

University People Harvardians far and wide

A New Face of American Evangelicalism

Walter Kim aims for “a way forward even within difference.”

Striving for the Straus Cup

The students who keep competition friendly

Uncharted Territory

A recent graduate thinks about what is means to take unconventional paths after Harvard.