On the cover: Claudine Gay, photographed at University Hall, June 13, 2023. Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications


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Affirmative action, climate change, undergraduate options

Reading the Tea Leaves

The messages and meanings of Harvard’s presidential installations

September-October 2023

On the cover: Claudine Gay, photographed at University Hall, June 13, 2023. Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications


A “Scholar’s Scholar”

A profile of Harvard’s thirtieth president

by John S. Rosenberg

The Return of History

Ukrainian scholar Serhii Plokhy on the war in his home country

by Lydialyle Gibson

Getting Close, in Selma

Acting at a moment of conscience

by Drew Gilpin Faust

Arthur Augustus Johnson

Brief life of a Black baseball impresario: 1890-1951

by Kasey Uhlenhuth , Harry R. Lewis

RIGHT NOW Harvard research and ideas

What Makes Humans Smart?

The critical role of cultural intelligence

Polishing off Plastic Pollution?

Engineering microbes to metabolize plastic waste

Picking Team Players

A test can identify these productivity-boosting personnel.

John Harvard's Journal University news

New Digs

Claudine Gay’s first day in her presidential office

After Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court upends admissions.

Irene Soto Marín

Ancient history professor studies coins, ceramics, and Zelda.

Campus Conversations on Speech

Some faculty members and students express concern that free inquiry has become constrained.

Yesterday’s News

A coin toss forecasts a surprising football score.

News in Brief

New Arts and Sciences dean, chief financial officer, Allston construction, and more

“This global, diverse, vibrant community”

Alumni Association President Ty Moore

Honoring Alumni Interviewers

Miller-Hunn Award recipients

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Getting His Reps in

Anwar Floyd-Pruitt’s wildly profuse art

The Men Who Can’t Be Saved

Novelist Ben Purkert’s playfully serious look at masculinity

Off the Shelf

Recent books on camping outdoors, economic opportunity, the women of NOW, and more

“Shotgun” Diagnosis

The virtues of inaction in delivering medical care

State-Sponsored Discrimination

The role of zoing law and housing in making America more unequal—and what to do about it

The Sound of Science

Composer and biophysicist Amir Bitran

Life’s Blueprints

The development of developmental biology

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

“The Wonder Out There”

Rambling around the Quabbin Reservoir

RISD Craft Fair

Artists showcase their work in Providence, Rhode Island. In the foreground are pieces by Dwo Wen Chen/Three Wheel Studio. 

Speaking Volumes

Glimpsing Harvard’s East Asian language materials collection

Stone Walls, a Closer Look

Learning from the past through relics in Concord, Massachusetts

New Impressions

Explore Boston’s cultural institutions through immersive exhibits and offerings.

University People Harvardians far and wide

The New Little Magazines

Keeping literature and long-form journalism alive

Dialed In

“The Dial,” reborn

The New Crew

The 2023-24 Ledecky Undergraduate Fellows. 

The Elephant in the Room

Conservative undergraduates’ campus debates

In Defense of Liberal Arts

A semester abroad clarifies the value of the curriculum back home.