On the cover: Sperm whales in Dominica
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Diminished academic freedom, endangered disciplines, lost academic focus, and more

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July-August 2024

On the cover: Sperm whales in Dominica
Photograph by Amanda Cotton/©Project CETI


Decoding the Deep

Project CETI’s pioneering effort to unlock the language of sperm whales

by Jonathan Shaw

John H. Finley Jr.

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Parks for Tomorrow

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Mechanical Intelligence and Counterfeit Humanity

Reflections on six decades of relations with computers

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Vision and Justice

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How Schizophrenia Resembles the Aging Brain

The search for schizophrenia’s biological basis reveals an unexpected link to cellular changes seen in aging brains.

Redefining Obesity

For obesity patients, improved treatments and a nuanced understanding of the disease may lead to better health.

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Commencement 372 7/8

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Commencement Confetti

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Honoris Causa

Harvard’s 2024 honorary degree recipients

The Week’s Words

Commencement rhetoric on threats to higher education, melding divergent views, doing good, and combating the loss of trust

Locked In

Addressing bias and hatred, challenging governance, reacting to protest, and trying to find a way forward

Alison Simmons

A philosopher on perception, the canon, and being “a minded thing” 

The Yard Libraries, Reimagined

An ambitious plan for the next century of learning

Yesterday’s News

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News in Brief

New deans, Overseers’ leaders, retiring arts impresario, and more

Harvard Cambridge Scholars

Studying abroad 

Centennial Medalists

Four alumni recognized for work

Harvard Medalists

Three honored on Alumni Day

Election Results

Newly elected Overseers and Harvard Alumni Association directors

Montage Books, creative arts, performance and more

Art Al Fresco

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Part of the Ensemble

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On Being “Printerly”

An art historian analyzes an overlooked medium.

A Democratic Landscape

Michael Van Valkenburgh and the making of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Off the Shelf

Painting with Monet, birding with Thoreau, and other recent books

Harvard Squared What to do in Boston, Cambridge and beyond

Pioneer Valley Bounty

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Picturing Jazz

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The MAD World

An illustrative retrospective at the Norman Rockwell Museum 

Ride the Wave

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned sailor, Boston offers plenty of ways to get out on the water this summer.

University People Harvardians far and wide

“The Ingenuity of an Architect”

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Harvard Fencers at the 2024 Paris Olympics

Eight Olympics-bound Harvard fencers

The Missing Middle

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