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Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, a thirteenth-century Japanese icon made of wood with inlaid quartz eyes

Image courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial and promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 2019.122.


A Harvard Art Museums exhibit reunites a thirteenth-century Japanese icon with artifacts it once held.


Modern psychiatrists revived the effort to link mental illness to biology, begun in the 1840s by scientists like Emil Kraepelin.

Photograph Wikipedia/Public Domain

A history of psychiatry’s troubled search for the biology of mental illness

May-June 2019

National Women’s Party members picket the White House, 1917. In the years leading up to the Nineteenth Amendment’s passage, the protesters were a regular presence in Lafayette Square.

Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress

Fresh portraits of U.S. foot soldiers for women’s right to vote

May-June 2019

An untitled 1900 ink and color work by an unidentified artist, exhibiting the strikingly modern “eight-brokens” style

Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Recent books with Harvard connections

May-June 2019

Accidental comics writer Amy Chu
Image courtesy of Amy Chu

Graphic novelist Amy Chu

May-June 2019

Harper Lee

Photograph by Donald Uhrbrock/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images

Casey Cep’s debut book, on a murder trial and Harper Lee

May-June 2019

After graduating from the College in 1861, Holmes obtained a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment.”

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections

A new biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. illuminates the Supreme Court during the centennial of his most momentous dissent.

May-June 2019

Rafael Campo
Photograph by Stu Rosner

Rafael Campo’s compassionate care

May-June 2019

Min Jin Lee

Photograph by Ella Rinaldo

“I worry a great deal about how Koreans are perceived,” the author says.