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A still image from the film, This is Love, showing Rudy Love in shadowed profile

InThis is Love,filmmakers John Alexander and JC Guest document Rudy Love’s scattered, euphoric, tumultuous life.

Image courtesy of The Love Story LLC


John Alexander follows the ups and downs of funk musician Rudy Love.


Photograph of swimming hole cut in ice

© Mandarinkap/

The Business School’s Rebecca Henderson reimagines capitalism to save the planet.

May-June 2020

Posthumous portrait of astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin looking up and through a window, echoing Vermeer’s painting “The Astronomer”

(Click on arrow at right to see the full image) Patricia Watwood’s 2001 posthumous portrait of Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin echoes Vermeer’s The Astronomer.

Painting © Patricia Watwood/From the Harvard University Portrait Collection. Gift of Dudley and Georgene Herschbach

Photograph © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Brief life of a breakthrough astronomer: 1900-1979

May-June 2020

The St. Louis, Missouri, skyline on the Mississippi River with the Gateway Arch visible, as seen from across the Mississippi River in East St. Louis, Illinois

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(1 of 7) The St. Louis, Missouri, skyline on the Mississippi River, as seen from East St. Louis, Illinois 

Photograph by Visions of America/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Walter Johnson’s radical history of St. Louis

May-June 2020

Our editors curate their favorite literary stories in Harvard Magazine.


photograph of Lizabeth Cohen

Lizabeth Cohen
Photograph by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

The urban historian is honored—for the second time.


Photograph by Ken Liu

Ken Liu
Photograph © Lisa Tang Liu

Ken Liu’s speculative fiction on maintaining and transcending humanity


Illuminated manuscript page

Manuscript courtesy of Houghton Library/Photograph by Harvard Library Imaging Services

Consequences of book-breaking

March-April 2020

Photograph of Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo
Photograph by James Cham

Malaysian-born Yangsze Choo writes novels infused with the tropical mysteries of her childhood.

March-April 2020