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Photograph of Elizabeth Hinton

Elizabeth Hinton
Photograph by Stu Rosner


Historian Elizabeth Hinton probes the roots of a gathering crisis.


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Recreating the Philosophy Chamber

May-June 2017

Illustration by Whooli Chen

Illustration by Whooli Chen

Distraction seems to be the aim of a massive government campaign of fake social media posts.

May-June 2017

<p class="caption"> A poster invites citizens to protect protesters from attacks at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or Independence Square, in Kiev during the 2013-2014 Euromaidan protests.</p>
<p class="credit">Image courtesy of the Ukrainian Research Institute Reference Library</p>

One of the largest Ukrainian-language collections in the world, housed at Harvard

January-February 2017


Refugees from Syria rest on the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. Thousands of refugees cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey in rubber boats every day, fleeing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

A Syrian refugee who came to Lesbos that week by one of many boats told me his new life had just started. “New life as a human being,” he added. 

     I hope he will not question this emotional sentence on the long way to a new home even though there are signs from the first seconds of their arrival that the refugees didn’t land in a paradise. 

     Every boat that comes to the island is greeted by two groups. There are dedicated volunteers who work in shifts during day and night to help refugees in their first hours in Europe—and then there are also groups of   “engine hunters,” as they are called here. Very often they come first. They only care for the boat. The engines are removed before the last person is taken care of. Business is business.

     It was a long week full of almost surreal scenes…

Photograph by Maciek Nabrdalik

A Nieman Fellow documents the perilous passage of refugees fleeing war to seek safety in Europe.

January-February 2017

Illustration by Wesley Bedrosian

Harvesting innovations from around the world to improve American medical care

November-December 2016

Portrait of Emperor Yu as imagined by Song dynasty painter Ma Lin

Composite image created by Lydia Carmichael/Harvard Magazine

Researchers unearth geological evidence to support one of the country’s earliest folk legends.


Basin with Painted Geometric Decor and Burnished Surface, Chinese, Neolithic period, Majiayao culture, Majiayao phase, 3300–2650 BCE. Earthenware.
Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums/© President and Fellows of Harvard College.

An exhibition of prehistoric earthenware deepens understanding of early Chinese cultures and communities.


Megan White Mukuria and her tools

Megan White Mukuria and her tools
Image courtesy of ZanaAfrica

An alumna’s novel approach to helping Kenyan tweens

July-August 2016