Vincent Brown is Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies. He directs the History Design Studio and teaches courses in Atlantic history, African diaspora studies, and the history of slavery in the Americas.

Howard Gardner is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and an adjunct professor of psychology and senior director of Project Zero.

Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values Jane Mansbridge is a world-renowned scholar of democracy and political leadership and the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize Winner.

Assistant Professor of English and of African and African American Studies Jesse McCarthy teachesa lecture course, “Introduction to Black Poetry,” which introduces students to a black poetic tradition that traces from Phillis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon up to the present, to poets like Morgan Parker and Terrance Hayes.

Beatrice Lindstrom is a Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic and the Supervising Attorney of Advocates for Human Rights.  Her work focuses on accountability of transnational actors, obligations of international organizations, and access to remedies.

Vincent Brown (clockwise from top left), Howard Gardner, Jane Mansbridge, Jesse McCarthy, and Beatrice Lindstrom.

Stephen Greenblatt — winner of both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” — teaches in the Department of English at Harvard University.

A Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph Nye, known for coining the term “soft power,” was dean of Harvard Kennedy School from 1995 to 2004.

Pamela Silver, the Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, strolls through Arnold Arboretum.

The distinguished journalist and author, political commentator, and longtime op-ed columnist E.J. Dionne taught and lectured as the William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor at Harvard Divinity School.

Harvard Professors Stephen Greenblatt, (clockwise from left), Joseph Nye, Pamela Silver, and E.J. Dionne.

How I wrote my
Harvard essay


Students recount the agony and the ecstasy

Late nights. Discarded drafts. That one great idea. Most high school seniors would agree that the admissions essay is the hardest part of a college application. The Gazette asked first-year students to reflect on theirs — the writing, the inspiration, the hand-wringing — and the lessons learned.


Curio traces collections at Harvard

Political buttons
Outdoor sculptures
Miniature stage sets
Walter Gropius’ bowties
Veritas shields

No collection is too large or too small.

Taking talking leaves

Harvard curios that are fleeting and ephemeral and free

by Corydon Ireland

After nearly four centuries, Harvard has attics full of curios and treasures. Among them are the whimsical, the earnest, and the odd: Emily Dickinson’s writing desk, Houdini’s handcuffs, a T.S. Eliot bowler, and drawers of fish, bone, and botany specimens that date back to the 18th century.

Then there are those Harvard curios that are fleeting and ephemeral and free: principally the fallen leaves that every autumn tourists and passers-by tuck into pockets and bags as mementos of a place, Harvard Yard, that shimmers with meaning and history. This pastime proves again that — despite a veneer of civilization — humankind holds in its core a sense of magic in the leaves, sticks, shells, and stones of the outside world: that such totems will give us power, will make memory linger, and will link us to gods of nature long forgotten.

Last week, a tourist paused to pick up a large leaf of gold and green that had fallen from a Harvard Yard sugar maple tree. She had other choices for the taking too: leaves of honey locust, American sweetgum, red maple, Ohio Buckeye, pin oak, and of American elm — the tree that a century ago had complete sway over species in the Yard. Harvard poet Jorie Graham once wrote that — yes — fallen leaves possess a “jubilation of manyness.”


Eliot House along the Charles River

John Harvard Statue & Widener Library

Double exposed in-camera

Life on a university campus is a continuous stream of intersections. Students from different backgrounds connect, scholars from divergent fields of study collaborate, ideas and concepts collide.

Photographically, double exposures allow the playful intersection of shapes and forms. Through an in-camera technique (there is no postproduction work here), two separate frames construct a singular moment.

See Harvard anew through a collection of double-exposure images, where iconic elements — bridges, towers, and gates — overlap and converge in surprising ways.

Arts & Athletics

Emily Koch merges with her own painting crafted for her Visual and Environmental Studies class, while a solitary runner gazes across Harvard Stadium as he climbs and descends the steps.
Carpenter Center & Harvard Stadium

Science Center
Memorial Hall & Harvard Yard


Scholars enter gateways to the Yard in the spirit of the inscription under the bust of James Walker, past president and overseers of Harvard College: “Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding; that thou mayest know also where is length of days, and life, where is the light of the eyes and peace.”

Harvard Commencement

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