Live Matter. Photo by Kevin GradyLive Matter. Photo by Kevin Grady

The Roots of Artistry

Rosetta Elkin's Live Matter, on display through May 29, transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary through a simple shift of perspective. Visitors to Racliffe's Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery will get a rare look at the complex and creative architecture of plant life typically hidden underground. 

Photo by Nina SubinPhoto by Nina Subin

New Faculty Director for the Schlesinger Library

Jane Kamensky will be joining the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study as the new Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library for the History of Women in America.

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff Photographer

Death Penalty, in Retreat

Radcliffe Institute fellow Carol Steiker, Harvard's Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, discusses the history of capital punishment and the Supreme Court and the death penalty's waning prominence in American justice.

An anonymous seamstress recorded the funeral in Washington on April 19, 1865. "Funeral Obsequies of Pres. Lincoln in Washington--Store closed and businesses of all kind suspended," she wrote. "The Pres. Was assassinated in his seat at Ford's Theatre--a ball pass through his brain." Anonymous account book, Anonymous Diaries and Account books, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe InstituteAn anonymous seamstress recorded the funeral in Washington on April 19, 1865. "Funeral Obsequies of Pres. Lincoln in Washington--Store closed and businesses of all kind suspended," she wrote. "The Pres. Was assassinated in his seat at Ford's Theatre--a ball pass through his brain." Anonymous account book, Anonymous Diaries and Account books, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute

A House Divided by Grief

Historian Martha Hodes speaks about President Lincoln's legacy, as seen through the eyes of his supporters and critics alike, in the days following his assassination.

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Path to Understanding

Silk Road Ensemble musicians explain how they meld playing and traditions to make new music at a Radcliffe panel discussion on “Cultural Navigation: Finding One’s Way Across Traditions."

Henri Cole. Photo by Kris SnibbeHenri Cole. Photo by Kris Snibbe

Revealed in Verse

"All my work blends autobiography and memory. To me, truth is the most important thing in art, after originality," said poet and Radcliffe Fellow Henri Cole in an interview with the Harvard Gazette.

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The Things Harvard Has

American universities increasingly use their rich collections as important teaching tools. The Gazette spoke with "University as Collector" conference co-organizer Yukio Lippit about how a wide range of Harvard's holdings help to advance its mission. 

Janet Rich-Edwards. Photo by Kevin GradyJanet Rich-Edwards. Photo by Kevin Grady

Confronting Violence Through Arts and Activism

Comic books and video games are part of the central focus of a Radcliffe Institute exhibition and conference exploring violence. “Where do we develop our ideas about gender and violence?” asked Harvard's Janet Rich-Edwards during opening remarks at the exhibition, which features 36 recent comic books and more.