The Sound of Her Voice

Since long before the publication of Loop of Jade (2015), her debut collection, Sarah Howe has been a highly regarded and much-loved member of the UK poetry scene. She is not currently in the UK, however; for a little while longer, she is a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Janet Yellen Talks Policy and Inequality at Radcliffe Day Celebration

Harvard Magazine says of Radcliffe Medalist Federal Reserve Chair, "Yellen has been unapologetic in her view that restraining inequality is inherent in the Fed’s mandate, a role which has cemented her leadership in the public conversation on inequality." 

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Prosperity and Equality

Harvard Magazine says of the Radcliffe Day 2016 panel, Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality, "featured some of the most interesting researchers addressing these problems as participants in a searching, intelligent exchange of the sort that rarely occurred in the debates televised during the primary season."

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From Fresh Food to Magic Mushrooms

Radcliffe fellow Michael Pollan is exploring a budding rebirth of psychedelic drugs, all but banned since the 1960s. “This has been a different kind of reporting for me. Interviewing people with cancer diagnoses—who are thinking about death—and talking about death with them,” Pollan said.

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Janet Yellen, Honored by Radcliffe, Ponders Economy

The Harvrd Gazette: Janet L. Yellen, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the country’s central banking system, accepted the Radcliffe Medal, and discussed economic concerns.

From left: Harvard students Claire Atwood, Ryan Chow, Dean Lizabeth Cohen, and Sitan Chen. Photo by Jessica BrilliFrom left: Harvard students Claire Atwood, Ryan Chow, Dean Lizabeth Cohen, and Sitan Chen. Photo by Jessica Brilli

Radcliffe Institute Honors Outstanding Undergraduate Work

The Institute awards the 2016 Fay Prize to Harvard College seniors Claire Atwood, Sitan Chen, and Ryan Chow for their imaginative and original theses.

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Divided by Trade

Political scientist Diana C. Mutz examined the gap between public attitudes and those of economists in a Radcliffe talk.

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Hours After Winning Pulitzer, Nguyen Reads in Cambridge

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen RI '09 wins the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Nguyen's winning debut novel is a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a "man of two minds"—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States. 

John Wang '16, winner of the Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition cycle 3. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerJohn Wang '16, winner of the Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition cycle 3. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer

Harvard Undergraduate Wins Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition

The Radcliffe Institute announces the winner of its third Public Art Competition: John Wang ’16, a concentrator in the history of art and architecture at Harvard College, whose inventive design proposal is titled In Search of 100 Years at 73 Brattle.

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Photographing Native American Cultures

Almost four years after beginning her journey, photographer Matika Wilbur has arrived at Harvard with 25 selections from her ongoing work, Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women. Wilbur visited close to 350 tribes and shot thousands of photographs. 

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A Bleak, Troubling History

Laurence Ralph has used his time as a Radcliffe fellow to study police violence and race. "I wanted to examine the contradiction between the fact that the police are supposed to safeguard citizens and yet they're contributing to an alarming number of violent deaths," he says.

Campaign buttons from 1972 for Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American candidate to run for president of the United States and the first woman to seek the democratic presidential nomination.Campaign buttons from 1972 for Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American candidate to run for president of the United States and the first woman to seek the democratic presidential nomination.

Pinning Their Hopes on Buttons

Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library and the Kennedy School hold thousands of political buttons between them, ranging from school committee contests to presidential campaigns.

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Lines That Go Swish

The Harvard Gazette speaks with poet and Radcliffe fellow Ross Gay, who is a finalist for the National Book Award for his latest book of poems, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude.

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Independent Mind

Claudia Escobar RI '16, a former justice in Guatemala and now a Scholar at Risk at Harvard, says that a lack of judicial independence creates fertile ground for corruption.

Karole Armitage presented this year's Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff PhotographerKarole Armitage presented this year's Julia S. Phelps Annual Lecture in the Arts and Humanities. Photo by Kevin Grady, Radcliffe Staff Photographer

Karole Armitage: Dancing In and Out of the Box

“I was born with this idea that I wanted to be an artist, because I wanted to understand what it means to be a human,” says Karole Armitage RI '16. “What it means to be alive.” She chose to write on the air with her body—and this is how she comes to know her place in the world.

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad: Scholar, Library Director, Advisor

Muhammad advocates that higher-education and local institutions ought to connect more, which will sustain public engagement by providing “the kind of civic literacy we need in order to have a healthier democracy."