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The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University—known as Harvard Radcliffe Institute—is one of the world’s leading centers for interdisciplinary exploration. We bring students, scholars, artists, and practitioners together to pursue curiosity-driven research, expand human understanding, and grapple with questions that demand insight from across disciplines.

A crowd of women, with a few holding placards bearing messages about abortion rights; mostly wire hangers with bars avross them, but also one reading

How Roe Got to Be Roe

Schlesinger Library holdings document long, pitched dispute over abortion in archival documents, photos, letters, voices of women. In October, the Schlesinger Library will host an exhibition titled The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America, with an eponymous conference to follow in the spring. Sign up for our events newsletter at the bottom of this page to learn more about these upcoming happenings as more information becomes available.

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By the Numbers

Fellows 1,111
Radcliffe fellowships awarded since the Institute’s founding
Public Events 49,855
Number of people to attend Harvard Radcliffe Institute public events (virtually and in person) since fall 2020
Schlesinger Library Collections 898,715
Pages of historical material digitized and made available to researchers since 2015
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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Announces 2022–2023 Fellows

The Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program offers scholars and practitioners in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, and arts—as well as writers, journalists, and others—a rare opportunity to pursue their work in a vibrant interdisciplinary community. From robotic fish to a novel-in-progress inspired by Amelia Earhart, the 2022–2023 class of fellows will come from 14 countries to pursue an incredible range of important projects.

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Report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery

The report of the Presidential Committee on Harvard & the Legacy of Slavery documents the University’s ties to slavery—direct, financial, and intellectual—and offers seven recommendations that will guide the work of reckoning and repair now beginning.

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Highlights: Women, Gender, and Society

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This 1922 marketing and educational pamphlet, which is featured in the Schlesinger exhibition Out for Blood: Feminine Hygiene to Menstrual Equity, is from the Library's health and hygiene pamphlet collection. Zonite was sold as a household cleaner, antiseptic for cuts, and a "boon to womanhood." Visit the exhibition in the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery before it closes tomorrow! To get information about the exhibition and view its digital counterpart, visit our Linktree.

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TODAY (October 22) at 4 PM ET, please join us for the opening Zoom discussion for the exhibition Drawing Us Together: Public Life and Public Health in Contemporary Comics, featuring the cartoonists and scholars Hillary Chute, Joel Christian Gill, and James Sturm in conversation with Meg Rotzel, the exhibition curator. They will discuss comics and their ability to tell stories across time, experience, and identity. The global pandemic and recent movements for racial justice have tested public and private institutions in this country; our sense of collective wellbeing; and familial, social, and civic lives. The exhibition explores these challenges and the interconnectedness of contemporary public life and public health through the medium of comics. Authors and artists share a range of stories across time, experience, and identity through the interplay among images and words. For more info and to register, visit our Linktree. And please visit the exhibition, which includes a comics library! Pictured here, Chute (top left), Sturm (top right), Gill (bottom left), and Rotzel (bottom right). 🎨🖌️ by those pictured, except for Chute, by @alison_bechdel

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What environment helps a researcher or scholar learn to dissolve disciplinary boundaries and think in new ways? According to the astronomer Merav Opher, someplace like the Radcliffe Fellowship Program, where scholars, artists, and practitioners come together to think differently about their work. Think a Radcliffe fellowship in the sciences could be right for you? Start the application process today—the deadline for science fellowships are fast approaching! Click on "Become a Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow" via the link in our bio.

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