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Robert Reid Pharr

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.

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Fellows 1,111
Radcliffe fellowships awarded since the Institute’s founding
Public Events 30,104
Number of people to attend Harvard Radcliffe Institute public events (virtually) in the 2020–2021 academic year
Schlesinger Library Collections 898,715
Pages of historical material digitized and made available to researchers since 2015

Highlights: Women, Gender, and Society

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Byerly Hall, Radcliffe Yard, on a sunny summer day

Harvard Radcliffe Institute Announces 2021–2022 Fellows

The Institute will welcome the 2021–2022 class to Cambridge for a year of in-person research, writing, and interdisciplinary exchange. The class was drawn from a wide pool of international applicants, and the acceptance rate was 2.4 percent.

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In honor of National Poetry Day, Harvard Radcliffe Institute would like to look back to our exhibit titled “A Language to Hear Myself”: Feminist Poets Speak. It featured five literary giants—June Jordan, Eve Merriam, Honor Moore, Adrienne Rich, and Jean Valentine—who used poetry as a platform for protest and self-expression, and to explore the politics of gender. Today we celebrate poetry as an art form and as a mode of activism for marginalized communities.  A link to the digital version of the exhibition is in the bio. Accessibility Description: Image 1: June Jordan smiling, sitting down in grass Image 2: Eve Merriam promotional flyer Image 3: Portrait of Honor Moore smiling Image 4: Portrait of Adrienne Rich smiling Image 5: Portrait of Jean Valentine smiling All images courtesy of the Schlesinger Library, which houses the papers of all five poets

#NationalPoetryDay #poetry #poem #literature #feminism #feministpoetry #JuneJordan #EveMerriam #HonorMoore #AdrienneRich #JeanValentine #archives #SchlesingerLibrary #Harvard #RadcliffeInstitute #HRI
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A new article in the New Yorker, “How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars,” looks at the complicated life of Norma McCorvey. The Joshua Prager Collection on Norma McCorvey and Roe v. Wade is housed in our Schlesinger Library. Here, some photos from the collection. (Photo 1) McCorvey with Flip Benham, a born-again-Christian lay minister and militant anti-abortionist, who is mentioned in the article. (Photo 2) A roadside billboard in Indiana advertises the Tippecanoe County Right to Life Banquet, which featured McCorvey ca. 1995–1998. In our bio, a link to the collection’s catalog entry.

#reproductiverights #abortion #RoevWade #JaneRoe #NormaMcCorvey #JoshuaPrager #archives #biography #history #SCOTUS #SchlesingerLibrary #Harvard #RadcliffeInstitute #HRI
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Lauren Groff (photo 2) came to the Institute ready to complete a novel about early American captivity narratives—but after hearing Katie Bugyis’s (photo 3) fellowship talk about Benedictine nuns’ liturgical practices, her brain, she tweeted, “exploded into rainbows.” 
Last summer, Groff asked Bugyis, a historian of medieval religious women, to be a historical consultant for a different novel, out now: Matrix (photo 1) portrays the life of an abbess from the Middle Ages. Learn more about this true Radcliffe Moment in the Harvard Gazette. Link in profile.

#LaurenGroff #fiction #historicalfiction #KatieBugyis #medievalhistory #RadcliffeMoment #inspiration #collaboration #Radcliffefellowship #Harvard #RadcliffeInstitute #HRI
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