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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 1,209
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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We’re grateful for you—Happy Thanksgiving! 📷 Boy and girls dressed as Pilgrims, posed with trays of food, ca. 1940–1945. Part of North Bennet Street Industrial School Records, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard Radcliffe Institute

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On Election Day in 1916, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to US Congress, to represent Montana in the House—four years before women were granted the vote nationwide by the 19th Amendment (but two years after she helped pass her home state’s suffrage amendment). Her papers are housed in our Schlesinger Library. This photo, taken between 1949 and 1951, shows Rankin at Avalanche Ranch, her residence in Helena, Montana, now a National Historic Landmark. 📷 is part of the Edna Bertha Rankin McKinnon Papers, Schlesinger Library

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The Age of Roe: The Past, Present, and Future of Abortion in America is now on display through March 4 in the Schlesinger Library. The exhibition rethinks what Roe has meant to American society, culture, and politics. It tells the story of abortion in the United States—from criminalization to constitutionalization and back again—through the eyes of those who created and defended Roe and those who mourned and unmade it, those at the center of politics and those at the margins. Their stories suggest that even after the reversal of the 1973 decision, the age of Roe will continue to cast a long shadow over our ideas of reproduction and justice. By listening to those who experienced the age of Roe, we can see how the past shaped our present moment and begin to find a way beyond it. Visit the exhibition in the Lia and William Poorvu Gallery, open Monday–Friday, 9 AM–4:30 PM. These pro-choice and pro-life buttons are from the collections of our Schlesinger Library. 📸 @juliafeatherphoto

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