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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.

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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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NOW OPEN: Solidarity! Transnational Feminisms Then and Now, an exhibition curated by Durba Mitra that features 50 years of transnational feminist collections held at the Schlesinger Library. It reveals the complex, vexed history of international women’s rights, sisterhood, and alliance through the lens of the United Nations International Women’s conferences held between 1975 and 1995. Each of the four posters pictured, all from the Schlesinger Library's poster collection, are associated with a conference. Image 1: Mexico City, 1975 Image 2: Copenhagen, 1980 Image 3: Nairobi, 1985 Image 4: Beijing, 1995

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Today, Harvard Radcliffe Institute is pleased to announce that Ophelia Dahl, the internationally recognized healthcare and social justice advocate and one of the founders of Partners in Health, will receive the prestigious Radcliffe Medal this May 26. Each year, during Harvard University’s Commencement Week, the Institute awards its highest honor to an individual who embodies its commitment to excellence, inclusion, and social impact. Dahl joins such previous awardees as Madeleine Albright, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Melinda French Gates, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dolores Huerta, Sherrilyn Ifill, Toni Morrison, Sandra Day O'Connor, Gloria Steinem, and Janet Yellen. A key component of Radcliffe Day is a panel of internationally recognized experts on a theme related to the work of the Radcliffe Medalist. This year we will focus on the essential role of women leaders in global health. To learn more, visit our Linktree. Image 1: Portrait courtesy of Ophelia Dahl Image 2: Photo by Rebecca Rollins

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Today, in honor of International Women's Day, we offer a preview of Solidarity! Transnational Feminisms Then and Now. The upcoming Schlesinger Library exhibition, curated by Durba Mitra, features 50 years of transnational feminist collections held at the Schlesinger Library. Through posters, newspapers, photographs, and memorabilia, Solidarity! explores the promises and limits of global feminist solidarity from the 1970s to the present. It opens on March 27. Image 1: Exhibition graphic by Mel Rico Image 2: A detail of a promotional poster for the United Nations Decade for Women: Equality, Development, and Peace World Conference, which was held in Copenhagen in July 1980. Art by Ole Hamann/Poster Collection, Schlesinger Library

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