Radcliffe Institute
For Advanced Study

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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 1,111
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
Byerly Hall in Radcliffe Yard

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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On the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, we celebrate the significant strides made in women’s athletics and discuss the inequities that remain. Experts will reflect on advancements since 1972, share their personal experiences, and consider the best ways to push forward. Join us!

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Tomorrow, May 27, we celebrate Radcliffe Day 2022, when we will award the Radcliffe Medal to the nationally renowned civil rights lawyer and scholar Sherrilyn Ifill. The festivities will open with a panel, “Higher Education Access and the American Workforce,” which will will consider ways in which to build an educational system that is accessible and equitable and that enables students of all backgrounds, interests, and abilities to secure stable livelihoods in a changing workforce. Learn more about the day, including how to watch the live webcast, by clicking on the Linktree in our bio. Photo 1: Ifill at the LDF 31st National Equal Justice Awards Dinner in November 2017. Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Photo 2: Ifill and our 2019 Radcliffe Medalist, Dolores Huerta, in 2022. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for TIME

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Three Harvard seniors were honored today by Harvard Radcliffe Institute with the prestigious Captain Jonathan Fay Prize, annually awarded for the very best theses of Harvard College’s graduating class. Their work was selected from among 73 Hoopes Prize–winning projects. Zelin Liu (center left) translated and used archeology to reinterpret rarely translated Latin text. Ethan Seder (far left) invented CrashPak, an airbag for cyclists that could revolutionize bicycle safety. And Benjamin P. Wenzelberg (far right) composed a joyous Joycean opera. Each is pictured here with Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin. Congratulations to these brilliant soon-to-be grads! 📸 Kevin Grady/Harvard Radcliffe Institute

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