Initiative on Urbanism

The Radcliffe Institute's thematic year on urbanism was designed to stimulate a broad-based discussion about “the urban” in the 21st century, a much more complicated concept than 19th- and 20th-century cities. The initiative centered on a partnership between the Radcliffe Institute and the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative. The joint effort culminated in the 2016–2017 academic year, although additional programming across Harvard University began earlier, with support from a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. More


Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples

The Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples is a partnership between the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). The joint effort focuses on the 2015–2016 academic year, although programming began earlier and will continue after. Through lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances, fellowships, seminars, and archival research, the initiative explores the acquisition and expression of political power by native and indigenous peoples. More


Boston Area Research Initiative

Our Academic Ventures program leads the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI), which is an initiative sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in collaboration with the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the City of Boston.

BARI is dedicated to strengthening existing collaborations between the city and local colleges and univerisities to cross academic disciplines and administrative boundaries and develop new ways to connect

  • scholars;
  • policymakers;
  • practitioners; and
  • civic leaders. 

BARI is led by Harvard University faculty and program directors and faculty from Boston-area universities. More