Earth's night lights seen from the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASAEarth's night lights seen from the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASA

Is Anybody Out There?

SETI astronomer Jill Tarter—who was among the speakers at this year’s Radcliffe science symposium, “The Undiscovered”—on the search for intelligent life.

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Engaging Radcliffe with the World

Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin emphasizes Radcliffe’s role as a place for members of the Harvard community to convene and collaborate with one another. 

The Undiscovered

Barnstable High School Students’ Creativity Opens Harvard Science Symposium

Three Barnstable High School students, whose collaborative project was featured at Radcliffe's "The Undiscovered" science symposium, impress local school committee with their work.

Geraldine Brooks. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff PhotographerGeraldine Brooks. Photo by Rose Lincoln, Harvard Staff Photographer

Journalist, Novelist, Witness

Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks RI '06 discusses her passion for "inaccessible" stories.

The Schlesinger Library building will remain closed for renovations from November 2018 through early September 2019. Photo: Quinn G. PeriniThe Schlesinger Library building will remain closed for renovations from November 2018 through early September 2019. Photo: Quinn G. Perini

Harvard Radcliffe Institute Renovating Schlesinger Library to Increase Use of Collections

The project involves exterior and interior renovations, including building an enlarged exhibit space and a “technology-enhanced” seminar room. Researchers can access the collection via a temporary reading room in Fay House.

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Rutgers, Harvard Professors Share 20th Annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize

Radcliffe Professor Tiya Miles awarded the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits.

Harvard's Political Analytics Conference last week included "Measuring & Mapping the Midterms," a panel featuring Nate Cohn and Amanda Cox of The New York Times' column The Upshot and moderated by Kirk Goldsberry of ESPN (far left). Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard's Political Analytics Conference last week included "Measuring & Mapping the Midterms," a panel featuring Nate Cohn and Amanda Cox of The New York Times' column The Upshot and moderated by Kirk Goldsberry of ESPN (far left). Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

One Election Winner: The Pollsters

In the midst of midterm elections analysis, Moon Duchin RI '19 highlights the vast complexities of gerrymandering. 

Shaina Taub sings as militant suffragist Alice Paul. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteShaina Taub sings as militant suffragist Alice Paul. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Shaina Taub Shares Suffragists in Song

As part of a celebration for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Schlesinger Library, Taub and eight other singers performed a dozen songs from her musical-in-progress about the American Suffragist movement.

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Mourning Devah Pager

The prize-winning Harvard sociologist and past Radcliffe Professor was a scholar, friend, and mentor of "warmth, optimism, curiosity, and inspiration.”

NPR reporter Ofeibea Quist-Arcton (right), with Marco Werman from PRI's "The World," delivered the Rama S. Mehta Lecture at Radcliffe. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerNPR reporter Ofeibea Quist-Arcton (right), with Marco Werman from PRI's "The World," delivered the Rama S. Mehta Lecture at Radcliffe. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Straight to the Heart of the Story

NPR’s Ofeibea Quist-Arcton speaks at Radcliffe on seeking the untold narratives of African women.

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New Faculty: Lauren Williams

Williams is the second woman to be tenured in Harvard’s Math Department and the Seaver Professor at the Radcliffe Institute.

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An Exciting Chapter for Min Jin Lee

Best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee is a 2018–2019 Radcliffe fellow at Harvard.

Reginald Dwayne Betts while he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2011-2012. Photo by Jessica ScrantonReginald Dwayne Betts while he was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute in 2011-2012. Photo by Jessica Scranton

Could an Ex-Convict Become an Attorney? I Intended to Find Out

Reginald Dwayne Betts RI '12 writes: "After serving time for a crime I committed at 16, I discovered how hard it is for a felon to get a second chance."

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Uncovering the Economics of Foot-Binding

Foot-binding ended 100 years ago and people have long assumed that its demise was due to reform-minded efforts. But a study by Harvard's Melissa Brown RI '12 raises questions about that assumption.

The Undiscovered

Radcliffe Institute at Harvard to Host a Public Symposium Exploring "The Undiscovered" and How to Transform the Way Science Is Taught

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University announces its science symposium—“The Undiscovered”—to be held on October 26, 2018.

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The Serious Business of Comics

The world is full of visual stimuli. And the way we experience them isn’t just the stuff of comic book art, but the essence of life itself, according to Scott McCloud.

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Catching Up to Pauli Murray

Drew Gilpin Faust writes about the reissue of Song in a Weary Throat: Memoir of an American Pilgrimage more than thirty years after it was first published.

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Behind an Eerie Sound, Science, Espionage, and Dashed Dreams

Composer, musicologist, and theremin player Dorit Chrysler set history to sound, without the slightest touch, in a presentation with physicist John Huth.

EJ Hill during his performance "Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria" -- held at the Hammer Museum during the "Made in L.A." biennial. (Brian Forrest / Hammer Museum)EJ Hill during his performance "Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria" -- held at the Hammer Museum during the "Made in L.A." biennial. (Brian Forrest / Hammer Museum)

EJ Hill Stood on a Podium at the Hammer for 78 Days in a Work about Race, Art, and Winning

"It’s hard being black, brown, and queer. It’s hard to be alive in spaces that are designed to kill you. But there I am, still standing."

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New Faculty: Shawon Kinew

Italian Renaissance and Baroque scholar Shawon Kinew—a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Radcliffe—talks to the Harvard Gazette about maintaining deep connections to the landscapes of her youth.

  The soft robotic arm has interchangeable modular units that allow it to flex and rotate in response to the hand movements of a human operator wearing a glove equipped with wireless soft sensors.  Credit: David Gruber/Baruch College, CUNY The soft robotic arm has interchangeable modular units that allow it to flex and rotate in response to the hand movements of a human operator wearing a glove equipped with wireless soft sensors. Credit: David Gruber/Baruch College, CUNY

Soft Robotic Arm Acts as Extension of Human Hand

New device gives deep-sea researchers better dexterity for embracing delicate sea life.

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Schlesinger Library Awarded Grant to Create Comprehensive Digital Media Archive of #metoo

Funding from Harvard Library's S.T. Lee Innovation Grant will support a large-scale project to document the #metoo movement.   

Radcliffe Institute Panelists Discuss Contemporary Feminism

“Feminisms Now!” featured a panel of five millennial feminist activists, artists, and writers who discussed the "intersectional" nature of 21st century feminism.

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Protecting the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees

Stephanie DeGooyer RI '19 speaks with PBS's The Open Mind about the legacy of Hannah Arendt’s ideas in our age of mass deportations, Muslim bans, refugee crises, and extra-state war.