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23andMe CEO Discusses Healthcare Transparency and Patients Privacy at Radcliffe Institute Event

Anne E. Wojcicki explained her view of the genetics company’s role in the changing world of healthcare and her beliefs on information privacy and consumer choice.

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Radcliffe Institute Hosts Virtual Panel on Inequalities of Higher Education during COVID-19

Radcliffe event focused on how COVID-19 has exacerbated racial and economic inequalities in higher education.

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Does Food Have a Gender?

Historian Barbara Haber and chef Lydia Shire discussed how food, whether in the home or professional domain, has long been associated with gender and a range of social and political realities.

In the 18th century, the Royall House was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts. It was a bequest from Isaac Royall Jr. that funded the establishment of Harvard Law School in 1817. In 2016, the Harvard Corporation approved the removal of the Law School's shield, which was derived directly from the Royall coat of arms. Courtesy of Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard UniversityIn the 18th century, the Royall House was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts. It was a bequest from Isaac Royall Jr. that funded the establishment of Harvard Law School in 1817. In 2016, the Harvard Corporation approved the removal of the Law School's shield, which was derived directly from the Royall coat of arms. Courtesy of Special Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University

Initiative on Legacy of Slavery at Harvard Picks Up Steam

Amid a national reckoning on race, Harvard's Radcliffe-based program is pressing forward with efforts to examine its historic ties to slavery and their lasting effects.

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Hard Lessons from a Tough Election

Harvard scholars and analysts—including Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin and past fellows Kenneth Mack, Carol Steiker, and Dan Carpenter—reflect on politics, divisiveness, diversity, and disinformation.

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How Should the US Presidential Candidates Think about Criminal Justice Reform?

Harvard experts—including Radcliffe's Sandra Susan Smith and Kaia Stern—weigh in on police reform, decarceration, juvenile justice, and changing our policies toward immigrants.

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United Nations High-Level Commissioner Talks Women’s Role in Policymaking

Radcliffe fellow Alaa Murabit says that women involved in conflict resolution are more likely to focus on community needs, especially education and health care.

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Activists Promote Education in Prisons at Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Prison reform activists argued in favor of high-quality education in prisons at a webinar hosted by Radcliffe.

Four early-career scientists presented their research findings on water's role in climate change, earth science, public health, and planet habitability at a Radcliffe Institute event.Four early-career scientists presented their research findings on water's role in climate change, earth science, public health, and planet habitability at a Radcliffe Institute event.

Scientists Speak on Water's Role in Climate Change, Public Health and Planetary Science at Radcliffe Institute Event

The event was part of the Radcliffe Insitute's “Next in Science” series spotlighting the work of up-and-coming researchers.

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Radcliffe Panelists Link Systemic Racism, Obesity, COVID-19

Sara Bleich and Sabrina Strings discussed how slavery-era inequities are linked to modern health disparities, higher obesity, and disproportionately high COVID-19 mortality rates among Black Americans.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters Were Overwhelmingly Peaceful, Our Research Finds

The Black Lives Matter uprisings were remarkably nonviolent. When there was violence, very often police or counterprotesters were reportedly directing it at the protesters.

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The Long March for Suffrage

Radcliffe project marks 19th Amendment centennial while focusing on the women who would not be fully enfranchised for decades more.

University of Connecticut Professor Manisha Sinha spoke about African American intellectuals James W.C. Pennington, Frederick Douglass, and William Wells Brown who, she says, often offered ethical and moral arguments against scientific racism. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerUniversity of Connecticut Professor Manisha Sinha spoke about African American intellectuals James W.C. Pennington, Frederick Douglass, and William Wells Brown who, she says, often offered ethical and moral arguments against scientific racism. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Exploring the North’s Long History of Slavery, Scientific Racism

Radcliffe webinar exploring the legacy of slavery upends myths of Northern blamelessness.

Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Accompanied: Two Views of the Sea, 2017-2020. Cotton thread, colored pencil on paper, pine, gouache, 11.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches. Courtesy of the artists.Marilyn Pappas and Jill Slosburg-Ackerman, Accompanied: Two Views of the Sea, 2017-2020. Cotton thread, colored pencil on paper, pine, gouache, 11.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 inches. Courtesy of the artists.

Being with the Other

A Radcliffe exhibition explores a lifetime of artwork and female friendship.

The journalist Nikole S. Hannah-Jones spoke at a Radcliffe Institute event Tuesday. Image by Pei Chao ZhuoThe journalist Nikole S. Hannah-Jones spoke at a Radcliffe Institute event Tuesday. Image by Pei Chao Zhuo

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Nikole Hannah-Jones Discusses 1619 Project at Radcliffe Institute Event

The Institute hosted Hannah-Jones as part of the presidential initiative on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery.

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Where the Wild Things Are—Now That Humans Are Locked Down

Christian Rutz RI '20 and other researchers are examining human impact on wildlife using data collected during the pandemic quarantine.

This fall, Professor Tiya Miles will teach "Abolitionist Women and Their World," a course in public history. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThis fall, Professor Tiya Miles will teach "Abolitionist Women and Their World," a course in public history. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Crowd-sourcing the Story of a People

Radcliffe Professor Tiya Miles discusses why she believes a better understanding of the past is as likely to be found in a formal archive, a national park, or a conversation with an elderly relative as it is in the classroom.

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How Caffeine Changed the World

Author Michael Pollan discusses his latest work on the world’s most-used psychoactive substance.

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Challenge of Archiving the #MeToo Movement

The Schlesinger Library's new online collection contains more than 32 million tweets, 1,100 webpages, and thousands of articles reflecting a range of perspectives.

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Teaching Children to Be Antiracist

Scholar Ibram X. Kendi, an incoming Radcliffe Institute fellow, talks about his new picture book and how to start conversations about racism with children.

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Police Reform in the Spotlight

Radcliffe panel explores the nation’s history of policing, what it will take to overhaul a system seen as rife with misconduct and racism, and how America is failing to live up to its democratic beliefs.

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Facing the Denial of American Racism

The Radcliffe Institute hosted “Naming Racism,” a discussion focused on identifying the historic and ongoing social roots of racism denial, and strategies for raising awareness.

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An Economic Emergency

“A substantial share of those currently on temporary layoff are likely to become permanent job losers. We need to plan for this,” says Harvard economist Lawrence F. Katz.

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Ideas for Flattening the Hunger Curve

“There is no question that COVID-19 will drive food insecurity into the mainstream,” says Harvard public health policy researcher Sara Bleich.

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Eclipsed by Virus, Addiction Still Shadows the Land

"COVID-19 detrimentally impacts people with addiction and people in pain, making vulnerable people even more vulnerable," says sociologist Liz Chiarello.

Voters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash FileVoters observe social distancing guidelines as they wait in line to cast ballots in the presidential primary election in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. Image source: AP Photo/Morry Gash File

Health of Democracy Faces Daunting Test

Historian Liette Gidlow RI '20 speaks on the tension between in-person voting and public health as American states scramble to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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How to Build a Better World

Esra Akcan RI '20, a professor in Cornell's Department of Architecture, answers questions as part of a series on the wide-ranging effects of COVID-19.

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The Fraught Promise of Digital Remedies

As the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust many of our activities into cyberspace, Fran Berman RI ’20 discusses the need for comprehensive privacy protections, better security standards, and a national discussion about when surveillance is acceptable.

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In Prisons, a Looming Coronavirus Crisis

Harvard experts, including Radcliffe's Tomiko Brown-Nagin and Kaia Stern, warn of rapid spread in prisons amid crowded conditions and large numbers of older individuals with chronic conditions.

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The Pandemic's Unequal Toll

The Radcliffe Institute hosted an online discussion with Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad about the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on poorer Americans and communities of color.

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COVID-19 Targets Communities of Color

Camara Jones RI '20 and other Harvard specialists say the pandemic exacerbates longstanding inequities in American society.