Ayodele Casel. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteAyodele Casel. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Now That She Has the Floor

Tap dancer Ayodele Casel swings into the spotlight—and brings her predecessors with her.

From EJ Hill's The Lily League. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteFrom EJ Hill's The Lily League. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

At Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute, an Artist Asks High-Powered Schools to Rethink Vulnerability

EJ Hill, a gay black artist from Los Angeles who went to public schools, turns a clear eye on what and whom educational institutions value.

Illustration by Oliver BurstonIllustration by Oliver Burston

The Good, Bad, and Scary of the Internet of Things

Radcliffe fellow Fran Berman explores ways regulation can minimize online risk, maximize safety, control environmental impact, and help society.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a career diplomat and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks about the current geopolitical environment at the Knafel Center. Photo by Amanda Y. SuZeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, a career diplomat and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks about the current geopolitical environment at the Knafel Center. Photo by Amanda Y. Su

Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Discusses Challenges to Global Human Rights Order

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein drew upon his experiences to discuss the challenges and outlook of human rights.

Melinda Gates. Photo by Jason BellMelinda Gates. Photo by Jason Bell

Melinda Gates to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Melinda Gatesa philanthropist, businesswoman, and best-selling authorwill receive the Radcliffe Medal on May 29 during Radcliffe Day 2020.

In this illustration, the "Radcliffe Wave" data is overlaid on an image of the Milky Way galaxy. Image from the WorldWide Telescope, courtesy of Alyssa GoodmanIn this illustration, the "Radcliffe Wave" data is overlaid on an image of the Milky Way galaxy. Image from the WorldWide Telescope, courtesy of Alyssa Goodman

The Giant in Our Stars

Interconnected stellar nurseries, named the Radcliffe Wave, form the largest gaseous structure ever observed in the Milky Way galaxy.

Alaskan Native poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is teaching her two sons, John and George, the Qawiaraq dialect of the Inupiaq language. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAlaskan Native poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is teaching her two sons, John and George, the Qawiaraq dialect of the Inupiaq language. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

To Serve Better—Speak, Memory

Poet Joan Naviyuk Kane RI '20 is fiercely dedicated to sustaining her Alaskan Inupiac language: "I think being attentive to loss doesn’t have to be devastating. It can really inform people to take action and to participate."

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstitutePhoto by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

At Radcliffe, Students Connect with Angela Davis’ Activism

TechBoston Academy high school students studying equity and activism deepen their understanding of Angela Davis with a visit to the Schlesinger Library.

 "I was about to be outed in a country that hates homosexuals," said former teacher and current Radcliffe fellow Neal Hovelmeier, who hopes to one day to return to Zimbabwe. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer "I was about to be outed in a country that hates homosexuals," said former teacher and current Radcliffe fellow Neal Hovelmeier, who hopes to one day to return to Zimbabwe. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer

A Flight from Homophobia

Fearing for his safety after being outed, educator and novelist Neal Hovelmeier RI '20 flees Zimbabwe to become Harvard Scholar at Risk.

Joao Alves speaking at Radcliffe about the rise of the Milky Way. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteJoao Alves speaking at Radcliffe about the rise of the Milky Way. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Behind the Radcliffe Wave, Creative Inspiration

Artist Anna Von Mertens’s vision guided astrophysicist João Alves and colleagues' discovery of the Radcliffe Wave.

Chanan Tigay during his talk at Radcliffe. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteChanan Tigay during his talk at Radcliffe. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

The Hunt for a Lost Book of Moses

Radcliffe scholar Chanan Tigay tried to track down what could be a forgery, or the oldest Bible in the world.

"As a scholar of law, inequality, and the long Civil Rights movement, I am deeply interested in issues related to slavery and its legacy," said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who will lead the committee. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer"As a scholar of law, inequality, and the long Civil Rights movement, I am deeply interested in issues related to slavery and its legacy," said Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who will lead the committee. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

A Renewed Focus on Slavery

A new University-wide initiative deepening the exploration of Harvard’s historical ties to enslavement is difficult but vital work, says the program chair, Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin.

Photo of Angela Davis' class at Claremont College, 1975 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPhoto of Angela Davis' class at Claremont College, 1975 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Angela Davis in Black and White and Gray

A new exhibit at Radcliffe, curated from Angela Davis's personal archive, chronicles the life of a complicated activist and scholar.

Reviewers have praised Chaya Czernowin's opera, "Heart Chamber," describing it as "overwhelming and touching in an unfamiliar way." Czernowin is the Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Photo by Christopher McIntoshReviewers have praised Chaya Czernowin's opera, "Heart Chamber," describing it as "overwhelming and touching in an unfamiliar way." Czernowin is the Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Photo by Christopher McIntosh

Giving Voice to the Heart

A new opera by Harvard professor Chaya Czernowin RI '20 voices the conflicted inner thoughts of a couple falling in love.

 Christina Warinner, who was recently appointed assistant professor of anthropology, considers calcified plaque a DNA "time capsule." Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Christina Warinner, who was recently appointed assistant professor of anthropology, considers calcified plaque a DNA "time capsule." Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

The Archaeology of Plaque (Yes, Plaque)

Radcliffe Professor Christina Warinner says studying ancient teeth offers insights into diets, disease, dairying, and women’s roles.

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Radcliffe Fellow Talks Technological Advancement, Privacy, and Ethics

Computer scientist Francine Berman RI '20 discussed the need for data policy that promotes the public good and protects consumer security.

 Shawon Kinew leads a first-year seminar where students study portraits of indigenous American leaders to learn about art, identity, and the history of indigenous peoples. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Shawon Kinew leads a first-year seminar where students study portraits of indigenous American leaders to learn about art, identity, and the history of indigenous peoples. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Art and the History of Indigenous America

Radcliffe Professor Shawon Kinew's first-year Harvard College seminar focuses on the 19th century oil portraits of 25 Native leaders captured in an era of forced relocation.

Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin has a new strategic initiative to connect with Harvard and the community beyond Harvard's gates. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photoRadcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin has a new strategic initiative to connect with Harvard and the community beyond Harvard's gates. Rose Lincoln/Harvard file photo

Brown-Nagin on Her Own Path and Radcliffe’s

Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin discusses her priorities for Harvard’s institute devoted to interdisciplinary study and research.

Photo by Stephen Foster/UnsplashPhoto by Stephen Foster/Unsplash

Brokering an Opioid Settlement

Alexandra D. Lahav RI '20 discusses how global settlements of thousands of lawsuits against drug companies and distributors by those ravaged by the opioid epidemic operate.

"When I saved all the material I had no way in imagining that it would culminate in something like this," said Angela Davis, adding, "I just knew that I shouldn't throw it away." Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer"When I saved all the material I had no way in imagining that it would culminate in something like this," said Angela Davis, adding, "I just knew that I shouldn't throw it away." Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

Angela Davis Looks Back

The iconic scholar and activist reflects on her life's work and why she remains inspired at a Radcliffe conference celebrating the acquisition of her archive.

Among those at Radcliffe's event, "Making the Cut: Promises and Challenges of Gene Editing," were Charmaine Royal of Duke University (from left), Sylvain Moineau of the Universite Laval, and Jonathan Kimmelman of McGill University. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmong those at Radcliffe's event, "Making the Cut: Promises and Challenges of Gene Editing," were Charmaine Royal of Duke University (from left), Sylvain Moineau of the Universite Laval, and Jonathan Kimmelman of McGill University. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

Power and Pitfalls of Gene Editing

With thousands of new academic papers on CRISPR science publishing each year, experts examined the rapidly advancing technology at Radcliffe's "Making the Cut" symposium.

Judy Chicago. Photo by Steve S. LiJudy Chicago. Photo by Steve S. Li

A Feminist Intervention into Art

Judy Chicago has spent her life working to write women into history, and now she is trying to ensure that her carefully documented work of the past sixty years does not disappear.

At a recent Radcliffe talk, biographers Robert Reid-Pharr (from left), Tomiko Brown-Nagin, and Imani Perry explored how their subjects helped shape conversations around black politics, community, identity, and life. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt a recent Radcliffe talk, biographers Robert Reid-Pharr (from left), Tomiko Brown-Nagin, and Imani Perry explored how their subjects helped shape conversations around black politics, community, identity, and life. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

Writing Black Lives

At a recent Radcliffe talk, biographers Robert Reid-Pharr, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, and Imani Perry explored how their subjects helped shape conversations around black politics, community, identity, and life.

Photo courtesy of Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationsPhoto courtesy of Harvard Public Affairs and Communications

Michael Kremer Wins Nobel in Economics

Michael Kremer RI '14 and his MIT collaborators pioneered the use of field experiments to determine the effectiveness of world poverty programs.

Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstitutePhoto by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Radcliffe Welcomes Boston Students for Justice-Focused Workshop

The Radcliffe Institute was one of seven Boston-area higher education institutions to host Boston Public School students as part of the Summer of HOPE Institute.

Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerPhoto by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Thinking Like a Magician

At his Radcliffe talk, magician Joshua Jay demonstrated techniques involving perception, attention, and surprise that he insists have practical applications well beyond the realm of magic.