A New Reality

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
One former fellow wrote from Oxford, in the United Kingdom, where life has "completely changed within just two weeks."One former fellow wrote from Oxford, in the United Kingdom, where life has "completely changed within just two weeks."

We asked Radcliffe fellows around the world to write about the life-altering effects of COVID-19.

The Quarantine Diaries

The New York Times
Monday, March 30, 2020
Jessica Brilli, Study: The Neighbor's House. Acrylic on panel, 2020. 9" x 12".Jessica Brilli, Study: The Neighbor's House. Acrylic on panel, 2020. 9" x 12".

The history of our present moment is taking shape in journals and drawings. “Diaries and correspondences are a gold standard,” says Jane Kamensky of the Schlesinger Library. “They’re among the best evidence we have of people’s inner worlds.”

"Diary of a Tap Dancer"—Ayodele Casel Evokes History and Magic of Tap

The Bay State Banner
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Ayodele Casel. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe InstituteAyodele Casel. Photo by Kevin Grady/Radcliffe Institute

Ayodele Casel RI '20 weaves together her own life story as a tap dancer with the story of earlier female tap dancers of color.

The Essential O, by Alice Lyons RI '16

The Irish Times
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Alice Lyons. Photo by Tony RinaldoAlice Lyons. Photo by Tony Rinaldo

The constraint of writing my novel without featuring the letter ‘o’ made me work harder to look beyond obvious ways of expressing things.

Lizabeth Cohen Awarded Bancroft Prize

Harvard Magazine
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Lizabeth Cohen. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and CommunicationLizabeth Cohen. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Public Affairs and Communication

Lizabeth Cohen—Harvard urban historian and past dean of the Radcliffe Institute—has been awarded the 2020 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy, the highest academic honor for American historians.

Lizabeth Cohen Wins Bancroft Prize

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Lizabeth Cohen. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerLizabeth Cohen. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer

Harvard historian and past Radcliffe dean is honored for the second time with prestigious award.

Diversifying Schlesinger’s Records

Harvard Gazette
Friday, March 13, 2020
From the "Papers of Pin Pin T'an Liu," who earned a master's degree from Radcliffe in 1938: an undated photograph that includes her grandfather, Chang Yin T'ang (seated on left). Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryFrom the "Papers of Pin Pin T'an Liu," who earned a master's degree from Radcliffe in 1938: an undated photograph that includes her grandfather, Chang Yin T'ang (seated on left). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Library continues to broaden its collections with a focus on materials pertaining to Asian American women.

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

The Boston Globe
Thursday, March 12, 2020
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

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.

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

The Harvard Crimson
Friday, February 28, 2020
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

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

Melinda Gates to Receive Radcliffe Medal

Harvard Gazette
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Melinda Gates (right) at the Magomeni Health Center in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania. Credit: Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationMelinda Gates (right) at the Magomeni Health Center in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania. Credit: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Melinda Gates, co-chair of the world’s largest philanthropic organization and a passionate advocate for improving the lives of women and girls in the US and beyond, will receive the 2020 Radcliffe Medal.

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