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Radcliffe Moment

“A sounding line, or lead line, is a length of rope with a weight, or plummet, attached to one end. This apparatus is an ancient tool, still in use today, that measures the depth of water. Here, the words ‘lead line’ and ‘plummet’ suggest a creative journey into uncharted depths of intellectual discovery.” 

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A New Era

Sixty years after the founding of the first fellowship program at Radcliffe, Meredith Quinn builds on the strengths of her predecessors to begin the program’s next phase. 

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New Talent Arrives

Each year, the Radcliffe Professorships program helps recruit leading scholars to the Harvard community and allows new faculty members to focus on independent research as they take part in the Radcliffe Fellowship Program during their first years at Harvard. 

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Promoting Engagement

As experts in their fields of study, Radcliffe Institute faculty directors develop innovative programming across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that engages researchers, students, and the public. 

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Evidence of Social Change? A Working Writer’s Papers Come to the Library

Jennifer Finney Boylan, the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence and a professor of English at Barnard College, is a well-known author, trans activist, and television personality. 

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Celebrating the Schlesinger

An unlikely musical about suffrage and a discussion mark the Library’s 75th anniversary.

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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.

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.

Anna Von Mertens' cosmic quilts are on view at Byerly Hall through Jan. 19. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerAnna Von Mertens' cosmic quilts are on view at Byerly Hall through Jan. 19. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

Stitching Together the Stars

Henrietta Leavitt's countless hours at Harvard mapping the stars are central to understanding the universe. The exhibit Measure shows how her efforts helped unlock mysteries of the cosmos. 

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The Constitution, the Court, and Social Change

How much does the Supreme Court matter for social change? It is very important, but maybe not quite as important as you think, argued Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin at the Institute’s most recent Radcliffe on the Road event, at the Harvard Club of New York. Here, excerpts from her talk.

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Quick Study: Nicole C. Nelson

Nicole C. Nelson RI '19 examines scientists’ assumptions about the natural world and how those play into their research. At Radcliffe, she’s taking a deep dive into a scientific reproducibility crisis in which many findings, as it turns out, are not what they seem.