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Award-Winning Scholar Erika Lee Appointed Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Faculty Director of Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (January 24, 2024)—Erika Lee, one of the nation’s leading immigration and Asian America historians, will become Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s new Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Faculty Director at the Schlesinger Library, the largest research library focused on documenting the lives and activities of women, gender and society in the United States. 

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Awards 2023 Fay Prize for Outstanding Theses

Reconstructing sound association in biblical poetics; a study at the intersection of algorithmic fairness, computational complexity, and combinatorics; and an interdisciplinary examination of societal attitudes toward elders represent this year’s exceptional undergraduate scholarship

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Announces 2023–2024 Fellowship Class

Worldwide cohort brings an array of projects, from exploring the far reaches of space to saving rare frogs.

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Healthcare and Social Justice Advocate Ophelia Dahl to Receive 2023 Radcliffe Medal

Honoring Her Work Advancing Global Access to Healthcare and Championing the Rights of the Poor

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Awards 2022 Fay Prize for Outstanding Theses

Latin translations, a celebrated new opera, and a backpack for safer biking represent this year’s exceptional undergraduate scholarship

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Announces 2022–2023 Fellows

From robotic fish to a novel-in-progress inspired by Amelia Earhart, the 2022–2023 class of fellows will come from 14 countries to pursue an incredible range of important projects.

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Educator and Civil Rights Attorney Sherrilyn Ifill to Receive 2022 Radcliffe Medal

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University announces that the nationally renowned civil rights lawyer, scholar, and public intellectual Sherrilyn Ifill will receive the prestigious Radcliffe Medal this May 27.

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute Honors Three Seniors with Highest Distinction

The Institute awarded the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to three graduating seniors whose theses reflect the most insightful original research and creative work among their class: Alessandra Canta, Frances Hisgen, and Sally O’Keeffe.

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Radcliffe Institute Announces 2021–2022 Fellowship Class

A changed world awaits the 2021–2022 fellows at Harvard Radcliffe Institute. The message of their projects—creative, far-reaching, and bold—is a shared ambition to make it better.

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Radcliffe Institute Announces 2020–2021 Fellowship Class

The incoming class includes a cartoonist developing a health care–themed comic book; an astronomer interrogating the mysteries of cosmic acceleration; and a poet whose new collection will elevate the experiences of black women.

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Radcliffe Institute Awards 2020 Fay Prize for Outstanding Theses

Alejandro Ruben Quintana, Chinmay Sonawane, and Adele Woodmansee recognized for their exceptional undergraduate work in the classics, integrative biology, and social anthropology, respectively

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Dario Robleto’s Unknown and Solitary Seas Opens at Radcliffe Institute on November 4

Based on extensive archival research, Dario Robleto’s multimedia installation Unknown and Solitary Seas: Dreams and Emotions of the 19th Century examines the origins of the pulse wave as a graphic expression of internal life.

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Radcliffe Recognizes the Three Most Exceptional Theses by Harvard Undergraduates

Mark Czeisler, Manuel Medrano, and Anwar Omeish win Fay Prize for scholarly excellence and outstanding original research.

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Radcliffe Institute Announces 2019–2020 Fellowship Class

The scholars, artists, scientists, and practitioners who comprise the incoming class of fellows will direct their creative and intellectual energy to addressing some of the most complex and urgent challenges of our time.

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Harvard Presents Vision & Justice: A Creative Convening on Art, Race, and Justice

Taking its inspiration from Frederick Douglass on the transformative power of pictures to create a new vision for the nation, this convening will focus on the historic roots and contemporary realities of visual literacy for race and justice in American civic life.

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Radcliffe Institute at Harvard Presents a Special Installation of Willie Cole's Haunting Beauties

Beauties—a series of prints by the world-renowned sculptor and printmaker—bear conflicting associations: oppression and resistance, precarity and permanence, violence and beauty.

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Dolores Huerta to Receive Radcliffe Medal for Her Impact on Society

“Every American should know her name and her decades-long work to secure the rights of farmworkers, women, and other disadvantaged people,” said Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin.

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Radcliffe Institute at Harvard presents Future Fossil, a newly commissioned exhibition by Clarissa Tossin, inspired by Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy.

The artworks in this exhibition imagine a moment of collision of the past, present, and future. Clarissa Tossin explains, “In the course of making this work, I’ve wondered what a core sample of Earth taken 1,000 years from now will look like.”

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Radcliffe Institute at Harvard Presents an Exhibition and Publication by Anna Von Mertens That Stitch Together Past and Present, Science and Art

In Measure, Anna Von Mertens explores the role of repetition, recognition, notation, and imagination in the development of astronomy.

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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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A Soft, On-the-Fly Solution to a Hard, Underwater Problem

The ability to 3D print soft, robotic grippers on board ships makes it easier for biologists like David Gruber RI '18 to interact with fragile deep-sea marine life.

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Studying Aliens of the Deep

A new device developed by Harvard researchers and marine biologist David Gruber RI '18 safely traps delicate sea creatures inside a folding polyhedral enclosure and lets them go without harm using a novel, origami-inspired design.

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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.  

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Radcliffe Recognizes Harvard Undergraduate Scholars for Top Theses

The Institute awards the 2018 Fay Prize to Harvard College seniors Hannah Byrne, Lily Scherlis, and Aron Szanto for outstanding imaginative work or original research.

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Announcing 2018–2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

The more than 50 individuals from 11 countries who make up Radcliffe’s new fellowship cohort will pursue work across the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts.

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Mellon Foundation Grant to Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library Will Catalyze New Scholarship on American Women's Suffrage and the Still-Unrealized Promise of Female Citizenship

The grant of $870,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support fellowships and programming centered on the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment.

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Hillary Clinton to Receive Radcliffe Medal for Impact on Society

On Radcliffe Day 2018, Friday, May 25, the Institute will award the Radcliffe Medal to former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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The Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University Acquires the Angela Y. Davis Papers

Angela Y. Davis is one of the foremost figures in the struggle for human rights and against racial discrimination in the United States, and a foundational thinker in African American feminism.

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Announcing 2017–2018 Radcliffe Institute Fellows

The more than 50 women and men in the incoming class will pursue work across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences in pursuit of knowledge and the creation of original work.

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From around the World and across Harvard

“The fellowship class has an amazing reach and diversity, both topically and geographically,” said Dean Lizabeth Cohen. “They are coming from six continents to study subjects ranging from black holes and depictions of the heavens in Chinese art to fossils in the ocean floor."

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