History

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Harvard Law School

Law School Students, Faculty Celebrate Contributions to the Arts

Despite rainy weather, crowds of Harvard Law School students, staff, faculty, alumni, and their families gathered in Jarvis Field Friday night for an event recognizing the school’s contributions to the arts as part of its bicentennial celebrations.

Barker Center
FAS

Hist & Lit to Offer Ethnic Studies

Undergraduates concentrating in History and Literature will now be able to specialize in an ethnic studies field.

Danielle Allen on "Waking Up"
Research

Harvard Researchers Discover Second Declaration of Independence Manuscript

​Two Harvard researchers have uncovered a second parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence—the only additional manuscript of its type ever to be found.

Cocktail
Food and Drink

‘Bring Back with Them Bottled Goods’: A History of Prohibition at Harvard

Prohibition failed to prevent alcohol consumption on Harvard’s campus. In fact, the private possession and consumption of these beverages remained legal under the 18th Amendment, so alcohol continued to flow freely behind closed doors at Harvard.

A Conversation on Universities and Slavery
Race

Conference Encourages Reparations for Harvard's Ties to Slavery

A Friday conference brought Harvard’s extensive historical connections to slavery into sharp relief, with some participants encouraging the University to consider monetary reparations.

College

Professors on Committee Examining Slavery Plan Conference

“We need to engage this, not just to be better historians,” Beckert said of Harvard's ties to slavery. “We need to acknowledge this history as a way to be able to move forward.”

Women in War
College

Women in War

Professor of Sociology Jocelyn Viterna talks about the roles women have played in war, with a focus on active involvement and guerrilla warfare Tuesday afternoon. The talk is part of the annual Women’s Week, which is hosted by several women’s student groups on campus.

Serhii Plokhy at the Harvard Bookstore
Books

Serhii Plokhy at the Harvard Bookstore

Ukrainian History professor Serhii Plokhy speaks about his new book, The Man With the Poison Gun, on Bohdan Stashynsky, who was coerced into becoming a KGB assassin and ultimately defected to West Germany.

Norumbega Tower in the Archives
History

Norumbega Tower in the Archives

Horsford’s Norumbega Tower, located in Weston and theoretically built on the site of an ancient Norwegian fort, in 1891.

Plan of Leif Erikson's House
History

Plan of Leif Erikson's House

Horsford’s plan of Leif Erikson’s house, theoretically located on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, from Elizabeth Shepard’s "Guidebook to Norumbega and Vineland," published in 1893.

Norumbega Tower
History

Norumbega Tower

Norumbega Tower in 2016.

Norumbega Tower
History

Norumbega Tower

Norumbega Tower in 2016.

Map of Fort Norumbega
History

Map of Fort Norumbega

Map of Fort Norumbega and the surrounding fisheries, as imagined by Horsford, from Elizabeth Shepard’s Guidebook to Norumbega and Vineland, published in 1893.

Danielle Allen on "Waking Up"
Politics

Faculty Analyze Climate Around Trump’s Victory

Three Harvard professors sat down to talk politics, economics, and demographics in the aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s presidential election

Stories of Internment
On Campus

Stories of Internment

Sam Mihara, who lived in an internment camp with his family during World War II, presented to Harvard Law students on his experience and those of other Japanese-Americans during the War. He said the modern political climate threatens freedom, though “it may not be the Japanese next time.”