History

Drew Faust Inauguration
Central Administration

Governing the Past: Faust the Historian

While her career has progressed further and further away from her days of scholarship, University President Drew G. Faust’s acute sense of institutional history has only sharpened.

Humanities Division

Daniel Aaron, Pioneer in American Studies, Dies at 103

Daniel Aaron, a professor at Harvard and an academic who helped develop the field of American Studies, died Saturday at Mt. Auburn Hospital at the age of 103 because of pneumonia complications.

Administrators on the Stage
College

Harvard Affiliates Tell Stories of Rejection in BSC Project

If one were to be asked what the Harvard's College Dean, the interim Dean of Student Life, and the Director of University Health Services had in common, few would answer that all of them were rejects.​

“House Master” Title Change
College

Mather House Examines Namesake's Past

Mather House residents have begun a process to investigate the controversial past of their House’s namesake.

Louis Agassiz
Harvard in the World

Retrospection: Agassiz's Expeditions in Brazil

But for Agassiz, the trip to Brazil was about more than science. Not only was evolution—a process not immediately observable to the human eye—deeply antithetical to Agassiz’s staunch empiricism, evolution was profoundly at odds with his perceived world order.

Wadsworth Commemoration
Central Administration

Wadsworth Commemoration

Professor Henry L. Gates, Jr. and Georgia Congressman John R. Lewis celebrate the unveiling of the Wadsworth House plaque. The plaque bears the names of Bilhah, Venus, Titus, and Juba, four enslaved persons who labored in the house in the eighteenth century.

Three Friends
Central Administration

Three Friends

Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick and Harvard President Drew G. Faust discuss the newly unveiled portrait of the late Rev. Peter Gomes. The two knew Gomes well, and spoke before the painting was revealed in April.

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History

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Politics

Hey Professor: Seeing Red

"I would say that, typically, socialism and communism have sometimes in America been equated."

Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture
History

Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture

Bettina Stoetzer, assistant professor at MIT, lectures on German literature to the audience. Last Friday, an interdisciplinary conference called "Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture" was held on problematics of identity, deviance, and power in modern history, literature, and media.

William James Hall
Race

Dominance of Western Perspectives Troubles the Social Sciences

American and Western European foci and schools of thought continue to dominate social science fields at Harvard, frustrating some students and faculty even as other perspectives and methods grow.

Discussion On The Royall Shield
Race

Law School Committee Prepares to Release Report on Seal

A Law School committee will likely decide this week whether to recommend changing the school’s shield roughly 80 years after its adoption.

Harvard Weissman's Conservators Protect Objects of the Past
Research

Harvard Weissman's Conservators Protect Objects of the Past

John Harvard's Foot
Student Life

John Harvard's Foot

Every day, tourists rub the foot of the John Harvard statue for good luck and pose for photos, oblivious to what Harvard students do to the statue late at night.

Wadsworth House
On Campus

Wadsworth House

Tourists gather around Wadsworth House as military veteran Specialist J. Holden Gibbons begins a historical military tour of the Harvard campus.