Retrospection

Pedro Albizo Campos
Harvard Law School

Harvard and Homeland: Pedro Albizu Campos

At the time, Campos’s “insurrectionary activity” piqued the interest of Crimson reporters because he had just been arrested for his alleged involvement in an assassination attempt on President Truman.

Corned Beef
Food and Drink

Mavens Kosher Court

Maven—the Hebrew word for expert—easily describes Alan M. Dershowitz in the courtrooms where he has defended Mike Tyson, O.J. Simpson, and Julian Assange. However, while his unwavering standards for quality pastrami on rye may be as staunch as his support for First Amendment rights, opening a deli was a case he had yet to encounter.

Take Back the Night
College

Take Back the Night

Peggy S. Mason ’82 says she saw Harvard’s need for the march, which could serve as a space for women and targets of sexual assault to find empowerment and support.

Annie Jump Cannon
Endpaper

Eyes to the Sky: Annie Jump Cannon and the Harvard Observatory

While Cannon’s system of classification was respected by and essential to the astronomical community, it was dubbed the “Harvard System,” erasing Cannon’s name from its history.

Blue Lights
Retrospection

Blue Lights

Even though the seven years leading up to the first Take Back the Night march included the University’s establishment of the blue light phone system, the creation of the double-locked door policy, and other precautionary measures, the fear of rape and sexual assault persisted.

Take Back the Night
Retrospection

Take Back the Night

In the evening of Saturday, November 8, 1980, about 70 women gathered carrying signs, chanting, “Women unite, take back the night.” They were readying themselves to participate in Harvard’s first annual Take Back the Night march, a rally that would become an annual tradition on campus.

Annie Jump Cannon
Retrospection

Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon was among a small contingent of women who were employed as “computers,” analyzing countless photographic plates that had been collected from various astronomical outposts.

Annie Jump Cannon
Retrospection

Annie Jump Cannon

Cannon did a significant amount compiling for the Henry Draper Catalogue, an index with classifications of over 300,000 stars named in honor of the man who pioneered star spectra photography.

An 1861 photograph shows the surgeons and military leaders of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Paul J. Revere, Class of 1852, is fourth from the left.
Retrospection

An 1861 photograph shows the surgeons and military leaders of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Paul J. Revere, Class of 1852, is fourth from the left.

An 1861 photograph shows the surgeons and military leaders of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Paul J. Revere, Class of 1852, is fourth from the left.

Helen Keller
Retrospection

On Helen Keller: Seeing the Inner Light

Keller’s accolades range from being the first female recipient of Radcliffe’s Alumnae Achievement Award, to traveling extensively through Europe and Asia, to advocating for and educating people about the reality of living with disabilities.

An 1861 photograph shows the surgeons and military leaders of the 20th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Paul J. Revere, Class of 1852, is fourth from the left.
Retrospection

"A Forgotten Name": The Harvard Regiment of the Civil War

The Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, was nicknamed the “Harvard Regiment” for its close ties to the College.

Helen Keller
Retrospection

Helen Keller

Helen Keller Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Crime

Opulence and Opium: The Legacy of Harvard's Drug Syndicate

From Harvard, the opium trade spread throughout New England. According to Bradley, Yale University’s infamous Skull and Bone society was funded by the Russels, the most successful family of opium dealers in America. Columbia’s Low Memorial Library was also named after a key member of the family. Even Princeton’s first large benefactor, John Green, funded his contribution through the opium trade.

Dunster House
Retrospection

Dunster House

On May 28, shortly before summer vacation and commencement, Sinedu Tadesse ’96, fatally stabbed her roommate Trang Phuong Ho ’96 in their shared Dunster House double before committing suicide.

Dunster House
Crime

Hostage to The Past: The 1995 Murder Suicide in Dunster

Upon the discovery of Tadesse’s diary and details of the crime, Harvard University Health Services and its mental health offerings were closely scrutinized.