Carpenter Center 4

A Modern Moment

On January 23, 1957, renowned architect and Dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design Josep Lluís Sert sat down to write a letter. Its mission: Convince the controversial modernist sensation Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier, to make his first visit to Cambridge. “Is there any chance of getting you to come here sometime next fall or spring?” he wrote. “Both MIT and this School are willing to do their best to get you to come here.”

South America

Robbed Twice

What struck me the most about my first robbery was its normality. It occurred on a sunny afternoon, in a ...

The Square

Past Tense: Colonial Drug

Joseph P. Botinari went to work the day that he died.

Spring Break

Spring Break Postcard: Sunsets and Shrapnel

“So, you take pictures of sunsets too?”

Qué Viva Chávez
Latin America

Waiting for Chávez

The first person I met upon entering the line at the Paseo Los Próceres in Caracas, Venezuela, to see the body of the country’s late president, Hugo Chávez, was a dark-skinned man named Feliz. He wore a green mesh shirt and jeans, and his wife stood next to him holding their daughter, who wore a red beret. I introduced myself, and said that I was a college student studying abroad from the United States. He smiled: “You’re a revolutionary, then?”


Coordinates: March 5 in Mérida, Venezuela

Part of a series of ongoing coverage on Venezuela.

Around Town

Game of Thrones

At Harvard, it can be difficult to tell history from myth. Archives, legends, and centuries-old student organizations all do their ...

Memorial Hall
On Campus

Memories of Memorial Hall

FM returns to The Crimson’s archives to explore Memorial Hall’s history and to imagine the memories made there through the years.


Love Stories: A Literary Map for Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day, FM charts the course of true literary love—platonic and romantic—across Harvard’s campus and through the ages.

Brattle Theatre

Past Tense: The Brattle Theatre

But this unassuming countenance does little to suggest the small, single-screen movie house’s long influential history. In the 60 years since its opening, the Brattle has helped to transform local film culture, and its influence has extended across the country.

Fifteen Questions

Ten Questions with Susan Cain the Expert on Introverts

Harvard Law School alumna and author Susan Cain visited the Harvard Bookstore on Feb. 7 to promote her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Published in 2012, “Quiet” explores and questions contemporary views on introversion. FM sat down with Cain before she headed home to New York.

Undergraduate Council

A Growing Movement: Students Aim to Change Culture and Policies Surrounding Sexual Assault on Campus

3,066. That’s the number of students—85 percent of those who voted in the latest UC election—who agreed with the UC referendum asserting that Harvard should reexamine its sexual assault practices and policies.

In The Meantime

Love & Earl Grey

The following is the story, as told to me, of how Joshua fell in love with, and ultimately proposed to, his wife Anna E. Lumelsky ’00 over a series of dates at the café.

In The Meantime

Back to School: Hitting the Books, 15 Years Later

Alina I. Lazar's story is in some ways circular—it begins and ends with books—but spliced in between are 12 years of a path that privileged on-the-ground action over words on a page.

For The Moment

Tell Me a Story: Joseph A. Fabiano

This week, FM searched Harvard’s halls for a story from the lives of the men and women who make the university run smoothly from day to day. Fabiano, a security guard, has been employed by Securitas for 10 years. FM simply asked him to tell a story.