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Michelle Y. Raji

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Agbafe & Bervell

Victor C. Agbafe ’19 and Michael K. Bervell ’19

If elected, Agbafe and Bervell say they plan to develop a platform for “shaping” Harvard based on student opinion, “filling” out Harvard’s existing programs, and “baking,” or enacting policies they see as vital to improving students’ quality of life.

Health

Epidemic Experts Congregate at Symposium

"We were interested in broadening that idea, or turning it on its head, to also understand contagion as the root of many social ills.”

The devil! Spooooky.
Levity

Teen Mag Quiz: Are You Really Playing Devil's Advocate?

Are you the worst....or are you the literal devil?

Harvard School of Public Health
Research

School of Public Health Researchers Find Many Unreported Police Killings

The study found that only 44.9 percent of police-related deaths were documented as such in a database managed by the federal government.

Chemical Compounds
Scrutiny

The Bitter Pill: Harvard and the Dark History of Birth Control

In the 1950s, two Harvard professors tested the birth control pill on mentally ill Massachusetts women and low-income Puerto Rican women, raising questions about research practices at Harvard and beyond.

Professor Charmaine Nelson
Faculty

Charmaine Nelson

"I’m here at Harvard researching slavery in the regions that became Canada. The average Canadian doesn’t even realize transatlantic slavery happened in Canada," says Charmaine Nelson of her work. "Canadians got to that point through an erasure—we offload it onto the United States."

Alumni

Star Quality: Matt Damon at Harvard

Matt P. Damon ’92 seemed poised for movie stardom in 1992.

Prayers during Hajj 2012
Conversations

After Dark in the Arabian Peninsula

Scholars of history, architecture, design, film, and anthropology gathered to explore nighttime landscapes and public spaces in the Arabian Peninsula and other places with similarly hot climates.

Scrutiny

Every Minute Counts: Fighting the Opioid Epidemic in Cambridge

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 33,000 people died from overdoses involving pain-relieving narcotics, known as opioids, in 2015. Of those, 1,751 were in Massachusetts.

Edwidge Danticat
Books

15 Minutes With Edwidge Danticat

Because you are a storyteller and I am a storyteller. That is what we do. It is still a mystery to me how stories get written, frankly. That’s why sometimes we have a lot of writers writing novels about writers.

Michelle Y. Raji
Endpaper

The Word: Citizen

“Hey you — All our fevered history won’t instill insight, won’t turn a body conscious, won’t make that look in the eyes say yes, though there is nothing to solve even as each moment is an answer.” — Claudia Rankine, “Citizen: An American Lyric”

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.

College

A Conversation with Alicia Garza

On Oct. 30 in Memorial Church, Alicia Garza—the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the co-founder of the #BlackLivesMatter network—gave the Ninth Annual Robert Coles “Call of Service” Lecture. She discussed her thoughts on #BlackLivesMatter, the transformative power of resistance, and how the call of service must be redefined. Afterward, there was a brief press period for reporters.

Year in Review

X, or What We'd Like to Get Rid Of

What we wish would fall out of the alphabet.

College

Love It: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

People who hate on ugly Christmas sweater parties are the same people who hate on Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber: people just love to hate on things that are a tiny bit tacky and enormously popular.