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From Harvard to Sundance and Back Again With Shirley Chen '22

She remembers often feeling underrepresented when auditioning for lead roles when she was younger — she was often one of two Asian-Americans waiting backstage. Now, Chen no longer feels as if she can only audition for the token “type-A student or best friend.”


Suraj Yengde and the Struggle for Dalit Liberation

"You don’t even dream of this shit,” he says. “You dream what is in your limits.” Suraj Yengde has spent his entire life doing the unimaginable: attending college in India, studying in England, pursuing a Ph.D. in South Africa, and, in 2016, coming to Harvard.


Suraj Yengde

Suraj is an author of the bestseller "Caste Matters," which was recently featured in the prestigious "Best Non-fiction Books of the Decade" list by The Hindu.


Suraj Yengde outdoors

Suraj is a postdoctoral fellow at the Initiative for Institutional Anti-racism and Accountability, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Next Up On Harvard Divinity School’s Playlist: Jesus is King

From being "broken down" by the Devil in "The College Dropout" to proclaiming himself a god on "Yeezus," Kanye West now "bows down to the King upon the throne" in his latest release "Jesus Is King," a self-proclaimed gospel album. While some gospel artists have embraced the album, music critics have largely dismissed it as inauthentic.


The Black Sheep of Harvard Economics

Today, he sits surrounded by floor-to-ceiling shelves with books on topics from social change to imperialism, a physical manifestation of Marglin’s stark difference from many of his peers in the department.


Seeing Red with Steven Biel and Lauren Kaminsky

Yet over the course of our conversation, their story — how they individually pursued their passion for history and literature and, eventually, came to work together as colleagues and close friends — is anything but boring.


Michael Kremer’s Nobel Fight Against Global Poverty

Michael R. Kremer ‘85, who is the Gates Professor of Developing Societies, recently received the Nobel Prize in Economics alongside M.I.T professors Esther Duflo and Abhijit V. Banerjee for their “experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”


A Feminist Intervention into Art

“There's a huge amount of unknown work by women that is worthy of study, conservation, archiving, preserving and would be a contribution to the future, instead of writing another goddamn Ph.D. on Jeff Koons.”


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