A Change of Key

Mirroring nationwide conversations on social justice, Harvard’s Music Department is beginning to expand its course offerings beyond the bounds of the Western canon. As the music concentration prepares for an overhaul of its undergraduate requirements, faculty and students reflect on the ways in which the department is rethinking curriculum and canon.

A Class Act

This summer, Harvard students stayed in the area, working to compose a musical with Sara Bareilles, curate museum exhibits, and stage a play focused on the Romanian Revolution.

At Crossroads: The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery

In addition to addressing this historical need, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art serves as an idiosyncratic institution that exists simultaneously at the intersection of art, academia, and sociopolitical discussion by developing and maintaining close, symbiotic relationships with both the Harvard Art Museums and the Hutchins Center.

The Meaning Behind the Mask: Social Activism Through Theater

While there is much contemporary theater devoted to political and social topics, the approaches vary—as do the philosophical implications. Activist theater on college campuses provides interesting illustrations of these variations.

Two students perform "The Vagina Monologues"

Two students perform in one of the several skits which comprise “The Vagina Monologues,” celebrating female empowerment and raising awareness about violence against women.

Portrait of the Artist: Behind Van Gogh's 'Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin'

Whatever it is that accounts for the particular allure of Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin” at the Harvard Art Museums, there’s no denying that it is a hard painting to forget. But many visitors may not know is that the painting has a history with richness to match: a ruined friendship, a missing museum, a Nazi art auction. This is that story.

Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait" Auctioned in 1939

Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin" is auctioned at Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, in 1939.

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