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Retrospection

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Retrospection

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Unidentified artist, William Stoughton, c. 1700. Oil on canvas. Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of John Cooper to Harvard College, 1810, H37.

Margery Ectoplasm
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Margery Ectoplasm

The Harvard group of psychical researchers held a series of sessions with alleged psychic Margery Crandon over the years.

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A Witch’s Hex on the Harvard Name

Though he held one of the most powerful positions in the colony at the time, Mather was not the sole Harvard man implicated in the witchcraft calamity.

Elmo Image
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At the Intersection of Sesame St. and Mass. Ave.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street. In between performances from the show’s beloved cast, Harvard affiliates recount what are, to many, little-known stories about the longstanding ties between Harvard and Sesame Street.

888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
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Occupy 888

In 1971, a group of protestors occupied a Harvard-owned building on Memorial Drive. To them, the building stood as a symbol of the University's failure to listen to both its own community’s demands for a women’s center and the surrounding neighboring Riverside community’s need for affordable public housing.

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Elmo Image

Sesame Street sought to level the playing field by repeatedly exposing children to new words and concepts through catchy songs.

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William James Image

William James, pioneer in the field of psychology, also had a keen interest in the psychical — the supernatural.

888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA
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888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA

Over 100 women took over this rarely used Harvard University Design School building on 888 Memorial Drive on International Women’s Day in March 1971. Their goal was to live collectively in a “Liberated Women’s Center” until the city of Cambridge met their demands to house the community’s first official women’s center.

Margery Ectoplasm
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The Lingering Spirit of William James

William James is best known for his writings on philosophy and psychology, which frequently appear on the syllabi of Harvard courses. Yet his passion for psychical phenomena — occurrences and abilities that seemingly transcend the explanatory power of natural laws — is less widely acknowledged.

Sackler Supplement in Harvard Crimson
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Sackler Supplement in Harvard Crimson

A supplemental issue of The Harvard Crimson celebrates the opening of the Sackler Museum.

Harvard University Sackler Building
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Harvard University Sackler Building

Opened in Oct. 1985, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum was originally built to house the university's collection of works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.

Bureau of Study Counsel
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Harvard Closes a 72-Year Old Door

The replacement of the Bureau of Study Council by the Academic Resource Center signals a shift away from the Bureau’s combined model of counseling for personal and educational concerns.

Kuumba Rehearsal 2
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50 Years of Lifting Every Voice

Kuumba, founded in 1970 by students Dennis W. Wiley ’72 and Fred A. Lucas ’72, is a black choral organization and community for fostering black creativity and spirituality at Harvard.

Gang of Five in 1979
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A Social Social Studies Thesis

The year is 1978, and five women gather outside the office of Social Studies department chair Michael Walzer. As they wait, shoes tapping, they discuss the most recent Phillips Brooks House Association meeting and debate strategies for empowering marginalized groups. They are here to write their thesis — together, not alone.

Froshical 2019
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A Quarter Century Later, Founders Reflect On the Froshical

One month into her freshman year, the notion that a group of freshmen could work on their very own theatrical production, without the interference of upperclassmen, intrigued Horn. At the time, she had been rejected from “literally every competitive creative organization,” she recalls.

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