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Gabrielle J. Pesantez

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Autism, Art, and Advocacy: A Conversation With Royal Portraitist Nina Skov Jensen

When Jensen began to draw, she was an amateur. Her first foray into the art world was a “completely unrecognizable” drawing of Beyoncé. From there, Jensen “just started drawing more and more.” As she worked to get better, she sought recognition from the subjects of her painting, often traveling from her home in Denmark to London to meet actors during their movie premieres.

Reflections of a ‘Radical Redneck’

Allanah R. J. Rolph ’23-’24, who grew up in rural South Dakota, is in the revision stages for a book focusing on the conflict between her progressive politics and the more conservative aspects of her upbringing.

Doris Reina-Landaverde’s Vision of Solidarity

Today, some of Reina-Landaverde’s colleagues call her the most powerful organizer at Harvard. It’s not hard to see why — in addition to working to consolidate union power around the University, she is also the face of one of the most visible immigrants’ rights organizations on campus, the Harvard TPS Coalition, which advocates for workers who hold Temporary Protected Status.

October Is the New December

On Oct. 15, the Harvard Book Store shared a letter with its patrons on its website and social media platforms, opening up to its customers about a necessary shift in the usual holiday retail calendar. “We ask our community to please shop early and shop local, at our website and store, and at those of our neighbors,” the letter reads.

Inside the Making of Penelope Alegria’s “Milagro”

GJP and Penelope M. Alegria discuss "Milagro," Alegria's soon-to-be-published chapbook. Named Chicago's Youth Poet Laureate for 2019-2020, Alegria reflects on her poetic journey, from having her first slam poem "just ripped" apart to creating a collection of her own original work.

James Coleman’s Campaign of Necessity

When James H. Coleman returned to South San Francisco in March, he once again found himself faced with the inequalities that had shaped the city he grew up in. This time, he felt armed with the tools to change them.