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Harvard’s fall 2021 humanities curriculum gets a refresh

Harvard’s fall 2021 humanities curriculum gets a refresh

May 11, 2021

Students, faculty, and postdoctoral scholars will have the opportunity to engage more deeply in the humanities, beginning this fall, through two new intersecting programs designed by leaders in the field.

The Intergenerational Humanities (I-HUM) Project and the Undergraduate Scholars Initiative (USI) will provide “a route for students to explore the humanities across Harvard,” said Suzannah Clark, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, where the I-HUM project is hosted. Clark designed the programs with Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of...

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After a personal revelation, Ph.D. grad discovers true passion

May 11, 2021

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.

Nelson LaMarche arrived at immunology in an unexpected way. Growing up in New Jersey, he said, he idolized his Dominican physician father and wanted to become a doctor.

So, LaMarche, who received his Ph.D. from Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in November 2020, attended an honors high school with a specialized premed curriculum, where he studied anatomy...

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Jeremy Lin named Class Day speaker for 2021

Jeremy Lin named Class Day speaker for 2021

May 3, 2021

A globally known, pioneering athlete whose explosive rise to fame and inspirational achievement on the basketball court brought greater visibility to Asian Americans in professional sports, Jeremy Lin ’10 is also a philanthropist and activist. He has stepped up to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and become a dynamic advocate in the fight for inclusion and against anti-Asian racism. And on May 26, he will address Harvard’s graduating seniors as part of the annual Class Day celebration, an honor for which he was selected by the Class of 2021...

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Unearthing ‘The Man Who Lived Underground’ for the first time

Unearthing ‘The Man Who Lived Underground’ for the first time

April 19, 2021

“The Man Who Lived Underground,” an allegorical novel by Richard Wright, will be published for the first time in its entirety on Tuesday, more than 60 years after the death of the influential Black author.

The work, released by the Library of America with the support of Wright’s family, follows Fred Daniels, a Black man who is arrested and coerced into falsely confessing the murder of a white couple. After escaping from the police, Daniels flees to the sewers, where...

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Arts First festival, coming soon to a screen near you

Arts First festival, coming soon to a screen near you

April 19, 2021

Danielle Davis ’21 has helped produce the annual Arts First festival for three years, and loved seeing campus explode with art and performance during the three-day spring extravaganza.

So when the Office for the Arts announced that the festival would be entirely virtual in 2021, she saw only the possibility for an even greater — and more inclusive — celebration.

“This is the first time that the experience has been truly global,” said the engineering sciences concentrator and cellist from Long Island.

Coordinated by Marin Orlosky...

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Kevin Young to speak at Harvard Alumni Association’s annual meeting

April 19, 2021

Award-winning poet, editor, and recently-named Andrew W. Mellon director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, Kevin Young ’92 will be the featured speaker for the 151st Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).

Most recently, he edited the acclaimed anthology “African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song,” “an implicit but unassailable case that Black poetry is central to American literature,” according to the New York Times Book Review.

“Kevin Young is not simply one of the most talented poets of his generation,”...

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Viola Davis to receive Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year Award

April 16, 2021

Award-winning actress Viola Davis is the recipient of The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2021 Woman of the Year Award.

In a historic and monumental year, the Woman of the Year Award will be presented remotely in a Zoom webinar on Thursday at 9 p.m. The webinar will begin with a short celebratory roast for Davis, followed by a moderated Q&A with pre-selected questions from the HPT community. The event will conclude with an acceptance speech by Davis, where she will officially receive her Pudding Pot.

“We’re very excited to honor Viola Davis as...

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