Michèle Lamont, professor of sociology and African and African American studies, director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies.

The everyday response to racism

December 9, 2016

An African-American man in New York gets on an elevator with a group of white men, one of whom proceeds to tell a joke that includes blacks and monkeys. What happens next? In this case, the black man struggles to keep his composure, comments that he’s not a fan of jokes, and steps off the elevator before reaching his destination.

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The Freestyle Life: Lane Changes and Intersections

October 12, 2016

Michael E. Jones is always on the move. Whether he’s training for a triathlon, curating a museum exhibit, serving on an Olympics national governing body, or putting paintbrush to canvas, he approaches each endeavor with boundless energy.  

Often, his passions intersect. Take his latest artistic creation: the painting that adorns the US Olympic Triathlon poster for the 2016 Rio games.

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Eli Dershwitz’s road to the Olympics

October 3, 2016

Harvard sophomore Eli Dershwitz represented the United States at the Summer Olympics in the men’s saber fencing competition in Rio de Janeiro. While he didn’t win a medal this time, Dershwitz said the intense training and discipline required to make it to Brazil gave him the confidence to succeed at Harvard and the drive to “reach certain academic levels.”

Photo of a young boy on a horse.

On the Road

September 22, 2016

Somewhere along the A2 in Kazakhstan, their plans changed.

GSAS students Benny Shaffer and Justin Stern, and GSD visiting PhD Fellow Xiaoxuan Lu, MLA ’12, had sketched out a project back in Cambridge that would study the impact of the 1,100 mile Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline on the natural environment, urban areas, and local population. While their thought had been to consider how the area known for being part of the Silk Road had become the Gas Road, as they began their journey in summer 2015 it quickly became clear that would be difficult.

A joint Harvard-New England Conservatory student concentrating in English, George Li is a piano virtuoso looking to make connections between his instrument and the literature he reads.

Artful balance

September 6, 2016

This article is the first in an occasional series on the impact of humanities studies in and out of the classroom.

George Li ’18 does most of his English assignments on an airplane.

Laser-assisted direct ink writing let a researcher print this delicate 3-D butterfly without any auxiliary support structure.

Printing metal in midair

May 16, 2016

“Flat” and “rigid” are terms typically used to describe electronic devices. But the increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas, and biomedical devices has led a research team to innovate an eye-popping way of printing complex metallic architectures as though seemingly suspended in midair.