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at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting edge research and discovery.

Science

Public Shakespeare

In the expository writing course "Why Shakespeare?" first-year students were challenged to adapt their essays for a public audience. 

Social Science

Harvard sociologist Robert Sampson.

Best predictor of arrest rates? The ‘birth lottery of history’

June 22, 2021

Social scientists have long studied how moral character, socioeconomic status, and other demographic characteristics affect arrest rates. These personal and environmental differences have, in fact, become markers used to predict the trajectory of criminal behavior, but a group of researchers say they ignore one crucial factor: the changing social and historical context.... Read more about Best predictor of arrest rates? The ‘birth lottery of history’

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Arts and Humanities

Jesse McCarthy

Looking to ignite questions rather than supply answers

June 22, 2021

For Jesse McCarthy, understanding a society necessitates understanding its cultural products and its politics. In his new collection of essays, “Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?,” the assistant professor of English and of African and African American studies explores connections between art, literature, and politics in his own life and in Western culture more broadly. He also highlights the range of the essay as a space for experimentation and self-expression.... Read more about Looking to ignite questions rather than supply answers

30 years of ecological research in Harvard’s wired forest

In this documentary, Amy Li (Harvard College ’20) speaks with scientists, educators, and students in the Harvard Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program about the program’s origins, history, and future trajectories. The Harvard Forest was founded in 1907 and is based in Petersham, Massachusetts (Nipmuck ancestral homeland).

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A peek inside the new SEC

Harvard’s much-anticipated Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston is complete. The SEC is home to a portion of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Labs are setting up (some are already operational), furniture has been moved in, and offices are being transitioned.