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Debating democracy itself

Debating democracy itself

September 27, 2016

Hours before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clashed over taxes, trade, and the economy in the first presidential debate Tuesday, a different kind of discussion took place at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall.

Dubbed the debate before the debate, the Faneuil Forum drew hundreds of people who packed the hall, sometimes called the Cradle of Liberty for the role it played during the American Revolution, to take part in a lively civic dialogue led by prominent Harvard Professor Michael Sandel on the future of democracy.

Figure it out yourself

Figure it out yourself

September 26, 2016

On the first day of class, the instructor handed out spaghetti, string, tape, and marshmallows to the eight students gathered around a table and asked them to build the tallest possible freestanding structure and place the marshmallow on top, in 18 minutes.

Welcoming the world to Harvard

Welcoming the world to Harvard

September 26, 2016

There are 25 gates through which thousands of people enter Harvard Yard every day, but with the completion of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, the Cambridge campus will have a new way for them to experience the University.

Thanks to the generous support of the Moise Y. Safra Foundation, the Moise Y. Safra Welcome Pavilion at the entrance of the Smith Campus Center will make the renewed facility an invaluable resource for students, faculty, the local community, and visitors when it reopens in 2018.

For Faust, new year brings fresh challenges

For Faust, new year brings fresh challenges

September 15, 2016

As Harvard University enters another academic year, President Drew Faust sat down with the Gazette to discuss her priorities for the months ahead. The wide-ranging conversation touched on topics including The Harvard Campaign, the University’s stance on single-gender social organizations, the vision for the Allston campus, the importance of the humanities in a liberal arts education, and the newest member of Faust’s family — an adopted shelter puppy named Alice.

Deeper creativity

Deeper creativity

September 13, 2016

Robin Kelsey’s tenure as dean of arts and humanities officially began July 1, but the scholar of American art and photography has long been a leading voice for the division, including through his work as a co-creator of “The Art of Looking,” one of the Framework series of classes for undergrads. In an interview about his new role, he shared goals for creating an even more vibrant, innovative, and interconnected approach to the arts and humanities. 

GAZETTE: What’s on the top of your list for the coming year — and beyond?

Faust Again Calls for Social Groups To Accept Women

September 6, 2016

University President Drew G. Faust redoubled her criticisms of Harvard’s all-male final clubs as exclusive, discriminatory, and inconsistent with the values of a liberal arts education, making the case for penalizing members of the social groups in a video for The Atlantic.

Lending his eye to the visions of others

Lending his eye to the visions of others

September 2, 2016

What did you do this summer? It’s been a common refrain across campus in recent days.

The answer for countless students and faculty is that they traveled or just relaxed over the past few months. But many also incorporated work into their schedules, including the chair of Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Robb Moss, who devoted some of his downtime to helping filmmakers realize their dreams.