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Marshall family’s 1950-61 impact in Kalahari explored in book

Marshall family’s 1950-61 impact in Kalahari explored in book

May 15, 2017

Striking in their beauty and their intimacy, the photographs the Marshall family made during their eight expeditions into the Kalahari from 1950 to 1961 have pure visual appeal. Landscapes of flowering fields or towering baobab trees and dominated by a majestic sky alternate with portraits of a family’s growth and change.

It is that change — beyond the stunning aesthetics — that mark these photos as special, forming the impetus behind “Where the Roads All End: The Marshall Family’s Kalahari Photography… Read more about Marshall family’s 1950-61 impact in Kalahari explored in book

Kennedy School fellow Ban Ki-moon reflects on issues of global concern

Kennedy School fellow Ban Ki-moon reflects on issues of global concern

May 12, 2017

After 10 years as secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, M.P.A. ’84, stepped away from the international stage at the end of last year. The onetime South Korean foreign minister remains active on global issues, including as the Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School this spring.

The fellowship marks a return for Ban, who earned his graduate degree at the School as an Edward S. Mason Fellow. His current role involves meeting with students and collaborating with scholars, as well as lecturing, writing, and… Read more about Kennedy School fellow Ban Ki-moon reflects on issues of global concern

Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

May 12, 2017

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

On the walls of Mather House hangs a painting by one of its residents. Julia Grotto ’17 has layered acrylic paint onto paper, transforming the exterior of the House’s Brutalism architecture in an intricate play of light and shadow.

The painting’s mix of light and dark also reflects peaks of achievement and valleys of struggle in… Read more about Harvard College student combines art, science, and public service

Harvard president visits Southeast Asia

Harvard president visits Southeast Asia

May 4, 2017

Harvard President Drew Faust traveled to Southeast Asia in March, stopping in Singapore and Vietnam to meet with national education leaders, with Harvard alumni, and with schoolchildren, to whom she spoke about the opportunities an education can bring. Faust also spoke about the aftermath of war in a speech at the University of the Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.

1 Harvard President Drew Faust meets with Asia Club leaders at a… Read more about Harvard president visits Southeast Asia
4 undocumented Harvard College students recount their journeys and their hopes

4 undocumented Harvard College students recount their journeys and their hopes

May 4, 2017

When Jin Park ’18 was growing up in New York City, his family always told him to be mindful of his surroundings, to keep quiet about being undocumented, and to avoid busy streets where he might encounter immigration agents.

Park can relax somewhat now because he can remain in the United States under President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). President Trump, a vocal critic of illegal immigration, nonetheless has affirmed the policy that keeps such students here and in school.

Still, Park worries about family members and friends who aren’t… Read more about 4 undocumented Harvard College students recount their journeys and their hopes

Harvard junior aims high with lift from financial aid

Harvard junior aims high with lift from financial aid

April 18, 2017

Part of a series on the impact of Harvard financial aid on students.

Growing up in the tribal districts of Madhya Pradesh, India, Varsha Varman heard it all. Girls don’t play sports. They don’t dream of studying law, or imagine careers in politics. And attending a university like Harvard is little more than a fantasy.

Luckily, Varman didn’t listen.

The economics concentrator is nearing the end of her junior year, with a spot on the women’s varsity crew team and an eye on law school. One of the keys to making that… Read more about Harvard junior aims high with lift from financial aid

Journey of Harvard College polyglot started with two words

Journey of Harvard College polyglot started with two words

April 17, 2017

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

Eni Dervishi ’17 has always been intrigued by language. “When I was in kindergarten, a teacher taught us how to say ‘chair’ and ‘table’ in English,” she recalled. “I found it fascinating that you could use two different words for [one] object.”

In her small Albanian town, language instruction was limited. But Eni was determined… Read more about Journey of Harvard College polyglot started with two words

Harvard Bridge Program honors 14 newly naturalized employees

Harvard Bridge Program honors 14 newly naturalized employees

April 14, 2017

Six years ago, when Gabi Diligent arrived in the United States, the odds of achieving the elusive American dream were not in her favor. The 22-year-old had just left her native Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake. Arriving in the greater Boston area with her mother and five siblings, Diligent didn’t speak a word of English.

Today, she speaks it effortlessly. What’s more, she has a driver’s license, owns a home, and is working toward her high school diploma. And just last year, Diligent became a U.S. citizen.

“My life has changed over the last four years… Read more about Harvard Bridge Program honors 14 newly naturalized employees

Harvard senior puts pin in neurobiology, comedy, and art to embark on Rockefeller Fellowship

Harvard senior puts pin in neurobiology, comedy, and art to embark on Rockefeller Fellowship

April 13, 2017

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

Med school or an artistic career?

The healing arts or … healing laughter?

Harvard senior Brooke Bourgeois is looking for the humor in her dilemma. She has worked for four years to develop from a science newbie into a senior about to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology with her sights set on medical school.… Read more about Harvard senior puts pin in neurobiology, comedy, and art to embark on Rockefeller Fellowship

During Vietnam visit, Drew Faust stresses importance of remembrance in healing

During Vietnam visit, Drew Faust stresses importance of remembrance in healing

March 23, 2017

Even decades after the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are still surveying the conflict’s aftermath, seeking understanding and healing of wounds physical and spiritual, individual and widespread, Harvard President Drew Faust said today during a visit to the Southeast Asian nation.

Faust, a historian of the American Civil War, spoke at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, offering her audience an at-times personal view of the conflict and how it… Read more about During Vietnam visit, Drew Faust stresses importance of remembrance in healing