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Q: How do I submit a letter to the editor?
A: Harvard Magazine welcomes letters on its contents. Please send via e-mail to You may also send your letter via U.S. mail to “Letters,” Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138, or via fax to 617-495-0324. Letters may be edited to fit the available space.

Q: How do I submit a class note?
A: Use our class notes webform or send your note to You can also write to “The Classes,” Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138, or via fax to 617-495-0324. (Please note: We welcome wedding and birth announcements, but do not report engagements or pregnancies.)

If you want your class note to appear only in the print edition and not on the website, please specify that in your submission. Announcements that appear on the website can be viewed only by registered users with post.harvard addresses. 

Print-edition deadlines are October 15 for the January-February issue, December 15 for March-April, February 15 for May-June, April 15 for July-August, June 15 for September-October, and August 15 for November-December.

Q: Who is eligible to submit a class note?
A: Harvard Magazine publishes news sent in by alumni and alumnae of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and their class secretaries, and news from alumni and alumnae of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. We also publish information from press releases about these alums that are sent to our office.

Q: How do I submit an obituary?
A: You can use our obituary webform or send an e-mail to You can also use U.S. mail ("Obituaries," Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138), or fax 617-495-0324. Please specify "print only" if you do not wish the obituary to appear on the magazine website.

Obituaries in Harvard Magazine are free of charge and written by the obituaries editor, Deborah Smullyan ’72. The information you provide will be used as a basis for the obituary, but not reprinted verbatim. Please include contact information in case we need clarification or further information. Our obituaries customarily include the following: (1) date and place of death; (2) a brief summary of career; (3) interests, passions, hobbies, publications, honors, military service, or other distinctions the alum would have liked to see mentioned; (4) the names of surviving spouse or partner, if any (including maiden name); and of children, parents, siblings, and grandparents.

The magazine prints obituaries principally for alumni/ae of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and for alumni/ae of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences whose family or friends request a notice. Alumni of the professional schools alone (law, medicine, education, design, etc.) receive an edition of Harvard Magazine that does not include obituaries, so unless there is a specific reason for publishing an obituary for a professional school alum, families of those alumni will do better to submit obituaries to the alumni publications of the appropriate professional schools.

Q: How can I submit information about my new book to Harvard Magazine?
A: Please send information to Review copies should be sent to the attention of Jean Martin, Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138. Please note the author’s Harvard affiliation and class year if possible.

During an average two-month period, the magazine receives several dozen to several score books by alumni/ae and faculty members from throughout Harvard. From those, we select, typically, eight to twelve titles, aiming for those that might be overlooked, that might have some particular Harvard content or angle, and that will, collectively, make an interesting mix of subjects, perspectives, etc. We then write up the columns or page that readers see. Thus we sort from what we have, try to serve readers, and prepare our coverage. The volume of material makes it impossible for us to guarantee coverage, and in fact we get to only a small minority of eligible titles. Those books we cannot cover that are written by graduates of the College or the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are mentioned in our class notes; those by faculty or alumni/ae of other schools need to be submitted to those schools' separate alumni publications.

Q: Can I write for Harvard Magazine?
A: Harvard Magazine is an alumni publication for the graduates, faculty, and staff of Harvard University. Its contents are about the extended Harvard community—research, teaching, and the lives of community members. Accordingly, story ideas not strongly related to Harvard are unlikely to be right for the magazine. In addition to a small staff of writers and editors, who produce a significant proportion of the contents, we hire freelance writers for most sections, and assign illustrations and photography for each issue.

To understand the magazine’s mission and approach to serving its readers, the best guide is always the contents of recent issues, which are available online at this website. Note that as a bimonthly publication, we work with very long lead times: for feature articles, six months before the cover date is a typical minimum lead time, and much longer is not unusual; shorter pieces (Right Now and Montage articles) typically proceed more quickly. But submissions aimed at inclusion in an issue dated a month later are always too late, as the magazine is already in advanced stages of production by then.

If you have a proposal for an article, please submit a query by e-mail, or mail it to John Rosenberg, Editor, Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138. Telephone calls invariably require more detailed follow-up, so the editors strongly encourage beginning with a detailed written query.

Such queries should explain the proposed subject and why it is of interest; outline the proposed treatment (who will be interviewed or what materials will be covered, at what likely length for the finished article, for what section if relevant, on what timeline, etc.); and, for writers not previously known to the editors, should be accompanied by samples of published work comparable in approach and scale to the idea being proposed. The magazine does not encourage simultaneous submissions elsewhere. The query mechanism is essential, because as a bimonthly magazine working much in advance of publication, we may already be working on the subject you wish to propose—so submitting a query is designed to protect you from the disappointment of submitting a finished article only to discover that it duplicates a piece already under way.

The magazine’s contents are principally journalistic. Faculty opinion pieces, published in “Forum,” are exclusively assigned internally. Although the magazine occasionally uses personal essays or humor, such pieces are necessarily subject to evaluation of the executed piece and cannot be assigned on a guaranteed basis. Because of limited space and the constraints of readers’ interest, the magazine does not generally have room to publish personal recollections about an individual’s college experience, and does not seek remembrances about deceased individuals beyond those published in the obituary notices.

The art director can review submissions of work by photographers and illustrators; direct portfolios by e-mail.

Q: How do I contact a member of the Harvard Magazine staff?
A: See a full list of magazine staff members, with e-mail addresses, here.

Q: How do I contact someone who was mentioned in Harvard Magazine?
A: The University closely protects the privacy of its students, and does not make their e-mail addresses available to those without a valid Harvard ID number. However, the public listings in the University directory do contain e-mail and phone number for many faculty members. If you can’t find the faculty member you're looking for, a Web search of the person’s name along with the word “Harvard” often turns up his or her Harvard faculty webpage.

If you are looking for a Harvard graduate, the Harvard Alumni Association website allows alumni to send messages to other alumni. And if all else fails, try getting in touch with the author of the article; see our staff list for contact information.

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Q: How do I subscribe to Harvard Magazine or renew my subscription?
A: Use our subscription webform or contact customer service.

Q: How do I give a gift subscription to Harvard Magazine?
A: Use our gift subscription webform or contact customer service.

Q: How can I stop receiving duplicate copies of Harvard Magazine?
A: Please contact customer service.

Q: How can I cancel my subscription or drop my name from Harvard Magazine’s mailing list?
A: Please submit your request to customer service.

Q: How do I change my address?
A: If you are an alumnus or alumna of Harvard University, use this address change form or send an e-mail to

If you have a paid subscription to Harvard Magazine, please send your new address to

If you are a current or retired Harvard University faculty or staff member, contact the University benefits office at 617-496-4001 or

Q: My copy of the magazine doesn’t have class notes or obituaries. How can I receive these sections?
A: Alumni and alumnae of the Harvard professional schools who wish to receive Harvard Magazine’s class notes and obituaries sections should contact customer service, who will verify their University affiliation(s) and then process their requests.

 Q: My copy of the magazine does not contain the regional section, Harvard2. How can I receive that section?
A: To save the magazine paper and postage costs, the regional section, Harvard2 is mailed only to readers living in New England. All articles in the section, however, are readily accessible on the magazine’s website.

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Q: Are your rates gross or net?
A: All print rates posted are gross, but all digital rates posted are net.

Q: Do you offer trade, nonprofit or HSBA discounts, or added value?
Harvard Magazine does offer a variety of discounts to our print advertisers.  Please feel free to contact us to learn more.

Q: Is there a way to reach only those readers living in New England?
A: Yes! Harvard Magazine’s Harvard2 section is specifically designed to reach only our New England audience.  We offer a separate rate card for this section.

Q: Does my ad reach the same audience in print and online?
Harvard Magazine’s print product is the only way to reach all Harvard alumni in one place. Our digital products are available for anyone to read and enjoy.

Q: How can I place a classified ad?
A: Click here to place your classified ad or call 617-496-6686.

Q: Do you have an editorial calendar?
 Harvard Magazine covers news, research, and the alumni of Harvard who are making a difference in the world. Because new developments occur constantly, we do not have a concrete editorial calendar. We can, however, give you a general idea of what we might cover in our New England section, Harvard2, given the season. And we can provide you with more detailed information about a particular bi-monthly issue a month or two before it goes to press; please contact us to learn more.

Q: When is the next deadline?
A: Deadlines to reserve print advertising run 45 days in advance of the next bi-monthly issue (i.e. the space reservation deadline for the September-October issue is July 15). Click to downoad a media kit with a planning calendar.

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Classified Advertising

Q: What types of classified ads do you run?
A: Our most popular sections include Vacation Rentals, Real Estate, Personals, Harvard Authors’ Bookshelf, and the Harvard Alumni Business Network—we have categories to fit almost any advertisement. For more information, visit our Classifieds FAQ.

Q: What does it cost to place a classified ad?
A: A classified text ad costs $5.25 per word. Telephone numbers, including the area code, count as one word. Words divided by a slash or hyphens are counted individually. Abbreviations count as the words they stand for (e.g. 2BR counts as two words... 2 and bedroom). Zip codes are free. E-mail addresses and websites count as two words each. There is a 12-word minimum. We also offer display ads, which permit the use of photos, logos, and color in print for $400 per column inch. For more information, visit our Pricing and Sizes page.

Q: I am ready to place my classified ad. What do I do now?
A: To place an ad, click here.

Q: I know I want to place a classified ad, but I still have questions. What should I do?
A: Visit our classifieds FAQ, contact the Classifieds Department at 617-496-6686, or e-mail

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Q: How can I purchase a back issue?
A: Please contact customer service.

Q: Which issues of Harvard Magazine are available online?
A: Our website has the full text of every issue back to May-June 1996 (although some Class Notes and obituaries may be missing). You can download PDF files of pages from issues from November-December 2001 forward.

Q: What if I need something from an older issue?
A: To locate articles from issues predating May-June 1996, e-mail or write to Archives Search, Harvard Magazine, 7 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138.

Q: If I’m unable to find what I’m looking for, is anybody available to help?
A: Phone Harvard Magazine at 617-495-5746, then press #4 and #1, to leave a message on the editorial department voice mail, which is checked each business day. A staff member will try to assist you within five business days (sooner, if possible).

Q: Can I reprint an article, or portion of an article, that appeared in Harvard Magazine?
A: In most cases, the magazine or the author hold copyright to article text, and the text (or portions thereof) cannot be reprinted without permission. Please send all inquiries about reproduction to, telling us how many copies you need and how you will use them. (There is usually no fee for one-time educational use.) If the article is to be included in a book, please give print run, price, and publisher. If you have additional questions, call 617-495-5746.

Q: Can I reprint a photograph or other image that appeared in Harvard Magazine?
A: No, reproduction of images is not allowed. All rights for artwork that appear in the magazine and online belong to the artist. Harvard Magazine can provide you with contact information for the photographers and illustrators who contribute to the magazine; please call 617-495-5746.

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About Harvard Magazine

Q: How is Harvard Magazine funded?
Harvard Magazine raises two-thirds of its operating revenue from reader contributions and advertising; the remaining one-third is a subsidy from the University.

Q: How is the money spent?
A: The contributions from readers pay for author and artist fees, and for editing, designing, and preparing the contents of each issue for publication in print and online.

Q: What is editorial independence? What is Harvard Magazine’s relationship with Harvard University?
A: The magazine was founded independently by alumni more than a century ago, and is published today by a separately incorporated nonprofit affiliate of Harvard University. We have excellent access to University news and news sources, but are written, edited, and produced—like any independent news medium—with reader’s interests foremost in mind. 

Q: Why does Harvard Magazine need money if Harvard University is so wealthy?
A: Harvard Magazine’s current arrangement with the University to fund the magazine primarily from non-University sources maximizes editorial independence. This allows for publication of a high-quality periodical and minimizes financial claims on the University, which is always mindful of its core educational purpose as a research and teaching institution, and does and should apply its resources to the classroom, the lab, the libraries, etc.

Q: What is the Friends of Harvard Magazine?
A: The Friends of Harvard Magazine group was established to demonstrate the appreciation Harvard Magazine has for donors who make an especially generous contribution of $100 or more. Friends members receive invitations to special events; see photos from past events here.

Q: How can I make a donation?
A: Please contact Allison Kern by e-mail or by phone at 617-496-9780. We look forward to hearing from you!

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E-Mail Newsletters

Q: I already receive e-mail from Harvard Magazine, so you must have my e-mail address. Why should I sign up here?

A: Although alumni automatically receive communications from Harvard Magazine once a month (unless they have opted out via, we do not have access to the e-mail address you may have on file with the Harvard Alumni Association. Harvard is protective of your privacy—as it should be—so once a month, the Office of Alumni Affairs sends out the Editor’s Highlights newsletter on our behalf. If you would like to receive more frequent news from Harvard Magazine, please sign up with us directly. We also take privacy protection very seriously and will never share your e-mail address.

Q: How do I unsubscribe from Harvard e-mails?

A: If you no longer wish to receive correspondence of this kind from Harvard, please follow the unsubscribe link at the end of every e-mail.

If you require further assistance, please contact

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Web App

Q: Is my device supported?
A: Harvard Magazine’s web app supports Apple iOS devices running iOS 6 or iOS 7 as well as newer Android devices. Specifically, we support iPads (iPad 2 and later), iPhones (4S and later), and iPod touch (4 and 5). Supported Android devices—on which Chrome is the recommended browser—include the Samsung S III and Motorola Droid Razr phones and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The web app may function on other devices, but those are not officially supported.

Q: How do I get the web app?
A: Use Safari or Chrome on your mobile device to visit When prompted, enter your e-mail address and create a password that you will use exclusively with your Harvard Magazine account.

Once you sign in, you may be prompted to increase the size of your database. This is a normal part of installation for our web app—further installation instructions are posted here.

The web app is free to try for three months; after that, a sponsorship—which supports the costs of maintaining this platform—is $12 a year.

Q: Is the web app available through the App Store?
A: No. The Harvard Magazine app is not currently available through iTunes or any other app stores. It must be accessed using a Web browser on your mobie device, via

Once installed, the web app functions like a native app; in fact, we designed it to look and feel like a native app.

Q: What is a web app?
A: A web app is any application built using common HTML technologies that runs within a Web browser. You may be using web apps every day without realizing it; some common examples include (for e-mail), (for online auctions), or (for comparing airfares).

Harvard Magazine’s web app is a digital version of Harvard Magazine that offers several distinct features. These features include downloadable content (for offline reading), personalization options (for discovering content and saving favorite content), and touchscreen navigation (which makes it easier to “lean back” and immerse yourself in your reading).

Q: When does my free trial begin?
A: Your three-month trial begins when you log in or register in the app for the first time.

Q: Can I use my class-notes account from with the app?
A: Yes. If you’ve created an account on our website in the past, the same e-mail address and password will work in the app.

Q: Does Harvard Magazine offer a digital edition?
A: A digital edition is essentially a facsimile of a print publication. Dynamic facsimiles of recent issues of Harvard Magazine are available on Issuu, via

Recent issues are available in their entirety (apart from class notes, obituaries, and classifieds) as PDFs downloadable from our website. Visit the back issues page on our website; a link to the PDF of recent issues appears below each cover. Also, all Harvard Magazine articles since 2002 include a link to a PDF displaying the article as it originally appeared in print.

The web app is much more than just a digital edition, however. The web app incorporates content not available in print, such as news, arts coverage, and sports reporting, with accompanying video, audio, and expanded image galleries.

Q: What are the main features of the Harvard Magazine app?
A: Specifically, the main features are:

  • The web app allows you to download one complete issue of Harvard Magazine to read later, even when there is no active Internet connection where you take your mobile device.
  • The web app provides flexible layouts that were designed to make reading easier on smaller screens, and the type size is adjustable.
  • The web app includes full print issues (back to January-February 2010) as well as the latest online-only news.
  • The web app allows verified alumni to access class notes or obituaries by issue or class year.
  • The web app allows you to save your favorite articles for convenient access; Saved Articles are available to read even when there is no active Internet connection.
  • The web app introduces “My Magazine,” a brand-new way to personalize your digital magazine with the topics that interest you most.
  • The web app includes easy-to-use sharing tools for e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

Q: How can I read Harvard Magazine offline?
A: The web app allows you to read any one issue of Harvard Magazine offline, but you must first download the issue. The current issue and back issues dating to 2010 are available to download from the Back Issues page (accessed via the main menu).

To download an issue tap the downward-pointing arrow that appears under each cover just to the right of the View button. A progress bar will indicate the progress of your download. (Please allow your download to complete before taking your device offline.)

Q: How can I access a downloaded issue?
A: You must be logged in at the time you go offline in order to access your saved issues and articles while offline.

Once you are offline, you may locate your saved issue by tapping the main menu. A thumbnail image of the cover of your saved issue will appear in the main menu—but this appears only when you are offline. You may also access your saved issue directly via the home page: on most tablets your saved issue appears in the upper-right corner, while on a phone or iPod touch the magazine cover of the saved issue appears toward the bottom of the home page (scroll down to view it).

Each issue downloads approximately 20-25 megabytes of data (text and photographs) to your device’s memory. The time it takes to download depends on the speed of your network; it should take only a minute or two on Wi-Fi networks, but it may take significantly longer on cellular data networks.

Whenever you download a new issue, any previously downloaded issues are replaced. (The deletion occurs automatically in the background.)

Q: Will issues downloaded on my tablet be accessible offline on my phone?
A: Downloaded issues do not carry over from one device to another. For example, if you own a smartphone and a tablet, you will have to download the issue on both devices. There are no limitations to the number of times you may download issues; if you lose one, simply download it again.

A downloaded issue remains on your device until you replace it or otherwise reset your browser’s cache.

To prevent unwanted deletion of your app’s data, save the app to your home screen (which works on iOS 6 and iOS 7) or add Harvard Magazine’s app to your Favorites in Safari (iOS 7 only).

Q: How are downloaded issues different from Saved Articles?
A: You may read both Saved Articles and downloaded issues offline, but there are differences. The most important difference is that Saved Articles are synchronized across devices. For example, if you use a smartphone and a tablet, articles saved on your smartphone will later become available on your tablet.

From any device, access your Saved Articles via the main menu or, if you are offline, the shortcut on the home page.

As soon as you sign in from a new device for the first time, any Saved Articles begin synchronizing automatically in the background. The length of time it takes to download Saved Articles depends on how many you have.

Q: Will the web app work on my laptop?
A: No. The web app can be accessed only from tablets and smartphones.

Q: Why does the app ask me to increase my local database size?
A: Some devices allow you to expand the amount of data that can be temporarily stored (or “cached”) locally. On these devices, you may receive a prompt asking if you’d like to increase the size of your local cache and/or database when using the app. This change is temporary and will increase the speed and overall performance of the app. If you are prompted, we recommend you choose to increase the size. Note: This does not affect data usage directly.

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My Account

Q: What is a Harvard Magazine account? 
A Harvard Magazine account is required to access some areas of this website. Once established, your account may be used to view class notes and obituaries online, to sign in to Harvard Magazine’s web app for smartphones and tablets, and to sign up for—and manage—e-mail newsletter subscriptions.

Q: Is my Harvard Magazine account the same as my Harvard Alumni ID?
No, your Harvard Magazine account is not the same as your Harvard Alumni ID. Harvard Magazine is an independent affiliate of the University and the user accounts for this website are maintained separately. Contact us directly for technical assistance.

Q: What are the benefits of creating a Harvard Magazine account?
The benefits of a Harvard Magazine account include:

  • Class Notes and Obituaries AccessHarvard Magazine publishes class notes and obituaries for graduates of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Use your Harvard Magazine account to read these notes online. Please note: For privacy reasons, class notes and obituaries are accessible only to Harvard alumni. First register your Harvard Magazine Account—then verify your alumni status (when prompted).
  • Trial Access to the Web AppHarvard Magazine’s mobile app provides several, user-centric features, including a personalized article feed (called “My Magazine”), downloadable content (for offline reading), and a Saved Articles queue. Your preferences are be stored on our server. Please note: You do not need to be Harvard alum to acess the the app. Sign up for an account and tryi it free for 90 days.
  • E-mail Newsletters - If you create a Harvard Magazine account you agree to be contacted by e-mail occasionally. For example, you may receive an e-mail notification when a new issue of Harvard Magazine has been published. Please note: You may update your e-mail preferences at any time, or contact Harvard Magazine for technical assistance.

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Q: Where are the Harvard Magazine offices located?
A: Our offices are located at 7 Ware Street, Cambridge. For parking information, an interactive map, and directions for both public transportation and car, please visit our directions page.

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