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Articles: Arts

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin painted by Robert Feke

Robert Feke’s rendering of Benjamin Franklin

Courtesy of the Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Dr. John Collins Warren, 1856


Two hundred and seventy years ago, Benjamin Franklin did something highly unusual. He retired.


Fred Moten
Photograph by Robert Adam Mayer

Fred Moten’s subversive black-studies scholarship

January-February 2018

Mercer and his beloved dog, Rollo
Courtesy of the Mercer Museum & Library

Brief life of an innovative ceramicist: 1856-1930


January-February 2018

Cones of the Chinese hemlock, Tsuga chinensis
Photograph by Wang Kang


The Chinese variety resists a pest devastating North American trees.

January-February 2018

The Arnold Arboretum’s Michael Dosmann with a Rodgersia leaf and plumes of Astilbe grandis
Photograph by Jonathan Shaw

The hunt for rare plants in China


January-February 2018

Megan Sniffin-Marinoff

Photograph by Stu Rosner

The University archivist on what it means to “document Harvard

January-February 2018

An osteoarthritic knee, the polished femur clearly visible, from a 600-year-old skeleton housed in the Peabody Museum.

Photograph by Jim Harrison/©2018 President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, PM# 968-10-40/N9174.0


Neither increased obesity nor longevity explains the doubling of knee osteoarthritis since World War II.


January-February 2018

Harvard unveiled plans to build an $12.5-million ArtLab in Allston. The 9,000-square-foot building will have a projected lifespan of 10 to 15 years.

Rendering by Barkow Leibinger Architekten

Harvard presented design details for the new Allston project at a city meeting this week.


Five other Harvardians were also honored by the National Book Foundation.