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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.


Recent books with Harvard connections

January-February 2018

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

January-February 2018

Portraits of James Madison, 1816, by John Vanderlyn and of Dolley Madison, 1804, by Gilbert Stuart

Paintings courtesy of the White House Historical Association

Lincoln Caplan reviews Noah Feldman’s The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

January-February 2018

Dara Horn

Photograph by Michael B. Priest


Dara Horn breathes life into classical Jewish sources.

January-February 2018

Colin Jost (left) with his co-host, Michael Che, at the Weekend Update desk for Saturday Night Live

Photograph by Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Comedian Colin Jost, from Shouts and Murmurs to Saturday Night Live

January-February 2018

Photograph by iStock Images

A doctor’s take on the destruction of medicine

January-February 2018

Jonathan Bailey Holland

Photograph by Robert Torres

Composer Jonathan Bailey Holland on finding his musical voice


January-February 2018

Norbert “Nubbins” Wiener, shown here in boyhood, was 14 when he matriculated at Harvard in 1909.

Photograph courtesy of the MIT Museum

Parents and superkids, then and now


January-February 2018