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Prince Shōtoku at Age Two, a thirteenth-century Japanese icon made of wood with inlaid quartz eyes

Image courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial and promised gift of Walter C. Sedgwick in memory of Ellery Sedgwick Sr. and Ellery Sedgwick Jr., 2019.122.


A Harvard Art Museums exhibit reunites a thirteenth-century Japanese icon with artifacts it once held.


Calling all Harvard Authors! Advertise your book in time for the holidays.


Ellen N. La Motte as a young woman

Courtesy of the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Brief life of a bold activist: 1873-1961

July-August 2019

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Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907
©2019 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image from the Bridgeman Art Library

A Harvard scholar presents the “untold origins of a modern masterpiece.”

July-August 2019

The master architects: Hall for Worship of the Ancestors, Beijing, early fifteenth century with many later repairs

Photograph by Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Recent books with Harvard connections

July-August 2019

Chinese refugees stream through the wrecked streets of Chongqing, heavily bombed by the Japanese from 1938 to 1943 during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Photograph from Central Press/Getty Images

The parallel, perilous, histories of China and Japan

July-August 2019

Truman French and Tucker Pforzheimer amid stacks of prime shiitake-growing oak logs at their Martha’s Vineyard farm
Photograph by Randi Baird Photography


The farmers at MV Mycological hope so.

July-August 2019

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Her book Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America is the choice in general nonfiction.



Moffett—who has trekked across the globe in search of unusual creatures—with an ants’ nest in Australia

Photograph courtesy of Mark W. Moffett

Naturalist Mark W. Moffett investigates insects—and now, evolving human societies.

May-June 2019