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Reading atop the steps of Widener Library.⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardInAutumn⠀ ⠀ Photo: Stephanie ...
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Reading atop the steps of Widener Library.⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardInAutumn⠀ ⠀ Photo: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Reading atop the steps of Widener Library.⠀

#Harvard #HarvardInAutumn⠀

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President Larry Bacow and his wife Adele joined students at yesterday's Crimson Jam in Harvard ...
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President Larry Bacow and his wife Adele joined students at yesterday's Crimson Jam in Harvard Yard.⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀ ---⠀ Save the date! #HarvardInauguration of Larry Bacow will take place on Friday, October 5. More details at: harvard.edu/inauguration President Larry Bacow and his wife Adele joined students at yesterday's Crimson Jam in Harvard Yard.⠀

Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀
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Save the date! #HarvardInauguration of Larry Bacow will take place on Friday, October 5. More details at: harvard.edu/inauguration
Q: What is the most important thing Harvard taught you?⠀ ⠀ Kacey Gill ‘20, @kacey_liz⠀ ⠀ "It feels ...
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Q: What is the most important thing Harvard taught you?⠀ ⠀ Kacey Gill ‘20, @kacey_liz⠀ ⠀ "It feels like everything about my life changed with coming to Harvard. More specifically, my view and perspective on my life, my goals and what I believe I can feasibly accomplish has changed. Growing ... Q: What is the most important thing Harvard taught you?⠀ ⠀
Kacey Gill ‘20, @kacey_liz⠀

"It feels like everything about my life changed with coming to Harvard. More specifically, my view and perspective on my life, my goals and what I believe I can feasibly accomplish has changed. Growing up poor in Cleveland, Ohio I had a limited viewpoint, and a limited idea of what success could look like for me. Coming to Harvard, seeing the people, the history and the innumerable opportunities that students here have, I realized that anything I dreamed about, I could make a reality. Everyday here I uncompromisingly pursue what I love, whether it be fashion, modeling, race relations, singing, painting, or poetry. Harvard showed me that the world is just waiting for me to make my mark.”⠀

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So many choices <span class="emoji emoji1f4da"></span> #ReadaBookDay #NationalReadaBookDay Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
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So many choices #ReadaBookDay #NationalReadaBookDay Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer So many choices 📚 #ReadaBookDay #NationalReadaBookDay
Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer
It's the first week of classes and students are exploring new courses and reconnecting with friends!⠀ ⠀ #Harvard ...
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It's the first week of classes and students are exploring new courses and reconnecting with friends!⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #BacktoSchool⠀ ⠀ Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer It's the first week of classes and students are exploring new courses and reconnecting with friends!⠀

#Harvard #BacktoSchool⠀

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The Class of 2022 was welcomed to Harvard at yesterday's convocation. President Larry Bacow spoke ...
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The Class of 2022 was welcomed to Harvard at yesterday's convocation. President Larry Bacow spoke to the 1,661 members of the class, who hail from 85 countries. ⠀ ⠀ “Like you, I’ve recently moved into Harvard Yard," President Bacow told the students. "Like you, I’ve arrived here in the ... The Class of 2022 was welcomed to Harvard at yesterday's convocation. President Larry Bacow spoke to the 1,661 members of the class, who hail from 85 countries. ⠀

“Like you, I’ve recently moved into Harvard Yard," President Bacow told the students. "Like you, I’ve arrived here in the hope that I can make a unique contribution.” President Bacow urged students to get to know one another and listen to each other. “Embrace the challenging work of trying to understand the world from a perspective other than your own,” he said. ⠀

#Harvard2022 #Harvard⠀

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Welcome back, students! #BacktoHogwarts <span class="emoji emoji26a1"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f52e"></span><span class="emoji emoji1f4ab"></span>
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Welcome back, students! #BacktoHogwarts Welcome back, students! #BacktoHogwarts ⚡🔮💫
Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀ ⠀ Evan Vietorisz '20⠀ ⠀ “I am particularly ...
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Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀ ⠀ Evan Vietorisz '20⠀ ⠀ “I am particularly thankful for the guidance of Yosvany Terry, with whom I have been able to study as a private student and as a member of the Harvard Jazz Band. Yosvany has generously shared both his musical ... Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀ ⠀
Evan Vietorisz '20⠀ ⠀
“I am particularly thankful for the guidance of Yosvany Terry, with whom I have been able to study as a private student and as a member of the Harvard Jazz Band. Yosvany has generously shared both his musical expertise and personal thoughts and opinions with my peers and me, and has done so consistently with patience and enthusiasm. He has cultivated both my playing and my thinking, and has helped me become a more articulate musician and person. I was lucky to receive support from the Harvard Office for the Arts, thanks to Yosvany, to attend the Siena Jazz Workshop, a two-week intensive in Siena, Italy for jazz playing and composition.”⠀

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Campers in the Native American Technologies class at the Harvard Peabody Museum learned to make ...
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Campers in the Native American Technologies class at the Harvard Peabody Museum learned to make Atlatl, or spear- throwers, this summer. ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Campers in the Native American Technologies class at the Harvard Peabody Museum learned to make Atlatl, or spear- throwers, this summer. ⠀

#Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀

Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Madeline Dorroh ...
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Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Madeline Dorroh '19, @madelinedorroh⠀ ⠀ “My friends have impacted me in the best possible way by allowing me to be myself and try new interests that I wasn’t able to pursue back at home. They inspire me to try new ... Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀

Madeline Dorroh '19, @madelinedorroh⠀

“My friends have impacted me in the best possible way by allowing me to be myself and try new interests that I wasn’t able to pursue back at home. They inspire me to try new approaches to my life and my problems and they support me if or when those efforts don’t always work out. Because of them I’ve been able to grow and change into a better person in the few years I’ve been here.”⠀

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Autumn (...Nothing Personal), a beautiful public art project in Harvard Yard created by @teresita.fernandez, ...
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Autumn (...Nothing Personal), a beautiful public art project in Harvard Yard created by @teresita.fernandez, is currently on view now through October 1. If you're on campus we hope you check it out! ⠀ ⠀ Autumn (. . . Nothing Personal) references James Baldwin’s 1964 text Nothing Personal, ... Autumn (...Nothing Personal), a beautiful public art project in Harvard Yard created by @teresita.fernandez, is currently on view now through October 1. If you're on campus we hope you check it out! ⠀

Autumn (. . . Nothing Personal) references James Baldwin’s 1964 text Nothing Personal, which was published as a collaborative book with photographer Richard Avedon at the height of the civil rights movement. Fernández’s project centers Baldwin’s text as a collective reading and asks members of the Harvard and local communities to use the sculpture as a social space to read, perform, gather, and debate.⠀

Check out @autumnnothingpersonal for programming and more photos. ⠀

#AutumnNothingPersonal #HarvardYard
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Harvard's Class of 2022 has arrived!⠀ ⠀ #Harvard2022 #Harvard Harvard's Class of 2022 has arrived!⠀

#Harvard2022 #Harvard
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Welcome #Harvard2022! The Class of 2022 moved into their residence halls today, with the help of ...
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Welcome #Harvard2022! The Class of 2022 moved into their residence halls today, with the help of friends, family, classmates, and President Bacow and his wife Adele! ⠀ ⠀ Photos: Jon Chase, Rose Lincoln, and Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographers Welcome #Harvard2022! The Class of 2022 moved into their residence halls today, with the help of friends, family, classmates, and President Bacow and his wife Adele! ⠀

Photos: Jon Chase, Rose Lincoln, and Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographers
Q: What was the most important thing you have learned at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jake Schwencke ‘21, @jakeschwencke ...
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Q: What was the most important thing you have learned at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jake Schwencke ‘21, @jakeschwencke .⠀ ⠀ “One thing I’ve learned so far is the importance of being passionate about what you love. When I was first accepted to Harvard, I feared I would be spending my college years with ... Q: What was the most important thing you have learned at Harvard?⠀

Jake Schwencke ‘21, @jakeschwencke .⠀

“One thing I’ve learned so far is the importance of being passionate about what you love. When I was first accepted to Harvard, I feared I would be spending my college years with aggressively brilliant sticks-in-the-mud. But once I got on campus, I was surprised to meet tons of people who were actually really cool. They were easy to talk to, hilarious, and less Einstein-y than anticipated. What made each of them cool was their willingness to rant about any passion, like an obsession with musical chords or a niche interest in the tiny home movement. It was clear that they were crazy committed to what they loved, and I realized it was commitment that made people here special. Being surrounded by amazing students encouraged me to acknowledge my own passions: film and acting. I had been afraid to focus too much on entertainment because let’s face it, it’s a risky future. The friends I have made this year have shown me that everybody who is truly happy and successful has started off with an outlandish obsession. If I am honest about what I love, I can make so much possible.”⠀

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Happy #NationalWaffleDay from Harvard!⠀ ⠀ Photo: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer
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Happy #NationalWaffleDay from Harvard!⠀ ⠀ Photo: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Happy #NationalWaffleDay from Harvard!⠀

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Q: What inspires you? ⠀ ⠀ Ngozi Musa ‘19, @ngozimusa .⠀ ⠀ "People inspire me. That’s why I love ...
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Q: What inspires you? ⠀ ⠀ Ngozi Musa ‘19, @ngozimusa .⠀ ⠀ "People inspire me. That’s why I love studying sociology because I love to learn about them. I am reenergized and revitalized by people. We aren’t meant to do this life alone, we are meant to do life with others. Throughout my time ... Q: What inspires you? ⠀

Ngozi Musa ‘19, @ngozimusa .⠀

"People inspire me. That’s why I love studying sociology because I love to learn about them. I am reenergized and revitalized by people. We aren’t meant to do this life alone, we are meant to do life with others. Throughout my time at Harvard, people have inspired me by their stories of trial and triumph to keep going, to keep stretching, and to keep challenging myself. I have seen my friends, my teammates, and my classmates overcome obstacles and succeed in so many ways. People continue to inspire me and remind me to trust God, to trust the process and to trust the unknowns of life because there is a plan for our lives that is far greater than we could ever dream or imagine." ⠀

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Jumping for joy at Widener! ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer ⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard ...
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Jumping for joy at Widener! ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer ⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Jumping for joy at Widener! ⠀

#Harvard #HarvardinSummer ⠀

Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Q: What person or class or experience really challenged your thinking while you were at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jake ...
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Q: What person or class or experience really challenged your thinking while you were at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jake Tilton '19⠀ ⠀ “I doubt I will ever have a more formative experience than my trip to Cuba with the Harvard Jazz Band. Besides being the most rewarding musical experience of my life, the ... Q: What person or class or experience really challenged your thinking while you were at Harvard?⠀

Jake Tilton '19⠀

“I doubt I will ever have a more formative experience than my trip to Cuba with the Harvard Jazz Band. Besides being the most rewarding musical experience of my life, the cultural exchange touched and challenged me deeply. My mother grew up under communism in the Soviet Union, a country and ideology antithetical to that of the United States, and I grew up hearing stories about a life wildly foreign to mine. Finally putting an experience to the stories and seeing ordinary Cubans make the best of their lives while under a repressive system really made me reconsider my assumptions about what makes a ‘good’ life.”⠀

Top photo by Eric Antoniou⠀

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Each year, more than 250,000 people from all over the world visit the @HarvardMuseum of Natural ...
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Each year, more than 250,000 people from all over the world visit the @HarvardMuseum of Natural History. ⠀ ⠀ Photos: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Each year, more than 250,000 people from all over the world visit the @HarvardMuseum of Natural History. ⠀

Photos: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Olivia Owens ’21, ...
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Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Olivia Owens ’21, @livowensss, @the21cc⠀ ⠀ “When you first arrive on a college campus, there’s a lot of pressure to make friends as quickly as possible. I expected to find these relationships in a dorm, class, ... Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀

Olivia Owens ’21, @livowensss, @the21cc⠀ ⠀
“When you first arrive on a college campus, there’s a lot of pressure to make friends as quickly as possible. I expected to find these relationships in a dorm, class, or student organization, but I could have never imagined that I would create a friend group for myself. 21 Colorful Crimson is a music group of 21 diverse and talented rising sophomores that I co-founded last semester. More than a team, we are a family. I refer to the members as my closest friends, and they even refer to me as ‘mom.’ My relationships in the group constantly remind me of the importance of diversity and love, inspiring me to do my part in creating a more beautiful Harvard.”⠀

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Harvard women's soccer (@harvardwomenssoccer) is getting ready for the autumn season - they began ...
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Harvard women's soccer (@harvardwomenssoccer) is getting ready for the autumn season - they began practices earlier this week. ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #GoCrimson⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard women's soccer (@harvardwomenssoccer) is getting ready for the autumn season - they began practices earlier this week. ⚽⠀

#Harvard #GoCrimson⠀

Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer
Q: Who is someone you might never have met if you didn't come to Harvard?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Ben Grimm, ‘18 @bengrimm7, ...
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Q: Who is someone you might never have met if you didn't come to Harvard?⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Ben Grimm, ‘18 @bengrimm7, @mmmmkoko - “If I hadn’t ended up at Harvard, I might never have met my first college friend Michelle. She comes from Southern California and thought she would go to Stanford, and I come ... Q: Who is someone you might never have met if you didn't come to Harvard?⠀ ⠀


Ben Grimm, ‘18 @bengrimm7, @mmmmkoko - “If I hadn’t ended up at Harvard, I might never have met my first college friend Michelle. She comes from Southern California and thought she would go to Stanford, and I come from Western New York and thought I would end up at Brown -- how lucky we both were wrong!


On the first day of FAP, everyone introduced themselves in a big circle. At the end of it, I marched right up to Michelle and said, ‘Hi, Michelle. We should be best friends.’ We quickly bonded over our love of dance and The Bachelor. For the rest of freshman year, we were attached at the hip. Since she lived so far away, she came back to Western New York to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family (and exclaimed, ‘It's like the snowy scene in Disney World! Except the houses aren't made of cardboard!’). With a group of our friends, we blocked together and ended up in Kirkland House. Through the bustle and busyness of Harvard life, we didn't get to spend as much time together as we might have wanted to, but this only made the lucky moments we overlapped in the dining hall even sweeter. In the final weeks of senior year, we finally got to make up for lost time, though I knew all along Michelle would be there for me if I needed her. She was my Day One friend and lasted until the very end! I feel unduly lucky to have had a Harvard experience full of people like Michelle.”⠀

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Today, we're remembering Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" and an honorary degree recipient ...
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Today, we're remembering Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" and an honorary degree recipient at our 2014 Commencement. ⠀ ⠀ Aretha Franklin's career spanned more than five decades, from singing in a Detroit church choir to being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of ... Today, we're remembering Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul" and an honorary degree recipient at our 2014 Commencement. ⠀

Aretha Franklin's career spanned more than five decades, from singing in a Detroit church choir to being the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.⠀

At the ceremony where she was awarded her Harvard honorary degree, she also performed the national anthem, a truly memorable experience.
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Photo: Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer
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Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Zarin Rahman ’18, ...
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Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀ ⠀ Zarin Rahman ’18, @zar.rahm ⠀ ⠀ “I think the relationships I developed at Harvard helped shape me into a better version of myself. I am not who I was when I walked into Harvard my freshman year, and I owe it all to ... Q: How did the relationships you developed at Harvard impact you the most?⠀

Zarin Rahman ’18, @zar.rahm ⠀

“I think the relationships I developed at Harvard helped shape me into a better version of myself. I am not who I was when I walked into Harvard my freshman year, and I owe it all to the relationships I had and developed over the course of the past four years. I spent three years as a Peer Advising Fellow, and through mentorship - and also my friendships - I learned how to be a more compassionate, thoughtful, empathetic human being. Of course, these are qualities and skills I'm still continuing to learn and improve, but through the people I've met, mentored, and befriended at Harvard I have begun to scratch the surface to becoming the type of person I always hoped I would be.” ⠀

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Members of the newest class of @Harvardmed and @harvarddentalmed students received their white ...
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Members of the newest class of @Harvardmed and @harvarddentalmed students received their white coats on Friday! ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #WhiteCoat Photo: @harvardmed Members of the newest class of @Harvardmed and @harvarddentalmed students received their white coats on Friday! ⠀

#Harvard #WhiteCoat

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Q: What’s an exceptional moment you remember from your time at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Joseph J. O’Donnell ...
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Q: What’s an exceptional moment you remember from your time at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71⠀ ⠀ “I grew up in Everett, MA. My mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants and my dad was an Irish cop. My family wasn’t poor but we had no money. My dad worked three jobs so that ... Q: What’s an exceptional moment you remember from your time at Harvard?⠀

Joseph J. O’Donnell ’67, M.B.A. ’71⠀

“I grew up in Everett, MA. My mother was the daughter of Italian immigrants and my dad was an Irish cop. My family wasn’t poor but we had no money. My dad worked three jobs so that he could send his three boys to college. My very first day at Harvard, an instructor asked us to introduce ourselves to each other by going around the room and saying your name, what your father (not your mother) did for a living, and where you were from. I remember sitting there and having to make a clear decision. Whether I was going to be true to myself – because very few people at Harvard in the 1960s came from a background like I did. I could say that my dad is in security, or something else, or I could tell the truth. I decided to be honest. Those kind of moments stay with you forever and help shape who you are.⠀ ⠀

There’s an opportunity today at Harvard for students from all over the world. I was on the forefront of the financial aid movement and I received a full scholarship and took advantage of the opportunity. I got involved with everything, enjoyed every minute of it, and haven’t stepped away since.”⠀

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Happy #BookLoversDay! Take a look around some of the libraries at Harvard <span class="emoji emoji1f4da"></span>⠀ ⠀ 1) Students in the ...
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Happy #BookLoversDay! Take a look around some of the libraries at Harvard ⠀ ⠀ 1) Students in the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library. Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀ 2) Studying in Adams House library. Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀ 3) Studying ... Happy #BookLoversDay! Take a look around some of the libraries at Harvard 📚⠀

1) Students in the Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library. Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀
2) Studying in Adams House library. Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀
3) Studying in the Eliot House Library. Photo: Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀
4) The library in Robinson Hall, within the History Department. Photo: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer⠀ ⠀
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Great day to visit the tigers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History! 🐅 #InternationalCatDay ...
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Great day to visit the tigers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History! 🐅 #InternationalCatDay ⠀ ⠀ Photo: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Great day to visit the tigers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History! 🐅 #InternationalCatDay ⠀

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Q: Who is someone you might never had met if you didn’t come to Harvard? ⠀ ⠀ Mfundo Radebe ‘20, @radebemt ...
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Q: Who is someone you might never had met if you didn’t come to Harvard? ⠀ ⠀ Mfundo Radebe ‘20, @radebemt ⠀ ⠀ “Russell Reed, my freshman year roommate. I have found a brother at Harvard and I don’t think that would have happened if it wasn’t for Harvard’s dynamic housing system. A few years ... Q: Who is someone you might never had met if you didn’t come to Harvard? ⠀

Mfundo Radebe ‘20, @radebemt ⠀

“Russell Reed, my freshman year roommate. I have found a brother at Harvard and I don’t think that would have happened if it wasn’t for Harvard’s dynamic housing system. A few years ago I would have never seen myself leaving my hometown in South Africa, let alone having friends from around the world. My worldview has really changed because I made the decision to go to Harvard.”⠀

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Q: What was the most important thing you learned at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jasmine Chia '18, @chiajas ⠀ ⠀ “I ...
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Q: What was the most important thing you learned at Harvard?⠀ ⠀ Jasmine Chia '18, @chiajas ⠀ ⠀ “I grew up in Thailand and coming to Harvard was the first time I’d really lived in America. In many ways, I felt like an outsider. I found it difficult to mold my identity to the strict rules of race ... Q: What was the most important thing you learned at Harvard?⠀

Jasmine Chia '18, @chiajas ⠀

“I grew up in Thailand and coming to Harvard was the first time I’d really lived in America. In many ways, I felt like an outsider. I found it difficult to mold my identity to the strict rules of race in America (could I be Asian American if I was not American at all? Did it matter how I saw myself if that’s how others saw me?), and to make sense of the sheer inequality and class divide in the country.⠀

It was through Professor Anne Monius that I found an intellectual home in the Comparative Study of Religion, my eventual concentration. Through our conversations I came away with an entirely new set of questions: what does it mean to be secular? Can politics truly be free of religion? What are the politics of secular spaces, and how do they interact with power – economic, religious and racial?⠀

I am grateful to professors like Professor Monius who made sure I left Harvard with questions rather than answers – in that way, I could continue to question how my identity fit into racial frameworks, or how changing class dynamics affected not just American but global politics. In places like Harvard (and America) that are rich with diversity, learning how to appreciate that diversity – and the invigorating restlessness that comes with it – was my most important and challenging lesson.”⠀

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Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀ ⠀ Cengiz Cemaloğlu ’18, @ccemaloglu ...
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Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀ ⠀ Cengiz Cemaloğlu ’18, @ccemaloglu ⠀ ⠀ “My host family, Lori and Chris Wadsworth. They have taught me, and all the others host students they ever had, the value of welcoming others, leaving our judgements at the front door, and ... Q: Who is someone at Harvard you’d like to thank, and why?⠀

Cengiz Cemaloğlu ’18, @ccemaloglu ⠀

“My host family, Lori and Chris Wadsworth. They have taught me, and all the others host students they ever had, the value of welcoming others, leaving our judgements at the front door, and connecting across generations. In a world so obsessed with young people and the concept of the youth, we forget how much there is to learn from the old. We pretend old are not old, and we compliment them by telling them how young they look. In a way, young became an adjective for all things positive, and old for all things negative. Lori and Chris reminded me, my beloved ones, and all my host siblings one simple lesson: that all ages should be lived fully, with purpose, with drive, and with a constant attempt to touch other lives.”⠀

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Ivy-covered gates outside Standish Hall of Winthrop House. ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀ ⠀ Photo ...
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Ivy-covered gates outside Standish Hall of Winthrop House. ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀ ⠀ Photo by Jenna Lang Ivy-covered gates outside Standish Hall of Winthrop House. ⠀

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Growing up a Dene in north central Canada, one of the 600 aboriginal groups of Canada’s First Nations, ...
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Growing up a Dene in north central Canada, one of the 600 aboriginal groups of Canada’s First Nations, Gabrielle Scrimshaw knows firsthand the challenges that mark the lives of Indigenous peoples. ⠀ ⠀ When she was accepted to the University of Saskatchewan, she became the first in her ... Growing up a Dene in north central Canada, one of the 600 aboriginal groups of Canada’s First Nations, Gabrielle Scrimshaw knows firsthand the challenges that mark the lives of Indigenous peoples. ⠀

When she was accepted to the University of Saskatchewan, she became the first in her family to go to college. She graduated with a bachelor’s in marketing and traveled to 18 countries in 4 years, meeting indigenous peoples around the world and discovering their common history of colonization, discrimination, and forced assimilation. ⠀

“As Indigenous peoples, we’ve faced similar circumstances of being colonized and having governments trying to forcefully remove us and erase our cultures, languages and existence, all of which has led Indigenous peoples to being at the bottom of every social and economic indicator,” said Scrimshaw. “And despite all of that, and the efforts of governments to exterminate Indigenous peoples, we’re still here. That’s where my inspiration and my sustaining force now come from.”⠀

A Gleitsman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, this May Scrimshaw completed a Master in Public Administration. Scrimshaw plans to start an investment firm to invest in tribal businesses and Indigenous entrepreneurs, which could function as a bridge between Indigenous communities and corporate Canada.⠀

“In the Indigenous communities, our Elders always remind us to think about how our decisions are going to affect the seventh generation,” said Scrimshaw. “This is not a short-term project. It’s a generational thing. When I think about the work I do, I have to think about my kids, my grandkids, and my great-grandkids.”⠀

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This is part of a series showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates from #Harvard18 Commencement.⠀

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Tourists from all over the world visit Harvard each summer <span class="emoji emoji2600"></span>️🕶️⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀ ⠀ Photos: ...
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Tourists from all over the world visit Harvard each summer ️🕶️⠀ ⠀ #Harvard #HarvardinSummer⠀ ⠀ Photos: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer and Jenna Lang Tourists from all over the world visit Harvard each summer ☀️🕶️⠀

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Claudine Gay has been named dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will assume her new duties ...
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Claudine Gay has been named dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will assume her new duties on August 15.⠀ ⠀ The daughter of Haitian immigrants to the U.S., Gay spent much of her childhood first in New York and then in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. ... Claudine Gay has been named dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and will assume her new duties on August 15.⠀

The daughter of Haitian immigrants to the U.S., Gay spent much of her childhood first in New York and then in Saudi Arabia, where her father worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She received her B.A. in 1992 from Stanford University, where she majored in economics, and then earned her Ph.D. in government in 1998 from Harvard. ⠀

Gay’s research and teaching focus on American political behavior, public opinion, and minority politics, with a particular interest in understanding the political choices of ordinary people and how those choices are shaped by their social, political, and economic environments. Her scholarship has addressed such issues as the relationship of citizens’ trust in government to the racial identity of their elected representatives, the ways neighborhood conditions influence racial and political attitudes, the roots of competition and cooperation between minority groups, and the consequences of housing-mobility programs for political participation among the poor.⠀

“Claudine Gay is an eminent political scientist, an admired teacher and mentor, and an experienced leader with a talent for collaboration and a passion for academic excellence,” President Bacow said. “She radiates a concern for others, and for how what we do here can help improve lives far beyond our walls.”⠀

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Great shot of Baker Library from @harvardhbx!⠀ ⠀ #HarvardinSummer
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President Larry Bacow attended a @HarvardIOP event last night at the National Portrait Gallery ...
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President Larry Bacow attended a @HarvardIOP event last night at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. He mingled with alumni, students, media representatives, and members of Congress. ⠀ ⠀ Addressing the crowd, President Bacow said he hopes to be a spokesperson not just ... President Larry Bacow attended a @HarvardIOP event last night at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. He mingled with alumni, students, media representatives, and members of Congress. ⠀

Addressing the crowd, President Bacow said he hopes to be a spokesperson not just for Harvard but “for all of higher education, for the enduring values of colleges and universities which have enabled the American dream for so many of us, because it’s important that we not let that dream die. It’s important that each of us commit ourselves to work to ensure that the next generation has opportunity just as we have enjoyed.”⠀

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Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard at a special ceremony on September 18, ...
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Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard at a special ceremony on September 18, 1998. While most honorary degrees are awarded at commencement, Mandela received his degree at a special ceremony, timed during a planned visit to the U.S. Mandela was just the third person ... Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary degree from Harvard at a special ceremony on September 18, 1998. While most honorary degrees are awarded at commencement, Mandela received his degree at a special ceremony, timed during a planned visit to the U.S. Mandela was just the third person to be honored with a degree outside of commencement: the other two recipients were George Washington and Winston Churchill.⠀

During his speech at Harvard, Mandela said, "I know that through this award you are not so much recognizing any individual achievement, but are rather paying tribute to the struggles and achievements of the South African people as a whole. I humbly accept the award in that spirit, while at the same time wishing you to know that we are not unaware of nor unmoved by the great compliment you pay us by conferring this degree at a specially convened Convocation."⠀

#MandelaDay #Mandela100 #NelsonMandela⠀

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January <span class="emoji emoji2744"></span>️ and July <span class="emoji emoji2600"></span>️⠀ ⠀ Thanks @harryjpierre for sharing!
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Taft Foley III, who last year at the age of 15 became the first African-American Eagle Scout in the ...
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Taft Foley III, who last year at the age of 15 became the first African-American Eagle Scout in the 70-year history of his Eagle Scout Troop, met with Harvard President Larry Bacow today. Foley and President Bacow, a second-generation Eagle Scout himself, swapped scouting stories. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: ... Taft Foley III, who last year at the age of 15 became the first African-American Eagle Scout in the 70-year history of his Eagle Scout Troop, met with Harvard President Larry Bacow today. Foley and President Bacow, a second-generation Eagle Scout himself, swapped scouting stories. ⠀

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With 1.4 million volumes in more than a dozen languages, the Harvard-Yenching Library is the largest ...
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With 1.4 million volumes in more than a dozen languages, the Harvard-Yenching Library is the largest academic library for East Asian studies in the Western world.⠀ ⠀ Nearly 140 years ago, a Chinese scholar donated a small collection of books to establish the collection. Today the Harvard-Yenching’s ... With 1.4 million volumes in more than a dozen languages, the Harvard-Yenching Library is the largest academic library for East Asian studies in the Western world.⠀

Nearly 140 years ago, a Chinese scholar donated a small collection of books to establish the collection. Today the Harvard-Yenching’s holdings include 836,523 works in Chinese; 348,873 in Japanese; 179,169 in Korean; 23,979 in Vietnamese; 53,367 in various Western languages; 4,265 in Tibetan; 3,455 in Manchu; and 494 in Mongolian.⠀

Photos by Ke Tang⠀

1) Some books are only as big as a small bookend. From left, “Mo E Xiao Lu,” “Xiao Hui Ji,” and “Jin Xiang Xiao Pin” ⠀
2) The top of a Tibetan tripitaka⠀
3) “Miao Man Tu Shuo,” with calligraphy on the left and a painting on the right⠀
4) The Dian Shi Ce, the handwritten article from the final imperial examination presided over by the emperor
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“Harvard has become an attainable place of hope — somewhere people can invest their dreams in. It’s ...
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“Harvard has become an attainable place of hope — somewhere people can invest their dreams in. It’s diversity in its truest form.” ⠀ ⠀ Alicia Hamilton ’18, an Eliot House resident and history concentrator, remembers how it felt when she was accepted. For her, Harvard's Financial Aid Initiative ... “Harvard has become an attainable place of hope — somewhere people can invest their dreams in. It’s diversity in its truest form.” ⠀

Alicia Hamilton ’18, an Eliot House resident and history concentrator, remembers how it felt when she was accepted. For her, Harvard's Financial Aid Initiative made Harvard a place of hope.⠀

“My family was prepared to take out hundreds of thousands of dollars in loans for me to have this Harvard experience, so being able to attend what many people would consider the top university in the country for less than it would cost to attend community college, it’s not something you can wrap your mind around. You can’t put into words the blessing that it is."⠀

Hamilton will spend the next year teaching 11th-grade U.S. history in California as part of the third cohort of Harvard Teacher Fellows through the Graduate School of Education (@harvardeducation), with a goal of getting her license to teach in Massachusetts and working toward a master’s in education.⠀

#Harvard
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Happy 4th of July from Harvard! <span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span>🇺🇲<span class="emoji emoji1f389"></span> #4thofjuly #independenceday
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We're excited to welcome our 29th president, Larry Bacow!⠀ ⠀ On his first day at work he said, "I ...
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We're excited to welcome our 29th president, Larry Bacow!⠀ ⠀ On his first day at work he said, "I am honored to succeed Drew and humbled to have the chance to lead this extraordinary institution. I am one of countless people whose lives have been transformed by Harvard, and helping extend ... We're excited to welcome our 29th president, Larry Bacow!⠀

On his first day at work he said, "I am honored to succeed Drew and humbled to have the chance to lead this extraordinary institution. I am one of countless people whose lives have been transformed by Harvard, and helping extend that experience to others is the opportunity of a lifetime."⠀

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Q: If you could start with any Pokémon, which would it be?⠀ ⠀ Robbie Gustafson, J.D. ’18, @rahbeeee⠀ ...
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Q: If you could start with any Pokémon, which would it be?⠀ ⠀ Robbie Gustafson, J.D. ’18, @rahbeeee⠀ ⠀ “Still Charmander, it’s a classic. He was the coolest one, he turns into a dragon. And even when I was a kid, I liked that the first gym leaders were harder for a fire Pokémon, so I felt like ... Q: If you could start with any Pokémon, which would it be?⠀

Robbie Gustafson, J.D. ’18, @rahbeeee⠀ ⠀
“Still Charmander, it’s a classic. He was the coolest one, he turns into a dragon. And even when I was a kid, I liked that the first gym leaders were harder for a fire Pokémon, so I felt like I was more accomplished when I’d get through them.”⠀

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Memorial Hall (left) and Memorial Church, as seen from the roof of the Science Center. ⠀ ⠀ #Harvard ...
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Q: Is there a fad or trend you’d like to see make a comeback?⠀ ⠀ Kirby Porter ’18, @kirbobangss ⠀ ...
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Q: Is there a fad or trend you’d like to see make a comeback?⠀ ⠀ Kirby Porter ’18, @kirbobangss ⠀ ⠀ “Oh, lowkey those Gaucho pants. They were really ugly but I always thought they were super comfortable.”⠀ ⠀ --- ⠀ ⠀ In our #HarvardUnwind series, we're catching up with students taking ... Q: Is there a fad or trend you’d like to see make a comeback?⠀

Kirby Porter ’18, @kirbobangss ⠀ ⠀
“Oh, lowkey those Gaucho pants. They were really ugly but I always thought they were super comfortable.”⠀

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World Cup watching at Harvard! <span class="emoji emoji26bd"></span>⠀ ⠀ #WorldCup2018 #Harvard ⠀ ⠀ Photo: Jenna Lang
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Q: Is there a mundane task you’re great at?⠀ ⠀ Helen Swift, Ph.D. ’22, @hcswift22⠀ ⠀ “I love cleaning ...
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Q: Is there a mundane task you’re great at?⠀ ⠀ Helen Swift, Ph.D. ’22, @hcswift22⠀ ⠀ “I love cleaning dishes. I actually enjoy it. It has an immediate result. It was dirty and then you work at it and ta-da! It’s clean. It’s not like writing a paper where you have to keep revising it.”⠀ ⠀ --- ... Q: Is there a mundane task you’re great at?⠀ ⠀
Helen Swift, Ph.D. ’22, @hcswift22⠀ ⠀
“I love cleaning dishes. I actually enjoy it. It has an immediate result. It was dirty and then you work at it and ta-da! It’s clean. It’s not like writing a paper where you have to keep revising it.”⠀

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"Wavelength” is a new artistic canopy in the Science Center Plaza. ⠀ ⠀ Stretching more than 130 feet, hundreds of red, flag-like banners hang from wires, gently swaying. Underneath, crimson Adirondack chairs, café tables, and a large synthetic lawn - complete with giant chess set and ... "Wavelength” is a new artistic canopy in the Science Center Plaza. ⠀

Stretching more than 130 feet, hundreds of red, flag-like banners hang from wires, gently swaying. Underneath, crimson Adirondack chairs, café tables, and a large synthetic lawn - complete with giant chess set and Ping-Pong table - offer a shady spot for visitors to enjoy the outdoors.⠀

#Harvard #HarvardinSummer
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