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Peggy McIntosh

Peggy McIntosh receives 2021 Centennial Medal Citation

May 27, 2021

Peggy McIntosh, PhD ’67 has been awarded a 2021 Centennial Medal Citation by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

The Centennial Medal honors alumni who have made contributions to society that emerged from their graduate study at Harvard. It is the highest honor the Graduate School bestows, and awardees include some of Harvard’s most accomplished graduates.

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Honored by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

January 27, 2021

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has named Henry Louis Gates Jr. the recipient of the Don M. Randel Award for Humanistic Studies. The award – which is being given for only the seventh time since it was established in 1975 – recognizes remarkable scholars whose work shapes our inner lives and our understanding of the world around us.

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Marjorie Garber publishes new book Character: The History of a Cultural Obsession

July 14, 2020

What is “character”? How can it be measured, improved, or built? Are character traits fixed or changeable? Is character innate, or can it be taught?

Since at least the time of Aristotle, philosophers, theologians, moralists, artists, and scientists have engaged with the enigma of human character. In its oldest usage, “character” derives from a word for engraving or stamping, yet over time, it has come to mean a moral idea, a type, a literary persona, and a physical or physiological manifestation, observable in works of art and scientific experiments. It is...

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Beth Blum

Beth Blum on Self-Help from Carnegie to today

July 7, 2020


Beth Blum, Assistant Professor of English at Harvard, is the author of The Self-Help Compulsion (Columbia University Press 2019). Learn how self-help went from its Victorian roots (worship greatness!) to the ingratiating unctuous style prescribed by the other-directed Dale Carnegie (everyone loves the sound of their own name) before arriving at the “neo-stoical” self-help gurus of today, who preach male and female versions of...

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