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The Podcast that Lived

“When we are open to reading a text as sacred, we are willing to learn from it, and not just about it."

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Sequencing Babies: New Hope for Newborns

“BabySeq is an experimental research study that seeks to understand the medical, behavioral, and economic impact of sequencing newborns, the goal being to decode newborns’ genes to scan for potentially life-threatening and genetic diseases.”

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Cambridge Public Library Goes Fine-Free

As of Oct. 19, the Cambridge Public Library has begun piloting a program to abolish fees on most late return items, excluding those borrowed through an interlibrary loan.

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A New Laundromat Program in Cambridge Public Schools Is Not Just About Laundry

The pandemic delayed the project, but also reaffirmed its value. Many students at CRLS live in public housing, and during the pandemic, Hardina often delivered gift cards for food and laundry to them. She said that students and their families were always excited to receive laundry gift cards — that’s when she knew a program like this would work.

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Houghton's Renovation Welcomes the Public

"Houghton Library, with its shaded windows and imposing bookshelves holding centuries-old books, was mysterious and unapproachable — a vault to the public."

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Tenants Demand Housing Rights in Massachusetts

As COVID-19 housing protections are phased out, Boston activists took to the street to advocate for an extension to the eviction moratorium and more support for struggling renters.

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Prayer, Made Invisible

Tucked away among other typical basement amenities like the common room, laundry, and trash disposal lie the only two spaces dedicated solely to students of Muslim and Hindu faiths at Harvard College.

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Beijing Language and Culture University Contests Claims of Unfriendliness

"Beijing Language and Culture University contested the claim that its lack of friendliness led Harvard Beijing Academy to uproot and permanently move its program to Taipei, Taiwan, providing emails that seem to contradict the HBA director’s claims."

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Dollhouse view of Widener Library Great Reading Room by Matt Cook, the digital scholarship program manager for Harvard Library.

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'It Wasn't Enough': Disabled Students Join Forces for Accessibility

"As students joyously celebrated Harvard’s reopening, some of their peers have become increasingly aware that many parts of campus aren’t designed for them."

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24,000 Miles: From Harvard to Eden

The Out of Eden Walk, described on its website as “a collective pilgrimage, conducted at boot level, that gathers and braids a multitude of voices together in order to describe the human experience across the globe,” traces the route that humans took millions of years ago that populated the world as we know it. Before Salopek embarked on his journey, he made a pit stop at Harvard. Salopek received a visiting fellowship from the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and in the spring of 2012 arrived on campus ready to build a network of experts to support him on his impending journey.

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Sean O'Reilly scans the MCZ Paleo Entomology collection with a curatorial assistant.

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Depicted is a drone photogrammetry scan of the John Harvard Statue by Brian Vizaretta.

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Library staff virtually visit the Weissman Preservation Center using the SmartStage.

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The Virtual Harvard Project

When the pandemic struck, Rus Gant, head of Harvard's Visualization Research and Teaching Laboratory, decided that it was the time to turn his idea of making a 3D model of Harvard into a (virtual) reality.

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